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Comment Archives: stories: Arts

Re: “Short, Not Short Enough

The Weekly will nurture every new band no matter the skill level. They also nurture one another with congratulatory comments about their opinions. There are thousands of people in Tucson interested in theatre and it is not always the most common or commercial. Mr. Skinner wrote a rave review of a commerical house company previously. Despite the digital age, theatres still count on positive press. I think this reviewers inability, for example, to discuss anything about the actress but her eyes is not only telling but a little creepy. My takeaway from this review was that the reviewer does not know how to look at a play or a performance. It may be the show was unsuccessful. I liked many things, other things bothered me. The theatre community depends on places like the Weekly to deliver arts news and it is very disappointing that this is the result. Who will review the reviewrs? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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Posted by Tomas Ulises-Soto on 06/10/2014 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Short, Not Short Enough

Just got around to reading the May 29th ‘review’ by M. Scott Skinner’s of “Iraq in 3/3 Time With A Coda”, which I had the good fortune to see at Live Theatre Workshop.
My husband and I just moved here from the North Shore of Boston, and one of the things that attracts us to Tucson is its wonderful theater community and the many theaters and the many new plays, innovative companies, writers groups, responsive audience, and more that exist here. We both hope to become a part of it.
One of the many things we’ve learned about theater and about new plays in particular is advice from the Chicago Dramatists group (which has done a phenomenal job of creating a dynamic theater culture in Chicago), and they feel that the Chicago theatrical renaissance owes much to the reviewers who went to all the plays, who supported the theaters and playwrights and actors through thick and thin, and gave public structure to the efforts of that artistic community. They built audience, and sensibility, and sensitivity, and confidence in what was once backwater Chicago. They did it.
This review is really not much of a help in building the community here in Tucson. It’s snarky, and about the critic and how clever and funny one can be, and not useful or constructive in any way. There was much to say about Iraq in 3/e Time With A Coda, and much good, and there are things that could be better, too, lessons that could be learned, but this review doesn’t try in any way to nurture the playwright, the actors, the theaters that make themselves available for new work, or the audience. It’s a turnoff.
It’s fine not to like a play. It’s fine not to like a production. But it is vicious to put together a review like this. And it does little good except to give a critic the chance to perform some sort of public execution.
I like playwright, I liked the risk he took to put the play on, to direct it himself, I like new plays, I like these actors who took up this challenge, I like people who take risks, I like people who go to plays who share their thoughts and reactions in the hope of making Tucson a greater center of theater.
I really don’t appreciate people who lurk outside the lights and look for signs of weakness to prove ---what? I guess I don’t know what the point is.
Thank you to the playwright, the actors, and Live Theatre Workshop for putting up new plays. I hope to see more.
Leslie Powell

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Posted by lp on 06/09/2014 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Short, Not Short Enough

Worst and most infantile 'professional' review I have ever read. This told me little or nothing constructive about the play, only that the 'reviewer', (I use the term loosely), did not like it, but gives no reason for his views. Methinks there may be more than just a bad burrito in the mix.

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Posted by rockerc on 06/01/2014 at 5:17 AM

Re: “Short, Not Short Enough

While the topics in these short plays may not be to everyone's taste, this "non-review" is just downright mean! If Skinner said he was not going to review the play, he should have left it at that. Instead, he went on a rampage, detailing his thoughts as the play progressed. The actor "saying so many words" as Skinner put it, was obviously reciting instructions from a sniper's manual and pitting his own guilt against his indoctrination. The actors did a fair job, some better than others. Jared Stokes, in particular, performed his multiple roles convincingly. This is the nastiest "non-review" I've ever read. Me thinks there was a bad burrito consumed with that cup of coffee before the show.

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Posted by Liz on 05/30/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Disappearing Galleries

Galleries have been disappearing for a number of years and not just downtown. TOO many to list, sadly. It's not a surprise, when it comes to art we love to look but we rarely buy, the economy just sucks.

Posted by Robin West on 05/05/2014 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Disappearing Galleries

Yes, correct. It was the so-called "art galleries" that was holding the block down.

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Posted by Yes Bob on 05/01/2014 at 5:35 AM

Re: “Olive and One-Liners

Susan this sounds so funny and I'm sure you were so funny and wonderful in it.. I would love to read a copy. Aline in London

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Posted by Aline Waites on 04/29/2014 at 11:52 PM

Re: “Open Doors

Everyone should visit the awesome artists' studios at The Monterey Court Studio Galleries conveniently located on Tucson's historic Miracle Mile.

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Posted by Debbie on 04/09/2014 at 11:19 PM

Re: “The (New) Play's the Thing

Many thanks to Sherilyn Forrester for helping to get the word out about the New Play Festival.

Germaine Shames

Posted by Germaine Shames on 03/26/2014 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Oklahoma! Way More Than OK

What a great review, makes me want to hop a plane to Tucson to see how they do Oklahoma! there.
The soaring music is unforgettable and will stay with you as long as you live.
Perhaps the students get into the performance with so much enthusiasm because the musical is a simple story of human nature, mostly good, with really only one, Jud, the bad.
Oklahoma! is a happy play, unlike the usual American entertainment of violence and vulgarity. No crotch shots here, no bad guys win. It is nice to see good prevail. The audience will no doubt leave feeling happy for having such a fine evening with Oklahoma!

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Posted by TXJesse on 03/21/2014 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Oklahoma! Way More Than OK

Please let's agree not to notice that the cowboy's called Curly in one paragraph and Curley in another and then back to Curly on third reference. I did that on purpose!

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Posted by mscot on 03/19/2014 at 5:31 PM

Re: “The Glass Menagerie Glows

Oh, & I also botched the original press release for THE GLASS MENAGERIE in January when I typed that Bette Davis was in the film instead of Katharine Hepburn. I had Bette on the brain b/c I had been promoting the film, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER starring Bette Davis & Monty Woolley. So, you see...we are all human. =)

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Posted by Lisa Pierce on 02/24/2014 at 4:30 PM

Re: “The Glass Menagerie Glows

Apology accepted & appreciated. If it helps, I spelled Jay Leno's last name wrong in J-School at Michigan State & that was an immediate failing grade. Course, it wasn't a "real" article, but lesson learned. LOL

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Posted by Lisa Pierce on 02/24/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Waiting for Something

Bridging the gap between the sensibilities of a Tucson audience and the portrayal of real life drama happening only a few miles to our south through theater, is a supremely daunting task. These plays make an heroic attempt to widen our view. I am very proud of our efforts. These plays , I believe, motivate an audience to know and understand more. - Jim Klingenfus, Sound Designer.

Posted by jim K on 02/23/2014 at 12:21 PM

Re: “The Glass Menagerie Glows

My apologies for the phone number. I feel like a sub-human mongrel.

Posted by mscot on 02/22/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “The Glass Menagerie Glows

Just FYI... there's a typo in the phone number - instead of 622-1162, it should be 621-1162. Thanks!

Posted by Lisa Pierce on 02/22/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

There is a reason most residents in the Sonoita/Patagonia area are against this mine. You will find "Save the Santa Rita's" bumper stickers on members of the Tree of Life from Patagonia to ranchers in Sonoita. Opposition to this mine crosses the entire political spectrum. I even remember the 2010 Congressional Libertarian Candidate David Stokes being against the mine.

There are many reasons to be against this mine. Environmentally, it is going to use more water per month than Tucson uses all year. Which water in this desert is a limited resource. This will reduce the water supply for cattle ranches, farms, wineries, and orchards. Which we need copper, but we need food a lot more. Economically, the jobs created will be only a few hundred and there is no guarantee Rosemont will hire locally. There is the public safety issue of having hundreds of trucks driving up and down St. Route 83. Which is already a dangerous road to travel. This will also cause the road to deteriorate faster than normal. Rosemont does not have to pay any more taxes to compensate for this extra cost.

On a patriotic standpoint, Rosemont Copper is owned by a Canadian mining company where their biggest client for copper are Chinese companies. So, we are basically going to allow a foreign company to sell OUR resources to a Communist country. If we are going to destroy a fragile ecosystem, drain our already limited water supply, damage the economies of Patagonia/Sonoita, and leave a huge open pit filled with toxic water; can we at least keep the resource in this country?

I really can not see any logical argument for this mine. You do not need to be a left leaning tree hugger to see this mine will be a net loss to our community.

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Posted by Mike on 02/11/2014 at 2:51 AM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

There are no jobs on a dead planet....

Posted by Jefferson Carter on 02/10/2014 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

Sorry, never thought Tucson was solely a tourism economy. I'm talking about the Santa Ritas, Madera Canyon, Sonoita, and the Coronado National Forest which is mandated for multiple use - if the Rosemont Mine goes ahead, there will only be one use as no cow can graze and no person would want to hike it.

If the Rosemont Copper deposit was found in 1961, why hasn't it been extracted yet ? My guess would be it was not economically or environmentally viable, still isn't. And again greed is being put before our environment that can't be fixed when chemicals are introduced that degrade our water. Water. Where are you going to truck that in from? 2000 jobs? Not all those jobs will exist and even fewer will be for 20 years. Numbers exaggerated, like the jobs the Keystone XL Pipeline is suppose to bring to Nebraska - bogus exaggeration, corporate and political rhetoric. Both proposed projects by foreign companies for their economic gain, both won't bring much beyond potential for environmental catastrophe for local citizens.

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Posted by Kimberly Paul Slezak on 02/07/2014 at 1:24 AM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

Twenty years is a temporary job? How many jobs do you know of that will last twenty years? There are alot of Arizonans, who love to have one of the several thousand direct or indirect jobs that will result from this project.

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Posted by David Briggs on 02/06/2014 at 10:01 PM

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