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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture

Re: “C'est Tucson

Any pictures of the exhibits?

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Posted by nasirshakouri on 08/11/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “C'est Tucson

I wish there were more pictures for the article. I love the skele-bikers.

Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 08/08/2014 at 11:58 AM

Re: “C'est Tucson

Had to mention the streetcar.

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Posted by mrbigshotno1 on 08/08/2014 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Who You Gonna Call?

Dear Sherilynn,

Hi. I am a regular visitor at the Gaslight Theatre and I wanted to make a few respectful and professional comments on this review. The song is called "Can't Smile Without You", the costume designer's last name is Cloutier, not Clouthier, and the first sentence doesn't make sense. I thought it should say this is A good one.

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Posted by Snoopy on 07/23/2014 at 7:03 PM

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: “Now on Shelves

Welcome to O'othamLand. As far as the eye can see
And beyond.

Posted by Lee Lopez on 05/09/2014 at 7:33 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: “Feeding the Monster

Mike/Jethro..Whatever your real name is, quite unlike you and most losers like you, I have a life outside of facebook, Yahoo and other assorted internet trolling. I do not have time to keep running back to this thread in an attempt to educate heathens that continually admit that they are too ignorant to even understand the basics. Lets recap what you should have learned by now. 1. Pink skin, European surnames and the Kings English are NOT indigenous to this region. 2. you are nothing more than a racist right wing Tea bagger that also probably claims to be a Christian and I have quite easily and adequately exposed you as such. 3. As a descendent of a European anchor Baby you have NO right to speak about OTHER illegal immigrants as though you were somehow better than them. If you want to speak about them in a way other than as your equals, go the hell back where you belong and I will listen to you, until then your opinions or anything you feel or may think is totally irrelevant to anyone except yourself. 4. Illegal immigration started in 1492, YOU are a Bi-Product of this illegal invasion NOT the Mexican people or anyone else with brown skin. Now go back inside your trailer, brush both of your teeth, think about the reality of everything you should have learned and leave issues like Immigration and reigning in the Border Patrol abuse to folks like me. The real adults have this, I promise.

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Posted by NormSutter on 03/24/2014 at 8:33 AM

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: “Feeding the Monster

Bottom line: Do we really want millions upon millions of illegal aliens in the USA. With their reproduction rate at this rate America will be an Hispanic America by 2050 or even earlier. If you really think that at that point we will still be a world power you are sadly mistaken. I just have to look at the current Tucson crime rate to see where we are going.
We are do screwed ...but we just don't know it. (Some of us do).

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Posted by Fraser on 03/15/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Feeding the Monster

Norm, there is no way you are for real. Your posts have to be from a right winger just trying to make the pro-amnesty crowd look like a bunch of crazy uneducated ignorant hatemongers. Especially after your "I shouldn't even acknowledge replies from posts containing European surnames" comment. That was Hilarious. I almost spit about my organic fair trade coffee...

If you are for real, you are too far gone to attempt a rational discussion about American's Immigration polices. It is like when two people debate on the issue of Radical Islamic Terrorists and the US's response to it. Then one person believes in the "911 was an inside job" rant. That is when I call a person a moron and realize there is no finding middle ground with the insane.

That is how I feel about your last rant.

Just to point out you did not even counterpoint my accurate depiction history of this region. I was waiting for you to mention Aztlan. Then I would have spit out my coffee..

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Posted by Mike on 03/15/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Feeding the Monster

Mike..this conversation could go on forever, it normally does when I state facts to racist fake Americans that think they belong here while displaying the utmost contempt for the people that actually do. BTW, your name is Mike?, really?..give me a break, I shouldn't even acknowledge replies from posts containing European surnames. I realize that most of you are victims of your twisted beliefs that were instilled there by generations of racist teachings, poor parenting and a downright willingness to remain ignorant. You went to a great deal of trouble to sound intelligent while spreading your misguided, disingenuous, racist banter, your dead giveaway (or at least one of them) was the ludicrous comment that all of you make "stop playing the race card' I have never known a racist that didn't immediately use this silly remark as a weak defense after he/she was properly outted/identified as what they truly are. I have been dealing with people like you since the early 60s, trust me when I say that there is nothing that you could possibly utter that I haven't heard at least a thousand times before, maybe in a different context or with a few words changed to better fit the particular group of minorities that are being attacked. I bet you even claim to be a Christian!

I actually wasn't even specifically referring to Arizona when I was speaking about you illegals, I was referring to this entire country. It doesn't matter in the least how Mexico viewed this area/state, how large or small the population of Mexicans were, or if there were disputes between different groups in Mexico. (That's the business of the Mexican Government and it's people) None of this smokescreen that you attempted to blow my way, justifies a European invasion, nor does it lend legitimacy to your erroneous claim that the decedents of the invaders (you) are the gatekeepers over the stolen land and somehow have a right to claim that the indigenous people of this region have no business on their own land.

Your silly and childlike rant is filled with references to "Americans" the U.S. etc., the very fact that you are constantly trying to pass foreign invaders and their European decedents (you) off as Americans, should in and of itself prove how twisted, misinformed and disingenuous almost everything you think and say is likely to be. In reference to your cartoonish rant of the day about how I Can get out if I have a problem with European invaders attempting to control the region, my response to you is the obvious. As a European invader on foreign soil, YOU have absolutely NO right or authority to tell anyone to go anywhere, if you cant deal with that simple truth perhaps you should sell your trailer, pack up your Willie Nelson tapes and head to the International airport. Don't forget to swing Weight Watchers and pick up your wife. As far as your racist rant against the "La Raza Studies" you have lost that battle as well, there is a well organized and highly successful movement taking place to bring MAS to every school Nationwide, not just in Arizona.

Almost every point you attempted to make about the Border Patrol is riddled with untruths, half truths and absolute lies! Not only do you NOT have a clue how background checks are conducted, how a file can lay on someone's desk for months and never even be processed, how a lack of manpower or hiring surges can effect the reliability of these processes or even that passing a background check in most instances, means absolutely nothing except that the person has never been caught or his mental instability has never piqued anyone's attention. Having been raised in a Police family (Real Ones) I am well aware of the mentality (or lack thereof) that one must possess to seriously compare a Border Guard to a real cop. (something you attempt to do all throughout your post/rant)

"I would like to know what they are doing that is "unconstitutional." Really?? You mean to tell me that a person like me who gets all of their information/education from the La Raza Studies at TUSD, can compile 3 1/3 file boxes (and growing) of documentation on these types of incidents/cases and a smart individual like you who quotes history and case law I(n a weak attempt to cover-up thousands of actual occurrences), cannot find any proof??? Have you ever shot a straight line in your life about anything? so incredibly pitiful - gotta suck to only have hate as one's companion. I am well aware of the 'Constitution Free' zones that have been set-up in our nation. none of this is applicable to my previous comments. Illegal Immigration began in 1492, Deal with it !!

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Posted by NormSutter on 03/15/2014 at 8:56 AM

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