Must have been a bad day for darbone - I was there for dinner with two friends last Friday - 10-29 and had a WONDERFUL experience. Very attentive and friendly server, water served right after we were seated and the wine list offered. We split the very generous Caprese salad (no grey prosciutto here) which was wonderfully fresh right down to the very red and tasty tomatoes! We then split 2 pizzas - the Quattro Formaggi (wouldn't have minded just a TAD more cheese) and a special that night with sliced Italian sausage, red and green peppers, onions and lots of cheese. We were in no hurry as we were all catching up on each other's lives and never felt rushed at all. Finished the meal with one of their skillet cookies (chocolate chip with vanilla bean ice cream) and a white chocolate Pannacotta with blackberries. YUM! I know that the Dove Mountain VA has a larger menu but it was WAY too far for 2/3 of our group. We didn't feel cheated one bit by the Swan Road location! 4 stars instead of 5 due to the fact that the cheese pizza needed more cheese!
Great article, Sherilyn, and I totally agree. We already have an over abundance of downtown restaurants. What we need are reasons to bring folks downtown and theatre is a big reason! We theatre junkies typically want to go out before or after a show - and often it's both. I think it's a total shame, especially since Beowulf was really the best small theatre in Tucson in terms of the stage size, seating comfort, etc. Their closing will leave a large hole in downtown Tucson!
Thanks for keeping us up to date on all the foodie news in town! Best wishes!
While I agree that the acting was really solid, I disagree with this being a "flat" play and several of us talked at length about the play afterwards - definitely not leaving the theatre "empty-handed". OK - it isn't the BEST PLAY EVER - but it is really good (echoes of Mamet be damned) so do yourself a favor and go see what I think is a great production.
I just hope Ms. Kuder sends a copy of this review to the owner! There are just too many restaurants trying to make it - I'm certainly not going to frequent a place that has such crummy service. Wake up servers - good tips come from good service!!
I absolutely cannot believe that Ms. Forrester was at the same production I was! This does not appear to be a review but rather an attack on what was for me (and several other people with me - a few who plan to attend the show again during the run because they liked it so much) a decidedly lovely experience. The only thing I agree with in this unpleasant diatribe is the fact that the Cabaret stage is small. I thought the blocking (considering the small stage) was really very good and the positioning of the actors provided some really wonderful tableaus. The acting was above average (in a couple cases, way above average) and there were several truly touching moments! In closing, all I can say is that you should see this play for yourself. I think this reviewer is totally out of touch with reality and, in effect, has told potential playgoers that it would be better if they stayed at home and watched Simpson's re-runs. Believe me, nothing could be further from the truth! Please, go see this wonderful play!
Think Ms. Forrester saw a different play than I did! And it must have had different actors as well. I think she get's off on tearing plays and actors apart because she shows the same streak in the majority of her reviews.
I believe you've covered almost every theatre company except the notably absent Live Theatre Workshop and Etc. Both produce consistently good shows - what gives?
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