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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Review

Re: “The Music Man Comes To Town

If I may pick a nit here, I would like to point out that the creator of this terrific piece of work over 60 years ago deserves to have his name, Robert Reiniger Meredith Willson, properly spelled.

Posted by J_in_Cochise on 11/29/2018 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Nobody Dies Forever

OH YEAH, what a good experience this was. Talent's talent, and one sees talent with every visit to LTW.

Posted by ArizonaPoet on 06/03/2018 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Nobody Dies Forever

HIlarious performance.1 Well done, LTW
BTW, please correct the spelling in the headline.

Posted by Jerrod Mason on 05/26/2018 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Problem Child

I totally disagree with Ms. Forrester's arrogant and smug review of this production. I was SO happy though that she was able to explain to me exactly what Sam Shepard was trying to communicate in this play. I enjoyed the production immensely as did all of my friends who went to see it. I thought the acting by all cast members was outstanding. Maybe you need a new, less smug and patronizing reviewer.
Dani Gilbert

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by danigilbert on 05/11/2018 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Sour Grapes

"It is certainly a harsh story, but Steinbeck's story is not a hopeless one. " Actually, it is. The ending we saw on stage is exactly the ending in the book. You should read it. It's incredible.

1135 likes, 711 dislikes
Posted by Maria Franco Caprile on 01/24/2018 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Sour Grapes

What a crock! Not sure where this reviewers head space was at, but the play that I saw at the Rogue theater was, in my opinion, an artistic achievement. The Grapes of Wrath is a very complex story... discerning who is the protagonist is an art-form unto itself. Translating this complex story on a stage with bare minimal props - from the dust bowl, along the highway and eventually to the fields of California is no easy feat. All the little attention to detail in the staging of the actors, including the flow and movement which propelled the story-line, added to the tapestry of enveloping us into the story of the Joad's struggles. As for the actors and their performance, it was superb. Each actor was able to draw me into the character that they were portraying seamlessly. Reviewers themselves have to take in account their own limitations, especially their own expectations. Sherilyn arrived at this venue with expectations and pencil in hand, and from her review, a limited perception... I arrived with no expectations and was immensely entertained... my hat is off to the Rogue Theater and their production...

1138 likes, 666 dislikes
Posted by Illiance on 01/18/2018 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Magical Matrimony

Fyi - The River Bride is the fourth time ATC has fully produced a winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award. Also, Oregon Shakespeare Festival...not Ashland Shakespeare Festival. thanks.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by David Ira Goldstein on 11/03/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Creepy and Kooky

Mike Padilla is actually the Music Director AND the Conductor for THE ADDAMS FAMILY - A NEW MUSICAL. Monte Ralstin is the Music Supervisor for the production, in addition to playing the role of Uncle Fester. Ralstin is the Music Director for the Theatre program. It can be confusing, but because he had an onstage role in ADDAMS...Ralstin just acted as Music Supervisor for this musical.

Posted by Lisa Pierce on 10/28/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “A Peek Into 9/11

Charlie Sheen and the rest of us with a 4th grade education know that 9/11 was indeed a very inside job. It is way past time for the rest of the world to wake up before the wars generated because of the false flag attack destroys the world. Those buildings were imploded with demolition, just like Silerstein said they decided to 'pull' Building 7. Wakeup America have the courage we need to demand a criminal investigation.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Cheri Jacobs Aspenleiter on 08/01/2017 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Requiem for Rolf

Rolfs death has turned sweet 16. I cried over his absense tonight for the first time since I cried laat, 16 years ago. I didnt understand myself over the years, meaning why I felt so cold and absent of care of who we were to each other, but for whatever reason, Rolf resurected for me tonight, whole, im glad this piece exists on line. Your portait of him, is intensely accurate. Prayer cireworks up forever.

Posted by Niles Hunter on 07/17/2017 at 11:29 PM

Re: “Headline Ripping

This was a concise, probing and analytical theater review. Thanks.

Now if only you could replace that grim movie critic at the Weekly.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gurnemanz on 05/27/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Acting Lesson

If you are interested NY acting lessons , you can find them here

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Lera Vernadska on 12/21/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “The Southwest and Mexico, Illuminated

I first met Alejandra Platt while photographing a Guarijio ceremony in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental. It was inspiring to see another photographer working in the rugged and dangerous region of the Rio Guajaray in northwest Sonora. I learned Ms. Platt was working on her first book, “In the Name of God,” an ambitious 7 year long project to document indigenous people off the tourist grid throughout Mexico. Viewing Ms. Platt’s black and white images several years later, I was struck by the fact she had illuminated the lives of the people, cultures, and traditions most Americans and Mexicans have never seen or heard of.

Ms. Platt's “In the Name of God” is reminiscent of the compelling work of Swiss photographer Gertrude Duby-Blom. During the 1940s, “La Reina de la Selva” documented the Lacandon Maya in the burning jungles of Chiapas. Blom’s remarkable work to save the Lacandon Maya was later published in her book, “Bearing Witness.” Like Gertrude Duby-Blom, Alejandra Platt-Torres deserves recognition and support for her valiant efforts to shine light on the vanishing people and traditions of Mexico.

John Annerino, Photographer Author

Posted by John Annerino on 08/08/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Scenes of the Southwest

Hi. Reading this article got me to thinking about something a few years back I was on my way from New Mexico to Arizona I went about an hour south of Albuquerque and picked up a highway that took me west to Phoenix on my way out there I went down and down and down. It was late April or early May. As I crossed over I think I gained two hours. So it was a very long day but more stunningly The sky was crystal clear. Never in my life was I so surprised or delighted at scenery during the car ride. Part of it no doubt is the geography or top biography of that area. You go from the mountains of New Mexico to canyons which lead to a valley Full of saguaro cacti. I wanted to name that experience and so I was reminded of the book by CS Lewis entitled surprised by Joy. That was my experience. I was surprised by Joy. It was a day with two hours tacked on two hours of beautiful sunlight crystal clear skies and warm crisp Desert like climate that reached 99° upon entering Phoenix Valley. I've driven across country twice and have traveled abroad quite a bit but I never saw such a spectacular seen as this. Has anyone else driven that route that shared my experience? I'd be interested to know.

Posted by Sal on 01/08/2015 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Shivers in the Shadows


Posted by gdiaz on 11/04/2014 at 2:11 PM

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?

3 likes, 0 dislikes
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.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
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.

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Liz on 05/30/2014 at 2:32 PM

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