Best Combination of Guts and Panache
Arizona Onstage Productions
Kevin Johnson's musical-theater company has been averaging only one stage show per season, but that's OK; we had to wait years between movies from the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Orson Welles, and the wait was usually worth it. Like a Kubrick or Welles film, an Arizona Onstage Production can be counted on for excellent craftsmanship (even when, like Welles, operating on a miniscule budget), provocative subject matter and a sense of humor that makes you squirm. Arizona Onstage Productions' most recent show lavished a top-notch local cast on the controversial Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins, 90 minutes of song and dance (mostly song) about president-killers. That sure beats yet another half-hearted go at Flower Drum Song.