Charming AF

In her new adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma, director Autumn de Wilde goes for broke, aiming to achieve it all: historical realism and a contemporary spirit, comedy and emotional depth, style and substance, romantic fantasy and social commentary. It's a lot to weave together, and sometimes a thread gets lost in the film's dense tapestry. But overall this adaption is intelligent, significantly new and devastatingly charming.

Alive and Kicking

A finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe is currently one of the hottest plays making the circuit right now. With a story that is modern and fiercely female, it is no surprise that Arizona Repertory Theatre at the University of Arizona added it to its 2019/20 Season and produced it with a team made, predominantly, of women.

A Killer Production

The Norwegians, by C. Denby Swanson, is more like a Tucson winter than the Minnesota winter in which it’s set; it’s brisk without being cold, bright but not quite sunny, with moments of warmth chased by a sudden chill.

Under the Skin

Arizona Theatre Company’s production of Master Harold… and the Boys, Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical play set in 1950’s South Africa, begs the audience to question how we deal with difficult times.

Apartheid Revisited

Back in 1982, when Athol Fugard’s play “Master Harold” … and the Boys first hit Broadway, a New York Times critic got it right. This Friday night, Arizona Theatre Company opens its own production, at a time when the U.S. is undergoing its own wrenching battles over racism and inequality.

A Hoot

SAPAC’s Hot Mikado is a well-executed (pun intended) take on an old favorite

Food for Thought

Winding Road Theatre showcases ensemble talent and honest storytelling in their latest offering, Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal.

Come and Hear the Music Play

Arizona Theatre Company brings an all-new production of Cabaret (written by Joe Masteroff with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb) to Southern Arizona this winter. Set during the waning days of Weimar Berlin and the Nazis’ rise to power, Cabaret is a deliberately timed choice for ATC. Its warnings about noxious populism and apathy in the face of evil resonate strongly today.

Trick Play

Tilly the Trickster, a family-friendly show, written by Jeremy Dobrish with music and lyrics by Drew Fornarola and based on the children’s book written by actress and comedian of SNL fame, Molly Shannon, is running now at Live Theatre Workshop, just in time for the holiday season.

A Cabaret for today

The world of Cabaret, Arizona Theatre Company’s next production, is centered at a nightclub called the Kit Kat, where a character called the Emcee oversees a world of decadence, bawdiness and reckless abandon.

Awkward Dance

The last night of Ballyhoo, by Alfred Uhry, takes place in 1939 in the Atlanta home of an assimilated Jewish family whose social-climbing matriarch, Boo (Eavan Clare Brunswick), directly rejects their heritage. Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of Ballyhoo, while witty and sometimes charming, lays victim to a script filled with sappy sentimentality and conflict with no payoff.

A haunting comedy

The Rogue Theatre’s production of Blithe Spirit is, in the words of the play itself, “a jolly time with Elvira.” Noël Coward’s play, directed here by Joseph McGrath, is at turns cheeky and biting, even occasionally caustic, but always a great deal of fun. 

Gender Bender

TransFormations is framed as a trans support group. Whether they know it or not, the audience is full of new group members with varying levels of knowledge on this subject.

Spy vs. wry

With sculpted eyebrows,a well-fitted suit and a Mid-Atlantic accent perfect for radio, The Gaslight Theatre’s David Fanning leads the way with a suave touch (and plenty of humor) in the company’s newest production, “009 Licence to Thrill.”

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