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Rogue Theatre's 'Grapes of Wrath' an ensemble epic

The Rogue is the only theatre company in Tucson — and, I would guess, one of the few in the country — with the aesthetic sensibility, technical proficiency, resident ensemble and dramatic chops to undertake an earnest production the stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel.... Read more»

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The languid ferocity of Giant Sand's Howe Gelb

When I walked into the Giant Sand show on Boxing Day, I was taken aback. Howe Gelb, the group’s sole permanent member, is a man of many moods, with performances that vary accordingly. But this time he seemed more interested in playing guitar than in playing himself. It felt like Gelb was out to prove a point.... Read more»

Tucson music: JJP's Best of 2017

"Best of" lists are ridiculously subjective. But I made one anyway. Plus, 2018 in local music and this week's live gig listings. It's your weekend roundup from Tucson Sentinel.com!... Read more»

Deep & Provocative: 'Two Plays for Lost Souls' at the Scoundrel and Scamp

Two intelligently conceived and professionally mounted one-act plays mark the opening of a new theatre company here in Tucson: the Scoundrel and Scamp. One is a truly dramatic monologue, the other a weird and compelling piece of theatre.... Read more»

Theatre review

Coupling & grieving: Neil Simon’s 'Chapter Two' at ATC

“Chapter Two” is not, to my mind, among the best of Neil Simon's plays, but it deserves a better realization than this, especially from an accomplished regional theatre with so many resources and from a director so intimately connected to the play and the playwright. ... Read more»

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Recognizing the truth: ATC's world premiere of 'Holmes and Watson'

The last show of David Ira Goldstein's 25-year run with Arizona Theatre Company and a briskly staged and solidly acted work that had its first-ever staging in Tucson last week — is, as the Brits say, too clever by half and a rather slight thing at that. ... Read more»

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Self-regulating instability: Winding Road's 'Language Archive'

A nicely designed production of Julia Cho's "The Language Archive" has opened for a four-week run, staged by Winding Road Theater. This play about a professor's desperate attempts to preserve dying languages and his own expiring marriage features some terrific acting and a marvelous original score.... Read more»

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The gorgeous plurality of being human: Az Rep's 'Twelfth Night'

A beautifully mounted, intelligently directed, energetically acted production of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's beloved social and romantic comedy of mistaken identities and gender-bending, has opened for a three-week run at Arizona Repertory Theatre. Not as "goth" as it's billed, the show is nonetheless smart and vigorous.... Read more»

Making choices: Live Theatre Workshop's 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'

An earnestly entertaining and professionally judicious production of Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan" has opened a six-week run at Live Theatre Workshop. ... Read more»

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Fresh irony unlocked in Conrad's soap art

Miles Conrad's fresh immersive soap art Compound Interest — "concerning correction and coercion" (penal system, jail to the rest of you birds) — is floating above many also-rans in this year's Whitney Biennial. Seen before it hits the road in Conrad's Tucson studio, it was soothing, lovely and smells great. Just like Mom's sheets after washing and Bouncing. Amazing considering it references the pattern of walls and prison. Irony, irony, thy name is art. ... Read more»

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'Terra Mater' mixed-media at Etherton is a blast

"Terra Mater" at the Etherton Gallery is a must-go show. Especially for those of us who think they really don't want to go to a photography exhibit because everyone and their dog is a photographer these days, Photoshopped on Facebook. Think again: these works are adventures not captured moments. ... Read more»

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Designing and flowering: 'The White Snake' at Rogue Theatre

Rogue is the only theater in Tucson with the intellectual, creative, and financial resources — a talented, experienced team of producers, designers, and ensemble actors, and a well-heeled, educated, audience — needed to present and receive this wonderfully sumptuous production. ... Read more»

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In transition: 'Becky’s New Car' at Roadrunner Theatre

Roadrunner is a small, rather accomplished East Side theatre company in the middle of its second season, and, I am confident, a rising force in Tucson's theater community. "Becky's New Car" may not be their best effort, but it's good work, and worth seeing.... Read more»

Arizona Theatre Company

5 reasons to see ATC's latest hit, 'Fences'

“Fences” is one of the great plays of the American theatre, a beautifully written personal tale with mythic overtones of a black family’s struggles for happiness in Pittsburgh circa 1957. Here are five reasons for catching what may be one of the best dramatic presentations in Tucson this season.... Read more»1

Arizona Repertory Theatre

Kooky 50-year-old 'Barefoot in the Park' shows its age

Neil Simon is usually easy money for a theatre troupe. But in the case of Arizona Repertory Theatre’s “Barefoot in the Park,” the world of the early 1960s feels more like an off-kilter alternate reality than a fond memory. If the pre-Beatles Camelot culture represented here is to be believed, were we really so vapid and narrow-minded?... Read more»

Arizona Theatre Company

Irresistible 'Irving Berlin' — It's not about genius, it's about endurance

A one-man show, especially a jukebox musical focused on a single composer, has inherent limitations. “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” of course, has two key tools to overcome these challenges. The first is Berlin’s rich song catalog, featuring classics such as “Blue Skies,” “White Christmas” and “God Bless America.” The second is Hershey Felder himself. ... Read more»

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