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Arizona Theatre Company

'Wait Until Dark' redone in gnarly noir

Years of police procedural TV shows have enlightened audiences to the ways of criminals, evidence and investigation. As a result, “Wait Until Dark” — about a blind woman in a cat-and-mouse struggle with ne’er-do-well — today requires ever larger doses of willing suspension of disbelief to make sense.... Read more»

Arizona Repertory Theatre

Frankenstein: Monster production saves UA monster play

Director Brent Gibbs brings his A game to this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic “Frankenstein.” The show’s vibrant bells and whistles fortunately overshadow the weaknesses of its text and create a showcase for the UA’s faculty and student talent, both on stage and behind the scenes.... Read more»

Arizona Theatre Company

'Venus in Fur?' Whip it! Whip it good!

“Venus in Fur” is a 2010 play by David Ives, loosely based on the 1870 erotic novella by Leopold Van Sacher-Masoch. It uses the metaphor of the theatre to explore and subvert the authentically dominant and submissive roles of director and actor into a dynamic, erotically charged relationship. Self-aware, comedic and ironic, the play is less about sex and more about the stickier aspects of power.... Read more»1

Invisible Theatre cancels 'Dead Guilty' run over actor illness

A sick actor means a local theatre group is canceling a production. "Dead Guilty," scheduled for Feb. 4-16, won't appear on the boards of Invisible Theatre; ticket holders should phone to arrange refunds.... Read more»

'Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed' opening safe haven for improv

Spreading the gospel of improvisational comedy can be a tricky business, but the members of Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed are as tenacious as they are whimsical. Eleven years after the group's founding, they finally have a place to call their own — the lights will go up on the Unscrewed Theater this weekend.... Read more»

PCC not fiddlin' around with heritage project

In conjunction with a production of "Fiddler on the Roof," Pima Community College will host a Family Heritage Celebration next month. The public is asked to share photos, poems and stories as part of a multimedia project that will be featured on the opening night of the musical.... Read more»

Boys Chorus holding auditions

Intent on turning boys to men, Julian Ackerley and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus are holding auditions for the group's 75th season. Auditions are open for boys aged 8-12. "We use music as a vehicle for developing social skills. We're called a boys chorus but we try to teach them to be gentleman," Ackerley said.... Read more»

Live Theatre Workshop

'Boeing, Boeing' takes flight again

Set somewhere between the invention of Playboy and the early Kennedy era, “Boeing, Boeing” sees a playboy, Bernard, juggling three fiancés. The trick is that all three are flight attendants for different airlines, which works until the faster Boeing 707 aircraft disrupts his carefully synchronized love life. ... Read more»

Arizona Theatre Company

'Xanadu' offers holiday alternative: '80s camp, with extra cheese

The musical production plays off the cult following which bad movies of a certain earnestness, like “Xanadu,” can attain. It features hits by both Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne, roughly paralleling the movie while making fun of its preposterousness, and skating dangerously close to unfettered nostalgia for the disco era.... Read more»

Curtains for Downtown theatre Beowulf Alley

Beowulf Alley, for a decade a fixture of Tucson's performing arts scene, has closed the doors of its South 6th Avenue theatre. "Performances that were scheduled for the remainder of the season have been cancelled," the company's board president said. The closing means Tucson will be without a small independent theatre Downtown for the first time since the mid-1990s.... Read more»3

Photos: All Souls Procession winds through Downtown

Tens of thousands of Tucsonans joined in the 24th All Souls Procession on Sunday night, many donning costumes and elaborate Dia de los Muertos facepaint. ... Read more»2

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: 24th Annual All Souls Procession this Sunday

Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, talk show host Emil Franzi, Downtown Tucson Partnership CEO Michael Keith, and Inside Tucson Business Editor Mark B. Evans... Read more»

Arizona Repertory Theatre

UA’s 'Boeing, Boeing' takes off with successful slapstick

The University of Arizona production of “Boeing, Boeing” demonstrates how significantly our values and perceptions have shifted in 50 years, as well as how timeless good physical comedy is.... Read more»

Invisible Theatre’s 'The Letters' is a doubleplusgood drama

The play examines the issues of a culture built on fear and deception, through a two-person power struggle fraught with suspicion, manipulation and intrigue. The taut psychological drama owes much to “1984,” George Orwell’s dystopian novel, as well as to the Soviet era that provides the play’s setting. ... Read more»

Live Theatre Workshop

LTW's 'Search for Signs of Intelligent Life' yields promising results

Originally written for actress and comedian Lily Tomlin and tautly and hilariously scripted by Jane Wagner, Tomlin’s longtime partner, Live Theatre Workshop’s latest production does a lot of riffing on the nature of humanity through its multiple characters.... Read more»

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