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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»0

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»0

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»0

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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»0

Theatre review

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»0

Review

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»0

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»0

Review

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»0

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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»0

Terrific counter-programming: Kvelling over ATC's 'Fiddler'

If you need a break from "The Nutcracker" and "The Messiah" and you want to come in from the Winterhaven cold and not sit behind a horse, ATC's "Fiddler on the Roof" is the show and the theater company and the cultural enterprise you should be supporting this Christmas season.... Read more»0