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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»

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»

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

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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»

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 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

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»

Arizona Theatre Company

Andrews to return to run troubled ATC

Arizona Theatre Company, facing a $1 million deficit and turmoil in its leadership, will turn to a familiar face. Jessica Andrews, who left the nonprofit theatre in 2009, will return as interim managing director.... Read more»

Arizona Theatre Company

'Lombardi' is not a winner

There are winners and losers in football, which is one of its appeals. Life and art are not so starkly black and white. The play “Lombardi,” Arizona Theatre Company's production about legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi, has winning elements, but overall falls short of the usual high standard that ATC has set. ... Read more»

Arizona Theatre Company

'Next to Normal' is crazy funny

A “musical comedy” about a wife and mom who hallucinates and suffers chronic depression doesn’t sound entirely promising. Nonetheless, ATC's “Next to Normal” is funny, perhaps surprisingly so. ... Read more»1

Arizona Theatre Company

'Daddy Long Legs' a rare successful two-person musical

ATC’s latest production, “Daddy Long Legs” is a carefully honed, crisply presented mini-musical. Despite a hyper-romantic, predictable narrative, its two hours sail by engagingly, carried by flawless performances. In fact, the real problem with“Daddy Long Legs” may be that it’s almost too perfect. Is “slick” a bad thing?... Read more»