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Paige Mills (#14), Lauren Vialva (#11), Sophia Goodin (#2), Vuane Suitt (#00), Eavan Clare Brunswick (#8), Elana Rose Richardson (#13).

"The Wolves," an entertaining and provocative Pulitzer-finalist play that is "not really about soccer," explores life and death on the "planet of teenage girls." It's playing for two weeks at Arizona Repertory Theatre. Read more»

Madison Micucci and Brandon Espinoza in ATC’s 'Cabaret.'

The holiday-season production of "Cabaret" by Arizona Theatre Company, which opened last weekend is a highly professional, glitzily entertaining revival of a very important American musical that is also the best live-theatre bargain in town this year. Read more» 1

Holly Griffith, Cynthia Meier and Ryan Parker Knox in the Rogue Theatre production of 'Blithe Spirit.'

Playfully charming, hauntingly erotic, mercurially witty, beguilingly theatrical, Holly Griffith's wonderful performance as Elvira highlights Rogue Theatre's graceful production of "Blithe Spirit," Noel Coward's comic masterpiece, which opened here last weekend. Read more»

Caption: (from left) Karl Haas (Marshall), Cynthia Jeffrey (Regina), Dave Davidson (Oscar), David Alexander Johnston (Ben), and Damian Garcia (Leo) in Winding Road’s 'The Little Foxes.'

Winding Road's presentation of Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes" (which closes this weekend) is a well-directed, well-cast, well-acted production of a classic American play which, to my knowledge, has not been performed in Tucson this century (and probably for a lot longer). Read more»

Cole Potwardowski as Al, Matt Bowdren as Tom, David Greenwood as Pa and Aaron Shand as Noah

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»

Howe Gelb at a 2015 performance at London's Union Chapel.

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»

"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»

Claire Mannle in 'The Yellow Wallpaper.'

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»

Blair Baker and David Mason in Arizona Theatre Company’s 'Chapter Two.'

“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»

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»

The cast of Winding Road’s 'The Language Archive': clockwise from left, Peg Peterson (Alta), Leslie Miller (Mary), Gabriel Nagy (George), Seonaid Barngrover (Emma), and Roger Owen (Resten).

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»

Lady Olivia (Vinessa Vidotto) is in love with 'Cesario'/Viola (Tyler Reaser), but doesn’t realize Cesario is really a woman. Viola is in love with Duke Orsino (Colt Watkiss) & Duke Orsino is in love with Lady Olivia in this timeless production of Shakespeare’s 'Twelfth Night' at UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre.

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»

Gino Cocchi (Billy), Rhonda Hallquist (Kate), and Carlisle Ellis (Eileen).

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»

Compond Interest by Miles Conrad, Conrad Wilde Gallery. This is a miniature bas-relief tableau cast in heavily fragranced white soap representing the iconography of incarceration for participation in the Debtfair project by Occupy Museums for the Whitney Museum of American Art 2017 Biennial.

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»

Citizen 7, by Christopher Colville

"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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