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In 2012, the city awarded a facade grant to rehab the building occupied by Beowulf. The project included the installation of the theatre's marquee.

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

What would Shakespeare think of his plays, reimagined from a contemporary perspective?

Playing in repertory on alternating days, “Desdemona – A Play about a Handkerchief” and “MacBeth’s Knife” look at Shakespeare’s familiar characters and events from different and enlightening perspectives. Read more»

Bill Epstein as Shelley Levene and Clark Ray as Rick Roma in 'Glengarry Glen Ross.'

“Glengarry Glen Ross” is a tight ensemble piece that requires precise timing and chemistry to work. The Beowulf production gets this just right with a well-chosen and well-honed cast. Read more» 2

Carrie Hill in 'Becky's New Car.'

In the play by Steven Dietz, Becky stars in her own tale, which she also narrates, speaking directly to the audience. It starts off as a slice of life story, but quickly takes a left turn into strange new territory, a mix of farce and screwball comedy, in which actress Carrie Hill shows how a woman can be driven over the edge Read more»

Emilio Zweig, Lucille Petty and Evan Werner in 'Speech and Debate.'

"Speech and Debate," a play by Stephen Karam, unites a trio of high school students struggling against the limitations of life in Salem, Oregon. Directed by Christopher Johnson, the show channels its adolescent angst into very funny comedy without being condescending. Read more»

Mumsey and son, Lord Peter Wimsey (Leah Kari, Pip Cardnell)

Adapted by local playwright and actress Joan O’Dwyer, “The Body In The Bath” nicely delineates Dorothy Sayer's fictional detective, Lord Peter Wimsey. Read more»

Michael Gifford and Chezale Rodriquez in 'Hope.'

Beowulf Alley’s production of "Hope" is ostensibly about a man considering becoming his party’s nominee for Congress. Locked in a hotel room, the potential candidate reviews his life not to see if he is good enough, but to assure himself that he’s not irredeemably bad. Read more»

Ken Beider and Evan Engle as pals in Exorcism

The setting and circumstances of Beowulf Alley Theatre’s presentation of “Exorcism” reflect O’Neill’s own in a barren room a century ago. The play is short and straight forward, and you’ll have bragging rights for having seen an extremely rare work by one of the most important playwrights in American theatre. Read more»

What at first seems a quirky, even foolish bit of fluff, “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!” gathers momentum to finish with a big message. That it does so safely within the confines of a 16th Century theatrical tradition makes it that much more powerful. Read more»

Jacob Brown as the Fool, Aaron Guisinger as Edgar, Breezy Giger as Kent and Bill Epstein as King Lear

Two plays open. One is a comedy; the other a tragedy. One features a big production company putting on a little play. The other is a little production company putting on a big play. If you have to pick one, which should you see? Read more»

9/11 memorials, Bernstein, Shaw and Stoppard are among the shows hitting Tucson stages in September with the start the fall 2011 theatre season. Read more»

'I Love You (We’re F*#ked)'

Fringe theatre comes from the same evolutionary path that created off-off Broadway. As a theatrical/performance movement, fringe has no rules and few guidelines. This weekend, Tucson joins a growing number of cities worldwide with its own fringe festival. Read more»

At some point the undead will outlive their current cultural cachet. That time will not come before the current run of "The Transylvanian Clockworks" at Beowulf Alley Theatre ends. This is a very different take on the Dracula myth. Read more»

Toni Press-Coffman's 'Armor,' produced by the Winding Road Theater Ensemble.

After the summer malaise, the Tucson theatre season starts back in earnest this month. Last week, Winding Road Theatre Ensemble kicked it by premiering a new work by Toni Press-Coffman. This weekend, Arizona Theatre Company, Rogue Theatre and Beowulf Alley Theatre open their seasons, followed closely by Arizona Repertory Theatre, Invisible Theatre, Borderlands, et al. Read more»

Arnold, Long, Gonzales and Nagy in 'Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage'

While the 85th La Fiesta de los Vaqueros rodeo was celebrating cowboy culture, down the road Beowulf Alley Theatre was lampooning the ethos of the cowboy way with "Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage." Read more» 1