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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»

Angela Horchem and David Morden, two of the 14 actors in 'Journey to the West.'

Rogue Theatre's sprawling epic will please those with a taste for the exotic and for spectacle. Read more»

Julia Matias and Christopher Johnson discuss life in 'Touch.'

Despite its contemporary setting, “Touch” is as old as Greek mythology: boy meets girl – boy loses girl – boy goes through hell to get her back. First premiered 13 years ago in Tucson, the play has gone on to productions in New York, Los Angeles and the prestigious Humana Festival in Louisville. Read more»

Toni Press-Coffman plays a dying cancer patient in 'Wit.'

Contemplation of Death in the abstract is one thing; the physical reality of death is something much more difficult and personal. Live Theatre Workshop's 'Wit' has a smart, compelling structure matched by an emotionally draining narrative. Read more»

Speaking Friday before the opening of the Winding Road Theater Ensemble's production of Lanford Wilson’s “Fifth of July,” director Glen Coffman said poignantly that until Thursday, he had considered Wilson to be America’s greatest living playwright. 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»