The Year in Revue

The good, the bad, and the tuneful

Most of the other one-woman shows scheduled in the new year will be performed by actual women. Elaine Stritch will bring her whiskey-voiced At Liberty to Scottsdale Center for the Arts in March, and Chita Rivera will reminisce at Gammage one week later. Perhaps because neither is able to carry a one-woman show on her own, Linda Evans and Joan Collins will appear together in Legends! for Theater League at the end of this month.

The Valley's perennial one-woman shows, Late Nite Catechism and Late Nite Catechism II, will continue their endless runs at Scottsdale Center, and other nuns can be found in Theater Works' Nuns Like Us in February. For fans of less pious humor, there's the pair of Charles Busch comedies at Artists Theatre Project — Psycho Beach Party and Die, Mommy, Die! — or Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at Black Theatre Troupe. And since people are forever asking me to tell them "what's good" in theater (a nonsensical question that I've been asked twice a day for the past decade, and always from people who never go to the theater in the first place), I'll say this much: One attends any staging of Butterflies Are Free or a production of On Golden Pond starring Tom Bosley at one's own risk.

Sharon Collar (left) and Robyn Allen were superb in Algonquin Theater's production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane.
Sharon Collar (left) and Robyn Allen were superb in Algonquin Theater's production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

Happy New Year.

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