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    Phillip Fazio - Nun on the run

    "Two Ladies," indeed! Cabaret director Phillip Fazio apparently has a thing for impersonating the fairer sex. Here, the former child actor fesses up to an affection for Maggie Smith and a likeness to Bridget Jones, and cops to preteen stints in full-...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 8, 2007
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    Theater Scene - Previews and reviews of what's running now

    Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical: Artists Theatre Project launches its fifth season with a reprise of the company's popular 2004 staging of this campy tuner about a whorish teen with her eyes on the big prize. This adaptation of the classic 1978 skin ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 8, 2007
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    A Little Sucky-Sucky - Two vampire classics are back. Unfortunately, they bite

    Castlevania, the vampire-hunting series that stretches over 20 years and as many games, has two kinds of fans. There are the traditionalists, who've followed the games since they were straight-up action titles with thumb-busting combat and infamously...

    by Gary Hodges on November 8, 2007
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    The Kids Were All Right

    Sesame Street: Old School Volume 2 (Genius) On the heels of the Electric Company boxed sets, which were at once educational and groovy as all get-out, comes the latest in greatest hits from Sesame Street, before the neighborhood was gentrified fo...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 8, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Best of the Colbert Report (Paramount) Blame It on Fidel! (Koch Lorber) Blood Car (TLA) The Crown Prince (Koch) Deck the Halls (Fox) Election (Tartan) Flight of the Conchords: The Complete First Season (HBO) Help!: Deluxe Edi...

    on November 8, 2007
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    Please Collaborate - The artistic equivalent of bowling alone

    I have a vague childhood memory of being in an art museum while on vacation with my family. I don't know where we were, but I remember approaching an old oil painting and sneakily running my finger over the rough, cracked texture of the dried pigment...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 1, 2007
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    Breakables - Seeing ourselves in glass

    Too often, looking at sculpture spying on a silent figure unaware of our voyeurism is a static endeavor. But the blown glass and multimedia sculptures in "Figurate Esto," influenced by Catholicism, American consumerism, and Mexican folk art, are ...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 1, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    Paintings by Xiao Shunzhi at Calvin Charles Gallery: After a few hours of viewing art, it sometimes feels as if I've rubbed my eyeballs with sandpaper. The visual wear makes everything blurry, and the only thing that brings focus back is seeing somet...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 1, 2007
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    Fun With Fluids - The revolution will be televised and plenty addictive, too

    It must've been a scorching summer day when the game developer stared at his thermometer and realized: "Sweet sassy molassey, this would make a helluva game!" How else to explain the existence of the quirky puzzle series Mercury Meltdown? Debuting...

    by Gary Hodges on November 1, 2007
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    A Bitter End

    No End in Sight (Magnolia) Charles Ferguson's debut doc, easily the most important in a year full of notable fact-gathering films, assembles some of the key players behind the invasion and occupation of Iraq and seems to ask them but one question:...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 1, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Amicus Collection (Dark Sky) Angel: Complete Series Collector's Set (Fox) Beastie Boys: The Complete Story (Video Music) Benny Hill: The Complete Megaset (A&E) A Christmas Story (Warner Bros.) CSI Miami: The Fifth Season (Paramount...

    on November 1, 2007
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    Fear and Fun in Phoenix

    With Halloween just around the corner, time is running out for urbanites of the PHX to conjure up a killer costume for the annual celebration of everything thrilling and chilling. So whatcha gonna be? Better come up with something good, ace, and not ...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on October 25, 2007
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    Well Hung - Stuffed and nonsense

    One takes a mighty risk when one attempts Arthur Kopit's Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, a frantic farce that mocks the Theater of the Absurd even as it honors that form's peculiar rhythms and deeply weird pos...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 25, 2007
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    Mike Traylor - Acting like he knows what he's doing

    He loves his baby sister and the Marx Brothers, but actor-director Mike Traylor who's appearing this week in iTheatre Collaborative's Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad isn't above admitting when hes blown an...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 25, 2007
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    Theater Scene - Reviews and previews of what's running now

    Dracula: The Musical?: The question mark in this Scottsdale Desert Stages production's title screams "Careful! Hyper-clever campiness awaits you!" But who can resist any show that includes a song called "The Tippy, Tippy Tap of Love"? Playwright Ri...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 25, 2007
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    Bang Bang for Your Buck - It's five great games for $60, so shoot first and ask questions later

    Whether it's $600 PlayStation 3s, $50 a year for the option to play your Xbox 360 online, or the five bucks Nintendo shamelessly charges for 20-year-old NES games on the Wii's Virtual Console, devoted gamers have gotten used to assuming the position ...

    by Gary Hodges on October 25, 2007
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    The Boys Are Back

    Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick (Warner Bros.) Most of the old Kubrick DVDs were crap: full-screen editions with poor pictures and virtually no special features. This set makes up for them with 2001, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal J...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 25, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Adventures of Aquaman (Warner Bros.) The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume One (Paramount) Battleship Potemkin (Kino) Breathless: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Commune (First Run) The Company (Sony) Fantastic Plan...

    on October 25, 2007
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    Fear and Fun in Phoenix

    With Halloween just around the corner, time is running out for urbanites of the PHX to conjure up a killer costume for the annual celebration of everything thrilling and chilling. So whatcha gonna be? Better come up with something good, ace, and not ...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on October 18, 2007
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    Cel Yourself - Surreal world: Mesa

    Every once in a while, no matter how good life is, you just want to get the hell out. Sadly, many of us resort to booze and drugs for our mental vacations. But if you're wanting to put the bottle on the shelf, good art can provide an excellent me...

    by Lilia Menconi on October 18, 2007
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