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    Damsels in This Dress

    Remember when live theatre was an event, a special occasion? Just as I was beginning to fear that those days were gone, along comes a troupe called In Mixed Company, which takes a good evening of theatre, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, and turns ...

    by Gerald Thomson on January 25, 1996
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    You'll Fall to Pieces

    Patsy Cline remains a top-selling artist more than 30 years after her death. The 1985 biographical movie Sweet Dreams (starring Jessica Lange), recent videos about her life and music, and the release of a greatest-hits album in 1992 (it sold more tha...

    by Gerald Thomson on January 25, 1996
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    Geek Theatre

    Let's hope you never have a houseguest like the one currently visiting Theater Works, which is presenting Larry Shue's uproarious comedy The Nerd. This guest is a nerd in the traditional sense--taped glasses, a pocket protector, and toilet paper...

    by Gerald Thomson on January 18, 1996
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    The Joy of Rex

    With a play first performed almost 2,500 years ago, Southwest Shakespeare Company provides the opportunity to transcend the ages by bringing to life the nightmarish story Oedipus Rex. One of Sophocles' Theban plays, Oedipus is the well-known sto...

    by Gerald Thomson on January 18, 1996
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    The Simple Simon

    Neil Simon, the most prolific comic playwright of our day, is a household name. Even those who don't attend theatre know him through movies such as The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park. But few people have heard of Neil's older brother, Danny. ...

    by Gerald Thomson on January 11, 1996
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    Garden of Eaten

    A plant that thrives on human blood, an innocent botanist looking for a break in life and a blond beauty with the IQ of Miracle-Gro are main ingredients of Arizona Theatre Company's current theatrical feast, the funny, grisly musical Little Shop of H...

    by Gerald Thomson on January 11, 1996
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    Sacred Wows

    "Ideally, the purpose of the church is to become obsolete." That's a radical thought, especially coming from a seminarian, but it's representative of the theme running through Mass Appeal, the current offering at St. George Actors Showcase. ...

    by Gerald Thomson on December 28, 1995
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    The Plot Dickens

    If you're looking for a traditional holiday treat, Actors Theatre of Phoenix is offering its slick production of A Christmas Carol. Forthose with a slightly less traditional taste in holiday fare, let me recommend Copperstate Players' production of I...

    by Gerald Thomson on December 21, 1995
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    A Glowing Ruby

    With Ruby Christmas, Planet Earth Multi-Cultural Theatre gives us another fine production. No frills, and not a false step in the dance: These people make theatre look as easy and natural as sliding into old jeans. Playwright Sarah Dreher transp...

    by James Sallis on December 7, 1995
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    The Gospel Truth

    Black Theatre Troupe is taking people to church with Mama, I Want to Sing, the first production of its silver-anniversary season. With a program that reads more like a Sunday bulletin than a playbill, this production got a hearty "amen" from the open...

    by Gerald Thomson on December 7, 1995
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    FLIGHTS OF FANCY

    Touring the artworks at the three terminals at Sky Harbor International Airport provides a lesson in Phoenix's progressive sophistication in relation to public art. The big bird mosaic at Terminal Two looks as dated as a Depression-era mural. The ...

    by Jerome Du Bois on December 5, 1995
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    Tossed in Yonkers

    It's the end of an era. Theater Works, arguably the best community theatre in the Valley, must be out of its Glendale facility by December 31. The troupe plans to move to a new site at 91st Avenue and Thunderbird in Peoria, but that venue won't be re...

    by Gerald Thomson on November 23, 1995
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    One Out of Two Aint Bad

    The American Heritage Dictionary defines "creation" as "an original product of human invention or artistic imagination." One of the things that makes creation in art so exciting is that you never know quite where the experience will take you. The Ari...

    by Gerald Thomson on November 16, 1995
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    Diverse City

    Remember the days before political correctness, the days when we weren't afraid to talk topeople for fear of offending them? Well, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company is presenting a delightful, slice-of-life comedy, King of the Kosher Grocers, which serv...

    by Gerald Thomson on November 9, 1995
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    Dreamy Update

    Arizona Theatre Company opens its 1995-96 season with an intriguing, eclectic version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In an attempt to bring Shakespeare to a short-attention-span audience, director David Ira Goldstein has used scores of n...

    by Gerald Thomson on November 2, 1995
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    Miss Jean Brodie

    Sporting some of the most lackluster acting this Valley has seen in a long time, the current play by Phoenix Theatre has proven that a wonderful story and a well-crafted script cannot save poor execution onstage. PT's second production of this season...

    by Gerald Thomson on November 2, 1995
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    Dreading Water

    Even in this fast-paced world of ours, are we ever able to embrace change? Imagine going back to 1948 to a small Kentucky town in the Cumberland River Gorge, to find people who know little of change. These are the characters currently being examined...

    by Gerald Thomson on October 26, 1995
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    Half the World's a Film

    To celebrate its 45th theatre season, Grand Canyon University continues to emphasize the works of Shakespeare with the pastoral comedy As You Like It. This whimsical tale of love is filled with all the unbelievable characters and situations we have n...

    by Gerald Thomson on October 26, 1995
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    Looming Large

    If I can only have a dress made from Junichi Arai's fluid stainless steel fabric in time for Halloween, I can go to the big party as Queen of the Martians. The arresting fabric, which moves like mercury in the hand and could have come straight out o...

    by Bettie Rinehart on October 19, 1995
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    Strange Interlude

    Theater Works has scored solidly with a winning production of John Guare's darkly deranged comedy The House of Blue Leaves. Guare is the author of two pieces I have admired very much, the film Atlantic City and the play and film Six Degrees of Se...

    by Marshall W. Mason on October 19, 1995
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