Being evil's all the rage, we know. Angelina Jolie stars as Sleeping Beauty's antagonist in the upcoming Disney flick Maleficent. And, yeah, Wicked made us sympathize with ol' greenie. In theory, we dig the idea of turning a storyline on its ear with a POV change. The problem is that our inner straitlaced goody-two-shoes still wants to root for the classic good gals in all their uncool, nonviolent, pigtailed glory.

All this is to say, quasi-politely, eff your retelling. We'll take our seats for The Wizard of Oz at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, and happily cheer on our braided, gingham-dressed Dorothy 'til she's safe back in Kansas. We'll be glad when that wicked old witch gets hers and probably embarrass ourselves by earnestly singing along to the whole show. And probably crying. So, there.

Performances continue through Sunday, February 9. Tickets are $20 and up via or by calling 480-965-3434. For more information, visit

Feb. 4-8, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 8, 2 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 9, 1 & 6:30 p.m., 2014
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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