AMERICAN MARIACHI — Soundtrack of Life, Love & Remembrance


By Marcos Nájera There are many wild and colorful stories chronicling the true origins of mariachi music. Some stories credit the Spanish explorer Hernan Cortés with bringing theatre orchestra musicians with him from overseas when he landed in what is now modern-day Mexico. Meanwhile, others speculate that the word ‘mariachi’ comes from a now-extinct indigenous […]

Bold, Direct, Unforgettable


The 2016-17 Performing Arts Season Is Here By Kathryn M. Miller ~ Change is good. It forces one to adapt, which brings about resiliency – something that Arizona performing arts organizations are familiar with. As the performing arts season gets underway in the Valley, organizations are rising to the challenges of the times – and […]

Final Weekend For Arizona Theatre’s ROMEO AND JULIET


Arizona Theatre Company’s (ATC) current production of Romeo and Juliet is served up with a bit of fun and plenty of brio, with a hip, 60s Italian vibe that reflects the youth and effervescence of the play’s namesake couple. Under the direction of Kristen Brandt, this timeless tale is brought to life by David Lee Cuthbert’s staging design, Kish Finnegan’s […]

Performing Arts In The Valley – Giving Shape To Life


By Kathryn M. Miller ~ The object of art is to give life shape – so says a gentleman by the name of William Shakespeare. Nearly 400 years after his death, his works are still being brought to life onstage, and still have the power to shape and move an audience. That is, after all, […]

Review: Around the World In 80 Days


By Caitlin Miller – When you hear the name Jules Verne, the first thing that usually comes to mind is adventure. And the first thing that comes to mind when you think of adventure is action movies. Some of the most well-loved action/adventure movies are based off of or in part inspired by Jules Verne […]

REVIEW: Arizona Theatre Company’s “Freud’s Last Session”


By Judith Dauncey – Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) is once again proving its strength in local theatre.  Its current production, Freud’s Last Session written by Mark St. Germain (suggested by The Question of God by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.), is a long-running off-Broadway hit.  This is an engaging peek into a theoretical meeting between renowned […]

“Emma” A Joyous, Raucous, Breath Of Fresh Air


By Judith Dauncey – Arizona Theatre Company’s (ATC) current production, Jane Austen’s Emma, is like a breath of fresh air for a new year.   Paul Gordon, who adapted Emma from the original novel, also crafted the music and lyrics.  He first developed Jane Austen’s Emma at TeatreWorks in Palo Alto, and it won the 2007 Bay […]