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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Cloud Tectonics: An Endless Now

Is this a science fiction play dressed up as a love story, or a love story dressed up as a science fiction play? Cloud Tectonics by José Rivera is...

Showdown in Tucson

Having just visited Tombstone last month, I was already in the mood for a good old-fashioned western. The Gaslight Theatre obliged by putting on a production entitled Showdown in...

Desire Under the Elms

The 1924 romantic tragedy Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill had its roots in ancient Greece when Euripides launched his trilogy of plays on Hippolytus. Euripdes related the tale...

Sherlock Holmes in Tucson

The day is December 23, 1915. Dr. Watson, at a hotel in Paris, is writing letters to the press in London to announce the death of Sherlock Holmes. The...

The ‘Invisible’ Race Riot of 1969

This is a play that poignantly describes race relation in the United States, a topic that has dominated American life for more than 150 years. Like Middle East peace,...

Agatha Christie Murder Mystery in Oro Valley

There is nothing more delicious than an Agatha Christie murder mystery. I first attended The Mousetrap in 1978. It began a run in the West End of London in...

New Theatre Company in Tucson

Tucson has a new theatre company! The Southern Arizona Performing Arts Company (SAPAC) was founded by Dennis Tamblyn and Danielle Wright, along with founding Artistic Advisor Kelli Workman. I...

Herman’s Favourite Animal

Herman's favourite animal is a rabbit “because they were born prepared to listen.” Is this just a throw-away line, a bon mot of no substance, or is it rather...

The Stanislavski System

Philip G. Bennett operates a Theatre Lab here in Tucson, where he trains people in the acting technique developed in Russia by Konstantin Stanislavski in the early 20th century....

The Norwegians

The 2013 play by C. Denby Swansen, The Norwegians, has arrived in Tucson. Should you care? In a word, yes. If you want to laugh pretty much non-stop for...
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Charade or Theatre?

According to the dictionary, a charade is “an absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance.” The opening play at the Rogue...

CULTURAL ARCHETYPES, Part 3 of 4

Civilization is complex, and philosophers often use archetypes like general laws in order to simplify complex realities.  I am not a philosopher, but I...

Poetry in Archaic Greece

When one thinks of Ancient Greece, the mind goes at once to the so-called Classical Period, when Athens flourished, great philosophy was written, and...