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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Secret Santa

Gaslight Theatre is known for the finest productions of musical comedy, and their latest Holiday offering is no exception. The Secret Santa has everything one might hope for in...

Total Acceptance

Made For Each Other, by Tucson playwright Monica Bauer, is a play about total acceptance. Multifaceted, it deals with gay marriage, Alzheimer's and smoking intervention. But ultimately it's all about...

Blithe Spirit Haunts Tucson

Halloween may be in the recent past, but its spirit lives on at Tucson's Rogue Theatre with its current production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. Who needs a haunted...

Stereotype is the Enemy of all Art

Tuscon not only has excellent actors but accomplished playwrights living right here. Notable among these is Monica Bauer. The month of November will feature not just one but two...

Last Train to Nibroc

The meeting of Raleigh and May in this play, Last Train to Nibroc, reminds me of the 1938 movie Holiday. There Cary Grant meets a vivacious woman played by...

The Audience is an Accomplice

You might want to bring your own pina colada to this production of Accomplice. For those with a long memory, playwright Rupert Holmes is actually most famous for a...

Hello Dolly!

Stepping into the shoes of an iconic role is always fraught with danger. I saw Richard Burton in Camelot and did not really want to see anyone else play...

The Little Prince

Like the Tales of the Brothers Grimm, the famous book The Little Prince is not really a children's book. But unlike Grimm's Tales there is no nastiness here. Nonetheless adaptations...

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...

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...
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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...