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“Scrooge” – Arizona Theatre Company

Theater Review – December 10, 2023

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS DELIGHT IN ATC’S “SCROOGE”

“SCROOGE”
Arizona Theatre Company, Center Stage, Tempe Center for the Arts
Tempe, AZ

By Chris Curcio
Theater Critic

Arizona Theatre Company has found the perfect holiday show with its glistening production of the reworked 1992 Leslie Bricusse musical “Scrooge.”  This “Scrooge” does not have the evil and malicious Ebenezer seen in many shows based on Charles Dickens’ melancholy “A Christmas Carol.”

“Scrooge’s” Ebenezer is still a miserly and mean-spirited bah-humbugging Christmas avoider because his troubled youth never made the holiday joyous.  He throws curves at his faithful worker Bob Cratchit and his sickly son Tiny Tim … Continue Reading

“Potus or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive” – Stray Cat Theatre

Theater Review – December 3, 2023

“POTUS” POKES FUN AT POTENTIAL POLITICAL REALITY

Potus: or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”
Stray Cat Theatre, Studio Theatre, Tempe Center for the Arts
Tempe, AZ

By Chris Curcio
Theater Critic

We all know how true the cliché “Behind all great men are several women” is and that’s exactly what “Potus: or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive,” gleefully and wackily proves in the spot-on Stray Cat Theatre production.  Katie McFadzen’s briskly paced and hysterically funny production proves the show’s title artfully.

Beyond McFadzen’s hilariously madcap but insightful staging … Continue Reading

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” – The Phoenix Theatre Company

Theater Review – December 2, 2023

“SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM” IS A HUMOROUS BUT LOVING JAB AT CATHOLIC HOLIDAY DOGMA

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold”
The Phoenix Theatre Company, Hardes Theatre
Phoenix AZ

By Chris Curcio
Theater Critic

“Late Nite Catechism’s” wacky and irreverent Sister is at it again as she hilariously tries to explain what happened to the Magi’s gold that should have gone to the baby Jesus, Joseph, and Mary.  In the holiday-inspired “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold,” this amusing spoof/sequel isn’t quite as sharply witty or as vicariously amusing as the original but it has some clever … Continue Reading