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“Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes” – Scottsdale Center for the Arts

Theater Review – April 17, 2024

“PATTI LUPONE: A LIFE IN NOTES” DAZZLES AT THE SCOTTSDALE CENTER

“Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes”
Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater
Scottsdale AZ

By Chris Curcio
Theater Critic

Broadway diva and the reigning queen/icon of the Great White Way, Patti LuPone, dazzled a near-capacity crowd at the Scottsdale Center Tuesday re-creating her recent Carnegie Hall appearance in “A Life in Notes.”  It was a night to remember!  She winningly demonstrated throughout her generous 25 song act that her exquisite voice remains a treasure and her marvelous diction is impeccable.  Her stylish, well staged presentation, attributed to … Continue Reading

“What the Constitution Means to Me” – The Phoenix Theatre Company

Theater Review – April 13, 2024

“WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME” EXPLAINS THE DOCUMENT’S IMPORTANCE

“What the Constitution Means to Me”
The Phoenix Theatre Company, Hardes Theatre
Phoenix AZ

By Chris Curcio
Theater Critic

In these troubled and confusing times, it is nice to know that the United States Constitution protects our rights and freedoms. The complex document is brought to throbbingly exciting life in the artful Phoenix Theatre Company production of “What the Constitution Means to Me.”  Middle-aged Heidi explains key parts in a personal but insightful way of what the document means to her.

Heidi is the play’s sole character until just before the conclusion … Continue Reading

“The Kite Runner” – ASU Gammage

Theater Review – April 10, 2024

INSIGHTFUL “THE KITE RUNNER” GETS LOST IN THE INHOSPITABLE ASU GAMMAGE

“The Kite Runner”
Broadway Across America – Arizona, ASU Gammage
Tempe, AZ

By Chris Curcio
Theater Critic

Matthew Spangler”s theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling book, “The Kite Runner” is an exquisitely intimate play that dissects the rich Afghan cultural heritage as it exposes its distinctive but destructive class system, women’s second-class stature, and the challenges of immigration.  But the play’s most distinguishing attribute is its exploration of the importance of friendship, something critical in every culture.  This makes “The Kite Runner” a universal piece.

The play begins in 1975 Kabul … Continue Reading