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Various resident troupes (including Arizona Theatre Company, Ballet Arizona and Actors Theatre of Phoenix) share time with touring companies and special bookings on the two stages (capacities: 815 and 284) at this plush facility.
Various resident troupes (including Arizona Theatre Company and Actors Theatre of Phoenix) share time on the two stages at this plush facility, alo...
The hectic 40-hour workweek provides minimal solace, aside from an eagerly anticipated lunch break or stealing away a few rounds of Angry Birds whi...
MarioCo.Dance, founded a few years back by Tracy Marion, is a supremely athletic jazz-dance troupe, but its principals can’t keep their hands (and feet) out of other folks’ genres, frequently collaborating with fellow Valley artists and dipping... More »
The setup: Neil Simon is still a massively popular American playwright -- able to sell tickets on name alone when some shows can scarcely sell tickets at all -- and his success gets in his way, critic... More »
Plays by Neil Simon are often maligned because amateurs regard them as invulnerable fortresses of entertainment value, resulting in some dreadful versions of fundamentally solid plays. Also, many of the scripts are merely brilliantly hysterical,... More »
Few works of art have been transformed and interpreted in as many diverse ways as Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. It’s been 100 years since the debut of the ballet and orchestral concert work, but the decades haven’t chilled the fiery music and... More »
If you're Sigmund Freud, it's only fair (if not mandatory) that writers speculate about the depths of your psyche. You can't swing a cat without hitting a play about yourself. The latest is Arizona Theatre Company's production of Freud's Last... More »
We've seen a lot of nice plays and musical revues in this dark, compact space, once used exclusively for rehearsal by the likes of Arizona Theater Company and Actors Theatre. Its new renovation includes a Van Buren Street canopy that beckons passersby to drop in for weekday Lunch Time Theater, courtesy of drama doyenne Judy Rollings and a revolving cast of characters and playwrights. The marquee sign outside reminds us, late in the year, to reserve tickets for iTheatre Collaborative's... More »
A quick lesson in professional versus non-professional theater: Actors' Equity Association is the labor union representing American stage actors and managers. "House" is, in this context, another word for troupe or theater group. A professional union theater company is referred to as an equity house, while a smaller, non-professional company that pays neither dues to the union nor wages to its actors is called, in polite company, a community theater. And, in our state, Arizona Theatre... More »
You walk through a concrete courtyard filled with beautiful sculptures of sprites and ballerinas, and on into a marble-and-glass lobby into which a gorgeous stone staircase spills. Welcome to the Herberger Theater Center, where resident troupes Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre and Center Dance Ensemble make their artful homes. Before heading into one of the three theater spaces here, head upstairs to the wraparound art gallery, which features new and exciting work each and every... More »
Times are tough, and nobody knows this as well as your local theater companies. Actors Theatre of Phoenix, one of only a handful of professional troupes in the state, wants not only to stay in business, but wants us to be able to afford to see its often marvelous productions at the Herberger Theater Center as well. Toward that end, it's offering season ticket holders a Flex Pass, good for four admissions to any weeknight or Sunday performance of an Actors Theatre show. For about $150,... More »
Okay, so this wasn't exactly a close race; it's not as though most -- or any! -- local theater companies are opening up their rehearsal halls to tiny troupes that need cool, quiet places where they can present their shows. The Herberger is pretty much the only venue that makes room for even more amazing talent than what it's already presented on its stages. Good thing, too; otherwise, we might have had to do without some of the entertainment we've enjoyed so much from iTheatre... More »
We've rubbed elbows at plenty of playhouses, and we know what to expect from most of the crowded rooms where folks hang out before and after the show. Phoenix Theatre is where we expect to see gaggles of thespians and blue-hairs out on the town, and at Stray Cat Theatre (until recently housed at downtown's Metro Arts) we're likely to find ourselves toe-to-toe with arty types and black box fans smoking clove cigarettes between Acts One and Two. But our personal fave is the Herberger, where... More »
Got a stage-struck young'n? Can't afford the tickets to see every show in town? How does seeing them all for free sound? Downtown's busiest theater has the best volunteer program around. They are always looking for new folks willing to tear tickets and lead patrons to their seats. Volunteers as young as 12 are accepted when accompanied by an adult, which makes this a perfect family activity. After calling the volunteer hot line number above, you will go to an orientation meeting, which... More »
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