Theater Reviews

Review of AZ Opera 2012/13 Season & "soot and spit"
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"soot and spit" runs through April 14 at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse at ASU
(Photo by  (image credit Tim Trumble Photography)

KBAQ Theater Critic Chris Curcio reviews the five operas that were presented during the 2012/13 Arizona Opera season and the Arizona State University world premiere production of "soot and spit" that explores profoundly deaf artist James Castle.

"soot and spit" is about profoundly deaf artist James Castle and it is yet unknown if the artist was also unable to read, write, or use sign language. The play lets audiences into Castle's mind and allows them to experience what these challenges are like to those who have them. "soot and spit" continues through April 14th at ASU's Paul V. Galvin Playhouse.


The Sunshine Boys

"The Sunshine Boys" tells about two retired vaudevillian performers who worked together for 43 years but hate each other. They reunite to perform in a comedy tribute to great comedians but the long standing hates resurface.

"The Sunshine Boys" continues through April 14th at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. For tickets, call the Arizona Theatre Company box office at 602-256-6995 or order tickets online at at

"The Musical of Musicals"

"The Musical of Musicals" spoofs the genre by looking at the same simple story as it would have been treated by five of America's top musical theater creators-Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander & Ebb. Chris talks about the musical and how it spoofs those composers' shows and he also evaluates the local production.

The "Musical of Musicals" continues through April 7th at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Peoria. For tickets, call the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts box office at 623-815-7930 or order tickets online at

"La Cage aux Folles"

KBAQ Theater Critic Chris Curcio reviews the Phoenix Theatre's production of Jerry Herman's 1983 musical extravaganza "La Cage aux Folles" that explores a female impersonators nightclub revue in St. Tropez.

War Horse

( Phoenix,AZ ) KBAQ Theater Critic Chris Curcio reviews the touring production of "War Horse," a play that traces the relationship between Albert Narracott and Joey, his horse, that his father, Ted, bought using scarce resources that should have paid the mortgage. After Albert teaches Joey to work, Ted sells Joey to the cavalry for use in World War 1 that endangers Joey's life.