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Nostalgia, with a twist

I arrived Friday night to find a packed house at Theatre Artists Studio, which is presenting “Twist of the Magi” through Sunday, Dec. 16. I’ve all but sworn off seeing holiday shows outside of those I’m reviewing for… 436 more words

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Searching for elegance

One porch, four people. That’s the deal for most of David Auburn’s “Proof,” a play that considers family foibles in the context of mental illness. There’s a dad whose mathematical genius falls prey to disorganized thinking, a daughter whose talents get tucked away while caring for her father, a sister who vacillates between avoiding family problems and swooping in to fix them, and a man whose life intersects with all three. 662 more words

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Math meets mental illness

The math surrounding mental illness is startling. Experts report that 1 in 5 Americans are living with a mental health disorder, something you’ll likely hear more about in coming days as mental health advocates recognize… 289 more words

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Economics & Escape: The Role Of Arts In The Valley

By Kathryn M. Miller – The “Great Recession” ended in 2009. That’s what economists say, anyway. Technicalities aside, most will agree that the economy is far from rosy – just ask arts and culture organizations who have seen a drop in revenues – some even forced to close their doors. 320 more words

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Happy Ending – New Beginning For Teen Improv Troupe

All Rights Reserved, the teen improv troupe sponsored by Arizona Jewish Theatre Company (AJTC) from 2002-2012, has found a new home. The troupe will be housed at… 416 more words

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Baggage, with wings

Like most of us, my husband James has certain rituals he likes to take care of shortly after getting home from work — including opening the day’s snail mail. 365 more words

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DISTRACTED, an Arizona premiere

Producer/Director Randy Messersmith of the Theatre Arts program at Scottsdale Community College has brought to Phoenix a very funny and poignant play chronicling a mother’s journey to discover the roots of her 9-year-old son’s behavior challenges.  690 more words