Plan on Seeing Once in Salt Lake City Next Spring

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By Cindy Whitehair

While we were in Phoenix packing up our son from college, we got the opportunity to see closing night of the touring production of  the musical Once at Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium. Gammage Auditorium is a great space with a wonderful staff.  There was a mix up in our tickets and the box office staff not only worked with us to get us replacement tickets, they ended up getting us better tickets than we had purchased for the show.  That set the tone for what ended up being one of those most magical of theatre nights.

Once is the Tony Award winning story of a down and out Dublin street musician who has given up on his dream until he meets a fiery Czech pianist who inspires him to reclaim his dream.  As the chemistry between them grows, the music takes flight.  Based on the 2007 film of the same name (written by Dubliner John Carney, book by Irish born playwright Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova), Once takes you on an emotional journey through life in Dublin’s working class streets. Continue reading

Oh, The Humanity in Glendale, AZ, is Oh So Good!

By Cindy Whitehair

“We’re here to tell the story of the Furies”…..thus begins Brelby Theatre Company’s world premier Oh, The Humanity.  The Furies have spent several millennia in prison for, in Zeus’ opinion, wreaking havoc on Earth.  However, Zeus has a problem – his son Clark (Jordan Davis) is in a mental hospital for believing that he is the son of a god. Zeus (Brian Maticic) offers the Furies a deal – spring Clark from the mental hospital and Zeus will free them from prison.  Naturally the Furies are suspicious – why would they ever want to cut a deal with the god who imprisoned them? But eventually Megaera (Allison Bauer) and Alecto (Melody  Chrispen) convince Tisiphone (Aubrie Gast) that it is worth taking the risk to gain their freedom and they agree.  Megaera goes in as personal physician Dr. Meg for Clark, and Alecto and Tisiphone go in as patients. Their interactions with staff and patients ensure that hilarity ensues. Continue reading

Keep Calm and Stay in Character

We hope you enjoy this mid-week treat! This is courtesy of one of our reviewers, Kara Henry, who also does some of our graphic design work. It’s a little theater play off the “Keep Calm and Carry On” meme we thought our theater fans would appreciate. Almost no show comes off without something going wrong sometime (oh, the stories we thespians could tell!), and when it does, the cast and crew have to work together to keep the show running smoothly so the audience can still fully enjoy the experience. Part of the actors’ job is to. . .