Friday, April 28, 2017

Invisible Theatre: Pastime Players Perform May 8, 2017! free and open to the public

 

From: Invisible Theatre [mailto:cathy@invisibletheatre.ccsend.com] On Behalf Of Invisible Theatre
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 9:52 PM
Subject: Pastime Players Perform May 8, 2017!

 

EVENT:         "THE ME INSIDE OF ME"

A Performance by the Pastime Players That Celebrates Ability!

Presented by the Invisible Theatre

Featuring Pastime Students from Doolen Middle School

DATE:            Monday, May 8, 2017

TIME:             7:00 p.m.

PLACE:         Doolen Middle School

2400 N. Country Club Rd. Tucson, AZ 85716

PRICE:          It's free and open to the public! Bring the whole family!

INFO:             Call (520) 882-9721 for information.
Tickets are not needed for this event.

(April 26, 2017, Tucson AZ); The Invisible Theatre's Pastime Players, an award-winning, multi­disciplinary arts education program for mentally and physically challenged students, started as a workshop in 1984 and has grown into a national prototype of innovative arts education programming that focuses on ability rather than disability. Funded in part by Foundation Cariňoso and The David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation, Project Pastime exemplifies the concept that when artists, teachers, administrators, funding agents, students and parents come together as a community – we really can make a difference.

The Pastime Players will present "THE ME INSIDE OF ME"
on Monday, May 8, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Doolen Middle School.


 

THE ME INSIDE OF ME

THE ME INSIDE OF ME is an original musical that is presented each spring marking the culmination of the students' year-long instruction in music, drama and dance. Conceived and created by Invisible Theatre's Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen, Project Pastime is directed by Susan Claassen with associate director Gail Fitzhugh, musical director Rob Boone and choreographer Kathryn Byrnes. The project is centered at Doolen Middle School in the Tucson Unified School District. The Pastime Players receive instruction twice a week from local artists of the Invisible Theatre. While some components of THE ME INSIDE OF ME are repeated in each production, the framework is flexible and allows for individual ensemble members to have their special talents spotlighted. This year's production will feature Shakespeare, The Pizza Song and excerpts from Annie.

In addition to school performances, the touring group of Project Pastime has performed at the American Association of School Administrators Conference in Orlando, Florida in 2001. Throughout Arizona, they've appeared in such diverse venues as the state legislature, Raytheon Corporation, The City of Hope's National Spirit of Life dinner, the Senior Olympics opening ceremonies, the National Association for Handicapped Riders national conference, an art reception at the Flux Gallery in Plaza Palomino and at the 2013 Gem Show for the National Chinese Jewelry Association. Pastime Players were also honored at the 2002 Volunteers of the Year Awards when they received the Southwest Gas Corporation's "Right from the Start for Children" Award. The award winning documentary, Such Good Friends, chronicling the Pastime Players, premiered at The Loft Cinema on April 26, 2009.

A promotional video of Project Pastime is available. Photo and interview opportunities can be arranged by contacting Alayna Voutsas at Invisible Theatre – (520) 884-0672.

 

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TIM Comedy Theater takes a swipe at modern dating, The Dating Scene

 

From: Tucson Improv Movement <justin@tucsonimprov.com>
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2017 7:01 AM
Subject: Funny on 4th: Bad Date Good Story

 

TIM Comedy Theater

The Dating Scene

"Bad date, good story" is the name of the game, as we come together to celebrate the triumphs and tribulations of finding a significant other.

Audience members share their best or worst dating stories to inspire a completely made-up-on-the-spot hilarious comedy show. Saturday night at 9 PM, we take a swipe at modern dating!

Click here for more information



This Week's Show Schedule


Friday Night
7:30 PM - TIM Super Show (f/Sweater Pills & the Riveters)
9 PM - The Soap Box w/ Clif Taylor

Saturday Night
7:30 PM - Improv Throwdown
9 PM - The Dating Scene

 

 

The Soap Box Welcome Clif Taylor

Clif Taylor won fame in Tucson's '80s punk scene as Chick Cashman, an anything-goes guitar monster in drag. Now tied up with classic architecture, too (He's the Clif in the Downtown Clifton), he's wrapping up a documentary, "Fuzz", about epic guitar effects. 

Join TIM's flagship show for five short stories followed by a hilarious night of comedy!  

Tucson Improv Movement

329 E 7th Street

Tucson, AZ 85705

 

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Winding Road Theatre Company Presents News of the World and Other Stories by Ron Carlson

 

From: Ron Pullins [mailto:pullins@pullins.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 4:57 PM
Subject: Press Release for Winding Road's Production News of the World

Winding Road Theatre Company Presents

News of the World and Other Stories by Ron Carlson

May 11 – May 28, 2017

Tucson, Arizona – Winding Road Theatre Com­pany is proud to bring News of the World and Other Stories by Ron Carlson. This series of stories adapted for the stage will be produced at The Temple of Music and Art Cabaret The­ater, 330 S. Scott Avenue, from May 11 — May 28. Special preview performance Thursday, May 11, 7:30 PM, Fridays 5/12, 5/19, 5/26 and Saturdays 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday 5/14, 5/21, and 5/28 at 2:00 PM.


Adapted for the stage these short stories, reminiscent of tabloid news, present a delightful series of life­like situations. Whether it is a psychic coming clean, or Bigfoot finally going public, or a woman with news regarding what the afterlife is really like. These characters come from a world that is both magi­cal and dangerous, speaking their truth with disarming honesty. This production is directed by Leslie J Miller, and features Susan Arnold, Seonaid Barngrover, Roger Owen, India Osborne & Steve Wood.

Ticket prices range from $20 - $25. Student, Senior and Group rates available.

More information and tickets for the event can be purchased at our website:
www.windingroadtheater.org

The mission of Winding Road Theatre is to tell dynamic, theatrical stories that illuminate the human

condition.

Follow Winding Road Theatre

on Facebook at Winding Road and News of the World Facebook event

The Winding Road Theatre Company's vision is to sustain theater as a viable art by offering of programs that not only inspire and educate, but also challenge us as a theater company to move in tandem with the rest of the world. We ask questions, we reach beyond what we know, and we are committed to the­ater as a vehicle for change.

 

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Ballet in Bloom—A Benefit for Ballet Tucson

 

From: ballettucson@aol.com
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2017 8:01 AM
Subject: Ballet in Bloom—A Benefit for Ballet Tucson

 

 

Ballet in Bloom – A Garden Event
Sunday, May 7, 2017 — 1:00 pm
Skyline Country Club
5200 E. St. Andrews Dr.


Ballet in Bloom is a new, delightful garden-themed fundraiser featuring art, dance, music, and brunch to benefit Ballet Tucson. 
 
This entertaining "must do" event will be held on Sunday, May 7 at the beautiful Skyline Country Club and promises to be an exciting gathering for art lovers, event planners, and garden enthusiasts of every kind. 
 
Festivities

  • Silent auction of one-of-a-kind works by local artists, home goods, jewelry, and garden art
  • "Mystery gift boxes" available for purchase
  • Live demonstrations from renowned floral artist Jacque Askren (Askren & Sons) and Sheri Herrera de Frey (Arbico Organics)
  • Live musical entertainment by the Southwest String Quartet
  • Ballet performance of excerpts from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Ballet Tucson's talented professional dancers

Tickets
$65.00 per person - $40.00 for children under 12
For reservations, call Ballet Tucson at 520.903.1445
All proceeds benefit Ballet Tucson
 

 

 

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Arts Express: See THE BEST in High School Musical Theatre!

 

From: Arts Express [mailto:info@arts-express.org]
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2017 11:51 AM
Subject: See THE BEST in High School Musical Theatre!

 

 

 
The top talent from Tucson high schools compete to select the top male and female who will go on to the Nationals in New York City.  Celebrating excellence in local high school musical theatre, this event is part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards held in New York City, June 26, 2017 at the Minskoff Theatre, home of Disney's The Lion King. 

- GET TICKETS HERE -
or call (520)319-0400

 

SUNDAY, MAY 7 AT 7:00PM FOX TUCSON THEATRE 
17 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS:
 $20 Adults, $10 Students & Children
Monte Ralstin, Director
Mike Padilla, Music Director
Claire Hancock, Choreographer

2016-17 SOUTHERN ARIZONA FINALISTS
Top Scoring Actresses (in alpha order by last name)

Samantha Adams – Maria/Westside Story, Canyon del Oro High School

Sarah Chico – Fantine/Les Miserables, Marana High School

Sophia Duclo – Mary/Mary Poppins, Rincon University High School

Sophia Rose Franklin – Miss Adelaide/Guys & Dolls, Ironwood Ridge High School

Ravelle Fredrickson – Cinderella/Into the Woods, Desert Christian High School

Aurora Hunter - Mrs. Banks/Mary Poppins, Rincon University High School

Elizah Knight – Sarah Brown/Guys & Dolls, Ironwood Ridge High School

Sarah Maxwell – Gertrude McFuzz/Seussical, Empire High School

Arianna Nuno – Eponine/Les Miserables, Marana High School

Marina Olono – Sherrie/Rock of Ages, Cienega High School

Piper Runge – Clio/Kira/Xanadu, Catalina Foothills High School

Lily Sklar – Frederic/Pirates of Penzance, The Gregory School              

Vaune Suitt – Anita/Westside Story, Canyon del Oro High School

Top Scoring Actors (in alpha order by last name)

Tyler Crokett – Marius/Les Miserables, Marana High School

Danny Fapp – Nathan Detroit/Guys & Dolls, Ironwood Ridge High School

Randall Irby – Gomez Addams/The Addams Family, Flowing Wells High School

Luke Gaff – The Baker/Into the Woods, Desert Christian High School

Kasey Kuhlmann – Nicely-Nicely Johnson/Guys & Dolls, Ironwood Ridge High School

Xander Mason – Riff/Westside Story, Canyon Del Oro High School

Samuel Nardi – Roger Davis/Rent, Basis Tucson North

David Oppel – Frank Cioffi/Curtains, Tanque Verde High School

Ian Welker – Jojo/Seussical, Empire High School

Justyn Zeider – Sonny/Xanadu, Catalina Foothills High School

 

 

 

 

National High School Musical Theatre Awards - Ben Vereen Southwest Region

Your tax-deductible donation will make a difference in the lives of young people throughout Southern Arizona. Make a donation today to the Southern Arizona National High School Musical Theatre Awards program, furthering excellence in high school musical theatre. The program works directly with high school musical theatre programs and their students, advancing arts education and raising the standards of performance.

 

Donate here: https://goo.gl/5Bdy6j

 

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Unscrewed Theater: Radio Daze All Ages Improv, Blood Drive, Free Form Fight Night!

 

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From: Unscrewed Theater <info@unscrewedtheater.org>
Date: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 5:39 PM
Subject: Radio Daze All Ages Improv, Blood Drive, Free Form Fight Night!


 

MORE Radio Daze & 4th Friday Fight Night!
EVERY donation to Unscrewed Theater's donation box in April will benefit

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

 

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28th
7:30pm - Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed
Family Friendly Improv Comedy
SPECIAL GUEST STAR-KLPX Beth Simmons
Hosted by Mike Vietinghoff
$5.00, as always!

9:15pm - 4th Friday Free Form Fight Night
Hosted by Mike Vietinghoff
4 teams enter - 1 team leaves!
Who can beat Mike and Adam?
Contains adult language & situations
FREE ADMISSION!

SATURDAY APRIL 29TH
10:00am - 3:00pm
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Anyone who even TRIES to donate will receive two free tickets to any of our regular shows!


7:30pm - Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed
Family Friendly Improv Comedy
Hosted by Rob Sparks
$5.00, as always!

 

 

Get Tickets Here!

Online sales end at 5:45pm night of the show.

 

 

Do your part by donating at:
Unscrewed Theater's Blood Drive! 
Saturday April 29th - 10:00am to 3:00PM
Receive two tickets to an improv show at Unscrewed Theater just for attempting to donate!

Giving Blood doesn't require much time.
 About an hour should do it,
and you can help save up to three lives. 
The need is ongoing but the supply is not. #GiveBloodTucson


To schedule your appointment: 
Call or email Mike Vietinghoff:
michaelvietinghoff@gmail.com
520-261-2986
or
Call 1-800-Red Cross
or 
log onto www.redcrossblood.org and enter 
Sponsor Code: Unscrewed


Unscrewed Theater
3244 E. Speedway Blvd. 
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 289-8076

Unscrewed Theater is located across the street from The Loft Cinema, next to Fronomo's Greek Restaurant. The parking lot and entrance are located in the rear of the building. Turn in to the Walgreen's parking lot just east of Country Club, and go to the left between the buildings to find our entrance.


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed’s 15th birthday with a special “super sized” show

 

From: Barry Weisband [mailto:unscrewedtheatermarketing@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 3:32 PM
Subject: PRESS RELEASE FROM UNSCREWED THEATER

 

  

Unscrewed Theater

TUCSON'S FIRST AND LONGEST RUNNING

IMPROV COMEDY TROUPE TURNS 15!

 

Come One! Come All!

 

On May 6th Unscrewed Theater celebrates Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed's 15th birthday with a special "super sized" show.  It includes the current cast as well as many alumni cast members!  Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed (NBOJU) has been a mainstay of Tucson's comedy scene since 2002. Cast members perform for the shear love of entertaining people with their amazing short form improv comedy shows. 

 

In addition to the fantastic improv show, the merriment includes the unique Caribbean sounds of Apocalypso (pankids.com and facebook.com/pankids), the Food Truck Roundup offering affordable and delicious local culinary delights, and, of course, there will be birthday cake!

 

Unscrewed Theater's Executive Director and longtime NBOJU troupe member, Chris Seidman, stated "For more than a dozen years NBOJU literally took its show on the road.  We went to where the people gathered.  We traveled throughout Southern Arizona to bring improv comedy and laughter to kids of all ages.  Now, as we celebrate our 15th year, we are so pleased that we have a permanent home where Tusconans can gather and laugh in our theater".

 

In 2013, Mayor Jonathon Rothchild described NBOJU as "Tucson's best kept secret".

 

Now in 2017 the cat is out of the bag! Thousands of audience members have enjoyed NBOJU's unique brand of improv comedy in the Unscrewed Theater located at 3244 E. Speedway Blvd. At just $5 a show, it's the best comedy value in all of Southern Arizona!

 

The festivities begin at ??? and the curtain rises at 7:30 PM to honor NBOJU's 15 years of performing and laughter!

 

Unscrewed Theater is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to teach, perform and produce all forms of live improvisational theater. Unscrewed Theater is a solely volunteer-led and managed community theater.

 

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Desert Melodies and Community Playhouse present "The Best of Broadway"

 

From: Harriet Siskin [mailto:HSPianogirl@msn.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 2:33 PM
Subject: Desert Melodies and Community Playhouse Broadway Concert

 

Desert Melodies and The Community Playhouse present "The Best of Broadway" this Saturday, April 29th @7:30pm and Sunday, April 30th @2:00pm.  Sit in air-conditioned comfort while you are entertained with songs from Phantom, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Grease, Guys & Dolls, Cabaret, Hair and many more shows performed by 3 very talented vocalists (all graduates of the UofA Theater Program!) Accompanied by a live 3-piece band, this is a show not to be missed! Call 887-6239 for reservations ($15.00 admission includes wine, appetizers and dessert). Reservations are encouraged and walk-ins are always welcome!  Doors open at 7:00 so you can enjoy your wine and appetizers!  You can also email Harriet Siskin (hspianogirl@msn.com) to make your reservation, then you simply pay at the door!  Don't miss this concert!

 

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ST. FRANCIS THEATRE — AUDITIONS FOR FALL PRODUCTION OF “LUNA GALE"

 

From: St. Francis Tickets [mailto:stfrancistickets@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:56 PM
Subject: ST. FRANCIS THEATRE — AUDITIONS FOR FALL PRODUCTION OF "LUNA GALE"

 

The Los Angeles Times has called Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale a "grimly rich study of the fight to protect a child," and one of 2014's "most valuable additions to American drama."  The child is the infant Luna Gale, born to drug-addicted parents and caught up in a familial, religious and social struggle over who should raise her and with what values.

 

The play, which has been produced across the country, will make its Arizona debut at St. Francis Theatre, October 13-29, 2017.

 

The St. Francis run of this play will be high level: competitive stipends for actors; professional quality set design and production values; extensive publicity and promotion; and the use of an excellent dedicated theater space for both performance and rehearsals.  Director Mark Klugheit's last production, Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage, received four MAC AWARD nominations ("Best of Tucson Theater") including two for Best Actor and one for Best Director.

 

Auditions are Saturday, May 6 from 11 am to 3 pm and Monday, May 8 from 6 to 9 pm, at St. Francis in the Foothills Church, NW corner of River and Swan Roads, Tucson.  Auditions on May 6 will be in rooms 30/31 (look for signs) and on May 8 in the Community Center.  Actors may attend both audition sessions, or either one.  Callbacks, if necessary, will be Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 am.

 

There are seven roles available, all with dramatic significance: 2 for women playing 40-early 50s; 2 for women playing late teens-early 20s; 2 for men playing mid-30s-mid 50s; and 1 for a man playing early-mid 20s.  Rehearsals will begin August 19.

 

Auditioners should arrive at the beginning of the scheduled audition period and be prepared to remain long enough to read multiple sides and different roles in various groupings. Sides will be available in hard copy at the auditions but also will be supplied electronically approximately one week in advance to those who have requested them from the director.  

 

If auditioning, please bring with you (hard copy) a head shot, CV, and a written list of all conflicts between August 19 and October 29.

 

Those considering auditioning should feel free to email director Mark Klugheit (mklugheit@comcast.net) with any questions.  There is no need to email a second time if you have already requested sides.

 

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MUSICAL MAYHEM CABARET presents: "keepin' it classy"

 

From: Melanie Kondziolka [mailto:mkondzi@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 9:27 PM
Subject: musical mayhem cabaret presents: "keepin' it classy"

 

MUSICAL MAYHEM CABARET

presents

"Keepin' It Classy"

**ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY**

Sunday, May 14th , 6pm

Unscrewed Theater

$7. 00 pre-purchase $10 at door

 

Musical Mayhem Cabaret presents Keepin' It Classy: A Night of Classic Broadway for all ages old and young.

 

Celebrate Mother's Day with Musical Mayhem Cabaret as we sing and occasionally dance our way through Broadway classics including songs from South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Gypsy, and many more!

 

Tickets are $10 at the door (cash/card),  and $7 for presale or on our online store https://squareup.com/store/musical-mayhem-cabaret  please check out our facebook call (520) 834-5578 or email us at res4mmc@gmail.com to learn more or to make reservations. Seating is done on a 1st come, 1st served basis. Unscrewed Theater is located across the street from The Loft movie theater, and next to Fronimos in the same parking lot as Wallgreens. This show has some adult subject matter.


Musical Mayhem Cabaret is an under rehearsed and over dramatic musical comedy troupe based in AZ since Jan 2011!

For more information, please visit www.musicalmayhemcabaret.weebly.com

And follow us on Twitter @MMayhemCabaret and Instagram @musicalmayhemcabaret

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gaslight Theatre: Queens of King - 5/1 @ 7pm - Byrnes, Page and Stark!




Don't Miss
The Queens of King

The Carole King Songbook
in 3 part Harmony!

Monday, May 1 @ 7PM

Call
520-886-9428



 Katherine Byrnes returns to the Gaslight Theatre with Crystal Stark and Janée Page to bring you THE QUEENS OF KING, The Carole King Songbook in 3 Part Harmony. This powerhouse vocal trio join forces with Jeff Haskell, Ed Delucia, Fred Hayes, and Ryan Alfred to bring you hits like Way Over Yonder, I Feel the Earth Move, Natural Woman, and Tapestry.  This show is not to be missed!










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"LET'S LIVE A LITTLE" MAKES US ALL ONE FAMILY

By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

 

photo by Tim Fuller

 

Sam Scarborough (Jack Neubeck) tries to give his granddaughter Lily (Lucille Petty) a more positive outlook on life.

Although the plot and the relationships of some characters get a little blurry, the message of “Let's Live A Little” at Invisible Theatre is clear – this journey through life will depend on what you make of it.

Sure, we all sort of know that, but playwright Kathleen Clark has also written this folksy play to remind us it is never to late to have one more adventure.

Susan Claassen and IT have been helping Clark develop this homespun chronicle for about a year, watching as the production became a format with six parts presented without intermission by 12 actors in 90 minutes.

There isn't a main personality to follow around but a series of highlights from the lives of several friends and neighbors whose daily doings weave the lengthy fabric of Mine Hill, New Jersey, a community founded in 1715.

Claassen proudly says this is the largest cast ever in the 46 year history of IT. With so many people coming and going there are sure to be times when you think “I know someone just like that.”

“Let's Live A Little” chronicles any recent year from July 4 to July 4, going through all the seasons but postmarked by Jack Neubeck's touching performance as Sam Scarborough. He has been the town florist for half-a-century and loves fireworks. His descriptions of those blossoming flowers in the sky put the poetry into Mine Hill's annual celebration of the historic holiday.

Lucille Petty plays Sam's petulant granddaughter Lily, a college freshman who already feels like a failed writer with nothing more to say since she stopped keeping her daily diary in high school. She's ready to forget about college before she even gets started.

But most of the people we meet are older, their children grown and gone. Being a few steps beyond the tail end of middle age and finding oneself single again can feel a lot like accidentally stepping into the deep end of the swimming pool.

Sam and his wife Hadley (Roxanne Harley) have always had each other, but now she can't see very well and he can't hear very well. Both of them hobble around with one foot in a support boot, yet they refuse to hire a nurse to help clean their house, go get groceries, that sort of thing.

One of the play's closing scenes develops empathy and some laughs as their daughter Daisy (Susan Kovitz) insists the couple interview a trio of home care nurses.

In a completely different scene, Molly McKasson is delightful as the forgetful and somewhat eccentric neighbor Vivien. Getting new glasses and a new outfit inspire her to have a whole new personality.

What we in the audience receive is a warm feeling of looking through a photo album of family emotions, their worries and triumphs. We don't really know any of the family members but we do feel a connection with their special moments.

It's this shared striving that reminds us how we are always lots more alike than different. A shuffled deck of family experiences, able to stand alone but better off when we are in the game together.

“Let's Live A Little” runs through April 30 with performances at 7:30 p.m Wednesdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, at Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. Tickets are $32, with discounts available. For details and reservations, 882-9721, or visit www.invisibletheatre.com

 

ABSOLUTE MUST-SEE ATC WITH "HOLMES & WATSON"

By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

 

photo by Tim Fuller

Dr. John Watson (R. Hamilton Wright), at far right, questions a trio of criminals all claiming to be Sherlock Holmes. Each makes a convincing case he is The Man.

Wow! Arizona Theatre Company has outdone itself with the world premiere production of “Holmes & Watson” by Jeffrey Hatcher to close its historic 50th anniversary season.

Stretching Sherlock Holmes' own history beyond what his creator Arthur Conan Doyle originally provided, Hatcher has devised a deucedly clever plot full of more surprises than a Las Vegas show room.

David Ira Goldstein's final production as the company's departing artistic director will have the city talking at least until ATC starts next season with a new artistic director (still to be announced).

As much to be admired as the actors and director is the fanciful stagecraft of projection designer Jeffrey Elias Teeter. Combining massive rear-screen projection techniques using computer-precise blending combined with John Ezell's scenic design, onstage cinematic effects are created that look as three-dimensional as the actors themselves.

Essential to being sucked into the mystery which Hatcher has devised is the audience's commitment to belief in the location's desperate isolation. A body-shaking clap of thunder announces the play's dark beginning on a stormy hard rock island of isolation in a perpetually angry and storm tossed Scottish sea on which some tortured mastermind has built an unforgiving stone edifice which, by 1894, had become an asylum dedicated to confining criminals with particularly twisted minds.

Gloom is the dominant atmosphere, yet Teeter makes it seem even deeper, more mysterious and suffocating, as the intrepid Dr. John Watson (R. Hamilton Wright) applies his own brand of scientific rigor to a particularly ingenious situation.

We are informed that for several years Holmes has been presumed dead, tragically swept away in Switzerland's torrential Reichenbach Falls while in dogged pursuit of his arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty.

Yet, Dr. Watson has recently received word from Dr. Evans (Philip Goodwin) that his asylum contains three prisoners absolutely convinced each is Sherlock Holmes and the other two are imposters.

As there were no late 19th-century photographs of the notoriously camera-shy Sherlock Holmes, no one but Dr. Watson himself can be trusted to positively identify the renowned detective.

The tale will be told in 90 minutes without an intermission, so once this train of conflicting facts and conjecture starts to roll, there's nothing left to do but hang on.

Identified only as Patient 1 (James Michael Reilly), Patient 2 (Noah Racey) and Patient 3 (Remi Sandri), each has a distinctly different personalty.

One has Holmes' keen eye for discerning detail, one is in a straitjacket and the third one can no longer hear or speak.

Dr. Watson's questioning takes some devious twists as all prisoners use their own traits to keep the tension mounting.

Of course you can take part in the mental gymnastics, racing ahead to spot all the red herrings and antcipate every kink in the trail. But really, why not leave that to the professionals?

Trust me, in the end you are still going to be completely surprised anyway.

And only a true devotee of Professor Moriarty would be mean enough to reveal the ending and ruin the surprise for everyone else.

"Holmes and Watson" runs through May 5 with performances at various times Tuesdays through Sundays in the downtown Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.

Tickets are $25-$64. For details and reservations, 622-2823 or arizonatheatre.org.