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A Conversation with Susan Claassen About Edith Head

Servings of Nostalgia | Review | Tucson Weekly

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Servings of Nostalgia | Review | Tucson Weekly
Servings of Nostalgia Two fine plays take Tucsonans back in timeby Nathan ChristensenTucson Weekly
The Invisible Theatre is dishing up Moonlight and Magnolias as the first production of its 40th anniversary season, and the flavor is light, sweet and frothy, with a little bit of kick. The play is about three brilliant men colliding in a small room as they work to create something monumental—and the production itself offers three talented men colliding on a small stage as they create a high-energy evening of theater.Terry Erbe, Dwayne Palmer and Roberto Guajardo inMoonlight and Magnolias.Read the entire review at: Servings of Nostalgia | Review | Tucson Weekly

Moonlight and Magnolias

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Moonlight and Magnolias
GOLDEN THEATER SET IN A GOLDEN AGE
By Chuck Graham Let the Show Begin TucsonStage.com
"Moonlight and Magnolias" now at Invisible Theatre is the perfect play-going experience, full of emotional conflict, comedy and truth. Betsy Kruse Craig adds to the fun as director by keeping the pace at neck-snapping speed, zipping punch lines back and forth across the stage until it feels like you're watching one of those Chinese world championship ping-pong matches.
For Dwayne Palmer, "Moonlight and Magnolias" is his finest performance yet.
Giving away nothing in energy or alacrity, veteran actors Roberto Guajardo as garrulous writer Ben Hecht and Terry Erbe as arrogant director Victor Fleming are happy to push their own roles to equally emotional extremes.Getting laughs with her rigid propriety is Victoria McGee playing Selznick's obedient secretary.Read the full review at Moonlight and Magnolias.

Rewrite of 'Gone With the Wind' churns out fun

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Rewrite of 'Gone With the Wind' churns out fun
Rewrite of 'Gone With the Wind' churns out funCathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star| Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010
Director Betsy Kruse Craig's ramped up the humor with dialogue delivered in rapid fire and physical exchanges by Palmer and Erbe as they acted out the scenes for Guajardo's on-the-verge-of-bumbling Hecht.
Palmer brought to his impression of Scarlett O'Hara a deliciously funny feminism and exaggerated Southern twang while Erbe delivered an over-the-top Melanie in the throes of childbirth.
Hecht is a hard character to nail, but Guajardo convincingly conveyed him in all his shades
With delicious physical gestures and fabulously funny facial expressions, Victoria McGee's Miss Poppenghul was a delight.

'Gone With the Wind' tempest blows again

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'Gone With the Wind' tempest blows againJackie Tran For The Arizona Daily Star |Posted:Friday, September 10, 2010Who knew the Academy Award-winning "Gone With the Wind" was nearly gone with the wind.Three weeks after filming began on the 1939 movie version of Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel, producer David O. Selznick screeched production to a halt, fired the great director George Cukor, then stopped production on "The Wizard of Oz" so that its director, Victor Fleming, could direct "Gone With the Wind." Then Selznick hired ace scriptwriter Ben Hecht (about the 13th to work on it), put him in a room with himself and Fleming, and set a deadline: Five days and a new script.What happened in those five days is the subject of Ron Hutchinson's comedy "Moonlight and Magnolias," which Invisible Theatre opens next week.Read the entire preview in the Arizona Daily Star, click:'Gone With the Wind' tempest blows again