Thursday, September 23, 2010

Servings of Nostalgia | Review | Tucson Weekly

Servings of Nostalgia | Review | Tucson Weekly

Servings of Nostalgia

Two fine plays take Tucsonans back in time

Friday, September 17, 2010

Moonlight and Magnolias

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.
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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

Rewrite of 'Gone With the Wind' churns out fun

Rewrite of 'Gone With the Wind' churns out fun

Cathalena 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.


PHOTO BY TIM FULLER / COURTESY INVISIBLE THEATREDwayne Palmer (with book), Terry Erbe and Roberto Guajardo in Invisible Theatre's "Moonlight and Magnolias."

Moonlight and Magnolias

Friday, September 10, 2010

'Gone With the Wind' tempest blows again

'Gone With the Wind' tempest blows again

Jackie Tran For The Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010

Who 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