Reviews

Review of Dearly Beloved

Review by Jan Toth I haven’t made it to any of the Pinewood Players productions for a couple of years. Boy do I miss that, especially after seeing this play, Dearly Beloved! This is the story of three sisters, the singing Sermonettes, who gather in their home town of Fayro, Texas for the wedding of Frankie Futrelle Dubberly’s twin daughter, Tina Jo. As in a lot of families, the three sisters have been harboring a family feud. Two sisters, Frankie … Continue reading

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Review of Said the Spider to the Spy

By Penny Petersen         It is amazing what nine actors and a good director can do with a far from adequate script. Doug Pusateri and his cast brought life to what could have been a slow and plodding theatre experience. “Said the Spider to the Spy” by Fred Carmichael tries to make an artificially contrived plot believable. He failed. But the Pinewood Players actors and stage crew, all amateurs, did what the playwright could not–perform a miracle in breathing life, fun, enjoyment … Continue reading

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Review of Whose Wives are the Anyway?

Reviewed by Clyde Morrison Whose Wives is a farce about two executives of a cosmetic company who plan to spend a weekend at a golf resort while their wives shop. Their company has been sold, and they want a last hurrah before the new CEO arrives. At the golf resort, before they can start the golfing, the CEO arrives and wants to meet their wives, stating that she would not have executives who went golfing without their wives. So the … Continue reading

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Review of Be My Baby

Be My Baby both Funny and Poignant By Penny Petersen Be My Baby was a huge undertaking for Pinewood Players director Bill Kane and producer Jean Kane. Scenes shift 23 times, four actors play 13 different off-beat characters, and two leading roles require a Scottish accent; all of this on a stage way too small for the play’s enormity. Given the above potential pitfalls, the impossible happened: the Ken Ludwig comedy came to life, and audiences loved it. Director Bill … Continue reading

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Review of Through the Looking Glass

Reviewed by Clyde Morrison It is always interesting to go to the younger versions (this one of 7 to 11 year olds) of Pinewood Players. Sometimes you’ll see accomplished actors who project their voices and act like veterans with mature hand and body movements. And sometimes you see young people just acting like young people. Through the Looking Glass had some of each. The director, Debbie Ryder, had more youngsters in her camp than she had parts in the play, … Continue reading

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Review of Wipeout

Reviewed by Clyde Morrison Wipeout was the Tween Drama Camp presentation this year. The youth performers were between the ages of 11 and 17, under the direction of Dale Nakagawa. There were twelve original songs in the play with singing and dancing in each one. What exuberance and energy these young people had in all the songs! I was told that the director, Mr. Nakagawa, was also the choreographer for the show and what a job he and the performers … Continue reading

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Review of Hallelujah Girls

Reviewed by Clyde Morrison In Hallelujah Girls Pinewood Players has shown again that it is among the best community theaters in Arizona. I had read this play and had seen it performed down in Phoenix, but I had never seen it the way Pinewood Players put it on. Wow! The director, Lynn Rouyer, added a few special touches that helped the audience’s enjoyment. When scenes changed and the stage crew came onto change the set, the stage was not dark … Continue reading

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Review of Cactus Flower

Reviewed by Clyde Morrison Cactus Flower is a very witty play with humorous comments throughout. It is about a dentist who successfully avoids going to the altar with his various amours by telling them he is married with three children. This works fine until he goes with an unusual girl who wants to meet his wife and children and then she feels sorry for them I went to Cactus Flower expecting a frilly play like the movie with Goldie Hawn … Continue reading

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Review of Rock Around The Block

Reviewed by Clyde Morrison Presented by the Tween Drama Kamp What a delight! This was a play with 1950’s music sung and danced and the culture of the 50’s and 60’s explored . It gave us oldsters in Munds Park a chance to reminisce and enjoy. I know it took me back to that Mary Coyle ice cream shop (that’s before she moved to Phoenix) in Akron, Ohio. That was our place for getting together and having fun after a … Continue reading

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The Gazebo

A Review by A. Nom DePlume (Actually a collaboration of 3 reviewers) The Gazebo is a comedy about a TV mystery writer, Elliott Nash, who dreams up near perfect crimes each week for a TV show.  In an iconictwist, he is blackmailed and faced with the prospect of committing a real perfect murder to protect his wife’s reputation.  Despite his best efforts and a “To Do” list, things don’t go perfectly.  Even his shovel is taken away and he has … Continue reading

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