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Written in the early 1950s, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. It recounts the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials. This was a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the Puritan towns of New England.

  • Jonathan Frahm, Special to Foothills News
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As summertime transitions into autumn, citizens of Oro Valley and the surrounding area will be able to enjoy themselves at another new installment into the Great American Playhouse’s burgeoning bundle of shows. 

  • Jonathan Frahm, Special to The Explorer
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As summertime transitions into autumn, citizens of Oro Valley and the surrounding area will be able to enjoy themselves at another new installment into the Great American Playhouse’s burgeoning bundle of shows. Following the playhouse’s two-year anniversary celebration last August, GAP veter…

  • Danilo Castro, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Few Hollywood directors carry as wild a reputation as M. Night Shyamalan. The former whiz kid behind modern classics like “The Sixth Sense” (1999) and “Signs” (2002) seemed destined for a career of outside-the-box masterpieces. Then, seemingly overnight, that destination shifted. The last de…

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Have you or anyone you know thought about taking an improv class, but weren't sure if it was right for you? OR, maybe you've just been to a show and thought it might be fun to do a little improv!

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The Latin Comedy Jam is set to bring non-stop hilarity to Tucson on Sept. 12 for a double show at The Leo Rich Theatre. Hosted by founder Mike Acquisto-Gotti, the jam is partnering with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber Scholarship Fund and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the fund.

  • Patrick King, Special to The Explorer
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As one of only six Hollywood actors to earn three Academy Awards for acting (including a record 19 Oscar nominations) it feels like we’ve seen Meryl Streep play every character on the big screen over the past 38 years. In “Ricki and The Flash,” however, we find this amazing actress continuin…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer
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The World Fighting Federation hosted another night of sold-out fights at Casino Del Sol on July 25. The packed show pitted 24 fighters in various weight classes against one another in a non-stop, action-packed event. 

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer
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Fans of the hit BBC driving show, “Top Gear,” have been overwhelmed by rumors and speculations since controversial actions by host Jeremy Clarkson caused him to be canned by BBC producers. Clarkson’s removal came after a notorious “fracas” at a Yorkshire hotel in March when Clarkson hit prod…

  • Danilo Castro, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Former Beach Boy and living legend Brian Wilson has survived a life of hardships and personal demons to do what he does best: crank out ethereal harmonies that make you feel like (or at least wish) you were going for a beachfront stroll on a summer evening. And while that good-time vibe rema…

  • Danilo Castro, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Fans of The Boy Who Lived and last year’s acclaimed drama “The Theory of Everything” now have cause for celebration: Eddie Redmayne has been confirmed as the lead star of the new wizardry film “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.” And for those of you who scratch their heads and quickly…

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Single tickets for Arizona Theatre Company’s 49th went on sale on June 15.  All shows will be performed at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.  Single tickets also will be available for a special presentation of Men are From Mars – Women are From Venus - Live! at 2 and 8 p.m. on S…

  • Patrick King, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Chris Rock flawlessly transitioned from years of stand-up television comedy to instant, overnight leading movie star in 2014’s hilarious movie “Top Five.” Could funny woman Melissa McCarthy make a similar move from television (“Gilmore Girls” and “Mike & Molly”) to big screen headliner?  

  • Evan Hofmann, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Less than a year after cancelling “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” amid allegations of Mama June Shannon reconnecting with a convicted sex offender, it seems as TLC is taking another big blow to their top-rated line up with issues regarding “19 Kids & Counting,” cast member Josh Duggar. 

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Special to Tucson Local Media
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David Ayer, the director to the upcoming movie, “Suicide Squad”, has done his fair share to tease fans with what Jared Leto will look like as the iconic villain, The Joker. After an obscured photo and a few scant descriptions, Ayer has finally given everyone the first official look at one of…

  • Evan Hofmann, Special to Tucson Local Media
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The folks at Oro Valley’s friendliest, funniest, most whimsical theater are at it again with their own take on the Disney and Pixar classic, “Toy Story”. The Great American Playhouse has fit the pieces of the casting puzzle together beautifully to create “Toy Tales”, a story about a group of…

  • Patrick King Special to The Explorer
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This latest Disney film starring Academy Award winner Kevin Costner tells the uplifting and remarkable true story of a small California high school cross-country team in 1987.  It’s an inspiring and motivational film tribute to a community and culture that raises children with a tireless wor…

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Get into the spirit of a classic tale of romance with Romeo & Juliet presented by the Arizona Theatre Company. Maynards Market & Kitchen has been a sponsor of Arizona Theatre Company for several years, but this is the first year the two have collaborated for a show-inspired dinner.  …

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Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s poetic masterpiece of jealousy, prejudice and betrayal, takes on a bold new theatricality under the ambitious and creative hand of award-winning director Kirsten Brandt and scenic, lighting and projection designer David Lee Cuthbert from Feb. 28 through March …

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This film’s heartfelt and frightening look at the early onset of Alzheimer’s leaves viewers to ponder and question their own mortality.  It offers the unpleasant and unfair ending to a brilliant life, the result of a ruthless disease that attacks, degrades and then destroys one’s mind over t…

  • Patrick King Special to Tucson Local Media
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In her most challenging and inspiring role since 2002’s “The Good Girl”, Jennifer Aniston triumphs in this heartfelt story about grief and moving on.  Aniston plays Claire, a chronic pain sufferer dealing with the sudden death of a fellow support group member (Anna Kendrick) in Southern Cali…

  • Evan Hofmann Special to Tucson Local Media
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The 2015 Academy Awards are rapidly approaching, and with it comes all the buzz and hoopla surrounding the world of Hollywood. But for all the excitement surrounding 2014 in cinema, 2015 holds much more promise for fans of the next great chapters in blockbuster sagas, and with it comes a few…

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The latest rendition from the local theater group at The Great American Playhouse rolls back the clock to a time when the mystical Aztecs ruled the land, but that doesn’t mean that 20th century rock songs are in short supply. As musical and well choreographed as ever, the most recent GAP pla…

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The holiday season is upon us, and for Tucsonans, that means slower traffic, delicious tamales, and wearing thermal socks underneath your sandals. For Oro Valley, however, it also means that the Great American Playhouse is bringing an instant holiday classic to the stage. “We’re No Angels” i…

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The national tour of the off-Broadway hit, Murder for Two, a laugh-out-loud musical comedy whodunit with the classic feel of a murder mystery and a contemporary homage to vintage comedy – with some cheeky references to murder mysteries that have come before thrown in – takes off in its South…