BAD SEED GONE GOOD

Joelie Mountain

Joelie Mountain as Rhoda Penmark in Majestic Repertory Theatre’s production of The Bad Seed

No murders needed, The Bad Seed earns Valley Recommendation

Troy Heard and Majestic Repertory Theatre’s second production, The Bad Seed, brings a murder mystery worthy of NBC Dateline’s “Don’t watch alone” luridness to the stage. Part mystery, part thriller—and part winking period piece—the show keeps audiences in suspense and earned a Valley Recommendation. Continue reading

REVOLUTION, RAIN, RECOMMENDED

The Scarlet Pimpernel from Signature Productions and When the Rain Stops Falling from A Public Fit

The Scarlet Pimpernel from Signature Productions and When the Rain Stops Falling from A Public Fit

When the Rain Stops Falling and The Scarlet Pimpernel show the breadth of theatre in Las Vegas

The Scarlet Pimpernel from Signature Productions and When the Rain Stops Falling from A Public Fit both opened accolades last weekend. One is a grand, intricate musical that follows the daring exploits of heroes in the French Revolution, the other an intricate exploration of family secrets across generations—both are Valley Recommended. Continue reading

NO REFEREE, ALL RECOMMENDED

Chad Deity

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Cockroach Theatre

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity climbs to the top rope, receives Valley Recommendation

The worlds of wrestling and theatre don’t often mix—but Kristoffer Diaz’s Putlizer Finalist play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity brings the heat. Cockroach Theatre built a professional wrestling ring and body slammed the Valley Awards team, earning a Valley Recommendation for their production. Continue reading

GOOD SHOWS, NO MATTER WHAT THE ERA

Drood and Dime

Come Back to the Five and Dime and The Mystery of Edwin Drood are both Valley Recommended!

Super Summer Theatre and Hynes-Sight Entertainment’s  The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Las Veags Little Theatre’s Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean both exist in another time, but entertain in the present

Whether they go to Victorian England or ‘70s Texas, Las Vegas theatregoers will have a good time, as two new productions get Valley Recommended. Continue reading

In Memoriam: David Sankuer, 1952-2016

David Sankuer

David Sankuer

At this year’s Valley Theatre Awards I gave a speech for the inaugural presentation of the David Sankuer Hero Award, to David Sankuer himself. Through the course of interviewing David and those who knew him best for the award I got to know a truly remarkable man—talented, kind, generous, smart, funny, dedicated and more—who gave so much of himself to the theatre community in Las Vegas. David passed away from complications with MS on Sept. 3, 2016. He will be missed, and remembered. The post below is the speech I wrote to present David with his award. Troy and David’s family adapted parts of it to use in David’s obituary, a fact which humbles me more than I can say.
It has always been the intent of the Valley Awards to honor and celebrate great, locally-produced theatre in Las Vegas and the people who make it. Continue reading

POLAR OPPOSITES, BOTH RECOMMENDED

Memphis and Dallas

Some iconic shots of Memphis and Dallas, namesakes of our newly recommended shows.

Super Summer Theatre and P.S. Productions’  Memphis the Musical, and Off-Strip Productions’ Debbie Does Dallas are wildly different—both are Valley Recommended

One takes place in Memphis at the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll and is a family-friendly tale about love. The other is set in an imaginary Texas where a girl is willing to do anything to become a professional cheerleader. Both are done with talent and skill, and so both are Valley Recommended! Continue reading

VALLEY THEATRE AWARDS NAMES 2016 WINNERS

A Valley Award

The 2016 Las Vegas Valley Theatre took place Monday, July 11

The Nether, Heathers the Musical and A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place take home top honors.

The Las Vegas theatre world gathered at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, July 11 to honor and celebrate the stand out productions, performances and designs of the year. The Nether from Cockroach Theatre won Best Play; Heathers from Off-Strip Productions won Best Musical;  and A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place won the Audience Choice Award. Another 18 awards were bestowed, including the inaugural David Sankuer Hero Award. Continue reading