Spirit Of Alfred Jarry
To Haunt Space 55
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Jan. 20, 2016 — What do you get when you mix one of the best black-box theaters in the country — yea we said it — with a great script and a tremendous local acting talent?
Well, in this case, you get Ubu Roi at Space 55 starring Ashley Naftule.
Space 55, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, is celebrating its 10th year and with nothing left to prove to verify its credentials, reaches even higher to bring this classic work to audiences in the Phoenix metro. For those who don’t know Ubu Roi author Alfred Jarry, his 1896 work is cited as a forerunner of Dada, and one inspiration for the Surrealist and Futurist movements.
Or, as Space 55 puts it, “It’s the time-honored story of what happens when a big fat idiot is put in charge of a country, with lots of war, blood, guts, food fights, magic, shouting, puppets, chaos, hilarity, horror and the just plain bizarre sprinkled into the mix.”
And Ashley Naftule, who has been knocking audiences dead in somewhat similar characters for nearly a half decade right now, is a great pick as Papa Ubu. Joining him is Lana Antropova as Mama Ubu with Ron Foligno, Shannon Phelps, Dennis Frederick, Renee Boehm, Megan Holcomb and Yonathan Surafel. The production is being directed by Duane Daniels.
Ubu Roi opened last week, but it will be on the stage through Feb. 13. Tickets are $18 on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and $15 Sunday at 5 p.m. A special performance will be held at 5 p.m. Friday Feb. 5 for First Friday.
For more information, visit http://www.space55.org/show/ubu-roi/
Friday, Jan. 22
Music can be all things to all people and for those who like smooth and cool, Lizz Wright may be a rare find. The daughter of a preacher brings her roadshow to the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/lizz-wright-3
OK, comedy hasn’t really been PG since the 1950s. But, at the Tempe Center For The Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, at 7:30 p.m., the Clean Kings of Comedy will be making an appearance. Home run or pop-out? You decide. For more information, visit http://www.tempe.gov/Home/Components/News/News/5721/4100
Monday, Jan. 25
Hey, baby, I fell into a Burning Ring of Fire with a Pretty Woman and I have the Summertime Blues (my Great Balls of Fire have been extinguished, thankfully). But seriously, The 1950s Rock & Roll Revue is heading to the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Appearing will be Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins and even Elvis ... well impersonators, but impersonators of those famous performers. For more information, visit
Wednesday, Jan, 27
I like cold beverage, you like cold beverage. We all like cold beverage. Even G Love and Special Sauce like cold beverage. After all, a little song called “Cold Beverage” made their musical career. Enjoy some cold beverage with G Love and Special Sauce at 7 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.crescentphx.com/event/993765-g-love-special-sauce-phoenix/
Thursday, Jan. 28
Theater Works will present I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at noon, at the Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise. Tickets are $9 for each performance. To order tickets, please call the West Valley Arts Council at 623.935.6384
Friday, Jan. 29
So maybe bowl cuts have come and gone ... and come and gone again ... but the music of The Beatles endure. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Classical Mystery Tour, the premier Beatles tribute band, will join the Phoenix Symphony for a twist on the music of the Fab Four at Symphony Hall, 1 N. First St., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/EventListing.aspx
To Jan. 29
Some say the West side of the Phoenix metro is boring. Haaardly. It’s just that East-siders don’t know what goes on over there. Prove it right, West-siders, and nominate someone for the 2016 Champion of the Arts recognition, sponsored by The West Valley Arts Council. Awards will be presented in two categories, with nominees being accepted for business leaders, organizations, companies and individuals. Nomination forms are due by noon Jan. 29 to the WVAC office, 13243 N Founders Park Blvd, Surprise, AZ 85379, or emailed to email@example.com. Nomination forms are available online at www.westvalleyarts.org. The 2016 winners and their nominator will each receive a ticket to be recognized at this year’s 23rd annual Diamond Ball Gala to be held March 5 at the Wigwam Hotel and Resort in Litchfield Park.
Saturday, Jan. 30
Get yer blues on and take a trip to the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, for a 9 p.m. show with Dave Riley, Bob Corritore and the Juke Joint Blues Band. What’s even better is there will be some BBQ in the parking lot. For more information, visit http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1006665-dave-riley-bob-corritore-phoenix/
If Blues aren’t your thing, try some comedy. Katt Williams has a little history here in the Phoenix metro. Beginning at 8 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, he will be funny, he will be crude, but after all, aren’t all cats? For more information, visit http://concerts.livenation.com/event/19004F8BED7937D9
Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31
Jason Alexander may have played George Costanza, but he definitely is NOT George Costanza. He is really a musical theatre actor and he will bring those talents to the Phoenix Symphony Hall, Symphony Hall, 1 N. First St., Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Oh, and it's his Arizona symphonic debut, if you please. For more information, visit, http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/EventListing.aspx
Monday, Feb. 1
A new group called Spillers are having their third event at 8 p.m. at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Appearing will be Keith Rawson, Troy Farah, Ed Tankersley, Leah Newsom, James David Nicol and Patrick Michael Finn. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1650832298506846/
Tuesday, Feb. 2
Peepers rejoice! There is an event for you at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, when the Pretty Things Peepshow brings a delicious blend of gaudy, bawdy, circus, sideshow, burlesque and variety arts to the Phoenix metro. For more information, visit http://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/pretty-things-peepshow/
To Feb. 4
Starting Jan. 8, art aficionados can view the works of Arizona’s best watercolor artists at the Arizona Watercolor Association exhibit at West Valley Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise. The event, which runs through Feb. 4, will showcase over 80 pieces judged by West Valley Arts Council’s Executive Director Bernadette Mills. “Arizona Watercolor Association (AWA) is so excited to exhibit in this beautiful, spacious West Valley gallery,” writes AWA President Linda Schooley. “We have many members who live in this area and are anxious to show off this lovely edifice. Viewers will be thrilled at the variety and quality of this causal show. It’s a great opportunity to view and experience works by Nationally-awarded artists.” The event will feature a closing reception on Feb. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information about the event, you can contact the West Valley Arts Council at 623-935-6384.
To April 3
Your Sunday schedule just filled up. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will host its 29th annual Sunday A’Fair series starting Jan. 10. The event will run most Sundays throughout the first quarter of this year, ending on April 3. In addition to live outdoor music from over 20 Scottsdale acts ranging in genre from jazz and blues to country and R&B, Sunday A’Fair will have arts and crafts, activities for children and families, and guided tours of sculptures in the park. The free event runs from noon to 4 p.m outdoors at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. For more information about the schedule and performers, visit Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
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