Monday, April 15, 2024

Review Highlights: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK - Paradise Valley Community College

The Cast
Photo by Taylor McMurray

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through April 21

"In a time when discussions of exclusion and persecution continue to dominate the political landscape, the classic, factual drama The Diary of Anne Frank serves as a poignant reminder of the consequences of such ideologies. While Paradise Valley Community College's production has a few shortcomings, including an uneven cast, it still manages to bring Anne Frank's harrowing tale to life and capture the emotional and heartbreaking plight of the characters. ...While several members of the cast are slightly uneven in their portrayals, Shayla Forero is captivating as Anne, capturing both her youthful exuberance and the maturation forced upon her by circumstances beyond her control. The rest of the cast manage to capture the nervousness and frustration of their characters, with Gabrielle Lawrie and Veronica Lawrie especially effective as Anne's mother and sister....In a world grappling with issues of intolerance and injustice, The Diary of Anne Frank serves as a sobering reminder of the human cost of hatred and discrimination. While it isn't perfect, Paradise Valley Community College honors Anne's legacy with a moving and thought-provoking production of a play that is as relevant today as it was during the darkest days of World War II."  - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

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