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Joe Brown joined the Las Vegas Sun in 2008 as a reporter, critic and blogger focusing on entertainment and culture. A writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience in print and electronic media, Joe worked as a writer and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post before gambling on a move to Vegas.

Wayne Newton: The story, but not the sound
Wayne Newton: The story, but not the sound
Monday, November 2, 2009
REVIEW: The only thing fans will enjoy about this show is the memories it evokes
I had been warned that Wayne Newton can’t sing anymore. Apparently it’s been common knowledge for years that his voice is shot.
Photo: In
'The Shawl': Smart and spooky
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
REVIEW: Mamet play about a psychic, a client and a mysterious third delivers
“The Shawl,” a seldom-performed three-hander by David Mamet, culminates in a seance.
Photo: Douglas Peterson conducts the Southern Nevada Musi
Two groups, many voices, spellbinding results
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
REVIEW:
Maybe it’s a stretch to call it “Glee” for grown-ups.
Photo: Nevada Ballet Theatre dancers perform in
Nevada Ballet Theatre dazzles by degrees
Monday, October 19, 2009
Review: New artistic director Canfield heats program to a thrilling techno-music boil
For his first program as new artistic director of Nevada Ballet Theatre, James Canfield used the frog-in-a-pot-of-water strategy. The curtain opened on Saturday night with a comforting and familiar, business-as-usual, lukewarm performance of George Balanchine’s “Rubies.”
Photo: Chazz Palminteri, who has acted in dozens of films
Compelling ‘Bronx Tale’ is refreshingly good theater
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
REVIEW:
I wondered why Chazz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale” was suddenly booked into the Venetian Showroom for a limited run this month.
Photo: Clowns ply their chilling trade Friday at Fright D
Fright Dome: Circus Circus fear factory teems with terrific human horrors
Monday, October 12, 2009
REVIEW:
If your friends and colleagues show up strangely and suddenly hoarse or voiceless one morning, it’s a good bet that they visited Fright Dome the night before. Or that they are moonlighting there.
Photo: The cast of
'Company': Musical about couples, pal proves hard to stage
Monday, October 5, 2009
REVIEW:
My friend’s cell phone rings as we’re driving to see “Company” at UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theatre on Friday night. After a few minutes of small talk, it becomes clear that the caller is distressed about her spouse.
Photo: Liza Illo
Not content to coast, Liza Minnelli soars in Broadway reprise
Friday, October 2, 2009
REVIEW:
Death-defying and life-affirming, Liza Minnelli’s Wednesday night performance at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand exceeded all expectations.
Photo: Mentalist Luke Jermay performs his act at O'Sheas
'Mental' at O’Sheas may not amaze, but will at least amuse you
Monday, September 28, 2009
Review:
“Mental,” a new mind-reading show at O’Sheas, invokes a Las Vegas oxymoron: “Mind” and “reading” don’t really go together in this town.
Sparks, curses fly in resonant play about love
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Review: In darkly funny production, acting shines
For days afterward, I couldn’t stop thinking about “Reasons to Be Pretty,” the latest play by Neil LaBute, at UNLV’s Black Box Theatre. And not just because I had to write about it.
Photo: Dana Kreitz performs during a dress rehearsal Thur
In zany spoof about ‘reefer,’ the joke’s on squares
Monday, September 21, 2009
Review:
About halfway into Act I of “Reefer Madness: The Musical,” it hits you: Chris Mayse picked, produced and directed this show just so he could play God. Really.
Photo: Robin Zander of Cheap Trick sings almost all the l
Cheap Trick performs original homage to classic Beatles album
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Music:
How do you prefer your Pepper? That was the question last week among Beatles devotees deciding between newly released CD versions of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
Photo: From left, Thomas Chrastka (as Andrew), Stacia Zin
Courageous play wrings humor from unlikely setting: 9/11
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
REVIEW:
Is it too soon? That was the big question when plays and movies about AIDS began to appear.
Orchestra rides guest soloist to thrilling high
Monday, September 14, 2009
REVIEW: Passion and intensity define Philharmonic’s season opener
If he could go back in time, I wonder if Las Vegas Philharmonic conductor David Itkin might rejigger the order of the three pieces he planned for the orchestra at Saturday night’s season-opening performance.
Photo: Performers sing
'Working': A show about work
Monday, September 14, 2009
REVIEW: Cast and crew competently present praise for jobs big and small
When the lights go up on “Working,” a musical about, well, working, it seems as if the show has made a dent in Las Vegas’ unemployment problem all by itself.

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