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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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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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