Opinion

Musicians at both the local and global levels have voiced strong opinions on the outcome of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Many in the Phoenix area have combined their music to cultivate new audiences as well as inspire them to act on their political opinions. English rock band Asking Alexandria,...
Over the past few years, downtown Phoenix has seen a lot of unexpected business closures, especially toward the city's urban center. Some of these places were around for years and became part of the downtown landscape. Others, well, not so much. Here's our round-up of downtown's most shocking business...
Imagine receiving a personalized letter inviting you to work for Harvard, studying stars and making discoveries that will help humanity recontextualize its understanding of the universe. Now imagine spending every last penny of your dowry relocating yourself for this new job — only to be told you're working in a...
It's the biggest fight of his career, and all Jay Jackson can think of is the knife that will pierce black skin if he wins. It's 1910. Jay Jackson, played by Bechir Sylvain, is a boxer inspired by the first African-American world heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson. Now, Jay’s in the...
There’s not much light to be found in an ancient Greek tragedy, but the ever-inventive Space 55 infused the tale of the Trojan War with its own unique flair—including gorgeous technical tricks with stage lighting. “Trojan Women” explores the aftermath of one of history’s most famous wars. Although the abduction...
I never knew what I was missing in life until I saw a group of drag queens dancing in an English shoe factory, singing about sexy high heels while the slack-jawed shoemakers watch in shock. Luckily, the Phoenix Theatre Company’s “Kinky Boots” has it all, from gorgeous costumes, lush...
Hamilton refreshed America's historical memories with a founding father's story. Spamilton both celebrates and sticks its tongue at famous Broadway performances and honoring Lin Manuel Miranda's accomplishments while poking fun at his rise to the top of the musical theatre scene. If you haven’t seen Hamilton, the pièce de résistance...
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All alone in a foreign country, Rosie lists the things she knows to be true: Love exists, love is all-consuming, and sometimes love can leave you with an empty bed and a bag that’s empty of the euros and electronics that were there the night before. As Aubyn Heglie’s Rosie...
The top three editors of Downtown Devil say farewell as they prepare to graduate and pass on their roles for the next school year. Rebecca Spiess, co Editor-in-Chief Downtown Devil is where I learned to love journalism. I remember watching my...
Sometimes you go into a play with expectations that are swept away by a cyclone of creativity that pleases and surprises you. I came into “Simply Simone” expecting a fun play with great songs, and I left behind a fantastic performance with so much grit and spirit that my...