Black. Lives. Matter.

In order to hold space for this movement, we are postponing the announcement of The Carmen Award winners until further notice.

Black. Lives. Matter.

Taming of the Review stands with those grieving and protesting in response to the senseless murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the countless black lives lost to racist and/or police violence. The 400-year-old cycle of violence against Black Americans must stop.

Black. Lives. Matter.

We stand with all Black, Indigenous and People of Color in the fight for equity, liberty, and justice. We call out and denounce systemic racism, bigotry, hatred and intolerance.

Black. Lives. Matter.

Taming of the Review is committed to calling out white privilege, bias, and racism within ourselves and our community. And we are ready to do the crucial hard work ahead. Our ears, hearts, and minds are open and ready to learn.

Black. Lives. Matter.

These words mean nothing without action. Click this link to learn more about how you can support the movement.


Due to concerns related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Taming of the Review will suspend all reviewing activities until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.

It is our top priority to keep our reviewers safe and to extend the benefits of social distancing to members of our community at higher risk of contracting the disease.

Please consider donating to arts organizations. This is a very difficult time for theatres, actors, and all creative workers.

Yours Shrewly,

Welcome to Taming of the Review

We are excited to share our take on the Tucson theatre scene with you as we challenge the standard, critique art, and demand more from casting and artistic directors. Because we don’t believe that theatre must be a male dominated craft. We have come a long way since men played the roles of women but, as members of the community, we are very aware of how much further we need to go.

Our reviews will include a brief synopsis of the play but will focus more on the direction, acting, stage design, sound and lighting design, and, most importantly, gender representation on stage.

To accomplish this, we will note the ratio of male to female characters in the play as well as the number of roles that don’t necessarily need to be gendered. Are the cast, artistic team, and crew mostly cis white male actors? Did the whole ensemble need to be a majority of men?

This isn’t a place to hate on men. We often enjoy working alongside our male colleagues. We simply are feminists and want to see equality both on and off the stage. These reviews are dedicated to making ourselves and our peers more aware of gender bias in the hope that we can help create change.