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What's it like to be a theater critic?

You think it would be fun to go to plays and musicals almost every night for free and then tell everybody about it?

What's it like to be a theater critic? Kerry Lengel of the Arizona Republic said it can be exciting or excruciating...or both. Who doesn't like "The Sound of Music," but what do you write if the production you're covering for the paper has a Maria that can't sing and all of the Von Trapp kids look like they're over 30? How honest must you be if a play is lousy and you know everybody in the cast?

That's very close to the life of Kerry Lengel, and if that appears a trifle dramatic, doesn't that seem only right?

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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