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2012 Stories by Julie Peterson

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  • Clown Collage

    published December 27, 2012

    What we see on lawns lately falls mostly into the categories of decorated trees and shrubs, deflated Santas, and nativity scenes of varying... More >>

  • Bad Romance

    published December 27, 2012

    Mere months before the BBC's Colin Firth-adorned Pride and Prejudice and Ang Lee's charming Sense and Sensibility launched an as-yet-unabated... More >>

  • Kiss Good Night

    published December 20, 2012

    We have no idea what you'll see at Space 55's 7 Minutes Under the Mistletoe. But neither has Space 55. Somehow, though, the acts who've each... More >>

  • Coffee Break

    published December 13, 2012

    Most stories are either Oedipus Rex (Hamlet, The Graduate) or The Odyssey (The Wizard of Oz, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) underneath, and that... More >>

  • She's So Cold

    published December 6, 2012

    If you're accustomed to adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales, you might not be aware how dark and frightening the originals can... More >>

  • Tunes In

    published December 6, 2012

    For a show that's only a couple of years old, 'S Wonderful boasts beaucoup familiar songs, courtesy of George and Ira Gershwin, who jazzed up... More >>

  • Miracle Ship

    published November 29, 2012

    Over the years, besides looking for baby Jesus, New Carpa Theater Company's American Pastorela has searched far and wide for intelligent life... More >>

  • Dog House

    published November 29, 2012

    As with department store commercials (especially that "Light the Lights" one -- shoot us now), sometimes the promise that you've never seen a... More >>

  • Doing It Well

    published November 22, 2012

    Women's rights, mass communications, the Pill, and other glitches in midcentury culture pushed us into a maelstrom of openness, curiosity, and... More >>

  • Love and Other Drugs

    published November 15, 2012

    Shakespeare's larger-than-life characters and predicaments beg to be set as operas -- grand, moving songs and gobs of spectacle. Romeo and... More >>

  • Ghouls Gone Wild

    published October 4, 2012

    It's that monstery season. If you aren't already mutated, deformed, or more machine than human, and you can't wait for the post-apocalyptic... More >>

  • Boom Go The Tympani

    published September 20, 2012

    Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is slated to attempt something out of the ordinary in public on Thursday, September 20, and you can... More >>

  • Knight Moves

    published September 20, 2012

    Contributions to our vocabulary by Monty Python's Flying Circus ("And now for something completely different," "Nudge nudge, wink wink," and... More >>

  • Miller Time

    published September 13, 2012

    Minus a brief whirlwind of being Marilyn Monroe's spouse and not naming names to the House Un-American Activities Committee, Arthur Miller's... More >>

  • Goddess Nation

    published September 6, 2012

    Why hang around grimy little arts venues? Well, for one thing, to like stuff before it's cool. In 1980s Manhattan, for instance, we enjoyed the... More >>

  • French Connection

    published September 6, 2012

    Yes, we've avoided some plays just because they're crazy popular, or massive, spectacular musicals, or both. But it turns out that... More >>

  • Meandering Stream of Consciousness

    published August 30, 2012

    Some people have already tired of working at home alone in their jammies, hence the multidisciplinary, social, ineffably vibrant trend of... More >>

  • Songs Remain the Same

    published August 23, 2012

    Ways to enjoy music keep evolving, allowing us to niche-ify our listening without all that laborious groove-counting, stylus-dropping, and... More >>

  • Shtetl Be The Day

    published August 16, 2012

    The only way to understand why big-ass Broadway-style musicals are so popular is to see one of them in big-ass Broadway style: performed live... More >>

  • Copper Age

    published August 16, 2012

    The best-laid staycation plans gang aft agley, and ours ganged majorly agley. We need a culture break even more desperately than usual, and... More >>

  • Play On

    published August 9, 2012

    Just as the characters of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night escaped the fury of the waves to land safely on the shores of Illyria, Brelby Theatre... More >>

  • Once Upon A Time in Mexico

    published August 9, 2012

    Not everyone's life-altering experience makes for an entertaining story, but Herberger Lunch Time Theater audiences tend to get lucky with... More >>

  • Launch Sequins

    published August 2, 2012

    The leitmotif of Miss Gay Arizona 2012 is Turn Back Time (or, as Cher would belt, "Turn back tah-hahm"). The pageant website elaborates thusly:... More >>

  • Big Daddy

    published July 26, 2012

    Paul Rodriguez, standup/actor/activist, is the father of the Paul Rodriguez (P-Rod) who won a record fourth X Games gold medal in Skateboard... More >>

  • Throwing Punch Lines

    published July 19, 2012

    Violence is as integral a part of American entertainment as the banjo. If you think you can get away from it by avoiding sports and World's... More >>

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