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2014 Stories by Julie Peterson

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  • Desert Stages Theatre Presents Harvey

    published December 25, 2014

    Some people assume that actors are good at lying in real life. Whether or not that’s so, you can tell an actor’s snowing you if he... More >>

  • Murder for Two

    published December 25, 2014

    Professional theater companies have struggled fiscally the past several years, and one sign of that is all the plays with itty-bitty casts that... More >>

  • Tutti Frutti

    published December 18, 2014

    Whether you’re not married but want to be, married but would rather not be, or content with life as it is (hey, it happens), there should... More >>

  • Citrus Up

    published December 11, 2014

    Energetic, experimental Orange Theatre emerges from a relatively quiet period to host an evening of unscripted fun Saturday, December 13, in... More >>

  • Rule the Roost

    published December 4, 2014

    We understand that Eric Dufault’s Year of the Rooster is a play about chicken. Sign us up! We’ll chase it with a slow-roasted bird:... More >>

  • Banks on It

    published December 4, 2014

    In case you’ve been living under a rock (hey, we’ve been there), you’ll be delighted to learn that the musical film version... More >>

  • Sally Days

    published November 27, 2014

    If Black Theatre Troupe has shown us anything over the years, it’s that there are infinite ways of being black (or any other race) and... More >>

  • It's A Given

    published November 27, 2014

    Wowie-wow-wow! Time for Childsplay’s recurring holiday presentation of Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! If you are or were... More >>

  • Tied Up in Knott

    published November 20, 2014

    English playwright Frederick Knott has received a special award from us: Guy Who Wrote the Most Familiar-Sounding Plays We’ve Never... More >>

  • Clucks in a Row

    published November 20, 2014

    Some folk tales have odd morals, like “don’t make a fairy angry.” Sound advice, to be sure, but not always applicable to... More >>

  • Exes and Ohs

    published November 13, 2014

    We love to follow the development of new works by local playwrights, starting with workshopped readings and continuing through critiques and... More >>

  • Letts Do

    published November 6, 2014

    Claustrophobia and despair are no fun when it’s you experiencing them, but the claustrophobia and despair of Agnes White and Peter Evans... More >>

  • Business Major

    published October 30, 2014

    Ironically, if the imaginary how-to book referenced in the title of the stage musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying... More >>

  • Imperfect on Paper

    published October 23, 2014

    Writers are fun people (trust us), but we might be at our best one on one. In Theresa Rebeck’s play Seminar, five writers convene... More >>

  • Movie Theater

    published October 16, 2014

    David Mamet’s written dozens of plays, making him a leading light of American theater in the ’80s (he’s slowed down a bit... More >>

  • Planting Zone

    published June 19, 2014

    Fortunately, Herb Gardening for Beginners at Desert Botanical Garden doesn’t consist of us telling stories about episodes like that time... More >>

  • Coming of Page

    published June 19, 2014

    Yup, time to talk about Neil Simon again. After decades of comedies rendered anathema by bad amateur productions, the playwright created a... More >>

  • Lit Up

    published June 19, 2014

    Actors Theatre embraces the leisurely, peripatetic nature of Phoenix summer with two comedies in rep: faux-British, faux-roaring-’20s... More >>

  • Wonder Year

    published June 12, 2014

    Ordinarily, we’d be using this space to remind you to attend the opening of Nearly Naked Theatre’s Falsettos. Said opening... More >>

  • Naked Truth

    published June 12, 2014

    2000’s The Full Monty did well on Broadway, overshadowed by The Producers’ opening that season. The script, by lauded Terrence... More >>

  • Cutoffs

    published June 12, 2014

    Attention span. What? Oh -- how about eight tiny plays by the up-and-coming playwright members of Scottsdale’s Theatre Artists Studio in... More >>

  • Better, Bess

    published June 5, 2014

    Maybe the culture you originally developed to preserve your identity and express your heritage is now exploited by your oppressors. Sucks. But... More >>

  • What a Dahl

    published June 5, 2014

    It’s time for summer field trips or, if you somehow wound up at home with your offspring, enriching activities for their edutainment and... More >>

  • Booking The Book of Mormon: Why Did It Take So Long?

    published May 29, 2014

    Gammage Auditorium announced last month that The Book of Mormon, which is three years into its Broadway run and preselling seats through... More >>

  • Meet The Pair

    published May 29, 2014

    The Odd Couple, most people’s favorite Neil Simon play, was also a classic film and a long-running sitcom. Sloppy, fun-loving Oscar... More >>

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