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2014 Stories by Julie Peterson

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  • 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 >>

  • Working Week

    published May 29, 2014

    Perhaps the coolest things about the musical version of the film 9 to 5 are the designs (which drag us back to the big hair, giant eyeglasses,... More >>

  • Staged

    published May 22, 2014

    Stories about writers aren’t always fun -- the pitfalls include conceited, oblivious, and incestuous points of view. But tales about... More >>

  • Monster Hit

    published May 22, 2014

    Things we didn’t know about Mel Brooks’ 1974 film Young Frankenstein: • Brooks and Gene Wilder came up with the idea during... More >>

  • Water Works

    published May 22, 2014

    If a play opens at Gilbert’s Hale Centre Theatre and one of the characters can’t see or hear it, is it Tommy or The Miracle Worker?... More >>

  • Mask at Hand

    published May 15, 2014

    If you think professional wrestling’s too fake, you may hold an overinflated opinion of reality. But a play about that sweaty, spandexed... More >>

  • Date Night

    published May 15, 2014

    Although the Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County (which did exist, despite your conviction that it was just a chalupa-fueled dream... More >>

  • Study Buddies

    published May 15, 2014

    What better way to forestall the summertime forgetting of what the kids learned in school than to infuse them with the best educational... More >>

  • Abaire Afoot

    published May 8, 2014

    David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, A Devil Inside, Fuddy Meers, Wonder of the World) might be the darling of Phoenix theaters and audiences... More >>

  • Shiny Boots of Leather

    published May 8, 2014

    People who’d never enjoy pornography (or admit it, anyway) proudly consume erotica with an intellectual sheen. Hence the sophisticated... More >>

  • Softcore Kitty

    published May 1, 2014

    When film director David DeCoteau, a former production assistant for Robert Corman who's famous for the "boxer briefs horror" genre, wants to... More >>

  • Purlie Jam

    published May 1, 2014

    R. C. Davis is the given name of a renowned American actor, writer, and activist. An inattentive county clerk (or family affection) morphed the... More >>

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