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1996 Stories by Robrt L. Pela

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  • Humbugger Stand

    published December 19, 1996

    If theater is a microcosm of the universe, then we must be a godforsaken, consumer-driven society, more interested in what's under the tree than... More >>

  • Unchained Malady

    published December 12, 1996

    Theater has been braving the AIDS pandemic for more than a decade. Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart in 1985 was the first of a subgenre of plays... More >>

  • Bewitched Blanket Babylon

    published December 12, 1996

    Planet Earth Multi-Cultural Theatre has made a name for itself with overwrought dramas and dark translations of prominent plays. Whether this... More >>

  • Bros and Cons

    published November 28, 1996

    The strengths of Sam Shepard's plays are in the peculiar humor he brings to them. In most of his better-known work, the playwright/actor blends... More >>

  • The Height Report

    published November 21, 1996

    Early in the beautifully written first act of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, one of the characters says to another, "I remember everything!" To... More >>

  • This Time the Bottle Let Us Down

    published November 21, 1996

    I didn't much like The Cocktail Hour, which surprised me. Not only because it's one of the more amusing and sophisticated of A.R. Gurney's... More >>

  • Oy Story

    published November 14, 1996

    With its current production, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company has managed to cram both comedy and tragedy onto the same stage. The comedy is Wendy... More >>

  • Visual AIDS

    published November 14, 1996

    Patient A is a small, infrequently produced play about the life and death of Kimberly Bergalis. Bergalis died in 1991 from complications of AIDS,... More >>

  • The Yellowed Pages

    published November 7, 1996

    Phoenix Theatre's current production, Dial M for Murder, pits a killer against a mystery writer/police inspector team, but the plot is no puzzler.... More >>

  • Ebony and Ivories

    published November 7, 1996

    August Wilson's The Piano Lesson is among the most stirring dramas written this century. The critically acclaimed play, about a black American... More >>

  • Sex and the Single Gay

    published October 31, 1996

    I've been a big fan of Paul Rudnick's writing ever since I read his first novel, Social Disease, in the early Eighties. That book, and most of... More >>

  • Interview With the Mime

    published October 31, 1996

    I hate mimes. Who doesn't? Say "mime" and I think of Marcel Marceau. Or worse, Shields and Yarnell. No matter who, it'll be white face and a... More >>

  • Avon Crawling

    published October 24, 1996

    Phoenix is lousy with Shakespeare this week. At Herberger Theater Center, Arizona Theatre Company's The Two Gentlemen of Verona trods the boards.... More >>

  • Frenchman's Creak

    published October 24, 1996

    Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a musical revue that became an off-Broadway staple nearly 30 years ago. Truth be told,... More >>

  • Sketch Marks

    published October 17, 1996

    All in the Timing, a collection of six short one-acts now being staged by Actors Theatre of Phoenix, exploded off-Broadway a couple of seasons... More >>

  • Hello Dolly, Goodbye Risk

    published October 17, 1996

    It's becoming more difficult to crow about live theatre in Phoenix. For a couple of years, it looked like the local theatre scene was evolving... More >>

  • Much Skidoo About Nothing

    published October 17, 1996

    The Two Gentlemen of Verona is not the most amusing of William Shakespeare's comedies. It's clumsily constructed and makes an awkward shift into... More >>

  • Gruel and Unusual Punishment

    published October 10, 1996

    It's no mystery why Lionel Bart's Oliver! is occasionally trotted out for another go-around. This classic British musical, adapted from Charles... More >>

  • Sexual Tension

    published October 3, 1996

    There are better reasons to strap on a bustle than Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Something, perhaps the popularity of the film... More >>

  • Seaworthy Dames

    published September 26, 1996

    Nowadays, send-ups of old movie musicals tend to play about as well as the films they spoof. There are enough such satires that they've become a... More >>

  • The Stormin' Conquest

    published September 19, 1996

    Immediately before the opening-night performance of Planet Earth Multi-Cultural Theatre's production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, downtown was... More >>

  • Emperor Strikes Out

    published September 19, 1996

    Opening night of Guv: The Emperor Strikes Back, the New Scottsdale Playhouse was half empty when the curtain rose on this much-anticipated sequel... More >>

  • Creme Dement

    published August 29, 1996

    About two thirds of the way into Christopher Durang's 1987 comedy Laughing Wild, the Infant of Prague appears. He comes not as a miraculous... More >>

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