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2001 Stories by Robrt L. Pela

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  • Tree Story

    published December 20, 2001

    According to Jane Mitchell, I've been "sucked into the Christmas-tree vortex." And Jane ought to know. She and her family have been selling... More >>

  • Bogey Man

    published December 20, 2001

    Arizona Jewish Theatre Company's production of Play It Again, Sam opens Saturday, December 22, at The Playhouse on the Park, in the... More >>

  • A Holly, Folly Christmas

    published December 13, 2001

    Lest I be mistaken for a holiday-hating Scrooge, I'll open by mentioning that I'm writing this theater review surrounded by Christmas trees --... More >>

  • Going Overboard

    published December 6, 2001

    My friend Paul is, among other things, a devoted Titanic enthusiast. While other little boys were playing kickball, Paul was playing... More >>

  • Simple Simon

    published December 6, 2001

    Some weeks my job is less about offering opinions about theater than it is about dodging Neil Simon comedies. This week I failed to completely... More >>

  • Rebel, Revel

    published November 29, 2001

    In 1978, I received an F on a high school English composition in which I wrote that the characters in the film Rebel Without a Cause were... More >>

  • Family Affairs

    published November 15, 2001

    Whenever folks gripe about the dreary state of theater in our town -- which happens as often as you'd imagine -- I always point out that stage... More >>

  • Keeping It Real

    published November 8, 2001

    Despite its somewhat labored Actors Theatre of Phoenix production, there's plenty to recommend Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. There's the... More >>

  • Cease Fire

    published October 25, 2001

    There's an unfortunate timeliness to Orson Welles' adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, with its deadly attacks on America and its... More >>

  • Anti-Social Intercourse

    published October 18, 2001

    Just before the curtain goes up on each of Black Theatre Troupe's productions, executive director David J. Hemphill makes a gracious speech in... More >>

  • Pianist Envy

    published October 11, 2001

    An amazing thing happens a few minutes into 2 Pianos, 4 Hands: After the show's co-stars, both of whom are seated at glossy grand pianos,... More >>

  • Brave Revue

    published October 4, 2001

    T he truest test of any great piece of theater -- or any drama whose title is routinely appended with a superlative, has been produced for years... More >>

  • The Clap

    published September 20, 2001

    Nothing, not even the threat of world war, can discourage Phoenix Theatre's annual tradition of kicking off the season with a big, tacky musical.... More >>

  • Uncomfortably Numb

    published September 13, 2001

    The silence from experimental theater lately has been deafening. Since the dissolution of oddball Planet Earth Theatre last year, there's been... More >>

  • The Pink Slip

    published August 30, 2001

    In Lillian Hellman's play The Children's Hour, a little girl destroys her teacher's life with accusations that the teacher is gay. In... More >>

  • Summer of '01

    published August 23, 2001

    What I did this summer is scramble to find theater productions to write about, which is how I came to break my rule about never attending any play... More >>

  • The Play's the Thing

    published August 9, 2001

    "I hate the idea that I've been resurrected," says actress Jacqueline Gaston. "I hear people say I've inspired them, that if I can come back after... More >>

  • Don't Climb Every Mountain

    published July 26, 2001

    I can't pretend to know what it's like to design a number of elaborate stage sets with next to no money, but I can describe the results. In fact,... More >>

  • Learned Hand

    published July 19, 2001

    Type Michael Learned's name into any Internet search engine, and you'll find yourself linked to several hundred articles and dozens of Web sites... More >>

  • The Hole Shebang

    published July 5, 2001

    The will-call line for The Vagina Monologues snaked all the way across the lobby of the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, and I was the only... More >>

  • Sexual Healing

    published July 5, 2001

    "Why the heck would anyone want to do a play about that?"I've been speaking for more than an hour with "Tony," a convicted sex offender,... More >>

  • Stage Rage

    published June 28, 2001

    I usually leave playwright Joe Marshall's comedies having found plenty to like. Marshall regularly offers interesting insights into the human... More >>

  • Nothing Atoll

    published June 7, 2001

    I've wanted to see a worthwhile production of Once on This Island for more than a decade. I've long suspected that Stephen Flaherty's and... More >>

  • Weekend With Bernie

    published May 31, 2001

    Opening-night performances by small theater companies usually play to half-empty houses -- except, apparently, for shows with the phrase "sexual... More >>

  • To Each His Own

    published May 24, 2001

    My faithful theater companion and I normally agree about the quality of the shows we see every weekend. When we don't, it's he who is more... More >>

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