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2002 Stories by Robrt L. Pela

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  • Dream Dudes

    published September 26, 2002

    I dreamed I was in a nude cabaret with a married couple I didn't know. They wanted to tell me about a new book they'd written, but it was hard to... More >>

  • Timeless Tale

    published September 19, 2002

    No theatergoer should be made to stare at an ugly set for three hours. If one must, however, one should do so at Phoenix Theatre's new production... More >>

  • Razor's Hugh Hefner

    published September 19, 2002

    It's September 11, 2002, but Richard J. Botto isn't at home watching the relentless CNN coverage of last year's terrorist attacks. Instead, the... More >>

  • Fantastick Flop

    published September 12, 2002

    The Fantasticks is not. What begins as a promising rerun quickly becomes -- somewhere after its third or fourth musical number -- just... More >>

  • Porno Cop

    published September 12, 2002

    No matter how wide his triumphs, Ron Dible will probably always be known around these parts as Porno Cop. Dible was sacked by the Chandler Police... More >>

  • Winging It

    published September 5, 2002

    Marla Wing begins talking before we actually meet. She comes huffing up the stairs at Nixon's Lounge, trailing scraps of paper and shiny pamphlets... More >>

  • Season of the Switch

    published September 5, 2002

    I hesitate to expect too much from any theater season, but the upcoming calendar of plays and musicals certainly looks more interesting... More >>

  • Jesus Christ Supafly

    published August 29, 2002

    Matt Smith is praying. The waiter at DJ's, an Old Town Scottsdale bar that serves darn good burgers and even better kamikazes, has just dropped... More >>

  • Neil and Prey

    published August 29, 2002

    Two weeks along, the theater season is already shaping up to be the finest in years. Three of our smaller companies have weighed in with real... More >>

  • The Head Devil

    published August 22, 2002

    Michael Crow has arrived. The former executive vice provost and science policy expert from Columbia University is now Arizona State University's... More >>

  • Working Well

    published August 22, 2002

    Color me surprised. An upstart theater company has kicked off the new season with a real long shot: an out-of-the-box smash delivered by a... More >>

  • The Last Days of Ladmo

    published August 15, 2002

    Twenty miles north of Kearny, Arizona, a pistachio tree grows. Strangers turn up from time to time to trim its branches, or to snip away the weeds... More >>

  • A Mannequin for All Seasons

    published August 15, 2002

    I nearly drive my car straight into Portland's, the downtown bar and restaurant where I've arranged to meet local craftsman Jim Bell. My near... More >>

  • X Man

    published August 8, 2002

    Every high-energy minute counts with Jeff Barthold. He's already networking when I arrive at Maloney's, one of several Valley bars that carry... More >>

  • Revenge of the Idiot Girl

    published August 1, 2002

    The cocktail waiter at Barmouche is staring longingly out the window at Laurie Notaro. "Hey, man," he says to me. "That's Laurie Notaro,... More >>

  • Raging for Guffman

    published July 25, 2002

    Tim Hart is having a hard time concentrating. He wants to tell me the complex, nasty story of how his Ensemble Theater Company got booted from its... More >>

  • Voodoo Priestess

    published July 18, 2002

    Her name sounds like the answers to a multiple-choice question on a catechism quiz, but the Reverend Doctor Lady Bishop swears she's all of the... More >>

  • Crazy Quilt

    published July 18, 2002

    All signs were pointing to a lousy evening of theater, even before the curtain came up on White Byson Theater Company's production of Remember... More >>

  • Punk à LaMode

    published July 11, 2002

    I'm the only adult male at the Mason Jar tonight who isn't wearing a black tee shirt with sawed-off sleeves. My Kenneth Cole polo sweater marks me... More >>

  • Plane Speaking

    published July 4, 2002

    Phoenix Aviation Director David Krietor appears almost daily in the local news, despite the fact that he rarely says anything worthwhile.... More >>

  • Up in Smoke

    published June 27, 2002

    Roger Egan is pissed off. After 14 years as proprietor of McDuffy's, Tempe's most popular sports bar, Egan is about to get boned by Big Brother.... More >>

  • Act of Savagery

    published June 20, 2002

    Get the hook! The theater season is winding up with a whimper, thanks to Is What It Is Theatre's subpar production of The Curious Savage.... More >>

  • He's Bat Man

    published June 20, 2002

    In an age when televised car chases are a staple on the local news — edging out coverage of murders and the latest political bungle —... More >>

  • Top Secrets

    published June 13, 2002

    When I first reviewed Joe Marshall's Dirty Secrets three years ago, I was wowed by the smart story but lamented the second-rate acting of... More >>

  • Right to Sing the Blues

    published June 6, 2002

    Pity Rico Burton: She's working double-time to keep Black Theatre Troupe's new show afloat. If Cookin' at the Cookery were a one-woman... More >>

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