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2003 Stories by Robrt L. Pela

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  • All That Jazz

    published September 18, 2003

    Phoenix Theatre's excellent production of Chicago is both a pleasant entertainment and a shrewd example of this 83-year-old company's... More >>

  • Gimme an L!

    published September 11, 2003

    If life is a shit sandwich, coach Devlyn Steele can teach you how to serve it on a silver platter. Steele has refined the art of life coaching, a... More >>

  • ABBA Fab

    published September 11, 2003

    Admit it. The moment you hear the name ABBA, or see it in print, a jangly bit of one of the band's hit songs begins playing in your head. Maybe... More >>

  • Cher

    published September 11, 2003

    Once upon a time, Cher was cool. No, really. She was cool. Long before she became an iconic cottage industry, Cher was a hippie chick folk... More >>

  • Pet Project

    published September 4, 2003

    Kathy Taylor is not a nut-box. She's an artist who mixes the ashes of your dead pet into paint, and then uses the concoction to create a portrait... More >>

  • Season's Greetings

    published September 4, 2003

    The theater season is about to start -- and not a moment too soon. With next to no theater to look at for the past several months, I've taken to... More >>

  • Killer Comedy

    published August 28, 2003

    Stephen Sondheim's Assassins looks great on paper: a musical in which four assassins and five failed would-be killers sing and dance about... More >>

  • Here Come the Grooms

    published August 21, 2003

    Tod Keltner and Don Standhardt want to get married, dammit. To each other. Hot on the heels of the Supreme Court's dissing of anti-sodomy laws,... More >>

  • Disaster Averted

    published August 14, 2003

    I normally don't review children's theater, but the temptation to watch several dozen teenagers drown was too great, and so I attended an evening... More >>

  • Rock Jaw

    published August 14, 2003

    The heck with Novocain and smiley receptionists. Dr. Kelly Cook has the solution to painless dentistry: loud rock music and lots of laughing gas.... More >>

  • Gender Bent

    published August 7, 2003

    A guy in a gown is usually good for a laugh, and the mere mention of a beauty pageant these days elicits at least a good, loud snicker. Thus... More >>

  • On a Roll

    published August 7, 2003

    Mississippi had Tennessee Williams, and Manhattan has Fran Liebowitz, but Phoenix is home to David Pittman. The 50-ish "frustrated joke writer"... More >>

  • Toga Party

    published July 31, 2003

    It's true: There's nothing new under the sun. But if we're doomed to repeat ourselves -- and the summer reruns on Valley stages lately suggest... More >>

  • Some Like It Hot

    published July 31, 2003

    Remember how the hottest girls in high school were all bitches? Well, Vanessa Abbott is a new kind of hot girl. The Arizona State University... More >>

  • German Hairlift

    published July 24, 2003

    I arrived at Desert Stages thinking Whatever dreck I see tonight is exactly what I deserve. And How desperate for a paycheck am... More >>

  • Brotherly Love Fest

    published July 24, 2003

    You'd think he raped your mother. But all journalist Don Russell did was write an editorial about what a crummy city Phoenix is. Russell, a... More >>

  • Shimmering Shadow

    published July 17, 2003

    If more part-time thespians approached their craft with the skill and imagination of Steven J. Scally, community theater would be a more cheerful... More >>

  • Cursor Curser

    published July 17, 2003

    It's pronounced "Fuck you," but Phuhque, Eric Baron's computer service company, is a warm, fuzzy place. Baron, who prefers to be called Gailand,... More >>

  • Yogi Barely

    published July 10, 2003

    Swami Dâ Prem is the youngest American swami in the history of Sanatana Dharma, and a teacher of Brahman-Atman yoga. While you'd expect... More >>

  • Gimme Shelter

    published July 3, 2003

    Michael Senger isn't just another pothead survivalist. He's a pothead survivalist with an Armageddon shelter and a working knowledge of the end of... More >>

  • The Chile Season

    published June 26, 2003

    The curtain has fallen on another theater season, one that featured a couple of world premieres, the usual dozen-odd Neil Simon retreads, and a... More >>

  • And Baby Makes Six

    published June 26, 2003

    There's a sign near the front door of the Beehler residence that reads, "Welcome to the house full of babies." They're not kidding. Two years ago,... More >>

  • Altered Boy

    published June 19, 2003

    Although our paths never crossed, John Starkey and I both attended St. Jerome's Catholic Church as children. I was a misfit parishioner, a kid... More >>

  • Summer Camp

    published June 12, 2003

    I'm still trying to shake the memory of a particularly unattractive production of Jeffrey from several seasons ago, and Alternative Theatre... More >>

  • Sister Act

    published June 12, 2003

    She's not a nun, but she plays one onstage. Patti Hannon is this week celebrating the third anniversary of Late Nite Catechism, the... More >>

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