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2004 Stories by Robrt L. Pela

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  • Art for prez

    published September 30, 2004

    Sit down with a couple of anti-Bush artist/activists and a pro-Bush children's book author, and you get what you play for: lots of debate about... More >>

  • Liza With a Zzzzz . . .

    published September 23, 2004

    What good is sitting alone in your room when you can go watch the folks at Phoenix Theatre flog another famous musical to death? Cabaret is... More >>

  • Losers' Circle

    published September 23, 2004

    The world is bursting with people who would just as soon jack off as get laid, so it's no surprise that, for some folks, pretend awards programs... More >>

  • Once Bitten

    published September 16, 2004

    Runways during Manhattan's Fashion Week were clogged with gauzy blouses and underskirts made of mosquito netting -- perhaps in preparation for a... More >>

  • Art For Whose Sake?

    published September 9, 2004

    Any second now, Phoenix is going to start looking a lot more like Tucson. That is, if County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and Youth Program... More >>

  • The Time Warp, Again

    published September 9, 2004

    October 31, 1977: Tonight was extremely strange. Janette and I went to the Sombrero Theater (which is way down on Seventh Street and... More >>

  • Acqua Blues

    published September 2, 2004

    She might have been a Midwestern orphan named Mildred Davenport. She may have been the great-granddaughter of the illegitimate son of the King of... More >>

  • Greece Burgers

    published August 26, 2004

    Plenty of Olympic athletes trained in Phoenix for the summer games, and we even managed to send some locals to compete in Athens this month. But... More >>

  • Mystic Ribber

    published August 26, 2004

    Picture me, just this once, wearing a shiny turban anchored with a big paste jewel. I'm sitting before a tiny, round, velvet-covered table, gazing... More >>

  • Screwing the Pooch

    published August 19, 2004

    Those zany kids at Stray Cat Theatre have strapped a leash onto their new season, which they're opening with something called Poona, the... More >>

  • Lube Job

    published August 12, 2004

    Grease is definitely the word, even if I don't entirely understand why. I have nothing against fab '50s musicals or playwrights Warren... More >>

  • Sex and the Single Man

    published August 12, 2004

    Chauvinism is funny. Misogyny is a laugh riot. And Robert Dubac, author and star of The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?, is pretty darn... More >>

  • PAL-ican Brief

    published August 5, 2004

    You can tell that PALican is a star because he arrives with an entourage. I'd arranged to interview PALican himself, who I assumed was a guy in a... More >>

  • Miranda's Rights

    published July 29, 2004

    John Miranda is not a racist. The 68-year-old former Marine insists he posted a sign reading "For Sale to Whites Only" in front of his Waddell... More >>

  • Hale Breaks Loose

    published July 29, 2004

    I admit that I ended up more interested in the audience that came to see The Pirates of Penzance than I was in the show itself. That's not... More >>

  • Check Her Out

    published July 22, 2004

    CHECK HER OUT Seattle may have the Space Needle, and Paris may have the Eiffel Tower, but Phoenix is home to 2004's Librarian of the... More >>

  • He Who Laughs, Lasts

    published July 15, 2004

    Laughter, Markham Breen says, is the best medicine. Breen is a master of tittering, a ruler of guffaws. He's a Scottsdale psychotherapist who... More >>

  • Nun For Me

    published July 15, 2004

    As written, Late Night Catechism II isn't much more than an excuse to charge us twice for the same shtick. It's told in the same spirit as... More >>

  • Tales From the Script

    published July 15, 2004

    Richard Warren abandoned a career in advertising and rewrote himself as a playwright. But when the cost of a staged reading of one of his plays... More >>

  • Neil, We Hardly Knew Ye

    published July 1, 2004

    He has been, for the past 10 years, the mayor of Tempe -- a man who, like the best politicians, has been both respected and reviled. Neil Giuliano... More >>

  • Change of Fools

    published July 1, 2004

    The very best thing about Menopause: The Musical is that it eventually ends. Although not soon enough. After what seems like days, the... More >>

  • Burning Desire

    published June 24, 2004

    The reception area outside of Leah Landrum-Taylor's office smells of burnt toast. Perhaps a file clerk in the House of Representatives has... More >>

  • Dog Gone

    published June 17, 2004

    Last October, Jeanne Clark's Chihuahua, Gucci, vanished into thin air. She's posted Lost Dog fliers all over town, and spent hundreds on ads... More >>

  • Death of a Salesman

    published June 17, 2004

    David Mamet's love of the rhythms of American speech is the hallmark of his work. His people speak in a repetitive, rat-a-tat cadence, always... More >>

  • A Nod Is As Good As a Wink

    published June 17, 2004

    When iTheatre Collaborative debuted last season, it did so with a pledge to produce unconventional, seldom-seen plays. The company kept that... More >>

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