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2006 Stories by Robrt L. Pela

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  • Love Letter

    published December 28, 2006

    Every New Year's Eve, I watch my favorite movie. I used to think that everyone had a favorite film until a few years ago, when I hosted a party to... More >>

  • Kitsch Niche

    published December 21, 2006

    Travis Smith is serious about Christmas kitsch. Not only has he amassed thousands of vintage dime-store holiday ornaments, he's also spent decades... More >>

  • Night of the Near-Miss

    published December 14, 2006

    It's finally happened. Joseph Kremer has at last appeared in a role that he's not able to make his own. Kremer, who arrived seemingly out of... More >>

  • Nun Done

    published December 14, 2006

    I couldn't tell if the holiday choir that kicked off the surprisingly dreary Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published December 14, 2006

    Wishes, Wassail, and Wonder: Don't let its super-cheesy title fool you: iTheatre Collaborative's fourth annual Christmas cabaret is... More >>

  • Worth Hailing

    published November 30, 2006

    Toward the end of Act One of Arizona Theatre Company's Jitney, Chuck Patterson positions himself near the lip of center stage and recites a... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published November 30, 2006

    Tuna Christmas: It's back: that better-than-most holiday sequel to Greater Tuna, this one about Christmas in Tuna, the third... More >>

  • Tear Down Town

    published November 23, 2006

    Three years since Phoenix New Times ran our More >>

  • Theater Notes

    published November 16, 2006

    Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge: Originally commissioned by City Theatre in Pittsburgh and successfully presented during... More >>

  • Bad Revues

    published November 16, 2006

    If I lie very still and focus all my attention on the tiny water stain on the ceiling above my bed, I'm able to forget the dream for minutes at a... More >>

  • Design Flaw

    published November 2, 2006

    The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow provides proof that a talented cast can sometimes triumph over mediocre material. The good folks at... More >>

  • Enemy of the Status Quo

    published November 2, 2006

    Actors Theatre artistic director Matthew Wiener (who's directing The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow) claims he doesn't know what he's... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published November 2, 2006

    Fat Pig: Tom is surprised to find himself falling in love with Helen, an intelligent, witty, and very overweight librarian. His... More >>

  • I Scream for Scream Queens

    published October 19, 2006

    Thirty years ago, it was considered clever to spoof obscure science-fiction films. Stage musicals like The Rocky Horror Show and movies... More >>

  • David Salcido

    published October 19, 2006

    David Salcido is big on titles. As a flack for Artists' Theatre Project, the smallish local troupe he co-founded, he's known as the Master of... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published October 19, 2006

    Yours, Anne: It sounds like the punch line to an unfortunate joke, but this musical adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank is... More >>

  • Teacher, Teacher!

    published October 12, 2006

    Singer-actress Karen Morrow's long and varied career has brought her acclaim (an Emmy and a tall stack of Dramalogue Awards) and some pretty... More >>

  • Aye for Beauty

    published October 5, 2006

    I've seen three plays about mothers and daughters this month — two of them just this past week. Pearls: Motherhood Unstrung collects... More >>

  • Double Threat

    published October 5, 2006

    So she can't sing. Robyn Allen can do most everything else on stage — and has. When she's not performing (most recently in Phoenix Theatre's... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published October 5, 2006

    Suds: Local critics haven't much liked this goofball extravaganza of tunes from the 1960s, and who can blame them? Of the... More >>

  • Mother of Pearls

    published September 28, 2006

    Actor/producer/writer Debra Gettleman does everything from arranging chairs to selling tickets for Pearls: Motherhood Unstrung, which she's... More >>

  • Nun Sense

    published September 28, 2006

    For the past six years, Patti Hannon has been starring in both Late Nite Catechism and Late Nite Catechism II at Scottsdale Center... More >>

  • Completely Blah (Unabridged)

    published September 21, 2006

    A traffic cop yelled at me on my way into the theater the other night. He blew his whistle and shouted at me because I was crossing against the... More >>

  • Austin Tichenor

    published September 21, 2006

    When he's not busy being a television actor (perhaps you've seen him on Boston Legal, or Everwood, or Nip/Tuck), Austin... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published September 21, 2006

    A Chorus Line: That tried-and-true celebration of the unsung heroes of American musical theater, the chorus boys and gals, is... More >>

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