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2006 Stories by Robrt L. Pela

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  • Rage Against the Machine

    published September 14, 2006

    Usually when indie filmmakers get a little street cred, they head for Hollywood or start scouting a bigger distribution deal. Not Phoenix film... More >>

  • Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

    published September 7, 2006

    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's an entire generation of middle-aged men who refuse to believe that the actor who played the... More >>

  • The Play's the Thing

    published September 7, 2006

    The good news is that no theater company has announced a production of Cats this season. The bad news is that every single other tired old... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published September 7, 2006

    Pearls: Motherhood Unstrung: This tribute to moms and momism is culled from a collection of essays by the students of Mothers Who... More >>

  • Hooray for Collie-wood

    published August 31, 2006

    I hate dogs. It's one of several things about me that people point to as proof that I'm not a human being. But I have my reasons for recoiling at... More >>

  • Am I Blue?

    published August 31, 2006

    Linda Pollack's not getting older, dammit. She's getting bluer. Pollack has founded a local chapter of the Blue Thong Society, a group of fiftyish... More >>

  • Base Hit

    published August 24, 2006

    It's not unfathomable that Richard Greenberg's exuberantly chatty Take Me Out won all the big-deal theater awards in 2003. Greenberg's... More >>

  • Joseph Kremer

    published August 24, 2006

    He's played everything from a foppish French baron (in Les Liaisons Dangereuses) to a seven-foot-tall singing whisk (in Beauty and the... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published August 24, 2006

    The Hispanick Zone: This comedy, written and directed by Teatro Bravo founder Guillermo Reyes, launches the company's new season.... More >>

  • Poston Prison Blues

    published August 17, 2006

    The grainy images are both utterly mundane and deeply disturbing. They flicker past silently; the soundtrack to this short movie is long lost. Yet... More >>

  • Firmly Planted

    published August 17, 2006

    After nearly three decades at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Shelley Cohn departed for civilian life last year. During her stay — most... More >>

  • Wedded Bliss

    published August 10, 2006

    I Do! I Do! is a musical with a beard a mile long, which is almost certainly why it's part of Theater Works' summer stock season. This... More >>

  • Good Witch/Bad Witch

    published August 10, 2006

    You thought high school theater teachers spent their summers far from the madding crowd, but you were wrong. Jennifer E. Ruddle, who instructs... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published August 10, 2006

    Proof: Fountain Hills Community Theatre leapt to the fore and rescued Is What It Is Theatre's doomed swan song after its own theater... More >>

  • Killer Plot

    published August 3, 2006

    Deb Baker swears it's a coincidence that her newest murder mystery, Dolled Up for Murder — her second for Berkley Books — is set... More >>

  • The Last Meal

    published July 27, 2006

    This ravenous raven has been wing-deep in tears since it learned that its all-time favorite eatery — Stacy's, at 1153 East Jefferson... More >>

  • Be My Guest

    published July 27, 2006

    I've nearly recovered from having seen a dinner theater production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast in east Mesa last week. My... More >>

  • How Long Must This Go On?

    published July 27, 2006

    1740 The first version of Beauty and the Beast, by Madame Gabrielle de Villeneuve, appears. Villeneuve's version doesn't end with... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published July 27, 2006

    West Side Story: This deeply sincere take on Arthur Laurents' landmark musical thankfully never tries to impersonate the movie... More >>

  • When You're a Jet

    published July 13, 2006

    One produces or appears in West Side Story at one’s own risk, and not only because it’s trotted out with the frequency of a... More >>

  • I Was Robbied

    published June 29, 2006

    Any second now, the nice folks over at the ariZoni Awards will start handing out bowling trophies to anyone who's come within three feet of a... More >>

  • Theater Scene

    published June 29, 2006

    Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: These adapted adventures feature music and lyrics by Roger Miller and a book by... More >>

  • Haute Houses

    published June 15, 2006

    Leesa Stuck's house is where birds go to kill themselves. "They fly directly into the glass walls," Stuck says, pointing a bare foot at one... More >>

  • Pargo Floors It

    published June 15, 2006

    By now, if you follow the news, you've no doubt heard of Lawrence R. Pargo, a.k.a. The Poor Kid Who Police Claim Was Driving a Hyundai at... More >>

  • Yes, I Think It's Alright

    published June 15, 2006

    Before I tell you why and how quickly you should go to see Nearly Naked Theater's nearly perfect (and almost entirely clad!) production of The... More >>

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