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2009 Stories by Robrt L. Pela

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  • Absolutely Superfabulous

    published July 23, 2009

    It used to be that knowing who Jade Esteban Estrada was was like wearing a ball gown to the grocery store – it meant you were gay. But... More >>

  • Wicked Cool

    published July 16, 2009

    Who was worse, the Wicked Witch of the West or Stalin? According to author Suzanne Ross, one was as bad as the other. Ross is in town... More >>

  • Forbidden Fruit

    published July 16, 2009

    Bare: The Musical is not about getting naked. Instead of tits and ass, this contemporary tuner offers tightly wound commentary about the... More >>

  • Doubt, a Parable; Rabbit Hole; and Nearly Naked Take Home the Hardware in This Year’s Robbie Awards

    published July 9, 2009

    You are seated, for the sixth consecutive year, in an imaginary auditorium, where the sound of rustling programs and impatiently shuffling feet... More >>

  • In with the New

    published July 9, 2009

    Phoenix Theatre’s annual New Works Festival has become one of the few pleasant and edifying experiences in a stifling, largely... More >>

  • Coronado’s Peacocks Have Some Neighbors Squawking

    published July 2, 2009

    Some say the peacocks have always lived in Coronado, one of Phoenix's oldest neighborhoods. Maria Cody has lived there for seven years and says... More >>

  • Body of Work

    published July 2, 2009

    You think you’ve got the whole biotechnology thing squared away, then David Ewing Duncan goes and publishes another book. The latest from... More >>

  • David Ewing Duncan

    published July 2, 2009

    You think you’ve got the whole biotechnology thing squared away, then David Ewing Duncan goes and publishes another book. The latest from... More >>

  • High School Musical at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater Is Nice Enough, but What If They Were Singing About Your High School?

    published June 25, 2009

    Broadway Palm Dinner Theater's production of High School Musical was nice enough. My impression of the show was certainly helped by the... More >>

  • Attention Shoppers

    published June 25, 2009

    Helene Klodawsky knows what makes us tick. She knows we’re nostalgic and love pop culture, and she’s onto us when it comes to a love... More >>

  • Witch with a Capital B

    published June 25, 2009

    She’s ill-tempered and bossy and has green skin. She rides a broom and screams a lot and, if you piss her off, she’ll sic one of her... More >>

  • Finding a Decent Park in Phoenix Is No Picnic

    published June 18, 2009

    I get strange things in the mail. This is probably because publicists are notoriously lazy and often insane, which might be why one of them... More >>

  • The Crash Heard Round the World

    published June 18, 2009

    In the wake of the recent crash of Air France Flight 447, there’s an unfortunate resonance to author Dan Driskill’s upcoming... More >>

  • Hitman of the Year

    published June 18, 2009

    You know those scenes in TV movies where the bad guy hires a hitman who turns out to be a cop? They’re real. Just ask Jack... More >>

  • Apocalypse Soon

    published June 18, 2009

    Charles Bowden knows something. In his new book, Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing, Bowden reminds us that the world’s... More >>

  • Blood Brothers Proves Nearly Naked Can Do More Than Alternative Theater

    published June 11, 2009

    It seems Nearly Naked Theatre has been doing "naughty" plays for so long now that the company can appear subversive only by presenting a... More >>

  • Hitman of the Year

    published June 11, 2009

    You know those scenes in TV movies where the bad guy hires a hitman who turns out to be a cop? They’re real. Just ask Jack... More >>

  • Summer Guide: Cheap Beer and Summer Memories

    published June 4, 2009

    It's with some regret that I recall the people in whose company I learned to drink. Not because they were sodden miscreants, but because our... More >>

  • The Illusion of Seclusion in the Valley's Mountainside Homes

    published June 4, 2009

    I can imagine living at the foot of a mountain. Except in my fantasy, it's a lush green mountain, not one of the dull, tan piles of rock of the... More >>

  • Sibling Revelry

    published June 4, 2009

    If Nearly Naked Theatre’s production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers were a competition instead of a superbly produced musical,... More >>

  • Hitman of the Year

    published June 4, 2009

    You know those scenes in TV movies where the bad guy hires a hitman who turns out to be a cop? They’re real. Just ask Jack... More >>

  • Anti-War Monger

    published June 4, 2009

    You know her as the woman who camped on the doorstep of George W. Bush’s Crawford Ranch in the summer of 2005. Cindy Sheehan’s... More >>

  • Hitman of the Year

    published June 4, 2009

    You know those scenes in TV movies where the bad guy hires a hitman who turns out to be a cop? They’re real. Just ask Jack... More >>

  • Teatro Bravo’s Little Queen Proves Katie McFadzen Can Play

    published May 28, 2009

    I've been working on a list of people or things that Katie McFadzen possibly can't play. Here's what I have so far: a pencil sharpener; Stalin; a... More >>

  • Cry Uncle

    published May 28, 2009

    Brent Jeffs knew his destiny from an early age. The son of a prominent family in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day... More >>

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