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2011 Stories by Robrt L. Pela

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  • Grey Gardens: The Musical Exceeds Expectations -- If You Know the Source Material

    published March 31, 2011

    Grey Gardens: The Musical is not for everyone. One's ability to truly enjoy this camp musical depends on one's knowledge of (and... More >>

  • Trash to Pleasure

    published March 31, 2011

    Maybe repainted old furniture is your thing. You like to pretend that the skuzzy flea market on Interstate 17 is a Provencal market. But one table... More >>

  • Taking Pride in Sunnyslope

    published March 24, 2011

    Sunnyslope is weird — in a good way. I think so, anyway. But it took me a while to forget this oddball neighborhood's reputation... More >>

  • At This Point, What's the Point of Art Detour?

    published March 17, 2011

    Editor's note: On Tuesday morning, as this week's issue was going to press, ArtLink announced it was going to create a map for this... More >>

  • Sex and the Second City Is Neither Sexy Nor Funny

    published March 17, 2011

    Last Thursday night, shortly before the curtain rose on Arizona Theatre Company's Sex and the Second City Version 2.0, a young woman... More >>

  • Grey Matter

    published March 17, 2011

    Squalor. Raccoons. The Kennedys. Blind cats pissing behind oil paintings, and a skirt worn as a cape over a blouse that’s actually a pair... More >>

  • Clowning Around

    published March 17, 2011

    Billed as “a death-defying stunt show full of sick humor and amazing feats of the human body,” the Squidling Brothers Sideshow is... More >>

  • Joyce Gittoes Shines Brightly in Desert Stage's A Raisin in the Sun

    published March 10, 2011

    A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of fictional Walter Lee Younger, a black man in 1950s Chicago who represents the social transition... More >>

  • Home on the Strange

    published March 10, 2011

    In filmland, sequels often lay eggs. In the theater, they pretty much never happen. But a couple of years ago, nearly a half-century after he... More >>

  • Sex Sells at Alwun House's "Exotic Art Show"

    published March 3, 2011

    Brightly colored undraped bosoms. Long, dangly scrotums. Swollen clitorises. If it's February and you're staring at a giant painting of some... More >>

  • Quick PHX: Collections

    published March 3, 2011

    COLLECTOR'S EDITION It's not just stuff. Our collections are a statement we're making about ourselves; a means of saying,... More >>

  • Actors Theatre's Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? @ Herberger Theater Center

    published March 3, 2011

    Josh Kornbluth’s Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? is less about the famous pop artist – or about Jews – than it is about... More >>

  • House Bound

    published February 24, 2011

    There’s nothing so fun, for some, than poking around in other people’s houses, checking out their décor, their art collection,... More >>

  • Up Your Avenue

    published February 24, 2011

    One can live for a very long time and never fully recover from the pleasure of having heard a big fuzzy puppet monster singing about internet... More >>

  • Being Fair to Arizona Broadway Theatre's My Fair Lady

    published February 17, 2011

    Dearest Dear, I'm writing to apologize for having taken you to a dinner theater production of My Fair Lady. To be fair, you did... More >>

  • Busted

    published February 17, 2011

    It’s a shocking fact: One in 33 adults in Arizona are under some form of correctional control – either in jail or prison; on parole... More >>

  • Speak to the Sky

    published February 17, 2011

    At first glance, they appear to be pleasantly evocative black-and-white photographs that celebrate the beauty of the sky. In one, the graceful... More >>

  • Leave It to the Kids to Keep Up Phoenix's Architectural History

    published February 10, 2011

    I love our Capitol building. Not just because it looks like something erected by MGM in 1930 onto which someone has dropped a colossal tin-foil... More >>

  • Da Bomb

    published February 10, 2011

    Before it was a radio drama performed live before an audience and broadcast into millions of homes, the script for Peter Goodchild’s... More >>

  • Walking Lessons

    published February 10, 2011

    It’s become an annual thing, South Mountain Community College’s production of Black Women Walking. For the past three years,... More >>

  • The Arizona Jewish Historical Society Building Returns to Its Roots

    published February 3, 2011

    The next time you walk out the front door of Burton Barr Central Library, look directly across the street and to your left, and you'll see a... More >>

  • Speak to the Sky

    published February 3, 2011

    At first glance, they appear to be pleasantly evocative black-and-white photographs that celebrate the beauty of the sky. In one, the graceful... More >>

  • This Is It

    published February 3, 2011

    It starts with a silly party game, and ends by forever changing the lives of the people who are playing it. Melissa Jane Gibson’s... More >>

  • Theatre Artist Studio's Mama and Jack Carew Lasts Longer Than Adolescence

    published January 27, 2011

    The trouble with Mama and Jack Carew is that there's so very much of it. Hal Corley's full-length play, at least as presented by Theatre... More >>

  • Are We Not Diavolo ?

    published January 27, 2011

    It means “devil” in Italian, but Diavolo – the brainchild of the Parisian mastermind who’s created shows for Cirque... More >>

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