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NOTABLE KEY WESTERS creates a dozen or more of the world’s most astonishing ladies right before the eyes and ears of the audience in his lively show—all without lip synching. Peterson constantly introduces new characters and numbers to Eyecons, keeping it fresh and vibrant. Women he has played in Eyecons include Madonna, Lucille Ball, Bette Midler, Patsy Cline, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Reba McEntire, Tina Turner, Joan Rivers, Shirley MacLaine, Dr. Ruth, Barbra Streisand, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Carol Channing, Liza Minnelli and Julie Andrews. The show is always surprising, always entertaining. Born north of the state of Maine in Moncton, New Brunswick, Peterson found his passion for the theatre early in life and began developing his female characters while working on his theatrical career. Beginning in 1993, Peterson appeared at The Edmonton Fringe Festival in Guys in Disguise. He next played the female lead in Canadian Stage’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rough Crossing and workshopped the role of Robin Turner in Brad Fraser’s stage musical adaptation of the hit movie Outrageous. He won the Dora Award (Canada’s equivalent of the Tony) for his performance in Brad Fraser’s Poor Super Man. Later, after a move to Los Angeles, he worked for a year with An Evening at La Cage. While in LA, he appeared on Truth or Consequences and Taste of LA Revue. Peterson appeared in the award-winning documentary We’re Funny That Way, about the first gay and lesbian comedy festival in Canada and was later released on Showtime, Cinemax and HBO. He also was featured as “a Lucille Ball” in Rat Race, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. Peterson recently reprised a role as Bette Davis in Bitchslap at the Waterfront Playhouse here in town. Written by Darrin Hagen, the play centers on the feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the filming of the movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Clashing star power can produce fireworks—and can be highly entertaining, especially when Chris Peterson is on stage. ■

Kit Carson Smith has served satisfying pizza at Angelina’s Pizzeria on Duval Street for more than 30 years, also creating a fun atmosphere for workers and customers alike.

A Life of Slices Kit Smith is the owner of one of Duval Street’s go-to convenient-and-quick eateries—Angelina’s Pizzeria. By Key West Magazine staff

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it Carson Smith had no plans on the horizon decades ago when he graduated from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. “But my friends Vince Walton and Mark Rossi were opening a bar called Rick’s in Key West, so I went down to Key West sight unseen planning to work a couple years with them. In the process, the property next door became available and my friend Mark acquired what was then called Alice’s Alley. I knew nothing about the restaurant business, I was a bar guy, but Mark said to me with a laugh, ‘Wanna take a pizzeria? What do you have to lose, you’re 24 years old?’ So we rebuilt the place and I started August 1, 1988.” Kit just passed 30 years in business at Angelina’s Pizzeria on Duval Street. “It’s been a hell of a 30-year ride, I think I’m enjoying it more now more than ever as I’ve matured with the business. When I was 24, my business plan was to make a great pizza and have a fun working environment, having fun with my friends, and making money if I could. I didn’t plan an exit strategy. But most everything has come true. I like to think I’ve had a positive impact on Duval Street for more than 30 years. I know we have a ton of repeat customers who come to see not only me but all my employees—guys who have been with me a long time, for more than 20 years. The newest employee I have has been with me for four years,” Kit says about the family atmosphere behind the counter. He ticks off the names of all the employees, with pride. His son worked in the restaurant and Kit’s wife, Valerie, has helped out. “My employees tend to stick. It’s been a great honor, it’s a stewardship,

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Key West Magazine Spring/Summer 2019 Issue  

Here's 565 Reasons You’ll Love It Here in Key West, including in-depth listings and reviews of our 31 Beaches, 296 Bars Cafés and Restauran...

Key West Magazine Spring/Summer 2019 Issue  

Here's 565 Reasons You’ll Love It Here in Key West, including in-depth listings and reviews of our 31 Beaches, 296 Bars Cafés and Restauran...

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