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  • Stephen Karam speaks up for misfits in Curious Theatre's Speech & Debate

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    Stephen Karam speaks up for misfits in Curious Theatre's Speech & Debate

    Three misfit high school students in Salem, Oregon, come together on the debate society. Solomon longs to be a professional reporter and wants to reveal the right-wing mayor's pederast activities in the school newspaper; Howie, a transfer student an...

    by Juliet Wittman on November 13, 2008
  • RedLine debuts with through a glass, darkly

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    RedLine debuts with through a glass, darkly

    Laura Merage is an accomplished photo-based artist whose work I've reviewed a few times during the past decade. Her photos and photo-based pieces are supremely elegant and extremely sophisticated, as is she. More relevant to my story this week, howe...

    by Michael Paglia on November 6, 2008
  • Julia Fernandez-Pol at Carson van Straaten Gallery

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    Julia Fernandez-Pol at Carson van Straaten Gallery

    When Sandy Carson, a fixture in Denver's contemporary art world, announced earlier this year that she had sold her namesake gallery, even insiders were shocked. Carson has been on the scene since the beginning of time, which in Denver means the 1970...

    by Michael Paglia on November 6, 2008
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Adam Helms. This solo in the MCA's Paper Works Gallery is the New York artist's first museum show anywhere. In his works on paper and in a monumental sculpture that conjures up a shooting blind, Helms explores political themes, especially armed stru...

    by Michael Paglia on November 6, 2008
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    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Girls Only. The trouble with Girls Only, a two-woman evening of conversation, skits, singing, improvisation and audience participation, is that it's so relentlessly nice. Creator-performers Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein have worked together for ma...

    by Juliet Wittman on November 6, 2008
  • Neil LaBute's Fat Pig is no big deal

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    Neil LaBute's Fat Pig is no big deal

    Playwright Neil LaBute is a king of nasty, but I've also always thought of him as tough-minded, daring and original. Now that I've seen Fat Pig, though, I'm wondering whether I've been fooled. Is it just that nastiness almost always strikes us as cl...

    by Juliet Wittman on November 6, 2008
  • Political artwork at Edge tilts to the left

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    Political artwork at Edge tilts to the left

    There has never been an election cycle during which Colorado has been as much in the spotlight as it has this time around. It's been so exciting. Not only was Denver the site of the Democratic National Convention -- when Barack Obama addressed the w...

    by Michael Paglia on October 30, 2008
  • Daniel Sprick at Gallery 1261

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    Daniel Sprick at Gallery 1261

    There are basically two parallel art worlds out there: the contemporary scene and the traditional one. Some artists, however, are able to work in both realms at once, like the painter being feted in the impressive Daniel Sprick: The Living and the D...

    on October 30, 2008
  • Article

    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Adam Helms. This solo in the MCA's Paper Works Gallery is the New York artist's first museum show anywhere. In his works on paper and in a monumental sculpture that conjures up a shooting blind, Helms explores political themes, especially armed stru...

    by Michael Paglia on October 30, 2008
  • The Heritage Square crew delivers biting comedy

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    The Heritage Square crew delivers biting comedy

    The gang at Heritage Square Music Hall has invented a form of theater entirely its own -- a combination of scripted and improvised lines, audience interactions, clever jokes and silly jokes that repeat in every show, and we'd be disappointed if they...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 30, 2008
  • The Glass Menagerie is handled with care by Paragon Theatre.

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    The Glass Menagerie is handled with care by Paragon Theatre.

    During intermission at The Glass Menagerie, I encountered a very beautiful girl in the ladies' room -- dark-haired, pale, slender, someone who might well be cast as the ethereal Laura Wingfield herself someday. She wanted to know if I liked the prod...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 30, 2008
  • Article

    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Girls Only. The trouble with Girls Only, a two-woman evening of conversation, skits, singing, improvisation and audience participation, is that it's so relentlessly nice. Creator-performers Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein have worked together for ma...

    by Michael Paglia on October 30, 2008
  • A Wynne Wynne for Denver's Kirkland Museum

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    A Wynne Wynne for Denver's Kirkland Museum

    Hugh Grant, director of the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, has relentlessly carried the torch for Colorado's art history, doing more to promote awareness of this important legacy than anyone ever has. He began his promotion with the work ...

    by Michael Paglia on October 23, 2008
  • Natural Abstractions at Walker Fine Art

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    Natural Abstractions at Walker Fine Art

    In the front gallery at Walker Fine Art (300 West 11th Avenue, 303-355-8955, www.walkerfineart.com), owner Bobbi Walker has paired up painter Don Quade and sculptor James Dixon, both from Denver, for the exhibit Natural Abstractions. The show's titl...

    by Michael Paglia on October 23, 2008
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    Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The fall opener at the Center for Visual Art is a conscientious survey of the careers of Christo and Jeanne-Claude as seen through their personal print collection documenting their pioneering conceptual work that began in ...

    by Michael Paglia on October 23, 2008
  • Glengarry Glen Ross has a lot to say  and a sizzling way of saying it

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    Glengarry Glen Ross has a lot to say and a sizzling way of saying it

    David Mamet wrote Glengarry Glen Ross more than twenty years ago, but this study of unscrupulous salesmen pitching worthless plots in Florida is acutely relevant today. The hustlers who helped create the current financial meltdown by persuading thou...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 23, 2008
  • November is a thin but amusing satire that gives hell to the chief executive

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    November is a thin but amusing satire that gives hell to the chief executive

    It's a few days before the election, and Charles Smith, the sitting president, is hoping for a second term. Trouble is, his poll numbers are in the toilet (or, as the script has it, "lower than Gandhi's cholesterol"), he's intensely incompetent, no ...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 23, 2008
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    Capsule reviews of current shows

    Les Misrables. This huge, sprawling musical is based on Victor Hugo's novel, and the plot centers on the merciless pursuit of a freed prisoner, Jean Valjean, by a bitter police detective, Javert. In the course of the chase, which continues over sev...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 23, 2008
  • The beauty and ugliness of Damien Hirst

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    The beauty and ugliness of Damien Hirst

    You'd have to be living under a rock -- or have absolutely no interest in contemporary art -- not to know that Damien Hirst is a superstar. For more than a decade he's been one of the top artists in the world, and just about everything he makes is w...

    by Michael Paglia on October 16, 2008
  • Jonas Burgert

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    Jonas Burgert

    When I went to the MCA/Denver (1485 Delgany Street, 303-298-7554, www.mcadenver.org) last week to preview Damien Hirst, the place was a beehive of activity. In addition to the Hirst display going up in the Large Works Gallery, another exhibit was be...

    by Michael Paglia on October 16, 2008
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King Henry IV gained the throne by deposing his predecessor, Richard II, and having him murdered, and in Henry IV, Part 1, the crown lies uneasily on his head. He's… More >>

Dahlia Square could become a garden spot -- but right now, plans are sowing dissension in the neighborhood

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I Hate Hamlet. I Hate Hamlet is a bit like the curate's egg: hilariously funny in parts, and in others so idiotic that you're embarrassed for the actors. Why is… More >>

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