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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Childsplay. For this show, the floor of Walker Fine Art has been covered with rough-hewn playground equipment made of wood and bronze. And despite the show's title, all of it has been made for, and scaled to, adults, who are meant to interact with t...

    by Michael Paglia on August 6, 2009
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    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Annie. Boulder's Dinner Theatre is at the top of its form; it has to be. How else could the company make Annie -- its mandatory summer family show -- anything but a smirking sentimental bore? As everyone knows by now, the story of Annie concerns a l...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 6, 2009
  • Estelle Parsons heats up the stage in August: Osage County

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    Estelle Parsons heats up the stage in August: Osage County

    I'm a sucker for reality shows such as Wife Swap and Trading Spouses; I love the scenes when you see unlikely people -- a farmer and a socialite, a disciplined black family and a droopy, guitar-strumming hippie -- suddenly understand each other, eve...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 6, 2009
  • Robischon Gallery goes hyper-local

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    Robischon Gallery goes hyper-local

    During the many years I've been paying attention to art in Colorado, there's one thing that's always bugged me: people in positions of power or influence who dismiss it or degrade it. There are many reasons for this, but my favorite is when these de...

    by Michael Paglia on July 30, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Charles Parson. This must-see sculpture solo titled Charles Parson: Personal Echoes on the Horizon, at Golden's Foothills Art Center, begins out front with a trio of hieratically composed tubular metal sculptures -- basically gongs. The viewer/parti...

    by Michael Paglia on July 30, 2009
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    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Annie. Boulder's Dinner Theatre is at the top of its form; it has to be. How else could the company make Annie -- its mandatory summer family show -- anything but a smirking sentimental bore? As everyone knows by now, the story of Annie concerns a l...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 30, 2009
  • Phamaly's Man of La Mancha is impossibly good

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    Phamaly's Man of La Mancha is impossibly good

    PHAMALY's production of Man of La Mancha is a triumph. Not because the vitality and momentum of this very fine musical make you forget that all the performers in the PHAMALY company are disabled -- some in wheelchairs, some stumbling, some unable to...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 30, 2009
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    Harold Pinter's Old Times remains an entertaining puzzler

    Harold Pinter's Old Times is a three-person fugue with strong currents of sexual rivalry. At the start, Deeley and Kate, a married couple, are awaiting the arrival of Kate's old friend Anna - who is actually on stage with them, her back to the audie...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 30, 2009
  • Systemic at RedLine

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    Systemic at RedLine

    Billing itself as an "urban laboratory," RedLine (2350 Arapahoe Street, 303-296-4448, www.redlineart.org) is a place where artists are provided with free or partly subsidized studio space and where there are some pretty impressive facilities for exh...

    by Michael Paglia on July 23, 2009
  • Article

    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Charles Parson. This must-see sculpture solo titled Charles Parson: Personal Echoes on the Horizon, at Golden's Foothills Art Center, begins out front with a trio of hieratically composed tubular metal sculptures -- basically gongs. The viewer/parti...

    by Michael Paglia on July 23, 2009
  • Article

    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Annie. Boulder's Dinner Theatre is at the top of its form; it has to be. How else could the company make Annie -- its mandatory summer family show -- anything but a smirking sentimental bore? As everyone knows by now, the story of Annie concerns a l...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 23, 2009
  • Silliness outweighs substance in the CSF's Much Ado About Nothing

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    Silliness outweighs substance in the CSF's Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing is the story of a feuding couple, and that's where most of its charm lies. Beatrice is one of those wonderful Shakespearean women: tough-minded, principled, smart and funny. She and Benedick are older and more cynical than the...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 23, 2009
  • At Foothills and the CVA, two shows explore what people do and what they're made of

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    At Foothills and the CVA, two shows explore what people do and what they're made of

    The human figure is the most essential referent in the world of art, and it surely has the longest history, as revealed by the Venus of Willendorf, a sculpture of a nude woman created in what is now Austria around 26,000 years ago. The Venus was ...

    by Michael Paglia on July 16, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    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, and that everything he makes is worth millions of dollars apiece. The tight solo at MCA Denver ...

    by Michael Paglia on July 16, 2009
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    Now Playing

    Annie. Boulder's Dinner Theatre is at the top of its form; it has to be. How else could the company make Annie -- its mandatory summer family show -- anything but a smirking sentimental bore? As everyone knows by now, the story of Annie concerns a l...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 16, 2009
  • An unlikely couple shares history in A Hint of Winter

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    An unlikely couple shares history in A Hint of Winter

    In terms of both sensibility and mission, theater director Terry Dodd and the Barth Hotel are made for each other. The Barth, a beautiful nineteenth-century structure, is owned by Senior Housing Options, a charitable organization originally created ...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 16, 2009
  • Earth/Water at the Sandra Phillips Gallery

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    Earth/Water at the Sandra Phillips Gallery

    Despite its intimate -- read "tiny" -- space, the Sandra Phillips Gallery (744 Santa Fe Drive, 303-573-5969, www.thesandraphillipsgallery.com) has big ambitions. Owner Sandra Phillips has relentlessly filled the place with something worth seeing, of...

    by Michael Paglia on July 9, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    The Magafan Twins. Ethel and Jenne Magafan were identical twins born in Chicago but raised in Denver. In the 1920s, their art teacher at East High School was so impressed with their talent that he paid their tuition to attend Denver's School of Mode...

    by Michael Paglia on July 9, 2009
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    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Annie. Boulder's Dinner Theatre is at the top of its form; it has to be. How else could the company make Annie -- its mandatory summer family show -- anything but a smirking sentimental bore? As everyone knows by now, the story of Annie concerns a l...

    on July 9, 2009
  • To see or not to see? That's the question.

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    To see or not to see? That's the question.

    Hamlet really is a narcissistic ass. I'm not talking about his famous, almost play-long dithering about whether or not he should kill the uncle who murdered his father and married his mother -- and if so, when and how, and what it says about his cha...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 9, 2009
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Angela Beloian and Roger Hubbard. For In Technicolor, her new exhibit at Walker Fine Art, Boulder artist Angela Beloian created a body of retro '60s and '70s paintings and screen… More >>

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On Golden Pond. As this play opens, Norman and Ethel Thayer are moving back into their summer house in Maine. Every summer for 48 years, he's come here to fish… More >>

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