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    Die! Mommie Die! It's been forever since we've had really good, outrageous, dirty-minded, over-the-top camp in Denver, so Die! Mommie Die! is a particular delight. Charles Busch's play is a spoof of such 1960s Gothic horror movies as Whatever Happen...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 8, 2009
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    The cons are pros in The Voysey Inheritance

    When he wrote The Voysey Inheritance over a hundred years ago, Harley Granville-Barker intended to show the rot beneath the politely conventional exterior of Edwardian society. The plot concerns a solicitor who uses his clients' funds to enrich hims...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 8, 2009
  • Rene Marie is a powerful force in Slut Energy Theory

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    Rene Marie is a powerful force in Slut Energy Theory

    I knew that Ren Marie was a tremendous jazz artist -- but I had no idea that she was also an amazing writer and an astonishingly powerful actress. Not until I saw Slut Energy Theory. Marie's one-woman play has been promoted as a work about incest a...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 8, 2009
  • The art of identity takes shape in three new shows

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    The art of identity takes shape in three new shows

    It would be easy to argue that all art is partly about the artist who created it. But that doesn't mean every piece can be classified as art of identity. No, that relies on a person's sexual, ethnic, racial or religious background as a key element. ...

    by Michael Paglia on October 1, 2009
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    Al Wynne. Al Wynne is one of the greatest artists to have ever worked in Colorado, and his accomplishments rank right up there with those of acknowledged masters such as Vance Kirkland and Herbert Bayer. And Black Forest Magic: Paintings & Sculpture...

    by Michael Paglia on October 1, 2009
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee gets a gold star

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    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee gets a gold star

    For the children who compete in them, spelling bees are a very big deal. They represent an arena where poor kids, rural kids and the kids of immigrants can find identity and pride. Indian-Americans, like the winner of this year's Scripps National Sp...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 1, 2009
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    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Die! Mommie Die! It's been forever since we've had really good, outrageous, dirty-minded, over-the-top camp in Denver, so Die! Mommie Die! is a particular delight. Charles Busch's play is a spoof of such 1960s Gothic horror movies as Whatever Happen...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 24, 2009
  • So, a conspiracy theorist walks into a bar...and the result is Yankee Tavern

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    So, a conspiracy theorist walks into a bar...and the result is Yankee Tavern

    Yankee Tavern introduces us to Adam, a young man working in what used to be his father's bar. He's arguing with his fiance, Janet, because the names he provided for her save-the-date notices were fictitious, and she's furious. Adam's father committ...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 24, 2009
  • Anna Kaye at Sandra Phillips Gallery

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    Anna Kaye at Sandra Phillips Gallery

    For a few days last month, Denver and the Front Range were shrouded in a smoky haze, courtesy of the forest fires in California. It was more than a little unsettling, lending the town a doomsday quality right out of a disaster movie. But fires are a...

    by Michael Paglia on September 24, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Al Wynne. Al Wynne is one of the greatest artists to have ever worked in Colorado, and his accomplishments rank right up there with those of acknowledged masters such as Vance Kirkland and Herbert Bayer. And Black Forest Magic: Paintings & Sculpture...

    by Michael Paglia on September 24, 2009
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    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Dial 'M' for Murder. Frederick Knott's Dial 'M' for Murder is one of those stylish, intricately plotted murder plays, though not a whodunit. We know early on that the villain is onetime tennis pro Tony, who wants his wife, Margot, murdered; we watch...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 17, 2009
  • Buntport's production of Indiana, Indiana is pure poetry.

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    Buntport's production of Indiana, Indiana is pure poetry.

    Every now and then, the Buntport troupe decides to remind audiences that they're not just clever, funny, creative and entertaining; they're also artists. And that's just what they do with Indiana, Indiana, a production based on a novel by Laird Hunt...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 17, 2009
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    Remembering Jeffrey Nickelson

    Jeffrey Nickelson, who passed away last week, made a huge contribution to the theater scene in Denver, both as an actor and a director. He created Shadow Theatre on a $500 donation, and -- against all organizational and financial odds -- kept the co...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 17, 2009
  • A Wynne for Z Art Department

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    A Wynne for Z Art Department

    The sluggish economy has affected the bottom line for art galleries, just as it has other businesses, but you wouldn't know it from looking. In recent months, exhibits as good as, if not better than, ever have been unveiled one after another. And wi...

    by Michael Paglia on September 17, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Currents. Traditional American Indian art is a well-established genre, and many Native American artists still practice the old forms of weaving, pottery-making, metalwork and basket-making. But there are also contemporary artists among the tribes, a...

    by Michael Paglia on September 17, 2009
  • While Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Shines, Shadow Theatre still has a shadowed future

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    While Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Shines, Shadow Theatre still has a shadowed future

    Shadow Theatre's last celebratory opening took place over a year ago, when then-artistic director Jeffrey Nickelson unveiled the company's comfortable, brand-new theater to a throng of elegantly dressed well-wishers. The show was Dinah Was, and thou...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 10, 2009
  • Michael Brohman's Human Nature at Pirate

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    Michael Brohman's Human Nature at Pirate

    Denver artist Michael Brohman is known for conceptual sculptures and installations with ambiguous narratives. He's also known for having edgy, if not questionable, tastes that result in the use of stomach-turning materials like human bones and skull...

    by Michael Paglia on September 10, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Currents. Traditional American Indian art is a well-established genre, and many Native American artists still practice the old forms of weaving, pottery-making, metalwork and basket-making. But there are also contemporary artists among the tribes, a...

    by Michael Paglia on September 10, 2009
  • Article

    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Dial 'M' for Murder. Frederick Knott's Dial 'M' for Murder is one of those stylish, intricately plotted murder plays, though not a whodunit. We know early on that the villain is onetime tennis pro Tony, who wants his wife, Margot, murdered; we watch...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 10, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Big-Lots. This show comprises some very big abstract paintings by Wendi Harford that are strong and artistically ambitious. Harford earned a BFA at the University of Denver in the 1970s, where she studied with the late Beverly Rosen, and there are s...

    by Michael Paglia on September 3, 2009
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