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    A Critic's View - Denver's theater scene struggles to reach critical mass.

    I was sorry when I heard that Denver actor Brett Aune was leaving his home town to try his fortune in Los Angeles. Aune, who departed last week, has featured prominently in some of the most memorable theater experiences I've had in this town. I remem...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 26, 2004
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    Encore

    Cabaret. Cabaret is grim and distressing, and there's not a hint of redemption anywhere in it. Quite the contrary. But this is a bloody good production, the kind of production that could -- and should -- attract all kinds of people who might never t...

    on August 26, 2004
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    Encore

    Cabaret. Cabaret is grim and distressing, and there's not a hint of redemption anywhere in it. Quite the contrary. But this is a bloody good production, the kind of production that could -- and should -- attract all kinds of people who might never t...

    on August 19, 2004
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    Still and All - A planned Clyfford Still museum is the latest thing in Denver's current culture boom.

    On the morning of August 9, Mayor John Hickenlooper stood on the front steps of the City and County Building and made a stunning announcement: The City of Denver had formally committed to building a museum to house the work of abstract-expressionist ...

    by Michael Paglia on August 19, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Walking into the front space at Pirate: a contemporary art oasis (3659 Navajo Street, 303-458-6058) is like stepping back into the early '90s when half the shows at the alternative galleries were installations of questionable quality. There's a rea...

    by Michael Paglia on August 19, 2004
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    Now Showing

    Colorado Clay. Colorado has been a regional center for ceramics for just over a century. The reason is obvious, at least to gardeners and structural engineers: It's all that darned clay. This sets up Colorado Clay, which has been held at Golden's Fo...

    on August 19, 2004
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    Industrial Strength - Unhurried pace makes The Weir worth visiting.

    A year or two ago, the Industrial Arts Theatre Company took over an old movie house on Federal Boulevard. It's always a good thing when artists move into a funky neighborhood, and the Industrial group is no exception. But the company needs to put mor...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 19, 2004
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    Wrong Direction - Bovine hits some false notes in The Mammas & the Papparazzis.

    Bovine Metropolis is a fine, cozy venue, the people who run it are lively and friendly, and I've seen good comedy there. But The Mammas & the Papparazzis is simply not ready for prime time, either in terms of material or performance quality. Each and...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 19, 2004
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    Encore

    Antony and Cleopatra. Director Robert Benedetti states in the program notes that he has brought a Hollywood sensibility to this text, but the CU production remains stagnant and difficult to follow, perhaps because so many of the actors garble their ...

    on August 12, 2004
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    Earth, Hand and Fire - Foothills throws the state's best-known ceramics fest.

    Colorado has been a regional center for ceramics for just over a century. The reason is obvious, at least to gardeners and structural engineers: It's all that darned clay. This readily available natural product led to what I call a "clay rush" beg...

    by Michael Paglia on August 12, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    The Sandra Phillips Gallery (744 Santa Fe Drive, 303-573-5969) has kept a pretty low profile since it opened last summer. Though I'd heard of it, I didn't have any idea where it was. In retrospect, this is strange because it's right across the street...

    by Michael Paglia on August 12, 2004
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    Now Showing

    Dots, Blobs and Angels. Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting an enormous solo that is dedicated to the late David Rigsby, an artist who played a big part in the local art scene in the '70s and '80s. The exhibit was organized by director...

    on August 12, 2004
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    Fresh Err - Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Comedy of Errors makes no mistakes.

    Of this summer's three productions, The Comedy of Errors is the one most in tune with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's slogan, "Shakespeare Under the Stars." It's funny, bright, relaxed and magical, the perfect amusement for a soft summer night. ...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 12, 2004
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    No Hot Flash in the Pan - Menopause The Musical provides some fluffy comedy about female changes.

    Menopause The Musical is as much a phenomenon as a piece of theater. As my friend and I entered the New Denver Civic Theatre, we walked into a wall of laughter and chatter. There were women everywhere -- in twos and threes, in throngs, elderly women,...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 12, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Along with a lot of other people in Denver, I had my heart broken last winter when Skyline Park was bulldozed. The decision to destroy the park, which runs for three blocks along Arapahoe Street between 15th and 18th streets, was the last of many ter...

    by Michael Paglia on August 5, 2004
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    Naked Emotion - Martin Moran's The Tricky Part becomes uncomfortably intimate.

    When I was in my early teens and an aspiring actress, I read a book by Richard Boleslavsky titled Acting: The First Six Lessons. As I remember, one of these lessons is about a young actress who's been cast as Ophelia. Although she has found the neces...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 5, 2004
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    A Simple Tale, Well-Told - Central City's The Juggler of Notre Dame achieves a quiet grace. By Juliet Wittman

    Jules Massenet's The Juggler of Notre Dame (Le Jongleur de Notre Dame) was first performed in 1902, and until Central City Opera took it on, it hadn't been staged in the United States for half a century. It's a medieval tale, with an essentially time...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 5, 2004
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    Now Showing

    Emerson Woelffer, et al. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has a rich assortment of attractions this summer. An Exhibition by Dale Chihuly showcases the artist's '70s-era glass work, which was inspired by American Indian art. One of his chandeli...

    on August 5, 2004
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    Encore

    Antony and Cleopatra. Director Robert Benedetti states in the program notes that he has brought a Hollywood sensibility to this text, but the CU production remains stagnant and difficult to follow, perhaps because so many of the actors garble their l...

    on August 5, 2004
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    Mind Over Matter - The University of Denver salutes architect emeritus Cab Childress.

    Though it's a block or so to the south, there's no missing the University of Denver campus while driving along I-25. For that matter, you can't miss it from South University Boulevard or Evans Avenue, either. It's all those recently built, eye-poppin...

    by Michael Paglia on August 5, 2004
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