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    Con Game - Shadow Theatre's Topdog/Underdog plays a winning hand.

    Topdog/Underdog features two brothers in a dingy, inner-city room. Lincoln and Booth -- their names were given to them by their feckless father as a joke -- tell tall tales, spar and play tricks on each other. For a while their bickering seems lighth...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 16, 2005
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    Easy Listening - Heritage Square welcomes the faithful with the infectious Summer Lovin'.

    Summer Lovin', at Heritage Square Music Hall, is a string of songs held together with a thin thread of plot. A traveling troupe arrives at an old theater planning to stage a play, only to discover that the place is closed while the theater board cont...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 16, 2005
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    Encore

    Impulse Theater. Basements and comedy go together like beer and nuts or toddlers and sandboxes. The basement of the Wynkoop Brewery where Impulse Theater performs is crowded, loud and energetic. Impulse does no prepared skits, nothing but pure impro...

    on June 16, 2005
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    Smear Factor - Fresh, painterly riffs on abstraction star at Havu and Sandy Carson.

    I think it's easy to comprehend why artists have been so taken with the ethos of abstract expressionism. As the late philosopher king Andy Warhol once noted, it's easier to be sloppy than it is to be neat. Well, that explains abstract expressionis...

    by Michael Paglia on June 9, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    The other day, Jim Peterson, who runs DEN Gallery (757 1/2 Santa Fe Drive, 303-507-6100), called to me from across the street. Ordinarily, this would annoy me. But if he hadn't, I wouldn't have known that DEN was open, because the chief access to it ...

    by Michael Paglia on June 9, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Amish Quilts. In the beginning of the twentieth century, the women in Amish colonies in the East and Midwest produced quilts as utilitarian and ceremonial articles. They eschewed printed fabrics and used only solid-colored ones, especially in darker...

    on June 9, 2005
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    Not Too Frank - My Way tries the formulaic approach to assembling a musical.

    This is one of those reviews that finds me struggling as I sit at the computer: Imagine the classic movie scene in which the protagonist has an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other, each whispering persuasively into an ear. Or think of this...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 9, 2005
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    Ashes to Ashes - Adulterers exploit 9/11 in Paragon Theatre's triumphant Mercy Seat.

    The set is spare and symmetrical, an apartment dominated by a bank of gray-lit windows and furnishings in varying shades of black and gray. This is downtown New York, ash-covered in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. We hear the sound of a plane en...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 9, 2005
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    Encore

    Impulse Theater. Basements and comedy go together like beer and nuts or toddlers and sandboxes. The basement of the Wynkoop Brewery where Impulse Theater performs is crowded, loud and energetic. Impulse does no prepared skits, nothing but pure impro...

    on June 9, 2005
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    Weather Changes - There's a wintry mood at the MCA and a summery installation on the lawn of the DAM.

    Entering the first of the galleries off the main entrance of Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art, viewers are surrounded by white-on-white color-field paintings by German-born Udo Nger, one of three artists in WHITE OUT: Lighting Into Beauty. As...

    by Michael Paglia on June 2, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Rule Gallery (111 Broadway, 303-777-9473) is currently putting on a pair of back-to-back solos, both of which are made up of sophisticated abstract paintings. In the front is Udo Nger: Light as a Material; in the back is Maggie Michael: (T)rain. ...

    by Michael Paglia on June 2, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Alden Mason, Kimberlee Sullivan, and Lorey Hobbs. The changing of the seasons from spring to summer is what inspired William Biety, director of the Sandy Carson Gallery, to put together three solos, each comprising nature-based abstractions. Alden M...

    on June 2, 2005
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    Viva la Diva - Ruthless! the Musical is a lovable, loving sendup.

    Little Tina Denmark was born with talent. No one knows where it came from -- her mother is a perky, cookie-baking,' 50s-style housewife, her father always away on unspecified business -- but dancing and singing are in her blood. So when Tina loses th...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 2, 2005
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    Encore

    Impulse Theater. Basements and comedy go together like beer and nuts or toddlers and sandboxes. The basement of the Wynkoop Brewery where Impulse Theater performs is crowded, loud and energetic. Impulse does no prepared skits, nothing but pure impro...

    on June 2, 2005
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    Looking Back - Amish textiles enliven the DAM, while Lewis and Clark artifacts fill the DMNS.

    The objects on display are only the most visible aspects of exhibitions. There are other key components that, though less prominent, are equally essential. The most important of these is the idea underlying the display. Without an idea -- even a bad ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 26, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Every year at this time, LoDo's David Cook Fine Art (1637 Wazee Street, 303-623-8181) presents a group show that's filled with museum-quality pieces by a who's who of Western artists working during the last part of the nineteenth century and the firs...

    by Michael Paglia on May 26, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Chihuly. Michael De Marsche, president of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, has orchestrated the extravaganza Chihuly, a sprawling survey of the career of glass master Dale Chihuly. Working near Seattle, Chihuly is among the best-known glass ar...

    on May 26, 2005
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    Not in Kansas Anymore - Boulder's Dinner Theatre offers a magical, if predictable, version of The Wizard of Oz.

    What is there to say abou The Wizard of Oz at this point in time? The film -- if not the original book -- is etched in every American mind: Judy Garland's solid little Dorothy with her child's innocence and full, womanly voice; Bert Lahr's Cowardly L...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 26, 2005
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    Sketchy Comedy - A tired Parallel Lives dwells too much on the past to be funny.

    Parallel Lives, at the Avenue Theater, begins promisingly, with two heavenly beings designing the human race. They discuss skin color -- red, tan, yellow -- and worry that those humans with ordinary white skin may feel left out or inferior. They deci...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 26, 2005
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    Encore

    Death of a Salesman. Written in 1949, Death of a Salesman electrified the theatrical world for several reasons. It tossed aside the conventions of the well-made, three-act play years before they were finally laid to rest in the rebellious mid-'50s. ...

    on May 26, 2005
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