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    One-Stop Viewing

    Cydney Payton, the director of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, has little trouble filling the place with exciting exhibits. In fact, she's crammed so much into BMoCA that one of the four current shows, Housed, begins not in the museum, but on...

    by Michael Paglia on April 29, 1999
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    Flesh Wounds

    A black-and-white-striped uniform draping his stooped frame, a bespectacled prisoner wavers between capitulation and defiance as he impersonates Shylock in a production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice that's being presented before a group of ...

    by Jim Lillie on April 29, 1999
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    Real Life Drama

    If, like the ancient Greeks who started the world's first dramatic festivals, you're a firm believer in the healing power of art, then the musical Blood Brothers might serve as something of a cathartic experience in the aftermath of last week's calam...

    by Jim Lillie on April 29, 1999
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    Short Subject

    Over the past twenty years, blockbuster shows have become a necessary evil at museums. When they succeed--and they usually do, at least financially--they increase attendance, and that's the bottom line in the exhibition business. But while they may a...

    by Michael Paglia on April 22, 1999
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    Criticize This!

    Playwrights have been turning the tables on their critics ever since Athenian dramatists parodied one another's efforts 2,500 years ago. Whether being skewered by eighteenth-century British wit Richard Brinsley Sheridan (The Critic), lampooned by con...

    by Jim Lillie on April 22, 1999
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    Love Will Keep Them Together

    When Bernard Slade's Same Time, Next Year debuted on Broadway in 1975, the play about a man and a woman who rendezvous once a year at a California inn was praised for its "genuinely funny" look at how attitudes toward marriage had changed between the...

    by Jim Lillie on April 22, 1999
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    Long-Term Commitments

    Russell Beardsley emerged on the Denver art scene while still a student. The first shows of his conceptual metal sculptures were presented to both critical and popular acclaim in 1993, a year before he earned his BFA from the University of Colorado a...

    by Michael Paglia on April 15, 1999
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    Reckless Behavior

    Far from being just a dirty family secret, incest is the supreme betrayal of familial trust. The unspeakable offense--which often suffocates both victim and perpetrator in a cloak of silent shame and sworn secrecy--invariably rears its ugly head from...

    by Jim Lillie on April 15, 1999
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    Same Ol' Gal

    The problem with producing My Fair Lady is that (a) most audience members harbor fond memories of the 1964 film starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn; (b) most of those same theatergoers have already seen umpteen different stage versions that pale...

    by Jim Lillie on April 15, 1999
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    Weaving a Story

    The Colorado History Museum's major exhibition this season is Spirit of Spider Woman, an intelligent and elegantly presented examination of Navajo weaving that's been two years in the making. But don't expect the dry, straightforward approach that i...

    by Michael Paglia on April 8, 1999
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    Women's Wear

    Near the end of Josefina Lopez's Real Women Have Curves, an aspiring young writer tells us that as she grew up, she wanted to teach her Chicana elders how to live a better, more liberated life. "But in their own way," Anna says in retrospect of her m...

    by Jim Lillie on April 8, 1999
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    Chivalry's Nearly Killed

    To dismiss Cervantes's epic novel about the quintessential dreamer Don Quixote as an insubstantial story about chivalry is like saying that King Lear is just a grumpy old man's four-hour rant. Or that Chekhov's four comic masterpieces are simply bori...

    by Jim Lillie on April 8, 1999
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    The Wild, Wild West

    When John Hull moved to Denver last year to become the head of the art department at the University of Colorado's Denver campus, the city didn't gain just another academic. It also netted itself an important artist, as shown in John Hull Narrative Pa...

    by Michael Paglia on April 1, 1999
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    A Long Night Out

    Despite an encouraging beginning, several refreshing portrayals and a few side-splitting moments, the Mirror Image's evening of three one-act plays starts to run out of steam after the second offering. That's understandable, given that two and a half...

    by Jim Lillie on April 1, 1999
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    Voice Lessons

    Can a performing artist, whether it be legendary opera diva Maria Callas or veteran New York actress Gordana Rashovich, subjugate herself to a writer's intent while imbuing his work with her own unforgettable charisma? Is it possible to be at once tr...

    by Jim Lillie on April 1, 1999
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    Sticks and Stones

    The landscape has served as both artistic inspiration and subject matter for thousands of years, dating back to Neolithic cave painting. And today the landscape's allure is just as strong, even if the pieces it inspires are often far from traditional...

    by Michael Paglia on March 25, 1999
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    Squall Lines

    Infused with more theatricality--and more songs--than any other play in the Shakespearean canon, yet lacking a plot substantial enough to undergird the work's inlaid histrionics, The Tempest has for centuries fascinated, confounded and inspired direc...

    by Jim Lillie on March 25, 1999
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    The Sound and the Furry

    Somewhere in the mad rush to ensure that our children will know more than we did at their age--even if they don't yet have a clue what to do with all that knowledge--what often gets overlooked is an idea as old as humanity itself: The encouragement o...

    by Jim Lillie on March 25, 1999
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    Picture This

    The role of photography in contemporary art hasn't always been black and white. Although today photography is highly prized, as recently as thirty years ago, many in the art world--including the director of the Denver Art Museum--questioned whether i...

    by Michael Paglia on March 18, 1999
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    Primal Screams

    You'd think that plays about dysfunctional families and "personal identity issues" would have run their course by now. Well, think again, Oprah fans. Just when it seemed as if America's collective navel-picking and self-pity-partying were headed for ...

    by Jim Lillie on March 18, 1999
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The musical Animal Crackers, starring the Marx Brothers, debuted on Broadway in 1928 and was filmed a couple of years later. It's a romp, a trifle — full of puns,… More >>

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Modern Masters at the DAM shines with star power

Denver Art Museum director Christoph Heinrich has a gift for understanding how to attract an audience. His secret is presenting exhibits that appeal not only to the art crowd, but… More >>

Judy Garland's singing is the pot of gold at The End of the Rainbow

I walked into the Arvada Center for the Judy Garland bio-play-musical End of the Rainbow thinking about the intense gay identification with such icons as Judy Garland, Edith Piaf and… More >>

Home is where the art is in The Road to Mecca

Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca, currently playing at Miners Alley, explores huge and unanswerable questions: questions about age, death, love and trust, the meaning of home and the significance… More >>

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Critical Focus: Ian Fisher. This show, located in the informal Whole Room at MCA Denver, is made up of a group of mostly monumental paintings of the sky. It's the… More >>

Dava Sobel's And the Sun Stood Still shines at BETC

The shining strength of Dava Sobel's And the Sun Stood Still — which is currently receiving its world premiere in Boulder — is that, at a time when the sciences… More >>

Print works take center stage at Goodwin Fine Art

Mo'Print, the Month of Printmaking, is winding down, and although the centerpiece is the Open Press show at the McNichols Building, there have been dozens of other events focused on… More >>

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