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    Touchless Touching - Pinter's Old Times excavates the passions of love and memory.

    My reaction to a Harold Pinter play often follows a predictable pattern. For the first few minutes, the dialogue strikes me as ordinary, the contradictions and obscurities willful and self-conscious. I find myself questioning whether the playwrig...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 27, 2004
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    Encore

    Alarms & Excursions. Alarms & Excursions is minor Michael Frayn, a series of comic finger pieces, but it can't help bearing the master's stamp. A group of eight playlets examines the role of technology in our lives and its impact on human communicat...

    on May 27, 2004
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    Hard Work - The NASE at Foothills is a disaster, but Buck and Neri at Robischon look good.

    Well, I've decided to make it official and issue a formal statement on the matter: I hate juried shows. They're the slums among group shows, and it's hard to believe they're still being done. I don't even know why I still go to see them. The probl...

    by Michael Paglia on May 20, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    There's an extremely unusual show at Capsule (554 Santa Fe Drive, 303-623-3460) called Justin Beard: Second Hand Smoke. The handsome exhibit represents a very strong early showing for a young emerging artist who's just out of art school. Capsule dire...

    by Michael Paglia on May 20, 2004
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    Now Showing

    Abstractions on Paper. The current show at the city's coziest little art shop, the Emil Nelson Gallery, is a fascinating group endeavor put together by director Hugo Anderson. The exhibit combines historic and contemporary works in the form of waterc...

    on May 20, 2004
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    Mugging the Mayor - Rattlebrain mostly clicks when it picks on Hick.

    Rattlebrain Theater Company consists of a group of highly talented and appealing actors with loads of stage presence. Director Dave Shirley, who also writes much of the material, keeps things buzzing along and utilizes music and video clips to great ...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 20, 2004
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    Rooms of Doom - The challenging House of Bernarda Alba lacks heat.

    Federico Garca Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba is a difficult play to carry off. The plot concerns a group of five daughters confined within the walls of their house for an eight-year mourning period by the iron will of their bitter, violent, wid...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 20, 2004
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    Encore

    Alarms & Excursions. Alarms & Excursions is minor Michael Frayn, a series of comic finger pieces, but it can't help bearing the master's stamp. A group of eight playlets examines the role of technology in our lives and its impact on human communicat...

    on May 20, 2004
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    Jewish Identity - Rose finds a fresh approach to confronting Holocaust horrors.

    As Rose opens, an ailing woman in her eighties sits shiva on a public bench. We don't know whose death she is mourning, though she tells us early on that her own daughter was killed by the Nazis at age nine. The character, Rose, then takes us on a to...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 13, 2004
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    Fragile Legacies - The fate of classic modern architecture in the suburbs is now at a crossroads.

    American art in the post-World War II period is generally considered by scholars to represent a high point in recorded history. In the '50s, '60s and '70s, American modernism dominated the world, and the greatest painters, sculptors, designers and ar...

    by Michael Paglia on May 13, 2004
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    Hard to Swallow - Triple Espresso has all the novelty of a Starbucks.

    Triple Espresso is like the first few minutes of a dinner-theater production. You know, the part where the emcee comes out and congratulates the people in the audience who are celebrating birthdays or anniversaries, jokes with a pretty girl, gets imp...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 13, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Though the ordinary fare at Gallery Sink (2301 West 30th Street, 303-455-0185) is photography, work in other media is featured from time to time. Painting is the mode showcased in Jeremiah Coleman Teutsch: Six Married Couples and One Lonely Mountain ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 13, 2004
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    Encore

    Alarms & Excursions. Alarms & Excursions is minor Michael Frayn, a series of comic finger pieces, but it can't help bearing the master's stamp. A group of eight playlets examines the role of technology in our lives and its impact on human communicat...

    on May 13, 2004
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    Now Showing

    Abstractions on Paper. The current show at the city's coziest little art shop, the Emil Nelson Gallery, is a fascinating group endeavor put together by director Hugo Anderson. The exhibit combines historic and contemporary works in the form of water...

    on May 13, 2004
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    Modern Classics - With Olitski and Rauschenberg, Denver gets a double dose of the big time.

    It's safe to say that no matter when you go to the Singer Gallery at the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, there's always something worth seeing. But to describe the current offering as being merely worthwhile would be a major understatement, becaus...

    by Michael Paglia on May 6, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Located across the street from the west side of the Denver Art Museum, next to the venerable Camera Obscura, is the city's coziest little art shop, the Emil Nelson Gallery (1307 Bannock Street, 303-534-0996). Into the warren of small rooms that once ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 6, 2004
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    Now Showing

    Full Frontal: Contemporary Asian Art From the Logan Collection. The normal stock in trade for the Denver Art Museum's Asian-art curator, Ron Otsuka, is traditional styles, but he's been drafted into doing contemporary duty by a gift that includes mor...

    on May 6, 2004
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    Plain Frayn - Alarms & Excursions serves up some sketchy comedy.

    Michael Frayn has to be one of the cleverest writers alive. He's responsible for the brain-teasing profundity of Copenhagen, a play that examines the race for the atom bomb during World War II in the context of a visit by Werner Heisenberg, then work...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 6, 2004
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    Cutting Edge - Buntport Theater has fun with one-acts and paper props.

    Now that Buntport Theater has come of age and is attracting reliably positive reviews and large, enthusiastic audiences, the six company members have revived one of their earlier works, an evening of one-acts titled 2 in 1. The first piece, "This is ...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 6, 2004
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    Encore

    Book of Days. Lanford Wilson's Book of Days is a bitter exegesis of life in small-town America; the cast serves as narrator and chorus. At its heart is a murder. The play tells us that life in this country has been corrupted on every level and in al...

    on May 6, 2004
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