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    Vision Impossible

    The most important thing Bruce Friel does in his latest play, Molly Sweeney, is expose the double-edged nature of so-called medical miracles. If he'd have thought more deeply about the subject, he might have made a genuine work of art. As it is, he h...

    on November 7, 1996
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    Out for a Spin

    Election season is fraught with rhetoric, innuendo, accusation and hyperbole. Facts are twisted, motives interpreted and failings magnified--each candidate spins his own image and spins the other guy's, too. And this is the way it has always been in ...

    on November 7, 1996
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    Way Out East

    In the last thirty years, Japan has gone a long way toward establishing total world domination of the camera industry. At both the high and low ends of the market, Japanese cameras--Pentax, Canon, Minolta, Nikon--aren't just the ones that predominate...

    by Michael Paglia on October 31, 1996
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    The Kids Are All Right

    "Children's theater" too often equals boring pap--badly written, stupidly produced and amateurishly performed. But it can be magical, inventive and beautifully realized. Children's theaters in Minneapolis, Louisville, Chicago and Seattle have done fa...

    on October 31, 1996
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    Flying High

    What you want to achieve with Peter Pan is magic. And the Denver Center Theatre Company's new production, adapted from J.M. Barrie's original, makes it. It's a little too long for the squirmy set--there are a few slow places that don't keep the littl...

    on October 31, 1996
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    Call of the Wild

    Increasingly, it seems as though every coffee shop or restaurant in town also fancies itself a gallery. Drop a stone in Cherry Creek or in LoDo and, likely as not, it will fall on an art show. Of course, that doesn't mean it's getting any easier to f...

    by Michael Paglia on October 24, 1996
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    Mixed Revue

    Maybe it's just the revue format that's hard to get a handle on, but the intermittently amusing A Thurber Carnival at RiverTree Theatre doesn't quite make it as an integrated evening of theater. Though the performers appear to have plenty of affectio...

    on October 24, 1996
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    Stoppard Making Sense

    Newtonian physics, time versus eternity, the glories of landscape architecture, and sex. English playwright Tom Stoppard doesn't mess with the small stuff in Arcadia; he's looking for the Big Picture and what it all means. Whether he's looking in the...

    on October 24, 1996
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    Pikes Peak or Bust

    Pity Colorado Springs if you must. Today it's known primarily for its right-wing politics. But as recently as the early 1950s, the city was famous mostly for its art--a lot of which was left-wing. Hard to believe? Perhaps. But it's a message that Man...

    by Michael Paglia on October 17, 1996
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    Stage and Screen

    The play may be the thing, but movies have always voraciously consumed the literature of the stage--and with wildly mixed results. A lot of plays simply don't belong on screen (most anything with fewer than ten characters, for example). A lot of mode...

    on October 17, 1996
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    In the Air

    For the denizens of the art world, it's not runs, hits and errors that are on our minds every October, but runs, drips and errors--in acrylics or oil paint or wood or pencil. Right now there are at least a score of worthwhile events being presented i...

    by Michael Paglia on October 10, 1996
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    Wonder Women

    The trouble with message plays is the annoying tendency of the moral to get stuck in your throat as the playwright tries to ram it down. Very unpleasant. That's why a play like Mark Dunn's The Deer and the Antelope Play is rare and welcome: Its messa...

    on October 10, 1996
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    Test Patter

    It may be hard to believe now, but truly great talents once graced the world of television--and viewers across America knew how to appreciate a good gag or a searing drama. Before the era of sitcoms and car chases, before cynical admen took control a...

    on October 10, 1996
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    Once Upon a Time

    The paintings and sculptures in the current show at Denver's Artyard Gallery were completed in the last five years, but they still provide a look back at the city's nascent contemporary-art scene of the 1960s. Reunion joins Robert Mangold, a househol...

    by Michael Paglia on October 3, 1996
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    Lenny and the Jets

    There are no surprises in the touring production of Leonard Bernstein's fabulous West Side Story, but there fortunately are no disappointments of any importance, either. Baby-boomers are bound to sink into a pleasant pool of nostalgia over this one: ...

    on October 3, 1996
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    Bard Copy

    The Melancholy Dane has been done by so many so well that every performance of Hamlet is haunted by the geniuses of the past. Recognizing just how haunted the part is, playwright Paul Rudnick brings back the specter of one of those geniuses, early Am...

    on October 3, 1996
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    On and Off Broadway

    Fall has arrived, and with it the most desirable slots in the exhibition schedules of the city's art galleries. This time of year, excellent solo shows by established artists seem to pop up nearly everywhere. Among the most notable this autumn are a ...

    by Michael Paglia on September 26, 1996
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    Soviet Disunion

    Director Louis Malle's 1994 film Vanya on 42nd Street brought David Mamet's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play Uncle Vanya to the screen. It's a magnificent movie, beautifully written and a veritable textbook on the art of acting. But it has left a b...

    on September 26, 1996
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    Over the Hump

    Victor Hugo's magnificent, sardonic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame is everywhere you look these days. Disney's animated musical interpretation was a smash hit, and even The Simpsons television sitcom satirized Andrew Lloyd Webber's penchant for mu...

    on September 26, 1996
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    Less Is More

    Maybe it's the way the mountains emphatically hit the sky, or perhaps it's those seemingly infinite flat prairies. Whatever the reason, many artists working in Colorado have looked to the firm, straight line as the principal means to their artistic e...

    by Michael Paglia on September 19, 1996
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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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