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    Dancing About Architecture

    Everything an artist produces is, to varying degrees, a manifestation of his or her own experience. In the case of playwright Henrik Ibsen, scholars have long speculated that The Master Builder was the great Norwegian's attempt to channel a few of hi...

    by Jim Lillie on February 18, 1999
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    Nostalgia Trip

    When Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace opened in January 1941, stiff competition from radio and film was fueling talk of the theater's imminent demise. That idea permeates Kesselring's only Broadway success. Fifty-eight years and several enter...

    by Jim Lillie on February 18, 1999
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    Please Be Seated

    Since Virginia Folkestad received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Metropolitan State College in 1991, she's gained a considerable reputation for her thoroughly thought-out environments. In 1993 she simultaneously joined Spark and Edge, guarante...

    by Michael Paglia on February 11, 1999
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    Trial of a Century

    Nearly a year before a rat's nest of tape recordings and a Pandora's box of kitschy souvenirs became props for the interminable Bill and Monica show, Moises Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde had already earned kudos as the su...

    by Jim Lillie on February 11, 1999
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    A Thousand Frowns

    After having paid double the price of admission to a movie, it's a wonder that some of the Denver Victorian Playhouse's patrons don't object to their view of the stage being blocked by a large metal support pole or the night's entertainment being com...

    by Jim Lillie on February 11, 1999
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    Variety Packs

    Though still in its inaugural year, Ron Judish Fine Arts has already established itself as one of the city's most interesting galleries. Although director Ron Judish has earned this reputation with excellent exhibits featuring nationally famous artis...

    by Michael Paglia on February 4, 1999
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    A Healthy Ribaldry

    The greatest comic playwright to grace the English stage in the less-than-fertile period between Shakespeare's fantastical exit and Shaw's boisterous entrance, Richard Brinsley Sheridan was a dramatist of great-hearted humanity, sharp insight and exq...

    by Jim Lillie on February 4, 1999
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    The Twinkie Defense

    Learning from past mistakes isn't always enough to prevent them from happening again. The 1978 murders of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, for instance, nearly crippled a city still reeling from the news that fo...

    by Jim Lillie on February 4, 1999
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    Private Passions

    The private passions of two collectors have gone very public in Boulder. Sans Titre: Works From the Collection of Peggy Scott and David Teplitzky, which opened in mid-January at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, has been attracting huge crowds-...

    by Michael Paglia on January 28, 1999
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    Parrot Heads

    After slogging through the two hours of aimless conversation and mildly entertaining lounge tunes that permeate Rick Lawson's Incident at the Blue Parrot Cafe, it comes as welcome relief when one character finally says something that's been on every ...

    by Jim Lillie on January 28, 1999
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    Out of Africa

    Begging forgiveness from God and anyone else who will listen, a mortally wounded policeman staggers through the West Indian jungle and bemoans the "Africa of my mind" and "glories of my race." The mulatto corporal, ever aware that his mixed-blood ori...

    by Jim Lillie on January 28, 1999
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    Common Sense

    Many collectors are interested in buying so-called museum-quality artwork. For a gallery owner, the trick is to convince potential clients that what they're looking at could just as easily hang in a museum as in their own home. But Bill Havu, owner o...

    by Michael Paglia on January 21, 1999
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    Still Very Much Alive

    As an undergraduate at University College in Dublin, James Joyce once published an 8,000-word article on Henrik Ibsen's final play, When We Dead Awaken, that prompted the father of modern drama to dash off a sincere letter of thanks to his ardent adm...

    by Jim Lillie on January 21, 1999
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    Love's Labors Lost

    A.R. Gurney is famous for writing middlebrow off-Broadway plays in which well-to-do WASPs comically mourn the passing of their cherished way of life. Past Gurney bromides examined such hallowed American myths as the old-boy network (The Old Boy, pres...

    by Jim Lillie on January 21, 1999
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    Marley's Ghost

    In the media hoopla surrounding the Denver Center Theatre Company's 1998 Tony Award for outstanding regional theater, most theatergoers didn't notice that the award was given for a body of work that wasn't even produced last season. More to the point...

    by Jim Lillie on December 31, 1998
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    Green Eggs and Hams

    Theodor Seuss Geisel won a pair of Academy awards for writing Design for Death, a 1947 film documentary about Japanese warlords, and Gerald McBoing Boing, a 1950 animated cartoon. But he was better known as Dr. Seuss, the prolific author who launched...

    by Jim Lillie on December 24, 1998
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    Dancing on Her Grave

    Human beings have reveled in the mocking of solemnity as early as the twelfth century, when subversive subdeacons rang church bells improperly as part of the annual Feast of Fools and food-fighting choir boys mischievously sang out of tune during the...

    by Jim Lillie on December 24, 1998
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    Focus Group

    Perhaps because of its majestic scenery, or maybe because the skies are not cloudy all day, Colorado has become, in the twentieth century, an important regional center for fine-art photography. What's most remarkable about this wonderful state of aff...

    by Michael Paglia on December 17, 1998
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    Paid in Full

    Acutely aware that society routinely champions mendacity in matters of art, beauty and truth, the Lower East Side slackers in the musical Rent harbor no illusions about their place in the world. They'll never be invited to place their names in the so...

    by Jim Lillie on December 17, 1998
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    To All a Good Night

    Its yearly appearance might be anticipated, dreaded or even lampooned, but Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol remains the quintessential holiday story about the transformative powers of love, forgiveness and redemption. Director Laird Williamson has...

    by Jim Lillie on December 17, 1998
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Mack & Mabel: The Script Bores, but the Music Soars

Mack & Mabel purports to tell the story of the confused and conflicted love between Mack Sennett, impresario of the early comic silent movies, and Mabel Normand, the young woman… More >>

The DAM's Tom Wesselmann Show Is a Lesson in Art History

Michael Paglia has been writing about the art scene in Denver and Front Range for twenty years, following the latest shows, trends and news at museums and galleries. Read his… More >>

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Angela Beloian and Roger Hubbard. For In Technicolor, her new exhibit at Walker Fine Art, Boulder artist Angela Beloian created a body of retro '60s and '70s paintings and screen… More >>

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On Golden Pond. As this play opens, Norman and Ethel Thayer are moving back into their summer house in Maine. Every summer for 48 years, he's come here to fish… More >>

Ignite Theatre's Rent Has Room to Grow

The audience for Ignite Theatre's Rent is large, boisterous, young, and deeply involved with the action. Throughout the evening, you hear hoots of appreciative laughter, empathetic breath intakes and murmurs,… More >>

Four Artists Explore the World of Codes at Sandra Phillips

Michael Paglia has been writing about the art scene in Denver and Front Range for twenty years, following the latest shows, trends and news at museums and galleries. See his… More >>

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Angela Beloian and Roger Hubbard.For In Technicolor, her new exhibit at Walker Fine Art, Boulder artist Angela Beloian created a body of retro '60s and '70s paintings and screen prints… More >>

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The Odd Couple. There's not a lot of nourishment in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, which has been around since the mid-1960s, but the central pairing of two very different… More >>

Wonderful Voices Aren't Enough to Elevate Central City Opera's The Sound of Music

Though I generally love Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, The Sound of Music has never been one of my favorites. But continuing a tradition it started two years ago of bringing… More >>

Installations Fill the Lower Galleries at the Arvada Center

Last month, Michael Paglia reviewed Unbound: Sculpture in the Field, an over-the-top outdoor exhibit for which the prairie land south of the Arvada Center has been turned into an informal… More >>

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