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    Insight Unseen

    In 1963, Robert Redford made his Broadway debut in, of all plays, Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. On the heels of that triumph, the sandy-haired heartthrob launched a successful movie career and used a portion of his Tinseltown megabucks to jump-s...

    by Jim Lillie on May 14, 1998
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    Springer Fever

    Television's mutant family of talk shows has effectively bastardized the theater's long-sacred belief that one person's emotional odyssey is appropriate subject matter for an audience's shared catharsis. But not even Jerry Springer's warped view of t...

    by Jim Lillie on May 14, 1998
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    Abstract Concepts

    Robin Rule, director of the Rule Modern and Contemporary Gallery, is on cloud nine, thanks to the nine abstract paintings that make up the gorgeous Dale Chisman: New Paintings exhibit that just opened at Rule. Not only is this show an aesthetic trium...

    by Michael Paglia on May 7, 1998
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    Remembers Only

    Contemporary dramatists don't typically direct their own plays, mostly because of the notion that at some point, all writers lose a sense of objectivity concerning their own ideas. Lately, though, more playwrights have chosen to direct their own tran...

    by Jim Lillie on May 7, 1998
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    The Farce Side

    There's no one more qualified to examine the pretensions of theater professionals and their critics than England's greatest living playwright, Tom Stoppard, who began his illustrious career as an itinerant drama reviewer. The surreal sense of humor S...

    by Jim Lillie on May 7, 1998
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    Coming and Going

    There's good news and bad news these days at the Denver Art Museum. We'll start with the good: After years of being on the road or in storage, the DAM's own stash of modern and contemporary art is back on display with the opening of Welcome Back! Sel...

    by Michael Paglia on April 30, 1998
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    Strauss Hunt

    The conducting style of Richard Strauss stood in marked contrast to the flamboyant antics of other twentieth-century maestros. In fact, violinist Yehudi Menuhin once noted, when Strauss took to the podium, there was very little evidence that the grea...

    by Jim Lillie on April 30, 1998
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    History Lessons

    Near the end of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 play A Doll House, Nora is compelled to choose between living with her patronizing husband or leaving him (and her adoring children) in order to pursue an independent life of self-realization. After a gut-wrenching...

    by Jim Lillie on April 30, 1998
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    Patterns That Connect

    Anyone even remotely interested in tracing the course of contemporary art in Colorado over the past few decades will want to take in a pair of marvelous shows that focus on major, established local artists. But move fast--they're closing soon. The Bo...

    by Michael Paglia on April 23, 1998
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    Break a (Third) Leg

    Before you declare once and for all your utter disinterest in the private lives (not to mention the private parts) of public figures, take a gander at British playwright Alan Bennett's intellectual farce, Kafka's Dick. Far more than an underhanded ja...

    by Jim Lillie on April 23, 1998
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    Ballast From the Past

    In the days when radio was king, Americans seemed as united in spirit as at any point in their history. True, much of what was broadcast was merely sweet-sounding, thinly veiled propaganda (FDR's Fireside Chats, for instance, weren't much more than f...

    by Jim Lillie on April 23, 1998
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    About Face

    There haven't been many negatives this past year for local lovers of photography. The hail of impressive shows began last spring with an exhibit at the Emmanuel Gallery that brought together some of Denver's best talents. Then came a display of photo...

    by Michael Paglia on April 16, 1998
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    High Notes

    By virtually every account, the Broadway musical is booming. At last tally, a score of productions were playing to near-record crowds on the Great White Way. Of course, this spate of musical entertainment contains its share of theme-park shtick meant...

    by Jim Lillie on April 16, 1998
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    Big Mac Attack

    A quick inventory of the Shakespearean actor's stock-in-trade includes qualities such as an expressive voice and body, a fertile imagination, and a devotion to spiritual truth tempered by a carnival barker's sense of showmanship. But when it com...

    by Jim Lillie on April 9, 1998
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    The Lack of the Irish

    At first glance, the Shop's tiny stage seems a poor choice to house a production of Irish playwright Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa. In fact, the cramped confines of the storefront theater appear especially ill-suited to the emotional climax of Fr...

    by Jim Lillie on April 9, 1998
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    Earth, Wind and Fire

    Remarkable achievements in craft traditions are on display in two local shows. At Cherry Creek's Pismo, Lino Tagliapietra, a living legend of Venetian glassmaking, is the subject of a self-titled solo show. Up in Golden, it's the Colorado Clay Exhibi...

    by Michael Paglia on April 2, 1998
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    Harlem Renaissance

    Crying at the top of her lungs, "I'm sick of Negro dreams--all they ever do is break your heart!" a middle-aged woman flails away with her fists at the one man who promises he'll rescue her from her dead-end existence. For one brief, glorious moment,...

    by Jim Lillie on April 2, 1998
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    Irish Eyes

    No single event stamps its imprint more indelibly on the body politic than the taking of a hostage. In fact, hostage situations involving American soldiers, journalists and businessmen have each proved the point that nothing--not internal racial disc...

    by Jim Lillie on April 2, 1998
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    A Thousand Words

    The Nazis had a perversely high regard for the arts. As early as 1933, Adolf Hitler's goons began a campaign against modern art, closing art schools, expelling modernist art teachers from German universities, and arresting and incarcerating scores of...

    by Michael Paglia on March 26, 1998
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    Return to Gender

    Playwright August Wilson was at Dartmouth College the other day, spouting off once again about why America needs a separate theater dedicated to the interests of African-Americans. White artists, Wilson has repeatedly argued, are simply ill-equipped ...

    by Jim Lillie on March 26, 1998
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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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Henry IV, Part 1. King Henry IV gained the throne by deposing his predecessor, Richard II, and having him murdered, and in Henry IV, Part 1, the crown lies uneasily… More >>

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Joseph Coniff (in parenthesis). This is only the second presentation to open at the Rule Gallery since the untimely death of Robin Rule late last year. It was important to… More >>

Conceptual art takes over Gildar Gallery

For his latest show, Takeover, Gildar Gallery owner Adam Gildar enlisted the help of Charlie James, a Los Angeles-based art dealer, who curated the show. The two have a similar… More >>

The Odd Couple is a good match for Miners Alley

There's not a lot of nourishment in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, which premiered on Broadway in 1965, spawned a film and television show, and is now showing at Miners… More >>

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