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    Security Chicks

    If you grew up participating in duck-and-cover air-raid drills and memorizing the exact location of your neighborhood's official fallout shelter, then you probably didn't regard the end of the Cold War as just another over-hyped media event. As the f...

    by Jim Lillie on October 15, 1998
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    Night of the Living Dead

    Hardened by years of debilitating despair, a young woman shuffles into a Midwestern living room, saunters over to the dining-room table and matter-of-factly declares, "I'm going to kill myself, Mama--in a couple of hours." Ninety intermissionless min...

    by Jim Lillie on October 15, 1998
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    Hard Wares

    Eight years ago Denver Art Museum director Lewis Sharp hired his old friend Craig Miller, with whom he had worked at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, to put together a design collection at the DAM. The museum had accumulated a hundred years' wo...

    by Michael Paglia on October 8, 1998
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    Under the Covers

    For better or worse, the wobbly wheel of sexual politics as entertainment appears to be shimmying out of control. Prurient as it may be, theatergoers' interest in sexual power plays is hardly a twentieth-century phenomenon. Even 2,400 years ago, the ...

    by Jim Lillie on October 8, 1998
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    Back Talk

    Words may be the currency of the 1990s in the same way money was the lingua franca of the 1980s. Never has this been more clear than in the political crisis that has reached a dramatic pitch in recent weeks. We've all heard President Clinton "pa...

    by Michael Paglia on October 1, 1998
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    Sex, Sex, Sex

    Based on a familiar legend packed with graphic sexual references and written almost entirely in verse, David Ives's play Don Juan in Chicago is a wholly fictionalized, occasionally amusing look at contemporary sexual mores. And if your idea of a rip-...

    by Jim Lillie on October 1, 1998
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    Everyone Knows It's Windy

    Ever-admiring of her husband's pioneering spirit but increasingly contemptuous of his overriding ambition, a young wife reacts to one of her mate's first scientific discoveries by murmuring, "In these moments with you, I understand the allure. They s...

    by Jim Lillie on October 1, 1998
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    Blood on the Tracks

    It's hardly unexpected to find art shows at museums--unless the museum is that funky Platte Valley landmark the Forney Transportation Museum. It is this unlikely venue that well-known contemporary artist Stephen Batura chose for his most recent, unti...

    by Michael Paglia on September 24, 1998
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    Empty Nest

    By the time the two main characters in Horton Foote's The Young Man From Atlanta sit down to confront their nameless fears during the drama's riveting final scene, most theatergoers are likely to have either forsaken the playwright's meandering spiri...

    by Jim Lillie on September 24, 1998
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    Fools for Luv

    When Murray Schisgal's play Luv premiered on the Great White Way 34 years ago, the two-act comedy was an overnight hit with New Yorkers who had little trouble identifying with the Brooklyn-born playwright's incisive observations about metropolitan li...

    by Jim Lillie on September 24, 1998
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    One of the Righteous

    Denver's Mizel Museum of Judaica occupies only a small gallery and a couple of offices in the recesses of the large BMH-BJ synagogue. Despite these modest facilities, however, the institution often presents highly provocative art shows that easily ri...

    by Michael Paglia on September 17, 1998
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    Object Lessons

    Objects of Personal Significance is a loosely organized theme show that handsomely fills the recently relocated and expanded Center for the Visual Arts on Wazee Street, the LoDo gallery of Metropolitan State College of Denver. The exhibit, which has ...

    by Michael Paglia on September 10, 1998
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    Therapy Sessions

    Ever since one of the king's men stepped forward amid a sea of Elizabethan spectators and intoned Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy, playwrights have continually asked audience members to join them as silent partners in the commission of...

    by Jim Lillie on September 10, 1998
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    Artistic Democracy

    Denver's collection of art cooperatives--notably, Spark, Pirate, Edge, Core and ILK--are a boon to contemporary art here. Most major cities don't have anything close. The co-ops' great cultural value is that they provide opportunities for emerging ar...

    by Michael Paglia on September 3, 1998
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    Baby Blues

    In the opening moments of Emma's Child, a self-described "local nothing" of a teenage mother permits her unborn baby to be adopted at birth by a well-meaning, well-to-do childless couple. This might lead audiences to believe that playwright Kristine ...

    by Jim Lillie on September 3, 1998
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    Grapes of Rag

    Ten years ago, when the only marquee Ragtime graced was the imaginary one glimmering in the eyes of its creators, the musical's current director, Frank Galati, was earning a well-deserved reputation as one of this country's most innovative, if enigma...

    by Jim Lillie on September 3, 1998
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    Winds of Summer

    The art scene in Denver does not shut down during the summer as it does in the big cities on the east and west coasts. Even here, though, there is a point when everyone seems to be taking a break--and that hiatus is currently on. The last of the summ...

    by Michael Paglia on August 27, 1998
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    Come to Mama

    Celebrated warbler Sophie Tucker was the most famous of the Prohibition-era "naughty girls" who belted out honky-tonk melodies, jazz tunes and torch songs in vaudeville acts that also sometimes included trained animals, female impersonators and famou...

    by Jim Lillie on August 27, 1998
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    The Melting Pot

    Is it possible to save another human being from himself? Are the exhortations of politicians, sociologists and religious types the best answers to the problems plaguing the three downtrodden New Yorkers in William Hanley's play Slow Dance on the Kill...

    by Jim Lillie on August 27, 1998
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    Guilt by Association

    Despite recent events in Jasper, Texas, it's difficult to imagine a group of modern white men brazen enough to pose for a snapshot as they gather around a black man's mangled and lynched body swaying from a tree amid the tranquility of a Southern for...

    by Jim Lillie on August 20, 1998
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