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    Hidden Treasures

    Although Mary Mackey announced a couple of months ago that her namesake gallery on the city's west side would close at the end of the year, it now appears the gallery will remain open at least into 1997. No such uncertainty, however, surrounds the li...

    by Michael Paglia on November 14, 1996
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    Ghoul's Paradise

    Think of Edvard Munch's eerie painting "The Scream" and you get a pretty good idea of how Stephen Mallatratt's play The Woman in Black affects an audience. Ad Hoc Theatre's intense, ingenious production of Mallatratt's ghost story is truly creepy. No...

    on November 14, 1996
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    Stalk Soup

    From the beginning of Stephen Sondheim's tragic musical romance Passion, we realize there's something screwy about the notion of "love" promoted in this kinky tale. It's a sort of Fatal Attraction meets Beauty and the Beast--but without the tidy endi...

    on November 14, 1996
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    Mile-High Offense

    Ignorance is bliss, but in Denver's art world, it's much more than that. These days it's seen as being the best indicator of personal integrity. A good example of this can be found in the city's approach to public art. In that arena, art discipl...

    by Michael Paglia on November 7, 1996
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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 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 >>

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