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    Mything Persons

    So much of the best musical comedy to favor the region recently has come from Boulder Dinner Theatre that it's no surprise that BDT's production of Lerner and Loewe's Camelot is just what it should be--magical. This isn't Lerner and Loewe's best work...

    on January 9, 1997
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    Bedding Down

    The central symbol of a long-lasting marriage in Jan de Hartog's bittersweet The Four Poster is the marriage bed itself. Sexual tension is important in this poignant comedy from the Nomad Players, but the real point is a couple's attempts to reach ea...

    on January 9, 1997
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    Arkansas Raveler

    Artists have taken many routes to fame. Salvador Dali struck a chord with unforgettable images such as melting clocks. And like Picasso and Andy Warhol, two other truly famous artists, Dali led a flamboyant life that served to enhance his reputation ...

    by Michael Paglia on January 2, 1997
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    Season's Bleatings

    Heritage Square's Music Hall's comic melodramas may not appeal to everyone, but their pleasant buffoonery is a hit with audiences willing to put up with a little foolishness. The goony style of these frolics can't really be confused with acting, but ...

    on December 26, 1996
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    Remembering Rigsby

    1993 was a terrible year for the local art world. First the galleries started closing--Joan Robey, Alpha, Hassel Haeseler and Payton-Rule. Then the artists started dying--Wes Kennedy, Edward Marecak and David Rigsby. In the years since, both Ken...

    by Michael Paglia on December 19, 1996
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    What the Dickens

    "Marley was dead to begin with." Charles Dickens opened A Christmas Carol, his greatest ghost story and arguably the best secular Christmas tale ever written, with these strange, portentous words. In 150 years, the incredible success of the novella a...

    on December 19, 1996
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    Renaissance Men

    The arts and the sciences came together in the Renaissance in a way they never had before. Aristotle's limited universe, in which the sun and planets revolved around the Earth, was discarded in favor of Copernicus's more accurate assessment. And it w...

    on December 19, 1996
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    Lumps of Clay

    Clay is a material that occupies a special--or should that be peculiar?--place in the world of the visual arts. It is most often employed in the making of utilitarian objects such as cups, mugs and vases and is therefore relegated to the underworld o...

    by Michael Paglia on December 12, 1996
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    The X-Mas Files

    'Tis the season for gooey sentiments, so you'd better watch out if you're headed for the New Denver Civic's gangly rendition of Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women. But there's no need to pout: The real thing is out there in theaterland this hol...

    on December 12, 1996
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    Museum Qualities

    In the last few years, two groups have emerged in Denver, each intent on establishing a museum of contemporary art as an alternative to the Denver Art Museum. For a long time the two groups were unknown to each other. (If only the Ocean Journey crowd...

    by Michael Paglia on December 5, 1996
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    Mama Tried

    Mama Rose is the stage mother from hell. The central character of Gypsy--now in a hardy production at the Arvada Center--might have been written up by psychiatrist M. Scott Peck in his classic case studies of evil. Apparently nobody in the late 1950s...

    on December 5, 1996
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    Lost at Sea

    So many words, so few ideas. In his tedious satire Was He Anyone?, playwright N.F. Simpson tries so hard to bite into the red tape surrounding governmental "charity" that he chokes on it. Not even the Hunger Artists Ensemble's talented cast can do mo...

    on December 5, 1996
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    Roots

    Cherry Creek has been in the news lately--and not just because of that dreadful "We have a whole district" advertising campaign. Even more prominent than that awkward attempt at self-promotion has been the hoopla surrounding the destruction of an anc...

    by Michael Paglia on November 28, 1996
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    Angelenos With Dirty Faces

    Life in Southern California is, yes, phony and flaky. Once in a while a movie or a play celebrates all that peculiar sunny fakery with affectionate parody (Steve Martin's L.A. Story comes to mind) or abject pessimism (Sam Shepard's anti-Hollywood pla...

    on November 28, 1996
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    The Lust Boys

    Sex is easy; love is hard. That's the point, no matter how fractured, of Theatre on Broadway's 2 Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter's Night, a story that sets out to demonstrate just how difficult it is to make emotional connections these days. It's peop...

    on November 28, 1996
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    New Again

    Since the impressionists invented modernism nearly 150 years ago, relentless innovation has been the buzzword in contemporary painting. Newer has been better since at least the late nineteenth century, at which point new art trends started coming alo...

    by Michael Paglia on November 21, 1996
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    Pulpit Fiction

    Vulgar, irreverent and awash in cheap shots, Nunsense may be the silliest show in town. But despite its bad habits, this bit of fluff has one redeeming feature: The music is actually pretty darn good. Of course, it takes enormous energy to sell ...

    on November 21, 1996
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    Go, Girls

    Feminists are frequently accused of being humorless: "How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One--and that isn't funny." But at least one troupe in town is proving there are laughs to be had among the little womyn. Unidentified Fema...

    on November 21, 1996
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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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