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    Who's to Blame?

    Given that the potty-mouthed characters in playwright Chay Yew's Porcelain have little trouble posing a myriad of pointed questions --"Have you ever participated in toilet sex?" is fairly typical of the blunt-force dialogue--you'd think Yew's one-act...

    by Jim Lillie on November 12, 1998
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    The Posada Adventure

    In the last decade or so, the Mexican religious holiday El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has not only been observed in Denver's large Hispanic community, but it has also become a marked occasion for celebration in the city's art world. This is...

    by Michael Paglia on November 5, 1998
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    Those People

    Few American playwrights have demonstrated the ability to effectively transform their vivid childhood memories into something other than a highly personal cautionary tale. Mere mention of the words "socially relevant family play" is usually enough to...

    by Jim Lillie on November 5, 1998
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    Bad Magic

    British playwright George Bernard Shaw once remarked that fabled escape artist Harry Houdini was, along with the personages of Jesus Christ and Sherlock Holmes, one of the three most famous people in the world. Although today's culture of instant cel...

    by Jim Lillie on November 5, 1998
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    Almost Anything Goes

    Surveying the two exhibits that make up the fall opener at her namesake Rule Modern and Contemporary Gallery, director Robin Rule is clearly pleased. Her bright mood reflects the fact that not only do the two shows each highlight the thoughtful and i...

    by Michael Paglia on October 29, 1998
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    Genius at Play

    Their blazing eyes fixed upon the majesty of the firmament, three creative geniuses stand shoulder-to-shoulder in Paris in 1904, speculating about their collective capacity to influence twentieth-century life. Momentarily bringing to mind Cyrano de B...

    by Jim Lillie on October 29, 1998
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    Avant Discard

    As you watch Whiteline Productions' presentation of An Evening of Three One-Act Plays by Luigi Pirandello, it becomes increasingly clear just why the Pirandello Repertory Theater (and its cash-cow second-stage cabaret, the Laugh-a-Minute Luigi Comedy...

    by Jim Lillie on October 29, 1998
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    Hidden Treasure

    Only rarely can one individual literally change the cultural landscape of a major city. But that's exactly what Nancy Tieken has done since she came to Denver for health reasons in 1991. Bored by a lengthy recuperation process, Tieken, a lifetim...

    by Michael Paglia on October 22, 1998
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    A Long Strange Trip

    Teeming with macabre, whimsical episodes and peopled with bizarre, charming characters--all 23 of whom, save one, are played by a first-rate quartet of actors--Giles Havergal's acclaimed adaptation of Graham Greene's novel Travels With My Aunt is now...

    by Jim Lillie on October 22, 1998
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    Casa Bernarda

    Sixty years before American audiences were entranced by the 1992 Mexican film Like Water for Chocolate, a mystical fable about a young woman's repressed dreams, Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca wrote a trilogy of tragedies about the hopes and...

    by Jim Lillie on October 22, 1998
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    View Masters

    Though it may seem as if the current exhibition season has just gotten under way--and it has--some of the fall openers have already closed. But there's still time to see three marvelous shows that are just entering their final days at two of the city...

    by Michael Paglia on October 15, 1998
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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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