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    Looking Sharp

    Sure, he'd hate it--and it's hard to imagine that he could squeeze more schmoozing time into any given day. But imagine if Denver Art Museum director Lewis Sharp were the city's omnipotent art czar. Oh, the disappointments we might have been spared. ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 15, 1997
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    Do the White Thing

    All that bastardization of African-American music by white rock-and-rollers produced some terrific stuff. But white pop music is pasty indeed compared to original rhythm-and-blues masters like Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. The rock...

    on May 15, 1997
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    Wed Scare

    The musical version of Jan de Hartog's Tony Award-winning play The Four Poster is called I Do! I Do!--and if it weren't for two fine performers who pump their life's breath into it at Littleton's Town Hall Arts Center, it would be a resounding I Don'...

    on May 15, 1997
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    Wedding Bell Blahs

    Only Stephen Sondheim or the devil could build an entire musical around a 35-year-old bachelor spending two and a half hours trying to decide whether he's ready for marriage. Get over yourself, jackass. Come to think of it, apart from two or thr...

    on May 8, 1997
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    Fore Play

    Jules Feiffer's Carnal Knowledge was written in the 1960s, made into a film starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel in the 1970s, and revised in the late 1980s. It may seem a bit dated today--most educated men, after all, have learned a little some...

    on May 8, 1997
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    Road Kill

    It was in the early 1980s that many of Denver's alternative art spaces first came into being. Spark and then Pirate were founded, and within a few years, Edge and Core and other, more minor locales appeared. At first these spaces were little more tha...

    by Michael Paglia on May 8, 1997
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    Spring Cleaning

    We may or may not have seen the last of the snow this year, but signs of renewal--such a part of the ritual of spring--are visible everywhere. Blossoming along with all of those tulips is the city's local alternative-art scene, where a veritable nose...

    by Michael Paglia on May 1, 1997
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    Muller's Crossing

    East German playwright Heiner Muller is not well-known in America, so the Lida Project's production of HamletMachine presents a rare opportunity for Denver audiences to experience his wild woolliness. And what an experience: Such extravagant crazines...

    on May 1, 1997
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    Strife on the Mississippi

    A controversy over racial stereotypes has dogged the remounting of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Show Boat. But the art and soul of this 1927 musical remains the beautiful song "Ol' Man River." Sung by a character who is an ex-slave, it refl...

    on May 1, 1997
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    Facts and Fantasies

    Painters Jack Balas and Wes Hempel are fixtures on Denver's art scene despite residing in what might be called the Outer Mongolia of the Front Range--the sleepy northern Colorado town of Berthoud. To a great extent, their in-town fame is the product ...

    by Michael Paglia on April 24, 1997
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    Thirties Something

    It takes a little taste and a lot of guts to mount a 1920s or 1930s musical--and a keen artistic eye to keep it true to its period. The Country Dinner Playhouse's vivacious 42nd Street is truer to that dazzling dance era than most. A pretender like O...

    on April 24, 1997
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    Sweet Bard of Youth

    The dreams of youth can be so noble, so passionate and so hard to fulfill. Without a rigorous integrity and the warm watering of inspiration, noble ideals can dry and fade away, leaving very little behind but the stain of regret. English playwright S...

    on April 24, 1997
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    Diversity Rules

    It's been anything goes in the art world since the 1980s, and the upside of that scattershot approach to culture is that there's something for everyone in the local galleries. The current spring shows range from sophisticated contemporary expressions...

    by Michael Paglia on April 17, 1997
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    Tapped Out

    You can't go wrong with the Gershwin boys. No matter how you stack their tunes, they still buzz after all these years. And they buzz best with a snazzy tap-dance routine to bolster them--like the bright numbers in My One and Only, a vulgarized revisi...

    on April 17, 1997
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    Road Show

    Denver native Steven Dietz has had eighteen plays produced--several of which even made it to Denver (notably, God's Country, The Lonely Planet and Trust). That distinguished career got another boost last week in Louisville, Kentucky, where Dietz's ne...

    on April 17, 1997
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    Life's a Stitch

    Among the many mindless prejudices that enjoy wide acceptance in the art world, several stand out. One is the notion that physical and emotional struggles are good for artistic development--the concept of the "starving artist." This persistent romant...

    by Michael Paglia on April 10, 1997
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    TV Guile

    Playwright David Rabe savages Hollywood--particularly the Hollywood of television production--in his caustic Hurly Burly. And he doesn't bother with the most visible life forms--stars, directors and writers. Instead he goes for the bottom-feeders, th...

    on April 10, 1997
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    One Foot in the Mouth

    The Denver Center Theatre Company presents a wild and woolly world premiere of One Foot on the Floor, a farce based on French playwright Georges Feydeau's Le Dindon, and the results are mixed: plenty of laughs, but a slightly nasty taste left in the ...

    on April 3, 1997
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    Gotta Dance

    The longest-running Broadway musical in history, A Chorus Line still has a few kicks left in its routine. Dated though it is, a bit slow of wit and just a tad sentimental, the show nevertheless gets at some tough truths and ends with a bang, not a wh...

    on April 3, 1997
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    Low Camp

    In a theater scene littered with satirical treatments of everything from Shakespeare to Russ Meyer films, there's a new kidder in town. The Theatre Group's The Kitten With a Whip Club Presents 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Valley of the Dolls is yet ano...

    on March 27, 1997
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