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    Reckless Behavior

    Far from being just a dirty family secret, incest is the supreme betrayal of familial trust. The unspeakable offense--which often suffocates both victim and perpetrator in a cloak of silent shame and sworn secrecy--invariably rears its ugly head from...

    by Jim Lillie on April 15, 1999
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    Same Ol' Gal

    The problem with producing My Fair Lady is that (a) most audience members harbor fond memories of the 1964 film starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn; (b) most of those same theatergoers have already seen umpteen different stage versions that pale...

    by Jim Lillie on April 15, 1999
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    Weaving a Story

    The Colorado History Museum's major exhibition this season is Spirit of Spider Woman, an intelligent and elegantly presented examination of Navajo weaving that's been two years in the making. But don't expect the dry, straightforward approach that i...

    by Michael Paglia on April 8, 1999
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    Women's Wear

    Near the end of Josefina Lopez's Real Women Have Curves, an aspiring young writer tells us that as she grew up, she wanted to teach her Chicana elders how to live a better, more liberated life. "But in their own way," Anna says in retrospect of her m...

    by Jim Lillie on April 8, 1999
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    Chivalry's Nearly Killed

    To dismiss Cervantes's epic novel about the quintessential dreamer Don Quixote as an insubstantial story about chivalry is like saying that King Lear is just a grumpy old man's four-hour rant. Or that Chekhov's four comic masterpieces are simply bori...

    by Jim Lillie on April 8, 1999
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    The Wild, Wild West

    When John Hull moved to Denver last year to become the head of the art department at the University of Colorado's Denver campus, the city didn't gain just another academic. It also netted itself an important artist, as shown in John Hull Narrative Pa...

    by Michael Paglia on April 1, 1999
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    A Long Night Out

    Despite an encouraging beginning, several refreshing portrayals and a few side-splitting moments, the Mirror Image's evening of three one-act plays starts to run out of steam after the second offering. That's understandable, given that two and a half...

    by Jim Lillie on April 1, 1999
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    Voice Lessons

    Can a performing artist, whether it be legendary opera diva Maria Callas or veteran New York actress Gordana Rashovich, subjugate herself to a writer's intent while imbuing his work with her own unforgettable charisma? Is it possible to be at once tr...

    by Jim Lillie on April 1, 1999
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    Sticks and Stones

    The landscape has served as both artistic inspiration and subject matter for thousands of years, dating back to Neolithic cave painting. And today the landscape's allure is just as strong, even if the pieces it inspires are often far from traditional...

    by Michael Paglia on March 25, 1999
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    Squall Lines

    Infused with more theatricality--and more songs--than any other play in the Shakespearean canon, yet lacking a plot substantial enough to undergird the work's inlaid histrionics, The Tempest has for centuries fascinated, confounded and inspired direc...

    by Jim Lillie on March 25, 1999
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    The Sound and the Furry

    Somewhere in the mad rush to ensure that our children will know more than we did at their age--even if they don't yet have a clue what to do with all that knowledge--what often gets overlooked is an idea as old as humanity itself: The encouragement o...

    by Jim Lillie on March 25, 1999
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    Primal Screams

    You'd think that plays about dysfunctional families and "personal identity issues" would have run their course by now. Well, think again, Oprah fans. Just when it seemed as if America's collective navel-picking and self-pity-partying were headed for ...

    by Jim Lillie on March 18, 1999
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    Picture This

    The role of photography in contemporary art hasn't always been black and white. Although today photography is highly prized, as recently as thirty years ago, many in the art world--including the director of the Denver Art Museum--questioned whether i...

    by Michael Paglia on March 18, 1999
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    Place Settings

    When British artist Erica Daborn moved to Los Angeles in 1987, she came empty-handed. Leaving her work back in England, she arrived in the United States with little more than her art degrees from the Winchester School of Art and the Royal College of ...

    by Michael Paglia on March 11, 1999
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    That Sinking Feeling

    Like any good tragedy, the Broadway musical Titanic begins by introducing us to characters who yearn, Icarus-like, to "fabricate great works" that will confer a larger sense of meaning on their day-to-day lives. Citing such manmade marvels as the Par...

    by Jim Lillie on March 11, 1999
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    Home of the Depraved

    As the majestic strains of Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" play in the background prior to the start of The Complete History of America (Abridged), you can hear some devilish laughter as the audience anticipates a sharply satirical take ...

    by Jim Lillie on March 11, 1999
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    West by Southwest

    By the early twentieth century, artists from the East Coast, as well as emigres from Europe, were making their way to the handful of art colonies springing up out West. They came to places like Santa Fe, Sedona, even Colorado Springs, for a variety o...

    by Michael Paglia on March 4, 1999
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    House of Spirits

    If it's true that the supreme test of any classic play lies in its adaptability to a modern director's radical vision, then it's also true that the playwright's unique insight into the human condition is what made the play a classic in the first plac...

    by Jim Lillie on March 4, 1999
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    House of Coffins

    When the time comes to pay final respects to a loved one, we're usually compelled to talk about our loss--which means that in order for the cathartic experience to be complete, someone must listen to what we say. That's the essential concept underlyi...

    by Jim Lillie on March 4, 1999
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    Fit for Prints

    The string of rooms on the ground floor of the funky Sibell-Wolle Fine Arts building that are rather grandly known as the CU Art Galleries have just undergone a makeover that makes them more worthy of the name. The formerly plain-Jane spaces have bee...

    by Michael Paglia on February 25, 1999
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