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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 and Off Broadway

    Fall has arrived, and with it the most desirable slots in the exhibition schedules of the city's art galleries. This time of year, excellent solo shows by established artists seem to pop up nearly everywhere. Among the most notable this autumn are a ...

    by Michael Paglia on September 26, 1996
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    Soviet Disunion

    Director Louis Malle's 1994 film Vanya on 42nd Street brought David Mamet's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play Uncle Vanya to the screen. It's a magnificent movie, beautifully written and a veritable textbook on the art of acting. But it has left a b...

    on September 26, 1996
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    Over the Hump

    Victor Hugo's magnificent, sardonic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame is everywhere you look these days. Disney's animated musical interpretation was a smash hit, and even The Simpsons television sitcom satirized Andrew Lloyd Webber's penchant for mu...

    on September 26, 1996
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    Less Is More

    Maybe it's the way the mountains emphatically hit the sky, or perhaps it's those seemingly infinite flat prairies. Whatever the reason, many artists working in Colorado have looked to the firm, straight line as the principal means to their artistic e...

    by Michael Paglia on September 19, 1996
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    The Deep South

    Back in 1959, Hollywood called it The Fugitive Kind, and Marlon Brando's brooding sexuality and Anna Magnani's voluptuous realism made it a dark meditation on the nature of jealousy and violence in a small Southern town. It was as good a movie as Hol...

    on September 19, 1996
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    Mind Games

    Improv can be deadly; when it's bad, it's horrid. Good thing Comedy Sports is alive and well and living it up downstairs at the Wynkoop Brewing Company. After ten years and 1,900 performances (making it the longest-running show in Denver), the e...

    on September 19, 1996
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    Formal Wares

    The five artists featured in the current exhibit at Auraria's Emmanuel Gallery, Elemental, don't constitute a school. Neither are they working in the same style or even in the same media. Yet brought together, pieces by Jeff Starr, Dean Habegger, Fra...

    by Michael Paglia on September 12, 1996
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    Stuff and Nonsense

    Whatever else you can say about the performances at the Heritage Square Music Hall, there's nothing else quite like them in Denver. The current hybrid production Sweeney Todd (no relation to the Stephen Sondheim musical) is part sketch comedy, part o...

    on September 12, 1996
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    The Talking Hoods

    Excruciatingly funny, dark as a dungeon and peculiarly exhilarating despite its bleakness, American Buffalo secured David Mamet's leading place in American theater when it was produced on Broadway in 1977. The killer cast it attracted then, including...

    on September 12, 1996
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    Looking Back

    It's hard to imagine, but at one time regional growth meant something more than the grand opening of another shopping center or the umpteenth big-box hardware store. In the 1970s, new construction also meant a cultural coming of age for metro Denver....

    by Michael Paglia on September 5, 1996
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    The New Math

    Innovation has its price, and the liberties Denver director Jeremy Cole has taken with The Adding Machine, Elmer Rice's famous 1923 experiment in expressionism, may not please purists entirely. But you have to hand it to Cole; he has found exciting w...

    on September 5, 1996
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    Sorry, Charlie

    Tuna, Texas, is one nightmare town--everybody in it is a jerk, a sociopath or a pathetic loser. The townspeople can be amusing, but not amusing enough to make you want to pay them a visit. And maybe that's what's wrong with Greater Tuna, now in a pop...

    on September 5, 1996
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    Moving Pictures

    Because it was made by an artist and is meant to portray America's recent art history, the film Basquiat, which opened a couple of weeks ago at the Mayan Theater, has sparked a groundswell of interest in the art community. Perhaps only a psychiatrist...

    by Michael Paglia on August 29, 1996
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    Glee Enterprise

    It's not clear why ex-newsman Walter Cronkite felt it necessary to narrate a piece like this--yes, that's his voice booming over the loudspeakers--but another celebrity, the Karate Kid, sure kicks up a fuss in How to Succeed in Business Without Reall...

    on August 29, 1996
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    Arthur Appreciation

    King Arthur, what a guy. Somehow the grand old Celt still appeals to the popular imagination. Many works of art have spun out from the legends of Arthur and the Roundtable, and there are good reasons for the current revival of interest in the King an...

    on August 29, 1996
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