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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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    Cool It

    Being home on the Front Range in August brings new meaning to the old cowboy song about the skies not being cloudy all day. After all, it's the too-clear sky that leads to that searing, oppressive heat. But there's an upside to all that blazing ...

    by Michael Paglia on August 22, 1996
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    Critical Gas

    George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart wrote some of the best comedies of their era, teaming up in the 1930s and 1940s to produce, among other hits, the Pulitzer Prize-winning You Can't Take It With You, which later became one of Frank Capra's greatest movi...

    on August 22, 1996
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    Nothing Doing

    Samuel Beckett thought it all through for us--what it means to live in a world where God is absent. In such a world, life is absurd because it has no ultimate meaning. If there is no God, we are all fools and clowns scrambling for bits of comfort and...

    on August 22, 1996
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    Reproduction Rites

    Colorado's printmaking tradition is so rich, its influence spreads far beyond state lines. In the first decades of the twentieth century, George Elbert Burr plowed new ground with his color etchings made right here in Denver. In the 1930s Guy McCoy a...

    by Michael Paglia on August 15, 1996
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    Vacant Lot

    In the arts, "experimental" can mean anything from innovative to amateurish, depending on the experience and creativity of the artists involved. But experimentation is invariably valuable, because it leads to the discovery of new forms. Unfortunately...

    on August 15, 1996
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    Madam Dearest

    An opportunity to see the greatest of George Bernard Shaw's early plays, Mrs. Warren's Profession, doesn't come along every day. And Boulder Repertory Company's solid-gold production of the controversial drama offers just exactly the right occasion. ...

    on August 15, 1996
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    Encore

    Broadway Brunch. You've heard of dinner theater; now there's breakfast theater. On Sunday mornings the Westin Hotel offers a musical review featuring four talented performers singing Broadway hits--sometimes in character, sometimes straight--in a goo...

    on August 15, 1996
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    Encore

    The Ballad of Baby Doe.The best acting of the Central City Opera's season can be found in this, the company's signature piece. The sordid love story about Baby Doe and Horace Tabor may make for a tragic bit of history, but it's the stuff of grand mel...

    on August 8, 1996
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    All You Can Bleat

    For the first few sets, it's tempting to feel sorry for the four singers in Broadway Brunch, a musical review of Broadway hits playing at the Westin Hotel on Sunday mornings. But the sympathy pangs soon subside; these performers are having too much f...

    on August 8, 1996
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    Death of a Salesroom

    Watching over the nearly completed destruction of I.M. Pei's Zeckendorf Plaza is reminiscent of those "thinnest books in the world" sold in novelty shops. You know the kind--Honest Lawyers or Inspired Bureaucrats. Unfortunately, the pageless gag in t...

    by Michael Paglia on August 8, 1996
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