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    Reality Check

    For many years, getting real was the chief preoccupation of the world's painters. The Stone Age artists who decorated all those caves in France and Spain wanted views for their viewless spaces, and they painted what they knew: mainly bison and horses...

    by Michael Paglia on February 12, 1998
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    Prairie Fires

    "What can you do with the love that you feel? Where can you take it?" asks an eighteen-year-old girl caught in an emotional tug-of-war in William Inge's Picnic. When her mother replies, "I never found out," the young woman makes a gut-wrenching decis...

    by Jim Lillie on February 12, 1998
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    The Jazz Singers

    Denver legend has it that the great Billy Eckstine performed in several Five Points jazz clubs of yesteryear, bringing his silky-smooth baritone to such venues as the Rainbow Ballroom and the Rossonian. Piqued by the opportunity to make a local conne...

    by Jim Lillie on February 12, 1998
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    Season's Greetings

    Already, the art season that began last fall and will end this spring has seen its share of newsworthy events. Some of these developments, especially those in the publicly funded realm, seem all to the good. In November there was the completion, af...

    by Michael Paglia on February 5, 1998
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    Back to South Africa

    Great playwrights have always attempted to illuminate broad human truths by writing about their own individual demons. Tennessee Williams is the classic American example: His plays consistently give voice to the strange psychoses of the Southern wome...

    by Jim Lillie on February 5, 1998
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    G-Man Overboard

    When last we heard from famed G-man Eliot Ness, film star Kevin Costner was portraying the crimefighter in Brian DePalma's flamboyant film The Untouchables, itself a knockoff of the 1950s television series starring Robert Stack. But DePalma's tale of...

    by Jim Lillie on February 5, 1998
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    Up in Lights

    It was with the idea of "breaking the winter doldrums" that Emmanuel Gallery director Carol Keller organized the compelling installation exhibit Ed & Stan at Emmanuel. Consider those doldrums broken. The "Ed" of the show's title is sculptor ...

    by Michael Paglia on January 29, 1998
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    What a Pair

    For the last thirty years, comedy writer Neil Simon has reigned as the king of America's community-theater circuit, where his plays are a favorite choice of groups strapped for cash, talent and time. Amateur performers need only speak the Pulitzer Pr...

    by Jim Lillie on January 29, 1998
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    God's Country

    Just when it appeared that the reputation of noted Christian apologist and children's book author (The Chronicles of Narnia) C.S. Lewis might naturally diminish with the passing of time, British playwright William Nicholson rescued the prolific write...

    by Jim Lillie on January 29, 1998
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    From Pillar to Post

    Downtown Denver has been home to nearly all of the largest, most expensive and most important buildings constructed in the Rocky Mountain region over the past 100 years. It's a history book written in stone. But there are some missing chapters. ...

    by Michael Paglia on January 22, 1998
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    The New Christie Minstrels

    As murder mysteries go, the Country Dinner Playhouse staging of Agatha Christie's The Hollow has much to recommend it. Bill McHale's well-directed show features a stellar cast of veteran actors. What's more, superb costumes from Nicole Hoof and a tas...

    by Jim Lillie on January 22, 1998
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    Soul on Ice

    Ask a professor of ancient history for an explanation of the architectural history of theaters, and he might tell you the large, circular dancing space that is the centerpiece of all Greek theaters took its inspiration from the threshing circles that...

    by Jim Lillie on January 22, 1998
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    Of Mice and Men

    New York-based artist and author Art Spiegelman is among the most important contemporary cartoonists in the world. And his considerable fame is based almost wholly on Maus, a sometimes hard-bound comic book first published in 1986 by Pantheon Books. ...

    by Michael Paglia on January 15, 1998
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    Pinter Fest

    British playwright Harold Pinter once confessed that his ear for dialogue is something of an acquired talent: He gleans some of his material from conversations overheard in bars and restaurants. In that respect, he's not much different from many othe...

    by Jim Lillie on January 15, 1998
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    Tour 'Da Force

    The overwhelming success of the Broadway tap-dance extravaganza, Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk might disappoint, dismay or even shock some musical-theater purists: There's no Fred Astaire clone as the show's main character. Instead, the unort...

    by Jim Lillie on January 15, 1998
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    Salon Selective

    Mark Sink is both a prominent Denver photographer and a member of a prominent local family. That explains why he's a tuxedo-clad semi-regular on the society pages of the city's dailies, typically seen in photographs with one or the other of his divor...

    by Michael Paglia on January 8, 1998
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    Getting a Clue

    "Get yourself some puppets, put 'em on ice skates, and you'll be a millionaire," laments one character in the Avenue Theater's interactive murder mystery Murder Most Fowl, a nine-year-old production that annually lampoons local celebrities and events...

    by Jim Lillie on January 8, 1998
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    Something New

    Why does Denver need yet another theater company? What can a new group producing plays in a downtown storefront theater offer us that older, more established theaters aren't already providing? People once asked those same questions about Chicago...

    by Jim Lillie on January 8, 1998
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    One Thumb Up

    Contemporary playwrights face the same nagging question each time they write a script: Should it be a comedy, a tragedy or a dogmatic disaster-documentary? The latter is mostly the accepted province of Hollywood, and the only form of tragedy that see...

    by Jim Lillie on January 1, 1998
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    What a Dog

    Last year 28 of America's regional theaters presented A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia, giving it the dubious distinction of being the most-produced play of the professional theater season apart from holiday regulars such as A Christmas Carol. There's an ...

    by Jim Lillie on January 1, 1998
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