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    HOLY MOTHERWELL!

    If it's a taste of Manhattan modernism you're craving this fall (and who isn't?) run, do not walk, to Options 3--Robert Motherwell, the Denver Art Museum's exhibit of twenty newly acquired paintings, collages and works on paper from this modern-day g...

    by Michael Paglia on November 15, 1995
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    UNDER A CHEEVER

    In his many short stories, John Cheever skimmed the surface of bourgeois American family life, laying bare the pretensions of suburban culture and dissecting the hopelessness of its materialism in nicely served, if thin, slices of life. In A Cheever ...

    on November 15, 1995
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    LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE

    John Patrick Shanley's poignant Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is a three-scene argument for love--the kind of love between a man and a woman that penetrates individual isolation via mutual kindness. And it's delivered in an unusual package as persuasiv...

    on November 15, 1995
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    TURNING THE TABLES

    The Alternative Arts Alliance Open Show, which closes this weekend, is an annual demonstration of just how difficult it is for artists to create credible installations. Thank goodness an antidote is at the ready: Vital Connections, an intelligent and...

    by Michael Paglia on November 8, 1995
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    GONE SOUTH

    Quick--name three women artists from Latin America. Well, there's Frida Kahlo, of course, and then there's, uh...er.... That most of us know so little about the art of our neighbors to the south makes a point about how art appreciation in this cou...

    by Michael Paglia on November 8, 1995
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    IN THE FLESH

    It's almost impossible to put on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice today; if one excises the loathsome anti-Semitism from the play, one can't help but do violence to its original meaning. Laurence Olivier managed to virtually reconstruct the play'...

    on November 8, 1995
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    WEDDING BELL BLAHS

    The local husband-and-wife acting team of Moira Keefe and Charlie Oates couldn't be much different from each other. Yet they have managed to stay married for nine years, and they share their often dark and mostly hilarious secrets in the show they wr...

    on November 8, 1995
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    WESTWARD HO!

    The American frontier of the nineteenth century was a bonanza for both nature-loving romantics and the pragmatic forces of manifest destiny. And at the nexus of these two very different groups were the artists who recorded it all firsthand as members...

    by Michael Paglia on November 1, 1995
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    MEDICINE WOMEN

    Arthur Miller appears to have gained some wisdom in his old age. A man has to mature a long way in his understanding of the world and of women to write a play as insightful and kind as The Last Yankee. And the Denver Center Theatre Company has import...

    on November 1, 1995
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    SHAW AND ORDER

    The plays that George Bernard Shaw wrote in the late nineteenth century were popular because they were funny--and because, despite Shaw's socialist politics and Darwinian outlook, the societal conventions he appeared to flout were actually refined un...

    on November 1, 1995
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    SECOND IMPRESSIONS

    Fads, fashion and fancy are all reflected in the historic art that is of interest to people today. And just like art itself, the study of art history is subject to change over time. One of the sea changes in the field in the last twenty years has...

    by Michael Paglia on October 25, 1995
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    OUT THE WINDOW

    Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of that country's most famous contemporary artists have come to settle in the West, especially in New York City. This colony of Russian expatriates has had a profound effect on American contemporary art. A...

    by Michael Paglia on October 25, 1995
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    THE POLITICAL ARENA

    Over the past year, many of Denver's most powerful and insightful theater productions have been political in nature, displaying a passion for justice without resorting to propaganda: My Sister in This House, Six Degrees of Separation, Star Fever, Par...

    on October 25, 1995
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    BANG THE DRUMM SLOWLY

    Resignation to suffering is the best playwright Hugh Leonard can offer as resolution to the accumulated pain of a lifetime. But the strength of his humanist viewpoint in A Life lies in its cultivated compassion. The Denver Victorian Playhouse product...

    on October 25, 1995
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    AGONY AND ECSTASY

    Expressing a variety of minority views through art is the goal of two exhibits currently on view at Golden's Foothills Art Center. According to center director Carol Dickinson, the shows also are intended to reflect how minority artists can use their...

    by Michael Paglia on October 18, 1995
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    ABSTRACT CONCEPTS

    Several current local shows zero in on the renewed vitality of abstract art in the Nineties. Chief among these are the group exhibit Reinventing the Abstract, at the Mackey Gallery, and a single-artist display, Gary Passanise, at the CSK Gallery. ...

    by Michael Paglia on October 18, 1995
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    LATINO LOVERS

    Director Israel Hicks zeroes in on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with fervor and style in his new telling of the classic tale at the Denver Center Theatre Company. He has the temerity to set the greatest of Shakespeare's cautionary tales in old Cali...

    on October 18, 1995
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    GUARE NOIR

    Toward the end of John Guare's tragicomic Landscape of the Body, one of the characters tells us that the mystery is always greater than the solution. This sentiment (seen most recently in the movie thriller Seven) may be oh so au courant, but it may ...

    on October 18, 1995
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    FRONTIER WOMEN

    It truly is fall in Denver, and the trees themselves are coming down along with the leaves. Given this loss to our visual environment, it's some solace that another, more expected feature of autumn also has arrived: the start of high season for the a...

    by Michael Paglia on October 11, 1995
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    MONK BUSINESS

    Thomas Merton, it's fair to say, was an individual worth writing a play about. An American monk who lived a hermetic life out in the woods, he nevertheless kept up a mighty correspondence with many of the greatest writers of his age during a literary...

    on October 11, 1995
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