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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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    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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    The Magic Set

    Infused with fantastical characters, references to Freemasonry and enchanting music, Mozart's The Magic Flute lends itself to far-flung interpretation while embracing audiences of all tastes. You can set the two-act opera on the moon, against a bligh...

    by Jim Lillie on February 25, 1999
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    Clueless in Englewood

    You can sense the anticipation building in the audience about fifteen minutes before the Country Dinner Playhouse's production of Clue the Musical begins. Armed with tally sheets that list the suspects, weapons and rooms familiar to anyone who has pl...

    by Jim Lillie on February 25, 1999
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    Hearts and Flowers

    The Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver finally has a somewhat permanent address: Sakura Square. The ground-floor, two-story MoCA/D space fronts a garden done in a handsome Japanese style, with rocks, gravel and several of those tortured miniature Pond...

    by Michael Paglia on February 18, 1999
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    Dancing About Architecture

    Everything an artist produces is, to varying degrees, a manifestation of his or her own experience. In the case of playwright Henrik Ibsen, scholars have long speculated that The Master Builder was the great Norwegian's attempt to channel a few of hi...

    by Jim Lillie on February 18, 1999
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    Nostalgia Trip

    When Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace opened in January 1941, stiff competition from radio and film was fueling talk of the theater's imminent demise. That idea permeates Kesselring's only Broadway success. Fifty-eight years and several enter...

    by Jim Lillie on February 18, 1999
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    Please Be Seated

    Since Virginia Folkestad received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Metropolitan State College in 1991, she's gained a considerable reputation for her thoroughly thought-out environments. In 1993 she simultaneously joined Spark and Edge, guarante...

    by Michael Paglia on February 11, 1999
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    Trial of a Century

    Nearly a year before a rat's nest of tape recordings and a Pandora's box of kitschy souvenirs became props for the interminable Bill and Monica show, Moises Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde had already earned kudos as the su...

    by Jim Lillie on February 11, 1999
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    A Thousand Frowns

    After having paid double the price of admission to a movie, it's a wonder that some of the Denver Victorian Playhouse's patrons don't object to their view of the stage being blocked by a large metal support pole or the night's entertainment being com...

    by Jim Lillie on February 11, 1999
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    Variety Packs

    Though still in its inaugural year, Ron Judish Fine Arts has already established itself as one of the city's most interesting galleries. Although director Ron Judish has earned this reputation with excellent exhibits featuring nationally famous artis...

    by Michael Paglia on February 4, 1999
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    A Healthy Ribaldry

    The greatest comic playwright to grace the English stage in the less-than-fertile period between Shakespeare's fantastical exit and Shaw's boisterous entrance, Richard Brinsley Sheridan was a dramatist of great-hearted humanity, sharp insight and exq...

    by Jim Lillie on February 4, 1999
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    The Twinkie Defense

    Learning from past mistakes isn't always enough to prevent them from happening again. The 1978 murders of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, for instance, nearly crippled a city still reeling from the news that fo...

    by Jim Lillie on February 4, 1999
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    Out of Africa

    Begging forgiveness from God and anyone else who will listen, a mortally wounded policeman staggers through the West Indian jungle and bemoans the "Africa of my mind" and "glories of my race." The mulatto corporal, ever aware that his mixed-blood ori...

    by Jim Lillie on January 28, 1999
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