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2000 Stories by Jim Lillie

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  • Hopelessly Devoted

    published December 14, 2000

    About ten minutes after Stop Kiss begins, we learn that its two main characters, a pair of young women oblivious to their... More >>

  • Miracles Happen

    published December 14, 2000

    It's hard to believe that what happens in Miracle on 34th Street bears any resemblance to everyday life. But as the Nomad Theatre's... More >>

  • Season's Bleatings

    published December 7, 2000

    Its title is a clever play on Tantalus, the high-priced Greek epic that effectively displaced the Denver Center's annual presentation of... More >>

  • One-Act Wonders

    published November 30, 2000

    Anton Chekhov is as famous for writing pause-filled comedies about frustrated dreamers as Eugene O'Neill is for penning dramas with more stage... More >>

  • A True Blockbuster

    published November 30, 2000

    A product of its time that proved powerful enough to transcend the tumult of ensuing decades, The Fantasticks opened at New York's... More >>

  • Tragedy for the Ages

    published November 23, 2000

    Antigone's two brothers, both sons of Oedipus, have died in each other's arms while fighting for future control of their uncle Creon's throne. In... More >>

  • Strutting Their Stuff

    published November 23, 2000

    The pacing lags when it should accelerate, and the actors' delivery never matches the dialogue's sharp brilliance, but the Upstart Crow Theatre... More >>

  • Just Us Girls

    published November 16, 2000

    Of the thirty-plus songs that constitute the musical revue Jerry¹s Girls, only one proves to be more than a display of vocal... More >>

  • Missed Manners

    published November 16, 2000

    British playwright Alan Ayckbourn is often regarded as England's version of Neil Simon. But while both master craftsmen have an affinity for... More >>

  • Flight From Life

    published November 9, 2000

    Perched atop a high, bare platform and isolated in a pool of bluish-white light, a search-and-rescue pilot talks about why she's devoted herself... More >>

  • Money for Nothing

    published November 9, 2000

    As wrongheaded as it is well-intentioned, CityStage Ensemble's world-premiere production of Bad Money flounders from the very first... More >>

  • A Boy's Life

    published November 2, 2000

    Eleven-year-old Miguel knows all too well that his journey into manhood will begin only when his father takes him on the family's annual... More >>

  • Full of It

    published November 2, 2000

    Hampered by pacing problems and a couple of lackluster opening scenes, the Denver Center Theatre Company's production of The... More >>

  • In the Name of the Gods

    published October 26, 2000

    For much of the past year, pundits the world over have wondered whether John Barton's Tantalus would be a millennium-defining hit or... More >>

  • Re-enter, Stage Right

    published October 12, 2000

    Dan Hiester remembers the days when he dealt with exhaustion by sleeping round the clock after completing the run of each show. Then, somewhat... More >>

  • Love's Labor Lost

    published October 12, 2000

    The truth-telling games and litany of deceptions that litter Conundrum State Productions' version of The Maiden¹s Prayer might... More >>

  • Poetry in Commotion

    published October 5, 2000

    Poets are often harbingers of truth who rail about society's ills from the relative safety of life's cheap seats. They weather worldly rejection... More >>

  • Against the Tide

    published October 5, 2000

    Mabel Tidings Bigelow has lived most of her ninety years contemplating her choices in life. The feisty Massachusetts salt aspired at an early age... More >>

  • Ire of the Beholder

    published September 28, 2000

    Cracking wise about this or that presidential candidate doesn't seem so insulting in a country united in the belief that all politicians are... More >>

  • Show Buzz

    published September 21, 2000

    What role does the artist play in a world that equates fame with ability? Are creative types required to defer to the paying public's likes and... More >>

  • A Company Man

    published September 21, 2000

    When David Loper has trouble retrieving a crucial computer file for a valued client, he does what any office drone would -- he decides to pull a... More >>

  • A Tantalizing Thought

    published September 14, 2000

    He's produced some 65 Broadway shows, served as a boardmember and the American producer for Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and... More >>

  • The Mouths of Babes

    published August 31, 2000

    Fresh from a mid-morning rehearsal break, several members of Xpressions, a local troupe made up of youths between the ages of thirteen and... More >>

  • Coal Miner's Fodder

    published August 31, 2000

    When last we left The Kentucky Cycle, the ill-fated Rowen and Talbert clans were embroiled in the same sort of inbred conflict that... More >>

  • A Kentucky Derby

    published August 24, 2000

    The time commitment required to see all of The Kentucky Cycle shouldn't deter area theatergoers from sampling Robert Schenkkan's... More >>

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