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2001 Stories by Jim Lillie

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  • Family Feud

    published April 12, 2001

    The number of world premieres produced by the Denver Center Theatre Company over the past few years makes it increasingly hard to think of the... More >>

  • Strange Musings

    published April 12, 2001

    Inna Beginning is a two-and-a-half-hour play that would pack a stronger punch if it were two hours shorter. Germs of ideas whiz... More >>

  • Rhyme and Reason

    published April 5, 2001

    Richard II is as given to high-flown poetry, and King Lear weathers as many cosmic crises, but the role of Hamlet is still considered the supreme... More >>

  • Body and Soul

    published April 5, 2001

    Career academic Vivian Bearing is an expert on the works of seventeenth-century poet and preacher John Donne. A fiery intellectual, she knows the... More >>

  • Iph... Only

    published March 22, 2001

    Eighteen months ago, no one could have predicted that the Denver Center/Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Tantalus would spawn any... More >>

  • You Say Tomato

    published March 22, 2001

    Imaginatively designed, directed and acted, the Denver Children's Theatre production of Tomato Plant Girl is, as shows for young... More >>

  • Slow Drip

    published March 15, 2001

    The Aurora Fox Arts Center's The Memory of Water has some passable portrayals, but the play's complex family relationships don't... More >>

  • Where Dinosaurs Rule

    published March 8, 2001

    The Arvada Center's production of The Dinosaur Play is filled with a wide array of sights and sounds, but the most impressive... More >>

  • Digging Up the Past

    published March 1, 2001

    What becomes of an entire class of people when its members are summarily rounded up like common criminals, even though they've never committed any... More >>

  • Heard on the Street

    published March 1, 2001

    Filled with more raunch than a Friars Club roast, the first part of Bag Ladies Ball is initially hard to swallow. The interactive... More >>

  • Totally Cosmic

    published February 22, 2001

    The best thing about Black Box Theater Ensemble's trio of one-acts, The Whole Shebang, is that the Boulder-based company has a good... More >>

  • The Final Act

    published February 22, 2001

    A program note gives plenty of notice that A Question of Mercy examines difficult issues, and the first scene certainly sets a... More >>

  • Too Cool for School

    published February 15, 2001

    When Another Antigone premiered off-Broadway in 1988, higher education's radar screen was aglow with a growing number of issues that... More >>

  • Something From Nothing

    published February 15, 2001

    The Denver Center Theatre Company's Much Ado About Nothing boasts some beautifully staged scenes and well-crafted performances,... More >>

  • Little House on the Prairie

    published February 8, 2001

    An abundance of stock characters and melodramatic situations might prompt a lesser director to turn Flyin¹ West into a... More >>

  • Obstructed View

    published February 8, 2001

    Rehashing a centuries-old debate, an erstwhile film critic (and aspiring moviemaker) declares that the theater has no relevance for his... More >>

  • Time and Again

    published February 1, 2001

    The performers' spotty British accents make whole sections of dialogue unintelligible, and the pacing often lags where it should accelerate, but... More >>

  • Cheap Frills

    published February 1, 2001

    It's not surprising that no one disrobes in Closer, British playwright Patrick Marber's full-frontal look at sexual mores and modern... More >>

  • Blood, Sweat and Cheers

    published January 25, 2001

    Shortly after bidding adieu to his bustling wife, a Malibu writer settles into a porch chair and begins his work. Seated at one side of a sparely... More >>

  • Songs to Stir the Soul

    published January 25, 2001

    Director Hugo Jon Sayles's choice to present Ain¹t Misbehavin¹ as a New York City "rent party" lends the collection of... More >>

  • Bad Habits

    published January 18, 2001

    Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical is a collection of sketches, songs and sight gags that work best when they're briskly... More >>

  • Texas Twosome

    published January 18, 2001

    Nothing in Maynard has changed since the Civil War," says a young woman of her Texas community's stultifying ways. Consigned to a life of folding... More >>

  • Stage Plight

    published January 11, 2001

    Encouraged in no small measure by the fact that Denver's cultural groups annually outdraw all local professional sports teams combined, several... More >>

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