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Fans of Thaddeus Phillips — who brings his extraordinary Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental theater pieces to Denver far too rarely — will remember that travel is a predominant theme for him. In Lost Soles, he played a tap dancer who took refuge in Cuba after a disastrous performance and got trapped there for 35 years. In The Earth’s Sharp Edge, Palestinian hijacker Leila Khaled visited the protagonist and invited him on a journey both physical and imaginative. And Microworld(s)1 tells the story of a Serb living in a Hong Kong tower made entirely of detachable modules.

The latest is 17 Border Crossings, which, says Phillips, uses stories from his travels that he’s never put into words before, “kind of like outtakes.” A ceaseless experimenter who makes free use of objects, lights, puppets, video and tricks of scale and perception, Phillips is taking a new tack here, with seventeen pieces, some longer, some lasting only seconds. They are “told like a Spalding Gray monologue — table, chairs, glass of water, no costume changes, not much of a set, deceptively simple,” he explains. “The stories are told in different styles: Some are like standup, some like a Cuban floor show.”

17 Border Crossings opens tonight at 8 p.m. at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street, and continues Thursday through Saturday nights until July 27. For tickets, $15, visit or call 720-946-1388.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 11. Continues through July 27, 2013


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