John Moore

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Review: The Betsy Theatre Twists a Classic in Hamlet, a Gypsy Tale

    Hamlet, a Gypsy Tale The Betsy Stage The ending of the Betsy Stage's Hamlet, a Gypsy Tale is appealing: Having taken their bows with the aid of various eccentric moves and magic tricks, the performers circle the space to the fast, compelling rhythms of "L'Orient Est Rouge," which the program attribu ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2014
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    September 17, 2014

    Review: In All the Rage, Martin Moran Explores Anger and Forgiveness

    All the Rage is a sequel to Martin Moran's first one-man play, The Tricky Part, which told the story of his molestation by a counselor at Colorado's Camp St. Malo when he was twelve -- a relationship that continued over three conflicted years. Moran, who'd grown up in Denver and graduated from Georg ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 26, 2014
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    November 20, 2013

    Get ready to buy Book of Mormon tix again -- for 2015!

    Denver loves The Book of Mormon, and the feeling is really mutual: Though the laugh-out-loud funny, touring Broadway musical from Colorado's own boy geniuses, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is in the last week of its second run at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver Center Attractions announced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    David Sedaris and the true meaning of blue-collar comedy

    "Blue collar comedy" is often viewed as synonymous with words like "dumb," "cheap" and "Republican." It was largely co-opted by Jeff Foxworthy's low-brow comedy tour, and since then you really can't discuss the humor that comes out of labor-work without everyone assuming you have a Support the Troop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Theater Threads puts costumes center stage for arts education

    Unless you are the star of a Broadway production, you may never be this close again to the fabric that weaves a theatrical fantasy. Today the Denver Center Theater Company will host Theater Threads, a luncheon that's a fundraiser for its arts education program. Diners will be treated to an up-close ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    100 Colorado Creatives: Burlesque and cabaret queen Cora Vette

    #42: Cora Vette Cora Vette, aka Reyna Von Vette, is larger than life, with a big sassy voice, a ribald sense of humor and a sparkly way with a needle and thread, which all come in handy when she tackles her many roles as a burlesque-show hostess-with-the-mostest, costume-maker and show-tune belter. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    100 Colorado Creatives: John Moore

    #49: John Moore There is no greater friend of Denver theater than John Moore, a self-described storyteller given to telling its stories in great -- and loving -- detail. On his website, the former Denver Post critic has laboriously followed the work of his friends in theater, of whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Are comedians and critics too cushy? UMS comedy panel gets weird

    While the UMS weekend was packed with sexy locals flaunting their primal lust for aesthetics and scenester flirting on and off the stage, on Saturday afternoon I was part of a significantly geekier and less arousing event: the UMS Funny Face Off, a panel of comedians debating comedy journalists at M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Buntport's Jessica Robblee looks back at 100 episodes of tRUNks: A Live Comic Book and forward to the finale

    While some kids grow up following the antics of such superheroes as the Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, millennials in Denver with theater-savvy parents have grown up following tRUNks. Buntport Theater's live serial comic book began in December 2005, presenting a show every other week focusing on it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Henry Awards will be presented tonight

    The Colorado Theatre Guild's seventh annual Henry Awards will be presented tonight at the L2 Arts & Culture Center, 1477 Columbine Street. The festivities start at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by the official awards ceremony at 7 p.m.; an after-party will move the fun to the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 12, 2012
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    April 3, 2012

    Reader: Lisa Kennedy will be stretched too thin covering film and theater for Denver Post

    Our item about the Denver Post asking Lisa Kennedy to report on both film and theater -- a move that combines two former full-time positions into one -- inspired plenty of different takes on the situation. Here's one from a reader who fears coverage will suffer despite Kennedy's talents.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Lisa Kennedy to split film and theater critic duties at Denver Post

    Newspapers across the country have slashed staff to save money, with movie reviewer and theater critic positions among the most popular cuts. Given that reality, the Denver Post deserves credit for continuing to dedicate a staff writer to these subjects, even though one person -- Lisa Kennedy -- wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Colorado's small theaters have a meeting of the minds

    A group of local theater owners, actors and the newly-minted president of the Colorado Theatre Guild met at Denver's Dangerous Theatre Sunday night to share ideas on how to work together to share resources and information. This wasn't an official Colorado Theatre Guild meeting, but rather a gatheri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Video: Kyle Dyer on Today show concedes mistake led to dog bite

    No denying that the Kyle Dyer on-air dog bite incident struck a nerve with the viewing public, as stories about animals often do. The fascination culminated this morning with her appearance on the Today show, which devoted more than five minutes to the subject the day after a lethal school shooting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Kyle Dyer dog bite: Kirk Montgomery on Facebook controversy, her condition

    While covering the fallout from the Kyle Dyer/9News on-air dog bite incident, we noted the disappearance of a controversial Facebook post by staffer Kirk Montgomery and wondered if he'd been pressured to remove it. News director Patti Dennis denied any censorship and called such speculation "immoral ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Kyle Dyer dog bite: 9News exec denies muzzling staff, defends coverage

    Yesterday, in a followup to our items about the Kyle Dyer/9News on-air dog bite incident, we wrote about the disappearance of a critical Facebook post by staffer Kirk Montgomery, and wondered if the station had censored it. This post incensed news director Patti Dennis, who categorically denies any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Kyle Dyer dog bite fallout: It's not the crime, it's the cover up

    The on-air dog bite suffered by 9News' Kyle Dyer started out as a simple news item. But the harder 9News has tried to control the story, the more the tale has morphed into one that touches on media ethics in the 21st century. The latest question: Did the station censor staffer Kirk Montgomery's pos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Reader: Juliet Wittman gave John Moore the consideration he gave so many others

    ​When John Moore took the buy-out from the Denver Post, he left a gaping void in the Denver theater scene -- a void that will be tough to fill, if it can be filled at all. Longtime Westword theater critic Juliet Wittman talked about Moore's departure with many people who are part of that scene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    John Moore's exit from the Denver Post leaves a void in the theater scene

    ​It hit home for members of the theater community Sunday, when they opened the Denver Post and found a gaping void in the arts pages: There was no column by longtime critic and commentator John Moore. No review. Everyone had known John was taking the Post's buyout. His Facebook fans read his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    John Moore among 19 taking Denver Post buyouts, layoffs not expected

    Update: At last, we've got the complete list of Denver Post employees who have or will be leaving the paper after accepting a buyout offer: nineteen staffers from various departments, including editors, reporters and photographers. Perhaps most surprising: John Moore, the paper's theater critic and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Here are your 2011 Denver #WebAwards arts winners

    ​Here are the winners of the 2011 Denver #WebAwards in the category we're loosely dubbing "arts," which means Westword scribes report on the happenings in these beats, right here on Show and Tell. (And no, Westword writers were not eligible for these awards.) These are the winners only; for a ... More >>

  • News

    November 17, 2011
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    May 9, 2011

    Debate points: The Pride gets a free discussion panel tonight

    Is this poster too rainbow-y? YOU decide.​Solve one set of problems, get another. That's the central theme of Alexi Kaye Campbell's The Pride, now playing at the Paragon Theatre, which takes a look at the relationships of three characters transposed onto different eras: In 1958, Oliver, Philip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Moving Pictures: Flobots perform song from new album at Mayor's Awards

    We weren't on hand to witness this, but apparently Jonny 5 and his Flobots kin received the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts on Wednesday at the Westin Tabor Center, and played a song from the new record, Survival Story, called "Good Soldier." Luckily, Denver Post scribe John Moore brought a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Behind the launch of the Rocky Mountain Independent

    Steve Foster at the launch announcement for INDenver Times earlier this year. The Rocky Mountain Independent, which officially launched today, is the latest online news project from former members of the Rocky Mountain News -- and many of the fourteen journalists involved were also part of INDenver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    INDenver Times renegades plan Rocky Mountain Independent

    David Milstead. Today's update about INDenver Times noted that many of the principals in the project, including former Rocky Mountain News business writer David Milstead, had struck off on their own on April 23 after INDT signed up only 3,000 subscribers (its goal was 50,000). In a conversation at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Former INDenver Times managing editor Steve Foster on the new Rocky Mountain Independent project

    Steve Foster at a March 16 INDenver Times press conference. The earlier blog headlined "INDenver Times Renegades Plan Rocky Mountain Independent" notes the participation in the online-magazine project of Steve Foster, once INDT's managing editor. Earlier today, Foster, who joins INDT vets David Mil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Q&A with Denver Post editor Greg Moore

    Photo by J. KnightDenver Post editor Greg Moore at the February 26 press conference that announced the closure of the Rocky Mountain News. During the period of time between the December announcement that the Rocky Mountain News had been put up for sale and the February press conference revealing th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    Do Critics Matter? They Do With the Henrys

    John Moore wrote a critique of the Henrys in the Denver Post last weekend, pointing out some weaknesses in the system -- first among them the fact that a production stood no chance of winning awards if most of the eight critics who serve as judges hadn’t seen it. This cuts out a lot of work arou ... More >>

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    July 14, 2008
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    July 2, 2008
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    March 13, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Opening My Eyes

    Just when I think I really know the Denver music scene, something happens to humble me and make me realize how much I have to learn. As Depeche Mode said, it’s a lot like life. Last weekend, I had the honor of participating on a panel at the third annual Building Creative Businesses Expo, an extr ... More >>

  • News

    February 21, 2008

    A Post Reporter's Jerry Maguire Moment

    Denver Post reporter John Moore pens a media manifesto – and soon regrets it.

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2008

    Denver Post staffer John Moore's Web Manifesto

    The February 21 Message focuses on a memo written by Denver Post theater columnist John Moore entitled “Straight Talk About Latest Newspaper Space Cuts” – and the missive certainly lives up to its moniker. The piece was originally e-mailed to folks inquiring about assorted theater-related tri ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 15, 2007

    Starship Troy: Fame

    Buntport explores the final frontier of comedy.

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2007

    No Play

    The last item of the May 24 Message column noted that execs at the Denver Post had been discussing the future of the Sunday Style section, and suggested that its survival was unlikely. Turns out, though, that Style lives on -- sort of. The Tuesday, June 5, Post presents the debut of LifeStyle, a new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2006

    And the Winner Is...

    Some of the best scenes at the Colorado Theatre Guild's Henry Awards Monday night: Donna Debreceni and her band tearing into the evening's songs and musical commentaries. The creators of Assassins -- a show that was put together by Next Stage with gum, safety pins and a treasure trove of talent -- l ... More >>

  • Film

    June 1, 2006


    Hollywood pounces on 6-6-06 with a needless Omen revival.

  • News

    March 16, 2006

    Trading Places

    The Post moves staffers outside their comfort zones.

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2004
  • News

    September 18, 2003

    The Message

    Peeved in Peoria

  • Music

    October 24, 2002


    Extra! Extra! The Post-News Battle of the Bands acknowledges local musicians but wont pay the bills.

  • Music

    May 23, 2002

    Sum of Their Parts

    With a twisted vision, Reverend Glasseye and His Wooden Legs get a leg up on the competition.

  • Film

    November 29, 2001

    Flaming Wreck

    Owen Wilson goes Behind Enemy Lines and lands on familiar terrain.

  • News

    May 24, 2001

    Parents Beware

    Jamie White is bringing her naughty talk to a station known for playing kiddie pop.

  • Film

    February 17, 2000

    Prepare for Blastoff!

    Pitch Black puts some pop in this season's popcorn movie offerings.

  • News

    July 22, 1999
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