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Review: Death Takes a Holiday Leaves Us in Limbo at the Arvada Center

5 months ago by Juliet Wittman
“Death takes a holiday” is one of those wise, cynical, darkly funny old-European concepts that should yield rich fictional results, both comic and philosophical. The idea, which got its start in a 1924 play by Italian Alberto Casella, is that Death decides to take a break from collecting souls to...
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5 years ago by Juliet Wittman
Phantom. While playwright Arthur Kopit and composer Maury Yeston were still putting together Phantom, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Operatrundled onto the scene, and their backers vanished — along with any chance of a Broadway opening. This Phantom is much smaller-scale than Webber's, with less spectacle and more emphasis...
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Effective direction drives Phantom to beauty at Boulder's Dinner Theatre

5 years ago by Juliet Wittman
Playwright Arthur Kopit and composer Maury Yeston were still putting together their Phantom when Phantom of the Opera, the Andrew Lloyd Webber juggernaut, trundled onto the scene with its thunderous music, grandiose special effects and falling chandelier. Phantom's backers quickly vanished, as did any chance of a Broadway opening. But...
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They Have His Number

18 years ago by Jim Lillie
Guido Contini's inability to separate his art from his personal life is what both tortures and inspires him--at least that's what he maintains throughout the musical Nine. The brilliant Italian filmmaker freely admits that his insatiable appetite for women sometimes gives him more problems than a modern-day Casanova should be...
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10 years ago by Juliet Wittman
The novel Phantom of the Opera was written by Gaston LeRoux in 1911. Although it has inspired several films, most people know the story from the massive, windy Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, with its throbbing score and astonishing special effects. Before that version hit, playwright Arthur Kopit and songwriter Maury...
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5 years ago by Juliet Wittman
9 Circles. On March 12, 2006, five soldiers stationed at a dangerous traffic checkpoint in an area of Iraq that the military called the Triangle of Death entered the nearby home of a fourteen-year-old girl named Abeer Qasim Hamza. Steven Green, a private, took her parents and six-year-old sister into...
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5 years ago by Juliet Wittman
It's a Wonderful Life. The film It's a Wonderful Life is a much-loved American classic. Some families watch it together year after year at this time, like Miracle on 34th Street and varying versions of A Christmas Carol. What makes It's a Wonderful Life interesting and original is the twist,...
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5 years ago by Juliet Wittman
Cannibal! The Musical. Cannibal! The Musical began life as a movie written by pre-South Park and Book of Mormon Trey Parker, back when he was a film student at the University of Colorado. It starred Parker himself and Matt Stone, and later evolved — or perhaps degenerated — into a...
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5 years ago by Juliet Wittman
9 Circles. On March 12, 2006, five soldiers stationed at a dangerous traffic checkpoint in an area of Iraq that the military called the Triangle of Death entered the nearby home of a fourteen-year-old girl named Abeer Qasim Hamza. Steven Green, a private, took her parents and six-year-old sister into...
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5 years ago by Juliet Wittman
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Book-to-stage adaptations are often wooden, but playwright Laura Eason has done a terrific job with Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Her playhas energy and charm, and it really does communicate the fears, uncertainties and joys of childhood, as well as the atmosphere of...

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