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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Review: Colorado Shakespeare Festival's 'Macbeth'

Afghanistan-set 'Macbeth' darkly dazzles

By Gary Zeidner
With American troops still on the ground in Afghanistan today and with the relationship between the U.S. and Russia becoming more eerily Cold War-ish every week, Page’s choice to set Macbeth in the 1980s Soviet occupation of the perennially war-torn Iranian neighbor is nothing short of brilliant. This Macbeth may be the most thought-provoking and emotionally arresting production of a Shakespeare play that I have ever seen.
Thursday, June 20,2013

U lke Shkspr?

More than a few laughs come when the Bard gets abridged

By David Accomazzo
The first thing I notice when I find my seat for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) is that black-clad stagehands are all over the stage, moving various props and other junk around. In fact, save for a giant pair of double-doors in the center of the stage, the set resembles more of a prop closet you’d find in the bowels of a theater than something you’d see on stage.
Thursday, June 13,2013

Lovers and madmen

The CSF gets off to a roaring start

By Gary Zeidner
To say that A Midsummer Night’s Dream kicked off the festival marvelously is an understatement along the lines of saying that the NSA has a vague idea of your calling and Internet browsing habits.
Thursday, June 6,2013

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger

Colorado Shakespeare Festival seeks to remain timeless

By Michael Callahan
After a winter spent rearranging house, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival is ready to defend its position as cultural and educational touchstone. The 2013 edition has sprinted ahead of expectations and appears on tap for a successful start to the season. It may not be a make-or-break year, but plenty of eyes will be on the CSF as it unfurls its latest repertoire.
Thursday, May 30,2013

Physical theater and the silent tragedy of the inanimate

By David Accomazzo
Claire Patton and Lucia Rich, both wearing all-black clothes for the evening’s rehearsal, are sitting in a studio space in a structure outside a North Boulder home, trying to explain what “physical theater” means.
Thursday, May 16,2013

It was the cat rapist in the solarium with the enema nozzle

An R-rated murder mystery at the Dairy

By Gary Zeidner
In fact, it amuses me to no end that some of the material on their website (particularly the description of Penumbra in the Garden of Twilight’s Cucumbers, the fictional play they’d intended to produce before settling on Delirium Tremens) and in the program so far exceeds in cleverness and craft the dialogue in Delirium Tremens itself.
Thursday, May 9,2013

Boulder Ensemble's latest is 'Survivor: Leipzig'

BETC ends seventh season on a high note with 'Bach at Leipzig'

By Gary Zeidner
After the rather lackluster The Other Place, the usually metronomically reliable Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) comes back strong with Bach at Leipzig. If you enjoyed the movie Amadeus — and if you haven’t seen that film I can’t recommend it enough — you’ll revel in this jaunty, cheeky, fictionalized look at the cutthroat competition to assume one of the highest posts in the rarified world of music in Germany circa 1722.
Thursday, May 2,2013

When therapy and performance collide

Playback Theatre West combines entertainment and catharsis

By Stephanie Riesco
For troupes like Playback Theatre West, audience participation isn’t about who can shout their ridiculous word loudest. Audience members are instead invited to share personal stories for actors to interpret on stage.
Thursday, April 18,2013

Praise the Lord and pass the lefse

The sisterhood of the simmering casserole in 'Church Basement Ladies'

By Gary Zeidner
Even if you are a Dawkins-lovin’, God-mockin’, card-carryin’ atheist, the odds are that during your youth you spent some time in and around a church or synagogue.
Friday, April 12,2013

It’s time to get real

Truth Be Told story slam gives Boulder community a place to share stories

By Stephanie Riesco
A date takes a wrong turn and ends up in an orgy; someone spontaneously kisses a cab driver with irresistible eyes; McDonald’s serves as the backdrop for a break up; a guy decides he’d rather stay single than fall in love with a girl named Aphrodite.