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Thursday, June 18,2015

Old Testament 101

It’s Bible time at Jesters

By Gary Zeidner
Based on my recent visit to Jesters Dinner Theatre in Longmont, one thing is abundantly clear: Jesters has recommitted itself to being the best darn dinner theatre it can be. When I last ventured in to this quaint, little theatre on Main Street some years ago, I came away with a very low opinion of the food and only a slightly better one of the performance. My experience this time around was decidedly more positive in every way. Because I still suffer the lingering psychological effects of my last meal at Jesters, I didn’t partake of the pre-show dinner.
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Thursday, May 7,2015

A portrait of the artist as a young transplant

‘The Norwegians’ presents fresh spin on stereotypical jokes

By Gary Zeidner
More than a lot of other locales, Boulder is peopled by transplants. Almost everyone you meet is from somewhere else. In all my years living in our fair city, I’d estimate only a miniscule percentage of the people I’ve known were actually from here. Maybe it’s a byproduct of our proximity to Denver, the old Crossroads of the West, or maybe it’s just the increased transience offered by a well-developed highway system and inexpensive (well, relatively inexpensive) air travel, but finding a native Boulderite is on par with striking a vein of Unobtanium.
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Thursday, April 2,2015

Malt shop memories

A doo-wopping good time

By Gary Zeidner
Next to the olfactory sense, the sense of sound is generally considered the most closely tied to memory. The smell of chocolate chip cookies can whisk you back to being a kid in grandma’s kitchen, and every time you catch a whiff of a certain perfume you reflexively recall the ex who always wore it.
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Thursday, February 26,2015

Fecking brilliant

Miners and McDonagh are a cracking match

By Gary Zeidner
If you’ve never seen the sadly short-lived British TV series Father Ted (R.I.P. Dermot Morgan), you owe it to yourself to give it a look. It’s a screamingly funny show set on the fictitious Craggy Island off Ireland’s western coast. It is also the spiritual sibling to Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, which takes place on a real island in the same general vicinity.
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Thursday, February 12,2015

Silence isn’t always golden

A rare blunder by BETC

By Gary Zeidner
The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) has proven itself to be one of the best theatre companies in Boulder or, truly, anywhere. It consistently produces lively, entertaining, thought-provoking plays by a wide variety of playwrights ranging from famous to obscure.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

The tradition lives on at BDT Stage

New name. Same great theatre.

By Gary Zeidner
Boulder’s Dinner Theatre recently changed its name to BDT Stage. With the company now in its 37th season, it’s tempting to poke a little mid-life crisis fun at it over the unexpected new moniker. What’s next, a hair transplant? A gold hoop earring? A cherry-red Corvette and a 23-year-old girlfriend?.
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Thursday, December 18,2014

Adeste fideles for this materfamilias

It’s Christmas with a twist in the Edge Theatre’s latest

By Gary Zeidner
Evincing a commitment to novel, homegrown theatre, the Edge Theatre Company held a new play festival called On The Edge. One of the entrants, Denver native Ellen K. Graham, was later commissioned to write a play for the company, and the result is the Christmas comedy, The Familiars,.
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Thursday, December 11,2014

Christmas keeper

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Denver Center

By Gary Zeidner
The world has turned all red and green. Every kid is on his or her best behavior. Christmas tree lots are springing up like mushrooms after a hard rain and lights are twinkling on houses and businesses all over town. Love it or loathe it, the holidays are officially here.
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Thursday, October 16,2014

Westward ho!

BETC gets ambitious

By Gary Zeidner
When is a meditation still water. The backstage wall holds a really an illustration? collection of white rectangles of various Though I don’t believe sizes. Reminiscent of the memorable set playwright Anthony for the Avenue Theatre’s 2004 production of Metamorphoses, Ambition Facing.
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Thursday, October 9,2014

Just say, “D’oh!”

Even ‘The Simpsons’ can’t save Catamounts’ latest

By Gary Zeidner
Remember back in elementary school when you could get an A for effort? The end result of your effort might have earned a C, or even a D, but the dedication and hard work you put in shone through, and your teacher would recognize that with an appreciative — if relatively meaningless — “A for effort.”
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