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Thursday, February 6,2014

Peak performances in new play from BETC

Gleason and Kendall elevate ‘Annapurna’

By Gary Zeidner
The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC), has chosen to present an honest, meaningful depiction of love in all of its flawed and passionate glory over this year’s Feast of Saint Fraud-entine.
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Thursday, January 16,2014

And now for something completely different

‘Spamalot’ lays siege to your funny bone

By Gary Zeidner
Anchored by a handful of Boulder’s Dinner Theatre mainstays like Brian Norber, Wayne Kennedy, Scott Beyette, Brian Jackson and Alicia Dunfee, the cast of Spamalot is truly stellar.
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Thursday, December 19,2013

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a real Christmas circus

Holidaze isn’t just recommended; it’s essential viewing

By Gary Zeidner
For a couple of hours respite from all of the holiday hullabaloo, you could do a lot worse than Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Heck, if you’re one of the many who would rather stick your tongue to a frozen flag pole than endure more treacley, It’s a Wonderful Life-type fare, Holidaze isn’t just recommended; it’s essential viewing.
Thursday, December 12,2013

Drinking away Christmas Eve in Conor McPherson's 'The Seafarer'

By Gary Zeidner
For most of the play, The Seafarer seems to be a tart, cynically humorous morality tale about the dangers of drink, but in the end it cops out, letting Sharky, Richard and the rest off the hook in the name of feelgood Christmas miracles.
Thursday, November 21,2013

She went and made it after all

The wit and wisdom of Molly Ivins

By Gary Zeidner
Mary Tyler “Molly” Ivins was a legendary American journalist far too few have heard of. Though she garnered her fair share of notoriety and praise over the course of her long and productive career, her populist, anti-government message was so cogently thought out and entertainingly presented that it deserves wider acknowledgment.
Thursday, November 14,2013

Just like real life

The truth comes out at Rancho Mirage

By Gary Zeidner
I’d be interested to hear the stories from Dietz’s own life that germinated into this play. I bet they’re doozies. After all, it takes a strong person to not only recognize that we keep secrets — often Mt. Everest-sized secrets — from our wives, husbands, parents, children and best friends, but also to take that uncomfortable knowledge and spin it into the kind of play that keeps you laughing out the door then makes you think hard for the rest of the night.
Thursday, October 24,2013

Washing off the dust of daily life

Art as a canvas for comedy in Denver's 'The Most Deserving'

By Gary Zeidner
As the Hershey Company so sagaciously observed, sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don’t.
Thursday, October 10,2013

A dirge for the American dream

Death comes to life at the Denver Center

By Gary Zeidner
If Willy Loman were an ice cream flavor, he’d be American Raspberry. If he were a car, he’d be a Ford Edsel. If he were a song, he’d be Sinatra’s “Here’s to the Losers.”
Thursday, October 3,2013

Fear and self-loathing in New York

BETC kicks off its eighth season in style

By Gary Zeidner
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) is one of Boulder’s best, bar none. From its first production, Antigone, BETC began raising the bar for Front Range theater. With Seminar, BETC gets its eighth season started with the second lively, sly and often humorous Theresa Rebeck play it has produced.
Thursday, September 5,2013

Bus Stop: Princeton, Topeka and points beyond

Upstart Crow’s latest a study in relativity

By Gary Zeidner
William Inge’s Bus Stop, which the Upstart Crow’s signage clearly states has nothing to do with Boulder’s own long-established and much-beloved gentleman’s club of the same name, tells the tale of a group of strangers thrust together on a dark and stormy night in rural Kansas in the winter of 1955.