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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.”
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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.
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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.
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Thursday, August 29,2013

A starcatcher is born at Denver Center for the Performing Arts

How Peter Pan got his crow back

By Gary Zeidner
Every child yearns to grow up and throw off the seemingly unbearable yoke of parents, teachers, priests and other bullies. Invariably, they realize too late that while the adult world is a place in which they can eat ice cream for dinner and stay up as late as they want, early onset diabetes and 7 a.m. personnel meetings are extremely harsh overlords.
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Thursday, July 25,2013

The king’s speeches

'Richard II' rounds out this year’s CSF

By Gary Zeidner
The final play of this year’s Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Richard II, marks the beginning of an audacious plan by the CSF to produce, in order, the entire Henriad tetralogy.
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Thursday, July 11,2013

'The Wizard of Oz' at Boulder's Dinner Theatre: A girl and her dog

Once more over the rainbow

By Gary Zeidner
This cultural powerhouse, this multi-generationally much-beloved masterpiece, has been touching hearts and opening minds since the turn of the 20th century.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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