<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Stage]]> <![CDATA[listen up]]> Despite authoring novels, releasing hit records and continuing to act, William Shatner’s post-Star Trek career — and occasionally even the man himself — was largely written off as a joke. Yet at the same time, he remained an icon of American culture. That tension made for an unusual life and a complicated creative process that eventually lead Shatner back to the limelight to be appreciated for all his talent as a performer.]]> <![CDATA[The perils of opening for Jeff Tweedy in Kansas City]]> How do you handle a heckler? This isn’t even a comedy show. It’s not like you’re headlining Comedy Works in Denver; the rules are different here.]]> <![CDATA[How Tig Notaro made cancer her comedy muse]]> Just days before a performance at Largo in Los Angeles, Notaro received word that she had cancer in both breasts.Her normal set — quirky jokes, such as what a bee thinks about when it’s in a car going down the highway — just didn’t seem doable to her. So she chucked it, went on stage and bared it all. And her career exploded.]]> <![CDATA[Christopher Titus is a loser]]> Plenty of comics know that tragedy can make for some great comedy, but few have mastered it the way Christopher Titus has. After all, he’s got plenty of great material to work with: a dead, crazy mom; a dead, alcoholic dad; a dead marriage; and a dead television show, all which have shaped him into one of the darkest comics around.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder's stand-up success]]> This summer, if you were on the prowl in Boulder looking for something to do, there’s a good chance you could have stumbled onto a standup comedy performance.]]> <![CDATA[The Bard is back in Boulder]]> After months of deliberation, the final plays have been chosen for this year’s Colorado Shakespeare Festival, bringing together top theater directors to put on shows that will last throughout the summer months.]]> <![CDATA[A starcatcher is born at Denver Center for the Performing Arts]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Comedic birthing pool]]> Putting comedy within anyone’s reach has been one of the goals of the Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy troupe that enjoyed a run on Comedy Central from 1998 to 2000 and now operates theaters in Los Angeles and New York that have served as stepping stones for many comedic actors and writers. The company also tours the nation, putting on comedy shows coast-to-coast.]]> <![CDATA[Cats on skates]]> Humans can’t resist watching adorable kitties doing goofy things on the Internet, so, why not see it live? Feline behavioral expert and trainer Samantha Martin puts on a live show of trained cats (all orphans or rescues) walking tight-ropes, riding skateboards, traversing an agility course and performing in a “cat band,” all while being adorable.]]> <![CDATA[Who knew a spelling bee could be so much fun? ]]> In the world of pop culture, you can’t walk to the corner store for a soda without running into 15 examples of paeans to the popular kids. Plays, movies and songs seem to suckle at the teat of social acceptance as they lavish praise on the beautiful and adroit, the alpha males and females. If you’re the captain of the football team, the head cheerleader or even the bad-boy loner smoking at the edge of school grounds during lunch break, the world idolizes you.]]> <![CDATA[Valentine’s Day weekend in nether-land]]> “Why can’t they find a way to subtly lubricate the tampon?” the speaker asks in the monologue “My Angry Vagina.” “As soon as my vagina sees it, it goes into shock. It says forget it. It closes up. You need to work with the vagina, introduce it to things, prepare the way."]]> <![CDATA[Fringe benefits: Boulder's festival continues]]> The Boulder International Fringe Festival, an annual event since 2005, ties Boulder’s exceptional arts and performance community to a network that allows for an uncensored, non-juried journey into the pools of creativity and expression.]]> <![CDATA[Opposites attract]]> Given the myriad ways in which other directors have put their stamp on this ageless tale — from turning Felix and Oscar into women to utilizing the Kabuki form — director Robert Kramer’s decision to stage this Miners Alley Playhouse production in the play’s original 1965 New York City setting is inspired and heightens both the many similarities and striking juxtapositions between then and now.]]> <![CDATA[All the way]]> Historically, the terms “Rated R” and “dinner theater” have rarely been used in the same sentence. Dinner theater is something you dress up for, not a place to see, for example, men strip down to their skivvies (and then some).]]> <![CDATA[Palefaces]]> A comedy show that pretends to be a quiz, or a quiz that pretends to be a comedy show — depending on how funny you find it — is how host Peter Sagal describes his National Public Radio show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” The one-hour program that has aired on Saturdays at 11 a.]]> <![CDATA[He came, he saw, he kvetched]]> Originally produced in 1939 and since adapted for radio, television and the big screen, The Man Who Came to Dinner has proven itself deserving of the label “classic.” Yet, until now, I have never seen it live on stage, so I want to give a great, big “Thank you!” to the Longmont Theatre Company for bringing George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s comic crucible to Boulder County.]]> <![CDATA[theater]]> New choreography by three CU dancers tells a tale of a young woman’s reality through memories of her childhood.]]> <![CDATA[Students belt it out in opera]]> In many ways, the production is the same one mounted by CU in 2006. After those performances, the CU College of Music kept the sets and costumes, which they will use again. But in some ways, it will be a new production. “There are some things that are different,” Leigh Holman, CU director of opera, explains.]]> <![CDATA[In age of new technologies, theater still endures]]> For 35 years, Philip Sneed has been hearing that the theater is dying as quickly as its gray-haired audience. ]]> <![CDATA[A mime speaks]]> Samuel Avital speaks many words about the art he has spent his entire life perfecting. Strange, because Avital’s art is practiced wordlessly. He is a mime.]]>