<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Stage]]> <![CDATA[Things looking up for Colorado Shakespeare Festival]]> For the first time since 2000, the festival turned a profit in the 2013 season, generating 17 percent more revenue than in 2012.]]> <![CDATA[What has four legs and rocks?]]> John Elway walks into a bar. The bartender asks, %uFFFDWhy the long face?%uFFFD No wait. I mean, a horse walks into a bar, and the bartender asks, %uFFFDWhat%uFFFDll you have, Mr. Elway?%uFFFD Nope, that%uFFFDs still not it. Let%uFFFDs see.]]> <![CDATA[Philately attraction]]> Did you know that Mauritius is a tiny island just east of Madagascar? Neither did I. That Mauritius was the sole, native home of the now extinct Dodo bird, and that Mauritius was only the fifth country ever to issue postage stamps, were also facts that had, until now, eluded me.]]> <![CDATA[40 Women Over 40 brings drama, humor, and healing to stage]]> To say that Nancy Cranbourne is excited about her dance company would be a bit of an understatement. “I’m in love with these women,” says Cranbourne. “I’m in love with what they do. Everything comes out of this place of inspiration and love and I’m just blessed with that. I so admire them; they are my heroes.”]]> <![CDATA[Shakespeare's best villain]]> Say what you will about Tybalt or Iago, Edmund (the bastard!) or Lady Macbeth. For my money, the greatest Shakespearean villain is Richard. He opens Richard III as the Duke of Gloucester and ends it as the King of England. He is, by his own hand or through his devices, a serial killer of prolific pedigree.]]> <![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[Cheech and Chong get it legal]]> "It's getting closer all the time,” says Cheech Marin about what he calls the “quasi-legal” state of marijuana use in America. “You can walk down the street of just about any city smoking a joint, and nobody’s gonna hassle you. It’s ridiculous that it’s not legal. Sometimes our country has this puritanical element about it that just pops up like a mutant gene.”]]> <![CDATA[Taming of the bard]]> %uFFFDIf you look at the idea of what a classic is, and if we look at classics from other cultures, first of all, America%uFFFDs a young country, so we don%uFFFDt have 400-year-old classics,%uFFFD Sneed says. %uFFFDWe have 50-year-old classics, 75-year-old classics, and our classic theater is the musical theater, because we essentially invented that form.]]> <![CDATA[As leadership changes, questions arise about Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s future]]> The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is one of those Boulder institutions that, like the genre it celebrates, seems like it’s been around forever. Though longevity has its place, could a series of present troubles threaten the CSF’s future?]]> <![CDATA[Storytime for adults]]> The theme came about, Powell says, like themes always do for the company: He read a particular short story that struck him as a good fit for the company, and other stories soon fell into orbit, creating the show. This time, it was Alex Ohlin’s “Simple Exercises for the Beginning Student.]]> <![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[Creative co-operation]]> What do you get when you mix Marxists, socialists and communists? A cooperative housing unit in the heart of Boulder known as Chrysalis. And what happens at coops after the collective gardening and cooking and cleaning gets done? Pure, enchanted creativity.]]> <![CDATA[Sisters of Swing]]> Sisters of Swing is the theatrical account of the Andrews sisters — icons of the “boogie-woogie” swing era. One of the best-selling female groups of all time, the Sisters have sold more than 75 million records.]]> <![CDATA[11th Annual BaoBao Festival]]> The BaoBao Festival is the local hub for Ghanaian culture, a showcase of theatrical dancing and drumming to build community while entertaining and educating about West African traditions.]]> <![CDATA[Funny business]]> Seth Meyers is living the dream. The 37-year-old New Hampshire native has an impressive résumé, starting with his tenure as a cast member and head writer on Saturday Night Live, and leading to his stints hosting the ESPYs and performing after President Barack Obama at this spring’s White House Press Correspondents’ Dinner. Throw in the occasional acting gig, and he says his current career situation is “perfect.”]]> <![CDATA[I love Shrew-cy]]> If Front Range theatre were baseball, the Denver Center Theatre Company would be the Major League. Walking into the Stage Theatre is like walking into a pro ballpark. The energy crackles in a way that it simply doesn’t in many smaller venues, and audience expectations are understandably higher than they would be at a “minor league” performance. ]]> <![CDATA[Colorado history revealed]]> <![CDATA[Kron's latest divides, but will it conquer?]]> I can’t speak for any other critics, but for me the most difficult plays to review are those that rest in that nebulous in-between place, those that are formidably mediocre and thereby fail to inspire either serious praise or derision.]]> <![CDATA[´Real World: Sesame Street´]]> The first five minutes of Avenue Q contain enough quirky, skewed humor to certify Robert Lopez as an ingenious funny man on par with the Parkers, Stones and even Carlins of the world (we miss you, George).]]> <![CDATA[Peak performances in new play from BETC]]> 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.]]>