<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Stage]]> <![CDATA[Sight, sound, mind and mirth]]> With all the horrors that surround us daily, what a gift is laughter? The folks at the Theater Company of Lafayette (TCL) seem to know that it’s the best medicine, for they have brought forth the eighth iteration of their much-beloved tribute to one of the staples of TV’s bygone years with "Return to the Twilight Zone, A Parody."]]> <![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[Shades of grey]]> For that reason alone, I encourage all you overwhelmingly white, privileged, sheltered Boulderites to get out of the bubble and make the trek down to Denver for a performance of Clybourne Park. Continuing its tradition of bringing intelligent, challenging plays to the stage, the Curious Theatre Company opens its 14th season with the regional premiere of Bruce Norris’ 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning examination of racial issues both in contemporary America and in its more, er, black-and-white past.]]> <![CDATA[Fringe with benefits]]> This year, from Aug. 17 to Aug. 28, there will be more than 350 un-juried events at 15 venues throughout Boulder and Denver. The first 25 percent of the artists are automatically approved by early-bird registration; the other shows/artists are selected by a lottery %uFFFD no one auditions, no one specifically decides what goes on.]]> <![CDATA[Culture]]> The African Dance Department at CU is not only putting on a performance but inviting the public to experience African culture. The audience is invited to participate in the celebration, a demonstration of the hospitality of African cultures. Led by CU’s senior instructor of dance, Nii Armah Sowah, the evening will include storytelling, songs, drumming and dancing, all in traditional costume that provides an immersive and authentic slice of African culture.]]> <![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[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[High seas hijinks]]> Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island rounds out the CSF’s 2012 season. It shares Mary Rippon outdoor theatre space with Twelfth Night and Richard III, so its set can sprawl and the action on it flow fast and furious. ]]> <![CDATA[Love kills]]> The 54th Annual Colorado Shakespeare Festival kicked off last weekend with the ultimate tale of tragic teen love, Romeo and Juliet. The festival features four plays this year. In addition to the brawling Montagues and Capulets, the idyllic outdoor Mary Rippon Theatre also hosts The Comedy of Errors. In the indoor University Theatre, you’ll find The Little Prince, based on the existential classic by Antoine De Saint-Exupery and written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, as well as Nikolai Gogol’s The Inspector General.]]> <![CDATA[Heaven Fest 2010]]> Gathering some 35,000 people from a half dozen Western states on a huge tract of land in Longmont and presenting 70 of the best contemporary Christian musical acts on seven stages, Heaven Fest 2010 seemed to offer many of the same features you'd...]]> <![CDATA[Ladies, ladies, ladies!]]> An ambitious project, Women of Will examines Shakespeare’s evolution as a writer through the prism of his female characters. It is not one play but actually five distinct plays that span Shakespeare’s entire folio in chronological order. ]]> <![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[Twin trouble]]> The Comedy of Errors is not exactly known for being the most intellectually rigorous member of the Shakespeare canon, even though scholars, perhaps bored with several centuries of excessive analysis of the heavyweight plays, now project layers of new meaning onto the work.]]> <![CDATA[Power from within: Ghanaian CU dance teacher uses art as a tool for healing]]> A few days before her African dance class presentation, University of Colorado Boulder student Jessie DePasquale’s dance partner said she wouldn’t be there.]]> <![CDATA[A thriller in the second degree]]> Experiencing a theater company for the first time is very much like going on a blind date. High hopes compete with trepidation. The possibilities are limitless. You might discover your soul mate, or you could end up with a hefty tab and a nasty case of crabs. Thankfully, my first go around with Devil’s Thumb Productions, a relatively new Boulder troupe, was much more the former than the latter. She may not be my soul mate, but I’d definitely ask her out again.]]> <![CDATA[Love and harmony combine]]> There Is A Happiness That Morning is a play about poetry that is also, effectively, a poem itself.]]> <![CDATA[She went and made it after all]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Walking in the whimsy wonderland of 'Almost, Maine']]> Love. It’s life’s sweetest reward. If you let it flow, it floats back to you. Love can be exciting. It can be new. And if you get on board with love, it might even be expecting you.]]> <![CDATA[From sedition to submission]]> As written, our shrew, Kate (Karyn Casl), is for most of the play a terrifying harpy, her every word and action full of venom and spite.]]>