<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Stage]]> <![CDATA[This is your grandmother on drugs]]> Not unlike a stoner confronted with the choice between a fresh bag of crunchy, nacho-cheesy Doritos and a plate of warm, gooey, fresh-out-of-theoven chocolate chip cookies, I am completely and utterly conflicted. It%uFFFDs not a simple, cannabisinduced outbreak of the munchies that bemuses me though.]]> <![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[´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[Kathy Griffin is actually a gay man, and other comedic oddities ]]> About 15 minutes late in ringing my cell phone, Griffin apologizes, having just found out she had to call all the reporters herself, noting, %uFFFDThat%uFFFDs such a D-list thing to be doing.%uFFFD We chatted a little about her latest Bravo stand up special, Balls of Steel,.]]> <![CDATA[Theater]]> When a wrongfully exiled barber, Benjamin Barker, returns to 19th century London to seek revenge on the judge who framed him, his thirst for blood grows to include some of his unfortunate customers. His partner, Mrs. Lovett, who owns the pie shop downstairs, resourcefully assists Barker and has people flocking to her store to try the new mysterious meat pie. This frightening tale of Sweeney Todd comes alive in an eerie musical.]]> <![CDATA[Zombie Shoot ]]> Make all your zombie movie and haunted house fantasies become a reality at the Zombie Shoot in Longmont, where participants will be transported to a zombie apocalypse and have to fight off the living dead themselves.]]> <![CDATA[Just say, “D’oh!”]]> Remember back in elementary school when you could get an A for effort? The end result of your effort might have earned a C, or even a D, but the dedication and hard work you put in shone through, and your teacher would recognize that with an appreciative — if relatively meaningless — “A for effort.” ]]> <![CDATA[Carried away]]> Imagine a forest of towering trees, their bases lost in darkness, their trunks a lattice of shadows, and a light like the full moon finding its way to an open space in the woods. Then a single horse trots in, pauses, leans its head toward the ground and waits.]]> <![CDATA[Fringe Fest brings the funny]]> Chicago comedian Kelsie Huff is no stranger to a rough crowd. “My first standup I went to a bar near Wrigley Field, which is very sporty and very douchebaggy,” Huff says. “I thought, ‘I’m just gonna tell one of my stories!’ and got a lot of ‘Show us your tits!’ instead.”]]> <![CDATA[Theatre | Week of Oct. 2, 2014]]> A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel..]]> <![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[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[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[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[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[A lie told often enough]]> When I learned that the Bug Theatre Company was edging back toward a more full-time, full season model, I was thrilled beyond measure. The play with which it has begun this process, Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind, will please Shepard aficionados with a strong production, but the inherent nature of the script is unlikely to bring non-fans or newcomers into the Bug fold.]]> <![CDATA[Romance]]> An elderly widower gets a second chance at love in Creede Repertory Theatre’s production of The Last Romance by Joe Dipietro. The charming story of an older man falling in love and finding happiness again is a romantic-comedy about love in the “golden years.]]> <![CDATA[chuckles]]> SNL and 30 Rock alum Tracy Morgan is stopping in Denver during his “Turn It Funny” tour, before returning to television later this year to play the lead role for FX studios comedy, Death Pact. Morgan’s standup special titled Tracey Morgan: Bona Fide will be released on Comedy Central in April 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Westward ho!]]> When is a meditation still water. The backstage wall holds a really an illustration? collection of white rectangles of various Though I don’t believe sizes. Reminiscent of the memorable set playwright Anthony for the Avenue Theatre’s 2004 production of Metamorphoses, Ambition Facing.]]> <![CDATA[A revolution at the pole]]> Reed isn’t exaggerating. Pole dancing became a fitness option about 10 years ago, and its combination of gymnastic-style strength exercises, grace and sheer spectacle made it take off in the fitness world just as fast as crazes like yoga, pilates and CrossFit.]]>