<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Stage]]> <![CDATA[An uncanny depiction]]> Central to any theatrical production is suspension of disbelief. A weak plot point, an actor dropping a line, even bad lighting can be enough to break the illusion, pulling the audience mentally back from the world of the play and into the world at large.]]> <![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[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[Craptabulous!]]> Famous scientists, authors and professional football players have all graduated from this hallowed institution. For many, including myself, the most noteworthy CU alumnus is by far Trey Parker, the co-creator of the subversive and long-running Comedy Central hit South Park.]]> <![CDATA[Praise the Lord and pass the lefse]]> Even if you are a Dawkins-lovin’, God-mockin’, card-carryin’ atheist, the odds are that during your youth you spent some time in and around a church or synagogue.]]> <![CDATA[Monty Python's Spamalot]]> Since the troupe’s classic movies already contain hilarious, catchy songs, it was a natural step to translate the group’s signature humor to the stage.]]> <![CDATA[The church basement ladies are back]]> Vivian (Barb Reeves) represents the old guard. The most old-fashioned of the group, she fears the iniquities of “The Cities” — the hotbeds of sin that are Minneapolis and St. Paul. She’s so uptight it’s a wonder she gets any sleep at night. Some years earlier, Vivian ceded her role as leader of the church basement ladies to Karin (Tracy Warren).]]> <![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[Forgiving the unforgivable]]> Later, Moran recounts his experience acting as an interpreter for a young African man seeking asylum in the United States. Through no fault of his own, this young man was imprisoned and suffered horrendous torture at the hands of the local junta until he escaped Shawshank-style.]]> <![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[Theater | Week of May 21, 2015]]> The Flies by Jean-Paul Satre.]]> <![CDATA[Dance]]> Nowadays, viral videos are a commonplace occurrence. But to break through all the white noise of laughing babies and kooky cats, you have to do something that really stands out. And Walk off the Earth pulled it off. The five-person band covered Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” all playing the same guitar.]]> <![CDATA[Free-range art]]> Somewhere between the cupcakes and the ciabatta, a cluster of singers will belt out love ballads. Watercolor landscape paintings will provide a backdrop to the rods and reels for sale at Front Range Anglers. The tale of Little Red Riding Hood will be retold — for adults — with shadow puppets on the walls of a dance studio.]]> <![CDATA[Curiouser about Curious]]> About 10,000 playwrights live and work in the country, but in the past 10 years, there have been an average of two new plays produced on Broadway each year, according to Jason Loewith, executive director of the National New Play Network.]]> <![CDATA[The king’s speeches]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[cheer]]> Support the U.S. national soccer team from the comfort of sitting down when the Boulder Theater airs the preliminary rounds of the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosted in Brazil. It’s the biggest screen available in Boulder, alongside a full bar and great seating.]]> <![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[In the middle of Main Street]]> Though I%uFFFDve been a theatre lover since I was a child and a theatre critic for the better part of a decade, there remain some seminal productions I have never seen.]]> <![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[Theatre | Week of Dec. 4, 2014]]> Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking!.]]>