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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review: "A Round-Heeled Woman": Retired English teacher searches for sex, affection by Claire Martin

The premise of " A Round-Heeled Woman" — 66-year-old retired English teacher Jane's deliberate forays into sex with strangers — sounds awkward and uncomfortable, and it is, but i…

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Friday, May 2, 2014

A long-lost Shakespearean mural restored at the University of Denver by Claire Martin

For more than 80 years, the celebrated Colorado artist John E. Thompson's luminous Art Nouveau Shakespeare mural languished under countless layers of cheap paint slapped on by stage cr…

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Vintage Theatre's "Grey Gardens" merrier than you might expect by Claire Martin

"Grey Gardens" is surprisingly merry for a story about a couple of aging recluses who, by their initial description, lived in squalor more reminiscent of "Hoarders: Buried Alive!" than the…

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ignite Theatre's "35MM" more performance art than musical theater by Claire Martin

AURORA — Ignite Theatre's "35MM: A Musical Exhibition" is a multi-media revue, 22 songs strung together like beads on a necklace, with a powerful vocal ensemble and a gifted band.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: "Frozen" — the one about the serial killer by Claire Martin

"Frozen," utterly unlike the merry Disney animated movie, is a chilling journey through the psyches of a serial killer, the mother of a 10-year-old victim, and a criminal psychologist.

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Dark, frightening investigation a serial killer and pedophile, the mot by Claire Martin

"Frozen," utterly unlike the merry Disney animated movie, is a chilling journey through the psyches of a serial killer, the mother of a 10-year-old victim, and a criminal psychologist.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In "The Road to Mecca," a push to tell a woman how to age by Claire Martin

"The Road to Mecca," in a taut production at Miners Alley Playhouse, is profound in what it says, and what it implies, about society, aging, love, art and race in apartheid-era South Africa.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: "Government Issued Long Johns" by Claire Martin

When a young woman questions the totalitarian aphorisms that govern a futuristic America, her family reacts by treating her as a criminal.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Uneven production recounts a family caught in the Ludlow Massacre. by Claire Martin

Su Teatro's revival of "Ludlow: El Grito de las Minas" ("Cry of the Miners") tackles an ambitious goal: to illustrate the unspeakable attack of Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel &…

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review: Robert Dubac's "The Book of Moron," a brain-injured TED talk by Claire Martin

First, "The Book of Moron" has absolutely nothing to do with "The Book of Mormon" (neither the prayer book nor the immensely popular musical), apart from cadging a ride on its coattails.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Claire Martin

"The Beauty Queen of Leenane" begins with Mag Folan, a surly, gray-haired woman in a rocking chair, her suspicious eyes peering from a bulldog face just anticipating its next complaint.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: "See What you Want to See," a millenial musical, at Ignite by Claire Martin

Let's call Ignite Theatre's regional premiere of "See What I Wanna See" a Millenial musical, spare and confrontational, with a subtle backbeat that recalls Ting Ting's "Great DJ."

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review: "Dogs Barking" is an excellent staging of a deeply uncomfortable play by Claire Martin

With its misanthropic, often viciously accurate take on love, fear and loss, Silhouette Theatre's "Dogs Barking" is not date-night material, unless the relationship is already deep in the w…

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Theater review: Buntport's "Electra" chops up onions and Greek tragedy by Claire Martin

Buntport's "Electra Onion Eater" is smart, tight and witty, easily within the reach of people who've never studied Sophocles' "Electra" and enormously rewarding for anyone who tackled clas…

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Friday, October 18, 2013

"The Book of Mormon" is on a mission to entertain by Claire Martin

Just about everyone thinks "The Book of Mormon" is a play about Mormons. But actually, it could be about the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Global Volunteers, United Planet or any cause th…

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Vigil" theater review: Dark comedy with a deathbed-side manner by Claire Martin

"Vigil" is the darkly funny nightmare that every aging Baby Boomer should be fearing: dwindling days dominated by a bitter caretaker.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Theater review: Big hearts, big voices fill Parker's "Patsy Cline" by Claire Martin

Patsy Cline nominally is the star in "Always ... Patsy Cline," but it's her exuberant friend, a housewife with a Texas-sized personality, who steals the show.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Buntport Theater co-founder Evan Weissman's new project offers a home and network for activists by Claire Martin

As the co-founder of the six-person collective Buntport Theater, Evan Weissman, 34, tackles issues in unexpected ways.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Denver theater troupe's wildly original "Tommy Lee Jones" by Claire Martin

In a show that sets a new bar for innovation, insight and breathtaking equality — the Buntport ensemble has figured out a way to let everyone, and no one, star in "Tommy Lee Jones Go…

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

"Distant Voices": Sad story of nun Alicia Ramirez's mother leads to "Patrocino e Yo" by Claire Martin

Like so many people, Alicia Ramirez knew little about her parents' lives until she was well into adulthood. Ramirez, a nun with the Sisters of Loretto, was 40 when someone asked her mother …

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Denver's Paragon Theatre to close permanently, just weeks after moving into new space by Claire Martin

Less than a month after inaugurating its new digs in Denver's RiNo district, the Paragon Theatre ensemble has announced that it will close permanently after the final performance of its curr…

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Swedish gentry misbehavin' in Paragon Theatre's "Miss Julie" by Claire Martin

"Miss Julie" inaugurates Paragon Theatre's agreeable new digs in the RiNo district, an evolving neighborhood that, like this classic Strindberg play, knows the frisson between the privilege…

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Arvada Center's "Earnest" a dizzying spectacle of mistaken identity by Claire Martin

The Arvada Center's superlative production of Oscar Wilde's timeless social satire, "The Importance of Being Earnest," proves the adage that there are no small parts:

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Theater review: "Bring it On" is airy, aerial action by Claire Martin

The new musical version of "Bring It On," playing at the Buell Theatre through Jan. 21, is as determinedly animated as a pep rally, full of kinetic energy and nearly relentless optimism &md…

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