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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Theater review: Four stars for Denver playwright Jeffrey Neuman’s “What You Will” at Benchmark Theatre by Claire Martin

Denver playwright Jeffrey Neuman’s "What You Will" at Benchmark Theatre is a witty, incisive and sometimes prurient reflection on loyalty, truth, marriage and relationships.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Theater review: Central City Opera's "Man of La Mancha" is darkly brilliant by Claire Martin

Central City Opera's "Man of La Mancha" is as dark as it is sentimental, an argument for sustaining hope in a pitiless universe.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Vintage Theatre's "Always A Bridesmaid" review: Humor as bland and unoriginal as a typical bridesmaid gown by Claire Martin

Aurora's Vintage Theatre typically chooses lively, engaging plays, which makes clunkers like "Always A Bridesmaid" stand out in painfully sharp relief.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Theater review: Spotlight Theatre's "The Foreigner" is light, frothy fun by Claire Martin

Spotlight Theatre Company's engaging "The Foreigner" is just about perfect summer fare, an improbable story about a painfully shy man whose impersonation of a foreigner enlivens a moribund f…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Excellent acting characterizes "The Spitfire Grill" at Vintage Theatre by Claire Martin

Vintage Theatre's spirited production of "The Spitfire Grill" showcases the considerable vocal talents of its female cast, especially Megan Van De Hey and Kelly Watt.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Theater review: Colorado Shakespeare Festival's "Much Ado About Nothing" by Claire Martin

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" is arch and lively, a battle of wits and words.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Theater review: Touring "Wicked" weaves its shamelessly powerful spell by Claire Martin

Everything about the touring production of "Wicked" is larger than life: The giant dragon overlord supervising the show, the steampunk gears framing the story and the outsized personas of…

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Theater review: BDT Stage's polished "Mary Poppins" will please fans of the movie by Claire Martin

With a pert Mary Poppins (Tracy Warren) whose no-nonsense attitude cleaves close to P.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Theater review: Vintage Theatre's "'Night, Mother" is powerful and heartbreaking by Claire Martin

Vintage Theatre's production of Marsha Norman's "'Night, Mother" is compelling, intelligent and, for a story about impending suicide, surprisingly witty.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: "Young Frankenstein" at the Town Hall Arts Center won't disappoint Mel Brooks fans by Claire Martin

Director Nick Sugar, a superlative cast and inspired stage, sound and costume design have created a "Young Frankenstein" that's vibrant, exhilaratingly creative and charmingly naughty at Lit…

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review: Vintage Theatre's "UNMarried in America" by Claire Martin

With a modest but versatile set and a remarkably cohesive, powerful cast, Vintage Theatre's production of "UNMarried in America" examines the emotional shrapnel and confusion in the wake …

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review: The Betsy Stage's "Othello," with Marxian (as in Brothers) notes by Claire Martin

The Betsy Stage's adaptation of "Othello" is a brash, waggish production that brilliantly riffs on the Marx Brothers, American musicals, Martha Graham and pop culture.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review: A strong "Annie" at the Buell Theater through May 10 by Claire Martin

Lynn Andrews' robust, saucy Miss Hannigan and Adia Dant's insouciant performance as the tiny orphan named Molly don't exactly upstage the rest of the excellent cast in the solid and energiz…

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Friday, May 1, 2015

"A Man of No Importance" examines a conflicted 1964 theater troupe. by Claire Martin

"A Man of No Importance," at The Arvada Center, treads a delicate balance between insight and implacability as an earnest amateur theater director attempts to stage a play in 1964 at his

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: A strong "Annie" at the Buell Theater through May 10 by Claire Martin

Lynn Andrews' robust, saucy Miss Hannigan and Adia Dant's insouciant performance as the tiny orphan named Molly don't exactly upstage the rest of the excellent cast in the solid and

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Theater review: "She Kills Monsters" a brilliant collaborative effort by Claire Martin

It's droll, witty and geeky in the best sense of the word, full of magical realism in the form of villains and scenarios familiar to "Dungeons & Dragons" fans.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Germinal Stage finds comedy to harvest in "The Cherry Orchard" by Claire Martin

"Funnier than I remember," said a man at one of last weekend's performances of Germinal Stage's "The Cherry Orchard," and he wasn't kidding.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review: Arvada Center's "Memphis: The Musical" is exuberant and gutsy by Claire Martin

The Arvada Center's exuberant, muscular production of "Memphis: The Musical" celebrates the black roots of rock 'n' roll through a story tackling the stuttering process of integration in 19…

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Theater review: Equinox Theatre's "Bug" is itchy, witty, neurotic by Claire Martin

Equinox Theatre's production of "Bug" is as disconcerting as it is engaging, bouncing so rapidly between reality and neurosis that it's never entirely clear where that line is drawn.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vintage Theatre's "Mack & Mabel" is taut and timely by Claire Martin

Vintage Theatre's effervescent production of the rarely mounted show "Mack & Mabel" is faster than a chorus girl's wink, a romance that parallels the budding Hollywood movie

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Theatreworks' "As You Like It" is witty and fast-paced by Claire Martin

Theatreworks' production of "As You Like It," the popular Shakespeare play that wryly analyzes love, affection and loyalty, hits just about every mark.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Review: "On Golden Pond" brings audiences into the (imperfect) family by Claire Martin

"On Golden Pond," a story about an aging family, is a play whose message has special meaning to the residents of the Barth Hotel, where the Senior Housing Options production is staged.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: "Shakespeare to the Death" dark, with moments of black comedy by Claire Martin

Spark Theater's muscular "Shakespeare to the Death," unlike its predecessor, "Shakespeare to the Letter," is dark, if not dead serious.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Theater review: Colorado fest's very "Merry Wives," set in nifty '50s by Claire Martin

BOULDER — Poor, hapless buffoon John Falstaff, played to a frustrated fare-thee-well by Michael Winters in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival production of Shakespeare's "The Merry W…

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Theater review: Colorado fest's very "Merry Wives," set in nifty '50s by Claire Martin

Colorado Shakespeare Festival's poor, hapless buffoon Falstaff is played to a frustrated fare-the-well by Michael Winters.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wit Theatre's "The Aliens" takes leisurely measure of life and death by Claire Martin

The Wit Theatre Company's "The Aliens," staged at the Crossroads Theater in Five points, is a meditative play, a series of languorous vignettes that measure love, death and the powerful …

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Vintage Theatre's "Lobby Hero" poses ethical conundrums by Claire Martin

Vintage Theatre's excellent production of "Lobby Hero" starts as slowly as time passing on a graveyard shift, but launches into hyperspace once the first salvo launches.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Taking flight: "Balloon Boy: The Musical," based on 2009 Colorado hoax by Claire Martin

Billy Recce was 11 years old on Oct. 15, 2009, when he, along just about everyone with access to a TV, raptly followed the perilous flight of a runaway weather balloon believed to contain

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Germinal Stage capably mounts Luigi Pirandello's absurdist play about by Claire Martin

WESTMINSTER — Germinal Stage's "Six Characters in Search of an Author" was written in 1921, long before Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" as shorthand for an interwoven

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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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