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Friday, February 21, 2020

Review: “Shockheaded Peter” is a macabre (and must-see) dark fairy tale musical by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

If it sounds mad and macabre, it is. It is also more than a little beguiling.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Colorado New Play Summit: Denver’s coolest glance behind the curtain by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

Colorado New Play Summit 2020 is Denver's coolest glance behind the curtain at local and national theater performances.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Review: In the world premiere of “Twenty50,” Mexican-American identity and politics collide by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

Tony Meneses' provocative, near-future drama "Twenty50" dwells in the thorny space in which the more things change, the more they stir up the same old problems.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Guns take center stage in all-female play “The Secretary” at Curious Theatre by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

With no one owning up to any mayhem, "The Secretary" leaves us with the sense that we don't own guns; they very nearly possess us.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Review: The accent is on the hilarious at the Denver Center’s “Twelfth Night” by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

Tom Hagerman of Denver-based band DeVotchKa composed the original music for the show.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Review: Cherry Creek Theatre’s “Tuesdays With Morrie” is a warm, familiar treat by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

The production, based on the book by Mitch Albom, runs through Nov. 24

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Racism, white fragility and cluelessness: “Flame Broiled. or the ugly play” tackles it all by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

Review: Local Theater Company's "Flame Broiled. or the ugly play" at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, written and directed by Rodney Hicks.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Review: Denver Center’s “Doll’s House” and “Doll’s House, Part 2” pack one-two gut punch by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

A review of Ibsen's "Doll's House" and Hnath's "Doll's House, Part 2" in repertory at The Ricketson Theatre

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Dear reader: Cheryl Strayed fans should catch Boulder Ensemble’s “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

If you loved "Dear Sugar" -- or Cheryl Strayed's "Wild" -- this play is a must-see.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Review: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s “Bright Star” strikes a chord at Arvada Center by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

This one will tug at your heartstrings - or banjo strings. Or mandolin ...

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Sunday, September 8, 2019
Monday, July 22, 2019

Theater review: “Fairfield” at Miners Alley is an ouchy-funny race comedy by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

At Fairfield Elementary, a young, white teacher, Ms. Kaminski, has a lot of ideas for celebrating February's Black History Month, each dicier than the next.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

New-to-Denver film fest highlights filmmakers of color this weekend at Newman Center by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

Grab your bag of popcorn and head to the Newman Center this week.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Theater review: Something is missing from “Anna Karenina” at the Denver Center by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

Set in the 1870s, "Anna Karenina" is the story of two romances, entwined and vexed.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Theater review: Lovely, complicated, bloodied truth of DCPA’s “Last Night and the Night Before” unfolds subtly by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

Ten-year-old Sam and her parents are the fractured family at the heart of Donnetta Lavinia Grays' loving, richly performed drama, receiving its world premiere at the Denver Center's Ricketso…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Meet the women with Colorado ties making their marks on indie filmmaking by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

It was a fitting introduction. Chloé Zhao, director of the Indian-cowboys tale "The Rider" (now playing at the Mayan Theater), was standing on the lobby stairs of the Chuck Jones Cinema…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Theater review: “Native Gardens” a fun and furious battle of the neighbors at the Denver Center by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

Different approaches to gardening are merely the seedlings for what will bloom into a timely tussle about entitlement and the American Dream, ethnicity and discrimination, compromise and dig…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: Ricketson’s “The Great Leap” scores with a tale of hoop dreams and hardwood diplomacy by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

The history-teasing "The Great Leap" takes an imaginative vault over the decades through the story of a hungry Chinese-American 17-year-old basketball player.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Review: In The Dairy Center’s “Guards at the Taj,” a sharp comedy meets grisly carnage by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's production poses resonant questions about the relationship of powerful patrons and artists, of imperial (and imperious) leaders and regular folk.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

In Curious Theatre’s “Detroit ’67,” a dream deferred explodes by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

"Detroit '67" focuses on a tumultuous time in black America, but it's more than a lament.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kennedy: In a sea of Denver holiday shows, we still circle back to the classic “A Christmas Carol” by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

Whether you wish to be be happily haunted  or cheekily taunted or some quite other state --  there's likely a show for that.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Theater review: One-woman show “Hi-Hat Hattie” touts the legacy of an African American pioneer in Hollywood by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

The one-woman play explores the life of Denver's own Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Theater review: Buntport’s “Edgar Allan Poe is Dead and So Is My Cat” by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

There's high-brow, middle-brow and low. And then there's the often arched-brow shenanigans of Buntport.

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Theater review: “The Rape of the Sabine Women” enlists broad stereotypes by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

In an effort to teach a lesson about opposites, a high school teacher opens a blackboard to reveal a triptych reproduction of Jacques-Louis David's "The Intervention of the Sabine Women."

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Theater review: “Smart People” at the Ricketson is funny, observant and biting by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

The introductions of its four characters at the start of "Smart People" are vivid, swift, instructive.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Theater review: Patience pays off in the aching “Birds of North America” by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

The fall foliage in “Birds of North America” will outlast Colorado’s own blast of color by a few weeks. Scenic designer Tina Anderson’s set — a small shed off to one side, a brace …

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: Buell’s musical comedy “Something Rotten!” is delightfully absurd by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

It's hard to envision an audience member slinking out of this romp.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Review: “The Revolutionists” in Boulder sets the bar for ensembles this theater season by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

The historical comedy opens the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's 12th season.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Review: Arvada Center goes beautifully spare with emotional “A Chorus Line” by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

Admired for its consistently rich production values, the Arvada Center has gone beautifully spare with its season opener.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hard-knock life? Performance of “Annie” by cast with disabilities adds heft, power to classic story by Lisa Kennedy, The Know

The Colorado-based Phamaly Theatre Company has burnished its artistic reputation by selecting shows that resonate -- intellectually and emotionally -- with the many facets of disability.

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