Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Theater review: In troubling times, rom-com “Beau Jest” is a simpatico distraction by Joanne Ostrow, The Know

This is a fine production, pleasing for audiences seeking ultra-light comedy that steers clear of anything challenging.

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Theater review: On its 20th anniversary, “Rent” returns to Denver as relevant than ever by Joanne Ostrow, The Know

Not only does the epic rock musical hold up, it's also still surprisingly relevant.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Diversity, making culture “fun” among challenges of Denver arts scene revealed by new survey by John Wenzel

Latino and African-American residents less likely to attend arts, cultural events, survey for Denver's Imagine 2020 cultural plan says.

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How a slow-going musical could save the old soul of Broadway, scene of “Frozen” and “Mean Girls” by The Washington Post

Halfway through the new Broadway musical "The Band's Visit," a restaurateur in a remote Israeli town sings an aching ballad.

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Denver Center for the Performing Arts names new artistic director after year-long search by The Know

Did he bar a publication from reviewing shows? How does Denver's theater scene stack up? We put the DCPA's new artistic director in the hot seat.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Theater review: Opera Colorado stages “La Bohème” at Ellie Caulkins in Denver by Boulder Daily Camera

Because Giacomo Puccini wrote very little besides operatic works, his mastery of orchestration is often overlooked, yet his great gift for recognizing exactly which tone colors are best to i…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda wants “to send a bold message” by returning to “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico by Elahe Izadi

Last summer, Lin-Manuel Miranda took his final Broadway bow as the title character in "Hamilton." But it turns out it wasn't his last performance. Miranda will reprise the role - in Puerto R…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Theater review: Examining wartime photography, “The Body of An American” finds haunting negatives by Joanne Ostrow, The Know

O'Brien draws parallels between shocking global news and personal family tragedy, demonstrating how early traumas have lingering effects.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

It’s almost time for “The Nutcracker.” Here’s where to get your ballet on along the Front Range in 2017. by Mark Jaffe, The Know

From mid-November through December, six Denver-area productions of "The Nutcracker" will be putting more than 400 children on the boards.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

DCPA, zoo and museums build support for Denver bond package — and chip in big campaign cash, too by Jon Murray

The campaign for Denver’s $937 million bond package in Tuesday’s election has had little problem drawing big donor support -- thanks in large measure to the cultural institutions that st…

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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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Curious Theatre’s “Black” addresses the racial divide … and is sometimes uncomfortable by Claire Martin, The Know

An activist background permeates "Black," a short (20-minute) conversation between a black woman and a white woman momentarily linked by the death of a 12-year-old child.

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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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Friday, October 20, 2017

Put yourself inside “The Wild Party” with immersive Roaring Twenties musical at Stanley Marketplace by Joanne Ostrow, The Know

The event is a sensory explosion, complete with vintage Victrolas, stunning costumes and a seven-piece orchestra tucked away in a corner.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Boulder elementary teacher pens memoir about star sister Idina Menzel by Christy Fantz

"Voice Lessons: A Sisters Story" hit shelves last week.

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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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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Painting among the jackhammers: How an artist works through the $3.5 million renovation of the Parker Schoolhouse by Megan Mitchell

Parker-based artist Lorenzo Chavez is town's first artist-in-residence participant, working out of a renovated gallery inside The Schoolhouse at Mainstreet, which is slated to re-open to the…

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Review: Farcical “The Foreigner” reminds you that racism is still alive in some parts of America by Joanne Ostrow, The Know

"The Foreigner," a fun and funny farce from the 1980s, just happens to have renewed relevance at the moment.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Hot off Disney’s “Frozen” and its $30 million impact, Denver Center’s president looks to future by John Wenzel

As she retools the DCPA for the 21st century, Janice Sinden is weighing priorities, including a potentially billion-dollar renovation of the Denver Performing Arts Complex and intense pressu…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

At 83, Gene GeBauer still hoofing — and teaching tap, too by Mark Jaffe, The Know

GeBauer is one of six people being honored Sunday as "Legends of Dance in Colorado" by the University of Denver Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Referred Question 2B: Denver Cultural Facility Bonds by Jon Murray

If voters approve this $116.9 million question -- as part of the city's $937 million bond package -- Denver's major taxpayer-supported cultural institutions would be in line for help with ex…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

After a ruptured Achilles, a lead in “Dracula” resurrects his ballet career from the dead by Mark Jaffe, The Know

When Yosvani Ramos steps onto the stage on the opening night of the Colorado Ballet’s production of “Dracula,” he won’t be rising from the dead. But in coming back from a potentially…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

In DCPA’s all-male “Macbeth,” sex and tragedy meet in a mosh pit by Joanne Ostrow, The Know

The tragedy is interpreted by director Robert O'Hara as a study in machismo, male relationships and what it means to be a man.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Next month, Colorado hosts the future of the oldest dance company in America by Mark Jaffe, The Know

"We have a body of classics," said artistic director Janet Eilber. "But going into the 21st century, we needed to figure out the future."

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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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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Some of the kids lack self-confidence, others struggle with anxiety. At Spotlight Kids Theatre, they all have a role to play. by Alex Scoville

Spotlight Kids Theatre builds a uniquely supportive and familial atmosphere for youth in Adams County by ensuring every student gets a part and working on their individual strengths and weak…

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One of Colorado’s largest theater operations is hidden next to a truck stop in Johnstown by Alex Miller, The Know

What's extraordinary about this venue is not just its location, but also the quality, scale and frequency of its productions.

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Powerful play on family, racism, “Appropriate,” opens Curious Theatre’s 20th season by Joanne Ostrow, The Know

In 2017, "Appropriate" asks audiences to understand the hatred, the anger and the pathologies that evolved as a result of the racist past.

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