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Thursday, June 21,2012

Christopher Titus is a loser

Comedian talks ex-show, ex-wife and ex-vice presidential candidate

By Sebastian Murdock
Plenty of comics know that tragedy can make for some great comedy, but few have mastered it the way Christopher Titus has. After all, he’s got plenty of great material to work with: a dead, crazy mom; a dead, alcoholic dad; a dead marriage; and a dead television show, all which have shaped him into one of the darkest comics around.
Thursday, June 14,2012

And the first night was ‘Twelfth Night’

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival opens anew

By Gary Zeidner
For the 55th time, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival brings ol’ Will back to Boulder. This year’s annual celebration of one of the world’s greatest playwrights showcases two Shakespeare, one Shakespeare-related and two non-Shakespeare plays: Twelfth Night, Richard III, Women of Will, Noises Off and Treasure Island. The festival kicked off last weekend in splendid style with Twelfth Night.
Thursday, June 7,2012

The Bard is back in Boulder

Colorado Shakespeare kicks off this week

By Sebastian Murdock
After months of deliberation, the final plays have been chosen for this year’s Colorado Shakespeare Festival, bringing together top theater directors to put on shows that will last throughout the summer months.
Thursday, May 24,2012

Scratching an itch

Devil’s Thumb takes on ‘Bug’

By Gary Zeidner
It’s not often that one has the opportunity to see psychological horror played out on stage. Pratfalls and buffoonery abound. Studies in tragedy crop up weekly. Musical theater is so prevalent that it has become its own sub-genre. But plays devoted to the terrors that come from within one’s own mind are few and far between.
Thursday, May 24,2012

Comedic birthing pool

Upright Citizens Brigade incubates top talent and the accompanying laughter

By Chris Parker
Putting comedy within anyone’s reach has been one of the goals of the Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy troupe that enjoyed a run on Comedy Central from 1998 to 2000 and now operates theaters in Los Angeles and New York that have served as stepping stones for many comedic actors and writers. The company also tours the nation, putting on comedy shows coast-to-coast.
Thursday, May 3,2012

F-this

Kate Clinton will get you to do more than laugh it off

By Elizabeth Miller
You don’t have to look much beyond the title of comedian Kate Clinton’s latest show to get her take on the state of the world. In “All Fracked Up,” Clinton cranks through woes of the modern world like fracking (of course), global weirding and Republicans.
Thursday, April 26,2012

Musical anarchy

The tall task of setting Emma Goldman’s life and philosophies to music

By David Accomazzo
One of Emma Goldman's speeches supposedly inspired the assassination of President William McKinley. What better subject for a musical?
Thursday, April 26,2012

It has a wealthy dowager in it

What more needs be said?

By Gary Zeidner
In a world brimming with so much cynicism, now more than ever people occasionally need the kind of charming, guileless sentimentality offered up by shows like The Drowsy Chaperone. Though it first hit Broadway in 2006, aside from its meta-structure The Drowsy Chaperone feels like it could easily be a product of the Jazz Age.
Thursday, March 29,2012

He came, he saw, he kvetched

Cantankerous curmudgeon comically cudgels citizenry

By Gary Zeidner
Originally produced in 1939 and since adapted for radio, television and the big screen, The Man Who Came to Dinner has proven itself deserving of the label “classic.” Yet, until now, I have never seen it live on stage, so I want to give a great, big “Thank you!” to the Longmont Theatre Company for bringing George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s comic crucible to Boulder County.
Thursday, March 22,2012

A set of lies agreed upon

East Coast aggression drives quirky comedy

By Gary Zeidner
Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw isn’t informed so much by the question “Is it better to lie than to hurt someone with the truth?” but rather by the statement, “Life is pain; lies and truth are mere tools to help one salve that pain.” Curious Theatre Company’s regional premiere of this crackling comedy brings all of the play’s East Coast energy to bear on Rocky Mountain audiences.
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