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Thursday, February 26,2015

Fecking brilliant

Miners and McDonagh are a cracking match

By Gary Zeidner
If you’ve never seen the sadly short-lived British TV series Father Ted (R.I.P. Dermot Morgan), you owe it to yourself to give it a look. It’s a screamingly funny show set on the fictitious Craggy Island off Ireland’s western coast. It is also the spiritual sibling to Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, which takes place on a real island in the same general vicinity.
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Thursday, February 12,2015

Silence isn’t always golden

A rare blunder by BETC

By Gary Zeidner
The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) has proven itself to be one of the best theatre companies in Boulder or, truly, anywhere. It consistently produces lively, entertaining, thought-provoking plays by a wide variety of playwrights ranging from famous to obscure.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

The tradition lives on at BDT Stage

New name. Same great theatre.

By Gary Zeidner
Boulder’s Dinner Theatre recently changed its name to BDT Stage. With the company now in its 37th season, it’s tempting to poke a little mid-life crisis fun at it over the unexpected new moniker. What’s next, a hair transplant? A gold hoop earring? A cherry-red Corvette and a 23-year-old girlfriend?.
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Thursday, December 18,2014

Adeste fideles for this materfamilias

It’s Christmas with a twist in the Edge Theatre’s latest

By Gary Zeidner
Evincing a commitment to novel, homegrown theatre, the Edge Theatre Company held a new play festival called On The Edge. One of the entrants, Denver native Ellen K. Graham, was later commissioned to write a play for the company, and the result is the Christmas comedy, The Familiars,.
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Thursday, December 11,2014

Christmas keeper

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Denver Center

By Gary Zeidner
The world has turned all red and green. Every kid is on his or her best behavior. Christmas tree lots are springing up like mushrooms after a hard rain and lights are twinkling on houses and businesses all over town. Love it or loathe it, the holidays are officially here.
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Thursday, October 16,2014

Westward ho!

BETC gets ambitious

By Gary Zeidner
When is a meditation still water. The backstage wall holds a really an illustration? collection of white rectangles of various Though I don’t believe sizes. Reminiscent of the memorable set playwright Anthony for the Avenue Theatre’s 2004 production of Metamorphoses, Ambition Facing.
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Thursday, October 9,2014

Just say, “D’oh!”

Even ‘The Simpsons’ can’t save Catamounts’ latest

By Gary Zeidner
Remember back in elementary school when you could get an A for effort? The end result of your effort might have earned a C, or even a D, but the dedication and hard work you put in shone through, and your teacher would recognize that with an appreciative — if relatively meaningless — “A for effort.”
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Thursday, September 18,2014

The church basement ladies are back

‘A Second Helping’ proves worth a taste or two

By Gary Zeidner
Vivian (Barb Reeves) represents the old guard. The most old-fashioned of the group, she fears the iniquities of “The Cities” — the hotbeds of sin that are Minneapolis and St. Paul. She’s so uptight it’s a wonder she gets any sleep at night. Some years earlier, Vivian ceded her role as leader of the church basement ladies to Karin (Tracy Warren).
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Thursday, September 11,2014

Forgiving the unforgivable

A one-man exploration of anger

By Gary Zeidner
Later, Moran recounts his experience acting as an interpreter for a young African man seeking asylum in the United States. Through no fault of his own, this young man was imprisoned and suffered horrendous torture at the hands of the local junta until he escaped Shawshank-style.
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Thursday, July 24,2014

Opposites attract

Miners Alley goes old school with Simon’s ‘Odd Couple’

By Gary Zeidner
Given the myriad ways in which other directors have put their stamp on this ageless tale — from turning Felix and Oscar into women to utilizing the Kabuki form — director Robert Kramer’s decision to stage this Miners Alley Playhouse production in the play’s original 1965 New York City setting is inspired and heightens both the many similarities and striking juxtapositions between then and now.
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