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Thursday, July 10,2014

Nobody puts Falstaff in a corner

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival makes merry

By Gary Zeidner
Now in its 57th season, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival is enjoying a wellearned renaissance. The 2014 CSF is full of interesting, high-quality offerings, chief of which is the uproarious The Merry Wives of Windsor. During the 12 years I have had the privilege of reviewing the festival, I can recall only a few other examples of productions this entertaining.
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Thursday, May 15,2014

A lie told often enough

Dysfunction abounds in the Bug’s latest

By Gary Zeidner
When I learned that the Bug Theatre Company was edging back toward a more full-time, full season model, I was thrilled beyond measure. The play with which it has begun this process, Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind, will please Shepard aficionados with a strong production, but the inherent nature of the script is unlikely to bring non-fans or newcomers into the Bug fold.
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Thursday, April 10,2014

Late to the zombie party

Monster mashup misses the mark

By Gary Zeidner
The play opens on the night of the inaugural performance at the Globe Theatre and ends the morning after. Aside from some bickering between Shakespeare and his frenemy, Will Kemp, regarding the ratio of buffoonery to solemnity appropriate for quality theatre, the only real conflict in William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead.
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Thursday, April 3,2014

Down Southie

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire works through some issues

By Gary Zeidner
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire explores neighborhood survival guilt in his Southie chronicles, Good People.
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Thursday, March 20,2014

Love and harmony combine

The Catamounts’ latest praises poetry

By Gary Zeidner
There Is A Happiness That Morning is a play about poetry that is also, effectively, a poem itself.
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Thursday, March 13,2014

Square Product proves they’re no squares

By Gary Zeidner
It’s 1956, and the women of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are holding their annual quiche contest. Let the shenanigans commence.
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Thursday, February 6,2014

Peak performances in new play from BETC

Gleason and Kendall elevate ‘Annapurna’

By Gary Zeidner
The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC), has chosen to present an honest, meaningful depiction of love in all of its flawed and passionate glory over this year’s Feast of Saint Fraud-entine.
Thursday, January 16,2014

And now for something completely different

‘Spamalot’ lays siege to your funny bone

By Gary Zeidner
Anchored by a handful of Boulder’s Dinner Theatre mainstays like Brian Norber, Wayne Kennedy, Scott Beyette, Brian Jackson and Alicia Dunfee, the cast of Spamalot is truly stellar.
Thursday, December 19,2013

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a real Christmas circus

Holidaze isn’t just recommended; it’s essential viewing

By Gary Zeidner
For a couple of hours respite from all of the holiday hullabaloo, you could do a lot worse than Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Heck, if you’re one of the many who would rather stick your tongue to a frozen flag pole than endure more treacley, It’s a Wonderful Life-type fare, Holidaze isn’t just recommended; it’s essential viewing.
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Thursday, December 12,2013

Drinking away Christmas Eve in Conor McPherson's 'The Seafarer'

By Gary Zeidner
For most of the play, The Seafarer seems to be a tart, cynically humorous morality tale about the dangers of drink, but in the end it cops out, letting Sharky, Richard and the rest off the hook in the name of feelgood Christmas miracles.
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