<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Stage]]> <![CDATA[The king’s speeches]]> The final play of this year’s Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Richard II, marks the beginning of an audacious plan by the CSF to produce, in order, the entire Henriad tetralogy.]]> <![CDATA[Kathy Griffin is actually a gay man, and other comedic oddities ]]> About 15 minutes late in ringing my cell phone, Griffin apologizes, having just found out she had to call all the reporters herself, noting, %uFFFDThat%uFFFDs such a D-list thing to be doing.%uFFFD We chatted a little about her latest Bravo stand up special, Balls of Steel,.]]> <![CDATA[Theater]]> When a wrongfully exiled barber, Benjamin Barker, returns to 19th century London to seek revenge on the judge who framed him, his thirst for blood grows to include some of his unfortunate customers. His partner, Mrs. Lovett, who owns the pie shop downstairs, resourcefully assists Barker and has people flocking to her store to try the new mysterious meat pie. This frightening tale of Sweeney Todd comes alive in an eerie musical.]]> <![CDATA[Hello I must be going, to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts]]> The Denver Center for the Performing Arts opened Animal Crackers, the classic of stage and screen from The Marx Bros. And whether you know the show or not, the summary is that it doesn’t matter.]]> <![CDATA[The Bard is back in Boulder]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[In the middle of Main Street]]> Though I%uFFFDve been a theatre lover since I was a child and a theatre critic for the better part of a decade, there remain some seminal productions I have never seen.]]> <![CDATA[Through the charnel glass]]> The dog days of summer have clamped their jaws around our quiet, little, white-bread, mountain-adjacent town, and that means it%uFFFDs time once again for the Boulder International Fringe Festival, a celebration of art showcasing productions and performances that might not otherwise see the light of day.]]> <![CDATA[What has four legs and rocks?]]> John Elway walks into a bar. The bartender asks, %uFFFDWhy the long face?%uFFFD No wait. I mean, a horse walks into a bar, and the bartender asks, %uFFFDWhat%uFFFDll you have, Mr. Elway?%uFFFD Nope, that%uFFFDs still not it. Let%uFFFDs see.]]> <![CDATA[An anything but silent night]]> Propelled by an early, out-of-rightfield plot development too tasty to spoil here, thoroughly domestic and utterly middle-American house frau Rachel ( Julia Motyka) finds herself on the run on Christmas Eve.]]> <![CDATA[Good golly, Miss Dolly]]> Mere weeks ago candles glowed warmly in menorahs. Christmas lights twinkled on eaves and living room trees. The riotous colors of Kwanzaa accompanied the celebration of Umoja and Kuumba. Children from 1 to 92 smiled wide at unexpected presents. Families rejoiced with annual visits and lifetime traditions.]]> <![CDATA[Heavens to BETC]]> The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company - aka BETC, which is pronounced 'Betsy' for those of you still puzzling out the headline above - concludes its fifth season with the regional premiere of Michael Hollinger's An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf.]]> <![CDATA[Sight, sound, mind and mirth]]> With all the horrors that surround us daily, what a gift is laughter? The folks at the Theater Company of Lafayette (TCL) seem to know that it’s the best medicine, for they have brought forth the eighth iteration of their much-beloved tribute to one of the staples of TV’s bygone years with "Return to the Twilight Zone, A Parody."]]> <![CDATA[A double dose of holiday hilarity]]> ’Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the town, some people were up while others were down. Some loved the snow and the cold and the lights; some felt the whole thing just wasn’t right. Whether this time of year makes you joyful or crass, the holidays can be one big pain in the ass. So take a quick break from the candles and bows, and enjoy a guffaw from these thespian pros.]]> <![CDATA[Haunting harmonies]]> What is your first thought when you hear the phrase “the phantom of the opera?” Unless you’re an unabashed bibliophile or literary-minded Francophile, it’s almost certainly not the novel, Le Fantome de l’Opera, written by Gaston Leroux in 1910. Still, that early 20th century flight of fancy introduced the world to the grotesquely deformed music lover and catacomb dweller, Erik, he of the half mask and three-quarters madness.]]> <![CDATA[A set of lies agreed upon]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[High seas hijinks]]> Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island rounds out the CSF’s 2012 season. It shares Mary Rippon outdoor theatre space with Twelfth Night and Richard III, so its set can sprawl and the action on it flow fast and furious. ]]> <![CDATA[How many Mormons does it take to baptize a Ugandan?]]> On the metaphorical eighth day, Matt Stone, Trey Parker and Robert Lopez brought forth the funniest musical in recent memory, The Book of Mormon.]]> <![CDATA[From Germany with ennui]]> Most people don’t like to hurt their friends’ feelings, even with good intentions. Yet sometimes it is of necessity.]]> <![CDATA[Of Pac-Man and leg warmers]]> How many times have you been to the theatre during the past year? Granted, you’re reading a theatre review, so you’re probably pretty far down the right hand side of the Bell Curve, but be honest. Did you go once? Twice?]]> <![CDATA[The walking nightmares]]> Under a full moon during the lead-up to Halloween, zombies, killer clowns and a bloody bride mill around in a defunct furniture store in Longmont’s Twin Peaks mall, snacking on burritos and corn chips while they trade scare tactics and reminisce about their former victims.]]>