<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Stage]]> <![CDATA[Plant a radish ...]]> You have to figure out where to place the band on the stage, how to coordinate rehearsals between the band and the ensemble. Musicals are simply more complicated %uFFFD far more so %uFFFD than plays. And while the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has impressively performed Shakespeare for decades, after seeing their rendition of Tom Jones%uFFFD The Fantasticks,.]]> <![CDATA[Theater | Week of July 03, 2014]]> Theatre-Hikes: Alice in Wonderland..]]> <![CDATA[A starcatcher is born at Denver Center for the Performing Arts]]> Every child yearns to grow up and throw off the seemingly unbearable yoke of parents, teachers, priests and other bullies. Invariably, they realize too late that while the adult world is a place in which they can eat ice cream for dinner and stay up as late as they want, early onset diabetes and 7 a.m. personnel meetings are extremely harsh overlords.]]> <![CDATA[META ON META]]> There’s an unnamed but pervasive phenomenon widely known by literary agents, publishers and film and theater festival submissions agents that is best summarized as “early novel syndrome,” in which someone with a clear and focused talent for writing/acting/filmmaking turns their sights on the only story they yet know: the struggle to create whatever it is they’re trying to create.]]> <![CDATA[Cheech and Chong get it legal]]> "It's getting closer all the time,” says Cheech Marin about what he calls the “quasi-legal” state of marijuana use in America. “You can walk down the street of just about any city smoking a joint, and nobody’s gonna hassle you. It’s ridiculous that it’s not legal. Sometimes our country has this puritanical element about it that just pops up like a mutant gene.”]]> <![CDATA[Here is the school. Here is the steeple.]]> The year is 2243. The Philadelphia Eagles have just won their first Super Bowl. And much to everyone’s surprise, God himself decides to take a leisurely stroll down 5th Avenue in New York City (now known as Little Beijing) with his arm ensconced firmly in the backside of the corpse of Charles Darwin.]]> <![CDATA[Students belt it out in opera]]> In many ways, the production is the same one mounted by CU in 2006. After those performances, the CU College of Music kept the sets and costumes, which they will use again. But in some ways, it will be a new production. “There are some things that are different,” Leigh Holman, CU director of opera, explains.]]> <![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[An insider’s perspective: the making of a Fringe Festival act]]> I never thought that I would write a play about healing from sexual abuse, but as I was driving to Winnipeg to perform another play, scenes for just such a play kept popping in my head. I pushed them away and told myself that if I get into the Victoria Fringe Festival, then I will write that play. I knew this was safe because I was far down on the waiting list for that festival. Twenty minutes later, I checked my messages and there was a call from the Victoria Festival that I had gotten in.]]> <![CDATA[Review: Colorado Shakespeare Festival's 'Macbeth']]> With American troops still on the ground in Afghanistan today and with the relationship between the U.S. and Russia becoming more eerily Cold War-ish every week, Page’s choice to set Macbeth in the 1980s Soviet occupation of the perennially war-torn Iranian neighbor is nothing short of brilliant. This Macbeth may be the most thought-provoking and emotionally arresting production of a Shakespeare play that I have ever seen.]]> <![CDATA[Walking in the whimsy wonderland of 'Almost, Maine']]> Love. It’s life’s sweetest reward. If you let it flow, it floats back to you. Love can be exciting. It can be new. And if you get on board with love, it might even be expecting you.]]> <![CDATA[Budgeting the Bard]]> The festival is a proud product of the University of Colorado Boulder and a cherished cultural gem in the city of Boulder. But according to numbers provided by the university, in only one of those years, 2000, did the festival post a profit.]]> <![CDATA[The fractured future]]> For being a group with questionable taste and no income of its own, the young adult (or YA) demographic has achieved uber-dominance over the entertainment industry.]]> <![CDATA[Yee-haw!]]> It’s not exactly in the town charter or anything, but hot time summer in the city kicks off with the Boulder Creek Festival in May. Cold time skiing in the mountains announces its return this week with the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival, which is, well… pretty similar but with slightly more risk of rain.]]> <![CDATA[Christopher Titus is a loser]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Praise the Lord and pass the lefse]]> Even if you are a Dawkins-lovin’, God-mockin’, card-carryin’ atheist, the odds are that during your youth you spent some time in and around a church or synagogue.]]> <![CDATA[Theater | Week of May 15, 2014]]> 224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980. Through August 13..]]> <![CDATA[Nobody puts Falstaff in a corner]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Theater | Week of April 3, 2014]]> Me, Myself and I at the Dairy Center]]> <![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.]]>