Live dancers perform before a 3-D LED screen. —Photo courtesy of Terracotta Warriors
If I could pick just one word to describe Terracotta Warriors 3D, it would be "imaginative." But this is a production that must be experienced first-hand to truly understand. The performance, which opened for its U.S. premiere in Denver on August 11, combines dance, music, Chinese history, and...
August 13 2015, 10:05 AM
Rehearsal in progress for "Polaroid Stories"; Courtesy of Avenue Theater
Denver has done a great job of supporting youth playwrights (see: Curious New Voices and Denver Center for the Performing Arts' High School Playwriting Competition), but the next Marianne Elliott or Sam Gold*? Not so much. Gavin Mayer, the new executive director/artistic director of Uptown's ...
June 25 2015, 12:45 PM
—A film still from "River Of Fundament"; Courtesy of Chris Winget
If interpreting the paintings of Clyfford Still is like deciphering geometry, Matthew Barney’s films may be more like trying to understand quantum mechanics. “Matthew Barney makes Clyfford Still seem easy,” says Dean Sobel, director of Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum, which, together with the Denver...
Kristen Adele and Steven Cole Hughes in "Faith" during last year's Local Lab. —Photo by Michael Ensminger
Though I'm glad to be done with the reading assignments and homework, there are some aspects of higher education—of the education part, I should clarify—that I miss. Besides the parties and summer vacations, I long for the professor-led, intelligent, focused discourse on any matter of subjects,...
February 9 2015, 11:45 AM
Beet farmers (image courtesy of Aurora Fox Arts Center)
Have the work to do. Have the equipment to do it with. Have the work laid out. Don't have the prisoner waiting on you.
You should not fraternize with Prisoners of War.
Keep your mouth shut.
Don't ever believe a Prisoner of War likes you. He doesn't.
These are real "Instructions For...
January 15 2015, 2:00 PM
The calm before the Christmas whirlwind.
In the catalog of stories surrounding family dysfunction, the heftiest section may well be titled "The Holidays." There's just something about this time of year, isn't there? With The Familiars, the Edge Theater Company brings a welcome new voice into the fold, and a fresh option in...
December 18 2014, 10:29 AM
—Courtesy of Amber Blais
All Nutcracker-ed out? Contemporary Denver ballet company Wonderbound is, too. So instead of sugarplum fairies and gingerbread soldiers, the company presents Winter (December 10 to 18 at Wonderbound Studio at Junction Box), a collaboration with musician Jesse Manley and his band. Long lauded for...
Martin Moran in "All The Rage" —Graphic design by Angie Lee, Grindstone Graphics, Inc.
When Martin Moran left Denver, his hometown, for Stanford University, he thought he was going to become a lawyer. But he couldn't squelch the passion for theater he developed during his time at George Washington High School. "I decided I had to be an actor," Moran says. He's resided in...
September 4 2014, 11:45 AM