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
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
—Illustration by Thomas Allen
There is no mistaking the drama of a night at the theater: Lights dim over the audience, the first note of music hangs in the air, a moment of anticipation fills the space before the opening line is delivered. To borrow the words of Daniel Ritchie, one of Denver’s most philanthropic supporters of...
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
Image courtesy of Once Tour Company © Joan Marcus
There are some obvious qualities that separate great musicals from the good ones: emotive lyrics, creative choreography, a talented cast, and a well-defined storyline. But when it comes to the very best theater experiences, greatness is found in the nuances. Once, a Grammy Award and eight-time...
May 8 2014, 11:10 AM