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Comment Archives: stories: Culture

Re: “Review: Star Bar does A Streetcar Named Desire right, but leaves some elements to be desired

As a prop mistress for this show, I too want to clarify that real cigarettes are not being used for this production. We are using hand rolled mullein. Also, Mr. Wallinger came on a night when the building electrical shut down in the beginning of the show. He implied that the light techs might not have known what they were doing. Our light tech is indeed very capable and was having to make fixes during the show. The electrical issue has since been resolved.

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Posted by Jan Gregg-Kelm on 05/29/2013 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Review: Star Bar does A Streetcar Named Desire right, but leaves some elements to be desired

Thanks for your comment. The cigarettes may not be tobacco-based, but they're real in that they're lit, unlike e-cigarettes or baby powder-based stage cigarettes. To me, the smell and irritation were indistinguishable from that of tobacco cigarettes.

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Posted by Todd Wallinger on 05/29/2013 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Review: Star Bar does A Streetcar Named Desire right, but leaves some elements to be desired

To clarify one important error, the production is NOT using real cigarettes. It’s illegal to smoke tobacco products in public establishments, even onstage. Instead, they are using hand-rolled mullein which, when smoked, is used to treat respiratory ailments.

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Posted by Bob Morsch on 05/29/2013 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Star Bar delves into the character and conscience of A Streetcar Named Desire

I should clarify that I said 'the concept of Blanche's journey is OFTEN treated un-gently'. I've also seen it done beautifully. Don't want anyone thinking I've hated every production of this I've ever seen. Who knows, too, whether we'll succeed at it; we can only try.

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Posted by starbarplayers on 05/22/2013 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Star Trek Into Darkness is a brutally brilliant film for our times

I didn't like this film nearly as much as the first. It was formulated to provide continuous action and any of the character interaction that makes ST special was just incidental during heavy action where it garnered no laughs at all from the early-bird viewers I was with. "Star Trek Into Darkness" was designed to appeal to a mass audience, the lowest common denominator. From my perspective, that was a huge mistake for the future of Star Trek, but not for Abrams wallet.

I really enjoyed the first film because it did a great job at being a classic Star Trek reboot, bringing back the characters, their quirks, and their interrelationships which was a significant and important part of the original series.

This is a Star Trek that apparently needs explosions every ten minutes to keep the audience interested, most of whom are not Trekkers. Hot blonds and Kirk having threesomes and endless "booms, bangs, and pows!" is the equation for getting teen males in the seats and having the ridiculous love story between "NuSpock" and "NuUhura" gets the teen girls in the seats. Having Kirk act like a whiny emo kid keeps all of them in the seats because now they can identify with him. "Parents suck! LOL!"

This is a predictable formula action film with predictable formula dialog utilizing characters and even plot lines that someone else created mixed in with some great special effects. This is 180 degrees from what Roddenberry created: daring ideas, imaginative concepts and innovative characters and dialog with lackluster special effects, the best that they could do. CGI has allowed bubblegum where once intelligent plots were required.

Posted by Bazinga! on 05/22/2013 at 7:51 AM

Re: “A Colorado College pressman subverts the art of publishing in Any thing that Is strang

The Indy couldn't find ONE single photograph of this Unique art and artist to grace the article with, so as to help familiarize the reader with what you are talking about, and possibly stir up interest in the Show, the Artist, the ART?????

Heaven forbid one might use VISUALS for an article regarding VISUAL ART....Dur.

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Posted by Madeline Osborne on 05/15/2013 at 9:39 AM

Re: “FAC theater director Scott RC Levy makes his acting debut

Saw the preview of Drowsy Chaperone last night and it was so much fun! The entire cast was terrific, the orchestra fabulous, and Scott Levy just made the show--he was the best part! Went home singing with a smile on my face...what more could you ask for.

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Posted by History Kid on 05/10/2013 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Three artists go intimate in a new photography exhibit at GOCA

I know this if off topic, but that's an adorable dress in the photo! Any idea where it's from? (Also: thanks for the info about the show; it sounds wonderful)

Posted by Vienna76 on 05/04/2013 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Review: TheatreWorks tries with The Wild Duck, but the material doesn't hold up

Calling the reviewer blind and suggesting he be medicated is a super mature response to a bad review. Pfft.

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Posted by Jillmarie Peterson on 05/02/2013 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Review: TheatreWorks tries with The Wild Duck, but the material doesn't hold up

Todd is simply wrong about our running time; The Wild Duck runs reliably 2 and 1/2 hours as advertised (including intermission), which is actually 15 minutes shorter than the recent London revival. Obviously he thought the play went on forever, and it's true that there is a lot of play here, and very long build up to a climax, but all of this is crucial to its shattering climax and cumulative power. Ibsen has not written a play which depends on audience empathy with his characters, whose limitations are immediately evident. Instead he has created an astonishing mix of melodrama, symbolism, irony, tragedy, satire, poetry and realism. The villain thinks he's the hero; his feckless victim thinks he is a romantic tragic figure. Blind idealism and life lies still abound. Todd thinks the material doesn't hold up but I suspect while snoozing he was weighing it very lightly:the play really is a masterpiece--the more time we have spent with it the more we have been rewarded, and our experience has been shared by actors and directors and audiences for the last 100 years. We are very proud of our beautiful production, and we encourage Todd to see the show again after he has polished his glasses, adjusted his prescription and found his white cane. I will be happy to help him find his seat and show him the light :-)

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Posted by Murray Ross on 05/01/2013 at 10:36 AM

Re: “42 buries its potential complexity beneath hagiography

First: A definition of hagiography: noun, the writing of the lives of saints.

Saw the movie recently; thought it was excellent and worth seeing. Go.

Any movie about baseball is worth seeing. How sad to see today's game, full of steroid strongmen, greedy agents and idiot owners (Luria, anyone?).

By comparison to some of today's clowns, like A-Rod, maybe JR was a saint.

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/28/2013 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Review: Six Women Play Festival finds a new gear in its seventh year

you didn't mention isaac green's name in 5564 to toronto? what a crappy thing to do to a kid that played his heart out.

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Posted by Big Timber on 04/17/2013 at 10:19 AM

Re: “The FAC cultivates new plays in Rough Writers, a festival of staged readings

Hi! The link to the seems to not be working...

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Posted by Nicole Anthony on 04/17/2013 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Evil Dead should never have been resurrected

Great review because I couldn't agree more with you. I personally am sick of the Hollywood RRR syndrome = Remake, Relaunch, Re-Release.
Horror movies suffer the most from the RRR's. That or the endless sequel's.
Wrong Turn 5, seriously? Final Destination 5...

My favorite part of this remake was when the credits finally started to roll.
Sam Raimi should be ashamed of himself for allowing this to happen.

Posted by nosajmunson on 04/05/2013 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Disabilities come to light, and enlighten, in the Achieve With Us Colorado Film Festival

This is a great story and I applaud the people involved in this movie making process.

Posted by the pet sitter on 03/30/2013 at 9:17 PM

Re: “A better way to die hard: Olympus Has Fallen

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Re: “Theatreworks rocks out with the People's President in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

This one is not to be missed! Seriously!!

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Posted by lwirbel on 03/14/2013 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Immortal Solstice Home-grown horror blends stage, screen and song

You needed a "supposedly" in front of Qin Shi Huang as well. His "search for immortality" is an unverified, and I suspect malicious fabrication about the world's greatest peacemaker and nation builder. He was discredited by his political successors, and my guess is that is one of the several dozen bits of nonsense that were attached to his alleged "history." The full story of Qin Shi Huang is found in The School of Sun Tzu, available here:

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Posted by David Jones on 03/06/2013 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Yelling to the Sky, The Kid With a Bike, The Duellists

The Kid with a Bike looks like a fairly simple story, but the Dardenne brothers are great at turning the ordinary into an extraordinary affective tale. The grand jury prize is pretty impressive, and I can’t wait to check it out. I was talking to a friend that I work with at DISH who said that it was his favorite foreign film of 2012, and we usually have pretty similar tastes in movies. I just saw that I could rent it through Blockbuster @Home from DISH, which is great because I don’t like buying movies that I have never seen. I love the wide variety of titles that they have because I can check out everything from Hollywood blockbusters to little indie movies like these!

Posted by Alex Cross on 02/13/2013 at 6:38 PM

Re: “A cast-off, foam robot becomes a meditative monolith at GOCA

Photo credit: Rice Gallery in Houston, Texas (previous installation). Salter has created a new sculpture for our gallery.

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Posted by Daisy McConnell on 01/23/2013 at 9:05 PM

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