Arts & Entertainment

The new play is the thing in Four Corners

Recently, Joyce Fontana’s play, “Paindemonium,” got a staged reading as a finalist in the Aloha Theatre’s Original Play Festival XXV. Yes, that means one Hawaiian new play festival has been running...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Waiting for the bomb in Santa Fe

Even though rain pounded the Santa Fe Opera last Thursday, the show went on. Thunder, lightning and sheets of water fell throughout most of Act I of “Dr. Atomic.” Crew members swabbed the stage...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Through the fires – a festival opens

Despite the 416 Fire and highway closures in the Animas Valley corridor, The Silverton Theatre Mine staged its first full new plays festival last weekend at the Grand Imperial Hotel. “I wrangled...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

DAC prepares for 10-minute play festival

Staged readings of short, original plays will again constitute one of the most popular events in Durango on May 18. Area actors and directors will mount the first iteration of our own 10-minute...

DATE: May 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

10 reasons to see MET’s ‘Luisa Miller’

Here are 10 reasons you should see an obscure Verdi opera you’ve probably never heard of. The Metropolitan Opera’s production of the bourgeois tragedy, “Luisa Miller” will be livestreamed to the...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Master classes enrich students

Kerry Ginger knows plenty of people in “the biz,” and she’s invited two pros to Fort Lewis College for a series of open master classes in musical theater. “The...

DATE: March 7, 2018 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

MET Live delivers Love Potion No. 9

No doubt about it, “L’Elisir d’Amore” is a potboiler. Brimming with stock characters, melodramatic story line and the sudden discovery of a rich uncle, “The Elixir of Love” couldn’t be more...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Hidden gems to be found at St. Mark’s

The next recital in the St. Mark’s chamber music series has to be among the most unusual concerts to come our way in a very long time. Titled “Hidden Gems of Eastern Europe,” the Jan. 19 recital...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Dennis Elkins returns for Christmas

Among the many parts Dennis Elkins will play in “A Tuna Christmas,” a waitress is but one. He and fellow actor Dan Morrison are appearing for a short run in Pagosa Springs at Thingamajig Theatre,...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2017 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

How to say goodbye with style

The Durango Arts Center knows how to throw a party. Especially a surprise farewell party. On Wednesday night, cast members from musicals and plays Theresa Carson has directed over the last five and...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

A Sondheim prescription for the holidays

“Not while I’m Around” is one of Stephen Sondheim’s warmest ballads. It arrives in the middle of one of his darkest, coldest musicals, “Sweeney Todd.” The message is that no matter how dangerous...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

What’s in a master class?

You play what you’ve been practicing for months. When you finish, the teacher may say “Bravo.” Then the nitpicking begins. Master classes are a study in preparation, nerves and persistence. It...

DATE: July 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch