Arts & Entertainment

Theplay’s the thing

With a winning cast and a laugh-out-loud vaudeville, “The Pursuit of Happiness” opened last weekend at Durango Melodrama. The inimitable Daryl Kuntz has returned as music director, multitasking at...

DATE: June 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Melodrama to stage two plays for 2011 season

The Durango Melodrama will add a second production for its 2011 season, which begins Friday at the Henry Strater Theatre.In its return to the Strater Hotel’s house theater after a failed experiment...

DATE: June 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Summer school

DATE: June 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Life imitating art

It’s not often that I can watch a story that’s nearly 150 years old and be kept in suspense as to how it ends.But I know I’m not the only man in town who has never read Little Women, and so I won’t...

DATE: June 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Thingamajig stars in Pagosa

The program for Thingamajig Theatre Company’s production of “Brilliant Traces” is hooked inside the hardbound cover of a former book with two-ring binders. The scene, we are told, is a remote cabin...

DATE: May 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Fun never stops in Salt Fire’s latest

The Salt Fire Circus is down to just two acts.Fortunately, for audiences accustomed to the cast’s barrage of song, dance and feats of amazement, those acts last about two hours.“The Elixir” is the...

DATE: May 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Opera series to close with Wagner classic

The good news is that contracts have been signed for next year’s “The Met: Live in HD” series. Yes, the Saturday morning telecasts of Metropolitan Opera performances will continue to be seen at the...

DATE: May 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

DAC to present 10-minute play finalists

When Rochelle Mann put out a call for submissions for the Durango Arts Center’s first 10-Minute Play Contest, she never expected to receive 92 scripts in return.That made her job, and that of DAC...

DATE: May 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

‘Les Miz’ not perfect, but entertaining

The Pagosa Springs High School production of “Les Misérables” is a testament of the importance of arts education. “Les Miz” is a world-famous, complicated and difficult production. It’s sung...

DATE: May 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Sideshow Emporium to host evening of awful writing

Never assume that getting published makes a writer a good writer.As evidence, sample this gem from The Ghost Downstairs, a novel by author Molly Ringle, inexplicably selected for publication by The...

DATE: May 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

A ‘mimsy’ farewell

They could have taken the easy route. They could have chosen a classic American play, a beloved comedy of manners or a Shakespearean drama. They could have polished any number of existing scripts...

DATE: May 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Verdi opera ‘Il Trovatore’ is music to melt by

Wildly popular when it was first performed in 1853, “Il Trovatore” continues to drive opera lovers crazy.Verdi’s big Spanish tragedy stirred audiences all over Europe and still moves people to...

DATE: April 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts