Brain injuries: The Agent Orange of the Iraq War

  By John Moore Sept. 19, 2012 The Vietnam War had Agent Orange, a lethal herbicidal toxin that exposed up to 5 million Vietnamese people and at least 70,000 soldiers on both sides to cancer as well as nerve, digestive, skin and respiratory disorders. The signature injury of the Iraq War is TBI: Traumatic Brain […]

KDVR apologizes for borrowed photo flap

  By John Moore Sept. 17, 2012 It’s hard out there for a journalist in the internet age, when anyone can steal your work in a second using cut-and-paste, a screen-grab, a right-click or even an iPhone (see above). If you are a freelance photographer, forget being adequately paid for your work. Most would settle […]

George Hamilton out of Denver run of “La Cage Aux Folles”

  By John Moore Sept. 14, 2012 George Hamilton, the 73-year-old star of the national touring production of “La Cage Aux Folles,” will not perform in any remaining performances of the run in Denver, which closes at the Buell Theatre on Sept. 16. The Denver Center released only the following statement: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, […]

Short story: “-30-“

From the “Recurring Dreams” series   By John Moore   -30-     That’s the international copy-editing symbol for “end of story,” and when Ralph Moore silently pushed those buttons on his cursedly modern laptop computer keyboard, the grizzled old newspaper reporter savored the thrill. Though the final dash was hardly the sensuous clack of a […]

Audience: “A Happy End,” a sobering lesson we need to learn

  By John Moore Sept. 12, 2012 Talkbacks following performances of Iddo Netanyahu’s family drama “A Happy End” have brought spirited response from audience members like Ralph Stern of Denver, to whom the sobering message of play is clear: “I think it’s important for this play to be presented over and over and over again,” […]

Photos: Arvada Center’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

A look at the Arvada Center’s  2012- 13 season-opener, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” running through Sept. 30. Photos by P. Switzer, Arvada Center                   Principal cast: Dennis Parlato (Lawrence Jameson); Ben Nordstrom (Freddy Benson); Laura E. Taylor (Christine Colgate); Gary Lynch (Andre Thibault); Susie Roelofsz (Muriel Eubanks) and […]

Robert Garner given Lifetime Achievement Award at memorial

CultureWest.Org video from the Garner ceremony: Click here By John Moore Sept. 8, 2012 Longtime Denver theater producer Robert Garner was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadway League of New York at a celebration Saturday honoring Garner, who died July 19. The award was presented via videotape by Nick Scandalios, chairman of […]

“Bloody Bloody” star released from Aurora hospital

  By John Moore Sept. 9, 2012 Ben Dicke, the producer, director and star of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” whose fall down a trap door at the Aurora Fox Theatre forced a cancellation of the opening performance less than two hours before it was to begin, was released this morning from the University of Colorado […]

Denver Post: Colorado’s Melissa Benoist joins “Glee”

  Today, I am back in the pages of The Denver Post for a day, contributing a story on Colorado’s Melissa Benoist joining the cast of “Glee.” Benoist’s life has changed forever: The Littleton native has been cast on “Glee” — and she already has been Slushied. That’s when a bully throws a Slurpee-like frozen […]

Video: Three minutes with … George Hamilton

Video: Three minutes with … George Hamilton

In this new web series, journalist John Moore interviews prominent visitors to Denver. George Hamilton, star of the national touring production of “La Cage Aux Folles,” talks along with co-star Christopher Sieber. Episode 2. “La Cage Aux Folles” plays through Sept. 16 at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. For tickets, call […]

Photos: Theater at Rock Ledge Ranch

By John Moore One of the quintessential Colorado summertime experiences is attending TheatreWorks’ annual Shakespeare offering at the historic and picturesque Rock Ledge Ranch, located at the entrance to the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Here are a few photos I’ve snapped over the past two summers at the ranch. The “Love’s Labor’s […]