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    • Hot Comedian

      Jim Gaffigan on food, not swearing and food
        When comedian Jim Gaffigan steps onstage, the Indiana native is almost difficult to see. His blond hair, blond beard and mustache, occasional rimless glasses and pale skin make his features give him a "he'd disappear in direct sunlight" kind of visage. But the minute he begins his stand-up routine, he's very in-the-flesh, an everyman who's easy for American audiences to identify with.
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    • Operating Opera

      New executive director Mark Junkert on Opera Idaho

        After a year and a half of holding down two part-time jobs in two different states (New York and Minnesota), Mark Junkert and his partner, Cathy Carlson, decided it was time for a change. He saw the opening for Opera Idaho in a trade publication. He liked what he saw, and the Opera Idaho search committee did too. In May, he loaded up a U-Haul in Brooklyn, made a stop in Minneapolis for Carlson and their Minnesota belongings and headed West.

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    • East Meets West

      Shakespeare Festival's Macbeth puts new spin on classic
        Director Charles Fee has taken the Scottish play out of Scotland, visually at least, and dropped into feudal Japan. The East-meets-West effect is strikingly effective and it doesn't take a great leap for audiences to accept the new feel of the classic play.
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    • The Perfect Potion

      ISF's magical musical slays more than giants
        It's early evening and disheartened couples are lugging artfully packed picnics back to their cars. The woman behind the ticket window at Idaho Shakespeare Festival mouths the words "sold out" apologetically to those seeking last-minute seats for the opening night performance of Into the Woods
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    • Setting the Stage

      Area theater companies ready new seasons
        Usually, a couple of theater companies tend to dominate the headlines (here's a hint: one is associated with a famous English writer and the other just bought its own theater space). Not that they're not deserving of such attention, but the smaller guys in town are just biding their time and preparing a season of entertainment.
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    • Leaving Well Enough Alone

      ISF's take on the Bard's problem play

        One of Shakespeare's least-known comedies is really no comedy at all. Though All's Well That Ends Well boasts a dying king, adultery, deception and a faked death, it's no tragedy either. Most have settled on the ambiguous genre "dark comedy," but whatever label you might slap on it, the play has lurked in relative obscurity for a handful of worthy reasons.

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    • Franz Picks Up the Stick

      Boise Philharmonic's new conductor is ready for his close-up
        Standing before a handful of strangers awaiting introduction, Franz smiles big and bows slightly for comic effect prior to extending a hand. One on one, he moves easily among several personas: Franz the conductor, who proffers serious, analytical, jargon-riddled opinions and arguments; and the non-maestro Franz, with a hint of an East-Coast accent, a quick wit, a tendency to totally use the word "totally" and a big, confident laugh.
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    • Pleasure Trip

      Idaho Dance Theatre brings friends along for the "Joy Ride"
        Tucked away in a far corner of the already obscure student side of the Morrison Center lies Boise State's diminutive dance studio. This well-worn room, known as B111, holds one of Idaho's artistic treasures. It's not a first-edition Hemingway, or a lost James Castle sketch. This treasure, known as Idaho Dance Theatre, is currently live and in-process. And I was lucky enough to catch an up-close and personal preview of IDT's upcoming performance, "Joy Ride," on the studio's faded marley floors. "Joy Ride" promises cross-media creativity to complement the company's reliable muscular technique and energetic expression.
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    • Wild About idaho

      Last of the Breed a profane but picture-perfect homegrown satire
        The theater is a vortex in which patrons can be transported far and wide: east, west; forward, backward in time; to the real, the fantastic, the historical. No place, no thing, is off limits in a house of drama. Knowing theater has no limits, Boise Contemporary Theater dares to whisk us away to a magical, although familiar, world—one a couple hundred miles north in the mountains of Central Idaho.
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    • Take a Bow

      Conductor James Ogle leaves Boise Philharmonic with a bang
        When BW called James Ogle a few weeks ago, he was studying the score for his final performance with Boise Philharmonic. He was memorizing each and every instrument's part, internalizing the piece in its entirety so that, in his words, the musical questions—and therefore the beginnings of a search for the musical answers—start to emerge.
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    • Homemade Elixir

      Opera Idaho takes on the Italian opera
        Last Saturday morning, in the studio space at Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, Opera Idaho began its final week of rehearsal for Donizetti's comic opera, the second and final performance of the company's season. At the request of stage director David Cox, 20 or so singers swiftly took the stage, waited for a cue and erupted into song. The story of a simple country bumpkin who falls in love with the darling of the town, Elixir of Love is classic romantic comedy with two soon-to-be-in-love stars, a rival love interest and a character who turns the tide.
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