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Christi Esterle

Christi Esterle is a Colorado native, geek, and a theater fan ever since she saw her older cousin performing in a high school production of "Oklahoma!" She lives with her husband, two sons, two cats, countless books and one temperamental iPod.
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BWW Reviews: In the Teeth of Madness with FAC's DRACULABWW Reviews: In the Teeth of Madness with FAC's DRACULA
Posted: Oct. 19, 2014


BWW Reviews: SET's RATTLESNAKES Strikes Fast, Then Slows DownBWW Reviews: SET's RATTLESNAKES Strikes Fast, Then Slows Down
Posted: Oct. 10, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: FAC's FOREVER PLAID Is Nostalgic in the Best WayBWW Reviews: FAC's FOREVER PLAID Is Nostalgic in the Best Way
Posted: May. 11, 2014


BWW Reviews: Theatreworks' SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS Delivers Comedy on a Silver PlatterBWW Reviews: Theatreworks' SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS Delivers Comedy on a Silver Platter
Posted: Apr. 28, 2014


BWW Reviews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at TheatreworksBWW Reviews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Theatreworks
Posted: Dec. 9, 2013


BWW Reviews: Theatreworks and LIDA Project Explore the Forgotten History of LUDLOW, 1914BWW Reviews: Theatreworks and LIDA Project Explore LUDLOW, 1914
Posted: Sep. 12, 2014


BWW Reviews: The Real Housewives of Cyprus in SET's DESDEMONABWW Reviews: The Real Housewives of Cyprus in SET's DESDEMONA
Posted: Feb. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: Inspire Creative's SHREK More Fractured Than Fairy TaleBWW Reviews: Inspire Creative's SHREK More Fractured Than Fairy Tale
Posted: Sep. 22, 2014


BWW Reviews: Mighty Aphrodite: Theatreworks' VENUS IN FURBWW Reviews: Mighty Aphrodite: Theatreworks' VENUS IN FUR
Posted: Mar. 23, 2014


BWW Reviews: Theatreworks' PSYCHO BEACH PARTY Flounders in the WaterBWW Reviews: Theatreworks' PSYCHO BEACH PARTY Flounders in the Water
October 24, 2014

You'd think a play called Psycho Beach Party would be a little more, well....crazy. But Charles Busch's affectionate parody of 1960s beach movies seldom seems more unhinged than the cheerful teen romps it draws inspiration from. Oh, it's not all sun and fun in the sand, to be sure. There's a fair amount of sexual kink, a domineering mother who could give Margaret White a run for her money, and revelations of a tragic past, but it all feels so light. The poster for the Theatreworks production, featuring a knife-wielding beach bunny, promises a gruesome good time that the play never really delivers.
BWW Reviews: In the Teeth of Madness with FAC's DRACULABWW Reviews: In the Teeth of Madness with FAC's DRACULA
October 19, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, Fine Arts Center brings some old-fashioned horror to the stage.
BWW Reviews: SET's RATTLESNAKES Strikes Fast, Then Slows DownBWW Reviews: SET's RATTLESNAKES Strikes Fast, Then Slows Down
October 10, 2014

BWW Reviews: Inspire Creative's SHREK More Fractured Than Fairy TaleBWW Reviews: Inspire Creative's SHREK More Fractured Than Fairy Tale
September 22, 2014

Shrek doesn't seem like the song-and-dance type, but Inspire Creative has fun with him anyway.
BWW Reviews: Theatreworks and LIDA Project Explore the Forgotten History of LUDLOW, 1914BWW Reviews: Theatreworks and LIDA Project Explore the Forgotten History of LUDLOW, 1914
September 12, 2014

The Ludlow Massacre isn't discussed much in schools, but this collaboration between Theatreworks and The LIDA Project gives ample reason why it should be.
BWW Reviews: SET Examines 'ART' From Multiple AnglesBWW Reviews: SET Examines 'ART' From Multiple Angles
August 10, 2014

When did simple differences of opinion become so contentious?
BWW Reviews: Theatreworks' AS YOU LIKE IT - A Rustic Revel in Rock LedgeBWW Reviews: Theatreworks' AS YOU LIKE IT - A Rustic Revel in Rock Ledge
August 10, 2014

Theatreworks' current Shakespeare in the Park production exudes warmth, love, and triumph over adversity--both onstage and off.
BWW Reviews: FLOYD AND CLEA UNDER THE WESTERN SKY at the Fine Arts CenterBWW Reviews: FLOYD AND CLEA UNDER THE WESTERN SKY at the Fine Arts Center
June 16, 2014

If you missed Once when it was at the Denver Center last month, then Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky is probably an acceptable substitute. Like the Tony-winning musical, Floyd and Clea centers around two characters who form a bond through music and end up transforming each other's lives.
BWW Reviews: SET Explores Comedy, Tragedy, and Taboo with THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA?BWW Reviews: SET Explores Comedy, Tragedy, and Taboo with THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA?
June 13, 2014

BWW Reviews: Black Box Brings THE BUTLER DID IT! Home to Colorado SpringsBWW Reviews: Black Box Brings THE BUTLER DID IT! Home to Colorado Springs
June 9, 2014

The history of 'the butler did it' as a mystery plot device is filled with old-fashioned classism. To proponents of the trope, it was a great twist; who would suspect the servant, a person who ideally is supposed to be invisible? Others, such as S.S. Van Dine, considered it too easy a solution-because of course the lower tiers of the social order would be the logical place for such a culprit. In any case, the notion was already a hoary old cliche by the 1930s, when Todd Wallinger's The Butler Did It! is set-so much so that it's practically the first thing brought up between butler Jenkins and maid Sarah when discussing the popular mystery writer about to descend upon their household.
BWW Reviews: FAC's FOREVER PLAID Is Nostalgic in the Best WayBWW Reviews: FAC's FOREVER PLAID Is Nostalgic in the Best Way
May 11, 2014

Forever Plaid has what is probably my favorite premise for a revue show: on February 9th, 1964, a close-harmony quartet called Forever Plaid is on their way to their first big show when their car crashes with a bus and all four members are killed. (The bus was transporting a group of schoolgirls to see the Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan, a symbol of the shifting music paradigm that was already rendering the Plaids' sound obsolete.) Now, years later, the alignment of the planets and other vague metaphysical forces have arranged for the group to finish their earthly business and perform their first-and last-concert before heading to the great beyond.
BWW Reviews: Theatreworks' SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS Delivers Comedy on a Silver PlatterBWW Reviews: Theatreworks' SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS Delivers Comedy on a Silver Platter
April 28, 2014

BWW Reviews: Mighty Aphrodite: Theatreworks' VENUS IN FURBWW Reviews: Mighty Aphrodite: Theatreworks' VENUS IN FUR
March 23, 2014

Theatreworks sure knows how to set a scene. Last season, Everyman on a Bus had audiences boarding a charter for a literal and allegorical journey around the Colorado Springs downtown area. Now comes Venus in Fur, staged in an abandoned building on Tejon Street with blacked-out windows and a 'For Lease' sign over the door. Just walking into the space feels like taking part in clandestine activity.
BWW Reviews: FAC's AGNES OF GOD Captivates, Looks ForwardBWW Reviews: FAC's AGNES OF GOD Captivates, Looks Forward
March 21, 2014

The performance on Thursday evening carried more than the usual share of preview jitters: lines were stumbled over, cues missed, and overall the performance did not attain the level of professionalism that the FAC is capable of providing...But in spite of this I was captivated, inspired both by the performance I saw and by what it had the potential to become. Because when Agnes of God works (and it did, more often than not) it's a thrilling mystery and an engrossing parable about faith, skepticism, and the psychology behind our deeply held beliefs. Encompassed by Christopher L Sheley's beautifully minimalist halo of a set, Levy and his cast take the audience on a journey into the dark uncharted territory of the human soul.
BWW Reviews: The Real Housewives of Cyprus in SET's DESDEMONABWW Reviews: The Real Housewives of Cyprus in SET's DESDEMONA
February 10, 2014

tend to prefer Shakespeare's comic heroines to his tragic ones. Beatrice, Katherine, and Viola always seemed more lively, active, and interesting, while Juliet, Ophelia, and Desdemona mostly made pretty speeches while waiting for fate to buffet them towards their inevitable messy ends.
BWW Reviews: PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM: FAC and the Work of a Difficult GeniusBWW Reviews: PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM: FAC and the Work of a Difficult Genius
February 3, 2014

It's getting harder and harder to separate Woody Allen's professional work from the rumors of his personal life. Just hours before I attended the Fine Arts Center's production of Play it Again, Sam I read Dylan Farrow's open letter to the New York Times, where she graphically describes being sexually abused by Allen when she was seven years old. The 1993 investigation into these claims proved inconclusive; the truth will probably never be known. But Farrow's harrowing confession is not something that can be lightly brushed aside.
BWW Reviews: Theatreworks' THE WEIR Serves Up Guinness and Ghost StoriesBWW Reviews: Theatreworks' THE WEIR Serves Up Guinness and Ghost Stories
January 24, 2014

Conor McPherson's The Weir is all about the atmosphere, and Theatreworks certainly has it. Scenic designer Jonathan Wentz has built a cozy rural Irish pub with mismatched chairs, a turf fire, and Guinness on tap. The floorboards of the stage come right up to the front row of seats; you feel like you could walk right up to the bar and order yourself a pint (in fact, the audience is invited to do just that at the performance's conclusion). This is a small-town watering hole, a place where everybody knows everybody's business and men fresh from a hard day's work gossip like old ladies over beer and whiskey.
BWW Reviews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at TheatreworksBWW Reviews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Theatreworks
December 9, 2013

How odd that Theatreworks should follow up Death of a Salesman, arguably the most brutal portrait of disappointed ambition, with It's a Wonderful Life, another tale of a man who suffers a series of unrealized ambitions and missed opportunities but who is held up not as a tragedy but an exemplar of a well-lived existence. If Willy Loman is the embodiment of the dark side of the American Dream, then George Bailey is the assurance that dream can be lived in simple and unexpected ways.
BWW Reviews: ONE FOR THE ROAD - SET Has a Very Pinter ChristmasBWW Reviews: ONE FOR THE ROAD - SET Has a Very Pinter Christmas
December 7, 2013

Never let it be said that Springs Ensemble Theatre is afraid to defy convention. At a time of year most production companies devote to family-friendly musicals and traditional favorites, they have elected to mount a limited run of One for the Road, Harold Pinter's unsettling portrait of human rights violations.
BWW Reviews: SET's Riveting A STEADY RAINBWW Reviews: SET's Riveting A STEADY RAIN
October 11, 2013

Two men, a table, and two chairs comprise the entirety of A Steady Rain's stage picture at Springs Ensemble Theater. The play feels larger than that. Keith Huff's words paint a picture as violent, harrowing, and human as any film noir.


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