From Oscar Wilde's famous 1890 essay defining "the critic as artist," to the roundtable discussion this past October at New York City's Philoctetes Center featuring Eric Bentley, Robert Brustein and Stanley Kauffmann (see page 30), the case for the value and the centrality of discourse about the art form has been surpassingly well made. The Mile High City is not only experiencing a population increase-the 2000 census reported growth of almost 20 percent since 1990-but is sinking money into a massive convention center, nurturing five major sports teams and preparing to host both the first-ever National Performing Arts Convention in June and the 2008 Democratic National Convention in August. The greater Denver metropolitan area supports almost 100 theatre companies, ranging from community groups to midsized Equity houses; there are at least eight places to learn Irish dance.
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