Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A DELICATE BALANCE
THE EDGE THEATER: 10/6 – 11/5

Martha Harmon Pardee and Kevin Hart(photo credit: RDG Photography)

In 1967 Edward Albee received the Pulitzer Prize for drama for “A Delicate Balance.”
     The play deals with Agnes and Tobias, an upper-class couple who live together with Agnes’s free-loading sister, Claire. What happens when Agnes and Tobias’s best friends appear on their doorstep seeking comfort after having suddenly encountered an unnamed fear or “terror,” and wish to move in with them, is the crux of the play. As if that’s not enough of a dilemma for Agnes and Tobias, their adult daughter, Julia, is also wishing to return home after her fourth failed marriage.
    The play is beautifully written and can be approached on many levels. Questions abound regarding responsibilities to family and friends, as well as the boundaries required in these relationships.
    It’s a play that everyone who loves great drama should see at least once.
    The Edge Theater’s production is remarkable in many ways. It has a cast to die for, who bring out all the edgy, uncomfortable and disturbing aspects of Albee’s work. It has a scenic design that’s elegant, costuming that’s well thought out and fine lighting and sound designs.
     Unfortunately, the pacing of the production makes the play feel over-long and tedious.
     See it for the studied acting of Martha Harmon Pardee, Kevin Hart, Emma Messenger, Maggy Stacy, Abby Apple Boes and Steve Emily.


The Edge Theater Company is located at Colfax and Teller. For tickets call 303-232-0363 or go online at Theedgetheater.com
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DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
STAGE DOOR THEATRE (GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN)

                       L-R: Parrish Worsfold, Sonsharae Tull and Andrew Stanley
    

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the Musical” is based upon the movie of the same name, that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine. When the show got translated to Broadway, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane, it landed eleven Tony nominations.
     This reviewer was late getting over to Stage Door Theatre in Conifer to see the show and hopes that you were able to get there as well.
     With the signature humor of PAMELA CLIFTON’s deft direction, it’s no surprise that this show was a hoot!
     ADRIANNE HAMPTON created sparkling choreography that brought out all the entertaining moods of the piece.
     BLAKE NAWA’A’s music direction was superb.
      PARRISH WORSFOLD gave a memorable performance in the role of Lawrence, the older of these two con men.
     In the role of the younger of the two, ANDREW STANLEY gave us an amiable Freddy.  
     EDDIE SCHUMACHER turned in his best work to date as Andre.
     SONSHARAE TULL was hilarious as Jolene, the indomitable cowgirl from Oklahoma.
      DEBBIE MINTER’s  Muriel was utterly delightful and Mariel Goffredi’s Christine, delicious.
Whether you were lucky enough to get to see this hilarious musical comedy or not, it behooves you to take a trip up to Conifer and Stage Door Theatre soon!

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Monday, September 25, 2017

COMPANY
AURORA FOX ARTS CENTER: 9/22 – 10/22/17

              L-R: Lindsey Falduto and Jeremy Rill

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by George Furth, the 1970 production of COMPANY was nominated for 14 Tonys and won 6.
     One of the first musicals to deal with adult themes, COMPANY revolves around a man who is unable to commit to a romantic relationship.
     Director/choreographer Kelly Van Oosbree has cast the show impeccably. Her choreography of “Side by Side by Side”/”What Would We Do Without You?” exhilarates!  
     Jeremy Rill’s Bobby is awesome beyond expectations. His singing of “Being Alive” stuns!
      Heather Lacy’s “The Ladies Who Lunch” is outstanding!    Purists remembering Elaine Stritch in the role of Joanne, may find this glamorous actor a little short in the tooth and way too beautiful for the role. Nevertheless… her sophisticated take on “The Ladies Who Lunch” is musical theatre ice cream!
     Lindsey Falduto’s “Another Hundred People” will rock your world! BRAVA!
     Rebekah Ortiz’s “Not Getting Married Today” reveals this actor’s talent for outrageously funny comedy.
     Leiney Rigg, Heather Doris and Ms. Falduto excel in the harmonies and humor of “You Could Drive a Person Crazy!”
     This phenomenal cast also includes the exceptional musical theatre talents of Lauren Shealy, Andy Sievers, Michelle Merz-Hutchinson, Carolyn Lohr,Timmie Antoine, Frank Oden,Patrick McAleer and Kyle Dean Steffen.
     The eye-pleasing set by Brandon Philip Case is enhanced by Brett Maughan’s very fine lighting design. Music Director Andrew Fischer conducts the onstage orchestra with style.
     You don’t need to go to New York for great theatre, folks. Just go to Aurora!

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Aurora Fox Arts Center is located at 9900 E. Colfax in Aurora, CO.,80010
For Tickets call 303-739-1970 or go online at aurorafoxartscenter.org