Monday, February 8, 2016


          Stage Door Theatre: 1/29 – 2/14

     Tim Firth’s “Calendar Girls” is based upon the 2003 Touchstone movie of the same title that starred Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. This film received the British Award for Best Comedy Film and Mirren and Walters were nominated for Golden Globes for their performances. 
     Deborah Curtis, who was recently seen as the Widow Paroo in “The Music Man” at Boetcher Concert Hall, and Gina Walker, who played the Bogle in Vintage Theatre’s hit “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” lead a cast that features the women of Stage Door Theatre’s Adult Company.
     Both the film and the play are based on actual events involving some working-class British ladies who became famous for posing in the nude for a calendar to help fund a leukemia ward at their local hospital.
     When one of their husbands dies of Leukemia, the others form a support group for the grieving widow.
     As it is in any play directed by Pamela Clifton, there are lots more laughs than tears. This is especially true in the hysterically funny scene in which the ladies arrive for the tastefully risqué photo shoot for the calendar.
     "Calendar Girls" reminded this reviewer a lot of “The Full Monty.” Only this time it’s cast with a bevy of adorable and bodacious ladies!
     If you need a good laugh I would recommend that you get on up to Stage Door Theater in Conifer. You’ll have to hurry though. The show ends Sunday.
RATED PG-13

Tickets: $17-$22
20% discount for groups of 10 or more
Special Valentine’s Performances on
February 13 at 7:30pm and February 14 at 2pm,
includes dessert served at intermission.

Stage Door Theatre is located at
25797 Conifer Road
Conifer, Colorado, 80433


For tickets call 303.838.0809 or go online to www.StageDoorTheatre.org

Sunday, February 7, 2016

ALL THE WAY
The Stage Theatre: 1/29 – 2/28

                   L-R: C. David Johnson and Mike Hartman
                Photo credit: Adams Visual Communications

     There is much to recommend about the DCPA Theatre Company’s production of Robert Schenkkan’s “All the Way.”
It’s 1964, the year after JFK was assassinated, and LBJ and MLK are working hard to pass the Civil Rights Act. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (“The Kentucky Cycle”), the script is sensational.
     The show stars C. David Johnson as a hard-driving, charismatic and profane LBJ. His performance alone is worth the price of a ticket.
     The characters played by Mike Hartman and Phillip Pleasants are so brilliantly and passionately put forth you may think you’re at a show on Broadway.
     Although Terence Archie is convincing as a centered and poised Martin Luther King, one might have wished for a bit more passion in scenes in which he’s taken to task by members of his own race who are crying for quick action in a process that was slow in coming.
     Todd Cerveris portrays an Alabama Governor George Wallace I wanted to hate a LOT more. Seeing the news footage of Wallace’s vicious bigotry on black and white television when I was in High School made my blood boil.
     Among the other fine actors in the cast are :Cajardo Lindsey, Laurence Curry, Sam Gregory, Kathleen McCall, Tracey Conyer Lee and Jessica Robblee. Josh Robinson stepped in at the last minute, nailing his roles with true professionalism.

                         The company of "All the Way"
               Photo credit: Adams Visual Communications

     The technical achievements in sound, lighting, scenic design and projection are exceptional.
     Playwright Schenkkan’s observations of LBJ’s conflict with George Wallace and J. Edgar Hoover and his (LBJ’s) manipulative moves in controlling the ever-waffling Hubert Humphrey are key and core and …riveting!

      Anthony Powell directs.Marlowe's Musings

For tickets go online at denvercenter.org or call the Box Office at 303-893-4100

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

4000 Miles
Miners Alley Playhouse:  1/29 – 3/6


            L-R: Deborah Persoff and Curtiss Johns

Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer-prize nominated play begins with 21 year-old Leo’s unexpected arrival at 3:00 a.m. for a one-night stop at his 91 year-old Grandma Vera’s West Village apartment. It’s the final destination on his cross-country bicycle trip. Vera’s a card-carrying communist with a lifetime full of experiences that fascinate Leo, and curiosity leads him to an extended stay. Light years apart generationally speaking, Vera and Leo connect through annoying and mystifying each other daily, and become one at heart in a brief period of time.
     Vera’s body may be failing but her mind is still sharp. Sometimes she does, however, become frustrated that she can’t “find the words” as easily as she once did.
     Deborah Persoff leads the four-person cast in a tour de force as Vera. Persoff embodies this 91 year-old character with physiological, verbal and facial expressions that are utterly congruent and masterfully convincing.  There are exquisite moments in Ms. Persoff’s luminous performance that sparkle with zest and vivacity.
     Curtiss Johns, a very fine young actor, delivers an affectionate performance as Leo, a handsome, athletic 21 year-old, who’s, consumed by the pleasures of drugs, sex and bicycling. The tragic loss he experienced along the way creates a wound that begins to heal with his bonding with Vera.
     Alaina Beth Reel plays Bec, a centered, composed young woman who always seems to have the upper hand in her on-again off- again relationship with Leo.
     Jenna Moll Reyes portrays Lily, a Chinese-American art student Leo brings home, with a ferocious vitality that’s hysterically funny.    
      Persoff’s active listening as her grandson falls apart, spilling his guts about a tragedy that occurred on his cross-country bicycle trip, is communicated with such non verbal caring and compassion as to be heart-wrenching. 
     Shannon McKinney’s lighting of this scene creates a shadowy dramatic mood that enhances the moment.
     Scenic designer Jonathan Scott-McKean has created an authentic looking apartment living room to describe Vera’s West Village home.   
     Ann Piano’s costumes for the piece are spot on.
     Director Len Matheo (“My Name is Asher Lev”) and (“The Cripple of Inishmaan”) has cast the play impeccably and paced it in such a way that the evening flies by. Matheo is one of the few directors in town who knows how to balance speaking with silence and action with stillness.
Miners Alley Playhouse
Jan. 29 - Mar. 6
"4000 Miles"
The journey of a grandmother and her wayward grandson to form a bond across the years.
Fri/Sat @ 7:30.p.m. Sun. @ 6 p.m.; Sunday, Mar. 6 @ 2 p.m.
$25 Adult/$22 Senior/$14 Child 12/Under
Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden, CO 80401
303-935-3044 or online at minersalley.com
90-minutes, no intermission.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

THE 2015 MARLOWE AWARDS

    It's a humbling task to attempt to choose the best performances and the best technical achievements of the Denver Theatre Community in 2015. 

Getting a production from page to stage is a daunting task. The collaborative nature of every endeavor to produce a play requires a network of artists, many of whom are unseen and unsung. This reviewer would like to express gratitude to each and all who helped make this past year the artistic triumph that it was. 

Since there was so much outstanding work done this past year, this reviewer has listed the top three or four in each category. 
(All artists mentioned in this year's 2015 Marlowe Awards wishing to receive a certificate please email your snail mail address to davidmarlo@earthlink.net.)

BEST ACTOR

AUGUSTUS TRUHN, JERUSALEM, THE EDGE THEATER COMPANY


PAUL BORRILLO, EQUUS, AVENUE THEATER
ANDREW UHLENHOPP, LUCKY GUY, THE EDGE THEATER COMPANY

SPENCER ALTHOFF, EQUUS, AVENUE THEATER

BEST ACTRESS
EMMA MESSENGER, ‘NIGHT, MOTHER, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
HALEY JOHNSON, ‘NIGHT, MOTHER, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
CAROLYN HOLDING, AS YOU LIKE IT, DCPA THEATRE COMPANY

LISA MUMPTON, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, GERMINAL STAGE DENVER

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

KEVIN HART, LUCKY GUY, THE EDGE THEATER COMPANY

 
         GEOFFREY KENT, OTHELLO, COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

         

MATT ZAMBRANO, AS YOU LIKE IT, DCPA THEATRE COMPANY

ANDREW PASTIDES, TRIBES, DCPA THEATRE COMPANY

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

MARGIE LAMB, EQUUS, AVENUE THEATER

MAGGY STACY, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, THE EDGE THEATER COMPANY

VANESSA MOROSCO, OTHELLO, COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

KATHLEEN MCCALL, TRIBES, DCPA THEATRE COMPANY

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
JERUSALEM, THE EDGE THEATER COMPANY
MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, MINERS ALLEY PLAYHOUSE
EQUUS, AVENUE THEATER 
‘NIGHT, MOTHER, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS


                        BEST DIRECTOR

LEN MATHEO, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, MINERS ALLEY PLAYHOUSE
WARREN SHERRILL, JERUSALEM,THE EDGE THEATER COMPANY
BILLIE MCBRIDE, ‘NIGHT, MOTHER, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
STEVEN WEITZ, TRIBES, DCPA THEATRE COMPANY

BEST DIRECTOR of a MUSICAL
donnie l. betts, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
NICHOLAS SUGAR, WEST SIDE STORY, TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER
BERNIE CARDELL, CURTAINS, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
SCOTT BEYETTE, MARY POPPINS, BDT STAGE


BEST ENSEMBLE
SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, MINERS ALLEY PLAYHOUSE


JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS


                      BEST MUSICAL
          
AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

              
                    MARY POPPINS, BDT STAGE


FUNNY GIRL, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS


CABARET, PHAMALY THEATRE COMPANY


BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

                       

ANDY SIEVERS, CURTAINS, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

                           

SCOTT BEYETTE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, BDT STAGE
                 

                      
JARED MING, WEST SIDE STORY, TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER

                        
JOHN WHITE, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, IGNITE THEATRE

BEST ACTRESS MUSICAL      
 TRACY WARREN, MARY POPPINS, BDT STAGE  

   

LAUREN CORA MARSH, FUNNY GIRL, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

SUZANNE CONNORS NEPI, CURTAINS, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

CAROLYN LOHR, WEST SIDE STORY, TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS MUSICAL
ANNIE DWYER, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER



RONNI GALLUP, WEST SIDE STORY, TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER



SHARON KAY WHITE, WHITE CHRISTMAS, ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES

         
SARA GROVER, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, BDT STAGE


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR MUSICAL

CLAUDE DIENER, MY FAIR LADY, PERFORMANCE NOW THEATRE COMPANY

                               

     

KEEGAN FLAUGH, FUNNY GIRL, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS        
PAUL A. PAGE, WHITE CHRISTMAS, ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES


DAVID GORDON, URINETOWN, EQUINOX 
THEATRE COMPANY


                     BEST SCENIC DESIGN
                   
AMY CAMPION, BUDDY, THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, BDT STAGE
CHRISTOPHER WALLER, JERUSALEM, THE EDGE THEATER COMPANY
JONATHAN SCOTT MCKEAN, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, MINERS ALLEY PLAYHOUSE
AMY CAMPION, MARY POPPINS, BDT STAGE

                     
OUTSTANDING THEATRICAL MAKE-UP
AND SPECIAL F/X

    TODD DEBRECENI 

               BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
            
 SHANNON McKINNEY, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
LAP CHI CHU, THE TWELVE, DCPA THEATRE COMPANY
VANCE MCKENZIE, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, MINERS ALLEY PLAYHOUSE
BRETT MAUGHAN, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, BDT STAGE


BEST SOUND DESIGN
LUKE ALLEN TERRY, JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
BRIAN FREELAND, EQUUS, AVENUE THEATER
CRAIG BREITENBACH, TRIBES, DCPA THEATRE COMPANY
REN MANLEY, JERUSALEM, THE EDGE THEATER COMPANY

                BEST CHOREOGRAPHY        MATTHEW D. PETERS, MARY POPPINS, BDT STAGE
SHARON DWINNELL, SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, VINTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
KITTY SKILLMAN HILSABECK, WHITE CHRISTMAS, ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
BOB HOPPE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, BDT STAGE


        BEST COSTUME DESIGN    

DENITSA BLIZNAKOVA, AS YOU LIKE IT, DCPA THEATRE COMPANY
CHRIS CAMPBELL, WHITE CHRISTMAS, ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
LINDA MORKEN, MARY POPPINS, BDT STAGE
HUGH HANSON, OTHELLO, COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION
MARY KAY DAILEY, CABARET, PHAMALY THEATRE COMPANY
MICHAEL MANCINI, THE TWELVE, DCPA THEATRE COMPANY
NEAL DUNFEE, BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, BDT STAGE
DONNA KOLPAN DEBRECENI, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER

BEST NEW PLAY

EXIT STRATEGIES by JEFFREY NEUMANN, THE EDGE THEATER COMPANY

BEST NEW MUSICAL

               
THE TWELVE, DCPA THEATRE COMPANY
BOOK AND LYRICS BY ROBERT SCHENKKAN
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY NEIL BERG


  BEST PRODUCTION OF AN OPERA
             
      LA TRAVIATA, CENTRAL CITY OPERA

BEST OPERA DIVA
ELLIE DEHN, LA TRAVIATA, CENTRAL CITY OPERA

BEST OPERA DIVA IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
MOLLY JANE HILL, LA TRAVIATA, CENTRAL CITY OPERA

BEST MALE OPERA SINGER 
TROY COOK, LA TRAVIATA, CENTRAL CITY OPERA
RYAN MACPHERSON, LA TRAVIATA, CENTRAL CITY OPERA

BEST MALE OPERA SINGER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
                      
KEITH JAMESON, (Sancho) MAN OF LA MANCHA, CENTRAL CITY OPERA
HAROLD WILSON, AIDA, OPERA COLORADO

BEST OPERA CONDUCTOR
JOHN BARIL, LA TRAVIATA, CENTRAL CITY OPERA

BEST DIRECTION OF AN OPERA
ELISE SANDEL, LA TRAVIATA, CENTRAL CITY OPERA


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