The Stage Theatre: 11/16 – 12/16
The Denver Center Theatre Company's production of “When We Are Married” should be a knockout with a cast that includes Jeanne Paulsen, Sam Gregory, Kathleen Brady, Leslie O’Carroll, Benjamin Bonenfant, Erik Sandvold, Jake Walker and John Hutton. It should be a knockout because veteran director Bruce K. Sevy directs it with style.
It’s an old fashioned play that’s all dolled up as only the Denver Center Theatre Company can doll up a play. The set (Vicki Smith) is gloriously appointed. The costumes (David Kay Mickelson) are ravishing. The lighting (Don Darnutzer) is superb. They’ve even added footlights. Old fashioned foot lights!
The performances are good to a man/woman with stand-outs being Sam Gregory as a hen-pecked husband who finally gets his mojo back and Kathleen Brady as the cleaning lady who finds herself more legitimate than her snooty employers.
The problem lies in the fact that we never really care about any of these characters. One feels that perhaps the show is just too slow moving and ok… old fashioned.
The audience of mostly senior citizens was attentive but not responsive even when invited to sing along with the bouncing ball at final curtain. Perhaps they prefer a more new fangled play.
J.B. Priestley’s play, surely a hot commodity when it was written in 1907,made this reviewer remember Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey was great when it was hot but as the week rolled on and the casseroles rolled out the turkey became less and less tasty to the gobbler.
Single tickets for WHEN WE ARE MARRIED, on sale now, start at $36 (non-SCFD) and also are available for $10 (SCFD 10 for $10 program). To purchase, call Denver Center Ticket Services at 303.893.4100. For groups of 10 or more, please call 303.446.4829. TTY (for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons): 303.893.9582. Tickets also may be purchased at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at www.denvercenter.org. Student rush $10 tickets are available one hour prior to curtain with a valid student ID subject to availability. Senior and military rush tickets are available one hour prior to curtain, subject to availability. No children under six will be admitted to any theatre.
PERFORMANCE DATES November 16 – December 16
Tuesday – Thursday 6:30pm
Friday – Sunday 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday matinee 1:30pm