Thursday, March 21, 2013

Whether you like dark serious contemporary theatre or dark serious existential theatre you can't go wrong seeing: "Doubt," "Race" and "Endgame."

Erik Tieze and Anne Oberbroeckling

   Doubt: a Parable
    Cherry Creek Theatre: through March 31

     John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” won the 2005 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize. Cherry Creek Theatre’s stunning production thereof will leave you breathless.

     Sister Aloyisius, a self righteous principal of a Catholic school in the Bronx, suspects Father Flynn of acting in an inappropriate fashion with one of the male students.
     Anne Oberbroeckling electrifies as Sister Aloysius in Cherry Creek Theatre's outstanding production of 'Doubt.' 
     Eric Tieze is a superb Father Flynn. 
     Richard H. Pegg's direction is Masterful! 
     One of the best productions of this season!

Cherry Creek Theatre presents
"Doubt: A Parable"
March 8 - 31
Fri/Sat @ 7:30 p.m.; Sun @ 6:30 p.m.
$28 Adult; $25 for seniors/students; $23 for Groups of 10+
Shaver-Ramsey Showroom, 2414 East 3rd Ave., Denver, CO 80206
Seating is limited.
(*please note closing date change from March 23)

Left to right standing:Joseph Graves, Krisangela Washington and Richard Cowden. Seated is Brian Landis-Folkins

The New Edge Theatre: 3/15 - 4/7
      A rich white man who’s been accused of raping a black woman in The Edge Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s “Race.”
    This play which Mamet says is about “race and the lies we tell each other on the subject,” is a thoroughly absorbing evening of theatre directed by Rob Kramer.
     The director has paced the show at a nice clip while choosing to bridge the scenes by telescoping time in a cinematic way. Kramer achieves this effect by having the actors, seen by the audience in half-light, move in slow motion from their blocking in the scene just ended to the one that follows. The effect is one of soothing fluidity in this play that seethes with raw racial tension.
     Director Kramer has cast two well-known Denver actors and two new ones. The faces you will recognize from previous plays are Brian Landis Folkins and Richard Cowden.
     Folkins plays Charles Strickland, a rich white man who is accused of raping a black woman. Cowden leads the cast with a powerful performance as the white senior partner in a firm that is being asked to represent the accused.
     Cast in the roles of the African American members of this law firm are new actors Krisangela Washington and Joseph Graves. With only a couple of weeks of rehearsal under his belt Mr. Graves gave a formidable performance as Henry. As Susan, the youngest member of the firm, Ms. Washington turned in a performance of deceptive innocence that intrigues.
The show is being produced at The Edge Theatre’s new home at 1560 Teller Street. Check it out!

March 15 - April 7*(please note date change)
Fri. / Sat. @ 8 p.m.; Sun. @ 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 30 & April 6 @ 2:00 p.m.
$20 adult / $16 student & seniors
*303-521-8041 or online at
*The Edge Theatre, 1560 Teller Street, Suite 200, Lakewood CO 80214. Free Parking.

Spark Theatre: through March 30
     To paraphrase Edward Albee in an interview some time ago, “One of Samuel Beckett’s plays should be onstage at all times in our cities.” That’s a huge nod of confidence from our greatest living playwright.

     Spark Theatre Company’s production is thoroughly well produced. This is the perfect way to see Beckett’s play. The appointment of the stage is minimal and correctly so. The seating is so intimate with the actors it’s almost claustrophobic. Once you’re in your seat you’re gonna be there til the final curtain. It makes one think of Jean Paul Sartre, another existential playwright, who also found that there was “No Exit.”

Andrew Uhlenhopp directs the show with a slow pace that’s exactly right and a sure grip on the proceedings as well.

Chris Kendall’s performance as Nag is outstanding!

This production will make you feel uncomfortable as you study two old folks in trash cans and one blind man who can’t stand assisted by a young man who can’t sit.

It’s seriously well done existential theatre that will give you a good dose of reality therapy. If “Endgame” is not among your memories of the late great playwright philosophers you had better get on over and make it one.

This is your homework!

8:00pm Thursday Friday and Saturday through March 30.
Spark Theater –
985 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Phone 720-346-7396

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