Sunday, October 13, 2013

Vintage Theatre: 10/11 – 11/10
     Heartfelt and moving, Vintage Theatre’s production of “Shadowlands” deserves your patronage.
 Lorraine Scott and Craig A Bond have co-directed the show with a tender eye focused on that great inner debate we all have over when to let the head lead and when the heart.
     Here it centers on C.S. Lewis, the philosopher, theologian and author of the Narnia tales as he thinks through the great question of why God allows suffering. As he does he misses or nearly completely misses the gift that keeps knocking at the door to his own heart.
     Verl Hite lends a certain nobility to the role of the reserved writer and provides a strength that is shored up by the understated humor of the writing.
                                      Left to Right: Stephanie Schmidt and Verl Hite

     Stephanie Schmidt provides dynamic contrast to the over-thinking propriety of her English friend. Her ability to be out-spoken without ever appearing sharp or attacking – even when attacked by the philosopher’s friend – draws us in and makes the final scenes more touching than they might otherwise have been.
    Wade Livingston shines as “Warnie,” C.S. Lewis’ brother. The naturalness of his performance is quiet and assured. One only wishes there could have been a puff of smoke or two from his omnipresent pipe.
                                     Left to Right: Verl Hite and Wade Livingston
                                           Photo credits: DenverMind Media
     Frank Haas’ exquisite lighting design allows for the mundane and the sublime to intermingle.
     Tobias Harding’s scenic design is striking and innovative with its tilt of soaring bookcases flanking the playing space.
      Scott and Bond have provided us as audience with a supporting cast that is a good one and looks so authentic it could be used for any number of Dickens productions. This show touches us deeply.

Oct. 11 - Nov 10
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2:30 p.m.
$25 ($20 advance)
303-856-7830 or online at
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010 Marlowe's Musings

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