Tuesday, May 19, 2015

 "'Night, Mother”
Vintage Theater: May 15 – June 14

                                L-R: Emma Messenger and Haley Johnson
                                Photo credit to DenverMind Media

     Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Night Mother” is being given a soul-shattering reading by two of Denver’s finest in the intimacy of the Bond-Trimble Theatre at Vintage Theatre in Aurora.
   Imbued with profound sadness, this tale of a young woman’s last hour is sensitively directed by Billie McBride.
     Emma Messenger delivers a nuanced portrayal of a mother brought face to face with a situation she never could have imagined to be possible. Haley Johnson gives us a heart-rending portrayal of a lost soul who has shut every door in her life…except one.
    What a perfectly matched pair. As portrayed by these two actresses the mother-daughter relationship is riveting.
     The play is written in such a way as to fascinate with its craftsmanship. Anyone studying the art of playwriting will find it used as an example for everything from developing subtext to creating profound catharsis. Every aspiring playwright should see this exemplary production of Martha Norman’s play.
     The naturalistic scenic design by Douglas Clarke creates the exact right milieu for these characters.  Even before the show begins one realizes the hours these two women have spent in this richly detailed kitchen.
     It is to be hoped that the show will attract a great many theatregoers.  Suicide is the 13th greatest cause of death in our country.
     The reason this play is so important is that it makes us question what we can do to alleviate the pain of those who suffer.

Vintage Theatre presents
"'Night, Mother"
The exploration of the final hour in the life of a young woman who has decided that life is no longer worth living.

May 15 - June 14
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2:30 p.m.; Thurs., June 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., June 13 at 2:30 p.m.
$28 ($24 advance) 
303-856-7830 or online at www.vintagetheatre.org
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010Marlowe's Musings

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