Monday, September 4, 2017

VINTAGE THEATRE: 9/1 – 10/15

                          L-R: Haley Johnson and Deborah Persoff
                                (Photo credit: RDG Photography)

Vintage Theatre’s production of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “August Osage County,” is the most satisfying evening of theatre in memory.  
     This show has been cast to perfection and overseen with clear-eyed, meticulous care by director, Bernie Cardell, with his attention to detail caressing the text and honoring the heartbeat.
     Deborah Persoff inhabits Violet Weston, the drug-addicted, dysfunctional matriarch of the piece with visceral ferocity. Her portrayal of this character provides the theatregoer with the anguish of emotional fireworks of the heart.
     Haley Johnson delivers a powerful performance with multiple layers of heart-wrenching emotion in the role of Violet’s oldest daughter, Barbara.    
     John Ashton (Charlie Aiken) provides a droll longsuffering presence. His long-winded grace before dinner is hilarious.  
     Andrew Uhlenhopp’s portrayal of the predatory Steve Heidebrecht is aptly unsettling particularly in the scene with Jean, played with teenage angst by Kaitlin Weinstein.
     Darcy Kennedy as Mattie Fae is rude and unforgiving, but provides us pathos as well.
     Kelly Uhlenhopp skillfully portrays the hidden longings of Ivy, Violet’s secretive and constantly humiliated daughter.
     Marc Stith is a perfect foil as Barbara’s philandering husband, Bill. Brandon Palmer gives us hope as timorous Little Charles Aiken. Lauren Bahlman’s self-absorbed Karen is most memorable. Stephen Krusoe provides a solid presence as Sheriff Deon Gilbeau, one of Barbara’s high school sweethearts.
     In the role of Violet’s husband, Beverly, Roger Hudson sets the stage for what is to follow in this American Tragedy as he instructs Johnna (Emily Gerhard), a young native American who has been hired to help with caring for the home.
     The set designed by Kortney Hanson and built by Jeff Jesmer is a formidable structure, rich in detail.
     Steven Tangedal’s sensitive lighting and Luke Rahmsdorff-Terry’s evocative sound design add rich undercurrents to the evening. Susan Rahmsdorff Terry’s costumes set the tone so appropriately.Marlowe's Musings

“August: Osage County”
September 1 – October 15, 2017
After the Weston family patriarch disappears family tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat.
Fridays and Saturdays & Monday, Sept 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m
Tickets are $25 - $30
Online at or 303-856-7830.
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010.
Running time: 3 hours 15 minutes.

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