Tuesday, September 17, 2013

 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Town Hall Arts: 9/13 – 10/13

Tim Howard and Rachelle Wood
     “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is a thoroughly enjoyable musical about a couple of con men named Lawrence and Freddy. Keegan Flaugh plays Lawrence, the older of the two with style and grace. Tim Howard plays Freddy with dynamite comic timing and a command of physical comedy that stuns.  
     It is pure pleasure getting to hear the incomparably talented Margie Lamb in the role of Muriel. This artist’s singing of Muriel’s romantic ‘lament,’ “What Was a Woman to Do?” is musical theatre ice cream. Her duets with Brian Murray(Andre) sparkle! It’s a joy to see Murray landing parts, which showcase his talents as a musical theatre artist. 
     Rachelle Wood’s performance of the role of Christine is a vocal and acting treat!
     Having seen three productions of this musical, this is the first time this reviewer has enjoyed a performance by an actor in the role of Jolene, the rich cowgirl from Oklahoma. Kelsey Rich nails the part! Brava!
      The scene including the song “All About Ruprecht,” in which Jolene receives her much-deserved comeuppance, is delicious. Posing as Lawrence’s extremely challenged little brother Tim Howard treats us as audience to some of the funniest character work in memory.
     The ensemble is filled with some very fine dancers. Led by the stunning Rae Klapperich, it includes such artists as :Tyrell D. Rae, Kia Chapman, Gabe Morales, Rob Riney and Carter Edward Smith. 
     The movement of the puzzle pieces of Tina Anderson’s innovative set design are choreographed (yes, choreographed!) by ingenious director/choreographer Nick Sugar.
     Jonathan Scott-McKean’s lighting is of the professional quality, which Denver audiences have come to expect.
     Music Director Donna Kolpan Debreceni and her onstage band provide us with sensational treatment of this ear-pleasing score.
     The costumes are by the talented Henry Award winner Linda Morken. 

Town Hall’s production opens September 13, 2013 and runs through October 13, 2013. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. (& 2:00 p.m. on 9/28) & Sundays at 2 p.m. (& 6:30 p.m. on 10/6).
Ticket Information:
Reserved seat tickets are currently on sale, priced $20.00-$40.00 at the Town Hall Arts Center box office, 303-794- 2787 ext. 5 (Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. to Noon/ 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday Noon to 4 p.m. and 1 Hour prior to Shows) or on-line at www.TownHallArtsCenter.com . In a continuing effort to make plays at Town Hall Arts Center accessible to all, ten value seats at $10 each will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis one-hour prior to each published curtain time.Marlowe's Musings

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