Saturday, March 1, 2014

Lend Me a Tenor
Vintage Theatre: 2/21 – 3/23

     Vintage Theatre’s production of “Lend Me a Tenor” is farce the way it’s supposed to be directed and played. Brava!   

     Katie Mangett has cast some great actors and directs  the proceedings at a breathless pace!
     Andrew Uhlenhopp stuns in his role of Tito Morelli, the trouble-causing tenor at the heart of this show. You will laugh out loud a lot at the unstoppable brio of Uhlenhopp’s performance.

         Left to Right: Andrew Uhlenhopp   and Jeff Jesmer

Morelli’s attention-demanding wife, Maria has for this reviewer,  always been the character in this farce that has to be played exactly right for the rest of the farce to work. Sarah MacMillan is a knockout in the part. Why? She’s not afraid to play it with real gusto. Maria has to upstage the guy playing both the impresario and her husband, the opera star! She does it to sparkling perfection.
     Andy Anderson is ginormously funny as a harried impresario trying to keep up with all the drama of the spoiled rotten opera star and his kuh-ray-zee wife.

Left to Right: Leroy Leonard and Andy Anderson

Jeff Jesmer’s Max is joyously right on as he juggles keeping his boss at bay, a tenor in tow and his beautiful fiancée in love with him.
     Leroy Leonard adds to the mayhem as a very funny bellboy.
     Kelly Uhlenhopp is as eye-catching as always in the role of Diana.
          This play introduced this reviewer to Bethany Talley who plays Maggie, Max’s girlfriend and the impresario’s daughter. She is a pitch perfect ingénue and one hopes to see her upon the Denver stage again soon.

Left to Right: Bethany Talley and Jeff Jesmer (all photo credits DenverMind Media)

Sean Cochran has provided an attractive  and functional set, allowing for all the frenetic entrances and door-slamming exits.
     It’s fluffy fun with no raison d’etre other than being pure wacky escapist entertainment… and you will laugh your brains out!

Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2:30 p.m.; Thurs., Mar. 20 @ 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Mar 22 @ 2:30 p.m.
$26 Adult; Senior, Student, Group discounts available
303-856-7830 or online at
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010Marlowe's Musings

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