Monday, April 3, 2017

    L-R: Min Kyung Kim and Emily Gerhard (Photo Credit: Janelle Althoff)

Directed with style by Mark Pergola, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow is the story of a cyber-genius who has OCD and is also afflicted with Agoraphobia. Adopted in infancy from China, Jennifer Marcus longs to meet her birth mother. Since she’s afraid to step outside her house she creates a robot to travel to her birth place. Playwright Mark Rollins’ script was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2006.
     Director Pergola has cast Min Kyung Kim as Jennifer Marcus. Making her Vintage Theatre and Denver debut, this actor delivers a passionate reading of a genius’s need to get ‘out of the box.”
     Emily Gerhard’s sparkling performance as a robotic alter ego invests the show with humor and warmth.
     Andrew Uhlenhopp’s comic performance in a number of supporting roles provides a light-hearted punctuation to the proceedings. His amorous Mormon missionary is especially memorable.        
       Margaret Norwood portrays a no-nonsense mother with a penchant for tough love wishing her daughter could open the door to her own life.
      Andy Anderson portrays Mr. Marcus with a gentle, open-hearted presence.
     Erik Thurston’s debut upon the Vintage Theatre stage is delightful as Jenny Marcus’s pizza delivery boy friend.
   The show is enhanced greatly by a cleverly created set by Cherly Brodzinsky and an evocative and under-stated sound design by Ren Manley. 

Vintage Theatre presents
“The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow”
One brilliant woman’s quest to face her fears and determine her heritage.
March31-May 21
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2:30 p.m.
Monday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m; No performance on April 16. 
Tickets are $24 - $30 
Online at or 303-856-7830. 
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010.

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