Saturday, March 30, 2024

 A Jukebox for the Algonquin

Miners Alley Playhouse: March 1 – April 7


Unpretentious and unassuming, Miners Alley Performance Arts Center’s production of Paul Strolli’s play charms.

     The playwright focuses on a longterm residence for the aged much like The Argyle in North Denver.

     The scenic design by Jonathan Scott McKean appoints the space with furnishings which are the exact replicas of what one finds in such places. They’re not antiques, but they’re old. 

     Vance McKenzie’s work as lighting designer pairs excellently once again with John Hauser’s sound design in telling the story of these aging individuals.

     The cast is made up of some of Colorado’s brightest and best!  

     Len Matheo’s direction is straight forward and allows each of the cast members to have their moment in the spotlight. 

     Having spent a lot of time with a friend living in such places over the last couple of years, I have come to be acquainted with the issues of people there as well as the falling, the loneliness, and the anguish.

      Although it’s got its moments, “A Jukebox for The Algonquin” is a prettified version of plays that look death in the eye, such as Arthur Miller’s “All Over.”

     The performances are balanced and very well delivered.

     Abby Apple Boes, Edith Weiss, Arlene Hicks, John Hauser and Paul Strolli provide us with amiable representations of residents and employees of such establishments.

     At the heart of the show is the relationship of Chris Kendall (Dennis) a wheelchair bound gay man and Dwayne Carrington (Johnny), a straight black man.

    Both men deliver stellar performances, leaving one with a tear in the eye and a heart full of memories.

   The show has some good comic moments and avoids getting too maudlin.

    If you have a free evening next weekend, take a drive up to Golden and check it out.


For tickets call 303-935-3044 or go online at

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