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Stories on Stage: Dear Elizabeth

You know I sometimes wonder why some performances whether it be a play, or musical only last for such a short amount of time compared to others. Some productions can be so close to pure perfection but last only for a one to two night run. 

Then again, this can also keep a piece fresh and unique while allowing many more stories that sometimes don't always make it to the stage to be told. Maybe that is one trait I love so much about Colorado theatre. There are so many innovative minds working hard to ensure that some voices of a story are told. 

This is where Stories on Stage comes in. Now I have heard of their productions over the past three years of living here in Denver, however I sadly have not been able to make my way over to view their work. Thankfully though that is about to change. 

On Saturday, October 13th, Stories on Stage will be bringing to life a work known as, "Dear Elizabeth," at the Nomad Playhouse in Boulder. Which I thankfully will be attending. 

The play is interesting to say the least, the story focuses on the corresponding letters between poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, and their lives in between. 

Staring Emily Paton Davies and Sam Gregory, I truly believe this is going to an experience and performance that I will be able to talk about for a long time and am looking for to do so. 

  We see Dear Elizabeth at The Nomad Playhouse this Saturday at 7:30 pm 

The Catamounts: Men on Boats!

Not knowing your history can sometimes cause you to overlook a lot of important but smaller details of our countries exploration. Overtime I have come to realize just how relevant these little pieces of time can be. It is even more important to note the air of excellence that is created when these little events or stories are put to stage.

The theatre world of course is starting to take advantage of this with musicals like The Ballad of Little Jo beginning to appear. But the old west and it's explorations aren't put up as much as one could want. So when a production with this atmosphere is produced and put together. It's very hard to ignore.

Which is why Samantha and I will be heading to The Dairy Arts Center, on Saturday to witness the hilarious and ambitious play, Men on Boats! Presented by The Catamounts this witty play follows the tru(ish) story of of John Wesley Powell's 1869 expedition to chart the Colorado River. Now what I find extremely interesting about this comedy is the fact this cast features no…well men. Creating a gender bent story that is sure to keep the audience laughing. With talents such as Jessica Austgen, Edith Weiss and Missy Moore among the cast who knows what great night of theatre is in store!

We will see, The Catamounts: Men On Boats on Saturday, September 22nd at the Dairy Arts Center.

Newsies The Musical

One cannot describe what a surprise hit of the season, Newsies was when it hit Broadway in 2012. Fans roared in support of the struggling newsies of New York, as they rally around their leader Jack Kelly in order to strike against the rising fees put on by their boss. The show won a few Tony’s during its time on Broadway, including best score and best choreography. All of which were rightfully deserved. 

Back in 2013 as I was visiting New York, I did manage to see the theatre where Newsies run took place. Unfortunately I did not have the time to be able to see the show that was quickly gaining many, many fans throughout its run. Which is why I am all the more excited to be able to see who is the King of New York at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s production of Newsies on Thursday night. 

This will be my first show at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. I have heard about their unique style of dinner theatre that many of my close friends have found to be an amazing experience. With being praised countless times I can not wait to see what is in store for me. 

  I will be seeing Newsies the musical, at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse on Thursday, June 28th at 7:30.

It's Electric...

And so we reach the second play to come out of the Black Box Respiratory at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities wth The Electric Baby. Now I have never heard of this play but upon seeing the sketches that were on display at the Arvada Center, my imagination was taken hold of by the amazing work of the set that will be apart of this production. 

     Many of the actors from Sense and Sensibility will be returning, as well as their understudies now taking on lead roles within this play. Words cannot describe how curious I am to see the staging of this show. As they are using the same space that Sense and Sensibility is still currently running in. The Electric Baby from what I read up on, is defiantly going to be an interesting night of dark comedy, with underlying motives and lessons involving a magical baby. In other words I am instantly intrigued. 

    Being more of the musical girl that I am, I am trying to watch more plays this year and the Arvada Center has helped tremendously with their Black Box season. They are 1 for 1 right now with their cheeky Sense and Sensibility, let’s see if they can go 2 for 2 with their production of the Electric Baby. I will be seeing it Friday, February 9th at 7:30.

Sluething Around

Who doesn’t love a murder mystery? I know little to no one who can resist the dark undertones, and characters that you seem to be unable to read upon first glance. It is this lure that is pulling Samantha and myself to the Vintage Theatre, for their production of Sleuth that will open on February 2nd. 

    While I have been to many productions at the Vintage I believe this is the most excited I have been for one of their productions. With the theatre being as small as it is, it is sure to present an intimate mystery that will put the audience right in the center of the action. Sleuth won the 1971 tony for best play, and presents an interesting story that is sure to keep us all on the edge of our seats. 

    When mystery writer Andrew Wyke invites his wife’s lover to his county estate, things turn sinter in an unexpected game of cat and mouse. 

     Now, this one sentence alone peaks my interest and I’m sure it will catch many theatre goers eye as the mystery unravels within the walls of The Vintage. Personally I am looking for to this production and cannot wait to see what director Bernie Cardell and his cast have in store for us. 

    We will be seeing Sleuth on February 2nd at the Vintage at 7:30pm.

Sense & Sensibility

    When I think of Jane Austin, I will admit Sense and Sensibility, isn’t the first story that appears within my head. As a matter of fact the only time I have read this tale was way back in high school, for an english course that I really don’t remember. With that being said, strangely enough I am very excited to be seeing the play adaptation that is premiering at the Arvada Center on January 26th. 

    This production will be performed by The Arvada Center’s Black Box Respiratory Company, a group of very multitalented actors who are not only taking on multiple roles in  this play, but are also performing in two or all of the upcoming plays within this season. 

    That is a hard task within itself and I would be lying if I said I am not curious to see them perform. I love watching actors change their entire body language and appearance, shapeshifting into a completely different person, with a different personality, or even an entirely different being. It shows the complexity and skills these actors have trained to the best of their abilities. 

     It isn’t hard to see that I a very excited to see this production, especially considering this will be a comedy. Like many people I am complete sucker for them, I adore watching comedic timing and seeing how the audience will respond. Having read up on this production, it will be nice to see what risks and twists have they have added to this story, and how quick they will be able to pull the audience, including myself in Austin’s world. 

 

    We see Sense and Sensibility on January 26th, at the Arvada Center at 7:30pm.

Mining for Gold

Later next week we are going to have the pleasure of experiencing Josh Hartwell's version of A Christmas Carol at Miner's Alley Playhouse in Golden, CO. This will be the second time I will have seen the show but the continual change that I have heard being described about the show has me excited. 

Seeing such a classic getting redone but also reworked is going to be worth the wait, and importantly worth the time for the creative team. With only 6 actors in the whole production things are going to get interesting, but also more exciting. The last time I saw this production (a more classical rendition I might add) was at the Guthrie in Minneapolis. Having a smaller setting I believe is going to be very very nice. 

We will be seeing A Christmas Carol Dec. 8th which runs until Dec. 23rd at The Miner's Alley Playhouse in Golden, CO.

All That Jazz

I  am so excited to say I will finally be able to see Chicago the musical at the Buell Theatre come Tuesday evening on November, 28th. I just recently sat down and watched the film version of this show per my best friend’s demand. In many ways I am so glad that she did and that I took the time to watch it. Often I will assume certain things when it comes to musicals. I believed that the premise was completely different then it actually was. While I did get the murder part correct, the rest of it I was dead wrong. Clearly this is a habit I really need to break. 

  With that being said, I would be lying if I said I won’t be comparing the touring production to the film, however I welcome the changes and differences that come with the show. Chicago has now become one of those shows on my list that I have been dying to see live for the experience. It is a musical revival that has been running for quiet some time on Broadway and continues to break records. I don’t really know a show that has done that with a revival of all things. 

All I can say is let’s see how long it will take me to get these songs out of my head, it took me at least a few weeks before the film score was able to get out. I wonder if the stage production will break that record come Tuesday evening. 

Being "The Foreigner"

    It’s so strange how much superstition can go into a day like Friday the 13th. Strangely enough this has always been a good, but normal day for me. It’s probably the fact I was born on the 13th and am a natural clumsy person on a day to day basis. But anyway…. 

    Hopefully the date will be oblivious at the Arvada Center as they open their production of The Foreigner. I am very excited for it to be staged in their black box theatre; one space I have yet to see a production in. 

    Having known little to none about this play I am very curious to see it and it is safe in my opinion to not read anymore into it. I will be going into this show with an open mind. Normally I am more of a musical type of girl and plays sometimes have to work a bit harder to keep my attention. However this one did piqued my curiosity. The play is a comedy and from what little I have read up on it looks to be a good night of entertainment. Hopefully it will scare away the paranoid superstitions of a day that is known to be so unlucky. 

    We will be seeing the production on Friday, Oct 13th at The Arvada Center for Performing Arts.