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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 

Educating Rita

The Black Box Season at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities became such a big part of my theatre going experience last year. With plays that were so thought provoking they crafted a certain depth that shifted with each production. So much so that it comes as to no surprise when the talented cast received a Henry Award for their production of Sense and Sensibility. 

Now it is that time of year again, the theatre season breaks ground, so does the beginning of the Black Box, which begins with the play Educating Rita

Now this is a play I don’t know much about but from what I have read it seems rather interesting. The plot surrounding a young woman named Rita, who signs up for an open course in English literature, taught by a professor named Frank. Now…being the lover of literature that I am the play already has my attention. 

But with that aside I am also intrigued when it comes to a small cast taking the stage. Especially when that cast consists of only two people. 

  It creates a bond, a bond that must be strong and command the stage in a way that requires audience members to not only focus on what the two actors are saying and doing but to also be mindfully aware of what is taking place around them. Their personal situations can sometimes be that defining feature that builds the bridge between the two characters and allows the audience to see the bond; despite the current situation that is taking place. 

I honestly could rant and rant about why I love this aspect of theatre and what could possibly take place in this anticipated play, but I would much rather say more once the story is said and done. It will undoubtedly be an interesting night of theatre. 

  We see Educating Rita at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities on Friday, October 5th at 7:30pm. 

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.

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.