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Friday, April 19, 2024

Denver Center’s offbeat “Emma” will delight fans of rom-coms, Austen’s novel by Lisa Kennedy

The rhythms of Jane Austen’s novels are so persuasive, their challenges and resolutions so familiar, that playwright Kate Hamill can merrily tease our knowledge again and again in her wink…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:12PM
Friday, April 12, 2024

Nothing is black and white about “MJ: The Musical”| Review by Lisa Kennedy

For the most part, the show brackets out the controversies that bedevil Jackson’s legacy, but it doesn’t demand that we do the same.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 10:24AM
Monday, April 8, 2024

What makes Denver theater audiences different? (Hint: It starts with a sense of humor) by Lisa Kennedy

“The world seems to be asking to be uplifted these days."

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:02AM
Thursday, April 4, 2024

10 things to know about Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson by Lisa Kennedy

Here's 10 things to know about the playwright and his work.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:42PM
Thursday, March 28, 2024

5 reasons you should see Phamaly’s “The Cost of Living” at Curious Theatre by Lisa Kennedy

What if your theater review were fractured? Broken apart and rearranged to get at something new about a staged work, to get at something different about the experience?

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:00AM
Thursday, March 14, 2024
Thursday, March 7, 2024

How DCPA used a psychotherapist to flesh out characters in its new WWII spy thriller by Lisa Kennedy

Their invention may have legs. She hopes to train new practitioners in what psychodramaturgy is -- and what it is not.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:02AM
Thursday, February 22, 2024

Seduction, sex and WWII: Espionage drama “Rubicon” premieres at the Denver Center by Lisa Kennedy

Play about Betty Thorpe is as much about gender politics as geo-politics.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 10:18AM
Thursday, February 15, 2024

Tony-winning musical about a daughter-dad reckoning gets an inspired production by Lisa Kennedy

The 90-minute show is amusing and at times dark. It is also powerfully humane.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:54PM
Friday, February 9, 2024

In divided times, the Colorado debut of Pulitzer finalist “What the Constitution Means to Me” is wise and funny by Lisa Kennedy

The play’s feminist take on the vision, blind spots and vulnerabilities of the U.S. Constitution gained urgency when Donald Trump took office.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 11:42AM
Thursday, February 8, 2024

Three Latina sisters take a wild road trip in new dramatic comedy at Denver Center by Lisa Kennedy

“Cebollas” --  Spanish for onion — stays true to its meaning.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 11:18AM
Friday, February 2, 2024

In this Boulder theater series, the actors feed the audience — literally by Lisa Kennedy

But you've got to keep eating during the short and evocative performances in the elegant dinner theater that is “FEED: Dry.”

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:12PM
Thursday, February 1, 2024

This “Misery” deserves company at Miners Alley | Theater review by Lisa Kennedy

Ensemble has a darkly enjoyable time with Stephen King’s tale of fandom run amok.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:54PM
Monday, January 22, 2024

Sisterhood comes naturally for these Latina actresses by Lisa Kennedy

Leonard Madrid, playwright of the new comedy “Cebollas,” has one sister, 10 aunts and 36 primas, or female cousins.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 11:18AM
Friday, January 19, 2024

Sins of a son confronted, in gripping “Truth Be Told” | Theater review by Lisa Kennedy

Two mothers wrestle with the sins of sons in Curious Theatre Company’s mass-shooting drama.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 10:06AM
Thursday, January 4, 2024

It was almost curtains for a Boulder theater company, but new leadership has changed that by Lisa Kennedy

“There’s a world of difference between starting a company with no audience, no space, and then coming here with a patron database of 8,000 people, all of whom were so loyal.”

SOURCE: Denver Post at 11:02AM
Thursday, December 21, 2023
Friday, December 15, 2023
Friday, December 8, 2023

Hit musical “Six” brings Henry VIII’s exes to vivid life | Theater review by Lisa Kennedy

If the Six were a girl group, it’s not clear how much they’d have topped the charts. Which doesn’t mean the women in the Tony-winning -- and just plain winning — musical “Six” do…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:42PM
Friday, December 1, 2023

“Letters of Suresh” is as beguiling as an origami bird | Theater review by Lisa Kennedy

Curious Theatre Company’s latest is a nuanced production.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 11:32AM
Thursday, November 16, 2023

A compelling civil rights “herstory” lesson at Vintage | Theater review by Lisa Kennedy

“Cadillac Crew" is an act of recovery and discovery, of connecting dots and tracing lineage

SOURCE: Denver Post at 12:18PM
Friday, November 10, 2023

“Coal Country” a true tale of loss, betrayal and anguish | Theater review by Lisa Kennedy

Director Jessica Robblee has summoned a deep bench of local talent for this production.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:48AM
Thursday, November 9, 2023

Lynn Nottage’s play “Clyde’s” heats up the Denver Center | Theater review by Lisa Kennedy

If you are jonesing for fresh episodes of “The Bear,” this production might feed that craving.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:36PM
Friday, October 27, 2023

Warning: “Blasted” at Benchmark is brutal — but powerful | Theater review by Lisa Kennedy

There is sexual assault, and no small measure of racist, misogynist and homophobic slurs.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 11:13AM
Friday, October 20, 2023

The trials and triumphs of Tina Turner, vividly, violently onstage | Theater review by Lisa Kennedy

Turner in her early years with Ike and then during her solo career was known as one of the hardest-working performers in showbiz.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:43AM
Thursday, October 19, 2023

Su Teatro’s “Wolf at the Door” a grim and gratifying fable | Review by Lisa Kennedy

Adult in its concerns, the play nevertheless captivates with its fairytale touches.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:25PM
Thursday, October 12, 2023

“The Laramie Project,” now at the Arvada Center, continues to offer fresh lessons | Review by Lisa Kennedy

The gift of “The Laramie Project” is to give voice to the citizens of a town reeling, reckoning but also feeling tarnished by a violent and bigoted act, and the influx of journalists pro…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 11:55AM
Friday, October 6, 2023

Send in the clowns with evocative, dreamlike show from Theatre Artibus by Lisa Kennedy

Physical theater is alive and inspired in “The Pâstisserie."

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:55PM
Thursday, October 5, 2023

Vintage Theatre actors enthrall us in the Kit Kat Klub | Review by Lisa Kennedy

Sex -- winked at or engaged in — has occupied the center of “Cabaret” since its 1966 Broadway premiere and onward to Bob Fosse’s classic 1972 film version.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:34AM
Friday, September 29, 2023

Theater review: Local Theater Company’s “You Enjoy Myself” grabs us at “hey” by Lisa Kennedy

Even if the beloved-by-so-many band Phish isn’t your jam, the new play “You Enjoy Myself” very well might be.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:37PM
Monday, September 25, 2023

Small talk gives way to horror in “The Minutes” at Curious Theatre by Lisa Kennedy

The ability of the horror genre to take on systemic violence has become a rich conversation in literature and film.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 12:03PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards