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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Two poignant new shows immerse viewers in an odd estate sale and 1930 farm life, respectively | Review by Lisa Kennedy

The deceased’s somewhat creepy sculptural work is actually for sale, as are the many tchotchkes, oddities and books exhibited in a warren of rooms.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:13PM
Friday, June 2, 2023

Denver’s Fringe Festival takes inspiration from Edinburgh by Lisa Kennedy

Denver Fringe Festival runs June 8-11 with 40 shows over 10 venues in RiNo, Five Points and Curtis Park.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 12:24PM

Spiritual, secular intersect in “The Oldest Son” at Miners Alley by Lisa Kennedy

A ring of the doorbell will change everything for a married couple -- and the world? —  in playwright Sarah Ruhl’s involving drama “The Oldest Boy: A Play in Three Ceremonies,” at M…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 12:24PM
Thursday, June 1, 2023

Based on Colorado history, Buntport’s “Best Town” is a zany work by Lisa Kennedy

It doesn’t seem fair or smart or particularly nimble to write that the folks at Buntport are at it again. And yet: The folks at Buntport are at it again with their latest original play, �…

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

A singular performance suppresses the flaws of “On the Exhale”  by Lisa Kennedy

It would be too flippant to say playwright Martín Zimmerman’s drama, “On the Exhale,” begins with a bang. Although, its ensuing tragedy does -- a series of bangs, in fact.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:48AM
Friday, May 12, 2023

Sheryl McCallum and David Nehls bring the legend of R&B great Ruth Brown to the Denver Center by Lisa Kennedy

Connection is a recurring theme in how McCallum and Nehls came to make “Miss Rhythm,” which is based on the 1996 book.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 11:54AM

Jeffrey Neuman’s canny drama, “The Headliners,” wows at Pluss Theatre by Lisa Kennedy

Neuman sets his engaging drama -- with music and a little bit of sashaying — in 1908, the year New York City’s vaudeville quasars Eva Tanguay and Julian Eltinge decided to flip the scrip…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 11:54AM
Friday, May 5, 2023

Theater reviews: One play has no shortage of antics, another no paucity of ambition by Lisa Kennedy

This past weekend offered two shows that are expertly performed, skillfully designed and directed with a terrific sense of what their ensembles are capable of.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:32AM
Friday, April 28, 2023

“Eden Prairie, 1971” is a melancholy (and hopeful) swan song at BETC by Lisa Kennedy

So much in the Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado’s latest production, Mat Smart’s “Eden Prairie, 1971,” shines a spotlight on the many pleasures the Boulder company has offered au…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:36PM
Friday, April 14, 2023

“The Color Purple” at the Denver Center is a gorgeous and timely revival by Lisa Kennedy

To see anew in a season of renewal comes as a gift, making it easy to feel awash with theatergoer gratitude.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:36AM
Friday, March 24, 2023

The Ku Klux Klan, post-partum depression and compassion course through “Amerikin” by Lisa Kennedy

Continuing the company’s 25th-anniversary theme of what it means to be an American, “Amerikin” brims with weighty ideas.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 10:24AM
Friday, February 24, 2023

Theater reviews: “Hotter Than Egypt,” “FEED Après” making audiences hot and cold by Lisa Kennedy

In “Hotter Than Egypt,” American businessman Paul fancies himself a culturally astute traveler. He’s been to Cairo before and respects the local customs, a fact he makes a point of whe…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:00AM
Friday, February 17, 2023

Playwrights at Colorado New Play Summit talk about the inspiration behind stories by Lisa Kennedy

Jake Brasch is talking about how growing up in Denver shaped him as a playwright. The 31-year-old will return to his hometown from New York this week to begin rehearsals for the staged readi…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:00AM

Acting shines in “A Moon for the Misbegotten” and “The Year of Magical Thinking”  by Lisa Kennedy

In one play, a woman of formidable intellect navigates two catastrophic losses. In the other, a woman of formidable frankness allows herself a glimmer of romantic feeling.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:00AM
Monday, February 13, 2023

A play about Five Point’s past offers hopes of a more collaborative future by Lisa Kennedy

The show fills out a past in ways that will be illuminating to even those who know some of the high points of the Rossonian and Five Points.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:00AM
Friday, February 10, 2023

Denver theaters offer three intimate shows, lots of big laughs by Lisa Kennedy

Funny. Funnier. Funniest. How you arrange these apt adjectives will hinge on your own taste in wit.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:00AM
Friday, February 3, 2023

Two plays ask, and sometimes answer, difficult questions by Lisa Kennedy

This is the final weekend of “Acts of Faith,” and you might consider rearranging your plans to catch it before Faith and her vital lessons vanish.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:00AM
Monday, January 9, 2023

Choreographer Kyle Abraham bringing his cool vibes to Newman Center by Lisa Kennedy

Not long ago, Kyle Abraham returned to the city that shaped him as an artist. The renowned choreographer and MacArthur Fellow visited his hometown of Pittsburgh for the local premiere of “…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:00AM
Friday, January 6, 2023

Here’s what’s ahead for the local theater season by Lisa Kennedy

Spring looks likely to awaken Colorado theatergoers’ hearts and minds with entertaining and ambitious fare.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:00AM
Friday, December 9, 2022

Naughty done nicely: With “Pop the Holidays,” a cabaret goes pleasantly sideways by Lisa Kennedy

Michelle "'Shells” Hoffman won’t be home for Christmas or Hanukkah or even Chrismukkah for that matter. Instead, the self-identified “bi-religious” daughter of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. -- pl…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:24AM
Friday, November 25, 2022

Thoughtful “Franklinland” tells a fictional tale of a founding father — and fatherhood by Lisa Kennedy

In the play “Franklinland,” Benjamin Franklin is a man of many ideas and ideals. He is an avid inventor and a fellow with no shortage of appetites.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:06AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

“The COVID Wife” lays out the raw emotion behind a viral Facebook post by Lisa Kennedy

In October 2020, Nepi’s husband of 30 years, Mark, was rushed to Littleton’s Adventist Hospital with life-threatening complications from COVID-19.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:06AM
Friday, November 4, 2022

The Catamounts goes all in on the madness of the basketball musical “Small Ball”   by Lisa Kennedy

The production is so very ambitious that this viewer was left with the sense that its makers are trying to say even more than I could grasp with confidence on one sitting.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:48AM

“The Royale” is a bruising and bittersweet production about the “sweet science” – and so much more by Lisa Kennedy

The fight choreography is gorgeous, even though no punches connect. A thump on a chest or stomp on the canvas signals a dazing blow, a blinding jab.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:48AM
Friday, October 28, 2022

Playfulness is the thing in Denver Center’s “Much Ado About Nothing” by Lisa Kennedy

Some of that wink and nudge is, of course, the work of William Shakespeare. But there is also a drollness to the staging of the Bard’s comedy.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:37AM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

“Futurity,” at the Aurora Fox theater, is playful and poignant, rocking and roiling by Lisa Kennedy

This indie-rock musical celebrates the imagination, which can be a gateway to invention, a portal to escape, a window into the future

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:33AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

“Raised on Ronstadt” showcases big songs, bigger voice by Lisa Kennedy

Heritage can come in waves, carried by the stories mothers and fathers and grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins share.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:19AM
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Phamaly’s “Vox Vergere” celebrates our various identities with eight one-act plays by Lisa Kennedy

In attending Phamaly productions, audiences of shared and varied abilities can’t help but be changed or at least challenged.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:25AM
Friday, September 30, 2022

In two fiercely acted regional theater premieres, the kids are anything but all right by Lisa Kennedy

With the recent openings of “The Children” and “Dry Land,” area theaters continue to launch their seasons on a high note -- or, depending on how you look at it, a culturally attuned …

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:37AM
Friday, September 23, 2022

“The Chinese Lady” is witty and wincing as it puts questions of humanity on display by Lisa Kennedy

Audience members have grown used to the clever ways that theaters make requests to silence all devices, unwrap candies and otherwise zip it in a show’s prologue. But the Denver Center Thea…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:33AM

Arvada Center offers bewitching reasons to head “Into the Woods” by Lisa Kennedy

The word this summer out of a pandemic-bruised Broadway was promising. The Encores! production of “Into the Woods” wowed and charmed. The news closer to home is even more welcome.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:33AM

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