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REVIEW: Vintage Theatre’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’ is an affecting, artistic triumph. By Patrick Dorn The most seductive and damaging temptations in producing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sordid musical Sunset Boulevard are to idolize the show’s aging silent screen legend Norma Desmond as some kind of tragic diva, or to make it a star vehicle. The pathos of this fading star, and thus the show’s success, depends entirely on the audience’s belief that this actress never really was as talented as her fame suggested, really has lost it, and any hope of a comeback is futile. Congratulations to Vintage Theatre, directors Craig A. Bond and Evgueni Mlodik, and especially the extraordinarily gifted singer-actress Marcia Ragonetti, along with fellow co-stars Drew Hirschboeck, Miranda Byers, and Wes Munsil, for getting it EXACTLY right. Continue reading...

In Hollywood in 1949, down-on-his-luck screenwriter Joe Gillis encounters Norma Desmond, the one-time silent film star who fell out of popularity when “talkies” took over. The delusional ex-celebrity speaks of a screenplay she’s written to be her next project, and desperate for an opportunity, Joe offers to edit it in exchange for room and board. When Norma falls in love with Joe, he becomes caught between her and the girl he loves, Betty, and an awkward situation becomes complex and dangerous. The talented cast includes local mezzo-soprano Marcia Ragonetti in the role of Norma Desmond, Drew Hirschboeck (Joe Gillis), Wes Munsil (Max Von Mayerling), Miranda Byers (Betty Schaefer), Mark Rossman (Cecil B DeMille), Brad Wagner (Artie Green), Chad Patten (Sheldrake) and David Ballew (Manfred/Jonesy).  Rounding out the cast are ensemble members Court Clark, Caitlin Conklin, Rachel Finley, Jason Green, Alexander Holdt, Katherine Jackson, Cooper Kaminsky, Kayla Mally, Jordan Manchego, Mike Martinkus, Onna  Poeter, Joey Wishnia, Sheri Wright and Stasia Vinnedge. Evgueni Mlodik is a graduate from Regis University with a BFA in writing/directing. He also holds a Master's Degree from Full Sail University. Evgueni is a writer and director, known for award winning short films The Silver Moonlight (2015) and Christmas Eve '45 (2012). He had previously worked at Vintage Theatre as the assistant director for their acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Although originally born in Moscow, Russia, a large portion of his early childhood was spent in Odessa, Ukraine. Evgueni has been residing in Denver for about 20 years, working within the local film and theatre community....

3.5 (out of 4) stars!Review by Claire Martin, The Denver Post Vintage Theatre's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Rabbit Hole" is a searing, brilliant examination of grief, anger and the ethereal promise of hope. Haley Johnson, who was brilliant as the suicidal daughter in last year's "'Night, Mother," plays Becca, a pleasant woman we meet as she folds a little boy's superhero T-shirts and tiny pants. She is listening to her ditsy sister, Izzy (Maggy Stacy), ranting about a woman in a bar. There's a reason Izzy is spinning out the bar tale: It's to avoid the hulking presence of someone who's notin the room. Eight months earlier, Becca's 4-year-old son was killed when he dashed into the street after his runaway dog. That horrific death haunts Becca and her empathetic husband, Howie ( Marc Stith, who was a formidable presence in "Lobby Hero"), and is slowly ripping them apart. Continue Reading...

Opening March 11 and playing through April 17 Rabbit Hole The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play by David Lindsay-Abaire Directed by Bernie Cardell Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. RABBIT HOLE charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. CLICK HERE for tickets ...