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Review by Claire Martin Denver Post 3 stars (out of 4!) "Other Desert Cities," at Vintage Theatre, takes its vague name from California highway signs — "To Palm Springs" reads an exit sign, and another directs drivers to the dry promise of "Other Desert Cities." And desert cities, of course, are man-made mirages, with lawns, pools and buildings on land once home to tumbleweed and cacti. So this play, set in Palm Springs, promises an illusion, and boy, does it deliver. Set on Christmas Eve 2004, the play opens with New Yorker Brooke Wyeth (Molly Killoran) arriving home for the first time in six years. She's full of East Coast attitude and more than a little entitlement. Click Here to continue reading...

The delightful sidestepping comedy! Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is a touching and human comedy about a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison, who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, to give her private dance lessons —one per week for six weeks— in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance. Michael and Lily learn to overcome their outward differences and discover an unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret and he shares with her his greatest gifts, his loyalty and compassion. A comedy with music and dance, the play also addresses the serious issues of ageism and intolerance. Featuring Deborah Persoff and Preston Britton March 13 through May 3, 2015Directed by Craig A. Bond...

Experience the jazz explosion of 1920s Harlem! The inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club and that jumpin' new beat, Swing. Although not quite a biography, "Aint Misbehavin'" evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs he made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe. February 27 through April 26. Directed by donnie l. betts Click Here for tickets...

By Claudia Carbonne Less than two weeks after the opera Madame Butterfly closed at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, a similar story, Miss Saigon, opened to a sellout crowd at the Vintage Theatre in Aurora, Colorado. The tragic tale of an Asian woman loved and left by an American soldier is now etched in our minds after both performances. In the Vintage Theatre’s production, the company does an admirable job in bringing the big, bold Vietnam War love story to its small stage of the Jeffrey Nickelson Auditorium. The desperate searching for love, the sleazy nightclubs, the cruelty of war, the heartbreak, the parades, the ultimate sacrifice of a mother for her child. . .it’s all there. A video of half-American children, “living reminders” who were “born in strife, conceived in hell” added a poignant touch to the already emotionally charged story based on true events in which theatergoers in the small theatre can’t help becoming intimately engaged. Click here for the full review....