Reviews

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...

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...

Review by Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post Theatre Critic Depending how you feel about slapstick, farce, British music hall comedy, cases of mistaken identity and high-speed alliteration, "One Man, Two Guvnors" by Richard Bean may be just your cup of not-so-high tea. * * ½ Stars | Comedy Then again, even if you have a great tolerance for silliness, you may balk once you know the show involves a bit of audience participation. A hit on Broadway (with James Corden in the central role), "Two Guvnors" is based on the 18th-century Italian comedy "The Servant of Two Masters" by Carlo Goldoni, transposed to 1963 Brighton, England, and rife with head-knocking goofiness. The collaboration by Vintage Theatre and Spotlight Theatre is a mostly polished production....