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Review by David Marlowe The joint is jumpin’ over at Vintage Theatre! Their production of “Ain’t Misbehavin”,’ the Fats Waller revue that pays tribute to the composers of the Harlem Renaissance, is exhilarating. Donnie l. Betts’ astute direction provides us with a zesty pace, flair and energy. Duane Carrington’s (Ken) hilarious rendition of “Your Feet’s Too Big” and “Fat and Greasy” are deliciously funny as well as being animated with exuberant vitality.  Leonard E Barrett Jr.’s (Andre) sinuous, serpentine singing of "The Viper's Drag," an homage to reefer weed, is smokin' smooth and unashamedly racy. Click here to continue reading the full review...

Review by David Marlowe Marlowe's Musings “Other Desert Cities” Is a Pulitzer Prize nominated drama with a deliciously unpredictable script.  Playwright Jon Robin Baitz has done a masterful job of penning a script that makes audiences do a complete reversal of their preliminary vision of his characters in Act Two.      After being gone for six years, Brooke Wyeth returns to her parents’ home in Palm Springs, California with her new novel in hand. It’s Christmas and Brooke announces to her parents that she’s about to publish “a memoir” describing a tragic event in the family’s past that opens a deep emotional wound.      Molly Killoran portrays Brooke Wyeth with the exact right petulant look and peevish expressions as the rebel of this dysfunctional family.      Jan Cleveland portrays Brooke’s mother, Polly, as a witty if bigoted conservative at the top of the play and later as a furious matriarch as her daughter’s unforgiving assertions intensify. Click here to continue reading...

Review by Deb FlombergAXS.com When it comes to family drama, the stage is familiar territory. There are many successful plays that capitalize on the poignancy and familiarity of troubles at home, each with it’s own unique cast of characters and deeply upsetting secrets to reveal. However, as recognizable as the family troubles in “Other Desert Cities” may seem at first glance, it’s actually a surprisingly resonant, deeply felt production featuring a fine ensemble of truly talented actors. It’s a perfect fit for the smaller, intimate black box space at Vintage Theatre, and you can catch this impressive production through March 1. To begin with, the plot of “Other Desert Cities” has quite a few secrets to reveal, much like any family gathering where too much alcohol is served. The story centers on the Wyeth family – Lyman and Polly are the parental figures, while Brooke and Trip are their two grown children, each visiting for Christmas from their respective homes in New York and Los Angeles. Also in the home is Polly’s sister, Silda, a recovering alcoholic depending on her sister’s family for support and care. Click here to continue reading...

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...