Reviews

By David Marlowe "Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Night Mother” is being given a soul-shattering reading by two of Denver’s finest in the intimacy of the Bond-Trimble Theatre at Vintage Theatre in Aurora. Imbued with profound sadness, this tale of a young woman’s last hour is sensitively directed by Billie McBride. Emma Messenger delivers a nuanced portrayal of a mother brought face to face with a situation she never could have imagined to be possible. Haley Johnson gives us a heart-rending portrayal of a lost soul who has shut every door in her life…except one." Read the full review...

By AXS.com "Same-sex marriage is one of the most dividing issues facing the country today. With the upcoming ruling from the Supreme Court, it’s a topic still broadcast on nearly every news station across the country and an issue that many people are highly passionate about, with strong opinions on both sides. With issues like this, ones that reach deep into an individual’s personal beliefs, artists of all types can find inspiration. And, in 2008, when California famously passed Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage, inspiration is just what K.D. Carlson found. Much like the rest of the country, Carlson found herself sucked in by the dramatic testimonies and stories from the famous Proposition 8 appeal hearings and began to put pen to paper. Her play “UnMarried in America” was first presented in Aspen, with director Wendy Moore at the helm. It then traveled to the Colorado Community Theatre Coalition Festival in Salida, where it won nine awards, including Best Ensemble, Best Director and the People’s Choice Award. From there, Vintage Theatre’s Artistic Director Craig Bond decided to give the play a full staging at his Aurora Theatre, where it opened May 8 to standing ovations and an enthusiastic audience." Read the full review...

By Claire Martin, The Denver Post 3 Stars (Out of 4) "With a modest but versatile set and a remarkably cohesive, powerful cast, Vintage Theatre's production of "UNMarried in America" examines the emotional shrapnel and confusion in the wake of California's Proposition 8. The story begins with the court reporter (Julie Wolf Butters) trying to sort out what she's heard as she transcribes testimony for the 2010 court challenge to Proposition 8, which denied same-sex couples the right to a legal marriage before it was ruled unconstitutional." Read the full review...

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...