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Review by Beki Pineda: Two women waiting outside a church begin to talk and discover that they have things in common. Helen Richards (Lisa Young) is revisiting a woman she met as a child. Zora Evans (Davida A. Terrell) is trying to get a gig with NPR and is there to do interviews with the waiting people. They are joined by street artist, Mona Lisa Martin (Josephine Lemon-Lett) who is a Katrina survivor. Next comes Keisha Cameron (Ilasiea Gray), a saucy teenager pushing her faux baby in a stroller, foreshadowing her reason for being there. The last arrival is a quiet guarded female soldier, Gwendolyn Johnson (ShaShauna Staton). They have all gathered outside the Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay homage to recently deceased Civil Rights leader Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. The conversations reveal each woman's connection to Mrs. King and moves along leisurely until Keisha arrives. An unlikely candidate for being in this line, she startles with her reason for being there. This is followed by a dialogue duet between the street artist and the Afghanistan-bound soldier. In a touching back-and-forth, they tell their horrific tales of survival. This would be a powerful evening even without the occasion for the gathering, but each woman's emotional connection to Mrs. King pulls the whole piece together. The individual performances are strong; as an ensemble, they shine! A WOW Factor of 8! ...

  Review by Craig Williamson, North Denver Tribune: Vintage Theatre has grown into a prolific company since moving in 2012 from their uptown location on 17th Avenue to their current home in the Aurora Arts District, offering a season of eleven productions this year.  I was impressed by the company’s work in their old space, but had not yet made the trek to Aurora for a show. Ken Ludwig’s farce Lend Me A Tenor has long been on my list of shows to see, so I used that as an excuse to travel eastward.  I found that Vintage delivers a tight production of this clever farce, featuring several strong performances. CLICK HERE to continue reading the review...

Meet "The Lyons" - secrets and lies, fangs, claws and all (review) * * * stars (out of 4) | Dark comedy By Lisa Kennedy Denver Post Theater Critic "I think of myself as a fighter," playwright Nicky Silver said in an interview with Sarah Stern, co-artistic director of New York's Vineyard Theatre, which has mounted a number of Silver's works, starting with his 1993 breakthrough "Pterodactyls." "I experience life as an endless slugfest," he added. No kidding, you may respond, after seeing his combative comedy "The Lyons" on stage at the Vintage Theatre, through March 9. Ben Lyons is dying. When he reminds wife Rita of this sorry fact, lying in a nondescript hospital room, she replies tartly, barely looking up from the home décor magazine she thumbs a little too furiously, "I know, but try to be positive."...

The Lyons Review by David Marlowe Vintage Theatre: 2/7 – 3/9 Nicky Silver’s “The Lyons” is dark serious drama with a decidedly comic edge that will set you free! It’s a no-holds-barred black comedy of the devastatingly funny variety!! If you think you’ve seen button pushing controlling parents and siblings, wait til you meet the Lyons. CLICK HERE for the full review....