11 Jan Ambitious production of ‘Miss Saigon’
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.