Stage and Comedy

Mark Dissette (center), who plays Tevye, sings "Tradition" during dress rehearsal, July 11 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Phamaly Theatre Company's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" features San Francisco native Sophia Humell, a one-armed violinist who uses a specialized prosthetic to hold her bow. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Aurora’s Phamaly Theatre Company turned 25 last year, and the ensuing year-long birthday bash came with no dearth of gifts. A new artistic director. A nearly two-week production on a stage a world away. A second community impact grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. A trio of True West Awards, the […]

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This image released by Sam Rudy Media Relations shows, from left, Jennifer Kim, Catherine Combs and Kyle Beltran in a scene from Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ play "Gloria", currently performing off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in New York.  (Carol Rosegg/Sam Rudy Media Relations via AP)

Jennifer Kim is memorably bitchy as Kendra, whose own boss avoids her, and Catherine Combs is only marginally nicer as Anika. Ryan Spahn exudes likeability as very decent and very hung-over Dean, while Kyle Beltran is polished as Harvard-educated intern Miles, who politely fetches sodas for these spoiled assistants. Michael Crane gives a haunted air to Lorin, a bookish older fact-checker who keeps reappearing to shush the youngsters, then suddenly gives a moving speech about the futility of his career.

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Haley Johnson, as Jessie, and Emma Messenger, as Mama, star in “‘Night Mother” at the Vintage Theater. (Photo provided)

“To do a classic like “‘Night, Mother”, but to do it very well, kind of speaks to the mission of who we are and of bringing in vintage works that people had never seen or hadn’t seen for a very long long time,” Bond said. “We’re thrilled for the two women, the director and the designer to have been nominated and get this recognition for their work.”

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Theater geeks and casual goers alike are spoiled for choice these days when it comes to catching a show anywhere along the Front Range. This summer is no exception.

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