There are times when listening to a recording of Holiday instills guilt, taking such joy at her performance when the tragic ending we know is waiting for the artist once the song is over. And it is in that conflict for an audience that “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” lives in, and why the show has been so successful since it premiered more than 30 years ago.
“First Date,” the current production at Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Garner Galleria Theatre, is one of those shows that should restore faith in the idea that love stories can be fun. The Broadway musical is equal parts “When Harry Met Sally” and “Rent” in the best ways possible.
“Waitress” is a quirky but sumptuous buffet of emotions that will have you wanting to go back for seconds.
“Red” is a pressure cooker of a show. For 90 minutes the audience is never allowed a moment of rest, even during the most quiet scenes of the script. This isn’t a nice night out at the theater, but it’s a rewarding one. This is a tour de force of emotion as Rothko and his painting assistant Ken delve into the meaning of art, life, death and fragility.
The biographical one-woman show retells the life of Denver native Hattie McDaniel, whose role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind” led to her becoming the first African-American to win an Academy Award. “Hi-Hat Hattie” lets McDaniel, played by Anna High, tell the audience her life’s story while mixing in some classic blues and jazz tunes from the turn of the 20th century.
“Chicago” is Broadway quality, from acting talent to production value. It would be worth a trip to New York City to catch it but luckily “Chicago” die hards won’t have to leave the Front Range to get their fix
“Beau Jest,” Cherry Creek Theatre’s current production, owes more to shows like “Three’s Company” than it does to Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.”
The Vintage has packed its main stage to the brim with enough talent that by the second number, the focus isn’t on the slapped-together look of the production but instead on the vocal and comedic talent the theater has brought in for this show
The play by Jonathan Tolins is a one-man show about Alex More, a struggling California actor fired from his Disneyland job, essentially for making children cry. Broke, he then lands a job working for a mystery woman in Malibu, who turns out to be Barbra Streisand