Stage and Comedy

Mack and Mabel runs Fri., Sat. & Sun. through Sept. 14.
Curtains at 7:45 p.m. on Fri. and Sat., 2:45 p.m. on Sun. 
Tickets start at $26 in advance, $31 at the door. More information at 303-856-7830 or vintagetheatre.com

Despite all of the stellar aspects, the show belongs entirely to Rachelle Wood as Mabel Normand. Wood dazzles as “Nelly, the kid from the deli,” striking the often clandestine middle ground between naïve temptress who doesn’t know her own potential and flirty superstar

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Any off-Broadway incarnation of “Rent” is an ambitious undertaking that inevitably comes with atmospheric expectations. Ignite Theatre’s production at the Aurora Fox this August is no exception, and fortunately for metro-area Rent-heads, the show, by and large, delivers

“We know, and our audience knows, about the great stuff we’re doing and the high quality of our productions,” said Charlie Packard, the Fox’s executive producer and individual award recipient for Outstanding Scenic Design in Metamorphoses. “It’s nice to know that the Henry judges recognize that as well.”

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That classic, Falstaffian enigma of rallying for the greasy scalawag comes through in spades in Winters’ performance. It answers the question why Americans can’t get enough of that damned Jack Sparrow.

This image released by The O and M Co. shows Ruthie Ann Miles as Imelda Marcos in "Here Lies Love," with concept and lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, at The Public Theater in New York. Byrne, the Talking Heads frontman went to the Philippines last week to add potential names to the English-based talent pool as he gears up to present the show in London this September. (AP Photo/The O and M Co., Joan Marcus)

“We think we might have some important slots filled, but we won’t know which they are until we see the London actors in the next few days,” Byrne wrote Wednesday in an email from the airport in Dubai en route to London.

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