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STOMP for Rhythm Lovers

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At the Buell Theater, September 25 – 30, 2012. Opening night proved that STOMP is loved in Denver. It’s a fast paced show that literally starts with a toe tap and ends with uproarious finger snapping, foot stomping, tapping on cans, match boxes, brooms and hilarious and talented actors who hilariously interact with the audience a la mime. Adults and children alike, were compelled to interact with yelps and laughs as the actors pointed to the audience and engaged the crowd in this very creative and rhythmical beloved Broadway show.

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is closing October 14

 I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE playing the Garner Galleria Theatre will close on October 14 with Denver’s favorite fast-talking Tupperware lady returning just in time for the holidays. DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY plays the Garner Galleria Theatre November 7-December 30Tickets are now on sale for both shows at denvercenter.org or by calling 303.893.4100.

 

Four actors take on the lives of more than 20 characters as they face the trials and tribulations of dealing with the opposite sex.  I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE is the perfect date-night comedy for adults.  Everything you’ve secretly wanted to know about dating, mating and marriage but were afraid to ask!  Parents who talk baby talk, men who talk and women who pretend to listen, infidelity, and the injustice of long lines at the ladies room are just some of the issues that are hilariously skewed in Joe DiPietro’s hugely successful chamber musical.

 I saw this on opening night and it was refreshing and genuinely funny and relevant. If you haven’t seen this show this time around, trust me, it is fabulous and worth the time and effort. Male and females laugh out loud through out this smart and clever look at men & women looking for love.  DAM (Jan)

 

 

DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY stars Dixie Longate, who has packed up her catalogues and left her children in an Alabama trailer park to journey across America. Critics and audiences have howled with laughter as Dixie throws a good ol’ fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theatre stage. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, Ms. Longate will share how she became the number one Tupperware seller in the world as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products.

Written by Kris Andersson, DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY turned off-Broadway into a Tupperware-mania celebration and garnered the prestigious 2008 Drama Desk Award Nomination. Produced by Down South LLC and directed by Patrick Richwood, DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY features costumes designed by Dixie Longate and lighting designed by Richard Winkler. dixiestupperwareparty.com.

Tickets may be purchased at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at denvercenter.org.

 

DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY                                                                 Nov 7-Dec 30  

Wednesday – Saturday                                                                                      7:30pm

Saturday & Sunday                                                                                             2pm

*no performances December 4-9

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LoDo’s Curious Hotel

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“Driving Miss Daisy,” performed at The Barth Hotel in downtown Denver, is a perfectly lovely, professional production staged in the ‘living room” of the curious Barth Hotel.  It was built in 1881 for Eastern rail travelers arriving at Denver’s Union Station. Looking east it gave them a first glance at this strange western city with a view up 17th Avenue.  Depending on the traveler’s wealth, they looked east past the grand and glorious Oxford Hotel on to The Barth, which was a nice hotel that was ‘well lighted, perfectly ventilated and furnished in the most elegant and attractive manner.’

What is so charming about this production has to do with its living room charm. The actors are flawless and powerful. One forgets where you are while totally engaged in the stellar performances in this familiar endearing story. The audience is patient even when a resident mistakenly wanders in unexpectedly from the supposedly blocked elevator.  During the hour and a half show with no intermission, the audience is treated to a comfy, sufficient set that is made up of one elegantly worn, upholstered chair and a phone stand, Boolie’s office and, the car represented by two stools, one in front of the other. Much of the dialogue centers on the conversation in the car between the irrepressible Daisy Werthan and her driver, Hoke, who drives his aging charge to the Piggly-Wiggly and Mobile, Alabama.

You know the story. It’s about aging, friendship, trust, loyalty and love. The three actors in this production are excellent. They exude well worn theatre legs, years of professional polish and the pure joy they have in delivering a performance as good as any you’ll ever see.

Miss Daisy actors:

Dwayne Carrington – Hoke Coleburn. His credits include award winning performances in the Full Monty, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Ragtime, etc.

San Gregory – Boolie Werthan, Miss Daisy’s son. Gregory’s a familiar face in Denver where he’s appeared in 36 productions at the Denver Center Theatre Company, as well film & TV credits.

Billie McBride – Miss Daisy. McBride returns to The Barth after last year’s performance in Chasing Manet. Her Broadway credits include Torch Song Trilogy as well as numerous touring shows, Off Broadway productions, television  and the Denver Center Theatre Company. McBride was nominated for an Emmy and numerous awards throughout her career.

Equally endearing for this night, the audience was introduced to Billy Beach, one of the residents at The Barth Hotel, who gave a brief hello to the guests. Billy thanked us for our support and told us how much he loves living in The Barth Hotel. He explained his gratitude to the staff who helped him button his shirt and put on his shoes after his recent operation.

The Barth Hotel is the home to 62 low-income, elderly and disabled residents who receive quality care from a dedicated and concerned staff.

The Barth Hotel is a fine example of people helping people. Driving Miss Daisy is a benefit for Senior Housing Options in Denver’s LoDo.

Top photo: entrance to The Barth Hotel.

Union Station,  standing in front of The Barth Hotel entrance looking East at the station which brought travelers to the Queen City of the Plains.

411 on the “Jersey Boys,” at the Buell, through August 11, 2012. It’s fun, in a sing-along fashion that makes you happy. The Four Seasons‘s story is not all glitter and glory but a rags to riches music adventure about great talent and friendship. Be a part of this joyful musical. It brings back a whole lot of memories and tunes you’ll love.

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