Blade Runner

Tim Burton created a masterpiece with Edward Scissorhands. The plot has a dreamlike, fairy-tale quality to it: A young man with scissors for hands, created by a loving father but orphaned and isolated, is drawn into a bland, suburban world by a well-meaning Avon saleswoman. And with such talent as Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder — even a cameo by Vincent Price in the last performance before his death — it's no wonder that this elegantly crafted film eventually inspired a stage production.

Wisely, choreographer Matthew Bourne did not attempt to precisely mirror the 1990 modern classic. His dance interpretation of Edward Scissorhands retains the characters and the plot of the movie, but none of the dialogue. Instead, the plot unfolds through sound and movement, opening with the memories of an old woman, the death-by-electrocution of a young boy holding a pair of scissors, his father's grief, and the creation of a new son with blades for fingers.

Edward Scissorhands' North American tour includes only twelve cities, and Denver is fortunate enough to host the production through April 22 at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Times and ticket prices vary; for information, visit www.denvercenter.org or call 303-893-4100.
Wed., April 18, 8 p.m.; Thu., April 19, 2 & 8 p.m.; Fri., April 20, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 21, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., April 22, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

 
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