Five years ago, Denver director Terry Dodd staged The Hot L Baltimore in the most perfect of locations: the lobby of the aged Barth Hotel, the LoDo hotel-turned-assisted-living-residence where the intimate production raised funds for Senior Housing Options. It was a play about a run-down old hotel, staged in a run-down old hotel! And it was good, very good, so Dodd returned to the Barth more than once.
This year, the place will host one of the most poignant bits of stage fare ever written, though Dodd won’t be directing this time: Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy, in a version starring local stalwarts Billie McBride and Dwayne Carrington in the lead roles. Its underlying themes, which hit both the high points and the toll of aging, are especially relevant given the location, but Driving Miss Daisy is a folksy drama for everyone, one that should play out near-perfectly in the cozy confines of the Barth.
In keeping with the Dodd tradition, director Ashlee Temple will no doubt treat this show like a jewel in the jewel box, guiding performances strong enough to withstand the close scrutiny of the room; Driving Miss Daisy opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the hotel, 1514 17th Street, and continues Thursdays through Saturdays through August 18. For tickets, starting at $25, visit www.seniorhousingoptions.org or call 303-595-4464.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 26. Continues through Aug. 18, 2012