Not-So-Nifty Fifties

America in the 1950s wore a Leave It to Beaver apron, with nicks in the Corvette buffed smooth and an artificially colored cherry topping the ice cream sundae. The Inversion: A Live 1950s TV Show Turned Inside Out is a look at that gilded age through the guise of a live TV variety show. “I’ve always been interested in the late ’50s, early ’60s, primarily because the mythology of that time is so far removed from the reality,” says Scott Kinnamon, conceptual producer and variety-show host.

Set up as a mock live taping, The Inversion is split into three dramatic interludes, three musical interludes and three retro commer-cials; each section is loaded with a surprise or two in an attempt to flip the ’50s mythos on its crewcut. “Sometimes when you invert something, you get a new idea of what it actually looked like,” explains Kinnamon. “I really wanted to do something with a built-in suspension of disbelief, like the taping of a live TV show.”

The Inversion is part of the One Book, One Denver program centered on The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. See it tonight only at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossroads Theatre, 2590 Washington Street; admission is free. For more information, call 303-641-7185 or go to
Tue., Oct. 26, 2010


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