Oh, Henry!

Way back in 1984, local critics endowed Denver theaters with the Drama Critics Circle Awards. "It was always such a wonderful way for the theater community to get together and celebrate itself," muses Gloria Shanstrom, general manager of the Colorado Theatre Guild. But in 2001, the curtain closed on the Critics Circle awards ceremony, and ever since, the Theatre Guild has yearned to bring back the sense of togetherness it fostered.

To that end, the organization will present the very first Henry Awards, named for local theater luminary Henry Lowenstein, tonight at 7 p.m. at the New Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Drive. To be eligible for an award, a production must have run for at least twelve paid performances, it must be a full production (not a reading), and the presenting theater must be a member of the Colorado Theatre Guild. As with the Tony Awards, critics submit nominees based on a points system. Local accounting firm Deloitte & Touche is tallying the votes, and the awards will be handed out at this evening's ceremony.

Tickets to the Henrys are $20 for black-box seating, where the ceremony will be simultaneously video-broadcast; $30 for mainstage theatre seating; and $100 for two VIP tickets, which include a reception (beginning at 6 p.m.), priority seating and a bottle of champagne. For more information or to order tickets, call 303-778-7724 or go to www.coloradotheatreguild.org.
Tue., June 19, 6 p.m.


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