The fall theater season is in full swing. This weekend you can send off a local production as it takes to the road, re-view an old stage classic or catch the world premiere of a new play from a local playwright -- and there's an old-fashioned musical, too. Here's a sampling of what's happening on st ... More >>
#61: Josh Hartwell The talented Josh Hartwell works with some of the region's best and most creative independent theater companies -- Curious Theatre, Boulder Ensemble Theatre and Buntport Theater, to name a few -- as both actor and director, but he's also an accomplished and award-winning playwrig ... More >>
The Colorado Theatre Guild's Henry Awards, which were presented last night, have been growing in stature, professionalism and efficiency in some ways for quite a while -- but this has come at a cost. The awards used to be judged by around a dozen professional theater critics, and because those criti ... More >>
The finalists for this year's Henry Awards in theater have been announced. Given by the Colorado Theatre Guild, which covers the entire state, the Henrys are decided by dozens of judges, six of whom must attend every eligible production. As always, the list of finalists comprises both expected choi ... More >>
Jim Hunt is one of the most respected, well-reviewed and best-loved actors in the Denver area. He has given memorable performances as a wheedling tramp in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker; a foppish musician in Bach at Leipzig; the loving, baffled father of Eurydice, who has passed into the land of the ... More >>
On July 22, The Colorado Theatre Guild will present the Colorado equivalent of the Tonys: the eighth annual Henry Awards, celebrating outstanding achievements during the past season. The event not only celebrates local work, it's also an annual fundraiser for the CTG. The nominees were released last ... More >>
Horse & Cart, a Denver-based theatrical production and publishing venture, is launching its electronic-publishing branch with a reality-style event fit for a king -- a King Lear, to be precise. Now through June 30, the company is accepting submissions for the first edition of the PlayOffs, a competi ... More >>
The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company has just announced its upcoming season, the eighth for this troupe, and it's an intriguing one that includes three regional premieres and one significant capture: And the Sun Stood Still, a play about Copernicus and his struggle to publish On the Revolutions of t ... More >>
With its just-announced 2013-'14 season, the Denver Center Theatre Company remains true to its mission of promoting interesting and exciting new playwrights. Four of the playwrights whose work received readings at the New Play Summit last month are included in the next lineup. See also: - Marcus Ga ... More >>
Marcus Gardley, one of the five writers featured in this year's New Play Summit, has received several honors and awards -- including the PEN/Laura Pels award for Mid-Career Playwright -- and has been widely produced. His Black Odyssey, an ambitious, large-cast production that most theaters would hav ... More >>
One of the most important parts of the Denver Center Theatre Company's mission is to introduce local audiences the most interesting, up-and-coming playwrights around -- and to help those playwrights explore their ideas and carry forward their creative work. To further that mission, every year the Ne ... More >>
Sitting beside me at the Henrys last night was the woman who makes it all happen: Gloria Shanstrom, general manager of the Colorado Theatre Guild. It is Shanstrom who makes this glittering event -- this huge coming together of elegantly dressed, excitedly-gesticulating actors, directors, tech people ... More >>
The Colorado Theatre Guild's seventh annual Henry Awards will be presented tonight at the L2 Arts & Culture Center, 1477 Columbine Street. The festivities start at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by the official awards ceremony at 7 p.m.; an after-party will move the fun to the ... More >>
In any given theatrical season, the likelihood of seeing David Mamet, Christopher Durang, or Neil Labute in the lineup is fair. The likelihood of seeing O'Neill, Miller, Beckett, Chekhov, Moliere, or (it goes without saying) Shakespeare is even better. But there is never a guarantee of seeing even o ... More >>
Curious Theatre Company just announced its fifteenth season, which includes five regional premieres as well as Yasmina Reza's Tony award-winning God of Carnage. Artistic director Chip Walton says he uses two criteria in making his selections: "I need to be moved intellectually and not just emotional ... More >>
The American Theatre Critics' Association had chosen the New Play Summit at the Denver Center Theatre Company as the site of its winter meeting, and a group of critics compared notes one morning. We had all seen the same plays; on some we agreed; now and then someone pointed out something that other ... More >>
There aren't enough opportunities for local playwrights to please Frank Oteri. It's a shortage that drove Oteri create A Very Dark Holiday Playwright Festivus at the Vintage Theatre, a showcase that spotlights work from six local writers. The show includes an original comedy from Oteri titled ... More >>
Capsule reviews of current shows
The big news at the Henrys on Monday, July 7, was that John Ashton, known for rambling jokes about each winner and routine insults to the critic-voters, wasn’t hosting. Instead, the Buntporters -- Erin Rollman, Erik Edborg and Brian Colonna -- were there to, as they explained, "hip things up," whi ... More >>
This metaphoric comedy knows its depth.
Brief reviews of current shows
The New Play Summit brings in fresh theater.
Arthur Mller's play still resonates today.
Marley's ghost may haunt the Denver Center Theatre Company.
Germinal Stage Denver
Theatre Group, Theatre on Broadway
Donovan Marley, Denver Center Theatre Company
Miners Alley offers a mismatched batch of one-acts.
Joan Kuder Bell
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Sheila Ivy Traister
Aurora Fox Theatre Company