This Means War

When Colorado playwright Gene Kato first assembled a group of local actors to read his script for 10 Pin Alley, the reaction from the readers was, “This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read in my life.”

“But everyone had such a great time reading it,” Kato says, “that we decided we had to do it.” The hour-long late-night production — which follows a single game of bowling from the personified perspective of the pins and ball — is, says Kato, an attempt “to do something a little bit crazy in the evening.

“Each time the ball rolls by while the pins are resetting, you get an interior dialogue,” he explains, “a snapshot of the pins, if they were able to think and talk. There are sections of the production where the pins really get into it. They yell, they scream, they dance; some of them are foul-mouthed. These pins have got problems.”

Don’t we all. 10 Pin Alley opens tonight and plays Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. through March 21st at the Vintage Theatre, 2119 East 17th Avenue. Tickets are $11 and available at or by calling 303-839-1361.
Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.; Tue., March 3, 10 p.m. Starts: Feb. 27. Continues through March 21, 2009

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Drew Bixby