Jalyn Webb, when welcoming the audience to a recent performance at Midtown Arts Center, quoted from an NES data survey, saying that 52 percent of adults in Colorado attend live performing arts events. This is roughly twice the rate of the country. No wonder, as the great talent provided in Colorado encourages more people to see performances!
This website is now in its third year of providing reviews of stage productions in Colorado. Only a handful of theatres were included in the first year, but now theatre companies from throughout the state are represented. The Utah Shakespeare Theatre in Cedar City, Utah, was included last summer for the first time. More than 100 productions in 16 different theatres have been reviewed since the site was created by Todd Jones. He maintains the site and posts the reviews.
I am an avid theatre fan, and hopefully my reviews provide an optimistic outlook about what is good about each production. I will not shy away from a production’s problems, but try not to be snide or insulting.
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Tom and his wife, Linda, are currently among 50 statewide judges for the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Awards. Their love of theatre emerged during the 25 years they resided near to New York City. For nearly 30 years prior to his retirement, Tom saw most major Broadway musicals in New York and in London, plus many dramas and comedies. He prepared reviews of the various productions for the company he worked for, ACIS. Following their retirement to Colorado, the couple have continued their passion for theatre, enjoying Colorado’s local performances along with an occasional visit to Broadway. Prior to creation of the Colorado Reviews website, Tom reviewed more than 100 productions in the area for Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper. Tom and Linda live in Windsor, CO.
Since the review blog was designed, productions from several companies have been reviewed, or are on the horizon, including:
- Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada
- Bas Bleu Theatre, Fort Collins
- Boulder Dinner Theatre Stage, Boulder
- Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Johnstown
- The Catamounts, Boulder
- Creede Repertory Theatre, Creede
- Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver
- Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Lake Dillon
- Loveland Opera Theatre, Loveland
- Midtown Arts Center, Fort Collins
- OpenStage Theatre, Fort Collins
- Pop Up Theatre, Fort Collins
- Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Grand Lake
- Stampede Troupe, Greeley
- Thingamajig Theatre in Pagosa Springs Center, in Pagosa Springs
- Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City (Utah)
~Tom Jones, Windsor, CO, March. 2017