Tear ducts open as senior citizens find friendship on a New Jersey Park Bench
By Tom Jones, October 19, 2014
“The Last Romance” Creede Repertory Charmer on stage at Arvada Center
Hoboken, New Jersey is on the banks of the Hudson River overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Ralph Bellini, an 80-year-old widower, has recently recovered from a stroke, and has gone to a park to relax, and possibly to make some human contact with persons who are walking their dogs. He lives nearby with his sister, Rose, who has been taking care of him for several years. Her husband left her for another woman 22 years ago, but she refuses to divorce him, with the naive hope that he will someday return to her.
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Terrific Comedy looks at a Chekhov-like dysfunctional family in Bucks County, PA
By Tom Jones, October 17, 2014
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at Ricketson Theatre, DCPA
Vanya and his adopted sister, Sonia, are getting on each other’s nerves. Their “day” consists of a morning coffee, watching for the heron on the pond outside their window, and … not much else. They have lived singular lives in this routine of nothingness for several years – ever since the parents they were taking care of died. They might actually like to do something with their lives, but just can’t get around to it. The spark in their existence is the housekeeper, Cassandra, who drops in once a week, claiming she can foresee the future – and it doesn’t look good!
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Unstoppable Beth Malone wows audience in “Unsinkable Molly Brown”
Reviewed by Tom Jones, October 16, 2014
“Unsinkable Molly Brown” at Stage Theater, Denver Center of the Performing Arts
She’s barely five feet tall, but she just can’t be stopped! The miners in Leadville are in awe of her, including J. J. Brown who marries her, but can’t control her! Denver society look down their noses at her, and European nobility are in delighted by her. Also in awe are the audiences at The Stage Theatre of the Denver Center of Performing Arts as Beth Malone proves to be unstoppable as the tough Molly Brown!
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