Bas Bleu Explores The Lunacy Of Burying A Loved One
Reviewed by Tom Jones January 26, 2020
Bunny Best has taken her beloved dog out for a walk in time to see the Gay Day Parade. A probably drunk chanteuse on one of the floats reaches out to the dog, tipping over the 500-pound amplifier and herself on top of Bunny Best, who does not survive. The dog survived as did the chanteuse who has named herself “Pina Colada.”
Bunny’s two adult sons, Hamilton and Kyle, take the news with very different responses. Hamilton appears to be heartbroken. The more practical Kyle, a realtor, is too busy trying to sell a condo to concern himself with much else. And perhaps he is not so grief stricken as his mother has confided in him alone that her health is deteriorating. Thus we meet the Best Brothers, Hamilton portrayed by Jeffrey Bigger and Kyle, played by Kevin Crowe. Continue reading The Best Brothers Are Not Best Of Friends→
The 1942 Movie That Gave Birth To “White Christmas” Has Arrived As A Stage Musical At Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.
Reviewed by Tom Jones
December 14, 2019
Jim Hardy, Ted Hanover and Lila Dixon are an entertainment trio. They sing. They dance. They entertain. They are very good performers. Their contract in a New York City nightclub is ending, and Jim believes he is ready to retire. He has found a farmhouse in rural Connecticut in foreclosure and snaps up the buying rights. Now he needs to convince his dancing partner, Lila, to accept his marriage proposal and move to the Connecticut countryside where they could become farmers. Continue reading It’s A White Christmas At The “Holiday Inn”→
Bas Bleu Offers AThoughtful Tale Of 1940s Americana
Reviewed by Tom Jones December 8, 2019
In late December of 1940 a young man, Raleigh, and a young woman, May, meet on an overcrowded train heading east from Los Angeles. Although both are from rural Kentucky, they have never met before and are enroute to a lifetime of change. Raleigh is still wearing his uniform, after leaving the service just a few hours before boarding the train. He received a military discharge after having been diagnosed as an epileptic.
Larry Cahn – Much More To This Scrooge Than The “Bah Humbug” Meany Of Productions Past.
Reviewed by Tom Jones November 23, 2019
Arvada Center’s early-holiday gift to the community is a rare treasure.
Everyone knows the story. Everyone knows how it is going to end. But getting there this time around is ingenious entertainment. Director Gavin Mayer and Choreographer Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck and the entire artistic team have put together a “Carol” version of rare excitement. There is so much going on all the time that it was a delightful challenge to know where to look.
Times they are a changing! Or are they? Playwright Alfred Uhry received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1988 for “Driving Miss Daisy, “dealing with the relationship between an elderly Jewish widow and her black chauffeur. Uhry’s semi-biographical play begins in Atlanta, Georgia in 1948 and is based on the later years of Uhry’s grandmother, Daisy.
Early in Act 1, the cast of “Mamma Mia” provides a captivating rendition of “Thank You for the Music.” I have not enjoyed such a “feel good” moment in a musical for a long time. And that is just a part of the show! “Mamma Mia” on stage this season at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre Stage is an entire joy! Continue reading “Mamma Mia” Is A Must-See-Production→
Indeed. WHERE is love? Charles Dickens explored the impoverished
lives of London’s lower class in the mid 1800s.
The result was his classic “Oliver Twist.” The tale has received worldwide
fame as dramas, movies, and musicals. It is now in a triumphant musical production
on the Johnstown stage of Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.
“Please sir, may I have some more?” Such is the never-before-made request of eleven-year-old orphan, Oliver, in line for his daily gruel at the parish workhouse. The request is met with a very loud and angry tirade,”No,” from Mr. Bumble, the greedy workhouse caretaker. Bumble is so angered that he takes Oliver onto the street announcing, “Boy for Sale.”