BWW Reviews: Vintage Theatre Presents High Spirits with BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS!
Vintage Theatre presents THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS playing now through May 5th. This happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.
While the men were energetic and delightful, this show truly belonged to the women. Full of sarcasm, empathy, and Southern charm, Denver favorite Boni McIntyre enchanted everyone with her stellar portrayal of Ms. Mona. Girl You're a Woman, No Lies (fierce duet with Jewell), and The Bus from Amarillo really drew the audience in and made us all fall in love with Mona and Boni with each sensational note from this stunning songstress. I adorEd Scott Bellot's dynamic performance as the tenderly hard Sheriff Earl Dodd and was pleasantly surprised by his excellent singing voice. Melvin P. Thorpe (hilariously played by Chris Gallegos) was over the top funny and Texas Has a Whorehouse in it and his prayer had the audiences in stitches. Patrick Brownson totally owned his number Sidestep and was so fun to watch as the Governor. Ryan Everett Howard was such a humorous scene stealer as the Bandleader and kept the energy and the comedy flying high from the start with 20 Fans. The talented Shahara Ostrand made her smaller role as Doatsy Mae really stand out with her passionate performance. Lisa Young as the sassy Jewell was simply fabulous with a fierce set of pipes to boot and completed owned her showstopping number, 24 Hours of Lovin'. Rachelle Wood showed wonderful range as the tough yet tender Angel. Audience favorite Lauren Cora Marsh really impressed me with her quirky adorableness and comedic timing as the new girl, Shy. I will definitely have to keep an eye out for this talented actress in other shows. I also have to commend the rest of the talented ensemble on their spirited dancing and keeping the energy high and making these chorus roles uniquely their own.
PHOTO CREDIT: DenverMind Media
Boni McIntyre as Ms. Mona and company
Chris Gallegos as Melvin P. Thorpe and company
The ladies of the Chicken Ranch