Denver Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Candlelight's THE MUSIC MAN is Joyfully Quintessential BWW Review: Candlelight's THE MUSIC MAN is Joyfully Quintessential
by Chris Arneson - September 15, 2017

There are some shows that are just easy to love. It's been 60 years since The Music Man premiered on Broadway, but the classic tuner hasn't lost its allure. In fact, this is the show that launched Candlelight Dinner Playhouse back in 2008. The Johnstown theatre has brought it back as their 10th seas... (more...)
BWW Review: MEN ARE FROM MARS... at the DCPA's Garner Galleria BWW Review: MEN ARE FROM MARS... at the DCPA's Garner Galleria
by Chris Arneson - August 18, 2017

A production of Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus Live! is exactly where you'd expect a couple of young gay fiances on a Friday night, right? I mean, it's that iconic book Tai read in Clueless. (And that is literally the extent of my knowledge of this title before attending.)... (more...)
BWW Review: RING OF FIRE at Vintage Theatre BWW Review: RING OF FIRE at Vintage Theatre
by Chris Arneson - July 24, 2017

Ring of Fire is a jukebox musical featuring the music of Johnny Cash, but it's not necessarily biographical.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Denver Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Denver Center For The Performing Arts
by Samantha Saunders - June 18, 2017

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a five time Tony Award winning play by Simon Stephens that is based on the novel by Mark Haddon.  The play follows a very gifted teenage boy as he is met with life challenges that change his perceptions of the relationships in his life and his con... (more...)
BWW Review: Denver Center's SECRET GARDEN is darkly enchanting BWW Review: Denver Center's SECRET GARDEN is darkly enchanting
by Chris Arneson - May 19, 2017

For a children's story, The Secret Garden evokes the kind of emotions that could make grown men sob. At least, that's what me and my fiance did for a majority of Denver Center Theatre Company's current production.  ... (more...)
BWW Review: 42ND STREET at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse BWW Review: 42ND STREET at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
by Samantha Saunders - May 03, 2017

Set in 1933, the musical 42nd Street follows a cast directed by Julian Marsh (David L. Wygant) rehearsing to open the show "Pretty Lady." We join the show as the cast is about to meet their star performer, Dorothy Brock (Heather McClain) whose star and financial powers have secured her the lead role... (more...)
BWW Review: DISGRACED at Denver Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: DISGRACED at Denver Center For The Performing Arts
by Samantha Saunders - May 02, 2017

Disgraced is an introspective look into the lives of a married couple and how they identify individually with the Muslim religion and how that perception reflects into their lives.... (more...)
Explore a Lost Dimension at Stanley Marketplace with DCPA's Off-Center Explore a Lost Dimension at Stanley Marketplace with DCPA's Off-Center
by Chris Arneson - April 28, 2017

There's a lost dimension where space worms will eat everything but your shoes, but you can only get there if you hitch a ride through a portal at the new Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. Just don't forget to pack some air in a balloon first.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NETHER at Benchmark Theatre BWW Review: THE NETHER at Benchmark Theatre
by Chris Arneson - April 14, 2017

Anyone else waste their summer vacations playing The Sims all day? Escaping to a world where you're in control, and there's few limitations to what you can do. That's essentially the premise of Benchmark Theatre's thrilling inaugural production of Jennifer Haley's The Nether, which explores the b... (more...)
BWW Review: STAGE KISS at Equinox Theater BWW Review: STAGE KISS at Equinox Theater
by Samantha Saunders - April 04, 2017

Stage Kiss, by Sarah Ruhl, is a comedy that takes the play within a play concept and shows how two actors with a past are cast as leading man and woman in a lost 1930's play and how they too begin to mesh the lines between offstage and onstage.... (more...)
BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Arvada Center BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Arvada Center
by Chris Arneson - April 04, 2017

I've spent a couple decades successfully avoiding Jesus Christ Superstar. I generally don't like religion, and Andrew Lloyd Webber isn't my favorite composer. However, after attending the Arvada Center's current production, I'm a bit more of a believer…in the show, at least.... (more...)
BWW Review: BUS STOP at Arvada Center BWW Review: BUS STOP at Arvada Center
by Chris Arneson - March 17, 2017

There's something noteworthy about a show that brings to life an eclectic collection of characters from decades ago with a relatable vigor. That's what the company Arvada Center's current production of William Inge's Bus Stop delivers.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Buell Theatre BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Buell Theatre
by Chris Arneson - March 15, 2017

There's nothing like seeing a new musical that feels like it was ripped from the Golden Age. An American in Paris, currently on tour at the Buell Theatre, brings out a definitive theatrical recipe you rarely witness of late.... (more...)
BWW Review: BONNIE & CLYDE at Town Hall Arts Center BWW Review: BONNIE & CLYDE at Town Hall Arts Center
by Samantha Saunders - March 09, 2017

The Great Depression was a dark and confusing period in American history, with unemployment at record breaking highs, homelessness and food scarcities, much of the American population was struggling to make ends meet. However, shown the face of adversity, our country was given an opportunity to evol... (more...)
BWW Review: TWO DEGREES with Denver Center Theatre Company BWW Review: TWO DEGREES with Denver Center Theatre Company
by Chris Arneson - March 03, 2017

If our global temperature changes as little as two degrees Celsius, that's when we'll start to notice the disastrous effects of climate change. That's only about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or basically the average fluctuation of temperature we see hourly on a local level. A little scary, isn't it?... (more...)
BWW Review: Vintage Theatre's BILLY ELLIOT  is Empowering BWW Review: Vintage Theatre's BILLY ELLIOT is Empowering
by Chris Arneson - March 01, 2017

Typically I'm not one to love shows filled with children. Hate me, whatever. But the kids (and the adults, too) in Vintage Theatre's Billy Elliot The Musical are pumping this show full of the kind of electricity it deserves.... (more...)
BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 Showcases Golden Age at Buell Theatre BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 Showcases Golden Age at Buell Theatre
by Chris Arneson - February 23, 2017

With the forthcoming departure of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, it might seem like the circus world could be fading...but not if shows like Circus 1903 stick around.... (more...)
BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Buell Theatre BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Buell Theatre
by colin roybal - February 17, 2017

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BWW Review: THE BOOK OF WILL at Denver Center Theatre Company BWW Review: THE BOOK OF WILL at Denver Center Theatre Company
by Chris Arneson - February 01, 2017

The Book of Will, directed by Davis McCallum, takes inspiration from the true story of Shakespeare's first folio, mainly compiled by his friends and fellow actors Henry Condell and John Heminges a few years after Shakespeare's death, following the death of another actor, Richard Burbage, who seeming... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME Tour Brings Superb Story to Denver Center BWW Review: FUN HOME Tour Brings Superb Story to Denver Center
by Chris Arneson - January 19, 2017

There's wiping a tear from your eye during an emotional performance, and then there's mopping up buckets of tears from your shirtsleeve for most of the show. For me, Fun Home was the latter.... (more...)
BWW Review: Performance Now's MAN OF LA MANCHA a Stunning Musical Adaptation of Classic Tale BWW Review: Performance Now's MAN OF LA MANCHA a Stunning Musical Adaptation of Classic Tale
by Chris Arneson - January 11, 2017

The story of Don Quixote is frequently touted as one of the best in literature. Currently, Lakewood's Performance Now Theatre Company presents that tale in its musical form.... (more...)
BWW Review: DCPA CHRISTMAS CAROL Welcomes New Scrooge BWW Review: DCPA CHRISTMAS CAROL Welcomes New Scrooge
by Chris Arneson - December 16, 2016

There's a glimmer of familiar holiday magic radiating from Denver's downtown art district.... (more...)
BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at the Buell Theatre BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at the Buell Theatre
by Chris Arneson - December 08, 2016

There's nothing like a rock musical led by a genderqueer German named Hedwig. Absolutely nothing.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD at Denver Center BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD at Denver Center
by Chris Arneson - December 06, 2016

If you're in the mood for church but you're looking for something that actually makes sense, An Act of God might be right up your alley.... (more...)
BWW Review: I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS at Arvada Center BWW Review: I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS at Arvada Center
by Chris Arneson - December 01, 2016

There's no place like home for the holidays, and the Arvada Center is making sure of that this holiday season. I'll Be Home for Christmas is making its debut at the Center, featuring a broad selection of local talent.... (more...)