Photos: My night at Phamaly’s ‘Vox Phamilia: G.I.M.P. Nation’

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By John Moore
Oct. 30, 2013

Opening No. 126: Phamaly Theatre Company’s “Vox Phamalia: G.I.M.P. Nation”: “Vox” is an annual evening of good-natured but cutting sketch comedy that results from an annual writing-to-performance development workshop designed for disabled actors and writers. This year’s show, again directed by Edith Weiss, features all-new material including “Sex and the Pity,” “Suicide Hotline” and “Your Own Private Hell.” Plus, they explore the subject of dwarf-tossing. The cast includes 15 actors with disabilities, including veterans Lucy Roucis, David Wright, Amber Marsh and James Sherman, along with new or near-new faces Harper Liles, Dominique Frary, Daniel Wheeler, Jeff Zinn, Khea Craig, Paul Migliorelli, Stewart Caswell, Kim Jackson and Naomi Morrow. Intended for audiences 16 and older. Remaining showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Oct. 31-Nov. 2); plus 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Laundry on Lawrence, 2701 Lawrence St. Call 303-575-0005 or go to www.phamaly.org. All photos by John Moore for CultureWest.Org. To see the official “Opening Nights” photo series (these are outtakes), click here. Thanks: Jean Egdorf, Chris Silberman and Gloria Shanstrom.

 

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Who’s a douchebag? According to the Disability News Team (Daniel Wheeler, left, who has Crohn’s Disease, and Stewart Caswell, who has cerebral palsy), it’s the CEO of Goodwill Industries, who lobbied for legislation that allows businesses to pay the handicapped a fraction of minimum wage based on their performance on a test that measures their ability to complete ordinary tasks against able-bodied people.

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Photos: My night at Off-Center’s ‘Wheel of Misfortune’

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By John Moore
Oct. 30, 2013

Opening No. 127: Off-Center @ The Jones’ “Wheel of Misfortune”: This new theatrical adventure from Off-Center is billed as “the scariest game show ever.” It invites audience members to compete in everyday tasks that Vanna’s … er, Bruce Montgomery’s magic Wheel of Misfortune makes terrifyingly difficult. Competitors must master trivia, solve puzzles and surmount ridiculous physical obstacles — all for your enjoyment. (If you are not one of the contestants). The two finalists go head-to-head in a lightning round designed by the LIDA Project’s Brian Freeland. (He’s not only the purveyor of some of the freakiest theater in town, he’s moving to New York after all of this is over — so he has nothing to lose.) To maximize the contestants’ humiliation, “Wheel of Misfortune” is being videotaped for later airing as an online web series. (The creators are touting “Wheel of Misfortune” as “the show that everyone might one day be possibly raving about.”) Those twisted game-show gods are hosts Bruce Montgomery, Mark Sonnenblick and Emily K. Harrison. The second of the first two initial tapings will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at The Jones, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1101 13th St. (Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street), 303-893-6090 or off-center’s home page. Photo by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks: Jane McDonald, Charlie Miller, Emily Tarquin and Randy Dodd. To see the official “Opening Nights” series to date (these are outtakes), click here. Read my profile of game-show host Bruce Montgomery here. All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org.

 

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If you lose at “Wheel of Misfortune,” you may get an octopus in your face.

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Video: Watch ‘After the Darklights,’ Episode 2

The pilot episode of “After the Darklights,” above, and the newly released Part 2. Each runs about 10 minutes.

By John Moore
Oct. 29, 2012

The second episode of “After the Darklights,” an online, post-apocalyptic web series written and directed by Denver’s Michael Morgan, has been launched.

In the story, the world as we knew it ended “the night the lights came.” Those who watched fell where they stood in the glow of the unexplainable strobes. But not all. A bloody few, called “ferals,” rose, changed like ravenous animals. The few unchanged survivors are fighting every minute to survive against a world that wants them all dead.

The pilot episode debuted a year ago. Since then, Morgan, producer Brian Landis Folkins (an instructor with the Denver Center Academy for the past 14 years) and his all-local cast and crew have been working to raise the money needed to continue telling the story to their exacting, professional standards. The cast includes Emily Paton Davies, Leah Watson, Josh Hartwell, Jim Hunt, Andy Waldschmidt, Brian Colonna, Channel 9 news anchor Kirk Montgomery and others. Music by Bop Skizzum. Future episodes will feature Karen Slack, Jude Moran and more. Special effects were designed by nationally recognized make-up artist Todd Debreceni.

We were on set for the recent filming of Episode 2, and shot the photos featured below:

Photos: On the set of “After the Darklights”

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Here’s a link to a video podcast we aired in 2012 from the launch party for Episode 1.

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Photos: My night at Springs Ensemble Theatre’s ‘A Steady Rain’

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By John Moore
Oct. 25, 2013

Opening No. 124: Springs Ensemble Theatre’s “A Steady Rain”: If you loved “The Shield” on FX, you are certain to get Vic Mackey flashbacks while watching the equally round-headed rogue cop played by Steve Emily in Keith Huff’s uncompromising crime drama now being staged by the Springs Ensemble Theatre. In the story, two cops are longtime partners, best friends since childhood … and seriously flawed human beings. One is single, a recovering alcoholic and lonely. The other is married with children, but there are clearly … shades of Mackey. What begins as a routine domestic disturbance call snowballs into an uncompromising downfall that tests their loyalties. For mature audiences. Starring Steve (Vic Mackey) Emily as Denny, and Matt Radcliffe as Joey. Directed by David Palmbeck. Through Oct. 27. Remaining showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at 1903 E. Cache La Poudre in Colorado Springs. Call 719-447-1646 or go to the Springs Ensemble Theatre’s home page. Thanks: Keri Pollakoff and Keegan Jenney. All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org..

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Steve Emily getting down with his bad Vic Mackey self.

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Photos: My night at The Catamounts’ ‘Failure: A Love Story’

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By John Moore
Oct. 24, 2013

Opening No. 123: The Catamounts’ “Failure,” A Love Story”: This fanciful musical fable is about the triumphs, aspirations and untimely demises of three Chicago sisters who never saw death coming. Set in 1928 in a clock shop on the edge of the Chicago River, this wistful comedy that tells the stories of all three sisters, and the one man who loved them all. “Failure” features Joan Bruemmer, Ed Cord, Crystal Verdon Eisele, Meredith C. Grundei, Michelle Hurtubise, Trina Magness, Jeremy Make, Jason Maxwell and Ryan Wuestewald, with Nina Rolle providing live various music (which includes a bell on her head). Directed by Amanda Berg Wilson. There are three remaining performances, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Oct. 24-26) at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. The Saturday performance will be preceded by a community meal from a menu inspired by the play. Call 303-440-7826, or go to the The Catamounts’ home page. Photo by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org.. Thanks: Andy Bakehouse.

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Meredith C. Grundei, playing one of the fated Fail Sisters, goes for a pre-show swim practice safe in the arms, er, feet, of castmates Ed Cord, front, and Ryan Wuestewald. Her character swims the Chicago River.

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Photos: My night at the Denver Center Theatre Company’s ‘The Most Deserving’

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By John Moore
Oct. 23, 2013

Opening No. 122: Denver Center Theatre Company’s “The Most Deserving: The Denver Center’s new world premiere is a comedy about amateur art and amateur politics in a tiny West Kansas town. The local arts council has $20,000 to award to a hometown artist with an “under-represented American voice.” Should they choose the son of a town big-shot, thus guaranteeing their continued funding; or the mentally unstable, self-taught “Trash Man” who creates religious figures out of rubbish? Gregory, believe it or not, is NOT playing the unstable Trash Man. Rather, he’s a ponytailed British beatnik on the lookout for a shag. (And a member of the town arts council.) The play explores how gossip, politics and opinions of art can decide who is “the most deserving.” Featuring Sam Gregory, Jeanne Paulsen, Judith Hawking, Rebecca Miyako Hirota, Craig Bockhorn and Jonathan Earl Peck (who once played Othello at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival). Written by Catherine Trieschmann. Directed by Shelley Butler. “The Most Deserving” runs through Nov. 17 at the Ricketson Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Thanks: Rachel Ducat, Mariah Becerra.

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Hold that tiger! (Or should I say, “Hold that, Tiger?”) Sam Gregory wants you … to see him (very nearly ALL of him) in “The Most Deserving.”

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Upstart Crow announces death of longtime company member Jim Fogelberg

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Jim Fogelberg as Tom Wingfield in “The Glass Menagerie.”

Boulder’s Upstart Crow has announced the death of longtime actor, director and board member Jim Fogelberg.

The company issued the following statement:

“We lost Jim in a traffic accident on October 8. In his decades with The Upstart Crow, Jim played many roles, most recently as Caesar in ‘Caesar and Cleopatra.’ He has directed shows, served on our board of directors and worked behind the scenes for many years.

He was looking forward to directing ‘The Madwoman of Chaillot’ in May.

We miss you, Jim. A star has gone out in our sky.”

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“Warm Cookies of the Revolution” serves up sugar and civics

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Andrew Newman is the king of the world: The “Star Wars”-themed Monopoly world. The vanquished do not look amused. I was.

By John Moore

“Warm Cookies of the Revolution” is a “civics health club” that meets once a month to exercise your civics muscles. Evan Weissman of the innovative Buntport Theater ensemble founded his cool club last year to give our increasingly fractured citizenry a place to come together and engage with our fellow and hopefully even disparate neighbors about contentious or confusing issues in friendly way that might lead toward common ground, or at least better understanding.

But it’s far from a mere lecture series. On Monday, the Warm Cookies took over the McNichols Building for a Monopoly-themed Game Night. (My favorite is the Denver Monopoly version. My favorite on Monday was the “Star Wars” version).

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Breaking news: LIDA Project founder Brian Freeland moving to New York

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Brian Freeland and wife Catherine Worster Freeland at the opening of the LIDA Project’s new home at the Laundry Lawrence in 2011. The play was called “Justin Bieber Meets Al Qaeda.” 

By John Moore

Brian Freeland, founder of the 18-year-old LIDA Project, has announced he is moving with his family to New York.

Freeland’s wife, Catherine Worster Freeland, has accepted a position at Columbia University. The couple will be moving with their two children by the end of the year. She is presently director of communications at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.

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Funds raised for the late Doug Rosen donated to Denver Actors Fund

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The late Doug Rosen with his friend, Sarah Roshan. Funds donated in Rosen’s name are being redirected to the new Denver Actors Fund.

By John Moore

Sarah Roshan established a fund in 2009 to help Denver actor Doug Rosen battle cancer. The local community responded, so much so that Rosen never got the chance to take advantage of the funds raised before he passed away.

Even after Roshan assigned about $2,700 of the $3,000 the Rosen campaign had raised from individual contributions to help fellow actor Shelley Bordas’ cancer fight, the account had a small surplus.

This week, Roshan decided to pay it forward, giving the last $220 to the new Denver Actors Fund.

“His wish was that his money be used for theatre folk in need for medical expenses,” said Roshan. That is exactly why the Denver Actors Fund was created earlier this year: As a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in sudden medical need. Roshan’s gift brings the  balance of the Denver Actor’s Fund to about $3,600.

When Rosen was diagnosed with AIDS in 1985, he was told he had, at most, two years to live. He made it almost 25, during which he founded “To Life LIVE,” a series of performances for patients hospitalized with AIDS. Rosen died in 2009 at age 43. Here is my tribute piece to Doug Rosen.

The Denver Actors Fund is planning its third community-wide gathering under the motto, “raising funds while building community.” New Advisory Council chair Shannon McAndrews is planning a DAF Halloween costume party for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave. More information on that party is coming tomorrow.

Board president and local actor Christopher Boeckx, who just passed the bar exam, said he will make an announcement that night about the date the DAF can officially begin taking applications for aid.

Fund volunteers plan to offer assistance to those in need in ways that go beyond monetary — including meal preparation, construction, time-sharing and, eventually, transportation.

Boeckx has undertaken the arduous legal process of qualifying the DAF for 501(c)3 non-profit status. But he said all donations now made to the Fund are already fully tax-deductable.

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Terry Rhoads, “Denver’s leading man,” dies at 61

Beth Malone as Ado Annie and Terry Rhoads as Ali Hakim in “Oklahoma” at the Country Dinner Playhouse.

Beth Malone as Ado Annie and Terry Rhoads as Ali Hakim in “Oklahoma” at the Country Dinner Playhouse.

By John Moore

25092_1355062070216_3439262_nTerry Rhoads may have moved on from Denver years ago, but his impact on Colorado theater was enduring.

Rhoads played the leading man at dozens of Country Dinner Playhouse shows. He was the undisputed star for much of producer Bill McHale’s heyday in the 1980s before moving on to a significant career in TV, music, film and commercials in California. Last year, he appeared in the Anthony Hopkins film “Hitchcock,” as Jack Russell.

Rhoads died yesterday of amyloidosis, a rare disease of unknown cause. It occurs when an abnormal protein produced by cells in your bone marrow builds up in your organs and tissue. He was 61.

His wife, actor Lise Simms, is telling friends that Rhoads’ transition was beautiful, “and to celebrate his life.” They lived together in Encino, Calif.

“We lost an amazing talent and spirit today,” said fellow Country Dinner Playhouse actor Patty Holland-Trout.

Rhoads started with Bill Oakley’s melodrama ensemble at the former Heritage Square Opera House and came to the Country Dinner Playhouse as a Barnstormer — the actor-waiters who performed the musical pre-show. He starred in shows like “Fiddler on the Roof” and dozens more. He also starred in shows at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre.

Terry played the leading role in the short-lived sitcom “Living in Captivity” and was the host of HGTV’s “Desperate Spaces.” He appeared in TV shows including “Murphy Brown,” “Seinfeld,” “Party of Five,” “7th Heaven,” “The Norm Show,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Friends” “Yes, Dear,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Ally McBeal,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Navy NCIS,” “Phil of the Future,” “House M.D.,” “What I Like About You,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Hannah Montana,” “Bones” and others.

Rhoads made a career of playing supporting roles in California, but here he was Denver’s leading man.

“Even when he had a small role, like when he played Sonny in ‘Grease,’ he made it big,” said fellow actor Brian Smith, who remembers Rhoads as a devoted Broncos fan who was so nervous during games that he could never sit down.

“He was the only actor I know who Bill McHale ever let ad lib,” Smith said, “because he knew he could control it.”

Lise Simms and Terry Rhoads returned to Colorado in 2008 for a Country Dinner Playhouse reunion. Photo by John Moore.

Lise Simms and Terry Rhoads returned to Colorado in 2008 or a Country Dinner Playhouse reunion. Photo by John Moore.

Rhoads was born Dec. 31, 1951, in Phoenix and graduated from Central High School in Scottsdale. He is the father of a son, Tony, and daughter, Sarah.

Smith remembers among Rhoads’ many highlights was starring in “They’re Playing Our Song,” opposite his wife, and as Ali Hakim in “Oklahoma.”

“But he was amazing in ‘Me and My Girl,’ ” Smith said. “It just became a one-man show show. He was hilarious one moment and tearing your heart out the next. Everything he did was perfect.”

Last year, Rhoads appeared on an episode of the TV Series “Better with You,” and appeared in seven episodes of “Better Off Ted” (as Chet). He released a CD of songs titled “Lean.”

Rhoads returned to Colorado in 2008 to join more than 170 former actors, artisans and loyal customers of the Country Dinner Playhouse. Attendees came all the way from Spain for an emotional reunion that spanned all 37 years of the barn’s storied history.


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Terry Rhoads, Linda Suttle and Marcus Waterman at the Country Dinner Playhouse reunion in 2008. Photo by John Moore.

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In case you are wondering where the rest of my stuff is …

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By John Moore.

In case you are wondering where the rest of my stuff is … I got this job, you see. Maybe you heard about it — as a journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. It’s kind of a dream job. And the best part is, the fine folks at the Denver Center are encouraging me to keep up as best I can with covering the rest of the Colorado theater community as well. Including my duties as Executive Director of the new Denver Actors Fund.

But not all of my coverage is being posted here anymore. I have a new home in the Denver Center ether-world called Denver CenterStage. It is intended to complement, not replace, CultureWest.Org.

We’ve been fast out of the gate. It occurs to me that we have already posted 44 pieces of new content about Colorado theater on Denver CenterStage in the first three weeks of its existence. And that doesn’t include additions to our ongoing “It’s Opening Night in Colorado Theater” photos series that is moving merrily along.

Some very interesting things have been happening around this theater town. Below are links to some of the highlights. But I’d be ever so grateful if you might bookmark Denver CenterStage and check in there regularly as well — just to make sure you aren’t missing anything.

John Ashton deployed by FEMA on eve of his starring role in Boulder Ensemble Theatre’s “Seminar”

Kidney update: Erin Rollman’s gift saved nine lives

Denver School of the Arts honors Helen Thorpe


Panel: “Death of a Salesman” is the most important American play ever written


Kim Staunton: Truth trumps race in “Death of a Salesman”

Doors Open Denver Center: It’s a banner year for local actors

Meet the cast video series: Short, 2-minute interviews with all of the actors appearing in the Denver Center’s fall plays. Here is where to find all of them that have been posted to date.

Matthew Morrison to headline 2014 “Saturday Night Alive” gala


Denver Center launches statewide youth playwriting initiative

“Caveman” Cody Lyman comes home to defend his turf

“I Believe” … that you can win the “Book of Mormon” ticket lottery, just like I did … twice!

Luciann Lajoie’s Denver-born “*Date” opens in Austin, Texas

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Photos: My night at Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s ‘Seminar’

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By John Moore
Oct. 4, 2013

Opening No. 120: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s “Seminar”: In Theresa Rebeck’s new exploration of academic privilege and nasty human behavior, four aspiring young novelists find themselves in over their heads when they sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, a force of nature and washed-up international literary figure (John Ashton). Under his reckless instruction, the wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious. Also featuring Matthew Blood-Smyth, Devon James, Mary Kay Riley and Sean Scrutchins. Directed by Stephen Weitz. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; plus 4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 20 at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or betc’s home page. Thanks: Maxie Beth Bilyeu, Rebecca Remaly Weitz.

To see the complete “Opening Nights” photo series to date (these are outtakes), click here: www.culturewest.org/?p=6068. All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org.

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Director Stephen Weitz gets his tie caught in a furry, salivating work of art at the Dairy Center.

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John Ashton capped a crazy week with a triumphant opening performance on Friday night. Three days before the opening performance, Ashton was deployed by his day job, FEMA, to working 12-hour daily shifts in response to the flooding in Boulder. The extra busy-ness didn’t seem to affect his performance. The company drew a standing ovation.

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The Denver Actors Fund (my new non-profit that provides immediate assistance to members of teh Colorado theatre community who find themselves in immediate, situational medical need) is hosting a Happy Hour starting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Cap City, 1247 Bannock St, Denver, 80204. Please join us for a drink — and learn about volunteer opportunities should you be so inclined.

If you cannot attend, you can still help get us off the ground with your donation. Just send your tax-deductible check (with our humble thanks) to:

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Photos: My night at the Denver Center’s ‘Death of a Salesman’

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By John Moore
Oct. 1, 2013

Opening No. 119: Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Death of a Salesman”: Some call this the most important play ever written. Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama is the story of an aging, deluded and failing salesman who cannot accept that his dreams for his family are no match for the sad realities of their ordinary lives. This heartbreaking indictment of the American Dream is an actor’s dream. It stars real-life husband and wife Mike Hartman and Lauren Klein through Oct. 20. Directed by Anthony Powell. Starring Mike Hartman and Lauren Klein, with John Patrick Hayden, M Scott McLean, Anthony Bianco, Michael Santo, James O’Hagan-Murphy, Brian Shea, Kate Gleason, Kyra Lindsay and Adrian Egolf. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 p.m. Sundays at the Space Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or www.denvercenter.org. All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. To see the complete “Opening Nights” photo series to date (these are outtakes), click here: www.culturewest.org/?p=6068

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After actors Mike Hartman and Lauren Klein conquered the iconic roles of Willy and Linda Loman on opening night, the real-life married couple deserved a party. Though they settled for a seat.

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