Outtakes: My night at ‘Pardon My Dust’

Billie McBride as Dorothy Parker.


By John Moore, March 24, 2013

Opening No. 50, And Toto Too Productions’ “Pardon My Dust”: “I don’t care what anybody says about me … as long as it isn’t true.” That’s one of the many Dorothy Parker witticisms actor Billie McBride quick-fires while portraying one of the greatest wits of the 20th century. Denver’s only theater company dedicated to women’s voices opens its eighth season with the regional premiere of this new play by Anne Welsbacher. Parker has died, is in limbo, and she has a lot of baggage to shed — literally and metaphorically — before moving on to the next phase of her journey. Also starring Paul Page. Directed by Susan Lyles. Through April 6 at the Laundry on Lawrence, 2701 Lawrence St., 720-583-3975, or and toto too’s home page. Thanks to Lauren Meyer.

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Artistic director Susan Lyles, right, has a cheap but reliable labor force at her disposal, meaning her two young sons.


Eden Lane, host of “In Focus with Eden Lane,” interviewed Billie McBride, left, and Paul Page before Friday’s show for a segment that airs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29.


And Toto Too performs in the “work/space” at the Laundry on Lawrence, run by Denver’s LIDA Project theater company.


Paul Page, who plays a variety of characters collectively known as Janus, checks out the spread of theater print memorabilia that adorns Dorothy Parker’s desk.


In 1947, a balcony seat to a Broadway play would set you back all of $1.80.


Hair, eyes … feet! Billie McBride preps her dawgs for Friday’s performance.


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By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at culturewestjohn@gmail.com