Photos: Edge Theatre’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”

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By John Moore
Sept. 7, 2013

Opening No. 109: Edge Theatre’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”: Last weekend, The Edge let the tiger out of his cage (Paul Page), and adding to the celebration was Sam Gilstrap’s 30th birthday, which called for a backstage toast (below). In Rajiv Joseph’s recent Broadway play (starring Robin Williams), the lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a starving tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad while the dying beast embarks on an existential quest to find meaning in its life. It stars Kevin Lowry and Nathan Bock, featuring Gilstrap, Alberto Ocampo, Miranda Vargas and Yasmin Sweets, a group that easily constitutes one of the best gathered ensembles yet in the Edge’s short history. The production serves as director Richard Cowden’s Denver farewell. The busy director and actor is moving his family to Vermont. Friends are asked to gather at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Edge to say goodbye. Better yet, come early and see the play first. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29 at 1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or the Edge’s home page. Thanks: Nina Harris, Rick Yaconis, Gloria Shanstrom. Photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. Click here to see the complete “Opening Nights” photo series to date. (These are outtakes).


Happy birthday, tiger.


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