Photos: My night at Illumination Theatre’s ‘Sordid Lives’

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By John Moore
Aug. 2, 2013

Opening No. 97: Illumination Theatre’s “Sordid Lives”: Quintessential Texas playwright Del Shores came to Denver to help launch the new Illumination Theatre with Shores’ most popular cross-dressing comedy, “Sordid Lives.” It’s aptly billed as “a black comedy about white trash.” Todd Black anchors a large ensemble playing a Texas family that must bury the good Christian philandering matriarch who hit her head on the sink and bled to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room. Shores spoke to the cast before the show and donated many signed pieces of memorabilia for auction items to help the new theater company off the ground. The next day, he taught two acting classes to members of the public at the Colorado Free University on the former Lowry Air Force Base. That’s also where “Sordid Lives” plays, at the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place, at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Aug. 17. “Sordid Lives” is directed by Bernie Cardell and features Todd Black, Patrick Brownson, LuAnn Buckstein, Dale Haltom, Kevin Leonard, Mathew Link, Kelly Mann, Boni McIntyre, Emma Messenger, Shahara Ostrand, Gracen Porreca and Luke Allen Terry. Call 303-475-5825 or go here for tickets. Photo by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks: Dale Haltom, Andrew Hunter, Andy Anderson.

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