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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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