Reviews

OUT FRONT Magazine Show Review: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

By Addison Herron-Wheeler (OUT FRONT Magazine) We’ve now heard this a million times, but the past year-and-a-half has been incredibly tough on the theatre community. Like other entertainment industries, it was virtually destroyed by COVID, with any remaining shows moving online entirely for a livestreamed experience. Now, as the world is finally getting vaccinated and opening back up, shows are slowly returning, and one of them is Town Hall Arts Center’s You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. For those still not fully vaccinated, or just feeling a little squirmy about the idea of going back to...

read more

Review: ‘Peanuts’ gang takes to stage

By Sonya Ellingboe (Littleton Independent) Audience members were scattered sparsely around Town Hall Arts Center and the stage is wrapped with a plastic barrier, but it was indeed a joy to settle in for a live performance last weekend as pianist Donna Debreceni and percussionist Sean Case played the opening music for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center. Centered on stage, we see a large red doghouse as lights go up and we welcome Charles M. Schulz’s beloved crew, who first showed up in October 1950 in the syndicated comic strip, “Peanuts.” American...

read more

Review: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

By Beki Pineda YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN – Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schultz; Directed by Nick Sugar. Produced by Town Hall Arts Center (2450 West Main, Littleton) through April 18. Tickets available at 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org. You’re a good man, Nickie Sugar, for bringing this nostalgic valentine to childhood into our lives at a time when we all long for the “good ‘ol days.” You knew just what would make us smile, remember, and rejoice that here we are again in a live theatre watching live actors perform together in...

read more
Review: Lessons from a summer of outdoor theatre in the time of COVID – John Moore

Review: Lessons from a summer of outdoor theatre in the time of COVID – John Moore

by John Moore (Senior Arts Journalist - Arvada Center) Those companies that got out of the box deepened relationships with grateful audiences. Those that grow stagnant do so to their own peril. ...Not every live offering was so limited by crowd size. The Littleton Town Hall Arts Center had big plans to present a late-winter indoor production of the John Denver biography "Almost Heaven" on an indoor set accompanied by a provocative, original video underscore. When the shutdown ended those grand plans, Town Hall moved the production outdoors to the picturesque environs of nearby Hudson...

read more
Review:  Pivoting with Nick Sugar and the Town Hall Arts Center – John Moore

Review: Pivoting with Nick Sugar and the Town Hall Arts Center – John Moore

by John Moore (Senior Arts Journalist, Arvada Center) How a lovely outdoor musical experience grew out of necessity and innovation 'Almost Heaven' was scheduled to open inside the Town Hall Arts Center on April 3 when rehearsals were shut down by the pandemic on March 13. What a strange set of circumstances that allowed for the musical to be reimagined as an outdoor, botanic experience at sunset that perfectly matches the tenor of John Denver's music. Director Nick Sugar talks about it. What are you doing to pivot? We were shuttered during our third week of rehearsal. When I realized this...

read more

Review: Enjoy an outside chance for live theatre – Littleton Independent

by Sonya Ellingboe (Littleton Independent) “Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver” is an appropriate title for Town Hall Arts Center’s production at Hudson Gardens, running through Oct. 11. The lawn next to the blooming Rose Garden is marked with “pods” that hold a blanket or up to four chairs, inviting a relaxed audience to enjoy a LIVE performance with five singers/“Storytellers” and a four-piece band. The air is sweet and the audience happy to be there. Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., who understandably took on the stage name of John Denver, was born in New Mexico and gained international...

read more

Review: Almost Heaven – Boulder Magazine

by Beki Pineda (Boulder Magazine) ALMOST HEAVEN – Songs by John Denver and others; Vocal arrangements and orchestrations by Jeff Waxman; based on an original concept from Harold Thau; Directed by Nick Sugar. Produced by Town Hall Arts Center (presented at Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Denver) through October 11. Tickets available at 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org. As I sat on the lawn at Hudson Gardens listening to the beautiful music of John Denver soar into the summer evening, I was struck by the idea that I didn’t really know John Denver’s music. Oh, I knew all the...

read more
Review: ‘Barefoot in the Park’ is iconic crowd-pleaser – Littleton Independent

Review: ‘Barefoot in the Park’ is iconic crowd-pleaser – Littleton Independent

by Sonya Ellingboe (Littleton Independent) Lights go up on an empty apartment in an old brownstone on East 48th Street in New York City. It’s February 1963. Only the kitchen is furnished. A restless young woman enters and stuffs things into the refrigerator as she tidies up a bit. Suitcases are in the room. We meet Corie Bratter (Lynzee Jones), the somewhat ditzy resident newlywed, who has rented this chilly fifth-floor space for herself and new husband, Paul (Tim Howard), an already-a-bit-stuffy lawyer. She awaits Bloomingdales’ furniture delivery — and the next years of her life… The...

read more
Review:  Barefoot in the Park – Boulder Magazine

Review: Barefoot in the Park – Boulder Magazine

by Beki Pineda (Boulder Magazine)Written by Neil Simon; Directed by Robert Wells. All of you must remember the young and beautiful Jane Fonda and Robert Redford who brought this charming story to the public’s attention in 1967, one of their five movies together. Or maybe some of you were lucky enough to see Redford and Elizabeth Ashley in the original 1963 Broadway production. Regardless whenever you see a Neil Simon play on the callboard, you know you are in for a treat. His ability to put both heartfelt dialogue and snappy zingers together in the same speech never fails to delight. In this...

read more