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The BDT stage has something for everyone

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“Annie” plays through Feb. 24th at BDT Stage (formerly known as Boulder’s Dinner Theatre). Located at 2525 Arapahoe Ave., in Boulder, the venerable dinner theater is one of the best entertainment values in the Denver metro area. The delicious meals are served by the actors/stars of the show. As with all BDT Stage productions, “Annie” is beautifully staged and produced. Alicia K. Meyers directs the musical and she along with Danielle Scheib did the very entertaining and creative choreography. The Boulder Daily Camera praises BDT’s “consistency in technical achievement, performance and overall production level as it sets a high standard for theatrical achievement.” I couldn’t agree more. It’s always a delight to go to BDT Stage.

The cast is outstanding. The role of “Annie” is shared between Lily Gruber and Darcey Keating. They are joined by two casts of six orphans. Their antics are priceless. Also in the large cast are Wayne Kennedy, Oliver Warbucks…delightful as always; Annie Dwyer who is the perfect Miss Hannigan; Scott Beyette as Rooster, the wayward brother of Miss Hannigan; Lily St. Regis, Rooster’s flaky girlfriend, T.J. Mullen, Drake the butler/Bundles. It was a treat to see TJ and Annie back on stage after their many years at Heritage Square Music Hall. Brian Burron was perfect as President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The role of “Sandy” the dog, is artfully played by Desi, the Labradoddle.

For tickets and information about the show, call, 3003-449-6000 or visit BDTStage.com.

The Edge Theatre presented a world premiere for the holidays.

“Resolutions” written by local playwright/actor Josh Hartwell and directed by Missy Moore provided an interesting and troubling holiday tale. Executive/Artistic Director, Rick Yaconis commissioned Hartwell to write a play with the criteria that the theme be about the holidays, be unexpected, and be called “Resolutions.” Hartwell more than complied with the requests. The story features three couples who met each New Year’s Eve to share their resolutions for the coming year with each other. One of the women has divorced her husband; however, he unexpectedly shows up at the cabin. Needless to say, the woman and her new boyfriend, as well as the other two couples are not pleased to see the former husband.

I was warned by another member of the audience that the play was violent. She definitely told the truth. The very troubling story did provide much food for thought.

I’m still not sure what my conclusions are. The story is brilliantly written and directed and I hope the Edge will produce it again. I would definitely like to see it again.

Harriet Hunter Ford can be contacted at hhunterford@gmail.com

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