Tickling the funny bone, tugging at the heart strings | PostIndependent.com

Tickling the funny bone, tugging at the heart strings

April E. ClarkPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Special to the Post Independent/Scot GerdesPerforming in the Colorado Mountain College Theatre production of "Escanaba in da Moonlight" are, from left to right: Tim Riley, Michael Banks, Bob Moore and Ralph Young. Quinn Garvik is not pictured.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The one-liners are flying at Colorado Mountain College Theater’s newest production, “Escanaba in da Moonlight.””It’s just jam-packed with one-liner after one-liner,” actor Tim Riley said. “People were just laughing out loud.”In the Jeff Daniels play that opened last weekend at CMC’s New Space Theater at the Spring Valley Center, Riley portrays Remnar Soady. He’s one of the quirky sons in the comedy about deer hunting, brotherhood, and ending a curse of never bagging a buck. The setting is a family hunting cabin in Escanaba, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.”My wife was in the audience and heard a man behind her say, ‘That’s just what deer camp is like.’ But, it is a farce,” Riley said. “The audiences have just been so receptive. “Riley said director Wendy Moore’s casting of the play was key in making the comedy a laugh-out-loud production. He described the cast as a close-knit ensemble.”Wendy Moore said that it doesn’t matter how many people audition, or who auditions, but that you get the cast that’s right for the show,” he said. “I’m just totally impressed by how perfectly well they fill these roles … par excellence. I’m ecstatic to work with such a tenured and skilled cast.””Escanaba in da Moonlight” continues through the weekend. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The comedy’s content is for mature audiences. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults.”Expect to be exceedingly entertained,” Riley said.

Thunder River Theatre Company is taking a different approach to entertaining audiences in Carbondale.Today and Saturday, TRTC continues its popular production of the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning tragedy, “Death of a Salesman.” The play opened with a preview night Feb. 15.”We try to create well-rounded seasons. We have the comedies and dramas, but it’s the tragedies people love,” said Lon Winston, TRTC’s founding artistic director. “The show has been selling out. People are loving the show we’re getting letters, phone calls. It’s amazing to me.”In the prolific Arthur Miller drama, Winston portrays Willy Loman, a 60-year-old traveling salesman who makes failed strides toward the American Dream. “It’s really the tragedies, from the Greeks through Shakespeare through American drama that are the most revered in dramatic literature,” he said.

Winston and associate artist Valerie Haugen co-direct “Death of a Salesman.” The American theater classic features actors from up and down the valley.Aspen’s Cara Daniel portrays Willy’s wife, Linda; Patrick Murray and George Soukup are his sons, Biff and Happy; Richard Lyon is brother Ben; and Michael Miller and Danny Pettit act as Willy’s neighbor, Charley, and son, Bernard.Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at TRTC’s theatre at 67 Promenade in downtown Carbondale. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults.”People are coming out of the woodwork for a play like ‘Death of a Salesman,'” Winston said. “Tragedies – those are the plays that move people deeply.”Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.com

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