For aficionados of a certain kind of English novel, the phrase “the moors” conjures up images of a mysterious, fog-shrouded lowlands where romance and danger go hand-in-hand.
In her 2016 work with that same title, playwright Jen Silverman took the conventions that writers like the Brönte sisters and Arthur Conan Doyle built into this location and turned them into a dark comedy.
“One way we're describing the show is 'Wuthering Heights' meets 'The Addams Family,'” explained actor Jessica Robblee. “There are a lot of mysteries to it, but there's also a lot of fun in the play as well.”
The regional premiere of “The Moors” runs at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., through May 18. The show is the second of three repertory productions at the center, with performances taking place at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. There will also be select Saturday matinées at 2 p.m.
The show focuses on two sisters, their depressed mastiff dog (Geoffrey Kent) and their lonely life out on the moors. But with the appearance of a governess and a mooorhen, everyone's life gets thrown into chaos. Robblee takes on the role of Huldey, one of the sisters, and Regina Fernandez plays Emilie, the home's new governess.
“The show reminds me of the great gothic thrillers like 'Rebecca,' but there's also bits of 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Alice in Wonderland' as well,” Fernandez said. “While it might seem like just a period piece, it's really easy to access for modern audiences.”
One thing the show has in common with the other two productions of the Black Box season — “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Sin Street Social Club” — is a strong sense of location. Fernandez said the English moors are a vibrant character in the play, which adds to the emotional and darkly funny nature of the play.
“Really, it's just a beautiful show,” Robblee said. “There's a real journey in the play, with a lot of nice surprises along the way.”
To get tickets, call 720-898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter.org/the-moors.
Scale some of the most challenging peaks while sitting down
If there's one thing Coloradans appreciate, it's the mountains. It's hard not to — they're just right there. But not all of us are built to be climbers or off-roaders. Luckily, the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour has mountain appreciators of all kinds covered.
Hosted by the Colorado Mountain Club, the tour will be stopping at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place in Denver, from Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3.
The tour brings some of the films from the annual Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival held in Banff, Canada, out on the road.
Head to http://bit.ly/cmcbanff19 for all the details you need.
Clarke's Concert of the Week — Meek Mill at Fillmore Auditorium
It's probably a safe bet that Robert Rihmeek Williams, better known as Meek Mill, didn't expect that his rap career would lead to a role as a public advocate for criminal justice reform. I guess that's what happens when the justice system fails you.
Meek had a booming rap career before his highly publicized incarceration and subsequent release from prison in April 2018. Since his release, he's joined the national conversation about criminal justice disparities and injustices and is working with leaders like Jay-Z and 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin to address institutional issues.
Now the Philadelphia rapper going on a large national tour, and will be stopping by the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. He's bringing upstarts Melii, Kash Doll and Lil Durk along with him, and it promises to be quite the show.
For tickets, visit www.livenation.com.
Romance from orchestra
While February might be the month many people associate with love, the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra is moving its celebration of the romantic arts to March.
The LSO's “Romance” concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at March 7 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway.
According to information for the symphony, Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet," a classic of the repertoire will be accompanied by an older and equally tragic love story — Lancelot and Elaine. Fans of classic Arthurian legends, especially Sir Thomas Malory's “Le Morte d'Arthur” — will be familiar with the story. Faure's "Pavanne," Maquez's “Danzon No. 2” and Saint-Saëns "Baccanale" round out the program.
For tickets or information, call 303-987-7845 or visit www.lakewoodsymphony.org.
Clarke Reader's column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.
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