Richmond Triangle Players strike a thought-provoking chord
With only a few days left in its run, “This Beautiful City” is a must see for anyone who enjoys a theatrical production that will not only make you laugh but will also start thoughtful conversations.
“This Beautiful City” is Richmond Triangle Players’ contribution to The Acts of Faith Festival. It epitomizes what the festival is all about – getting folks to talk and think about the subject being presented on stage.
The show was developed from numerous interviews with residents of Colorado Springs in 2006 when a state constitutional amendment defining marriage was up for vote. At the time, Colorado Springs was the unofficial capital of the evangelical movement with church leaders such as Ted Haggard and groups such as Focus on the Family.
The play looks at the religious and political atmosphere in Colorado Springs at the time, giving you the opportunity to think about what it means to be a Christian in today’s world.
Actors in the production play a multitude of characters, from a priest to a born-again Christian who was once a drug addict; from an economic development professional helping to build the evangelical movement to Ted Haggard, a powerful preacher who hid behind his secrets.
The company of actors is strong and talented. Each brings his or her multiple characters to life in a realistic and entertaining fashion. Particular standouts characters include Christy Mullins in her role as a zany born-again Christian, Tarnee Kendall Hudson as the new pastor at Emmanuel and Andrew Hamm as the writer of an alternative newspaper and as the RHOP leader. With that said, each member of the cast shines at one time or another during the production.
Whatever your religion or belief, “This Beautiful City” will make you realize that life is not as clearly defined as one would hope. As director, John Knapp, writes in his notes “It’s not all black and white.”
“This Beautiful City” runs through February 5 at Richmond Triangle Players.