Glenwood Springs’ Bob Moore is the kind of actor you only want to see … well, more of. His Aspen appearances, in Theatre Aspen productions of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Proof,” have been consistently excellent. Fans can get plenty of Moore in “Bully,” Jerome Alden’s one-man show about President Teddy Roosevelt that focuses on the person ” the outdoorsman, the family man, the believer in women’s rights ” more than his politics and achievements, like the Panama Canal. And for those who are fans not just of Bob, but the Moore family, “Bully” is directed by Wendy, Bob’s wife. Having already had a run last fall in Glenwood, the production comes to the Wheeler Opera House on Tuesday, March 10, a fund-raiser for the Aspen Historical Society and part of Celebrate History Week.
It’s straight out of “The Partridge Family.” There’s the name that sounds like it came out of a marketing campaign: Cherryholmes. (If that’s not enough, the band’s elder and bassist is Jere ” pronounced “Jerry” ” Cherryholmes.) Six members of the family, inspired by a bluegrass festival they attended, go home and divvy up the instruments. But even the Partridges, even in their fictional realm, didn’t achieve the success of Cherryholmes: two Grammy nominations, an Entertainer of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association. On the heels of last year’s “Cherryholmes III,” a blast of high-octane traditional bluegrass, the band makes its Aspen debut on Friday, March 13 at the Wheeler Opera House.
“Last Chance Harvey” is not the kind of film you’d want to make without excellent actors. The story, about a late-in-life romance between two people who have been unlucky in love, is predictable and fluffy. But two one-time movie stars ” Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson ” turn on both the charm and the talent. British filmmaker Joel Hopkins not only wrings memorable (and Golden Globe-nominated) performances from his leading players, but also adds tones of sadness, hope and reconciliation. Still, if the film had gone the more typical casting route ” say, Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock ” you could have thrown “Last Chance Harvey” on the enormous pile of forgettable rom-coms. Instead, you get something warm, sweet, even touching. The film shows Wednesday and Thursday, March 11-12, and Saturday, March 14 at the Wheeler Opera House.
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