Benediction is currently playing at the Space Theater at the Denver Center for Performing Arts until March 1, and shows every night except Monday nights. The play is the third in a trilogy written by Kent Haruf, who died in November. The books have won many awards and literary honors. All three are set in the fictional town of Holt, in the eastern plains of Colorado. They revolve around ordinary people, and there interactions with each other and their own personal/past conflicts.
Having just seen this play I found it to be a beautiful representation of the struggles in life that everyone will face at some point or another. Granted the play shows many difficult scenes, and really heart wrenching stories of the different characters. I felt that every person in the crowd, though, identified with at least one of the struggles of the characters. At multiple points in the 3 hour play, there was not a dry eye in the room, gasps from all over the audience, and hearty laughs. The setting is familiar as well, being in eastern Colorado, and characters traveling to Denver at different points. The struggles seem real, with the sorrow, elation, desperation all hitting the audience in a powerful way. The Space Theater is a perfect setting, as the audience is so close to the actors that it feels very genuine. Please go see this play! It is so thought provoking, and (again) genuine- you wont want to miss it when it leaves at the beginning of March!
The play runs at the Space Theatre, in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, through March 1, with ticket prices starting at $41. For more information, call 303-893-4100 or go to denvercenter.org.
To find out more go to : http://www.denvercenter.org/shows/specific-series/Get?Id=3300d677-cdec-68a4-921b-ff0b004d5814