The Arvada Center took home eight of the 28 competitive awards, including Outstanding Production of a Play for its contemporary adaptation of Sense and Sensibility — on wheels.
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Geoffrey Kent appears like a walking ghost, embodying the role of Annie’s brother. This part is a real breakthrough for Kent, who’s made a whole career of playing confident, sunny, swash-buckling characters. Georgie is a sad and simple storm-cloud of a man, portrayed by Kent with substance and honesty.
…and then there’s Geoffrey Kent, almost choking on his own impotent fury as George…
BEST DIRECTOR: Geoffrey Kent directed Waiting for Godot at the Arvada Center in the spring, followed by The Foreigner in fall, and his talent for comic schtick — evident in both productions though very differently employed in each — is peerless. -Juliet Wittman, WESTWORD
With Geoffrey Kent directing, you know a production’s physical humor will be duly exploited and the dialogue intelligently rendered while emotional undertones still get their due, and that’s how it is.
Opened three plays in as many days for the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 season.
As Oliver, Geoffrey Kent’s repentance seems so genuine that we never question it.
Here an emphasis on vaudevillian antics, including physical shtick reminiscent of the Marx brothers, offsets the difficulty of the philosophical exploration. Particularly in the first act, silliness eclipses the desperation and pointlessness. By the second act, when aching emptiness really kicks in, the darker, more disturbing tones take hold. -Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post
…very few share Geoffrey Kent’s mixture of intellectual curiosity and cheerful iconoclasm, his delight in fiddling with minute details while also introducing big bold moves … or his ability to sense the rhythm and poetry of a piece. -Juliet Wittman, WESTWORD
…Why did I laugh so hard, nearly all the way through? If it’s not masochism, it must be great theatre. Credit goes to Geoffrey Kent’s superb direction… -Patrick Dorn, patrickdorn.com