Paul Rohrer (left) with comedy legend Joe Piscopo, and Rohrer’s internet radio show producer Anthony Musco (right) after Piscopo’s appearance on Castle Rock Radio’s Roaring Success Radio Hour.
By Richard J. Schneider
Paul Rohrer ought to take his show on the road.
It is really a showcase, something he puts on twice a year with the actors he coaches. As I sat in the audience one recent evening, after a bit of schmoozing with Paul and other invited guests, I had no idea what to expect. My preconceived notion was a mix of strong and weak stage performances by actors with a broad range of talent.
What I got was a series of tight stage pieces that kept me rapt, quiet, and not thinking about the yummy burgers a few paces away on one of the refreshment tables. In about 45 minutes, I was treated to series of vignettes, each of which I found totally satisfying, like watching nine tight mini-plays at the theater.
All of the actors in the vignettes are working in the Denver market right now, but some will eventually leave for other markets as they pursue their careers. My brief notes reflect my reactions to each piece.
Every Day Pain, a soliloquy by Kalja Harris. Pondering, reliving her pain. I watched her hands. They acted right along with her.
Love Bound, with Chris Balitski and Steve Austin. Austin, wheelchair bound, afraid to love, pushes away his therapist, Balitski, who has fallen in love with him. Nice. Did he love her? You want them to be together.