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Theater review: Mae Brussell’s tangled web inspires “Queen of Conspiracy” at Miners Alley
By Lisa Kennedy, The Know, 5/23/2019
The intricate structure that Josh Hartwell lays out for “Queen of Conspiracy” deserves applause. When Miners Alley artistic director Len Matheo tossed Hartwell the idea of writing about 1960s-’70s radio personality Mae Brussell, the talented local playwright ran with it, juking this way and zagging that way.
Conspiracy or Coincidence? Josh Hartwell's New Play Opening at Miners Alley
By Juliet Wittman, Westword Magazine, 5/13/2019
Len Matheo, the executive director of Miners Alley Playhouse, gave actor-director-playwright Josh Hartwell a commission late last year. “He said he’s heard about this Mae Brussell and thought she’d make a good play,” Hartwell recalls.
Theater Review: Resolutions
By Beki Pineda, Boulder Magazine, 12/20/2017
The evening starts off casually enough. Two old friends have arrived for an annual gathering at her beautiful condo in Vail. Fulfilling a long held holiday tradition, three couples gather each year in the same place to review their year and decide how well they did on fulfilling their resolutions from the year past.
7 best holiday theater shows to enjoy in the Denver metro before Christmas
By Oscar Contreras, The Denver Channel, 12/13/2017
The weather is cooling down for the winter, which means you will probably start looking for entertainment options taking place indoors. What better to celebrate the holidays than with a theater performance?
Review: Edge Wraps Up an Edgy Holiday Show With "Resolutions"
By Juliet Wittman, Westword Magazine, 12/12/2017
Resolutions is exactly the kind of play you expect from Edge, a theater company that prides itself on edgy work. The way artistic director Rick Yaconis sees it, that can include classic works as well as surreal ’60s, ultra-co ntemporary and absurdist plays, or anything else that challenges and feels alive.
Theater review: Set in Vail, The Edge’s New Year’s comedy “Resolutions” is a hilarious ride
By Joanne Ostrow, The Know, 12/5/2017
There’s nothing holly-jolly about “Resolutions,” the commissioned seasonal piece by local playwright Josh Hartwell having its world premiere at The Edge. This play is brisk and funny, also rather arch and ultimately terrifying.
Theater review: ‘Resolutions’ portrays a night of hell in Vail
By Alex Miller, Vail Daily, 12/4/2014
So you’ve gotten sole possession of your ex-husband’s plush cabin in Vail and are hosting friends for your annual New Year’s Eve get-together. The snow is falling outside. The bar is stocked. Your BFFs are arriving. What could possibly go wrong?
Josh Hartwell Takes Off This Week With "Grounded," "Dylan Went Electric"
By Juliet Wittman, Westword Magazine, 9/9/2014
Josh Hartwell, writer, actor and director, is one of the area's treasures. A modest, diffident soul, he seems to prefer being out of the limelight, but we recently named him one of our 100 Colorado Creatives, and he'll be getting even more attention this week, when he directs George Brant's one-woman play "Grounded."
Bremerton theater examines 20-something life in ‘Contrived Ending’
Kitsap Daily News, 7/4/2008
Denver playwright Josh Hartwell’s slice of life drama, “Contrived Ending,” is an intimate look at the crisis of the 20-something generation in today’s world, through the vehicle of a “Clerks” meets “Empire Records” at the movie theater type of comedy.
By Juliet Wittman, Westword Magazine, 2/28/2008
As you walk into the familiar Buntport space, the scent of popcorn envelops you. "Contrived Ending," which is premiering here, is local playwright Josh Hartwell's homage to the movies and, in particular, to the old-fashioned art house.
Review: Contrived Ending
By John Moore, The Denver Post, 2/27/2008
It’s the kind of bleak, bored, basement-dwelling kind of contemplation that perfectly captures the pop-culture narcissism of 20-something slackers of any recent decade: Have you lived enough of a life that someone would want to make it into a movie?