September 23, 2023
Oscar nominee Judd Hirsch takes ‘Taxi’ to Aspen | Arts & Leisure

Nobody is aware of for sure whether or not Alex and Elaine attached on the finish of that well-known episode of “Taxi” in Vienna, however we do know they gained’t be hooking up in Aspen on Saturday, which is certain to disappoint numerous the beloved sit-com’s Colorado followers.

Judd Hirsch, who’s on hearth at age 87 after his Oscar-nominated position within the Finest Image front-runner “The Fablemans,” was scheduled to carry out A.R. Gurney’s celebrated 1989 play “Love Letters” together with his “Taxi” co-star Marilu Henner on Saturday as a profit for Theatre Aspen. However Henner has needed to bow out as a result of she’s bought pneumonia.

However Aspen audiences at the moment are in for a distinct form of deal with, as Henner will probably be changed by Hirsch’s real-life spouse, Kathryn Danielle Hirsch.

“I am so upset that my dearest good friend Marilu is unable to journey to Aspen for ‘Love Letters,’” Judd Hirsch stated. “But, I can consider no higher individual to affix me on stage than my dearest real-life accomplice and fantastic actress, Kathryn.”

“Love Letters” can be within the document books as probably the most carried out play within the historical past of the American theater – if every single day had been Valentine’s Day. It’s a merely staged piece the place the 2 performers, enjoying childhood associates turned lovers, take turns studying letters their characters have exchanged over 50 years. It’s a young, humorous and trustworthy take a look at a relationship that’s something however easy. And if it’s February, it’s taking place someplace close by. “Love Letters” is the “A Christmas Carol” of Valentine’s Day.   

Saturday’s program will start at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception on the Albright Pavilion within the Aspen Meadows, adopted by the efficiency at 7:30 p.m.

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“My spouse and I be a part of a protracted line of spouses taking over these roles, together with Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross, and Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson,” stated Hirsch, whom the L.A. Instances says “steals the present” in Steven Spielberg’s “The Fablemans.” “We’re honored to sort out these characters collectively and have fun Valentine’s Day with you at Theatre Aspen.” 

A restricted variety of single tickets can be found to the general public for $95 at 970-300-4474 or

Theatre Aspen frequently brings Broadway veterans and display screen celebrities to the Colorado mountains to carry out – normally within the summertime. This particular profit efficiency is a kickoff of kinds to the corporate’s upcoming fortieth anniversary season, which can embody “Lovely, the Carole King Musical” (June 22-July 8), “Doubt” (July 14-29) and “Lease” (Aug. 4-26).

Susannah and Chloe McLeod

Actual-life married couple Susannah and Chloe McLeod will seem collectively on Tuesday.

Nearer to dwelling, a particular variation on “Love Letters” will probably be carried out on Tuesday (Feb. 14) by three pairs of well-known native actors telling the story by way of an LGBTQ+ lens. These {couples} are Stuart Sanks and Tyrell Rae; Susannah and Chloe McLeod; and Josh Hartwell and Jim Hunt. Doorways open at 6:30 p.m. with drinks and treats for all, adopted by the play at 7:30 p.m. at The Savoy, 2700 Arapahoe St. in Denver. Tickets are $20, with all proceeds going to the Denver Actors Fund. Reservations at

“Love Letters” can be being carried out by Boulder’s Upstart Crow by way of Sunday on the Dairy Arts Middle. Data at

John Moore is the Denver Gazette’s Senior Arts Journalist. Electronic mail him at [email protected]

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