This wild and amusing musical, The Doyle and Debbie Show is not for the light-hearted. “Part parody and part praise of country [music's] iconic duo,” Doyle Mayfield, once a country fan-favorite twenty years ago, is reviving the dream again performing in old western bars with his current (life) partner Debbie and his long-time friend/musician Buddy.
Transforming the Garner Galleria Theater into an old-western bar known as the Station Inn, Doyle and Debbie charm the crowd with their hilarious songs such as “ABC’s of Love”, “Blue Stretch Pants”, “Harlequin Love” and many, many more.
The story development, on the other hand, seems a little off-beat. But, like true country fashion, nothing brings a crowd back with a little bit of whiskey and songs about love and loss.
Since the beginning of his career, Doyle, played and created by Bruce Arntson, has been lucky and unlucky with women: married four times, sang with two different Debbies and, the current one, played by Jennifer Blood, is only happy to be on stage. Hence, most of their songs are inspired by Doyle’s mishaps of love, but in a raw fashion that has the audience rolling with laughter.
Besides the entertaining songs, take notice of the set design. Walls throughout the intimate venue are plastered with old and new country music posters, horseshoes, wheels and anything you can find in a ranch or barn. It is quite impressive the amount of thought placed into the design.
A somewhat family-friendly show, you don’t have to enjoy country to enjoy the show- although it may be a bonus so you’re not completely lost with the terms and references. But anyone who has experienced a love and loss can enjoy the show just as much and laugh along with Doyle and Debbie.
WHEN: March 2 – July 14, 2013
Tuesday – Sunday: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 2 p.m.
Denver Performing Arts Center
Garner Galleria Theater
14th St and Arapahoe St
Denver, CO 80204
TICKETS: Tickets are $35 each. Click here to purchase