In life there are many lessons we learn. One of the biggest lessons is who our friends are. Sometimes the world can seem like it is a place only for real people, only for the people with a concrete plan. But what about the dreamers. The people who take risks. The people who fill this world with a true love. A true love of art. The people who are always trying to improve the place they live in. Meet Alfie Byrne. He is a man of compassion. A man who likes to see the world have fun. He is always thinking about the next big play. The next person he can cast in his theatre troupe. Alfie is a man of no importance – or is he?
The Arvada Center presented ‘A Man Of No Importance’ and opening night was packed. This story opened with the music of Colcannon, a Colorado Irish-folk band that is actually part of the story. The scene is Dublin Ireland and they are a small working-class neighborhood in 1964. Alfie Byrne is a ticket taker on the local bus and as they travel, he reads from one of the many books he keeps locked away. He reads to the passengers and has a heart of gold. He would do anything for anyone. As he is discussing his next play Salome, (a play by writer Oscar Wilde), a young beautiful princess boards the bus and Alfie Byrne is taken back by her beauty. When he gives her one of his best compliments, she is immediately upset and wants off the bus. She thinks she has come to a town of caring and loving people but gets so offended, she is in tears. Alfie comforts her and explains that this was all meant to be a compliment and this is how he has introduced her to the other passengers on the bus. The non-professionals who love to act and try hard to complete a play and dream of presenting it to their church and community.
Alfie Byrne has the patience of a Saint. He tries hard to bring the hidden talents of the performers out and create art. This is all Alfie cares about is bringing happiness to all through art. After all, that is what actors do is have a special art.
Of course the play has its trial and tribulations. Alfie Byrne does not realize the controversy his choice of title will create with the church leaders. To the point that the high priest cancels the play. Alfie’s main character skips practice and tries to decide what is best for Alfie and the performers. He has blasphemed this play and has everyone thinking it is pornography and should not be allowed in their city.
This is where life seems to spiral to the bottom for Alfie. He has a true love and with the help of another, he tries to express that love. Does he succeed at showing his love? Is his princess who he thinks she is? The twist of A Man Of No Importance is indeed a story of life’s lessons and pursuing your dreams. Life does has its ups and downs, but you try to keep going and make the best of life no matter what.
The Arvada Center has included a piece of history in this remarkable set design. The historic Elitch Gardens Theatre curtain has been repurposed as part of the set design for the production of A Man Of No Importance. This is a great way to kick off your summer entertainment as the Arvada Center and A Man Of No Importance is presented on the big stage. The production run from now until May 17, 2015. You can purchase tickets by calling 720-898-7200 or go to http://arvadacenter.org/on-stage/a-man-of-no-importance-2015. And as always, please come out and support the Arvada Center by showing support for the many wonderful things they represent within the community.