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Promo: 'Intoxicated,' Aug. 5 only, One Night Stand Theater, Vintage Theater Aurora

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One Night Stand Theater presents an evening of drink, legal and illegal highs, and compulsive behavior in Intoxicated! on Sunday, August 5, 7:00 p.m. at the Vintage Theater in Aurora.

This one-night-only production features short plays and stories about excess and indulgence:

· There’s more to life than great art for a beer company adman in “Fat Buddy’s Beer vs. Michelangelo” by Edith Weiss.

· A barfly assists with a brief lesson in bartending in “Bar Code” by Linda Berry.

· A man seeks help from a hotline for his weird addiction in “Poison Control” by Rebecca Gorman O’Neill.

· A dispute over loud music leads to bizarre compulsive behavior in “Quiet” by Patrick Gabridge.

· A cooking show goes wildly off course due to a crucial ingredient in “My Mother’s Rum Cake Recipe” by Linda Berry.

· A night of disco and weed in 1970s Denver collides with the law in “Lucky” by Edwin Forrest Ward.

“Most of the plays in the show take a comic look at intoxicati…

Review: 'Newsies,' through Aug. 26, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Johnstown

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Disney's Broadway musical version of Newsies, based on the 1992 film and currently playing through the summer at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, seems especially relevant in the current climate of grassroots protests against incomprehensibly wealthy media moguls and politicians competing to shape the narrative and manipulate the economy for their own enrichment and to the detriment of others. 
Make no mistake. Despite the cast of scrappy street urchins, a bumbling orphan chaser, and a maternal floozy all worthy of Oliver Twist, Disney's Newsies is as political as any of Bertolt Brecht's Communist/Socialist Cold War musicals. With lots of songs and thrilling choreography, Newsies depicts an uprising that shuts down New York City in 1899, with three major plot points that include a general strike, a rally, and pamphleteering to sway public opinion...all organized by children.
Homeless underaged paupers are barely surviving by peddling newspapers on street corners in 1899 New …

Promo: 'The Sunshine Boys' July 12-29 and 'Harvey' Oct. 18-Nov. 11, Senior Housing Options

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Senior Housing Options (SHO) is about to raise the curtain on its 11th Annual Play Season and reveal some major news about its biggest fundraiser of the year.

Not only will the Barth Hotel’s living room be transformed into an intimate playhouse but the Olin Hotel Apartments common space will also be turned into a theater as well!

That’s right: SHO will produce two plays this year!

We’re excited to once again work with Vintage Theater Company and bring Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys to the Barth Hotel Assisted Living (1514 Seventeenth St., Denver) July 12-29.

Roger L. Simon and Joey Wishnia will perform for the first time together as Al Lewis and Willie Clark.

Lewis and Clark were top-billed vaudevillians for more than 40 years. Now they aren’t even speaking! When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings them back together, along with a flood of old memories, miseries, and, of course, laughs!

The production will close on July 29th and then r…

Promo: Lend Me a Tenor, July 13-Aug. 19, Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden

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Miners Alley presents...
Lend Me A TenorBy Ken Ludwig
Directed by Warren Sherrill


July 13 – August 19, 2018
It is the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The world famous tenor, Tito Morelli, “Il Stupendo,” is to perform his greatest roll, Otello. However, at the final dress rehearsal of Otello, Merelli is nowhere to be found. The manager, Henry Saunders, and his assistant Max are in a panic. It appears Merelli’s wife has left him a "Dear John" letter and the distraught singer, accidentally given a double dose of tranquilizers, is thought to be dead. What follows is a laugh-out-loud chain reaction of mistaken identity, farcical plot twists, double entendres and musical mayhem!

Miners Alley Playhouse presents Lend Me A Tenor July 13 through August 19 in Golden. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 - $38 and available by calling 303-935-3044 or online at www.minersalley.com. Miners All…

Promo: 9 to 5 The Musical, July 13-Aug 5, Evergreen Players

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Evergreen Players presents...
9 to 5 The MusicalMusic and Lyrics by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick
Based on the 1980 movie by the same name.
Directed by Clay White
Musical Direction by DJ Himstedt
Choreography by Preston Lee Britton


July 13 – August 5, 2018
Evergreen Players presents 9 to 5 The Musical July 13 through August 5 at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, CO. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 Adults; $20 students/seniors (60+), Youth (12 and under) $15 by calling 303-674-4934 or online at www.evergreenplayers.org. Group discounts are also available.

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream make…

Review: Disney's The Little Mermaid, through Sept. 8, BDT Stage

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BDT Stage has pulled out all the stops with its summer production of Disney's The Little Mermaid. The show is bursting with creativity and talent, the design elements are phenomenal, the casting is outstanding, and the direction is endlessly innovative.

Most of all, the production is absolutely magical. Especially for kids...but not only for kids.

All of the Disney Broadway musicals are packed with theatrical magic, but this one adds the extraordinary added dimension of taking place primarily UNDERWATER. The design team dove in head first and created otherworldly undersea sets, props, costumes, wire rigging, and lighting. It's like gazing into a gigantic aquarium.

Except there's also a story.

Winsome Ariel (Lillian Buonocore) is a mermaid who is fascinated by the strange and exotic land above the ocean. Her interest takes a quantum leap when she notices the dashing, seafaring Prince Eric (Cole LaFonte), and curiosity turns to mad love after she saves him from drowning. She…

Promo: Waistwatchers the Musical, Aug. 8-26, Lakewood Cultural Center

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Waistzeatchers the Musical! The Battles with Weight, Aging, Dieting, and Exercise  Created by Alan Jacobson (Book and Lyrics) with Vince DiMura (Music)
Directed by Matt Silva

August 8 – 26, 2018 at Lakewood Cultural Center
The Battle of the Bulge – the struggle to be that perfect weight – a topic women around the world know only too well – comes to toe-tapping, hysterical life in this 90-minute musical tale, set in Cook’s Women’s Gym.

WaistWatchers The Musical! runs August 8 through August 26 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226. Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40-$50 and available at WaistwatchersTheMusical.com or by phone at 303-987-7845. For group rates (10 or more) call 1-888-264-1788. 90 minutes (no intermission).

WaistWatchers: The Musical! takes a light-hearted look at four women singing about assorted body issues from dieting, exercise an…

Book Review: Dead Indian Wars, Clark Casey

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Clark Casey's Dead Indian Wars is the sequel to Dawn in Damnation. It's probably best, but not essential, to read the first book first, as many of the characters in this book carry over from the original.

Casey has created a strange and fascinating paranormal world with his purgatorial town of Damnation. The residents are all dead, exhibiting wounds and effects of disease, but can walk, talk, eat and "poke" the prostitute. If they are killed again, their souls leaves the doubly dead bodies behind and go, presumably to Hell.

Most of the residents hang out in a saloon, drinking, gambling, and occasionally killing someone, usually a newcomer. There's also a resident vampire, a pack of werewolves who mostly keep to themselves, and an ever-growing village of dead Indians who have a tomahawk to grind for the way they were treated in life.

The first installment consisted of numerous vignettes, introducing characters, offering a series of interesting events and complica…

Promo: The Bridges of Madison County, June 22-Aug 5, Vintage Theatre

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Vintage Theatre presents the Regional Premiere of...
The Bridges of Madison CountyBy Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman
Based on the novel by Robert James Waller
Directed by Bernie Cardell
Starring Megan Van De Hey and Andy Sievers


June 22 – August 5, 2018

Vintage Theatre presents the Regional Premiere of The Bridges of Madison County June 22 through August 5 at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. with additional performances on Monday, July 9 and Thursdays, August 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 4 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $19 - $38 and available online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830.

Francesca is a dedicated, Iowan housewife, living a simple, yet dispassionate, life. Everything changes when her family goes on a trip to the State Fair, leaving Francesca behind. Francesca is taken aback by a handsome National Geographic photographer named Robert, who asks for directions to the…

Promo: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), June 23-July 21, Lowry's Spotlight Theater

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Lowry’s Spotlight Theater presents...
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
Directed by Katie Mangett


June 23 – July 21, 2018

Lowry’s Spotlight Theater presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised] June 23 through July 22 at the John Hand Theater in Lowry. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m. with additional performances on Monday, July 2, Thursday, July 12 & 19 @ 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 21 @2:00 p.m. Tickets $12 – $25 and available at www.thisisspotlight.com or by calling 720-530-4596. The John Hand Theater is located at 7653 East 1st Place, Denver, Colorado 80230

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's classic farce, two of its original writer/performers (Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield) have thoroughly revised the show to bring it up to date for 21st-century audiences.

Can three guys really cover all 37 of Shake…

I'm boycotting the Denver Center. Here's why.

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I just learned about the Denver Center’s plan to install metal detectors and initiate bag searches. They recommend that patrons now plan to arrive ONE HOUR BEFORE CURTAIN so they can pass through airport-style security. 
I believe this policy to be not only inconvenient and annoying, but also insulting and offensive to season ticket-holders, patrons, and media.

Treating patrons as suspected mass murderers or terrorists is not conducive to an enjoyable evening out, and doesn’t actually make anyone safer. In fact, now we are less safe. Every panhandler, pickpocket, and pervert at the 16th Street Mall and surrounding vicinity has now been alerted that people who look and act like they are going to a show are most certainly defenseless.

There are other, less intrusive ways of protecting patrons. Innocent people don’t like being treated like potential perpetrators.

I’ve covered the Denver Center off and on for 30 years. But I will not go near the Denver Performing Arts Complex again until t…