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'Atomic: The New Rock Musical,' through Dec. 1, Equinox Theatre at The Bug Theatre

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Equinox Theatre Company has scored a direct hit with the politically and ethically charged regional premiere of Atomic: The New Rock Musical, about the conception, development, deployment, and emotional fallout of the atomic bomb.

Tuneful, thoughtful and emotionally complex, Atomic plays at The Bug Theatre through Dec. 1, with book and lyrics by Danny Ginges, music and lyrics by Philip Foxman, and directed by Patrick Brownson.

Hungarian Jewish physicist Leo Szilard (Brad Wagner) hopes to harness nuclear power for the betterment of mankind, but the rise of Hitler ignites an arms race that quickly redirects Leo and his colleagues, including a by-the-rules Italian scientist (Colin Roybal as Enrico Fermi), a power-crazed zealot (Jack Mariotti as J. Robert Oppenheimer) and more to direct their energies toward military applications. Particularly chilling is the American pilot (Kade Fritzler as Paul Tibbets) who looks forward to flying the Enola Gay and dropping an A-bomb on civilians, for …

'A Christmas Carol - The Radio Show' Nov. 30-Dec. 23, Vintage Theatre, Aurora

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Vintage Theatre presents...
A Christmas Carol – The Radio Show by David Alberts
Directed by Katie Mangett

November 30 through December 23, 2018


Vintage Theatre presents A Christmas Carol – The Radio Show November 30 through December 23 at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, Thursday, December 20 and Sunday, December 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays and Saturday, December 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 - $32 and available online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830.

It's Christmas Eve, and with the actors snowed in and unable to make it to the studios of WXMS for the live radio performance of A Christmas Carol, the sound effects person decides to take the audience through the classic tale himself. In an impressive and amusing feat, this telling is performed as a 1940s radio play with one person providing all of the characters' voices and sound effects. This rollicking, creative adaptation of Dickens' classic work i…

'Scenes of the Season,' Dec. 21-22 only, Evergreen Players

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Evergreen Players presents...Scenes of the Season Directed by Kathleen Davis

December 21 - 22, 2018
Evergreen Players presents Scenes of the Season December 21 & 22 only at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, CO. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 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.

Scenes of the Season is an old fashioned family holiday event featuring Jay and Donna Louden performing Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory, and including nostalgic holiday songs and stories by Players favorites.

The performing home of Evergreen Players is Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, CO, 80439. Directions to Center Stage are at www.evergreenplayers.org .

'A Christmas Carol,' Nov. 23-Dec.23, Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden

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Miners Alley Playhouse presents...
A Christmas Carol A Hilarious Miners Alley Tradition
By Josh Hartwell
Directed by Len Matheo

November 23 – December 23, 2018

Josh Hartwell’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol returns to Miners Alley Playhouse November 23 through December 23. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; Tuesday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30p.m; Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $22-$38 and are available by calling 303-935-3044 or online at www.minersalley.com. Miners Alley Playhouse is located at 1224 Washington Avenue. Golden, CO 80401.

This hilarious, fast-paced adaptation uses only six actors to bring Dickens' most beloved characters to life. From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol uses nothing more than simple props, fun physicality, and the power of imagination to convey this timeless story of redemption. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from a stingy miser to a man who genero…

'Mary Poppins,' Nov. 23, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019, Vintage Theatre

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Vintage Theatre presents Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s...
Mary Poppinsby Richard and Robert Sherman and Julian Fellowes
Directed by Clay White


November 23, 2018 through January 6, 2019
Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Vintage Theatre presents Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins November 23 through January 6, 2019. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays and Monday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Tickets are $19 - $38 and available online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Usi…

A Christmas Carol, the Musical, Nov. 9-Dec. 23, Town Hall Arts Center

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Town Hall Arts Center Presents...
A Christmas Carol, the MusicalMusic by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Book by Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent
Based on the story by Charles Dickens.
Nov. 9-Dec. 23

A Christmas Carol, the Musical is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story by Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island). Ebenezer Scrooge believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge is forced to face his selfish ways on Christmas Eve when three ghosts visit to lead him through his Past, Present and Future.

Robert Wells is back directing his first show of the 2018-2019 season. Bob recently directed Ain’t Misbehavin’, Something’s Afoot and Seussical last season. Bob serves as one of the resident directors at Town Hall Arts Center and was residen…

Magic for Beginners, Nov. 17 only, Stories on Stage at Su Teatro Cultural Center

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Stories on Stage presents...
Magic for BeginnersFanciful tales where the everyday meets the extraordinary.
Stories on Stage presents "Magic for Beginners" on Saturday, November 17 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. Single tickets are $15-$28 and available online at www.storiesonstage.org or by calling 303-494-0523.

Kate Gleason, Gareth Saxe and Greg Ungar read mystifying tales that run the gamut from "Why you don't bring a magician to school" to "A visit from a super-pervy goat" to "Beware of things that are too good to be true."

Master illusionist Erica Sodos joins Stories on Stage for this special event. For more than 25 years Erica Sodos has been entertaining and enchanting audiences all over the world and is one of the few female mentalists in the world.

Celebrating their 18th Season, Stories on Stage presents renowned actors performing dynamic and entertain…

Book Review: Sleeping With the Lights On, Darryl Jones

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The literary genre of horror is so vast, it would take a university professor to even begin to make sense of it all. Never fear, Darryl Jones, Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, has just released Sleeping with the Lights On: The Unsettling Story of Horror, now available in hardback through Oxford University Press or on Amazon in hardback or Kindle e-book.

Jones presents an overview of the predominant influences and subgenres of horror in literature, beginning with Euripides The Bacchae in ancient Greece, and bringing the reader all the way up to the "unhorror" thrills and chills movies that offer little more than jump scares and torture porn, along with the Buffy and Twilight phenomena.

The book covers more than merely the "spectacle of violence," looking at the psycho-socio-anthropological roots of horror, distinguishing between horror, terror, and gothic, and suggesting reasons why rea…

'Seussical,' through Dec. 29, The Arvada Center

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The Arvada Center Presents... Seussical Oct. 10-Dec. 29, 2018
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities opens the children’s musical Seussical Oct. 10 – December 29, 2018. Based on the stories of Dr. Seuss, the musical is an amalgamation of many of his most famous books, like Horton Hears a Who! and Dr. Seuss’s Gertrude McFuzz. Seussical is directed by David and Julie Payne, with musical direction by Keith Ewer and choreography by Piper Arpan. The Arvada Center Artistic Producer of Musical Theatre is Rod A. Lansberry.

Enter the fantastic world of Dr. Seuss in the musical, Seussical! Music and dance bring characters like Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and Gertrude McFuzz together on stage. Don’t miss out on all the fun and all the “thinks you can think”! The musical debuted on Broadway in 2000 and spawned two US national tours and a UK tour. It has become a beloved classic for schools and regional theatres around the world.

The production opens October 10 running through D…

ComedySportz, through Nov. 24, Avenue Theater

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Fridays/Saturdays through Nov. 24, 2018The Avenue Theater
Finally, a fun, fast-paced comedy show that's great for everyone; ComedySportz® is the only improv comedy show played as a sport! Preshow tailgating, a halftime Zamboni, audience suggestions, and the most talented comedic improvisors in Colorado come together to create the funniest night of comedy in Denver.
A ComedySportz® match features two teams of players competing for laughs and points, with a referee keeping things moving and calling fouls. An average of seven to twelve games are played during a match, drawn from a repertoire of over a hundred improv games.

Every match is different, with different players, different games, and different audiences supplying new suggestions. The fans judge the scenes and games and ultimately decide the winners and losers.
After a successful run last fall, ComedySportz has returned to the Avenue now through November 24. Directed by Dave and Jane Shirley (Rattlebrain Theater, Santa’s Big R…

'Harvey,' Oct. 18-Nov. 11, Phamaly Theatre at Olin Hotel Apartments

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Phamaly Theatre presents... HARVEY in collaboration with Senior Housing Options
October 18-November 11
The Pulitzer Prize winning comedy classic will come to life in the historic Olin Hotel Apartments.
Denver, Colorado, September 24, 2018: Imagine how you would react if your brother told you his best friend was a 6’3” rabbit only he could see. Written by Denver journalist Mary Chase in 1944, Harvey is an exploration of acceptance and human nature. Produced by Phamaly Theatre Company, the production features 15 actors with all nature of disabilities.

Harvey first appeared on Broadway in 1946, where it ran for 1,755 performances at the 48th Street Theatre before being turned into the now classic film starring Jimmy Stewart. The original production was directed by another Denver theatre notable, Antoinette Perry [and the namesake of the Tony awards]. It received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945, pushing both Denver theatre and women’s roles into the limelight.

The classic comedy of err…

'The Dining Room,' Oct. 19-Nov. 11, Evergreen Players

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Evergreen Players presents...
The Dining RoomBy A.R. Gurney
Directed by Jay Louden


October 19 – November 11, 2018
Evergreen Players presents The Dining Room October 19 through November 11 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.

In the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the family assembles daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. A mosaic of interrelated scenes creates an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events; the actors portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and eve…

'Aloha: Postcards from Polynesia,' BiTSY Stage, Oct. 12-Nov. 18

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The BiTSY Stage presents...
Aloha: Postcards from PolynesiaWritten and Directed by Samantha McDermott
October 12 – November 18, 2018
The BiTSY Stage presents Aloha: Postcards from Polynesia October 12 through November 18 at 1137 S. Huron St. Denver, CO 80223. Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at Noon and 2:00 p.m. and Sundays at Noon. All performances are FREE; donations are accepted. Reservations at www.bitsystage.com. Appropriate for all ages.

Have you ever wondered why the sun takes so long to cross the sky?

Or how we discovered the secret of fire?

Tour the islands of Polynesia with our favorite demi-god, Maui, while he regales you with his stories of creation. Who knows, you might even pull an island or two from the ocean!

Through the process of storytelling we can find commonality and community. The BiTSY Stage provides high quality, FREE theatrical productions for the whole family. Our adaptations of international folktales celebrate the things we all…

'Disney's Mary Poppins,' Sept. 6-Nov. 11, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

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Disney’s Mary Poppins is set to fly over the rooftops of London and into the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse September 6 - November 11, 2018! This family musical features the delightful songs from the cherished Disney film including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Step in Time.” Winner of 44 major theatre awards from around the globe, Mary Poppins has captivated audiences for generations with its enchanting story, unforgettable songs and dazzling dance numbers.

Candlelight’s production of Disney’s Mary Poppins will be directed by Pat Payne, who is no stranger to our stage. Payne’s most recent directorial effort at Candlelight was the runaway hit Disney’s Newsies. His Candlelight directing credits include 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Hairspray. When asked about his goal for this production, Payne commented, “I am excited to bring this magical show to life, it’s an iconic movie and I can’t wait to remind audiences about what they fell in love w…

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…