THEATER COMPANIES, PRODUCTIONS & SHOWS
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(See each organization’s website for additional productions not listed below.)
Art as Action
This series of monthly brainstorming sessions and in-progress showings brings artists together, encouraging collaboration. Boulder sessions are at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. Learn more at www.artasaction.org, or call 720-938-6069.
- Sept. 15: In-Progress Showing #4 (Denver)
- Nov. 8-9: Final Performance (Boulder)
The Arvada Center is one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, offering theater, music, galleries and educational opportunities. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. 720-898-7200; www.arvadacenter.org.
Sept. 20-Oct. 26: The regional premiere of “The Complete World of Sports (Abridged)” is a satire writted by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. “Santa’s Big Red Sack” opens Nov. 22. 417 E. 17th Ave. in Denver. 303-321-5925; www.avenuetheater.com.
Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Nov. 30: This unique monthly theatrical production features five original live performances (rated PG-13). The secret is that all the plays are written, produced and rehearsed in the previous 24 hours. A talkback session and reception follow the performance. 7pm at the Nomad Theatre, 1410 Quince Ave. www.bolderacts.com.
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
Sept. 26-Oct. 20: Season 8 begins with the regional premiere of “Seminar,” by Theresa Rebeck, a comedy about aspiring novelists who sign up for a writing workshop with a celebrated fiction guru. At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.boulderensembletheatre.org.
Boulder’s Dinner Theatre
Since 1977, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre has been entertaining audiences with at least four shows per year, and the actors serve you your dinner, too. BDT is at 5501 Arapahoe Ave. 303-449-6000 ext. 4; www.theatreinboulder.com.
- Sept. 6-Nov. 9: The Full Monty
- Opens Nov. 16: Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
Oct. 23-25: “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” is a comedy loosely based on the naughty novels, with musical numbers, sharp-witted humor and a hunky leading man. 2034 14th St. Tickets: www.bouldertheater.com.
Bovine Metropolis Theater
Denver theater offers improv and sketch comedy several nights per week. 1527 Champa St. 303-758-4722; www.bovinemetropolis.com.
The Broomfield Auditorium, at 3 Community Park Road in Broomfield, hosts theater, music, dance and other special events all year long. Check www.attheaudi.com for more.
- Oct. 5: An Evening of Poetry and Song
- Oct. 25: As the Bubble Bursts (Comedy Improv)
Buntport’s productions are all written by the troupe. “Duck Duck Dupe,” which happens on 3rd Saturdays, is a comedy series for all ages; the audience figures out which of three stories is fake. Check www.buntport.com for other shows at 717 Lipan St. in Denver.
Byers-Evans House Theatre Company
This company was founded in 2010 to bring original productions into the rooms of the historic Byers-Evans House in Denver. Check www.historycolorado.org for updates about the 2013 season, which opens Sept. 13 with “Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Murders.” 1310 Bannock St., Denver. 303-620-4933.
Oct. 10-26: “Failure: A Love Story,” by Philip Dawkins, is a magical, musical fable about the triumphs and aspirations, lives and deaths, of three sisters living in a rickety two-story building in Chicago in 1928. At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. See www.thecatamounts.org or the group’s Facebook page.
CenterStage Theatre Company
Sept. 12-14: CenterStage’s Tapestry Theatre is a new program that offers performance opportunities for youth with special needs. The program’s first production is “Annie Jr.,” presented at Louisville Middle School, 1341 Main St., Louisville. Find more info at www.centerstagetheatrecompany.org.
Coal Creek Theater
Oct. 25-Nov. 9: Coal Creek Theater of Louisville presents “Bodice Ripper,” by Don Fried. It’s a comedy about a macho detective novelist who decides to try his hand at romance novels, but they keep turning out like macho detective stories. At Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave. www.cctlouisville.org.
Curious Theatre Company
Sept. 7-Oct. 19: The regional premiere of “After the Revolution,” by Amy Herzog, plays at Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma St. in Denver. 303-623-0524; www.curioustheatre.org.
- Opens Nov. 2: Rancho Mirage
The Dairy’s two theater spaces are home to several local independent and resident groups, including 3rd Law Dance/Theater, One Big Yes Productions, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, The Upstart Crow, CenterStage Theatre Company, Helander Dance Theater, Imagination Makers Theater Company, The Parlando School for the Arts, and Stories on Stage. For information about specific shows, call theater groups, visit www.thedairy.org or see individual listings.
Denver Center Attractions & Denver Center Theatre Company
The DCPA, a sprawling complex in downtown Denver, hosts more than two dozen productions every year. A few highlights are listed below; check www.denvercenter.org for more. The center is at Speer and Arapahoe avenues in Denver. For tickets, call 303-893-4100, or go to TicketsWest outlets at all King Soopers.
- Sept. 20-Oct. 20: Death of a Salesman
- Sept. 24-Oct. 27: Defending the Caveman
- Oct. 22-Nov. 24: The Book of Mormon
- Opens Nov. 15: Jackie & Me
Denver’s Dangerous Theatre, at 262 W. Second Ave., serves complimentary refreshments, and audiences are welcome to bring beer or wine. www.dangeroustheatre.com.
The Festival Playhouse
Oct. 11-27: The tongue-in-cheek comedy “Trick or Treat,” by Tim Kelly, is on stage at the Festival Playhouse, at 5665 Old Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. 303-422-4090; www.festivalplayhouse.com.
Firehouse Theater Company
Through Sept. 28: “Next Fall,” by Geoffrey Nauffts, is about two gay men who are committed to each other, but one is devoutly religious and one is an atheist. At the John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place in Denver. 303-562-3232; www.firehousetheatercompany.com.
Jesters Dinner Theatre & School for the Performing Arts
Jesters is Longmont‘s long-running dinner theater, and show-only tickets are also available. The Jesters School for the Performing Arts performs on Saturday afternoons year-round, with new offerings every month or so. Jesters is also home to the newly opened Encore Restaurant, Piano Bar and Comedy Club, which presents standup comedy, improv and Drag Queen Bingo. See a complete schedule at www.jesterstheatre.com or call 303-682-9980. 224 Main St., Longmont.
- Through Oct. 10: Cabaret
- Oct. 19-Dec. 1: Jekyll & Hyde
Oct. 11: “Body of Work,” featuring Eve Ensler and Miss Prissy, is “an eclectic evening of words, dance and music revering the body.” Proceeds benefit LOCAL’s new-play labs and educational programs. At eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St. www.localtheatercompany.org. Ticket info and times: www.etown.org or 303-443-8696.
Longmont Theatre Company
Sept. 6-21: “The Fox on the Fairway,” by Ken Ludwig, is a romp through a country club, featuring a broken arm and a flushed engagement ring. See www.longmonttheatre.org for other upcoming shows. Longmont Theatre is at 513 Main St. in Longmont.
Madcap hosts improvisational comedy Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; shows are suitable for all audiences. The theater, which has a bar, is at 10679 Westminster Blvd. 303-460-3854; www.madcapimprov.com.
Miners Alley Playhouse
Miners Alley, in downtown Golden (1224 Washington Ave.), is home to several theater companies, and hosts classes, workshops, music nights and a wine bar. 303-935-3044; www.minersalley.com.
- Sept. 13-Oct. 27: I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
- Opens Nov. 8: It’s a Wonderful Life! The Radio Play
Nov. 2, 7-8: “Do You Know Who I Am”? is an autobiographical performance written by five local undocumented Americans, meant to offer an understanding of what it’s like to be an immigrant. Includes a talkback with an immigrant-rights attorney. Nov. 2 is at the Longmont Theatre, 513 Main St.; Nov. 7-8 at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., 7:30pm. www.one-action.org.
Naropa, which offers an MFA program in contemporary performance, has events throughout the academic year. The Nalanda Studio Theater is at 6287 Arapahoe Road. www.naropa.edu.
Sept. 5-Oct. 5: The 41st season showcases characters who fight to live on their own terms, and it begins with “Rent.” At the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins. www.openstagetheatre.org.
Peanut Butter Players
Opens Sept. 21: PBP presents “Willy Wonka” in its luncheon theater; see www.peanutbutterplayers.com for updates. Performances every Saturday through Oct. 26 at the Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, 990 Public Road in Lafayette. 303-786-8727.
Phamaly Theatre Company
Phamaly Theatre Company offers extensive opportunities to performers with disabilities. “Vox Phamalia,” listed below, is an original sketch comedy intended for ages 16 to adult. See www.phamaly.org for times and venues.
- Oct. 25-Nov. 4: Vox Phamalia: 6
- Opens Dec. 5: It’s a Wonderful Life
Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2: After audience members share experiences from their lives, this improvisational troupe reenacts them on stage. 8pm at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. See www.playbacktheatrewest.com for details.
Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids
RMTK’s Boulder performances (see schedule online) are at the Magic Playhouse, 5311 Western Ave., Suite D. 303-245-8150; www.theatreforkids.net.
The SOURCE Theatre Company
Nov. 7-23: In “Rocky Flats,” by Jim Lee, two men wait around in a postwar wasteland where humanity’s greatest advancements have led it to return to its primal beginnings. At Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center in Denver. For details, check www.thesourcedenver.org or the group’s Facebook page.
Spotlight Theatre Company
Oct. 12-Nov. 9: Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution” asks the question, “Can an innocent man escape the hangman’s noose?” It’s playing at the John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place in Denver. Call 720-880-8727 or check www.thisisspotlight.com for a schedule.
Square Product Theatre
Square Product Theatre’s fall production is “BRUISER: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy.” Call 303-442-0234 or check www.squareproducttheatre.org for dates and Boulder/Denver venue information.
Stories on Stage
Stories on Staget showcases great actors reading great literature by exceptional authors. Most performances are in Boulder and Denver; some are listed below, but see more at www.storiesonstage.org. Boulder performances are at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St.
- Sept. 21: Big Bad Wolfe! with René Auberjonois (Denver)
- Oct. 2: The Night Circus, at Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave.
- Oct. 19: Because I Said So... (Boulder)
Oct. 18: Tara’s 9th-grade class presents the madcap farce “Commedia dell’Arte” in the time-honored tradition of the 16th-19th century Italian comedic style. At Nomad Theatre, 1410 Quince Ave. Tickets: www.tarahighschool.org; 303-440-4510.
Theater Company of Lafayette
Oct. 25-Nov. 16: “Twilight Zone, A Parody (Volume 9)” features three episodes and four “vintage commercials.” TCL’s productions are at historic Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St. in Lafayette. 720-209-2154; www.tclstage.org.
Theatre Esprit Asia
Oct. 24-Nov. 17: Colorado’s first Asian-American theater company presents Julia Cho’s “99 Histories,” a powerful story about the bond between mothers and daughters across generations. At Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. www.theatre-esprit-asia.org.
Theatre O’s black-box theater space is at 5311 Western Ave., Suite O. Call or check online for updates. 720-545-2119; www.theatreo.org.
Sept. 21-Oct. 20: Theatre-Hikes combines the arts and the outdoors by leading the audience on a scenic hike while actors present a full production along the way. This fall’s show is “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” performed at Chautauqua in Boulder, the Denver Botanic Gardens and other metro locations. www.co.theatre-hikes.org.
‘til death do us party Productions: Murder Mysteries
Sept. 6-Oct. 25: Presents murder mysteries in historic settings, and includes dinner and dessert. “Murder 1912: To Heir Is Human” plays selected fall weekends at the Bluebird Lodge in Gold Hill. Check www.rockymountainmurdermysteriescom or follow the group’s Facebook page.
The Upstart Crow Theatre Company
Through Sept. 14: The Upstart Crow’s first offering of the new season is “Bus Stop,” by William Inge, set in a diner in rural Kansas in 1955 during a freak snowstorm. Sept. 5 and 12 are “name your price” nights. Performances are at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. 303-442-1415; www.theupstartcrow.org.
Vintage Theatre Company
Vintage schedules at least 10 shows per season on two stages in its new location, 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora. Check www.vintagetheatre.com for the rest of the lineup.
- Sept. 13-Oct. 6: Veronica’s Room
- Oct. 11-Nov. 10: Shadowlands
- Opens Nov. 22: Snow Falling on Cedars
Vox Feminista is a tribe of radical feminists bent on social change through cultural revolution. Check www.voxfeminista.org for information about a new production coming this winter.