Theater Companies, Production and Shows
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(See each organization’s website for additional productions not listed below.)
Adams Mystery Playhouse
This scary mansion is Colorado’s only permanent mystery dinner theater. Mysteries include “Steam Trunk Murder” and “Murder at the Luau.” 2406 Federal Blvd., Denver. www.adamsmysteryplayhouse.com.
Arts in the Open
Weekends, Sept. 17-Oct. 30: Arts in the Open events are moderate-level hikes that include a theatrical production along the way, with each scene performed at a different location along the trail while the audience relaxes. The fall production is “The Treasures of Toothless Jack: A Pick-a-Path Play”; attendees get to help decide which path the storyline takes. Noon-2pm at Chautauqua, 900 Baseline Road. More info: www.artsintheopen.org; Tickets: www.chautauqua.com.
Sept. 9-Oct. 2: The Arvada Center’s new season of theater begins Sept. 9 with “Sister Act,” a musical based on the hit 1992 film. The center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada; visit www.arvadacenter.org for times and ticket info.
Sept. 30-Nov. 6: Tartuffe
Opens Nov. 18: I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Aurora Fox Arts Center
The 32nd season of theatrical productions begins in October and includes “Dracula: The Musical” and the regional premiere of “Chinglish.” The center is at 9900 E. Colfax Ave. in Aurora. See www.aurorafoxartscenter.org for more details.
Oct. 7-Nov. 6: Dracula: The Musical
Opens Nov. 25: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Sept. 3-24: Neil LaButte’s “The Money Shot” is an outrageous comedy about the huge and fragile egos of certain Hollywood stars. At the Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver. See the entire fall schedule at www.avenuetheater.com.
Sept. 9-Nov. 12: “Mid-Life 2” is the follow-up to the “Mid-Life: The Crisis Musical,” celebrating (and lamenting) the aches, pains and joys of getting older. BDT Stage, formerly Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, is at 5501 Arapahoe Ave. www.theatreinboulder.com for more.
Opens Nov. 19: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Boulder Comedy Show
Sundays: Comedy shows featuring nationally known headliners happen weekly at 7 & 9:15pm at Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St. Check the lineup at www.bohemianbiergarten.com or on the Bohemian Biergarten Facebook page.
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
Sept. 15-Oct. 9: “Ripcord,” a regional premiere by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, is a comedy of one-upmanship between two mismatched roommates at an assisted-living facility. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.; check www.betc.org for times and ticket info.
Oct. 20-Nov. 13: Full Code, by David Valdes Greenwood
Opens Dec. 8: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some)
Longmont-based comedy troupe offers stand-up, improv and sketch comedy at venues around Boulder County; check the schedule at www.bubcomedy.com.
1st Fridays & 3rd Thursdays: Barley-Har-Har, 9pm Fri and 7pm Thurs at 300 Suns Brewing, 335 First Ave., Longmont
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Sept. 22-Nov. 13: Heralded for its rich score and explosive plot, “Evita” is a Tony-winning musical that tells the story of Argentina’s passionate political figure Eva Perón, whose love for her country’s working class was surpassed only by her ambition. Candlelight is at 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, off I-25 just north of Longmont. www.coloradocandlelight.com.
Sept. 16-Oct. 8: “The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson is the first show to be performed in the Dairy Arts Center’s newly renovated Carsen Theater. It’s a funny, all-female play that takes a hard look at American politics—perfect for the election season. Dairy Arts Center is at 2590 Walnut St. Check www.thecatamounts.org for ticket info.
CenterStage Theatre Company
CenterStage Theatre Company strives to give Boulder County youth a rich theater experience through classes, camps and performances. Find news about upcoming performances at www.centerstagetheatrecompany.org.
Coal Creek Theater
Oct. 28-Nov. 12: Coal Creek Theater presents “Absurd Person Singular” by Alan Ayckbourn, a comedic look at three couples in their three kitchens on the Christmas Eves of three successive years. It’s presented in collaboration with the Theater Company of Lafayette. At Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave. www.cctlouisville.org.
Curious Theatre Company
Sept. 3-Oct. 15: Curious opens the new season with “Water by the Spoonful,” the regional premiere of a Pulitzer Prize winner by Quiara Alegría Hudes. “Hand to God” by Robert Askins opens Nov. 5. Curious is at 1080 Acoma St. in Denver; see www.curioustheatre.org for times and details.
Denver Center Attractions & Denver Center Theatre Company
The DCPA, a sprawling complex in downtown Denver, hosts more than two dozen productions every year, including touring Broadway musicals, adaptations, premieres and special events. A few highlights of the fall lineup are listed below; check www.denvercenter.org for more. The center is at Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street in Denver. For tickets, call 303-893-4100, or go to TicketsWest outlets at King Soopers.
Sept. 9-Oct. 16: The Glass Menagerie
Sept. 30-Oct. 30: Frankenstein
Opens Oct. 15: An Act of God
Nov. 9-13: Jersey Boys
Opens Nov. 25: The SantaLand Diaries
Front deRanged Improv Comedy Troupe
Sept. 10: This Longmont-based troupe’s players use the audience’s suggestions to create scenes, situations and clever one-liners during evenings of unscripted and unforgiving comedy. 7:30pm at Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St. in Longmont. Follow the group’s Facebook page.
Jesters Dinner Theatre & School for the Performing Arts
Jesters is Longmont‘s long-running dinner theater (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. See a complete schedule at www.jesterstheatre.com or call 303-682-9980. 224 Main St., Longmont.
Sept. 23-Oct. 2: Oklahoma!
Oct. 7-Nov. 27: Godspell
Opens Dec. 2: Scrooge, Bah Humbug!
Local Theater Company
Fall, TBA: See www.localtheatercompany.org for details about the troupe’s fall production, “The Firestorm.”
Longmont Theatre Company
Sept. 16-Oct. 1: “I Ought to Be in Pictures” is a Pulitzer Prize winner from Neil Simon; it’s a heartwarming and sometimes humorous narrative about a father-daughter relationship and the power of second chances. LTC is at 513 Main St., Longmont. www.longmonttheatre.org.
Oct. 21-29: Bat Boy: The Musical
Nov. 11-20: Tuesdays with Morrie
Miller’s Bar & Grille Comedy Shows
Miller’s Bar & Grille, 103 S. Public Road in Lafayette, regularly hosts professional comedians who have also appeared at Comedy Works in Denver. Check the events schedule at www.millers3b.com for updates as they’re posted.
Miners Alley Playhouse
Sept. 9-Oct. 16: Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” translated into English from the original in French, is about two sets of parents who are trying to deal with a hurtful situation between their children, and end up acting childish themselves. Miners Alley is at 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden; www.minersalley.com.
Opens Nov. 25: A Christmas Carol, a hilarious new adaptation by Patrick Barlow
Sept. 24 & Oct. 1: “Salsa Lotería Monologues,” presented in Spanish, is a collection of monologues about the lives, strength and resiliency of Latin immigrants in the community. Sept. 24, 2pm at Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road; Oct. 1, 7pm at The Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way in Lafayette. www.motustheater.org.
Sept. 1-Oct. 1: In “La Bête,” written in rhymed couplets, high art meets low art when a pompous, flatulent street performer challenges a renowned acting troupe. At the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins. www.openstagetheatre.org.
Peanut Butter Players
Sept. 24-Oct. 22: “Shrek, Jr.” is performed by kids, for kids, with special lunch-included performances at 1376 Miners Drive in Lafayette. Find out more at www.peanutbutterplayers.com.
Phamaly Theatre Company
Phamaly Theatre Company offers extensive opportunities to performers with disabilities. Productions are at various Denver-area venues, and sometimes in Broomfield or Boulder. www.phamaly.org.
Oct. 21-22: James and the Giant Peach
Playback Theatre West
After audience members share experiences from their lives, this improvisational troupe reenacts them on stage. The result is sometimes dramatic, sometimes funny. www.playbacktheatrewest.com.
Oct. 1 & Nov. 5: At Still Cellars in Longmont
Oct. 8 & Dec. 10: At Dairy Arts Center in Boulder
Public Works Theatre Co.
This Lafayette-based theater troupe “creates new exuberant theater for families to engage our wonder, delight and curiosity.” Check www.publicworkstheatre.com for details.
Square Product Theatre
Sept. 23-Oct. 1: Time travel through the dramatic ups and downs of U.S. history with “44 Plays for 44 Presidents,” a series of two-minute scenes dedicated to each American president. At CU’s University Theatre; find times and ticket info at www.squareproducttheatre.org.
Stories on Stage
See listings under Local Events/Literary Events.
Theater Company of Lafayette
Oct. 28-Nov. 12: TCL presents “Absurd Person Singular” by Alan Ackbourne, a comedic look at three couples in their three kitchens on the Christmas Eves of three successive years. It’s presented in collaboration with Coal Creek Theater of Louisville. At Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave. www.cctlouisville.org.
‘Til Death Do Us Party Productions
Sept. 23 & 24; Oct. 7-8, 22 & 29: This group’s unique brand of mystery dinner theater is performed at the historic Bluebird Lodge at the Gold Hill Inn, with four-course meals prepared by the chef. This season’s show, “Murder 1905: The Peep-Hole’s Choice,” was selected because it’s an election year. To find out more, check www.rockymountainmurdermysteries.com or www.goldhillinn.com.
University of Colorado Department of Theatre & Dance
Nov. 4-13: “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare’s story of mistaken identities and love at first sight, features an all-female cast. In CU’s University Theatre; check times at www.colorado.edu/theatredance for ticket info.
Oct 12-16: Distracted
Oct. 19-23: The Servant of Two Masters
Nov. 30-Dec. 4: Second Annual New Play Festival
The Upstart Crow Theatre Company
Nov. 3-13: Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692-93. At the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave.; find details and ticket info for the entire season at www.theupstartcrow.org.
Vintage Theatre Company
Vintage Theatre schedules at least 10 shows per season on two stages at 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora. www.vintagetheatre.com.
Sept. 23-Oct. 1: Viva Theatre, sponsored by the Society for Creative Aging, presents “The Outgoing Tide” by Bruce Graham, an unexpectedly humorous story of one man’s struggles to stay in gcontrol of the end of his life as he contends with Alzheimer’s. Evening and matinee performances at the Nomad Theatre, 1410 Quince Ave. Times and ticket info at www.s4creativeaging.org.