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Mona Lott’s Big Fat Dirty Gameshow

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Allow this charismatic drag queen—famous for antics on America’s Got Talent and 1 vs 100 ­­—to call the shots during an uninhibited comedy show. In true 1970s game show fashion, this high-energy evening will include outrageous, interactive parlor games such as “Strip Trivia,” where winners will claim fun prizes from Girl Scout Cookies to risqué…

It’s Only A Play

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During this comedic play within a play, you'll meet protagonist Peter Austin at an opening night party for the latest show he wrote. As he waits anxiously for the reviews to come out, he reflects on the ups and downs of show business with his best friend (a producer), a drama critic, an acclaimed director, and a drug-addled actress. With its…

The Gutcracker

After 27 years in the stand-up world, Westword's "Best Comedy Guru" of 2011 is still at it. This Christmas season, Deacon Gray returns to the stage with a new twist on Tchaikovsky's centuries-old holiday classic, The Nutcracker. In Gray's lighthearted reimagining, the Nutcracker—along with the Mouse King, the Gingerbread Man, and the Sugar Plum Fairy—launch…

Cécile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio

Grammy-award-winning artist Cécile McLorin Salvant is set to deliver her evocative renditions of jazz and blues standards, in addition to some of her own originally composed music and lyrics at this one-night-only performance. Settle in as the 26-year-old French-Haitian singer’s haunting and soulful voice—often compared to that of icons Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella…

Suddenly Last Summer

This suspenseful one-act play, written by Tennessee Williams, tells the story of a young woman who is seemingly driven insane by the mysterious death of her cousin. Her cousin’s mother, in an attempt to hide the perverse circumstances of her son's death, has her institutionalized and threatens to do whatever necessary to prevent her from…

Red Hot and Cole

Dive into the dramatic backstory of the talented and extravagant Cole Porter, the famed Broadway composer of Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate. This two-act revue tells the tale of the songwriter's youth, his worldwide success, and the crippling horseback riding accident that nearly ended his career. Attendees familiar with Porter can look forward to…

René Heredia and Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre

World-renowned flamenco legend Maestro René Heredia brings flamenco to the Mile High City in this intimate dance performance complete with authentic Gypsy costumes. Featuring Heredia’s Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre, the evening will celebrate the Gypsy dances of Spain while guests sip wine at intimate two-person tables as they enjoy the dancers’ graceful, yet percussive footwork.…

Colorado Burlesque Festival

Dust off your tassels for this four-day festival of variety shows, featuring five unique performances from award-winning burlesque artists—both male and female—from across the country. Be sure not to miss Denver native and headliner Vivienne VaVoom in Saturday’s Colorado Burlesque Festival Spectacular, and if you’re feeling a little frisky yourself, test out your skills with…

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

This inspiring musical tells the true story of legendary singer-songwriter Carole King and her rise to fame. The show chronicles everything from King's songwriting with her husband and her relationship with fellow writers Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann to the hits that became some of the most prolific expressions to define the ’60s and ’70s.…

Granny Dances to A Holiday Drum

This seasonal production from the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance ensemble follows Granny and her grandchildren, TiSean and Nakia, as they time travel and perform the Celtic Yule Time and African Harvest dances Granny did throughout her life. The result? A theatrical event that blends the power of dance, live music, spoken word, seasonal celebrations, global…

Julianne and Derek Hough: Move Beyond

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After two sold-out tours, this famous brother-sister dancing duo is back on stage. While choreographing the dazzling show, which features a wide range of dance styles, the Dancing with the Stars regulars drew inspiration from the natural world. See if you can spot the influences of all four elements—earth, water, wind, and fire—in their contemporary,…

A Summer Night of Dance

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Immerse yourself in an evening of innovative modern dance at this production by the Davis Contemporary Dance Company and Moraporvida Contemporary Dance. The summer concert series will feature brand new works by Davis’s artistic director Terrell Davis, including a dance set to live music by a violinist. Don't miss the collaborative works with local poets Emily MacIntyre,…

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Skip the ballet this year and opt for a modern re-imagining of Tschaikowsky's classic holiday tale. Choreographed by Jennifer Weber, the director of all-women's hip-hip crew Dancedancetheatre, this creative production follows young Maria-Clara and her prince Myron as they travel back to 1980s Brooklyn, where they find love amid a cast among retro dancers and…

Shaolin Warriors

For the last 16 years, this group of Kung Fu masters has amazed audiences with their spectacular feats and awe-inspiring demonstrations. In this stimulating performance, the group will draw on 18 traditional weapons—plus stunning scenery, music, lighting, and costumes—to stage one child’s journey from initiation to full-fledged warrior. Mon 7:30 p.m. Visit vvf.org.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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Romeo, Julius Caesar, Hamlet—they’ve had their time in the spotlight. For a new spin on a classic tale, Oscar-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard retells Hamlet through the eyes of two minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. In this comedy, the duo is sent to determine the cause of Prince Hamlet’s madness, but instead find themselves facing inevitable…

GALA Festival

Celebrate the end of Pride Month by checking out the world’s largest LGBTQ performance. Musical groups from around the world, including the Beijing Queer Chorus, New York–based string quartet Well Strung, and Cuba’s only gay choir, Mano a Mano, will take the stage. You can also enjoy a flash mob rendition of “If You Were…

As You Like It

During this outdoor performance, a talented troupe of actors will lead you on a trek through the fictional Forest of Arden. This innovative production of one of Shakespeare's comedies focuses on Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, as she disguises herself as a boy and woos her true love Orlando with live covers of…
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Brewery Dragstravaganza: Punk Rock Drag Show

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Get a preview of Denver PrideFest festivities at this grundy show, during which drag queens will trade diva anthems by Whitney Houston and Madonna for a more untraditional setlist. Comedian Ian Douglas Terry co-hosts with local drag stars Vivica Galactica and Yvie Oddly while the performers show off songs by alternative icons such as David Bowie and Prince as well as punk rock stars.…

Prepare! With David Korevaar

Jump into the avant-garde at this intimate show, which blends music and dance in a matinée performance. Virtuouso pianist David Korevaar teams up with Danelle Helander and Sean Owens of Helander Dance Theatre for a playful exploration of a quirky man. The eccentricities of American philosopher, composer, and writer John Cage (who is credited as…

Bye Bye Birdie

This musical satire set in the 1950s promises a night of family fun. When beloved rock-and-roll star Conrad Birdie is drafted to the army, his agent puts on a final publicity stunt to give one lucky fan a special goodbye—kiss and serenade included—before he is shipped overseas. His arrival turns a small Ohio town upside…

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

Actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer Lily Tomlin comes to the Mile High City for a legendary stand-up performance. This Emmy and Tony Award–winning powerhouse, known for her roles in the witty TV show Grace and Frankie and the dramatic classic film Nashville, shares the story of her adventures, insecurities, and important female friendships—with her…

Marc Maron: The Too Real Tour

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Fans used to hearing from this comedy veteran via his podcast of celebrity interviews, WTF with Marc Maron, can seize the opportunity to see him live on this national tour. The beloved entertainer is known for honest and often revealing conversations with famous guests including Conan O’Brien, Robin Williams, Lorne Michaels, and even Barack Obama.…

Aerial Dance Festival Showcase Performances: Toward the Light

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During this unbelievable spectacle, you’ll have the chance to glimpse contemporary aerial dance routines choreographed and performed by internationally recognized faculty, such as Angela Delsanter and Teo Spencer, from the Aerial Dance Festival. Using trapezes, fabric, and other aerial apparatus, the high flyers will show off never-before-seen gravity defying feats.  

The Who’s Tommy

After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover at the hands of his father, Tommy retreats into himself. Having gone deaf and blind following the traumatic incident, a catatonic Tommy turns to pinball as an escape. This five-time Tony Award-winning rock musical chronicles one boy’s rise above adversity in a truly inspiring story. Fri-Sat…

The Pump and Dump

Call the babysitter now—this must-see outrageous comedy show is the perfect excuse for a parents' night out. Join hilarious duo Shayna Ferm and MC Doula (also known as Tracy Tee) as they poke fun at all aspects of motherhood. In addition to side-splitting stand-up, the brutally honest performance will include original songs about being a…

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

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If you prefer gifts to candy, you’re in luck: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas brings the winter holiday early this year. The full feature film will be projected onto the big screen with extra dialogue, singing, and music from the Colorado Symphony. Hear composer Danny Elfman’s dark and enticing score live at this spooktacular…
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Cinema: Circus in Black and White

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To explore the future of their art, aerialists and acrobats from Moth Contemporary Circus Center are looking to the past. This modern circus production (think: nuanced plots and theatrics instead of elephants and ringmasters) takes the audience behind the scenes during the golden age of film, when love triangles and backstage hijinks were just as enthralling as…

Enchanted April

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Immediately after World War I, a pair of friends rent a château on a secluded Italian island in an attempt to reexamine their respective marriages and lives, bringing along two strangers to help foot the bill. In this romantic play based on Elizabeth Von Arnim’s 1922 novel, the lovable characters will return to their day-to-day routines…

Canadian Brass

Two trumpeters, a trombonist, a tuba player, and a horn player make up this brass quintet stopping in Denver on a worldwide tour. Each concert involves a full range of musical sound from formal, classical presentations to lively arrangements accompanied by theatrical effects and captivating dialogue. This engaging and versatile band has released over 130…

antithesis

Witness the creative possibilities of raw female sexuality during a performance that explores erotic dance genres. Building upon poet Audre Lorde’s essay, “Uses of the Erotic,” Boulder choreographer Gesel Mason’s latest project brings together postmodern performers with burlesque, strip, and pole dancers to create a guerrilla-style exploration of women's power, expression, and inventiveness. Arrive early…

I Don’t Speak English Only

This play derives from the Mexican carpa, or “tent show” tradition – a traveling spectacle of politically driven street skits and comedy popular in border towns during the 1920s and 1930s. The show portrays a future world where all diversity is prohibited and any expression of the other has been forced underground. Expect lots of…

Central City Opera 2017 Summer Music Festival

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One of the Centennial State’s oldest opera companies will take on dozens of well-known shows at this festival dedicated to the vocal art. Catch classics such as Mozart’s Cosí fan Tutte, and Bizet’s Carmen as well as Cabildo, a one-act work by American composer Amy Beach. Or admire a variety of famous shows during  “Short…

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, this Tony Award–winning production tells the tale of Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old with autism who makes it his mission to discover the culprit behind his neighbor’s dog's death after he is accused of the crime himself. What he finds will shock the neighborhood and alter his life forever.

Celebrate Dance and Music 2016

This captivating collage of visual and performing art will be a full blown sensory creative experience that melds classical ballets like "Le Corsair" with contemporary dance tributes to Prince and modern pieces centering on the Berlin Wall. Guest musicians and singers will include a young violinist and a young cellist playing classical pieces like “The…

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

This uproarious farce, filled with hilarious puns, satirical comments, and instances of mistaken identity, makes its way to Conifer. In the witty show, slave Pseudolus attempts to win his freedom by helping his young, clueless master woo his crush. The original Broadway version won several Tony Awards and inspired the 1966 cult classic film. Fri…

Charlie

Experience the classic Roald Dahl novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory transformed into an original production combining modern dance, contemporary dance, and ballet. Featuring an ensemble ranging in age from seven to 18 years old, the innovative show melds modern and classical music, including songs from Imogen Heap, Maroon 5, and previous film adaptations of…

The Wizard of Oz

Take a trip over the rainbow with Dorothy, Toto, and all of her friends at this beloved family-friendly musical. Fan favorites like “If I Only Had a Brain” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard” will have you tapping your toes and maybe even clicking your heels—because there’s no place like the theater. Bonus: This…

Million Dollar Quartet

This Tony Award–winning Broadway musical chronicles the iconic 1956 impromptu jam session of four musical legends—Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins—at Sun Records in Memphis. “Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” and “Matchbox” are just a few of the hit songs included in the show’s repertoire. Thu-Sat…

An Evening with Garrison Keillor

At this one-night event, attendees get an intimate portrait of the man behind the slow-rolling and husky voice of Minnesota Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion. Garrison Keillor, a humorist, storyteller, and voice actor, is best known for bringing to life the comedic stories of the fictional Minnesota town, Lake Wobegon. Now, the Radio Hall…

Maria Bamford

Known for her impressive impersonations and self-deprecating humor, Maria Bamford uses comedy to delve into some pretty serious topics, including bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and suicide. These are all problems she’s faced herself, and she’s not shying away from them. From silly songs about anxiety to darkly funny bits about Joy-Whac-A-Mole—a "game" in which…

Disaster

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This throwback show spoofs the classic disaster films from the ’70s. To wit: New York’s hottest A-listers line up for the opening of a floating casino and disco club, but they’re dissuaded by an earthquake, a tidal wave, and a killer bee attack—all set to memorable ’70s tunes such as “I Will Survive” by Gloria…

Trailer Park Boys

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While creating their mockumentary television series, the cast of this offbeat comedy turned to their own upbringings in trailer parks for inspiration. During a hilarious live performance of some of the funniest sketches from the show, audiences will delight in  the misadventures of Rick, Julian, Bubbles, and other Nova Scotia mobile home dwellers.

Dixie’s Tupperware Party

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Think Tupperware parties are old-fashioned and dull? This hilarious one-woman show urges you to think again. During this comedy show, fast-talking Tupperware saleswoman Dixie Longate shares stories about her Alabama hometown, her previous marriages, and her illustrious career as a saleswoman. She won’t actually sell you any kitchen goodies, but the Southern gal will split…

Shakespeare After-Fest

At this Shakespearean tribute, celebrate the famed wordsmith the way he was meant to be enjoyed—in an open-air theater. Spectators can kick off the evening with a string quartet performance featuring Tom Hagerman of DeVotchka, and live on-site canvas painting of Shakespearean-inspired art. Meanwhile, DCPA's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot will perform scenes from Romeo…

Cocktail Hour: The Show

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Iconic cocktails are heading off the menu and onto the stage in this drink-saluting production. Created and choreographed by Marilyn Klaus, each number features a different cocktail and its culture, such as the “Rum Runner,” where dancers promenade through Puerto Rico and samba in Brazil. This ballet with a twist will leave you thirsty for…

An Evening with W. Kamau Bell

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If you've seen this outspoken political comedian on The United Shades of America, CNN’s new travel show, you probably won't want to miss the chance to see him live in the Centennial State. During the stand-up performance, Bell (a celebrity ambassador with the American Civil Liberties Union) will provide witty commentary on racial justice issues in the United States.

Impractical Jokers: The Santiago Sent Us Tour

The Tenderloins, the stars of truTV’s hit prank series Impractical Jokers, will bring their trademark antics to the Mile High City during this hilarious tour. All four members of the New York–based improvisational comedy troupe will perform a set filled with slapstick antics as well as side-splitting a stand-up rountine. Bonus: catch never-before-seen footage from…

Buskerfest

Created by preservationist icon Dana Crawford, this outdoor festival will highlight fire performers, hula hoopers, musicians, and other street artists. Don’t miss award-winning Boulder juggler Bekah Smith, the Boulder Samba School ensemble Bateria Alegria, or Marawa the Amazing, the world record holder for hula hooping (she once used 200 hoops simultaneously).

The Drowning Girls

Alice, Margaret, and Bessie are dead. Death, however, does not keep the trio from gathering evidence against the philandering and murderous husband who fooled them all. By reliving the shocking life events preceding their deaths, the ladies begin to better understand the delusions surrounding love and marriage in this poignant play and social critique. Thu-Sat…
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H20

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This retelling of Shakespeare's classic tragedy about a Danish prince follows Jake, a Hollywood actor struggling to feel fulfilled despite his successful career. When the young performer takes on the role of Hamlet, he meets Deborah, an Evangelical Christian woman trying to get cast as Ophelia. As the unlikely pair becomes closer, they begin to resemble their characters both…

Cabaret for a Cause

Join TV personalities and event hosts Chris Parente and Eden Lane for this inspiring concert featuring R&B and pop tunes as well as songs from Broadway productions. More than 10 singers and actors will perform, culminating in a choral performance of "Courage Said I Can," written by two-time Emmy Award–winning composer Denise Gentilini. Bonus: You'll…

Listen to Your Mother

Just in time for Mother’s Day preparations, join local writers as they share creative pieces based on online submissions from moms all over the country covering the joys, challenges, and (at times) hilarities of motherhood. Authors such as Boulder's Brie Doyle and Arvada’s Diann Logan will grace the stage with a mix of moving and…

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

In this limited-run production for those 17-years-old and up, discover the true story behind jazz legend Billie Holiday’s troubled life. Set in Philadelphia in 1959, this musically-driven play will see actress Mary Louise Lee revive her critically-acclaimed and award-winning portrayal of Holiday for a 90-minute, emotionally captivating performance. Watch as director Hugo Sayles, music director…

Paula Poundstone

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If you’ve seen this wisecracking woman on The Tonight Show or heard her on NPR’s quiz show Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me, you won’t miss your chance to see her perform live. In her signature conversational style, Poundstone will share humorous anecdotes about her three children, her pets, and her disdain for Oprah.

Little Shop of Horrors

Journey down to Skid Row to witness the comedic adventures of Seymour, Audrey, Mr. Mushnik, and their secret man-eating plant. Shy and nerdy Seymour engineers a fly trap to help attract business to his flower shop, but the plant can only survive on human blood. As the plant’s appetite grows, Seymour struggles to keep his…

Beau Jest

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In a mix of farce and genuine insight, playwright James Sherman portrays the turmoil of Jewish family dynamics. When a dutiful schoolteacher invents a boyfriend to please her traditional parents, she finds herself in dire straits when she falls for the male escort she’s hired to play her significant other. Even if you haven’t dealt…

Equivocation

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival doesn't just showcase plays written by the famous bard—you can catch modern works written about Shakespeare, too. In the regional premiere of this clever dark comedy, playwright William Shagspeare is commissioned by King James I to write a play retelling the events of the Gunpowder Plot in a way that’s a…

An Evening with Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood

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The stars of the Emmy-nominated improvisational comedy show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, have teamed up to present this uproarious night of live comedy. Using their quick wit, Mochrie and Sherwood take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes. Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as the jokers call audience…

Gad Elmaleh: Oh My Gad

Lauded as the “Ben Stiller of France,” this international comedian, who speaks French, Moroccan, Arabic, Hebrew, and English, delights audiences all over the world with his stand-up routines. You might have seen him on the big screen in films such as Midnight in Paris and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, but…

The Winter’s Tale

Magical sets, captivating costumes, and stunning special effects from acclaimed artist and puppeteer Basil Twist all bring new life to this Shakespearean dramedy. Choreographed by the renowned Christopher Wheeldon, the hybrid production unites comedy, tragedy, and fantasy into an elaborate and touching look into loss, redemption, and family. Thu-Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2, 8 p.m.;…

Two Degrees

Still reeling from her husband’s unexpected death, scientist Emma travels to the United States Capitol Building to share her findings on climate change in Greenland. Her presentation to the Senate has the potential to forever change her career and her purpose, but will she be able to overcome her inner turmoil to make true changes…

An Act of God

This hilarious play about heaven and hell is coming to Denver for the first time—and it’s coming straight from Broadway, where Emmy Award–winning actors Jim Parsons and Sean Hayes have both performed the starring role. In this humorous tale, God has come down to Earth in the body of an unsuspecting human to set the…

Second City’s ‘We’re All In This Room Together’

See the sketch comedy group that launched the careers of everyone from Steve Carell to Tina Fey perform material from the historic Second City club’s legendary archives. Expect bold, improvised skits inspired by current events as the troupe’s in-the-moment sketches remind you that communal laughter is a salve for tumultuous times. Wed 8 p.m. Visit…

WYNOT Radio Theatre in the Other Coast Caper

In this theatrical spoof of the golden age of radio, the talented WYNOT troupe will deliver a zany “live” broadcast capturing a time when “men were men and dames had moxie.” This fast-paced evening of entertainment will place you right into the radio show’s studio as you’re made privy to the on-and-off-air shenanigans of a…

Lucha Libre & Laughs: From Parts Unknown

Pro wrestling and stand-up comedy come together like never before during this one-of-a-kind event that features outlandish costumes, high-flying stunts, and tons of hilarious narration. Local comics Sam Tallent, an improvisational whiz, and Nathan Lund, known for his direct joke-telling style, provide hilarious color commentary as wrestling stars like Colt Cabana, Martin Casaus, and former…

The Big Bang

In collaboration with Spotlight Theatre Company, Vintage Theatre brings this witty musical comedy back to Denver. The over-the-top play attempts to tell the history of the entire universe, all in about an hour and 40 minutes. As the characters laughably portray legendary characters like Jesus Christ and Ghandi, they find that their performances are funnier…

Nikki Glaser

This Last Comic Standing finalist is more than just a stand-up comedian—she’s also a podcast host and comedic actress. Onscreen you can see her in Failosophy, Trainwreck, and her new sex-themed talk show Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, and her stand-up shows offer more of the same blunt, female-driven comedy. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.…

Iolanthe

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Set in fairyland, Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert’s comic opera follows the journey of fairy Iolanthe, who is banished to the bottom of the stream for marrying a mortal. Twenty-five years later, her son, Strephon, returns to change the laws so he can be with his fairy love, Phyllis. With romance, politics, and humor,…
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The Adding Machine

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A college theater department staging an avant-garde work about a man losing his job to automation may seem a particularly 2017 occurrence, but this production is more Coolidge-esque than Trumpian. This 1923 work by Elmer Rice follows the life and afterlife of Mr. Zero, an everyman accountant whose tale of superfluity may leave you asking if technology—whether it's…

Cirque Musica

This holiday show delivers an electrifying mash-up of live orchestra, traditional holiday tunes, and the entrancing moves of the Cirque Musica cast. This concert and visual experience takes audiences on a journey through the world of high-flying acrobatics as aerialists deliver a mind-bending combination of hijinks, grace, and dare-devil levels of athleticism. The Denver Pops…

The Ballad of Baby Doe

This true riches-to-rags story of the love between Elizabeth (Baby) Doe and iconic silver tycoon Horace Tabor returns to the Central City Opera stage—60 years after its world debut at the respected operatic institution. Set during the peak of Colorado’s mining boom, this epic tells of the love, success, and downfall of Colorado’s most famous…

Finding Neverland

Discover the origins and magic of one of literature’s greats in this ten-day run of J.M. Barries Finding Neverland. Based on the critically acclaimed and Academy Award nominated 2004 film, London playwright Barrie struggles to find creative inspiration unti he meets a group of four young boys and their widowed mother. Entranced by their boyish…

The Boys Next Door

In this touching—and at times comedic—production, four men with mental disabilities live in a communal residence in New England with their sincere but struggling social worker, Jack. Each man has distinctive quirks that challenge Jack, but ultimately he must decide whether he's ready to move on from the men he's grown to care for. Fri-Sat…

Centerstage Theatre Company: In The Heights

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Before Hamilton mania swept the nation, Lin Manuel Miranda first captured Broadway adoration with his musical In The Heights. The slice of life musical about people living in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, which won four Tony awards, is as much a homage to Hispanic-American culture in New York as it is a captivating story of…

Bamboula: Musicians’ Brew and MictlanRx

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An award-winning Denver dance company draws inspiration from around the globe for this two-part performance. Bamboula uses movement to reveal cultural traditions from New Orleans and Cape Town, South Africa, while Jairo Heli’s MictlanRx considers social justice issues surrounding Mexico’s Afro-Mestizo people in the 21st century.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Relive one of your favorite Christmas tales in this musical staging of A Christmas Story. All Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. However, his simple but desperate desire to acquire it is rebuffed with the now iconic refrain, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Audiences will…

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Travel back to the 1940s for this live radio play adapted by the talented writer Joe Landry and directed by the Tony-nominated Randal Myler. Beloved Denver actor Jamie Horton perfectly embodies the show’s title character, George Bailey—a man contemplating taking his own life before he has the chance to see the profound impact he’s had…

Cult Following: Debates

Denver's favorite improvisation comedy troupe brings you a new show focused on political buffoonery. Laugh along with actors Jessica Austgen, Sarah Kirwin, Nanna Thompson, and Chris Woolf as they perform a ridiculous presidential debate using suggestions from the audience. Get ready to participate—during this interactive argument, the fictional candidates and parties are created by you.…

Billy D. Washington

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This cop-turned-comedian spends his nights presenting quirky stand-up routines and his mornings playing the keyboard in churches across the country. His quirky comedic style and his goal to use humor to bridge racial differences have landed him appearances on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Last Comic Standing.

Denver Monologue Slam

This theatrical event is the first of its kind in the Mile High City and your chance to get an intimate look at talented local actors. It will be an evening full of surprises, as performance slots are first-come, first-serve, but attendees can expect to hear monolouges of all genres, including published plays, television shows,…

DragOn

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Chic meets geek during this offbeat musical. Put on by Off-Center, a new arm of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts interested in sharing unconventional plays, the show follows a young man who must complete challenges designed by a cast of drag queens to complete a quest. Bonus: Since costumes are encouraged, you can come straight from…

A Good Trip

Psychedelics meet stand-up in this crossover stage show about the history, stigma, laws, and science of psychedelics. Award-winning comedian (Best Stand-Up at the HBO U.S. Comedy Festival) comedian Shane Mauss, a self-proclaimed “psychonaut”—or a person who explores spirituality and the human condition through intentionally altered states of consciousness—is turning the traditional comedy show on its…

Adrian Mesa

One of Denver’s top female comedy groups, the Pussy Bros, are thrilled to present this nationally acclaimed comedian on an alternative stage. Even though this Cuban-American hails from South Florida—and spends much of his time splitting audiences’ sides in New York City—he’s a regular at Denver’s Comedy Works and has immersed himself in the city’s…

Spring Into Dance

Whether you prefer to watch elegant ballerinas leaping across a stage or energetic hip-hop routines, this collaboration of Colorado Mesa University faculty, inventive dance students, and world-famous guest artists Peter DiMuro and Courtney Jones offers a genre for everyone.

Arsenio Hall

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After making a name for himself by appearing on The Jay Leno Show and starring in his own late-night talk show, this Emmy Award–winning stand-up comedian will grace the stage in the Mile High City. Because Hall refers to himself as a “Republicrat,” you can expect both sides of the political spectrum to be the…

Kathleen Madigan

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Catch this sharp-tongued comedian live on the Denver stop of her Bothering Jesus tour. The observant entertainer finds humor in a broad spectrum of relatable topics, from sports and politics to travel and family dynamics. Because she zeros in on the hilarity present in everyday life, her sarcastic commentary will delight audience members of all…
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Dianne Reeves In Concert

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Four decades ago, Dianne Reeves could be found singing with the school band at George Washington High—but for this event, she's surrounded herself with professional musicians. The Denver-raised jazz vocalist has won five Grammys and earned an honorary doctorate from Juilliard, but she still makes a point to perform in the Mile High City. During this concert with the…

The Amazing Acro-Cats

If you believe cats can't be trained, you've certainly never met this dynamic band of acrobatic felines. Led by Samantha Martin, a Chicago-based animal expert, these talented kitties jump through hoops, walk tightropes, raise flags, and push skateboards. After marveling at their astounding physical feats, don't miss the show’s grand finale: a performance by the…

The Addams Family

The hilariously spooky Addams family makes their way to an Evergreen stage for a musical performance that proves opposites can attract. Wednesday Addams, the dark and monotone daughter of the Addams clan, has fallen in love—but her crush is her parents’ worst nightmare (smart, sweet, from a respectable family, and worst of all, normal). Fri-Sat…

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

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Sherlock Holmes is on the case in Tony Award winner Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic, The Hound of the Baskervilles. In this humor-filled murder mystery, the male heirs of Baskerville are being killed one by one, and Holmes and Watson use clues, accents, disguises, and deceit to discover the ingenious murderer.…

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Theater connoisseurs can reflect on the redemptive power of building relationships during this emotional performance. In this intimate three-act play by Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley, two young people meet at a bar in the Bronx, go home with each other, and share their violent stories to overcome the darkness in their pasts. After…

Shear Madness: The Hilarious Whodunit

It’s finally your chance to play detective during this uproarious regional premiere. Set in a Colorado Springs hair salon, the play follows colorful local characters, including a flamboyant hairdresser and a mysterious old man who calls himself a used antiques dealer, as they attempt to discover the culprit who killed the landlady upstairs. Audience members…

Peer Review: Stand up for Science

If you've ever wanted comedy to appeal more to your nerdy side, this science-based comedic revue is the perfect show for you. Eight scientific minds from the Mile High City will deliver sharp and hilarious stand-up sets inspired by the humorous scenarios they've experienced at work. You'll laugh a lot at their smart humor—and you…

Peter and the Starcatcher

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Before dazzling Wendy Darling and her brothers with the wonders of Neverland, what exactly was Peter Pan up to? Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson, this fun-filled performance will shine a light on Peter’s formative early adventures. From golden caverns to active volcanoes and lush jungles, audiences will be carried…

Ayn/Sister

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Ayn/Sister by Telluride-based playwright Jennie Franks tells the story of author Ayn Rand, who after decades of living in America, brings her Russian Communist sister to New York. Rand, played by director Tracy Shaffer, is at odds with her sister due to the clash between their beliefs. This conflict makes for a powerful tale about…

Arsenic and Old Lace

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The hero of this production, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who just wants to make a living in Brooklyn and marry the woman he loves. But his homicidal aunts and delusional brother aren’t doing much to help him lead an ordinary life. The macabre comedy, which features romance, murder, and intrigue, will convince you…

Two Shows in One: The Sixth Sense of Flight and Time Sensitive

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During this two-part performance of original works, students from Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance will show off the skills they've learned. The Adult Student Company will present the first act, which features daring choreography on aerial apparatuses such as silks and hoops, and then this year's Professional Training Company will use aerial dance to narrate historical scenes from Ancient Greece…

Pride and Prejudice

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It might not be a BBC miniseries, but this Colorado production still does justice to Jane Austen's classic novel. Elizabeth, the protagonist of the drama, is a headstrong, witty girl who could never stand wedding a man for money. And the pretentious Mr. Darcy would never consider marrying below his rank. But fate might have other plans…

The Realish Housewives of Cherry Creek

These hilarious “housewives” will poke a bit of friendly fun at Colorado living. A host ridiculous characters, including clueless “neck model” Desiree, preachy, seemingly perfect mother C.L., and bossy, competitive Brooke, invite you to get in on the act and take a moment to laugh at the more superficial side of life. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.;…

Dali Follies

With surrealist Salvador Dali as the inspiration for this short play festival, things are bound to get weird. Theater lovers, Dali enthusiasts, or anyone with a taste for the absurd will enjoy watching the world premieres of seven brand-new works that feature characters based on the artist and his homonymic counterparts, including Dolly Parton, Dolley…
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Lawn Concert: Sean Rowe

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Listening to a bearded folk singer on the lawn of a modern art museum while munching on artisan ice cream sandwiches—does it get more hipster than that? This New York-born singer-songwriter—acclaimed by NPR for his "soulful, gravelly thunder"—is the latest act in the anniversary concert series at Denver's six-year-old indie darling of an art space.…

Christie Buchele: Happy Hour Standup

When she isn't doling out sage (and sarcastic) relationship advice as co-host of the Empty Girlfriend podcast, Christine Buchele regularly graces the stages of clubs and comedy festivals across the country. Equal parts surly, sweet, and snappy, the High Plains Comedy Festival alumna is ready to serve up a set that goes down smoothly—with or…

Die Fledermaus

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The Lamont School of Music presents this classic German opera about a Russian prince on a quest for revenge. The light-hearted production, directed by Lamont faculty member and Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Plenk, tells the hilarious story of a masked ball and a case of mistaken identity that ends with a drunken night in jail.

Aerial Dance Festival Showcase

This gravity-defying showcase, presented by the Frequent Flyers of Boulder, features aerial artists who have worked with nationally touring ensembles such as Cirque du Soleil. The performances are the culmination of a two-week-long workshop festival and include acts from festival faculty members such as Rain Anya, Ana Prada, and Danielle Garrison. Using aerial silks, lyra…

Nathan Yip Foundation Chinese New Year Celebration

Experience the vibrant culture of a bustling Chinese night market during this non-traditional fundraising event. Enjoy a night of exciting entertainment featuring aerialists, stilt-walkers, and buskers before you hit the karaoke stage and let it all out. Sample the The Seattle Fish Company’s tasting stations as you grab dinner from Fish N' Beer, Lucky Cat,…
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Lisa Lampanelli

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Wondering who the heir will be to Joan Rivers' tell-it-like-it-is comedy empire? This Connecticut-born comedienne may be the top contender. Known for her biting brand of insult humor, this stand-up star has filmed five comedy specials, earned praise from Jim Carrey and Howard Stern, and, a few seasons back, appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice—so expect some…

The Seventh Seal

This dramatic, thought-provoking show deals with questions of faith, mortality, and the meaning of life. Based on the 1957 film of the same name directed by Ingmar Bergman, this production tells the story of Antonius, a knight who returns from the Crusades only to find himself in the midst of the Black Plague. To avoid…
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Much Apeel About Nothing

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Don’t miss this upbeat sketch comedy’s hilarious stage debut. Featuring a variety of different story lines—including the adventures of secret agent 004 as well as skits featuring wayward travelers stranded on an island—this show is sure to make you laugh. Even ridiculous scenarios, like an earnest man begging his coworkers to join an office softball league, will incite…

Passion4Arts Showcase

With so many artists and events in and around town, it can sometimes be difficult for lesser known talents to emerge. Minority artists, in particular, are especially likely to be underrepresented, which is what led local art lover Lynn Baker to organize this event showcasing the talents of both seasoned and emerging African-American artists and…

An Evening of Wonders

At this unbelievable magic show, Canadian illusionist Vitaly Beckman will dazzle the audience with tricks that astounded even veteran magicians Penn and Teller on their TV show Fool Us. Audience members will gasp as Beckman shows off his signature tricks, which include erasing drivers' license photos and bewitching paintbrushes to paint on their own. Since…

Throwing Shade

Comedy duo Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi—known on their show as “Feminasty” and “Homosensual”—are taking their unapologetically honest podcast Throwing Shade on tour. The weekly audio program, which humorously covers topics that are particularly relevant to women and LGBTQ listeners, serves as the inspiration for their live sketch. On stage, they're sure to be just…

The Sea

The ocean—endlessly powerful, constantly moving, and inextricably tied to human migration and history—is the inspiration for this evocative show. Provocative contemporary dance group 3rd Law and artistic co-directors Jim LaVita and Katie Elliott bring together aspects of theater, music, and literature to create a multi-sensory dance performance that explores all the ways the sea has…

Billy Elliot

Following the death of his mother during the UK miners’ strike of the 1980s, 11-year-old Billy gets an unexpected glimpse of the grace of ballet. Enamored, he trades in his boxing gloves for dance shoes and secretly trains for an audition to the Royal Ballet School in London. Featuring music by Elton John and lyrics…

George Lopez: “The Wall – Under Construction Tour”

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Maybe you fell in love with him while watching six seasons of the George Lopez show, or maybe his bestselling memoir, Why Are You Crying?, won your heart. Regardless of the reason you became loco for Lopez, during this tour he will try out new material in preparation for his upcoming HBO special.

Doug Loves Movies

Comedian Doug Benson, who you might remember from Comedy Central’s Last Comic Standing or the comedic documentary Super High Me, is taking his hilarious film-centric podcast on tour. Attendees can expect their favorite moments from the podcast in the live performance—including local comedians as surprise special guests and funny movie trivia games—which will be taped…

Rockin’ Road to Dublin

Step aside, Riverdance—this high-energy Celtic show is turning up the volume on traditional Irish dance. A live eight-piece band puts a rock ‘n’ roll spin on classic Irish tunes as plaid- and leather-clad performers jig across the stage. Listen for Irish-inspired covers of rock hits like ACDC’s “Back in Black” and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,”…

Man of La Mancha

In this stage rendition inspired by Miguel de Cervantes literary classic Don Quixote, audiences will be thrown into a musical journey of drama, danger, and unlikely heroes. Set in 16th-century Spain, a prisoner and his manservant must fight for the preservation of a manuscript in a mock trial devised by their fellow prisoners. What follows…

The Book of Will

Learn about the history behind William Shakespeare’s mentees, Henry Condell and John Heminges, who labored furiously to compile and preserve the playwright’s first Folio after his death. This stirring production inspired by a true story will have you rooting for the two loyal assistants as they fight to secure Shakepeare's iconic works for generations to…
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Fever Dream Festival

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You can find fantasy at the bookstore, sci-fi on TV, and horror at the movies, but when's the last time you saw works in any of the three genres on stage? This new festival from the equally new Benchmark Theatre, which debuted in March, features staged readings of 13 plays, each focused on the fantastic or bizarre.…

An Evening Under the Stars with Colorado Ballet

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In 1993, the legendary George Balanchine came to the U.S. and choreographed his first original American ballet, “Serenade,” to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C. This piece is a milestone in the history of dance and the finale of an evening featuring excerpts from upcoming and past Colorado Ballet productions. Twenty-eight dancers dressed in ethereal…

High Plains Comedy Festival

Get ready to split your sides—this four-day festival is bringing more than 70 stand-up comedians to multiple venues across the Mile High City. Attendees can catch individual stand-up shows and watch performers test their improv skills in a competitive erotic fan fiction event. Don't miss headliners Garfunkel and Oates, a comedy-folk duo made up of…

Psychic Medium Cindy Kaza

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Kaza’s style of mediumship puts heavy weight on presenting specific evidence that she is truly connecting with the client’s loved ones in spirit. So if you want to pop by the other side and ask your grandpa where he hid the keys to his Gran Torino, or maybe lash out against your late parents for…

No Sex Please! We’re British

This zany farce tells the story of a postal mix-up that sends boxes of Scandinavian pornography straight to the home of conservative British newlyweds Peter and Frances. Flabbergasted by the unwelcome parcels, the happy couple has to find somewhere to stash the illicit materials before Peter’s mother and uptight boss show up. When Peter’s blundering…

An Evening of Bite-Size Opera

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During this performance, you can see six different operas in the same length of time it would take you to see one full-length production of Tosca. The two-hour spectacle includes half a dozen humorous eight- to 20-minute operas by renowned early 20th-century composers such as Samuel Barber and Francis Poulenc as well as modern-day musicians such as Anne…

Mayhem

Denver-based contemporary dance company Wonderbound will combine its most beloved scenes from previous productions into one multi-part spectacular. During this genre-bending show, dancers will perform excerpts from Boomtown, Snow, and Gone West to a soundtrack performed by the Colorado Symphony, ambient pop-rockers Chimney Choir, and the local folk group Jesse Manley and His Band.

Afterlife: A Ghost Story

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Whether or not you believe in the paranormal, we know you won’t boo this ghost story. Playwright Steve Yockey, known for his dark comic play Wolves, tells the story of a couple forced to confront the loss of their 3-year-old son while securing their beach house for a massive storm. As the storm comes down,…

Catch Me If You Can

This energetic musical based on true events tells the infamous story of master counterfeiter Frank W. Abagnale Jr. When Frank runs away from home as a teenager with hopes of living a life full of money and women, he learns he has a knack for counterfeiting checks—and getting away with it. Frank soon gets caught…

Vespertina’s Summer Sizzler

This community showcase features group and solo belly dance performances from the Vespertina Dance Project and the Kalandaka Tribe, as well as other local troupes and professional artists. The dancers will showcase a range of styles, including modern tribal improvisational belly dance, tribal fusion belly dance, and classical belly dance. Before the event, visit booths…
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Romeo & Juliet

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Star-crossed lovers can be found across all continents—and in this ballet retelling of Shakespeare's classic love story, they've moved from Verona to New Orleans. Drawing inspiration from America's multicultural background and traditional African dance, Denver-based choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson has imagined title characters in a family feud over religious differences: one is Christian, while the other is Yoruba. To further…

Boulder International Fringe Festival

This 12-day festival follows the Scottish fringe tradition of highlighting non-juried talent in unconventional performances. Get a taste of variety at the Opening Night Hullabaloo and buffet at Twisted Pine Brewing Co., during which 25 acts each give a one-minute interview and a one-minute preview of their show. The performers cover a range of styles—from…

NEMR

Lebanese-American comedian Nemr embarks on his debut U.S. tour, which will make a one-night stop in Greenwood Village. Sticking to his early performance theme of "No Politics, No Religion, One Love," this subversive comedian with seven feature comedy specials, record-setting audience numbers, and appearances on shows like The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore is sure…

Hairspray

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When spunky teenager Tracy Turnblad lands a role as a dancer on The Corny Collins Show, she believes all her problems will disappear. But when she observes issues of racial inequality on set, she’s inspired to use her newfound fame to fight for integration. The upbeat musical, which features popular tunes such as “Good Morning…

Luzia

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Inspired by the culture of Mexico, this mesmerizing performance features elaborate costumes, original music by Canadian composer Simon Carpentier, and the world-famous acrobatic stunts of Cirque du Soleil. By acting out the Monarch butterfly's migration from Canada to Mexico, aerialists reflect on the connection between the two North American countries. This dazzling show also includes an homage…

Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

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How exactly did a woman famously incapable of holding a tune sell out a Carnegie Hall concert in under two hours? Although eccentric and a bit delusional, Jenkins belted her way to fame with a formidable dose of spunk and spirit. This poignant performance will offer touching insights into the true story of a society-lady-turned-singer.

The Foreigner

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When an extremely shy Englishman named Charlie Baker journeys to a fishing lodge in rural Georgia, hoping to escape from his personal problems, he confides in another guest who purposefully tells local inhabitants that Charlie can’t speak or understand English. This plan, which was meant to help Charlie gain a few days of peace and…

The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

In keeping with this season’s theme of “Life on the Margins of Polite Society,” the Aurora Theater is bringing Broadway classic “Porgy and Bess” to its stage for a month-long run, directed by Donnie L. Betts. Set in the 1930s, the lives of two of Catfish Row’s inhabitants become inextricably and dangerously intertwined. Crippled beggar…

Momix: Opus Cactus

Contemporary dance meets theatrical illusion in this inventive celebration of movement. Inspired by the American Southwest, this performance consists of complex visual scenes, during which dancers contort and connect their bodies to depict the native flora and fauna of the desert, including slithering lizards and regal cactuses. Stunning lighting effects complete the image as the…

My Teenage Angst: Queer Edition

Reassume your high school persona—whether you were a jock, a goth, or a nerd—for this hilariously relatable night of readings. Excerpts read straight from performers' own teen diaries, yearbooks, and secret notes reveal their juiciest gossip and deepest insecurities from their past. In this special edition, hear coming out stories, anecdotes, and inner musings from…

Black History Live: Harriet Tubman

Celebrate Black History Month by attending this historically accurate live portrayal of the iconic Civil War heroine. National Humanities and Chautauqua scholar Becky Stone performs Tubman's role, which takes audiences through her transformation from Underground Railroad abolitionist to inspiring humanitarian. Don't miss the entertaining opportunity to learn more about one of humanity's greatest patriots. Mon…

Colorado Theatre Festival

Throughout this three-day celebration of the stage, patrons can attend a variety of productions put on by local theater companies, including Coming to America, a trio of short plays exploring the experiences of immigrants in America, and Taking Tea with the Ripper, a one-actor play that delves into the mind of London’s most infamous serial…

The SantaLand Diaries

Based on the personal essays of celebrated writer David Sedaris, this one-man show is, perhaps, the least cliché Christmas play around. Michael Bouchard returns to the stage as Crumpet, the snarky Macy's holiday elf whose misadventures (and cynicism) make up the backbone of the hilarious monologue. Attendees can enjoy Sedaris' sharp wit as an antidote…

The Luckiest People

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Richard and his partner are living happily together—that is, until his elderly father asks to move in with them days after Richard’s mother’s funeral. This poignant play presents the ups and downs of middle age, exploring how people balance relationships between family, friends, and significant others.

High Plains Comedy Festival

This year’s festival takes High Plains’ comedy scene even higher with 100 performers spanning over three days for an unparalleled comedy event. Weekend highlights include Arguments & Grievances, a live comedy series and podcast where comedians debate outlandish topics such as “Dr. Dre vs. Dr. Seuss,” and a table read of truTV’s Those Who Can’t…

The Last Five Years in Concert

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During this moving musical, experience the five-year-long relationship between up-and-coming writer Jamie and aspiring actress Cathy from each lover’s individual perspective. Jamie's tale begins when the pair first meets and progresses to the partnership’s ultimate demise, while Cathy’s recounting starts at the end of the relationship and traces it back to their first encounter. Halfway through their stories,…

StorySLAM: Beauty

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From stunning art to attractive people, all reflections on beauty are welcome topics at this open-mic storytelling event. Put on by New York City–based organization The Moth, the performance gives Denver denizens the opportunity to share true five-minute tales about their personal experiences with beautiful places, people, and things.
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Jake & Amir: “If I Were You” Live Podcast

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Tuning in to NPR might make for a pleasant commute, but evening entertainment calls for a live podcast. CollegeHumor alumni Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld shot to fame in the early days of YouTube with their video series, "Jake & Amir," and now they're touring the country as roving podcasters. Listen as they create the latest…
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One Night Stand with American History

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If you're going to have a one night stand, it might as well involve something you actually want to learn about. In this one-night-only production, actors will use five short plays and one short story to spin a half-true, half-fun tale loosely based on events in our nation's history. Watch historians from the future test…

The Nutcracker

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Dancing snowflakes, exotic sweets, a fairy and a household tool coming to life … I mean, what’s not to like! The two-act ballet, based on the children’s tale "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King", by E.T.A. Hoffman, is one of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's most enchanting works. Hoffmann’s 1816 tale was dark and bizarre story that…

Unwrap: Women of the Cypher

In an effort to highlight hip-hop's often-overlooked female scholars and artists, this educational performance will explore every aspect of the culture, from graffiti art and breaking to DJing and emceeing. Attend an engaging panel discussion focusing on gender, discrimination, and misconceptions within and about the creative community with some of the sharpest and most renowned…

The Merry Widow: An Opera by Frank Lehár

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This operetta by Hungarian composer Frank Lehár follows an ambassador who sends one of his noblemen to court a wealthy widow in order to save his impoverished kingdom. During the show, comedy and grand costumes will accompany classic opera songs such as “The Merry Widow Waltz.” The performance is also sung entirely in German, with…

Jordan Rock

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Comedy runs in this rising star’s family—just ask his older sibling, Chris. But this nine-year comedy veteran isn't living in his big brother’s shadow: He has been featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and he stars in the Netflix original series Love. With routines full of references to pop culture, social media, and music, the hilarious performer is sure to…

Last Minute Comedy Tour

Comedian Tony LaMarr will host this sidesplitting comedy tour as it makes a stop in the Mile High City. The show features performers from Hollywood's Comedy Store, Austin's Moontower Comedy Festival, and several local comedians including Kyle Burtman, Christopher Chavez Sr., and William Montgomery. Showcasing fast-paced improv-style performances, the performances will focus on personal stories,…

44 Plays for 44 Presidents

Escape from the current election season with a play that highlights the light-hearted absurdity in the lives of our former commanders-in-chief. During this lightning-round summary of American history, you'll watch 44 two-minute vignettes that cover each of the former presidencies, from our nation's idealistic founders to the men that navigated economic hardship after the Great…

The Grawlix

Denver's own Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy return home for an evening of uproarious stand-up comedy, plus live sketches and video components. These days, the trio are best known as the stars of truTV's hit show Those Who Can't, where they delight audiences as astoundingly inept Denver Public School teachers. But before they…

Dogs! The Musical

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It is not far-fetched that Theatred Art is attempting its first full-length musical this fall (they have put on many ambitious plays before). The performance will feature a young lab mix by the name of Sparky; he and his friends are faced with a changing political landscape caused by a power-hungry group of dogs. The…

The Divine Direction

Contemporary movement meets storytelling at this high-energy dance performance by Los Angeles–based nonprofit troupe MusEffect. Always with an eye on social commentary, the group combines genres of dance to create an ethereal, athletic performance. Beyond plot and artifice, attendees can also enjoy the dancers' high levels of technical skill. Sat 7 p.m. —Image courtesy of…

UnVeil

Challenge what you know about movement and dance at this mind-expanding event. Colorado's only fully integrated dance troupe brings dancers with and without disabilities onstage. Each dancer uses his or her own range of motion to complement the ensemble, creating a stunning group performance that redefines typical narratives of disability and art. Sat 7 p.m.;…

Iliza Shlesinger

Snarky and sardonic, Iliza Shlesinger is the star of not one, but two recent Netflix comedy specials: Freezing Hot and Confirmed Kills. Her 2013 debut, War Paint—a one-hour iTunes special—topped the charts and landed her on Esquire's list of America's top working comedians. A frequent guest on late-night television and, recently, a performer for U.S.…

The Dracula Gala Benefit

At this charitable gala, attendees will have a bloody good time meeting the spooky stars of the Aurora Fox Center's upcoming production of Dracula. After enjoying a dinner of chicken marsala prepared by Carrabba's Italian Grill, guests can snap photos with the caped villain. Then they can sit back for a sneak peek performance of…

A Gothic Folktale

This contemporary ballet features a whimsical cast of characters inspired by tarot cards—including the Fool, the Star, and the Ringmaster—in a story of romance under the big top. Accompanied by original indie folk music performed live by local musician Jesse Manley and his band, the production also features mystifying illusions from Denver-based magician and mentalist…

Spring Sacrifice

This boundary-pushing play focuses on a rural Oklahoma town where young boys sacrifice themselves to the mysterious Spirit of Spring every year as a rite of passage. Local playwright Rhea Amos's story follows one young man who chooses to defy tradition and stay alive. Put on by Pandemic Collective, a Denver troupe dedicated to horror theater, the visceral production also features…
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Troy Walker

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Sure, T.J. Miller and the Grawlix guys may be bigger local comedy names, but are they also University of Denver-educated lawyers? This Comedy Works regular—and, seriously, licensed attorney with a degree from the Sturm College of Law—has performed (lawyer jokes included) at the Great American Comedy Festival and in the New Faces showcase at Montreal's Just for Laughs. He's…

The Toxic Avenger: The Musical

We've all heard the story of a radioactive reaction resulting in superhuman powers—this quirky rock musical follows the same script, but with a few twists. The Toxic Avenger, affectionately known as Toxie, is an average-guy-turned-superhero who just wants to stop everyone from polluting his home state of New Jersey. Up against a corrupt mayor and…

Phone Home

The geniuses of Third Kind Improv! will present a feature-length performance loosely centered on the motif of extraterrestrial life as inspired by Steven Spielberg's classic film, E.T. Expect to split your seams in laughter as local comedians, including Doron Burke, Natalie Burling, Anneliese Farmer, Maynard Peralta, Michael Tandy, Sebastian and Tara Wolfe, and Erin Zaideman,…

Today, Tomorrow and Forever: A Celebration of Patsy Cline

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Celebrate the brilliant but all-too-brief career of one of the greatest singers in country music. This intimate evening reflects on the deep connection audiences have with Cline’s timeless songs and captures the essence of the icon’s unique vocal style. Melissa Swift-Sawyer, who has portrayed Cline almost 3,000 times over the past two decades, stars in…

Rock the Presidents

These days, it's easy to get down in the dumps about the state of the union—but not at this rock 'n' roll celebration of the highest office in the land. The original hit musical from Childsplay Theatre is back by popular demand, bringing the multimedia musical revue of American history to Denver once again. In…

Stories on Stage: Dogs vs. Cats

During this engaging performance, viewers will hear both sides of the age-old battle between dog and cat lovers. Storytellers will share three humorous, poignant short stories about topics such as cats' personality quirks and life from the perspective of a dog. After both performances, attendees can chat with the cast while enjoying cookies and milk.…

Denver Homegrown Festival

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Colorado hosts more than 100 music events each year, so it’s no surprise that Denver has taken advantage of the growing market to celebrate local musicians with this inaugural festival. The lineup features a variety of performers, such as rock bands Wild Call and No More Excuses, guest DJs Njoy and Seeker, and comedy acts…

Girls Only

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Barbara Gehrig and Linda Klein used excerpts from their childhood diaries to create this original comedy. The show celebrates both the serious and silly sides of being a woman—from childhood slumber parties to menopause— through a mix of sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation, songs, and videos. .
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Black Grace

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When choreographing shows, Black Grace founder and artistic director Neil Ieremia draws upon his Samoan and Maori roots. For their sole performance in the Mile High City, the New Zealand–based dancers—who are known for their power and finesse on stage—will tell the story of their heritage with an emotive routine that blends traditional slap dance steps with contemporary moves. —Image courtesy of the Newman Center for…

A Prairie Home Companion

One of America’s most beloved and widely recognized live variety radio shows is making a stop in Denver with its new host, mandolin player Chris Thile. The folksy show will feature its trademark Midwestern humor and spoken word performances, along with country-singing musical guests. As an added bonus, Thile will play a never-before-heard original song…

Rob Schneider

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Although this his Emmy Award–nominated funnyman is a  veteran of Saturday Night Live, he’s probably best known for his voice acting and appearances in slapstick comedies such as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. He’ll draw upon decades of experience when he takes the stage for this stand-up performance, during which he’ll joke about aging, politics, and…
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Justine Marino

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After making a name for herself in Los Angeles, local comedian Justine Marino is returning to the Mile High City to give two homecoming performances. The St. Mary's Academy alumna, who previously appeared on Netflix special Jenny McCarthy's Dirty, Sexy, Funny, is sure to make audiences laugh with jokes about weddings, single life, and pop…
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Mystery Radio Theater

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Sorry, Serial—you're not the only suspenseful audio show in town. This one-night-only presentation draws its text from the original form of thrill via airwaves: the radio play. Over the course of the evening, actors (accompanied by sound effects) will create live staged readings of three authentic '40s radio mysteries and one new piece written just…

JAAMM Fest: Wonderbound Dance Company

Compositions by Ernest Bloch and Kurt Weill, two twentieth-century Jewish composers, will serve as the soundtrack for these captivating ballet world premieres. Choreographed by Garrett Ammon and Sarah Tallman and featuring live music by the Playground Ensemble, these intimate contemporary dance performances weave a provocative story that reflects on important milestones in Jewish history. Thu…

Bridget Everett

You won’t want to miss Everett’s trademark outrageous and gut-wrenching humor in this sexy and off-beat punk rock cabaret-esque show. During this rescheduled tour stop, the comedian and Lady Dynamite actress will put her powerhouse voice on full display as she presents music from her debut album Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments . Fri…

Block Party

Witness a return to hip hop's roots during this street-inspired dance competition. These epic onstage battles will feature crews from across the country, including Utah-based group Underground Crew and Vegas dancers the Body Poets, as well as troupes hailing from as far as Spain, Germany, and Russia. Between battles, attendees can enjoy performances from contemporary…

Ali Wong

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Ali Wong, best known for her recent Netflix special, is the first comedian to record a stand-up show while pregnant. And although she states that funny women who have children often leave the comedy circuit, she’s more relevant than ever, headlining sold-out shows and starring on the ABC sitcom American Housewife.

An Evening Under the Stars

This summer you can see the stars of the Colorado Ballet in a whole new setting—under a sky full of stars to match. This outdoor performance features excerpts of past and upcoming Colorado Ballet productions, including pas de deux from Swan Lake, It’s Not a Cry, and Light Rain. The evening will culminate in a…
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Mystery Science Theater 3000

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You could watch terrible cable movies at home, but, as this performance proves, it's far more entertaining to watch someone else watch them—in space. That (with some robots and sketch comedy tossed in) is the premise behind this cult-favorite TV show, which comes to the stage for its first live tour this summer. The action follows the format…

MÁS

Watch as local actors reenact the story of the Tucson Unified School District’s decision to end the Mexican American Studies program—and the surrounding community’s fight to maintain both the curriculum and the town’s identity. Held purposefully at a multidisciplinary center that focuses on Chicano and Latino arts, the fierce performance draws on historically true scenes,…

Dana Gould

Actor and comedy veteran Dana Gould is landing in Denver for three nights of side-splitting stand-up shows. Expect Gould to bring down the house using his groundbreaking alternative comedy that has landed him appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman. Be ready to belly-laugh at Gould’s takes on everything from the awkwardness of divorce…

Fun Home

Based on the best-selling graphic memoir written by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is a 2015 Tony winner and the first Broadway musical featuring a lesbian protagonist. A chronicle of Bechdel's coming of age, this critically-acclaimed musical is a gripping exploration of parental relationships and their impact on identity. Take in a 15-minute cast discussion before…

The Second City Guide to the Symphony

After a raving debut in 2014, famed comedy troupe Second City will bring its signature mash-up of side-splitting comedy and symphony music back to the Mile High City. In a series of performances, attendees will enjoy improvisational skits celebrating our love for the symphony, including "First Date," during which a man attempts to bluff his…

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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This musical parable tells the classic tale of a boy blessed with prophetic dreams whose jealous brothers sell him into slavery. Their plan backfires, though, as Joseph rises through the ranks of Egyptian society after the Pharaoh learns of his splendid gifts. Featuring a score influenced by a wide variety of genres, including country, pop,…

Dinner

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This dark comedy offers a witty twist on the classic plotline of a mysterious dinner party. When Paige organizes an elegant get-together to celebrate the publication of her husband’s best-selling book, her guests quickly realize the soiree is meant to hide their hostess’s true intentions: taking revenge on her so-called friends and nasty husband.

As One

In this groundbreaking chamber opera, two different vocalists will voice Hannah, a transgender protagonist, illustrating her transition from male (baritone) to female (mezzo-soprano). Inspired by the life experiences of acclaimed filmmaker Kimberly Reed, the show’s lush libretto helps the audience understand Hannah’s emotions as she navigates the dissonance between her inner self and her outward…

New Works Festival

During two weekends of performances, theater buffs can cast their votes in this year's chapter of a three-year-long playwrighting competition. On opening night, watch two plays by the 2015 finalists and help the judges decide which production will be added to the Historic Elitch Theatre's 2017 lineup. Then meet characters such as Thai-American ghost hunters…

Making Merry

At this compelling performance, three local actors bring to life holiday stories involving love, loss, family unity (or disunity), and politics. Josh Robinson acts out Truman Capote's "One Christmas," about a family struggling with addiction, while GerRee Hinshaw gives voice to "Oil and Water" by Dani Shapiro, a personal tale about relearning how to celebrate…

Miscast

The Drunken Bachelor Talk Show host Eric Mather and Curious Theatre Company visiting actor Damon Guerrasio will co-host this unconventional comedic show, during which more than 30 of the Mile High City's best performers will play the roles they would never be cast in. (Last year that included an aging male Annie and a pair…
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Beth Malone: So Far

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Castle Rock native and Tony Award–winning actress Beth Malone—famous for starring in Broadway’s first musical with a lesbian protagonist—will return to her home state to perform a cabaret concert about her life. In this monologue-driven production, the petite spitfire will describe her coming-out process, her relationship with her father, and her path to a show business career in New York City.…

Bobby Slayton

Commonly referred to as the Pitbull of Comedy due to his quick and abrasive humor, this veteran comic comes to Denver to take on everything from pop culture and politics to social issues. Known for his voice-over work in Family Guy and his starring role in historical drama The Rat Pack, Slayton earned his own…

Burlesque is Coming

Thanks to this sensual comedic performance, you can experience King's Landing without waiting for the Game of Thrones premiere next April. Burlesque dancers from across the country, including Cherie Sweetbottom from Washington, D.C. as well as Denver's Maggie Missiles, will show off their sexy adaptations of your favorite characters from the series, including Danaerys Targaryen…

Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone brings her signature blend of disarming yet artful improv to Denver for this spontaneous night of unscripted comedy. Fans will see the author, actress, and panelist for NPR’s weekly quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me riff on everything from her time working at IHOP to her stint as a bicycle messenger. Expect sharp…

Sebastian Maniscalco – Why Would You Do That? Tour

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In his new comedy special, this inventive funnyman mixes high-energy physicality with trademark facial expressions as he portrays our modern world through the lens of his old-school Italian-American upbringing. He brings such clarity to the real problems we all face that you’ll be left scratching your head about why society works in confounding ways.

Merrily We Roll Along

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This emotional musical—a collaboration between legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim and librettist George Furth—lets the audience experience the life of a wealthy composer in reverse. The show’s protagonist, Franklin Shepard, is a jaded old man looking back on his life and the lives of his two (now estranged) friends. As he remembers their personal and…

Hir

In this tumultuous play, Isaac returns from three years at war to care for his sick father in the California suburbs, only to discover his childhood home filled with insurgency. His transgender sibling and his mother, who has recently been liberated from her oppressive marriage by her husband’s poor health, have joined forces to topple…

Hand to God

In this regional premiere, Christian fundamentalism meets Avenue Q in Hand of God, a cheeky, Tony-nominated play about coming of age and the grieving process. The comedy follows a small town Texas teen who is pushed into joining a puppet group run by his mother’s church following his father’s death. As his foul-mouthed hand puppet…
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Sex with Strangers

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No, no, we're not telling you to have it, we're telling you to watch it—and not in the seedier corners of the internet. In this two-person drama, 20-something sex blogger Ethan meets his literary idol, 40-something novelist Olivia, at a writers' retreat, and sparks fly—but so do questions about the nature of identity in the age of hyper-curated…

Billy Elliot

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In this heartwarming coming-of-age story, the youngest son of a coal miner wants to trade in his boxing gloves to pursue ballet. But in order to succeed, he’ll have to convince his masculine father and other striking miners to support his passion for dance. Featuring a score written by pop star Elton John, the 10-time…

The Firebird and Petrushka

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For this captivating production, Colorado dance company Danse Etoile Ballet matches modern dance routines with two classic scores by composer Igor Stravinsky. Executive choreography Marie-Jose Payannet will incorporate elements of Russian folk and contemporary dance into these enchanting ballets. Watch a love triangle unfold in Petrushka and then follow Prince Ivan’s adventures with a mystical feathered friend in The Firebird.

Cirque du Soleil

Silky spiders, flexible fleas, and amazing ants are just a few of the colorful characters taking the stage in OVO, a biodiversity-packed extravaganza. Join the inquisitive insects as they investigate a mysterious egg that has appeared on their doorstep. Teeming with vibrancy and motion, audiences will flip for this acrobatic spectacular. Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat…

Marie Antoinette

This lavish production puts a contemporary spin on the outrageous extravagance of 18th century Versailles. In a hipper, edgier incarnation of the historical tale, this regional premiere recounts the story of Marie Antoinette’s love affair with a life of French luxury. Watch the queen go from riches to rags as the French become disenchanted with…

An Iliad

Witness the horrors and heroism of war in this contemporary retelling of Homer’s classic tale. Watch as the minimalist, one-man performance brings the mighty scope of the ancient Greek philosopher’s poetry and humor to life, scaling the conflict of one of history’s most expansive wars into a 90-minute look at our capacities for good and…

Amy Schumer

The boundary-pushing comedian-actress-writer-producer brings all her talents to the table in her popular Comedy Central television series, Inside Amy Schumer. The Train Wreck star's provocative—and often wicked—wit is on display again in her standup tour as she explores her usual cadre of topics: sex, relationships, love, and the weirdness of being an adult(ish) person right…

The Robber Bridegroom

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This spirited musical tells the romantic 18th-century tale of mischievous bandit Jamie Lockhart and Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest plantation owner in the South. But will an evil stepmother, her foolish henchman, and a case of mistaken identity keep the lovers apart? Based on the novella of the same name by Pulitzer Prize–winning…
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ACH IPA Beer Release & Comedy Show

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You've gone to plenty of beer and cheese events—this week, try pairing suds with comedy instead. At this release party, try the tangy new ACH IPA, a brew created through a partnership between local comedian Adam Cayton-Holland and Ratio Beerworks. As you savor the lemony beverage, watch its namesake (and several other local side-splitters) deliver a hilarious stand-up performance. —Image courtesy of Ratio Beerworks

Phil Palisoul

This seasoned stand-up comedian is all about good, clean comedy—his story-centric jokes riff on life experiences, childhood memories, and married life. This 20-year comedy veteran will give a family-friendly performance, so feel free to bring the kids along. Stick around after his act to hear a live performance from Denver rap-rock band the Flobots. Fri…

You Are Reminded that Your Safety is Your Own Responsibility

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In this hilarious one-woman show, writer and performer Jana Goodwin describes several near-death experiences she has faced in the American West. After confronting furious weather, wildlife, and her own emotional issues, she takes comfort in knowing she's part of the natural world. This comedic performance will encourage audience members to ponder their own incredible survival stories.
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Setting Fires

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This immersive dance production aims to show you the community-building power of darkness by plunging you into it. Staged in several rooms in an industrial space in Globeville, dancers in the Colorado-based art company Control Group Productions show use strobe lights and loud noises to explore themes of visibility and power.  As audience members walk through each…

She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange

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This poignant comedy by Australian playwright Amelia Roper is an intense and witty look at American wealth and privilege. Watch the absurd story of two rival investment bankers and their spouses trying to be polite to one another after their lives are rattled by the global financial crisis of 2008.

One Death, Please?

This engrossing world premiere by playwright Christian Munck explores the unyielding pressures of Hollywood through the story of a young pop star. From the outside, it appears as if Olive Warren has everything money can buy, but she becomes so unhappy that she visits an assisted suicide clinic in hopes of ending her life. In…

This Is Modern Art

At this spoken word reading and book launch party, celebrate hip-hip culture's contributions to the art world. After you listen to an engaging reading of This Is Modern Art, the story of a group of street taggers in Chicago striving to redefine art with their graffiti, meet playwrights Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin during a…

Rhythm in the Night

Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit during this tale of the epic battle to restore peace in the kingdom by saving the legendary hero Balor from the clutches of evil sorceress Azura, all acted out through Irish dance. Featuring 20 of the world’s most accomplished Irish dancers and musicians, the cast is led by…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Experience one of Shakespeare’s most enchanting works at this minimalist staged reading. At this Phalamy Theatre Company performance, a diverse team of actors (including Ursula Meyer and Geoffrey Kent) will voice the classic tale about four Athenian lovers in a magical forest. Without costumes and props, the production will give audiences an opportunity to appreciate the Bard's…

Evita

Immortalizing the story of former First Lady of Argentina Eva “Evita” Péron, this rags-to-riches musical is the winner of three Tony awards. The tale spans more than 20 years, depicting Evita’s rise from a poor but driven young girl to a powerful political figure, and features a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, including the long-time…

The Money Shot

At this comedy directed by Denver native Warren Sherill, limits will be tested in a hilarious way. The play, which was written by Neil LaBute, centers on two rundown Hollywood stars. When these has-beens are offered an opportunity to take a gig and regain their fame, they (and their significant others) have to decide how…

Shen Yun

Immerse yourself in ancient Chinese tradition and culture with this boundary-pushing dance performance that portrays an array of long-revered legends. The historically authentic costumes, enchanting animated screens, and a beguiling orchestral score will transport audiences to a distant time in the East. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. Visit shenyunperformingarts.org.

Mike Super: Magic & Illusion

This all-ages show will see award-winning magician Mike Super deliver a performance that has been known to leave millions baffled and astonished. Audiences will see magic redefined as the magician uses state-of-the-art theatrical elements, including an interactive UV stage set, video projection, cutting edge magic and illusions, dramatic lighting, and energetic, digital music to wow…

Capitol Steps

If the 2016 presidential election is getting on your nerves, this satirical musical revue will give you an outlet for your frustration. No one is safe from ridicule during this biting comedy, which features a cast of former Congressional staffers poking fun at every aspect of current politics. Watch clever skits and original song parodies…

Denver Play Crawl

This one-night theater sampler is for drama enthusiasts with a voracious appetite for new works—or a short attention span. Guests will split into small groups for the evening and take a tour of the Denver theater scene in the form of 10 new quick-bite plays, which are all less than two minutes long and written…
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Lies Wide Open: The Close-Up Magic of Tyler Wilson

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Thanks to this performance, you can experience the mind-bending illusions you'd see at a flashy Vegas magic show in a more intimate setting. As one of only 40 audience members, you'll be close enough to touch award-winning magician Tyler Wilson as he performs his interactive deception. By incorporating multiple opportunities for audience participation—at one point,…

Cyrano

Based on Edmond Rostand’s classic romantic comedy Cyrano de Bergerac, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s reimagined production puts a modern twist on the original plot by dismissing the traditional format of rhyming couplets. The story follows a talented poet as he attempts to conquer his self-consciousness and win the heart of the quick-witted Roxane. Thu 7:30…

Smart People

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This comedy follows four Harvard intellectuals trying to understand why the lives of so many, including their own, are impaired by personal perceptions of race. No matter how much they examine the problem their own issues with self-awareness stand in the way of them understanding worldviews different than their own. Award-winning playwright Lydia R. Diamond…
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Borderlandia

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If you’ve ever sat in traffic on I-25 during rush hour, you’ll relate to themes in this dance performance, which reflects on congestion in the Mile High City. Dancer and choreographer Kate Speer has created an interactive—but cramped—stage for the show: The audience will move from room to room as they watch Mexican folklórico and…

My Fair Lady

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This classic Broadway musical follows Colonel Pickering, a linguist who meets Cockney girl Eliza Doolittle and tries to turn her into a lady to win a bet. After hearing unforgettable numbers like “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “I Could Have Danced All Night,” even audience members unfamiliar with the…

The Little Dog Laughed

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This hilarious four-character play follows the antics of a Hollywood actor. After he becomes involved with a call-boy in New York, his agent worries his recurring case of homosexual behavior will stand in the way of fame. The raunchy comedy, which explores the influences of the entertainment industry, sex, and sexuality, received a Tony-award nomination…

Ha Ha!

Enjoy the surprisingly comedic side of ballet with this humorous set of performances. Catch a modern reimagining of Sleeping Beauty at her uproarious 16th birthday party as well as Wonderbound producing director Dawn Fay’s Bathtime, a slapstick comedy about bath time. Finally, the evening will feature renowned ballet choreographer Trey McIntyre’s 1992 work Wave, rounding…

High Arts Asia: Music and Dance of Bali

Catch special appearances from five of the best Balinese musicians and dancers performing with the Denver-based community orchestra Gamelan Tunas Mekar in celebration of Lunar New Year. Featuring rare performances including Jagra Parwata (a 21st century composition) and the Colorado premier of the dance Sekar Jepun, this theatrical spectacular is an unforgettable way to begin…

Baby Boomer Baby

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For the first time you can see The Beatles, Tina Turner, and Madonna perform together—well sort of. National Lampoon’s Tommy Koenig takes on multiple personas in this one-man musical comedy chronicling the artists that affected baby boomers’ lives from the ‘50s to today. His flashbacks paired with original songs evoke both humor and nostalgia.

Body of an American

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In 1993, during the battle of Mogadishu (part of the Somali civil war), Canadian journalist Paul Watson took a Pulitzer Prize–winning photograph of the desecrated body of an American soldier. As he leaned forward to take the shot, he thought he heard the dead man whisper: "If you do this, I will own you forever."…

Cabaret

Join the Lake Dillon Theatre Company for this heart-wrenching drama set in Nazi Germany. In the classic production, American writer Brian Roberts meets a colorful cast of characters who help him come to terms with his sexuality, but also entangle him in a love triangle in the process. Come early or stay late to learn…

Mud Blue Sky

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For middle-age flight attendants Beth, Sam, and Angie, life is beginning to feel dull—but a layover in a run-down motel outside Chicago’s O’Hare Airport might change that. When they convince a teenage pot dealer to join them in their room, the unlikely foursome reflects on the friendships they have that make their hardships worthwhile.

Passion4Arts Showcase

Lynn Baker has organized this showcase of local artistic talent, which is particularly focused on performers of color, in response to the continued growth of Denver's art scene that has made it increasingly difficult for lesser known artists to get noticed. Vocalist Theo Wilson, poet Jovan Mays, and visual artists including Donte Janae and April…

The Pump and Dump

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Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee’s show is a reliable remedy for beleaguered parents suffering from baby-related fatigue. The comedy is an interactive production that lets you laugh and throw a few drinks back like the diaper days never happened. The production goes beyond typical stand-up to include musical numbers and plenty of audience participation.

Cinderella

See this magical rags-to-riches tale as interpreted by the high-level Russian Connections ballet troupe. This production will feature Colorado Ballet dancers, international guests, and talented young performers. Let the magic of the grand sets, intricate costumes, and carefully choreographed dances sweep you off your feet. After the show, seek out autographs and photos with the…

The Lucas Brothers

The Lucas Brothers make their Denver debut as part of a comedic collaboration with Sexpot Comedy. The brothers’ 2009 late-night routine on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon jumpstarted their career and landed them guest television appearances on hit comedy series like Arrested Development. This laid-back duo seemingly straight out of Dude, Where’s My Car? will…

A Taste of Flamenco

Join award-winning guitarist Rene Heredia and his Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theater for an evening packed with enchanting music and dance. This special performance features authentic Gypsy flamenco choreography alongside Heredia sharing stories that span the legends of the dance culture. Watch as Heredia’s stories come to life as you learn about the history, culture, and…

The Wiz

Directors Keith Rabin Jr. and Amy Osatinski lead an all-black cast in Ignite Theater’s musical retelling of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Audiences will love the musical’s famed funky soul score, lyrics, and dances. Choreographed by Carlos Jimenez, this is a timeless tale of acceptance, courage, and the power of goodness. Thu-Sat…

Together: The Musical

This heartwarming original musical, first produced at the Denver Center of the Performing Arts in 1994, is a piece of art imitating life. The production tells the story of a group of at-risk youth who begin visiting elders in a nursing home. As they discover shared interests and get into trouble together, the two groups…

Boulders and Bones

The San Francisco–based ODC (Oberlin Dance Collective) presents an innovative, modern dance production dedicated to the appreciatiation of nature. Original choreography by the ODC founders, time-lapse video projections of work by world-renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, and a score by nontraditional cellist and composer Zoë Keating all combine to create an immersive dance experience. Sat 7:30…

A Taste of Flamenco

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As Denver days grow colder, a taste of the Spanish music tradition might be just what you need to heat things up. Award-winning guitarist René Heredia will share one of southern Spain’s greatest exports, bringing to life famous Andalusian tales with his guitar and authentic choreography performed by local dancers. This will be an evening…

Twelfth Night

Colorado University Boulder puts an imaginative spin on Shakespeare’s classic gender-bending comedy with this all-female production featuring 18 of CU theater’s most promising actors. Directed by the founder of the renowned Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company Lisa Wolpe, the play explores the themes of mistaken identity, social status, and class and gender expectations. Wed-Sat 7:30…

Making Merry

Be reminded of all that is good, bad, and ugly about the holiday season in this short-story meets stage-story Christmas show. Watch as three actors and artists deliver their own renditions of classic Christmas tales as they epitomize the spirit of one of the world’s biggest holidays. The show will feature works translated for the…

Hair

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This moving play follows a politically active group of hippies who are horrified when one of their own is drafted during the Vietnam War. As protagonist Claude decides whether he should boycott the draft or appease his parents’ wishes, he jeopardizes his relationships with his friends. Famous for classic tunes like “Let the Sunshine In,”…

Matt Iseman

As an actual doctor, the host of NBC’s competition series American Ninja Warrior, and an actor on FX’s The League, there’s no one who better embodies the phrase “laughter is the best medicine” than stand-up comedian Matt Iseman. During the three-night string of performances, Iseman will give audiences one hefty prescription for a good time…

Middle-Aged People Sitting in Boxes

After watching this unconventional comedy, you might find yourself laughing at your daily errands. Inspired by a This American Life episode about boredom, the actors at Buntport Theater Company wrote this hit play, which features four middle-age performers engaged in mundane everyday tasks, like folding laundry and being on hold with customer support, inside Plexiglass…

The Play Crawl

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Next time you head to West Highland, add a little drama to your outing: For one night, businesses on Tennyson Street will be transformed into theaters for And ToTo Too Theater Company's annual play crawl. Embark on a guided trek through each establishment and watch a series of two- to four-minute plays written by women and inspired by each…

The Illusionists

The virtuosos behind this death-defying magic show have performed individually all over the globe, but this is your first time to see them on stage together. The seven-magician troupe includes the Trickster, the Escapist, and the Anti-Conjurer (described as “Marilyn Manson meets David Copperfield” when he competed on America’s Got Talent). Their incredible escapes, amazing…

Go Mad!

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The Mad Show will pay homage to MAD Magazine, the comedy institution that inspired “Saturday Night Live.” The performance will feature sketches from the pages of MAD, as well as relevant bits for anyone who hasn’t read the magazine. Writer Rich Talarico, best known for his work on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, will premiere…

Preludes

Attendees of this afternoon arts benefit can enjoy a summer meal as they delight in some of Denver's finest vocal performers. These operatic songbirds, including Ruth Brand and Evan Glaser, will serenade the lucky lunchers, giving them a sneak peek of what they can expect from this summer's upcoming performance of Acis and Galatea. Proceeds…

Cymbeline

Shakespeare buffs rejoice—this summer you can catch a performance of something other than Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet. In this lesser-known mythic tale set in ancient Britain, the king, Cymbeline, is unhappy with his daughter Imogen’s secret marriage to a lowborn man. The characters deceive one another and mistake each other's identities, ultimately leading up…

The Blue Room

For its second production, newly founded theater company Lost and Found Productions, puts on a racy, witty drama about the highs and lows of sexual relationships. The 10 acts of the play feature 10 sexual encounters between five women and five men (all of which are played by one actress and one actor) in modern…

Pete Davidson

As the first ’90s-born cast member of Saturday Night Live, this groundbreaking comedian knows how to appeal to an audience of millennials. The 22 year-old actor and stand-up comic from New York, who has appeared on Comedy Central and in the movie Trainwreck, will crack jokes about drugs, sex, and politics during this stop on…

The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved Tony Award–winning musical is gracing the stage again, and it's gotten a facelift with new set design, choreography, and staging. Veteran producer Cameron Mackintosh offers a fresh incarnation of the classic rock opera, which is focused more on character development than spectacle. Modern audiences won't miss the ’80s glamour when they…

Peer Revue: Stand Up for Science

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So a software engineer, a research scientist, and an astrobiologist walk into a bar… Or in this case, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where the scientists-turned-comedians will debut their stand-up performance. Headlining the show is comedian, veterinarian, and star of Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. If you didn’t think there was…

Mom’s Night Out with the Pump and Dump Show

This Mother’s Day, you deserve a break from your kids. At this hilarious two-woman show, Denver comedians Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee will poke fun at—and share original songs about—the ups and downs of parenting. In addition to hearing some side-splitting stand-up, audience members can share their own funny stories during the interactive segment "The Most F-ed Up Thing…

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

Take in sensuous flamenco dancing at this evening with one of the nation’s top flamenco and Spanish dance companies. If the colorful costumes and hypnotizing Andalusian folk music aren’t enough to get you on your feet, the rhythmic guitar, hand clapping, and finger snapping should do the trick. Be dazzled by the glamour and gusto…

The Producers

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This stage adaptation of Mel Brooks’ sidesplitting 1986 film—a satirical depiction of modern theater—follows two theatrical con men who discover that you can actually make more money producing a flop than a Broadway hit. When a successful producer conspires with his shy accountant to put on a disastrous play and swindle rich investors out of…

Boneless

This never-before-seen performance features dance works created by two talented MFA students from the University of Colorado Boulder. The first act, choreographed by Rachel Dodson, features contemporary dance set to an original composition that features melodies by Jesse Manno, Frédérick Chopin, and Sigur Rós. In the second, choreographer Colt Irvin explores themes of consumption and…

Catapult

Don’t miss this dynamic dance performance choreographed by promising candidates of the University of Colorado Boulder’s BFA program. Dance students Ellen Reynerson, Emma Scholz, Gabrielle Whitcomb, and Heather Woolley will use their chosen medium of movement to explore the Renaissance period’s relationship to the female body and anxiety’s impact on perception. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun…

Pablo Francisco Headlines the Denver Improv

Chilean American stand-up comedian Pablo Francisco is bringing his arsenal of impressions and rapid-fire comedy to Denver for this limited series of performances. Watch the former Mad TV cast member and Comedy Central veteran deliver hilariously accurate spoofs of our pop-culture obsessed world as he morphs into movie stars, singers, and even Arnold Schwarzenegger as…

Nine to Five

Take a break from your hectic work schedule and watch a slew of novice and professional storytellers recount their own on-the-job experiences. The creative performers recount a wide variety of topics, from office attire to office affairs, in five-minute-long monologues. You'll laugh and cringe at these hilarious, occasionally awkward tales about office party fights and…

Rock of Ages

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This throwback musical featuring ‘80s rock anthems may actually get you to the theater. Set in 1987, the show follows performers Dennis and Sherrie as they try to save the Bourbon Room, a failing club in West Hollywood scheduled for demolition. No, there won’t be a mosh pit, but you’ll still have the chance to…

Sisyphus the Musical

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Experience a modern twist on a classic Greek myth in this poignant musical, which tells the tale of Sisyphus, a young man who angers the gods while running to be the new mayor of Corinth. By encouraging his voters to embrace free will in spite the denizens of Mt. Olympus, the upstart invokes the wrath of Zeus, gets caught up in a…

Toruk-The First Flight

Inspired by James Cameron's multi-million dollar 2001 hit film, Cirque du Soleil plunges into the Avatar world with a unique acrobatic twist. Aerial dancing, gravity-defying tumbling, and elaborate, moving sets all complement a story of war and the pursuit of knowledge. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 4, 8 p.m.; Sun 1:30, 5:30 p.m. Visit cirquedusoleil.com.

Later the Same Evening

Few twentieth century painters portrayed the solitude of American urban life with as much emotional honesty as Edward Hopper. In this inventive one-act opera, composer and Pulitzer Prize nominee John Musto brings some of the most seminal of Hoppers’ paintings to life, following five of the artists’ subjects for one night in 1930s New York…

Athena Amplified: Pop-Up Performances

During this festival celebrating female artists, you'll actually be entertained during your light rail journey. Attendees will board the train together and get off at select stops to enjoy live demonstrations, including a performance of Polynesian dance by Bella Diva and a costume showcase by local designer Kati Oltyan, on their journey to Union Station.…

Flight of the Conchords

This comedy-folk duo is back for their first tour in three years—and they’re stopping by Colorado’s favorite concert venue. The pair of New Zealanders will be performing some brand new material, along with old favorites like “Foux du Fafa” and “Business Time” from the Flight of the Conchords television series. The show will open with…
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Crom Comedy Fest

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Four years ago, an Omaha comedian founded an indie stand-up festival named for a minor god in a fantasy series—and that's not the start of a joke. The event (which has expanded into Denver and other cities since its Nebraskan beginnings) will close up shop after this year, and its final lineup is impressive. Catch Saturday Night…

One Man Star Wars

Join Canadian actor and self-described “uber-geek” Charles Ross for a whirlwind reenactment of the original Star Wars trilogy. Sans props, sets, and costumes, Ross will bring your favorite characters from one of the big screen’s most epic universes to life, using only his body and his voice to deliver spot-on impressions, music, and fight sequences…

Julius Caesar

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If the present-day drama in Washington isn’t enough for you, you can also watch ancient political intrigue play out on stage during this performance. In one of the Bard’s most enduring tragedies, the fearless leader of the Roman Empire ignores warnings from his confidantes at his peril. As audiences watch his reign crumble, they’re urged…

John Waters Christmas

Join legendary Hollywood heavyweight John Waters for his annual Christmas show tour. During his one-man show, watch as Waters puts the X in X-Mas with his rapid-fire monologue that explores and explodes the archetypes of the holiday season. This 90-minute show will see the raconteur tackle such material as his compulsive desire to give and…

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

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Honor the legendary man in black during this musical adaptation of his tumultuous rise to country music stardom. Born in rural Arkansas, the iconic musician battled drug addiction and fell in and out of love as he built his stage and radio career. Featuring hits like “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring of Fire,” this production will…

Risk! Live

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If you're a podcast junkie, don’t miss this chance to catch a live performance of Kevin Allison’s award-winning storytelling show. Described by Rolling Stone as “the Moth’s scrappier, freakier little sibling,” this moving and hilarious event will feature storytellers from the Denver area, all of whom will share personal stories they never anticipated they'd tell on stage.

She Kills Monsters

An homage to ’90s pop culture and the imaginative world of Dungeons and Dragons, this production of Qui Nguyen’s quirky play is sure to bring out your inner geek. The story follows Average Agnes, who has a regular life until she finds her deceased teenage sister’s homemade Dungeons & Dragons quest. Afterward, the ordinary protagonist…

Shaping Sound: After the Curtain

So You Think You Can Dance star Travis Wall, plus many other talented dancers and choreographers, return to the stage to tell the heartfelt story of a man struggling to find his creative voice after losing his one true love. Lauded for his work on stage shows for Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato, Wall is…

Boneless

Spectators at this fresh performance will enjoy two distinct but equally fascinating pieces when MFA candidates Rachel Dodson and Colt Irvin team up for an evening of contemporary dance and, refreshingly, skateboarding. Dodson's opening act explores the many levels of human existence—physical, emotional, and spiritual—through fluid, writhing movement; performers, donning headlamps, will alternate between exposing…

Fortune Feimster

Expect big laughs and Southern charm from Chelsea Lately writer and performer and The Mindy Project regular Fortune Feimster. Feimster made her televised comedic debut in 2010 on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and has since appeared on Glee, Two Broke Girls, and Drunk History. You might also recognize her from the big screen appearances in…

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!

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Elderly parents, a chain-smoking sister, and a dim-witted cousin— Steve Soloman impersonates them all during this unconventional one-man production. In the form of a conversational monologue, the actor shares anecdotes from his bicultural upbringing centered around the colorful family members who had the greatest impact on both his childhood and adult life.

How the West Was Sung

Have you ever wondered how the West was won? Toss the textbooks aside and let the Central City Opera to immerse you in grand stories of the past at this musical spectacular. Held in the historic home of one of the most famous figures to stake her claim in the American West, this dazzling show…

God of Hell

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In this provocative comedy, viewers are encouraged to reconsider their trust in the American government. The story focuses on two Wisconsin dairy farmers whose lives are disrupted when an old friend arrives seeking sanctuary. When they discover he’s fleeing from a government agents involved in a dangerous plutonium experiment, the couple begins to question their own patriotic…

Sinbad

You may know him from Necessary Roughness, but now you can find Sinbad on the stand-up comedy circuit. He's recognized for his clean approach to comedy and was named one of Comedy Central’s 100 greatest standup acts. The actor and comedian has also appeared in a number of films and television series, such as Planes,…

Colorado Ballet: Ballet Masterworks

Choreographed by Yuri Possokhov and scored by Igor Stravinsky, the evening will kick off with a classical performance of Firebird, which tells the tale of a magical creature who assists a prince on his quest to save a beautiful maiden. Audiences will then be treated to Petite Mort, a piece choreographed by Kylián with music…

Appropriate

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After the passing of the family patriarch, members of the Lafayette clan return to their crumbling plantation in Arkansas to liquidate the estate. Amid arguments over clutter, debt, and their flawed relationships, the three children uncover a disturbing Southern relic that prompts accusations, repressed fears, and hard-to-answer questions. his challenging play looks at race, family,…

Ali Wong

You might recognize this writer-actress-comedian from her Netflix special, Ali Wong: Baby Cobra—but then again, you might not. When the stand-up genius recorded her routine, she delivered raunchy, straight-forward jokes about sex and sexism while seven months pregnant. At this irreverent show, her belly is gone, but this "Best Comedian of 2009" winner will still…

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!

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Take a light-hearted comedic journey exploring the modern heterosexual relationship. This off-Broadway show, based on John Gray’s best-selling advice book of the same name, combines vignettes about dating and marriage with relationship-focused stand-up. The performance also offers audience members a chance to consider how their gender impacts their approaches to love.

Jim Jefferies Unusual Punishment Tour

On the heels of his latest Netflix comedy special Freedumb, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies is touring the nation with his personal brand of offensive comedy—and he's out to laugh at just about everyone. Whether he’s making fun of the Star-Spangled Banner or joking about the stupidity of the Bible, Jefferies leaves no topic off-limits. Fri…

Conviction

In this play adapted from Yonatan Ben Nachum’s novel “Confession,” director Jeremy Cole and star Ami Dayan unflinchingly explore the human struggle to preserve identity under extreme oppression. Based on true events, the play tells the story of an Israeli scholar detained and interrogated in 1960s Spain for stealing a confidential inquisition file. Each performance…

Celestial Navigation

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In this performance, Denver-based modern-dance company Wonderbound merges science fiction and ballet. We follow the heroine as she travels the universe in a hot-air balloon to rescue her scatterbrained husband from a band of pirates. The adventure is set to the music of Wonderbound’s musical collaborator Ian Cooke, who said he was trying to explore…

The Explorers Club

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Nell Benjamin is well-known for her role as lyricist for the musical Legally Blonde, but this play gives audiences a closer look at her skills as a playwright . The comedy is set in an exclusive men’s club in 1879 and revolves around a woman trying to become the first female member. The production involves…

The Last Romance

This touching romantic comedy proves that some things really do get better with age. When a widower named Ralph develops an unexpected crush, he's like a teenager in love all over again—and the courtship takes him on an adventure that teaches him about life, love, and family. Proceeds benefit Senior Housing Options, a charitable organization…
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The Wonder Bread Years

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If 2017 America's got you down—which (admit it) it probably does—take in this one-man show for a trip back to the old-fashioned America of the '50s and '60s. Written and performed by Seinfeld and The Tonight Show writer Pat Hazell, this production will have baby boomers bemusedly reminiscing on the Spam diets and station wagon…

Michael Carbonaro Live!

In this all-ages show, witness comedian and magician Michael Carbonaro’s fantastic mastery of illusion and sleight of hand. The star of truTV’s “The Carbonaro Effect” will make you believe the unbelievable as he offers up his trademark mash-up of weird antics, side-splitting video clips, and earth-shattering magic. The show is sure to leave you eager…
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A Midsummer Night’s Dr(a)m

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For Shakespeare's original audiences, brews enhanced the theater-going experience—so why shouldn't the actors performing his works get the same buzz? This performance explores the bawdier side of the Bard with a 60-minute adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream wherein the actors and viewers imbibe throughout the show. During this three-stop tour, watch fairies conspire to unite two couples…

An Act of God

This clever commentary on the word of God has made its way from New York City to Denver for a run of performances sure to leave you feeling reverent. Written by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum, Act of God tackles everything from the 10 commandments to American Pie in its 90-minutes of satire on…

A Delicate Balance

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Edward Albee’s 1967 Pulitzer Prize–winning drama went on to snag a Tony Award in 1996 for its Broadway revival. In the play, which comes to Lakewood this month, a middle-aged couple whose life is disrupted when longtime friends show up to stay with them, claiming a nameless fear has forced them out of their home.…
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House of Gold

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To launch their 12th season, Boulder's Square Product Theatre is tackling what may be its hometown's biggest story: the JonBenét Ramsey case. In this regional premiere of Gregory Moss's darkly comic work, an all-adult cast dives into the Ramseys' lives and imagines a surreal afterlife for its doomed six-year-old. Rather than solving the crime, the…

A Time to Kill

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One of author John Grisham’s most popular novels comes to life onstage in this gripping story of a father who stands trial for killing his daughter's two attackers. Even if renowned defense attorney Jake Brigance sees the case as a worthy act, saving his client’s life might prove deadly. Find out how justice is served…
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Chris Charpentier

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There's no need to import laughs when your local jokesters are this funny. Despite being in New York just days ago for his late-night debut with Jimmy Kimmel Live!, this Denver native still finds time for hometown shows. When he's not performing his signature stoner standup, the funnyman can be found guest-starring on TruTV's Those Who Can't, starring fellow locals the…

By the Waters of Babylon

This contemporary romance by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and screenwriter Robert Schenkken follows the story of a professor’s widow exiled by her community and a Cuban refugee who tends to her wildly unkempt backyard. The play spins a tale of haunting pasts and unexpected futures as the two discover an unlikely connection through their similarly painful…

Fort Collins Fringe Festival

A beloved Scottish tradition is making its way to Northern Colorado in the form of this diverse performing arts festival. The lineup or artists isn't juried—meaning any kind of performance is welcome—so attendees can expect to see traditional theater to belly dancing to stand-up comedy. Be sure to check out acts from the Comedy Brewers…

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