Shocking as it may be, not everyone loves the holiday season. Stacia only begrudgingly participates in the gift-giving tradition, which to her seems inspired by guilt more than anything. Her perspective shifts, though, when she sits down with a homeless friend for a Christmas Eve dinner. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.
Radio and dance join forces in an unexpected synthesis of time-tested storytelling techniques. The host of NPR's award-winning This American Life, Ira Glass collaborates with New York City's Monica Bill Barnes & Company dance troupe to create a humorous show about the human experience. The unlikely pairing has drawn rave reviews. Sat 8 p.m.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze takes traditional Christmas imagery and stands it on its head—literally. Dozens of stunt performers in outlandish holiday-themed costumes flip, spin, juggle, and fly their way through a show that will leave you dreaming of more exciting ways to hang the lights. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
An American cyclist finds himself stuck in an idyllic French village in this acclaimed musical comedy. The brainchild of four former L.A. writers with improv backgrounds, Bicycle Men is a gleeful, lighthearted romp through a host of European stereotypes. Famed comedian Jim Belushi calls the musical, "The funniest show I've ever seen." Who are we to argue?
Comedian Greg Behrendt rose to fame with He’s Just Not That Into You, a self-help dating book-turned-film, but the former Sex and the City script consultant’s stand-up is about more than just the low-hanging fruit of relationship quips. Masculinity, magicians, and music reviews are all fair game. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Josh Blue, Denver’s funniest white African-American with cerebral palsy, has an understandably unique take on life, but his disability isn’t a comedic crutch. His condition-tinged humor is universal, relating subjects that could affect us all—family, relationships, and other everyday concerns. Thu 8 p.m.; Fri 8 p.m., 10 p.m.; Sat 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
Aseem Ganeshe, a brilliant 15-year-old American, has the same dream as many of his peers: to star on reality TV. But that isn’t exactly a "career" path his family supports. The play won the 2012 On the Edge Festival of New Plays, an annual event highlighting Colorado playwrights. Days, times vary.
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