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The Lucas Brothers

Date:
Apr 20, 2016 08:00 pm
Cost:
$25.
Phone:
(720) 420-0030

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…

Cyrano

Date:
Apr 21, 2016 to Apr 30, 2016
Cost:
$33-$50.
Phone:
(720) 509-1000

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…

Catch Me If You Can

Date:
Apr 22, 2016 to May 15, 2016
Cost:
$22-$31.
Phone:
(303) 739-1970

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…

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

Date:
Apr 23, 2016 08:00 pm
Cost:
$48-$95.
Phone:
(303) 623-0106

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…

Boulders and Bones

Date:
Apr 23, 2016 07:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Cost:
$20-$35.
Phone:
(303) 987-7845

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…

Last Minute Comedy Tour

Date:
Apr 29, 2016 08:00 pm
Cost:
$12-$14.
Phone:

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,…

Shakespeare After-Fest

Date:
Apr 29, 2016 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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…

Listen to Your Mother

Date:
Apr 30, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$15.
Phone:
(303) 442-1411

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…

The Realish Housewives of Cherry Creek

Date:
May 03, 2016 to May 22, 2016
Cost:
$29-$49.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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.;…

Cabaret for a Cause

Date:
May 08, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$35.
Phone:
303-293-0075

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…

The Blue Room

Date:
May 13, 2016 to May 22, 2016
Cost:
$13-$15.
Phone:
(303) 477-5977

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…

Ha Ha!

Date:
May 14, 2016 01:00 pm
Cost:
$14-$26.
Phone:
(303) 450-3985

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…

The Boys Next Door

Date:
May 14, 2016 to Jun 11, 2016
Cost:
$20-$22.
Phone:
303-562-3232

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…

UnVeil

Date:
May 14, 2016 to May 15, 2016
Cost:
$25.
Phone:
(303) 837-8888

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.;…

Bobby Slayton

Date:
May 19, 2016 to May 21, 2016
Cost:
$17-$25.
Phone:
(303) 595-3637

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…

René Heredia and Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre

Date:
May 20, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$20-$25.
Phone:
(303) 294-9281

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.…

By the Waters of Babylon

Date:
Jun 10, 2016 to Jul 03, 2016
Cost:
$28.
Phone:
(303) 232-0363

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…

Denver Play Crawl

Date:
Jun 15, 2016 06:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost:
$35.
Phone:
(720) 420-0030

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…

Equivocation

Date:
Jun 16, 2016 to Aug 06, 2016
Cost:
$10-$60.
Phone:
303-492-8008

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…

Charlie

Date:
Jun 16, 2016 to Jun 19, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

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…

Colorado Theatre Festival

Date:
Jun 23, 2016 to Jun 25, 2016
Cost:
$10-$65.
Phone:

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…

Preludes

Date:
Jun 25, 2016 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Cost:
$45-$85.
Phone:
303-298-6821

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…

No Sex Please! We’re British

Date:
Jun 25, 2016 to Aug 13, 2016
Cost:
$17-$19.
Phone:

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…

Cabaret

Date:
Jul 01, 2016 to Aug 14, 2016
Cost:
$10-$45.
Phone:
(866) 746-7686

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…

GALA Festival

Date:
Jul 02, 2016 to Jul 06, 2016
Cost:
$150-$299.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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…

Lucha Libre & Laughs: From Parts Unknown

Date:
Jul 03, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
(720) 420-0030

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…

Flight of the Conchords

Date:
Jul 05, 2016 08:00 pm
Cost:
$44.50-$65.
Phone:
720-865-2494

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…

Colorado Burlesque Festival

Date:
Jul 07, 2016 to Jul 10, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-293-0075

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…

The Addams Family

Date:
Jul 08, 2016 to Jul 31, 2016
Cost:
$15-$60.
Phone:
(303) 674-4934

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…

Dali Follies

Date:
Jul 08, 2016 to Jul 17, 2016
Cost:
$10-$13.
Phone:
(720) 209-2154

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…

The Ballad of Baby Doe

Date:
Jul 09, 2016 to Aug 06, 2016
Cost:
$31-$108.
Phone:
(303) 292-6700

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…

Cymbeline

Date:
Jul 14, 2016 to Aug 07, 2016
Cost:
$10-$65.
Phone:
303-492-8008

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…

Little Shop of Horrors

Date:
Jul 15, 2016 to Aug 21, 2016
Cost:
$17-$28.
Phone:
(303) 935-3044

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…

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Date:
Jul 15, 2016 to Jul 31, 2016
Cost:
$18-$22.
Phone:
(303) 838-0809

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…

Nikki Glaser

Date:
Jul 15, 2016 to Jul 16, 2016
Cost:
$25.
Phone:
(720) 274-6800

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.…

The Amazing Acro-Cats

Date:
Jul 17, 2016 to Jul 30, 2016
Cost:
$21-$31.
Phone:
(303) 477-5977

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…

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Date:
Jul 19, 2016 to Jul 30, 2016
Cost:
$35-$120.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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.…

Toruk-The First Flight

Date:
Jul 21, 2016 to Jul 24, 2016
Cost:
$40-$110.
Phone:
303-405-1100

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.

The Wizard of Oz

Date:
Jul 21, 2016 to Sep 11, 2016
Cost:
$29.50-$56.50.
Phone:
970-744-3747

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…

The Big Bang

Date:
Jul 22, 2016 to Aug 28, 2016
Cost:
$12-$30.
Phone:
303-856-7830

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…

The Seventh Seal

Date:
Jul 22, 2016 to Aug 07, 2016
Cost:
$6-$10.
Phone:
719-520-1899

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…

My Teenage Angst: Queer Edition

Date:
Jul 22, 2016 08:00 pm
Cost:
$20.
Phone:
303-293-0075

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…

The Winter’s Tale

Date:
Jul 28, 2016 to Jul 31, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(970) 221-6735

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.;…

Later the Same Evening

Date:
Jul 28, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$27-$38.
Phone:
719-799-4139

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…

The Last Romance

Date:
Jul 28, 2016 to Aug 20, 2016
Cost:
$25-$35.
Phone:
303-534-7142

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…

Aerial Dance Festival Showcase

Date:
Aug 05, 2016 to Aug 07, 2016
Cost:
$20-$25.
Phone:
(303) 440-7826

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…

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Date:
Aug 06, 2016 to Aug 14, 2016
Cost:
$20.
Phone:
303-573-4940

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…

Vespertina’s Summer Sizzler

Date:
Aug 07, 2016 02:00 pm
Cost:
$15-$20.
Phone:
(303) 295-1759

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…

Sinbad

Date:
Aug 11, 2016 to Aug 13, 2016
Cost:
$33.
Phone:
(720) 274-6800

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,…

The Toxic Avenger: The Musical

Date:
Aug 12, 2016 to Sep 03, 2016
Cost:
$17-$25.
Phone:
(303) 477-5977

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…

Phil Palisoul

Date:
Aug 12, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 913-0700

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…

New Works Festival

Date:
Aug 12, 2016 to Aug 20, 2016
Cost:
$5-$40.
Phone:
720-550-0822

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…

Boulder International Fringe Festival

Date:
Aug 17, 2016 to Aug 28, 2016
Cost:
$5-$15.
Phone:

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…

As You Like It

Date:
Aug 18, 2016 to Aug 27, 2016
Cost:
$13-$15.
Phone:
303-443-4430

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…

Together: The Musical

Date:
Aug 19, 2016 to Aug 28, 2016
Cost:
$12-$100.
Phone:
(303) 987-7845

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…

Throwing Shade

Date:
Aug 20, 2016 09:00 pm
Cost:
$20-$25.
Phone:
(303) 377-1666

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…

An Evening Under the Stars

Date:
Aug 20, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$15-$44.
Phone:
(720) 898-7200

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…

Athena Amplified: Pop-Up Performances

Date:
Aug 20, 2016 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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.…

High Plains Comedy Festival

Date:
Aug 24, 2016 to Aug 27, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 623-0106

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…

The Phantom of the Opera

Date:
Aug 25, 2016 to Sep 11, 2016
Cost:
$20-$90.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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…

antithesis

Date:
Aug 26, 2016 to Aug 27, 2016
Cost:
$15-$20.
Phone:

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…

Suddenly Last Summer

Date:
Aug 27, 2016 to Sep 24, 2016
Cost:
$17-$22.
Phone:
303-562-3232

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…

Pete Davidson

Date:
Sep 01, 2016 08:00 pm
Cost:
$30.
Phone:
(303) 595-3637

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…

Middle-Aged People Sitting in Boxes

Date:
Sep 02, 2016 to Sep 24, 2016
Cost:
$18-$25.
Phone:
(720) 946-1388

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 Money Shot

Date:
Sep 02, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$27.50.
Phone:
(303) 321-5925

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…

Block Party

Date:
Sep 03, 2016 to Sep 04, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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…

Doug Loves Movies

Date:
Sep 05, 2016 04:20 pm
Cost:
$20.
Phone:
303-534-2367

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…

Ali Wong

Date:
Sep 08, 2016 10:00 pm
Cost:
$22-$27.
Phone:
(303) 595-3637

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…

Bye Bye Birdie

Date:
Sep 09, 2016 to Sep 25, 2016
Cost:
$28-$35.
Phone:
(303) 987-7845

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…

Denver Monologue Slam

Date:
Sep 10, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
303-733-8940

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,…

Maria Bamford

Date:
Sep 10, 2016 08:00 pm
Cost:
$34.50.
Phone:
(303) 623-0106

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…

Fort Collins Fringe Festival

Date:
Sep 15, 2016 to Sep 17, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
970-221-6738

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…

This Is Modern Art

Date:
Sep 15, 2016 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$5-10.
Phone:
(303) 298-7554

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…

Stories on Stage: Dogs vs. Cats

Date:
Sep 18, 2016 01:30 pm - 06:30 pm
Cost:
$15-$28.
Phone:
(303) 296-0219

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.…

Burlesque is Coming

Date:
Sep 19, 2016 08:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$15-$20.
Phone:
(720) 420-0030

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…

Shear Madness: The Hilarious Whodunit

Date:
Sep 22, 2016 to Nov 13, 2016
Cost:
$15-$45.
Phone:
(719) 634-5581

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…

Evita

Date:
Sep 22, 2016 to Nov 13, 2016
Cost:
$19.50-$59.50.
Phone:
970-744-3747

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…

44 Plays for 44 Presidents

Date:
Sep 23, 2016 to Oct 02, 2016
Cost:
$15-$20.
Phone:
303-492-8008

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…

Unwrap: Women of the Cypher

Date:
Sep 23, 2016 to Sep 25, 2016
Cost:
$11-$16.
Phone:

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 Second City Guide to the Symphony

Date:
Sep 24, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$34-$94.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

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…

Miscast

Date:
Sep 26, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$20.
Phone:
(303) 794-2787

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…

The Pump and Dump

Date:
Sep 28, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$20.
Phone:
(720) 274-6800

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…

Momix: Opus Cactus

Date:
Sep 29, 2016 to Sep 30, 2016
Cost:
$29-$57.
Phone:
(303) 871-6200

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…

Capitol Steps

Date:
Oct 06, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$23-$78.
Phone:
(303) 871-6200

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…

Cult Following: Debates

Date:
Oct 07, 2016 to Oct 08, 2016
Cost:
$15.
Phone:
(303) 893-6090

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.…

An Evening of Wonders

Date:
Oct 07, 2016 to Oct 08, 2016
Cost:
$20-$35.
Phone:
(303) 987-7845

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…

The Dracula Gala Benefit

Date:
Oct 08, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:
(303) 739-1970

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…

NEMR

Date:
Oct 12, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$20-$35.
Phone:
(720) 274-6800

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…

Jim Jefferies Unusual Punishment Tour

Date:
Oct 14, 2016 08:00 pm
Cost:
$53.60-$65.20.
Phone:
(303) 893-4000

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…

Marie Antoinette

Date:
Oct 14, 2016 to Nov 13, 2016
Cost:
$28.
Phone:
(303) 232-0363

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…

Iliza Shlesinger

Date:
Oct 14, 2016 09:45 pm
Cost:
$32.
Phone:
(720) 274-6800

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.…

An Act of God

Date:
Oct 15, 2016 to Mar 12, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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…

An Act of God

Date:
Oct 15, 2016 to Mar 12, 2017
Cost:
$35.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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…

Celebrate Dance and Music 2016

Date:
Oct 16, 2016 04:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Cost:
$15-$20.
Phone:
(720) 887-2371

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…

Boneless

Date:
Oct 21, 2016 to Oct 23, 2016
Cost:
$16.
Phone:

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…

Boneless

Date:
Oct 21, 2016 to Oct 23, 2016
Cost:
$11-$16.
Phone:

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…

A Gothic Folktale

Date:
Oct 22, 2016 to Oct 23, 2016
Cost:
$35-$40.
Phone:

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…

Rock the Presidents

Date:
Oct 27, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
$12.
Phone:
303-805-6800

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…

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Date:
Oct 28, 2016 to Oct 30, 2016
Cost:
$25.
Phone:
(303) 893-6090

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…

Rockin’ Road to Dublin

Date:
Oct 30, 2016 04:00 pm
Cost:
$35-$55.
Phone:
719-799-4139

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,”…

Passion4Arts Showcase

Date:
Nov 01, 2016 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$20.
Phone:
(303) 830-9214

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…

Passion4Arts Showcase

Date:
Nov 01, 2016 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$20-$40
Phone:
(303) 830-9214

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…

Hand to God

Date:
Nov 03, 2016 to Dec 17, 2016
Cost:
$18-$44.
Phone:
(303) 623-0524

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…

Twelfth Night

Date:
Nov 04, 2016 to Nov 13, 2016
Cost:
$15-$20.
Phone:
303-492-8008

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…

Amy Schumer

Date:
Nov 05, 2016 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$43-$113.
Phone:
(303) 228-8000

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…

Prepare! With David Korevaar

Date:
Nov 09, 2016 02:00 pm
Cost:
$10-$15.
Phone:
(303) 440-7826

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…

Peer Review: Stand up for Science

Date:
Nov 10, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$15.
Phone:
303-370-6000

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…

JAAMM Fest: Wonderbound Dance Company

Date:
Nov 10, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$30-$36.
Phone:
(303) 316-6360

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…

She Kills Monsters

Date:
Nov 10, 2016 to Nov 20, 2016
Cost:
$10-$20.
Phone:
(303) 556-2400

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…

Pablo Francisco Headlines the Denver Improv

Date:
Nov 10, 2016 to Nov 13, 2016
Cost:
$25.
Phone:
(303) 307-1777

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…

One Death, Please?

Date:
Nov 11, 2016 to Dec 03, 2016
Cost:
$20-$25.
Phone:
(303) 477-5977

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…

Conviction

Date:
Nov 17, 2016 to Dec 04, 2016
Cost:
$20-$25.
Phone:
(303) 440-7826

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…

Nine to Five

Date:
Nov 18, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
(303) 777-1003

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…

An Evening with Garrison Keillor

Date:
Nov 18, 2016 07:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$55-$95.
Phone:
(970) 453-3187

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…

A Prairie Home Companion

Date:
Nov 19, 2016 04:00 pm
Cost:
$45-$75.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

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…

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Date:
Nov 20, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$20-$75.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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…

Impractical Jokers: The Santiago Sent Us Tour

Date:
Nov 21, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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…

The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Date:
Nov 25, 2016 to Jan 01, 2017
Cost:
$33-$37.
Phone:
(303) 739-1970

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…

The SantaLand Diaries

Date:
Nov 25, 2016 to Dec 24, 2016
Cost:
$25-$43.
Phone:
(303) 893-6090

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…

Matt Iseman

Date:
Nov 30, 2016 to Dec 03, 2016
Cost:
$15-$25.
Phone:
(303) 595-3637

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…

Cécile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio

Date:
Nov 30, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$35-$70.
Phone:
(303) 871-6200

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…

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Date:
Dec 01, 2016 to Dec 30, 2016
Cost:
$25-$44.
Phone:
(303) 794-2787

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…

The Sea

Date:
Dec 02, 2016 to Dec 04, 2016
Cost:
$17-$30.
Phone:
(303) 440-7826

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…

A Taste of Flamenco

Date:
Dec 04, 2016 03:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Cost:
Prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 441-3100

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…

A Good Trip

Date:
Dec 05, 2016 08:00 pm
Cost:
$12.
Phone:

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…

John Waters Christmas

Date:
Dec 07, 2016 08:00 pm
Cost:
$200.
Phone:

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…

The Gutcracker

Date:
Dec 07, 2016 08:00 pm
Cost:
$12.
Phone:
(303) 595-3637

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…

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Date:
Dec 08, 2016 to Dec 18, 2016
Cost:
$35-$65.
Phone:
(720) 509-1000

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…

Mike Super: Magic & Illusion

Date:
Dec 09, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$30-$35.
Phone:

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…

Making Merry

Date:
Dec 10, 2016 to Dec 11, 2016
Cost:
$15-$28.
Phone:
(303) 442-3282

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…

Cirque Musica

Date:
Dec 11, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$35-$75.
Phone:
(303) 623-0106

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…

Making Merry

Date:
Dec 11, 2016 01:30 pm - 06:30 pm
Cost:
$15-$28.
Phone:
(303) 556-2296

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…

Granny Dances to A Holiday Drum

Date:
Dec 16, 2016 to Dec 18, 2016
Cost:
$30-$40.
Phone:
(303) 295-1759

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…

Finding Neverland

Date:
Dec 20, 2016 to Jan 01, 2017
Cost:
$30-$115.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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 Grawlix

Date:
Dec 23, 2016 08:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost:
$12.
Phone:
(303) 477-5977

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…

Man of La Mancha

Date:
Jan 06, 2017 to Jan 22, 2017
Cost:
$20-$35.
Phone:
(303) 987-7845

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…

Christie Buchele: Happy Hour Standup

Date:
Jan 06, 2017 06:00 pm
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
(719) 634-5581

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…

Cinderella

Date:
Jan 07, 2017 03:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Cost:
$35-$45.
Phone:

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 Wiz

Date:
Jan 07, 2017 to Jan 29, 2017
Cost:
$20-$28.
Phone:
(303) 739-1970

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…

Fun Home

Date:
Jan 10, 2017 to Jan 22, 2017
Cost:
$22.50-$105.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

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…

Cirque du Soleil

Date:
Jan 11, 2017 to Jan 18, 2017
Cost:
$43
Phone:
970-619-4100

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…

Dana Gould

Date:
Jan 12, 2017 to Jan 14, 2017
Cost:
$15-$23.
Phone:
(303) 595-3637

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…

WYNOT Radio Theatre in the Other Coast Caper

Date:
Jan 13, 2017 to Jan 29, 2017
Cost:
$20.
Phone:
(719) 634-5581

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…

The Who’s Tommy

Date:
Jan 13, 2017 to Feb 04, 2017
Cost:
$25.
Phone:

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…

Phone Home

Date:
Jan 13, 2017 to Jan 14, 2017
Cost:
$5.
Phone:
720-301-0998

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,…

Gad Elmaleh: Oh My Gad

Date:
Jan 19, 2017 08:00 pm
Cost:
$30-$35.
Phone:
(303) 789-9206

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…

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

Date:
Jan 21, 2017 07:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$40-$75.
Phone:
(303) 492-8423

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…

Michael Carbonaro Live!

Date:
Jan 26, 2017 07:30 pm
Cost:
$155.
Phone:
(303) 623-0106

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…

Red Hot and Cole

Date:
Jan 26, 2017 08:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$35.
Phone:
(303) 399-2660

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…

Hir

Date:
Jan 27, 2017 to Mar 05, 2017
Cost:
$18-$28.
Phone:
(303) 935-3044

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…

Nathan Yip Foundation Chinese New Year Celebration

Date:
Jan 28, 2017 06:00 pm
Cost:
$100-$225.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

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,…

Canadian Brass

Date:
Jan 28, 2017 to Jan 29, 2017
Cost:
$15-$70.
Phone:
(303) 388-4678

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…

The Book of Will

Date:
Feb 01, 2017 to Feb 26, 2017
Cost:
$55.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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…

High Arts Asia: Music and Dance of Bali

Date:
Feb 02, 2017 07:30 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 871-6200

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…

Billy Elliot

Date:
Feb 03, 2017 to Mar 19, 2017
Cost:
$28-$34.
Phone:
303-856-7830

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…

Adrian Mesa

Date:
Feb 03, 2017 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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…

An Iliad

Date:
Feb 04, 2017 to Feb 26, 2017
Cost:
$20-$42.
Phone:
(303) 440-7826

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…

The Divine Direction

Date:
Feb 04, 2017 07:00 pm
Cost:
$25-$30.
Phone:
(303) 440-7826

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…

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

Date:
Feb 08, 2017 08:00 pm
Cost:
$20-$25.
Phone:

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…

One Man Star Wars

Date:
Feb 09, 2017 07:30 pm
Cost:
$15-$26.
Phone:

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…

Catapult

Date:
Feb 10, 2017 to Feb 12, 2017
Cost:
$11-$16.
Phone:

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…

How the West Was Sung

Date:
Feb 11, 2017 11:00 am - 01:00 pm
Cost:
$18-$20.
Phone:
(303) 832-4092

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…

Black History Live: Harriet Tubman

Date:
Feb 13, 2017 to Feb 23, 2017
Schedule:
Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
719-562-5600

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…

Paula Poundstone

Date:
Feb 16, 2017 07:30 pm
Cost:
$38.
Phone:
(970) 845-8497

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…

Bridget Everett

Date:
Feb 17, 2017 07:00 pm
Cost:
$25.
Phone:
(303) 789-9206

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…

Colorado Ballet: Ballet Masterworks

Date:
Feb 17, 2017 to Feb 26, 2017
Cost:
$40.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

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…

Shaolin Warriors

Date:
Feb 27, 2017 07:30 pm
Cost:
$38-$56.
Phone:
(970) 845-8497

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.

Million Dollar Quartet

Date:
Mar 01, 2017 to Mar 18, 2017
Cost:
$54-$64.
Phone:

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…

Two Degrees

Date:
Mar 01, 2017 to Mar 12, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 893-6090

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…

As One

Date:
Mar 02, 2017 to Mar 04, 2017
Cost:
$35-$75.
Phone:
(303) 450-3985

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…

Shen Yun

Date:
Mar 03, 2017 to Mar 05, 2017
Cost:
$70-$175.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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.

Rhythm in the Night

Date:
Mar 07, 2017 07:00 pm
Cost:
$35.
Phone:
719-799-4139

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…

Fortune Feimster

Date:
Mar 09, 2017 to Mar 11, 2017
Cost:
$14-$22.
Phone:
(303) 595-3637

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…

MÁS

Date:
Mar 09, 2017 to Mar 26, 2017
Cost:
$12-$20.
Phone:
(303) 296-0219

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,…

The Drowning Girls

Date:
Mar 17, 2017 to May 21, 2017
Cost:
$25-$45.
Phone:
(720) 898-7200

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…

Shaping Sound: After the Curtain

Date:
Mar 18, 2017 to Mar 19, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

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…

Enchanted April

Date:
Apr 01, 2017 to Apr 15, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
Phone:
303-674-4002

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…

The Robber Bridegroom

Date:
Apr 01, 2017 to Apr 30, 2017
Schedule:
Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2, 6:30 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-794-2787

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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Black Grace

Date:
Apr 05, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$23-$78.
Phone:
303-871-7720

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 Time to Kill

Date:
Apr 07, 2017 to May 21, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
Cost:
$28-$34.
Phone:
303-856-7830

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…

Mona Lott’s Big Fat Dirty Gameshow

Date:
Apr 08, 2017 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost:
$13-$15.
Phone:
303-578-0079

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…

Marc Maron: The Too Real Tour

Date:
Apr 08, 2017 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Cost:
$35-$45.
Phone:
303-623-0106

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.…

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ACH IPA Beer Release & Comedy Show

Date:
Apr 08, 2017 noon - 10 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-997-8288

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

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Much Apeel About Nothing

Date:
Apr 11, 2017 to Apr 25, 2017
Schedule:
Tue 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$12.
Phone:
303-758-4722

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…

Peter and the Starcatcher

Date:
Apr 14, 2017 to Apr 23, 2017
Schedule:
Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$19-$24.
Phone:
303-492-7355

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…

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Beth Malone: So Far

Date:
Apr 15, 2017 5, 8 p.m.
Cost:
$50.
Phone:
800-641-1222

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.…

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Jake & Amir: “If I Were You” Live Podcast

Date:
Apr 19, 2017 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Cost:
$27-$45.
Phone:
303-595-3637

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…

She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange

Date:
Apr 20, 2017 to May 07, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Wed 7:30 p.m.; Thu 4, 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 7 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$24.
Phone:
303-440-7826

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.

Die Fledermaus

Date:
Apr 20, 2017 to Apr 23, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sun 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$11-$30.
Phone:
303-871-7720

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.

Spring Into Dance

Date:
Apr 21, 2017 to Apr 22, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$6-$12.
Phone:

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.

You Are Reminded that Your Safety is Your Own Responsibility

Date:
Apr 22, 2017 to Apr 29, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 7 p.m.
Cost:
$8-$10.
Phone:
303-578-0079

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.

Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

Date:
Apr 28, 2017 to May 21, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$18-$20.
Phone:
719-634-5581

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.

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Romeo & Juliet

Date:
Apr 28, 2017 to May 07, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$40.
Phone:
303-295-1759

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…

Pride and Prejudice

Date:
May 03, 2017 to May 07, 2017
Schedule:
Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2, 4 p.m.
Cost:
$18-$42.
Phone:
719-255-3232

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…

Spring Sacrifice

Date:
May 04, 2017 to May 13, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 8 p.m.
Cost:
$18.
Phone:
720-301-0998

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…

Kathleen Madigan

Date:
May 05, 2017 to May 06, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 8 p.m.
Cost:
$40-$60.
Phone:
303-623-0106

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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Setting Fires

Date:
May 05, 2017 to May 07, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$26.
Phone:
303-947-2827

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…

The Luckiest People

Date:
May 06, 2017 to Jun 17, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$18-$50.
Phone:
303-623-0524

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.

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

Date:
May 06, 2017
Schedule:
2, 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$16-$19.
Phone:
303-245-8272

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…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Date:
May 06, 2017 to May 07, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 1:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30, 7 p.m.
Cost:
$15.
Phone:
720-509-1000

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…

An Evening with W. Kamau Bell

Date:
May 10, 2017 7 p.m.
Cost:
$27-$58
Phone:
719-634-5581

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.

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Borderlandia

Date:
May 11, 2017 to May 20, 2017
Schedule:
Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-893-0791

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…

Mayhem

Date:
May 12, 2017 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$67.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

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.

Arsenic and Old Lace

Date:
May 12, 2017 to May 21, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$15.
Phone:
719-783-3004

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…

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H20

Date:
May 12, 2017 to May 27, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 8 p.m.
Cost:
$20.
Phone:
970-484-5237

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…

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Date:
May 13, 2017 to Aug 19, 2017
Schedule:
Times vary.
Cost:
$45-$65.
Phone:
303-449-6000

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,…

Mom’s Night Out with the Pump and Dump Show

Date:
May 13, 2017 8 p.m.
Cost:
$32.50
Phone:
(303) 623-0106

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…

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Dianne Reeves In Concert

Date:
May 13, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$29-$89.
Phone:
303-623-7876

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 Illusionists

Date:
May 19, 2017 to May 21, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 7:30 p.m. ; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

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…

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Crom Comedy Fest

Date:
May 19, 2017 to May 20, 2017
Schedule:
Daily, 7-11:30 p.m. Also held at Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
720-526-2467

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…

A Summer Night of Dance

Date:
May 20, 2017 to May 21, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.
Cost:
$18-$26.
Phone:
303-641-6742

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,…

Risk! Live

Date:
May 20, 2017 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Cost:
$20
Phone:
303-377-1666

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.

The Last Five Years in Concert

Date:
May 22, 2017 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$45-$65
Phone:
303-893-4100

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,…

Billy D. Washington

Date:
May 25, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Schedule:
Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m.; Sun 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$16-$24.
Phone:
720-274-6800

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.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dr(a)m

Date:
May 28, 2017 to Jul 16, 2017
Schedule:
Sun 7:30 p.m. Three shows at Ratio Beerweeks, two shows at the Thin Man Tavern (2015 E. 17th Ave.), and then three shows at Black Shirt Brewing Company (3719 Walnut St.)
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-997-8288

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…

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Date:
May 30, 2017 to Jun 18, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Sun, times vary.
Cost:
$30-$105.
Phone:
800-641-1222

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.

DragOn

Date:
Jun 01, 2017 to Jun 25, 2017
Schedule:
Dates, times vary.
Cost:
$25-$30
Phone:
800-641-1222

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…

Luzia

Date:
Jun 01, 2017 to Jul 09, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Wed 8 p.m.; Thu-Sat 4:30, 8 p.m.; Sun 1:30, 5:30 p.m.
Cost:
$40-$120
Phone:
1-877-924-7783

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…

Hair

Date:
Jun 02, 2017 to Aug 26, 2017
Schedule:
Thu- Sat 6 p.m.; Sun noon
Cost:
$54-$64.
Phone:
970-225-2555

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,”…

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Cinema: Circus in Black and White

Date:
Jun 04, 2017 6 p.m.
Cost:
$33
Phone:
303-871-7720

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…

Julianne and Derek Hough: Move Beyond

Date:
Jun 08, 2017 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$78-$244.
Phone:
303-228-8000

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,…

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Brewery Dragstravaganza: Punk Rock Drag Show

Date:
Jun 08, 2017 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-997-8288

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.…

The Firebird and Petrushka

Date:
Jun 09, 2017 to Jun 10, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$20.
Phone:
303-440-7826

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.

Mud Blue Sky

Date:
Jun 09, 2017 to Jul 02, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
Cost:
$28.
Phone:
303-232-0363

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.

The Producers

Date:
Jun 09, 2017 to Aug 06, 2017
Schedule:
Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6:30 p.m.
Cost:
$23-$49.
Phone:
970-453-0199

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…

Sisyphus the Musical

Date:
Jun 09, 2017 to Jun 18, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$18-$24
Phone:
303-739-1970

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…

It’s Only A Play

Date:
Jun 09, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-856-7830

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…

Jordan Rock

Date:
Jun 11, 2017 to Jun 12, 2017
Schedule:
Sun 7 p.m.; Mon 8 p.m.
Cost:
$14
Phone:
303-595-3637

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…

The Play Crawl

Date:
Jun 14, 2017 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Cost:
$35
Phone:
720-583-3975

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…

God of Hell

Date:
Jun 16, 2017 to Jul 02, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.
Cost:
$6-$15.
Phone:
719-520-1899

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…

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Fever Dream Festival

Date:
Jun 16, 2017 to Jun 18, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 8 p.m.; Sat noon, 4, 8 p.m.; Sun 2, 6 p.m.
Cost:
$8-$40
Phone:
720-946-1388

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.…

Paula Poundstone

Date:
Jun 17, 2017 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$35-$55.
Phone:
303-623-0106

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.

An Evening of Bite-Size Opera

Date:
Jun 17, 2017 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$8-$10
Phone:
720-456-7041

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…

Iolanthe

Date:
Jun 22, 2017 to Jun 25, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$22, $10 for children
Phone:
303-295-1759

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,…

Buskerfest

Date:
Jun 23, 2017 to Jun 24, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 5-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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).

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Date:
Jun 23, 2017 to Aug 06, 2017
Schedule:
Mon, Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
Cost:
$27-$34.
Phone:
303-856-7830

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…

Cocktail Hour: The Show

Date:
Jun 23, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$30
Phone:
303-442-3282

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…

Baby Boomer Baby

Date:
Jun 30, 2017 to Jul 23, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-440-7826

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.

George Lopez: “The Wall – Under Construction Tour”

Date:
Jun 30, 2017 to Jul 02, 2017
Cost:
$45
Phone:
720-274-6800

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.

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Chris Charpentier

Date:
Jul 02, 2017 to Jul 05, 2017
Schedule:
Sun 7 p.m., Wed 8 p.m.
Cost:
$14
Phone:
303-595-3637

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…

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Sex with Strangers

Date:
Jul 06, 2017 to Aug 12, 2017
Schedule:
Performance times vary
Cost:
$29-$100
Phone:
970-925-9313

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…

Bamboula: Musicians’ Brew and MictlanRx

Date:
Jul 07, 2017 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Cost:
$25-$45
Phone:
970-349-7487

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.

Julius Caesar

Date:
Jul 07, 2017 to Aug 12, 2017
Schedule:
Tue 6:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 8 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$70
Phone:
303-492-8008

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…

My Fair Lady

Date:
Jul 07, 2017 to Jul 16, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$7-$19
Phone:
970-356-5000

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…

Central City Opera 2017 Summer Music Festival

Date:
Jul 08, 2017 to Aug 06, 2017
Schedule:
Dates, times vary.
Cost:
$31-$108
Phone:
303-292-6500

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…

Hairspray

Date:
Jul 14, 2017 to Aug 06, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$22-$27
Phone:
303-805-6800

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…

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Lawn Concert: Sean Rowe

Date:
Jul 14, 2017 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-354-4880

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.…

Peer Revue: Stand Up for Science

Date:
Jul 15, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15
Phone:
303-370-6000

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…

Centerstage Theatre Company: In The Heights

Date:
Jul 15, 2017 to Jul 23, 2017
Schedule:
Times vary.
Cost:
$10-$24
Phone:
303-440-7826

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…

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Mystery Science Theater 3000

Date:
Jul 18, 2017 8 p.m.
Cost:
$39.50-$49.50
Phone:
303-892-7016

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…

Dixie’s Tupperware Party

Date:
Jul 19, 2017 to Aug 06, 2017
Schedule:
Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$39-$75
Phone:
800-641-1222

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…

StorySLAM: Beauty

Date:
Jul 21, 2017 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-777-1003

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.

Arsenio Hall

Date:
Jul 21, 2017 to Jul 22, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m.
Cost:
$28
Phone:
720-274-6800

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…

Denver Homegrown Festival

Date:
Jul 21, 2017 7 p.m.
Cost:
$12
Phone:
303-297-1772

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…

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Date:
Jul 21, 2017 to Aug 13, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-492-8008

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…

Merrily We Roll Along

Date:
Jul 27, 2017 to Jul 30, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$10
Phone:
719-634-5581

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…

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House of Gold

Date:
Jul 27, 2017 to Aug 12, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m., plus Aug 6 6 p.m., Aug 7 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$14-$22
Phone:
303-735-4577

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…

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

Date:
Aug 02, 2017 to Aug 20, 2017
Schedule:
Wed 7:30 p.m.; Thu, Sat 2, 7:30 p.m. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$40
Phone:
303-987-7845

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.

Aerial Dance Festival Showcase Performances: Toward the Light

Date:
Aug 04, 2017 to Aug 06, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2, 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$24-$28
Phone:
303-440-7826

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.  

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One Night Stand with American History

Date:
Aug 06, 2017 7 p.m.
Cost:
$10
Phone:
303-725-4959

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…

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!

Date:
Aug 09, 2017 to Aug 27, 2017
Schedule:
Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$39
Phone:
800-641-1222

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.

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Lisa Lampanelli

Date:
Aug 13, 2017
Schedule:
5 and 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$32
Phone:
720-274-6800

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…

Ayn/Sister

Date:
Aug 14, 2017 7 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-583-3975

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…

Rob Schneider

Date:
Aug 18, 2017 to Aug 19, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m.
Cost:
$45
Phone:
720-274-6800

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…

Today, Tomorrow and Forever: A Celebration of Patsy Cline

Date:
Aug 18, 2017 to Aug 27, 2017
Schedule:
Aug 18, 19, 25, 26, 7:30 p.m.; Aug 20, 27, 2 p.m.
Cost:
$23-$25
Phone:
303-772-5200

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…

High Plains Comedy Festival

Date:
Aug 24, 2017 to Aug 26, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:

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…

Rock of Ages

Date:
Aug 25, 2017 to Nov 11, 2017
Schedule:
Wed 7 p.m.; Thu-Sat 7:45 p.m.; Sun 1:30, 7:45 p.m.
Cost:
$41-$65
Phone:
303-449-6000

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…

Billy Elliot

Date:
Aug 25, 2017 to Sep 04, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sun, times vary.
Cost:
$15-$35
Phone:
970-453-0199

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…

Dinner

Date:
Aug 25, 2017 to Sep 17, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
Cost:
$30
Phone:
303-232-0363

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.

An Evening Under the Stars with Colorado Ballet

Date:
Aug 26, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
720-898-7200

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…

Trailer Park Boys

Date:
Aug 30, 2017 8 p.m.
Cost:
$45-$70
Phone:
888-929-7849

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.

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Troy Walker

Date:
Aug 30, 2017 8 p.m.
Cost:
$14
Phone:
303-595-3637

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…

Appropriate

Date:
Sep 02, 2017 to Oct 14, 2017
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
(303) 623-0524

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,…

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Lies Wide Open: The Close-Up Magic of Tyler Wilson

Date:
Sep 06, 2017 8 p.m.
Cost:
$50-$75
Phone:
405-642-0922

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,…

The Little Dog Laughed

Date:
Sep 08, 2017 to Oct 29, 2017
Cost:
$5
Phone:
303.856.7830

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…

Ali Wong

Date:
Sep 09, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
(303) 623-0106

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.

Go Mad!

Date:
Sep 11, 2017 to Sep 16, 2017
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
(970) 925-9313

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…

Dogs! The Musical

Date:
Sep 15, 2017 to Oct 01, 2017
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
719-357-8321

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…

Girls Only

Date:
Sep 21, 2017 to Oct 22, 2017
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
303.893.4100

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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The Wonder Bread Years

Date:
Sep 22, 2017 to Sep 23, 2017
Schedule:
Daily 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$24-$30
Phone:
970-962-2120

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…

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The Adding Machine

Date:
Sep 29, 2017 to Oct 08, 2017
Schedule:
Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$20
Phone:
303-492-8008

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…

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Date:
Oct 05, 2017 to Oct 29, 2017
Schedule:
Wed 7 p.m.; Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$20-$45
Phone:
719-634-5581

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.…

A Delicate Balance

Date:
Oct 06, 2017 to Nov 05, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$30
Phone:
303-232-0363

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.…

An Evening with Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood

Date:
Oct 07, 2017 8 p.m.
Cost:
$36-$46
Phone:
303-623-0106

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…

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Mystery Radio Theater

Date:
Oct 08, 2017 7 p.m.
Cost:
$10
Phone:
303-725-4959

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…

Afterlife: A Ghost Story

Date:
Oct 12, 2017 to Oct 29, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
719-357-3080

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,…

I Don’t Speak English Only

Date:
Oct 12, 2017 to Oct 28, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 7.30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$20
Phone:
(303) 296-0219

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…

Smart People

Date:
Oct 13, 2017 to Nov 19, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
800-641-1222

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…

The Foreigner

Date:
Oct 13, 2017 to Nov 18, 2017
Schedule:
Wed 1 p.m.; Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$45
Phone:
720-898-7200

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…

Celestial Navigation

Date:
Oct 13, 2017 to Oct 22, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7.30 p.m. Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$22-$50
Phone:
303-450-3985

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

Date:
Oct 20, 2017 to Nov 12, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$20
Phone:
303-674-4934

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…

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Justine Marino

Date:
Oct 23, 2017 to Oct 29, 2017
Schedule:
Mon 8 p.m.; Sun 7 p.m.
Cost:
$14
Phone:
303-595-3637

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…

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

Date:
Oct 26, 2017 to Oct 27, 2017
Schedule:
7:30 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-623-7876

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…

The Merry Widow: An Opera by Frank Lehár

Date:
Oct 27, 2017 to Oct 29, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-492-8008

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…

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Return to the Twilight Zone, A Parody

Date:
Oct 27, 2017 to Nov 18, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sun, times vary.
Cost:
$10-$16
Phone:
720-209-2154

If you're more into comedy than creepy costumes, this dramatic parody of three classic Twilight Zone episodes is the ideal way to celebrate Halloween. Local actors from the Theater Company of Lafayette, including Rod Sterling look-alike Ian Gerber, will perform rifts on stories such as a woman falling in love in outer space and a man…

Vox: Under Construction

Date:
Nov 02, 2017 to Nov 04, 2017
Schedule:
Thurs-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m.
Cost:
$7-$10
Phone:
303-361-7379

Re-envision and re-think the topic of disability at this unique and thought-provoking production. Students from the Community College of Aurora and actors from the Denver-based Phamaly Theatre Company (whose performers all have some kind of physical, cognitive, or emotional disability) will together take the stage to perform a collection of short plays, monologues, and sketches…

Sebastian Maniscalco – Why Would You Do That? Tour

Date:
Nov 03, 2017 7 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-623-0106

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.

Body of an American

Date:
Nov 04, 2017 to Dec 09, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 8 p.mm
Cost:
$18
Phone:
303-623-0524

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."…

A Taste of Flamenco

Date:
Nov 05, 2017 3 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-722-0054

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…

Beau Jest

Date:
Nov 09, 2017 to Dec 10, 2017
Schedule:
Thu and Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m., 7 p.m.
Cost:
$30 – $35
Phone:
303-393-0530

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…

Disaster

Date:
Nov 10, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7.30 p.m.
Cost:
$20-$25
Phone:
720-984-0781

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…

David Sedaris

Date:
Nov 10, 2017 7.30 p.m.
Cost:
$39.50-$64.50
Phone:
303-623-0106

Grammy Award-nominated humorist, writer, bestselling author, and radio contributor; David Sedaris’ laconic wit and delivery have ensured his place as one of America's best comedians. He specializes in poignant comedy that is often mined from his unconventional childhood in North Carolina and his wildly varying stream of jobs. In his signature show, Sedaris slices through…

Aerial Street View

Date:
Nov 10, 2017 to Nov 18, 2017
Schedule:
Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m (Nov. 11 only), 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.
Cost:
$24-$28
Phone:
303-245-8272

The Aerial Street View team takes performance art to a new level by mashing up break dance, aerial dance, and psychedelic folk music. A quartet of breakdancers from Boulder-based dance center Block 1750 will team up with their Boulder neighbors, the Frequent Flyers — a performance company using silks, trapeze and ropes to dance in…

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Cameron Esposito

Date:
Nov 16, 2017 to Nov 18, 2017
Schedule:
Thu 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
Cost:
$20-$28
Phone:
303-595-3637

You might have heard her on her hilarious weekly stand-up comedy podcast Put Your Hands Together—now see this award-winning comedian live in Denver. Cameron Esposito, one of Variety's "10 Comics to Watch of 2016," will reflect on enduring topics such as relationships, womanhood, and queerness during three nights of shows in Denver. —Image courtesy of…

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Hi-Hat Hattie

Date:
Nov 24, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$18-$37
Phone:
303-739-1970

This biographical musical is your chance to applaud not just one, but two Denver natives. Mile High City–based actress Anna Maria High will have the chance to play local acting pioneer Hattie McDaniel in a one-woman show celebrating McDaniel's life and accomplishments. From being the first black woman to sing on the radio to winning…

The Nutcracker

Date:
Nov 25, 2017 to Dec 24, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Fri 1 p.m., 6.30 p.m., 7.30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., 6.30 p.m
Cost:
$49
Phone:
303-837-8888

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…

The Pump and Dump

Date:
Nov 29, 2017 7.30 p.m.
Cost:
$22
Phone:
720-274-6800

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.

Psychic Medium Cindy Kaza

Date:
Nov 29, 2017 7.30 p.m.
Cost:
$20
Phone:
303-307-1777

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…

Maria Bamford

Date:
Dec 01, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Cost:
$35-$40
Phone:
303-623-0106

The star of the Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite takes the stage for a night of delirious absurdity. Expect her to intersperse her signature oddball jokes (think: “Sometimes I worry I don't want to get married as much as I'd like to be dipped in a vat of warm, rising bread dough.”) with impressions ranging…

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Resolutions

Date:
Dec 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 6 p.m.
Cost:
$29
Phone:
303-232-0363

We usually expect holiday stories to have a happy tone, but this play proves that is not always the case. In this never-before-seen work by Denver playwright Josh Hartwell, six friends gather for their annual New Year's Eve bash with a pledge to talk over the past year and make commitments for the next. It's…

Kevin Smith

Date:
Dec 09, 2017 8 p.m.
Cost:
$104-$165
Phone:
844-495-4404

Comedian, writer, director, actor and podcaster; Kevin Smith sure is an industrious chap. Famous for his obsessive exploration of pop culture—especially comic books and movies—the super nerd now gets up close and personal with his fans as he tours the country with his Q&A-style show. In this interactive session, Smith waxes lyrical about the world…

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends

Date:
Dec 10, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$45-$125
Phone:
303-228-8260

The Saturday Night Live veteran wishes you a very Murray Christmas as he teams up with distinguished German cellist Jan Vogler to present a spirited evening of literature and music. After meeting in New York, the two became curious about each other's artistic worlds. The outcome: A rare live appearance where Murray—as both singer and…

Motones vs. Jerseys

Date:
Dec 10, 2017 to Jan 23, 2018
Schedule:
Sun TBD; Mon TBD; Tue TBD
Cost:
TBD
Phone:
303-449-6000

If the thought of another Justin Bieber Christmas single makes you recoil, this ’60s music throwdown may be a better fit for you. Two renowned cover bands will square off in a two-hour concert featuring classics from artists such as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The show is packed…

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Drunk Christmas

Date:
Dec 15, 2017 to Dec 16, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 8 p.m.
Cost:
$15
Phone:
720-445-5242

When you have too much to drink at your office Christmas party, it's called a human resources violation. But when actors do the same at theirs, that's called art. This Audacious Theatre production features six tipsy actors in a 45-minute adaptation of A Christmas Carol, performing the words of Dickens and sipping the booze of the…

Christmas 1948: Making Spirits Bright

Date:
Dec 16, 2017 8 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$40
Phone:
303-293-0075

The years that followed World War II represented one of the happiest, and most creatively vibrant epochs in United States history, as stars such as Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, and Irving Berlin produced industry-shaking, holiday hits. The Clocktower Cabaret pays tribute to the Christmas canon of the post-war era with a smorgasbord of chart-topping hits…

Waitress

Date:
Dec 19, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat- Sun 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$608
Phone:
800-641-1222

Whenever Sara Bareilles writes the score for a musical, you know you’re going to hear some major pipes. The six-time Grammy nominee has written both the music and lyrics to this adaptation of Adrienne Shelly’s film with the same name. In this musical about mother-daughter legacies, friendship, and the therapeutic powers of baking, we follow…

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Holiday Roast

Date:
Dec 21, 2017 to Dec 26, 2017
Schedule:
Thu and Tue 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$14
Phone:
720-274-6800

After his success powering Santa's sleigh, Rudolph could really use a blow to that shiny-nosed ego. At this roast, all kinds of characters from the holiday pantheon—Frosty the Snowman, the Nutcracker, the Three Wise Men—will take turns taking jabs at their fellow holly-jolly household names. A to-be-announced cast of Denver comics will step into the…

On The Spot: New Year’s Eve

Date:
Dec 31, 2017
Schedule:
12 p.m.; 7 p.m.; 10 p.m.
Cost:
$25-$40
Phone:
303-758-4722

If your typical New Year’s Eve routine involves shivering in the cold while your bubbly loses its fizz, then a more tepid setting may tickle your fancy. This indoors improv show, inspired by the spontaneous skits on Whose Line Is it Anyway?, lets the audience suggest topics for the improvised games before partying with the…

Rumors

Date:
Jan 06, 2018 to Feb 03, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
720-530-4596

Neil Simon, who has more combined Oscar and Tony Award nominations than any other playwright, conjured up a mix of elegant attire and domestic chaos for this comical play. The performance begins when Charley Brock, the deputy mayor of New York, and his wife, Myra, invite all of their good friends over to celebrate their…

Detroit ‘67

Date:
Jan 13, 2018 to Feb 24, 2018
Schedule:
Thur-Fri 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$18
Phone:
303-623-0524

In this play based on actual events, it’s the infamous summer of 1967 in Detroit, and racial tensions are high. Two siblings make ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint (think: plenty of Motown tunes), but the mood turns hostile when one offers shelter to an injured white woman.

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The Penny Savers

Date:
Jan 13, 2018 1:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Schedule:
1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$28
Phone:
303-494-0523

If you are already failing at your New Year's resolution to be a savvy spender, head to this show to laugh at the concept of personal finance. In a comic variation on the usual Stories on Stage format (think: entertainers presenting various short stories that share a similar theme), four Buntport Theatre performers will take…

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How to Screw Up Your Life!

Date:
Jan 18, 2018 to Feb 10, 2018
Schedule:
Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$25
Phone:
303-444-7328

Things going a little too well lately? Try this world-premiere play for a guide to pushing things over the edge. Through songs, vaudeville sketches, and more formats explore all the ways you can ruin up your life—from doing drugs to picking the wrong career...or the wrong spouse. The show is also put on by a team of…

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Date:
Jan 19, 2018 to Feb 10, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
303-739-1970

Part musical, part drag performance, this production follows a transgender East German singer-songwriter as she tours the United States with her glam rock group, chasing a former lover and bandmate who stole her tunes. The Tony Award–winning play serves as a heartbreaking yet wickedly funny story about what it takes to find your other half.

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Float Your Boat Live Comedy Showcase

Date:
Jan 19, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15
Phone:
303-868-7556

It's not often that you get to enjoy a classy beachfront evening a thousand miles from the nearest ocean. At this Colorado-centric show, you'll find just that as a roster of local comics perform in the swanky surrounds of Cherry Creek State Park's lake house. The stand-ups on hand for the night include Terri Barton…

The Crucible

Date:
Jan 20, 2018 to Feb 17, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$10-$30
Phone:
970-221-6730

In this piece of historical fiction, American playwright Arthur Miller takes the audience back to the Puritan village of Salem in 1642, feverish with tales of witchcraft. After a group of girls have fallen ill, old grudges spill out into the open, and villagers accuse each other of consorting with the devil and casting spells.…

American Mariachi

Date:
Jan 26, 2018 to Feb 25, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$30
Phone:
303-893-4100

In this heartwarming play by local playwright José Cruz González, a group of women tries—and struggles— to form a mariachi band in 1970s Denver. Together with her spunky cousin, protagonist Lucha hunts for bandmates and dodges disapproving relatives in her quest to perform for her ailing, music-loving mother.

A Rap on Race

Date:
Jan 26, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
303-871-7720

In 1970, two giants of the American intelligentsia—author James Baldwin and anthropologist Margaret Mead—appeared in New York for a public conversation about perennially relevant social issues such as identity, power, race, gender, and religion. Now, nearly five decades later, this avant-garde show recreates parts of that momentous discussion. The innovative performance includes segments of lively…

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Sleuth

Date:
Feb 02, 2018 to Mar 11, 2018
Cost:
$16-$32
Phone:
303-856-7830

An eccentric mystery writer confronting his wife's lover in a fantastical country estate. A script that earned a Tony Award for best play. And a play that spawned three film adaptations. If that's not enough to draw you into Spotlight Theatre collaboration, Denver theater bigwig Bernie Cardell also directs a cast that includes local stars Mark Rubald…

Keigwin & Company Celebrates Bernstein

Date:
Feb 08, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$20-$36
Phone:
303-987-7845

Honoring a composer with a concert is so mainstream. This performance marks 100 years of Leonard Bernstein through a less-expected medium—modern dance. Members of the New York City–based troupe Keigwin & Company will show off their dramatic signature style in two brand-new dances, set to Bernstein's Piano Trio and Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, two little-known works from the famed American…

PostSecret

Date:
Feb 09, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$26
Phone:
303-832-1660

Maryland-based artist Frank Warren didn’t realize he was creating a phenomenon when he invited people to anonymously mail their secrets on postcards. This comedic show will draw from some of the most intimate, embarrassing, funny, and terrifying thoughts and moments shared by fans in the postcards in the since created website with the same premise.…

Same Time, Next Year

Date:
Feb 14, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$24-$40
Phone:
303-856-7830

This retro play begins when two young parents, who are married to different people, have a romantic tryst. After their initial night together, they agree to meet once every year on the same day, in the same location. The plot stretches over two decades and uses six of the lovers’ encounters to delineate the cultural…

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Solace

Date:
Feb 16, 2018 to Mar 03, 2018
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$35-$45
Phone:
303-947-2827

Garages aren't just for teenage punk bands anymore. In this immersive dance-theater hybrid, performers and audience members share close quarters in the real-life garage of Control Group Productions' artistic director, Patrick Mueller. While video installations play and dancers perform to an original sound score, attendees will be challenged to rethink their notions of performer and…

Birdman Live

Date:
Feb 22, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$17-$47
Phone:
303-871-7720

As if the Oscar Award–winning drama weren’t captivating enough, renowned composer and drummer Antonio Sanchez will add an extra layer to the experience by performing his Grammy Award–winning score live at this screening. While Sanchez whirrs out the onscreen emotions—mixing soft brush sweeps across symbols with thunderous drumming—the audience will follow Michael Keaton as a…

Real Women Have Curves

Date:
Feb 23, 2018 to Mar 18, 2018
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$18-$37
Phone:
303-739-1970

Set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles, this dramatic comedy—told from the perspective of Ana, the youngest employee—revolves around family values, gender politics, and the Latina identity. Over the course of five hot summer days, Ana and the other female laborers discuss the pressure to conform to stereotypical body images, dumb down…

Hamilton

Date:
Feb 27, 2018 to Apr 01, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
720-865-4220

It may be difficult to get tickets to this inventive musical, but that effort will be well worth it. The show, which details the life of the first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, won a slew of Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize after its premiere in 2015. And the play’s catchy music—written by…

Totally Awesome ’80s Ski Town USA

Date:
Mar 01, 2018 to Apr 08, 2018
Cost:
$23-$39
Phone:
970-547-3100

Making its world premiere in Breckenridge, this musical with a party vibe aims to have audiences dancing in the aisles and laughing all performance long. In the vein of movies such as Ski Patrol and Footloose, Denver-based writers Cory Wendling and Charlie Schmidt mix a tongue-in-cheek look at cliché plot lines of 1980s comedies with…

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Oscar Dove: Letters to Sherlock

Date:
Mar 02, 2018 to Mar 24, 2018
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$16
Phone:
800-838-3006

A snowy night in Alberta, a Holmesian mystery, and a makeshift detective collide in this world-premiere production. The whodunit tale, presented by local directors Madge Montgomery and Munam Goodwin, features Oscar Dove, a close friend of the legendary Sherlock Holmes, who finds himself trapped on a secluded Canadian ranch. Meanwhile, Holmes and and his trusty…

Trevor Noah

Date:
Mar 03, 2018
Schedule:
Sat 7 p.m., 10 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-228-8000

See this charming funnyman live as he continues his meteoric rise from a boy in the poor townships of South Africa to the host chair on The Daily Show. Centered around his experiences as a mixed-race child during Apartheid and his thoughts on American life, Noah’s humor showcases a global perspective, sharp wit, and intelligent…

Magnets on the Fridge: #newDenver

Date:
Mar 07, 2018 to Jun 06, 2018
Schedule:
First Wednesday of the month, 8 p.m.
Cost:
$8-$10
Phone:
720-946-1388

If Will and Grace and Roseanne can come back after over a decade break, so can your favorite live sitcom. That's the idea behind this production, a reboot of Buntport Theater's 2001-2006 hit. The original cast returns for this new season, with the characters—a now-40-something book club crew—adapting to all the changes the Mile High City has undergone in…

The River Bride

Date:
Mar 08, 2018 to Mar 25, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$12-$20
Phone:
303-296-0219

Set on the banks of the Amazon River, this poignant performance tells the story of two sisters tempted by the alluring, dangerous future offered by a mysterious man who shows up in their village. Written by prominent Latina playwright Marisela Treviño Orta, this award-winning show weaves Brazilian folklore and lyric storytelling into a heart-wrenching tale…

Sweeney Todd

Date:
Mar 16, 2018 to Mar 18, 2018
Schedule:
Fri–Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$45
Phone:
303-492-8423

This nightmarish story follows an exiled former barber who returns to his old home in Victorian-era London to exact revenge on a corrupt judge for the loss of his wife and daughter. He retaliates by conspiring with a fledgling baker to create meat pies with a deliciously dark secret ingredient. But when his rage goes…

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(De)Fences

Date:
Mar 16, 2018 to Mar 17, 2018
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$18-$25
Phone:
303-913-4052

From the much-hyped border wall to the way technology creates echo chambers, we've talked a lot about the way we create barriers in recent years. This two-act performance from Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, which will include a world-premiere composition from the company's artistic director, Jacob Mora, will contemplate how the walls we put around ourselves affect…

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism & Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures

Date:
Mar 17, 2018 to Apr 15, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$24-$48
Phone:
303-623-0524

The latest from Tony Award–winning playwright Tony Kushner follows a disenchanted former Marxist activist and labor leader who has brought his eclectic family together to discuss his impending suicide. Packed with Kushner’s characteristic intellectualism and wit, this thought-provoking performance seeks to answer the question of how to live in a world where your long-held belief…

Adam Trent

Date:
Mar 20, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$75-$120
Phone:
720-865-4220

Seeing is believing—or in this case, disbelieving—with this performance from the producers of famous Broadway magic show The Illusionists. As one of the show’s original stars, edgy magician Adam Trent blends comedy, music, dance, and deception together into a family-friendly, variety show. Don’t be surprised if you get pulled up on stage as most of…

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Plays in Progress

Date:
Mar 22, 2018 to Mar 31, 2018
Cost:
$5-$35
Phone:
303-219-0882

The 2018 Athena Festival, which celebrates women in theater, draws to a close at this female-centric exhibition of future shows. The five works in the series (all penned by women) are, as the project's title suggests, in progress, and they're presented accordingly as minimally staged workshop productions and table reads. Catch a love story set…

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Ballet Director’s Choice

Date:
Mar 30, 2018 to Apr 01, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-837-8888

After a season that featured classics such as The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet, Colorado Ballet is ending its year with some edgier performances. This annual showcase curated by company artistic director Gil Boggs features In Pieces, commissioned for the ensemble in 2013, and Brief Fling, which was originally put together by legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp for the American Ballet…

Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive

Date:
Apr 04, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$49
Phone:
303-410-8497

This past September, Jeff Dunham cemented his celebrity (quite literally) by unveiling his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ventriloquist has become one of America’s most successful stand-up acts, thanks to his cast of politically incorrect characters, including Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the skeletal corpse of an incompetent suicide bomber. See the world…

Sisters of Swing

Date:
Apr 06, 2018 to May 06, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$19-$44
Phone:
303-794-2787

The Andrews Sisters—with more top-10 hits than the Beatles and Elvis—are one of the most successful vocal groups of all time. This biographic musical follows LaVerne, Maxene, and Patty from their early days on the road through their rise to superstardom and eventual break-up. With a score that incorporates the band’s rhythm-and-blues hits like “Boogie…

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Reefer Madness: The Musical

Date:
Apr 06, 2018 to Apr 28, 2018
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$20
Phone:
303-447-5977

One of the common side effects of reefer is uncontrollable laughter. But, whether you have indulged or not this highly funny show is likely to leave you with the same side-splitting giggles. Inspired by the mid-century PSA film, the performance melodramatically warns of the dangers that marijuana smokers subject themselves to—destruction, death, and, worst of…

Glengarry Glen Ross

Date:
Apr 13, 2018 to May 05, 2018
Schedule:
Thurs-Sat 8:00 p.m.; Sun 6:00 p.m.
Cost:
$32
Phone:
303-233-1270

This Pulitzer Prize–winning drama takes place over two days in the lives of four cutthroat Chicago real estate agents who will go to any lengths to close a deal. Lies, bribery, intimidation, and burglary are all part of business as usual as the desperate agents race to sell undesirable property to unwitting buyers. Based on…

Passing Strange

Date:
Apr 13, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$18-$37
Phone:
303-739-1970

From American gospel to the jazz of Amsterdam, music takes center stage in this fast-paced yet introspective show. Based on the playwright Stew’s experience traveling Europe as a young musician in the 1980s, the Tony Award–winning musical follows a protagonist known only as “Youth” who abandons his comfortable middle-class life for a rambling journey of…

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Sunday in the Park with George

Date:
Apr 17, 2018 to May 06, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Sun, times vary.
Cost:
$53
Phone:
720-898-7200

This Tony Award–winning musical is based on paintings by French pointillist Georges Seurat. The show—originally written by legendary composer Stephen Sondheim—dramatizes several of Seurat's well-known works, including A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jette. The story spans over a century, following the famous painter and his artistic great-grandson while they struggle to balance…

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Ben Roy

Date:
Apr 19, 2018 to Apr 21, 2018
Schedule:
Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m.
Cost:
$16-$24
Phone:
720-274-6800

Ben Roy—one of the most notable comedic stars to come out of Denver in recent years—returns to where his foray into entertainment all began for multiple shows featuring his snarky rant-driven sets. In 2004, the energetic comedian got his start when he entered a Comedy Works new-talent night at the urging of his wife. Since…

The Who’s Tommy

Date:
Apr 20, 2018 to May 27, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$70
Phone:
303-893-4100

The iconic 1969 album from one of the most famous rock bands of all time comes to life in this high-energy musical. Struggling to overcome a traumatic childhood, deafness, and blindness, a New York boy finds solace—and eventually celebrity—in the quirky sport of pinball. An exhilarating score, written by Who guitarist Pete Townshend, is the…

Big Fish

Date:
Apr 20, 2018 to Apr 29, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$8-$10
Phone:
303-450-8800

Based on the novel and acclaimed movie, this energetic show follows Edward Bloom, a larger-than-life traveling salesman whose tall tales of extraordinary adventure charm everyone except his son, Will. With his father’s death imminent, Will embarks on a journey to separate man from myth, encountering a flamboyant cast of characters that includes a witch, a…

Kaleidoscope

Date:
May 03, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Cost:
$25
Phone:
303-987-7845

The students and professionals from Adeleen’s World of Dance studio will put on a vibrant performance with their trademark blend of styles from around the world. Expect to see folk, ballet, and character dances originating in diverse countries—including Spain, India, and Uzbekistan—that incorporate colorful, hand-sewn costumes. This interpretive performance aims to broaden cultural horizons and…

Death of a Salesman

Date:
May 12, 2018 to Jun 03, 2018
Schedule:
Thurs-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
Cost:
$32
Phone:
720-233-1270

Arthur Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer Prize– and Tony Award–winning work is lauded as one of the best plays of the 20th century. In this performance of the classic, traveling salesman Willy Loman struggles to cope with delusions of grandeur about himself and his disappointing sons. This tragic portrait of family strife and dissatisfaction stands as a…

Superior Donuts

Date:
May 12, 2018 to Jun 09, 2018
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$18-$23
Phone:
303-562-3232

In this comic drama that served as the inspiration for a beloved 1970s sitcom by the same name, Arthur Przybryszewski is an aging, disillusioned hippie who owns a decrepit donut shop in Uptown Chicago. When an African-American teenage employee shows up determined to bring new life to the shop, the crotchety proprieter’s passive routine gets…

American Music Icons: The King of Pop Resurrected

Date:
May 13, 2018 5:30 p.m.
Cost:
$20-$35
Phone:
303-444-7328

This dazzling performance by world-renowned Michael Jackson impersonator Sony G brings all the flash of Las Vegas to a performance befitting of the late musician’s inimitable showmanship. Twenty of MJ’s hit songs, including “Thriller,” will be brought to life with the help of professional dancers and special effects, including a dizzying laser light show. Watch…

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Still in the Game

Date:
May 16, 2018 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost:
$10
Phone:
303-316-6358

This comedic drama tackles the difficult conversation around aging in America through the story of David, a widower looking to start a new chapter after serving as a caregiver for his wife who died of cancer. Playwright Robert F. Benjamin's poignant yet funny script takes an honest look at older adult romance and the desire…

District Merchants

Date:
May 18, 2018 to Jun 24, 2018
Schedule:
Thurs-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:00 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$38
Phone:
303-935-3044

Playwright Aaron Posner transports Shakespeare’s classic The Merchant of Venice to post-Civil War Washington, D.C. for this audacious production rife with deception. Posner uses the romantic comedy to explore the complexities of race during Reconstruction, intertwining the stories of a freeborn black man, a Jewish immigrant, and a wealthy white woman, as the country struggles…

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Colin Jost

Date:
May 22, 2018
Schedule:
7:30 p.m. ; 9:45 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$50
Phone:
303-595-3637

Saturday Night Live fans will recognize this talented funnyman from his quick quips as a co-anchor of the news spoof segment "Weekend Update." But this one-night-only performance will showcase the Emmy Award nominee's comedic chops as a solo act. On the standup stage, he'll bring his smart, sarcastic takes on daily life and politics—poking fun…

School of Rock

Date:
May 29, 2018 to Jun 10, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$25-$115
Phone:
303-893-4100

Based on the hit movie, this fist-pumping musical follows wannabe-rockstar-turned-teacher Dewey Finn on his quest to get a class of uptight, straight-A students to liberate their inner Mick Jagger. A New York Times Critics’ pick, the energetic performance features all the songs from the movie (such as The Who’s “Substitute") as well as 14 new…

Home

Date:
Jun 08, 2018 to Jun 09, 2018
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:00 p.m.
Cost:
$20
Phone:
303-837-8888

The founders of T2 Dance Project and Thomas Dance Project have combined their experiences to create a show that explores the true meaning of “home.” The double-billed presentation will feature live performances from both contemporary dance troupes as well as a screening of T2’s 2017 short film A Rootless Tree, which was filmed in locations…

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Date:
Jun 08, 2018 to Aug 12, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$20-$70
Phone:
303-492-8008

This 60-year-old event began with a tiny troupe comprised of University of Colorado Boulder students and faculty. Now it’s led by a professional theater company that has tackled the formidable task of completing Shakespeare’s full canon—twice. Now on round three, the renowned group, which has featured famous thespians such as Val Kilmer and Annette Benning,…

The Commedia of Robin Hood

Date:
Jun 09, 2018 10:30 a.m.
Cost:
$15-$20
Phone:
303-442-3282

This hiking play makes good use of Boulder’s natural surroundings by turning nature into a theater. At this action-packed performance from theater company Arts in the Open, you’ll follow the namesake character’s merry troupe on a two-mile jaunt along Chautauqua's Enchanted Mesa Trail, as the members perform the classic folktale. Expect plenty of puppets and…

The Book of Mormon

Date:
Jun 13, 2018 to Jul 07, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-893-4100

South Park creators and Colorado natives Trey Stone and Matt Parker transform their irreverent satire into theatrical genius in this musical comedy. The nine-time, Tony Award–winning show follows a mismatched pair of young missionaries who are dropped into a remote Ugandan village, determined to teach the locals the ways of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. But…

Underground Railroad Game

Date:
Jun 14, 2018 to Jul 01, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$30-$100
Phone:
303-623-0524

Our nation’s past is a bit messier than your seventh-grade history textbook would lead you to believe. This two-person show throws out the lesson plan and examines into the thorniest parts of America’s past. Through a series of R-rated sketches, a pair of dueling middle school teachers explore slavery and the legacy it left behind,…

Anthem to Aztlán

Date:
Jun 14, 2018 to Jul 01, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$12-$20
Phone:
303-296-0219

Playwright Tlalóc Rivas explores the life of former boxer, Chicano activist, and Denver native Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales in this moving biographical performance. Once the number three ranked flyweight in the world, Gonzalez exchanged his gloves for a pen when his landmark poem “Yo soy Joaquin,” which explored Chicano identity and launched his career as a…

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Yet A(nother) Night of Grand Guignol

Date:
Jun 21, 2018 to Jul 07, 2018
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 8 p.m.
Cost:
$18
Phone:
719-491-5299

Inspired by the Grand Guignol, a theatre in Paris famous for naturalistic horror shows, this performance will give audiences a healthy dose of (fake) blood, gore, and melodrama. The show—which is put on by Pandemic Collective, a local nonprofit that does horror theatre—will include two original, half-hour plays about Slenderman and paranormal children. And the…

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The Great Love Debate

Date:
Jun 27, 2018 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$20
Phone:
310-310-0746

It’s the battle of the sexes at this hilarious, interactive show that tackles a complicated question: “Why is everyone in Denver still single?” With dudes on the left and the ladies on the right, the audience joins award-winning director and author Brian Howie—the man Time has called "America’s #1 Dating Enthusiast." Howie and a group…

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MENver Pilot Screening

Date:
Jun 28, 2018 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$10 suggested donation
Phone:
303-744-6799

Denver and the city's notable landmarks will be a star in MENver, a new single-camera comedy created by local actor Marty Lindsey. The show follows two down-on-their-luck performers—portrayed local actors, including Lindsey himself—looking for love in a city where dudes far outnumber the ladies. Preview the show at this pilot screening and see for yourself…

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Colorado Symphony’s Family Friendly Fourth of July

Date:
Jul 04, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$22-$37
Phone:
303-220-7000

The Colorado Symphony has a treat for both your eyes and ears at this 4th of July extravaganza. Catch a dazzling fireworks show as the orchestra plays everything from Disney classics to patriotic favorites, including Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever." Before the sparkling show begins, you and your family can also enjoy a variety of…

Into the Woods

Date:
Jul 12, 2018 to Aug 05, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$20-$29
Phone:
303-365-0005

Join the award-winning Phamaly Theatre Company’s cast of disabled actors as they take you on a journey straight from your childhood bedtime stories. This Stephen Sondheim classic follows a childless baker and his wife as they embark on their quest to start a family. The couple learns that it’s not always the best outcome when…

Gary Gulman

Date:
Jul 19, 2018 to Jul 21, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$22-$27
Phone:
720-274-6800

This towering Boston funnyman is one of a handful of comics to have performed on every late night comedy show on air today. The former college football tight end turns absurd observations about daily occurrences—including how we’ve demanded three levels of pulp in our orange juice— into relatable comedy. His clever take on the world…

Sister Act

Date:
Jul 20, 2018 to Aug 05, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$20-$29
Phone:
303-805-6800

When a nightclub singer witnesses her gangster beau commit murder, witness protection decides to send her somewhere he’d never think to look: a convent. Unable to shake her sinful ways, she upends the quiet lives of the resident nuns and turns their off-key choir into a vibrant act that gains widespread attention—and puts her in…

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Fort Collins Fringe Festival

Date:
Jul 26, 2018 to Jul 29, 2018
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
970-221-6738

Attendees can see everything from life-size puppets to circus performers using fire at this quirky celebration of performance art in all its myriad forms. The event is uncurated, which means no act is turned away, so long as space is available. And each piece of entertainment at the festival has its own ticket price, so…

Cry-Baby

Date:
Jul 27, 2018 to Aug 18, 2018
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$17-$20
Phone:
303-477-5977

Well-known filmmaker John Waters’ 1990 cult romantic comedy hits the stage with this throwback musical. In 1954 Baltimore, prim and proper Allison rebels against her high-society circle and falls in love with bad boy Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker. The star-crossed lovers battle Allison’s straight edge ex-boyfriend to the tune of a classic rock-and-roll score and some…

War of the Worlds: the Panic Broadcast

Date:
Jul 27, 2018 to Aug 18, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$15-$20
Phone:
303-562-3232

In the past few years, we’ve learned the hard way that fake news can trigger poor decisions by unsuspecting readers. Turns out that was the case long before the 2018 election and there is probably no more famous example than Orson Welles 1938 radio adaptation of the sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds. Mistaking…

Steve Martin and Martin Short “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life”

Date:
Aug 06, 2018 8 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
720-865-2494

Steve Martin and Martin Short’s creative friendship first began on the set of the 1986 comedy ¡The Three Amigos! Now, more than 30 years later, the duo comes to Red Rocks for a wide-ranging revue featuring everything from stand-up comedy to musical numbers. For much of the show, the two legendary comedians will also be…

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

Date:
Aug 08, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$6-$12
Phone:
303-440-7666

Pianist Hank Troy has written and performed tunes to accompany silent film viewings in the Denver area for more than four decades. He will once again set the musical tone at this screening of the 1920 movie version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Watch legendary actor John Barrymore struggle to control his alter ego…

On Your Feet! The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan

Date:
Aug 08, 2018 to Aug 19, 2018
Schedule:
Tue, Wed, Fri 7:30 p.m.; Thu, Sat, Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.;
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-893-4100

Emilio and Gloria Estefan's uplifting journey from Cuban exiles to American sensations will be dramatized during this autobiographical musical. Family estrangements and career struggles push the musical forward, but it’s a near fatal bus crash, which almost leaves Gloria paralyzed, that provides the performance’s central struggle. She finally gets back on her feet, but only…

Heisenberg

Date:
Aug 16, 2018 to Sep 01, 2018
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$25
Phone:
303-440-7826

This two-actor show, written by English playwright Simon Stephens, begins with an American woman kissing the neck of an older stranger in a crowded London train station. The unexpected interaction kicks off a series of bizarre and life-changing events revolving around the woman’s pursuit of the unsuspecting man. The 80-minute play will also feature an…

The Magic Fest

Date:
Aug 17, 2018 to Aug 18, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 6:30-10 p.m., Sat 12-7 p.m.
Cost:
Free for festival goers, $15 for select performances
Phone:
383-450-8909

Discover that magic is a craft for all ages at this two-day event. Shawn Farquhar, a Canadian who has twice been crowned the “Grand Prix World Champion of Magic,” by the International Federation of Magic Societies will headline a lineup of around 30 magicians. Besides the performances, adults can enjoy a 1920s-themed masquerade ball while…

Annie

Date:
Aug 24, 2018 to Sep 02, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m., 6 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$35
Phone:
970-547-3100

A cast of Summit County actors will perform famous numbers, such as “Tomorrow” and “Hard Knock Life,” during this rendition of the 1976 Tony Award–winning musical. The performance follows title character Annie’s journey from a tyrannically run orphanage to the home of a wealthy industrialist. Amid the chaotic ride—including a plot to kidnap the girl—the…

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