Dark of the Moon is a supernatural fantasy that revels in the traditions and superstitions of the Appalachian mountain hill folk. At times romantic, charming, and comical, there is also a disturbingly dark side to this tale of a “witch boy” who longs to become human, for the love of a mortal woman. The Upstart Crow’s production, playing through May 7 at the Nomad Playhouse in Boulder, is expertly directed (Jim Heun) and beautifully mounte…

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Be Careful What You Wish For… Receiving your heart’s desire can have unexpected, comical results! In this delightful collection of popular folk tales, magical wish-givers and their apprentices replay instances of wishes gone hilariously awry, and how the recipients ended up preferring things they were before. A nearsighted gardener learns that some things are best not seen too clearly.  A hard-headed stonecutter aspires to become the most…

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The BiTSY Stage presents… The Silent Princess: A Turkish Tale Adapted by Jeri Franco, Samantha McDermott and Patti Murtha Directed by Samantha McDermott May 5 – June 11, 2017 Some things are worth talking about. The BiTSY Stage presents The Silent Princess: A Turkish Tale May 5 through June 11 at 1137 S. Huron St. Denver, CO 80223. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Fridays May 5 & June 9 at 7:30 p.m…

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  The stage version of John Grisham’s smart legal thriller A Time to Kill may not have the exquisite prose or high-minded idealism of To Kill a Mockingbird, but it’s a powerful courtroom drama with plenty of twists and turns, and enough emotional firepower to pack a memorable wallop. Vintage Theatre’s impactful production, running through May 21, brings in the big guns with director Bernie Cardell, leading man Drew …

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Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is one of those unpopular masterpieces that is so brilliant, I can’t help but like it–even while hating it. The Arvada Center’s breathtakingly nuanced production of the Absurdist comic-drama is so good, I fear there may be a resurgence of interest in the author’s bitter, pessimistic, and confounding work. Desperately upbeat and outgoing Vladimir (Sam Gregory) and brooding, a…

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The Marvelous Misadventures of Baba Yaga — Baba Yaga, Russian folklore’s funny and fearsome wicked witch, takes a terrible tumble when her chicken-legged hut slips on a banana peel! Characters from Baba Yaga’s most beloved stories gather for a “funtastic funeral,” reenacting their hilarious adventures outwitting the comical witch. With the help of an audience full of “enchanted toads,” spirited young Vasilisa and her nurturing nesting dol…

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–Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s glitzy, glamorous production of 42nd Street, is a cheery, cheeky, tap dancing sensation, with a dizzying array of hit songs and elaborate production numbers. And a whole lot more. The show runs at the spacious proscenium theatre in Johnstown through June 4. Originally produced in 1980 with Gower Champion as director, the stage version is based on the 1933 Busby Berkeley film. The show, with book…

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The Three Bully Goats Griff –With a tweak, a twist, and just a little shove, the classic tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff has become an action-packed, hilarious children’s play about bullying. At one time or another, EVERYONE in this nine-character comedy goes off the bridge. Two toll trolls have a falling out after Billy, the smallest of the three goats decides to become a “bully goat.” Anyone who dares trip-trap over the bridge…

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For a highly-stylized experimental play, The Drowning Girls pours in as much information and context as an episode of a true-crime “cold case” documentary. But it’s much more fun. The Drowning Girls runs in repertory with Bus Stop and Waiting for Godot through May 21 in the Black Box theatre at the Arvada Center. Like tragic naiads, the drenched and dripping shades of three murdered women (Kate Gleason, Jessica Robblee, and Emily Van Flee…

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Doc…Doc…Goose! When Mother Goose gets her MD, funny bones everywhere crack up! Freak accidents abound in Nurseryland. Mother Goose opens an “urgent care” clinic,  and a host of unlucky nursery rhyme characters line up to prove that laughter really is the best medicine. Among the patients is a cow with a sore calf from moon-jumping, a crooked man needing a chiropractic adjustment, a daredevil who burns his seat jumping over can…

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REVIEW: The Upstart’s Crow’s ‘Dark of the Moon’ is a folksy fantasy for adults, through May 7 in Boulder
Featured Item , Theatre Reviews / April 30, 2017

Dark of the Moon is a supernatural fantasy that revels in the traditions and superstitions of the Appalachian mountain hill folk. At times romantic, charming, and comical, there is also a disturbingly dark side to this tale of a “witch boy” who longs to become human, for the love of a mortal woman. The Upstart Crow’s production, playing through May 7 at the Nomad Playhouse in Boulder, is expertly directed (Jim Heun) and beautifu…

Featured Play by Patrick Rainville Dorn…
Featured Item , Plays and Musicals / April 30, 2017

Be Careful What You Wish For… Receiving your heart’s desire can have unexpected, comical results! In this delightful collection of popular folk tales, magical wish-givers and their apprentices replay instances of wishes gone hilariously awry, and how the recipients ended up preferring things they were before. A nearsighted gardener learns that some things are best not seen too clearly.  A hard-headed stonecutter aspires to becom…

Promo: BiTSY Stage presents Turkish tale ‘The Silent Princess’ May 5-June 11
Featured Item , Theatre Promos / April 28, 2017

The BiTSY Stage presents… The Silent Princess: A Turkish Tale Adapted by Jeri Franco, Samantha McDermott and Patti Murtha Directed by Samantha McDermott May 5 – June 11, 2017 Some things are worth talking about. The BiTSY Stage presents The Silent Princess: A Turkish Tale May 5 through June 11 at 1137 S. Huron St. Denver, CO 80223. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Fridays May 5 & June 9 a…

REVIEW: Courtroom drama ‘A Time to Kill’ shocks and thrills through May 21 at Vintage Theatre in Aurora
Featured Item , Theatre Reviews / April 27, 2017

  The stage version of John Grisham’s smart legal thriller A Time to Kill may not have the exquisite prose or high-minded idealism of To Kill a Mockingbird, but it’s a powerful courtroom drama with plenty of twists and turns, and enough emotional firepower to pack a memorable wallop. Vintage Theatre’s impactful production, running through May 21, brings in the big guns with director Bernie Cardell, leading…

The Edge Theater Co. presents Stephen King’s ‘Misery’ April 28-May 21 in Lakewood
Theatre Promos / April 27, 2017

The Edge Theater Company presents… Misery by William Goldman Adapted from the novel by Stephen King Directed by Warren Sherrill April 28 – May 21, 2017 The Edge Theater Company presents Misery April 28 through May 21 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays, Monday, May 8 & Thursday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $28; $22 on May 8, and are available online at www.theedgetheater.com or by…

REVIEW: Arvada Center’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ turns relentless angst, ennui, and cruelty into rollicking good fun, through May 20
Featured Item , Theatre Reviews / April 24, 2017

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is one of those unpopular masterpieces that is so brilliant, I can’t help but like it–even while hating it. The Arvada Center’s breathtakingly nuanced production of the Absurdist comic-drama is so good, I fear there may be a resurgence of interest in the author’s bitter, pessimistic, and confounding work. Desperately upbeat and outgoing Vladimir (Sam Gregory) and b…

Featured Play by Patrick Rainville Dorn…
Featured Item , Plays and Musicals / April 22, 2017

The Marvelous Misadventures of Baba Yaga — Baba Yaga, Russian folklore’s funny and fearsome wicked witch, takes a terrible tumble when her chicken-legged hut slips on a banana peel! Characters from Baba Yaga’s most beloved stories gather for a “funtastic funeral,” reenacting their hilarious adventures outwitting the comical witch. With the help of an audience full of “enchanted toads,” spirited young Vasilisa and her nurturing n…

Promo: And Toto too Theatre Co. presents regional premiere of ‘The Gun Show,’ through April 29
Theatre Promos / April 21, 2017

And Toto too Theatre Company presents… The Gun Show By EM Lewis Directed by Susan Lyles April 13-29, 2017 And Toto too Theatre Company, supported by The Next Stage Now, will present the regional premiere of EM Lewis’s The Gun Show, April 13-29 at The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa Street Performances are 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, followed by a community discussion. Tickets are $25.00 for general public, $22.00 for s…

REVIEW: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s ’42nd Street’ is a tap dancing sensation, through June 4 in Johnstown
Featured Item , Theatre Reviews / April 19, 2017

–Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s glitzy, glamorous production of 42nd Street, is a cheery, cheeky, tap dancing sensation, with a dizzying array of hit songs and elaborate production numbers. And a whole lot more. The show runs at the spacious proscenium theatre in Johnstown through June 4. Originally produced in 1980 with Gower Champion as director, the stage version is based on the 1933 Busby Berkeley film. The show,…

Featured Play by Patrick Rainville Dorn…
Featured Item , Plays and Musicals / April 15, 2017

The Three Bully Goats Griff –With a tweak, a twist, and just a little shove, the classic tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff has become an action-packed, hilarious children’s play about bullying. At one time or another, EVERYONE in this nine-character comedy goes off the bridge. Two toll trolls have a falling out after Billy, the smallest of the three goats decides to become a “bully goat.” Anyone who dares trip-trap over …