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1350 Curtis St., Denver
The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it numerous cancellations and postponed show dates. But many of those postponed performances are finally returning to the stage at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)’s Buell Theater, including Broadway musicals come from away and Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of Temptation.
From Tony Award-winning director Christopher Ashley, come from away tells the true story of airline passengers stranded in Newfoundland following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Told in just an hour and a half (without an intermission), this emotional and heartwarming story will restore your faith in humanity through the retelling of the kindness of strangers. come from away has a limited edition and ends on October 9th. So be sure to get your tickets before the Buell rolls out. Tickets range from $30 to $120.
Also based on true events Is not too proud opens October 25th and runs through November 6th and tells the story of soul music icons The Temptations as they rose to fame. Tickets range from $35 to $120.
Curious theater group
1080 Acoma St., Denver
Kicking off its 25th season, the Curious Theater Company is showing the regional premiere of Heroes of the Fourth Turn, written by Will Arbery and directed by former DCPA Executive Producer Kent Thompson. The controversial, thought-provoking work, which runs through October 15, follows four young conservative Wyoming Catholics as they explore their ideology and politics. In the program, Thompson writes, “It challenges us to listen to perspectives that many of us in the audience will find repulsive; However, if we listen, we may learn something about those on the other side of the current political divide in this country.”
Moderated group discussions will take place after the 135-minute show (no intermission) at the October 7th and October 13th performances. Tickets range from $32 to $48.
717 Lipan Street, Denver
Brought to you by local playwright Ellen K. Graham, Buntport Theater welcomes comedy like no other. Coyote. Badger. rattlesnake, which takes viewers behind the scenes with museum staff Carroll and Glenn as they use stuffed creatures to build a nature exhibit — while experiencing their own revelations about humanity in the process. The show returns to Buntport on a limited basis through October 15.
During the pandemic, Buntport introduced a “name your price” ticketing system in hopes of making live theater accessible to all. Viewers can still choose their own ticket prices but are encouraged to reserve their seats online in advance. Masks are compulsory for all guests.
The Bug Theater
3654 Navajo St., Denver
For just one weekend, see John Logan’s Tony Award-winning two-man play Red, a drama inspired by celebrated American painter Mark Rothko. The hour-and-a-half performance follows Rothko, known for his abstract color field paintings, and his fictional assistant Ken as they work together on mural commissions. Performances at the Bug Theater begin at 7:00 p.m. on October 15 and 16 with tickets priced at $17.
After his run at the bow, Red will be moving to the Jesters Dinner Theater in Longmont (224 Main St.) on October 29th and 30th.
1468 Dayton Street, Aurora
The stage at this East Colfax gem may be smaller than DCPA, but the talent at Vintage Theater is just as big. Catch the regional premiere of the piano teacher, written by Julia Cho and directed by Dwayne Carrington, Fridays through Sundays through October 16. The initially seemingly innocent story of a lonely widow develops into an exciting drama with an unexpected twist. The show runs for 85 minutes without an intermission and tickets range from $20 to $34.
Phamaly Theater Company
9995 E. Colfax Avenue, Aurora
The critically acclaimed Phamaly Theater Company makes its Denver debut Vox Vergere, directed by Betty Hart, at the People’s Building in Aurora on October 13. Eight original short plays written and performed by intersectional artists with disabilities discuss “love, connection and joy in the disabled community” and how these things converge with issues of race, gender, sexuality, age and class. Wheelchair-accessible seating, closed captioning, and other accessibility services are available for each show. (American Sign Language interpretation and audio description are available on October 16 and can also be requested up to two weeks in advance for later dates.)
Vox Vergere is sure to stimulate meaningful conversations that begin during the conversation after each performance. Productions run through October 23 and tickets range from $20 to $30. Guests must wear masks in the building.
Miners Alley Playhouse
1224 Washington Avenue, Golden
Miners Alley Children’s Theater kicks off the spooky season The legend of sleepy hollow. This version of Washington Irving’s classic 1820s tale, adapted and directed by Rory Pierce, will be shown twice every Saturday through October 29, with shows beginning at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Join Ichabod Crane as he discovers the haunted legends of his small town – and the infamous Headless Horseman – which may prove to be more than just folklore. Adult and child tickets are $14 each.
6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
The River Bride, written by Marisela Treviño Orta and directed by Jamie Ann Romero, runs at the Arvada Center Black Box Theater through November 6th. Set in a Brazilian fishing village, the hour-and-a-half non-interrupted performance blends “Brazilian folklore with magical realism.” Themes of love, family and magic attract audiences, with tickets starting at $45.
There will be a special performance in American Sign Language on October 9th at 2pm. Wheelchair-accessible seating is also available. Accessibility questions can be directed to the box office at [email protected] or 720-898-7200 ext. 1.
Adam’s Mystery Playhouse
2406 Federal Blvd., Denver
Adams Mystery Playhouse is Denver’s premier mystery dinner theater, and audiences can find their chilling solution and put their crime-solving skills to the test with two interactive shows this October: Steambox Murder and Murder in the Speakeasy. In the middle of the French Revolution Steambox Murder runs until November 12th. and Murder in the Speakeasy, a classic “whodunnit” set in the world of flappers and gangsters of the 1920s, runs until November 19th. Guests are encouraged to dress in steampunk and 1920s costumes for each show. Tickets, which include both dinner and admission to the two-hour experience, range from $54 to $64.
BDT Stage (formerly Boulder’s Dinner Theater)
5501 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
BDT Stage is celebrating its 45th season – and probably the last one Buddy: the buddy holly story. Thursdays through Sundays from now through January 28, 2023, guests can watch as the true story of Buddy Holly’s short-lived fame and definitive impact on the 1950s rock ‘n’ roll world is told through his music. Tickets range from $70 to $75 per person and include an appetizer. Appetizers, desserts and drinks from the special menu — which even includes real cricket tacos honoring Buddy Holly’s band, the Crickets — are available for an additional fee.