February: Colorado theatre listings

by John Moore | Feb 01, 2017
February Theatre Openings

NOTE: At the start of each month, the DCPA NewsCenter offers an updated list of upcoming theatre openings, spotlighting work being presented on stages statewide. Companies are encouraged to submit listings and production photos at least two weeks in advance to the DCPA NewsCenter at jmoore@dcpa.org.

Five intriguing titles for February:

NUMBER 1The Zeus Problem. Buntport Theater’s latest creation is described as “a dark comedy about a god and the mess he made.” And they swear it was conceived and written before the recent presidential election. Whatever. Inspired by Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound, The Zeus Problem is an original tale about abuse of power, the potential of storytelling "and the importance of a stretchy waistband at the dinner table." Featuring guest god Jim Hunt, winner of the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Feb. 3-25 at 717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

NUMBER 2A Murray Ross 160The Hairy Ape. Colorado Springs lost an icon with the death of Murray Ross, who started TheatreWorks from nothing on the campus of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in 1975. In tribute to the man and his passion, TheatreWorks will continue as planned its staging of Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 expressionistic masterwork, with Scott RC Levy, Producing Artistic Director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, taking over as director. The Hairy Ape stars Dylan Mosley as Yank, an immigrant who finds America to be a world riddled by unrest and controlled by the wealthy. Sound familiar? Feb. 11-26 in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater. 719-255-3232 or www.theatreworkscs.org

NUMBER 3Billy Elliot, The Musical. Broadway’s stage adaptation of the charming British film about the coal-town kid who prefers ballet over boxing, has its first two homegrown Colorado stagings this month. Vintage Theatre’s production, directed by Bernie Cardell and featuring a cast of 26, plays Feb. 3-March 19 at 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com. Evergreen Chorale, which is partnering with the Colorado Ballet for its production, plays Feb. 24-March 12 at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive in Evergreen, 303-674-4002 or evergreenchorale.org. A special performance will be held on Friday, March 17, at the Colorado Ballet’s Armstrong Center for Dance.

NUMBER 4February Theatre OpeningsKing Lear. Boulder’s 35-year-old Upstart Crow, Colorado’s only company dedicated exclusively to presenting classics, expands out to Longmont for its new staging of King Lear. Shakespeare’s infamously bad old dad brings his storm to the Longmont Performing Arts Center, otherwise known as the Longmont Theatre Company’s longtime home at 513 Main St. It’s a perfect marriage: Boulder County’s two oldest theatre companies cooperating on the story of Shakespeare’s oldest protagonist. Directed by Joan Kuder Bell. Starring Louis Clark as Lear. Feb. 9-19 303-772-5200 or longmonttheatre.org

NUMBER 5Yohen. Speaking of partnerships, Colorado’s only Asian-American theatre Company, Theatre Esprit Asia, has called on Tony Garcia, Producing Artistic Director  of Colorado’s only Chicano theatre, Su Teatro, to direct Philip Kan Gotanda's play, featuring Maria Cheng and Don Randle. "Yohen" refers to pottery that comes out of the kiln with imperfection. "Usually the pots are thrown away, but sometimes that imperfection is so unique that it makes the pot special and cherished," Garcia said. "I am thrilled to be able to work with other actors of color to continue to build these relationships. At ACAD Gallery, 1400 Dallas St., Aurora, 720-492-9479, or theatre-esprit-asia.org

February Theatre Openings

THIS MONTH'S THEATRE OPENINGS IN COLORADO:

(Submit your listings to jmoore@dcpa.org)

Feb. 2-12: Lone Tree Arts Center's Muscle Shoals: I’ll Take You There
10075 Commons St., just west of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue, 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org

Feb. 2-26: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's An Iliad
At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or thedairy.org

Feb. 3-March 12: DCPA Theatre Company's Two Degrees
Jones Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

Feb. 3-25: Buntport Theater's The Zeus Problem
717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

Feb. 3-26: Theatre Esprit Asia’s Yohen
At ACAD Gallery, 1400 Dallas St., Aurora, 720-492-9479, or theatre-esprit-asia.org

Feb. 3-March 19: Vintage Theatre Productions' Billy Elliot, The Musical
1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

Feb. 4-March 5: That Championship Season
417 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949 or basbleu.org

Feb. 9-26: 5th Wall Productions' Straight
At Tony P's, 777 E. 17th Ave., 5th-wall-productions.ticketleap.com
(No shows Feb. 11 or 25)

Feb. 9-19: Upstart Crow's King Lear
Presented at Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main St., 303-772-5200 or longmonttheatre.org

Feb. 9-26: Millibo Art Theatre's Lovette
1626 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, 719-465-6321 or themat.org

Feb. 10-11: Off-Center's Cult Following: Secrets & Confessions
D&F Clocktower, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

Feb. 10-11: Evergreen Players' EPiC Winter (improv comedy)
At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreenplayers.com

Feb. 10-26: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Enchanted April
30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

Feb. 11-26: TheatreWorks' The Hairy Ape
3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org

Feb. 14-18: Vintage Theatre and Edge Theater's I'll Eat You Last: A Conversation with Sue Menger
At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or thedairy.org

Feb. 15-19: National touring production of Motown the Musical 
Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

Feb. 16-March 18: OpenStage Theatre & Company’s August: Osage County
Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org

February Theatre OpeningsFeb. 16-March 5: The Heir Apparent
1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, 719-357-3080 or springsensembletheatre.org

Feb. 17-March 19: Town Hall Arts Center's Bonnie & Clyde
2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or town hallartscenter.org

Feb. 17-March 18: Breckenridge Backstage Theatre's The Toxic Avenger
121 S. Ridge St. 970-453-0199 or backstagetheatre.org

Feb. 17-18: The Avenue Theater's The Golden Years
417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or the avenue’s home page

Feb. 18-March 18: Spotlight Theater Company's Sabrina Fair
At the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or thisisspotlight.com

Feb. 21-26: Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus
Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

Feb. 23-March 12: Phamaly Theatre Company's Pygmalion 
At the Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., 303-575-0005 or phamaly.org

Feb. 23-March 12: The Catamounts' Beowulf, A Thousand Years of Baggage
Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or the dairy.org

Feb. 23-March 11: Thunder River Theatre Company’s The Tempest
67 Promenade, Carbondale, 970-963-8200 or www.thunderrivertheatre.com

Feb. 23-25: square product theatre’s The Box Marked Black: Tales from a Halfrican American Growing up Mulatto (with Sock Puppets)!
Performed in rep with Hoarded Stuff Performance’s Practicing
At the Boulder Creative Collective Warehouse, 2500 47th St., Unit 10, Boulder, 800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com
(Also: March 2-4 at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver)

Feb. 24-May 14: Arvada Center's Bus Stop
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or the arvada center’s home page

Feb. 24-March 12: Evergreen Chorale's Billy Elliot, The Musical
At CenterStage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4002 or evergreenchorale.org

Feb. 24-March 11: Coal Creek Theatre of Louisville's And Then There Were None
Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant St., 303-665-0955 or cctlouisville.org

Feb. 24-March 12: The Avenue Theater's Robert Dubac’s The Book of Moron
417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or the avenue’s home page

Feb. 24-March 26: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Junie B. Jones: The Musical
Second Stage, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

CONTINUING CURRENT PRODUCTIONS:

Through Feb. 4: Firehouse Theatre Company's Becky’s New Car
John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or firehousetheatercompany.com
Thursday, Feb. 2, benefits The Denver Actors Fund

Through Feb. 4: Town Hall Arts Center's Avenue Q
2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org

Through Feb. 4: OpenStage Theatre & Company’s Bright Ideas
Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org

Through Feb. 4: Equinox Theatre Company’s The Who’s Tommy
At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinox’s home page

Through Feb. 12: The Edge Theatre's Burn This
1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheater.com

Through Feb. 12: The Avenue Theater's Almost, Maine
417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or the avenue’s home page

Through Feb. 12: Vintage Theatre Productions' Beauty and the Beast

1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

Through Feb. 12: Parker Center and Inspire Creative's Disney's Beauty and the Beast
20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, parkerarts.org

Through Feb. 12: Something’s Afoot
27357 Conifer Road, Conifer, 303-886-2819, 800-838-3006 or stagedoor’s home page

Through Feb. 17: Curious Theatre's The Happiest Song Plays Last
1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org

Through Feb. 19: BDT Stage's Thoroughly Modern Millie
5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

February Theatre OpeningsThrough Feb. 19: Aurora Fox's Myth
9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurorafox.org

Through Feb. 19: Cherry Creek Theatre's Red Hot and Cole
At the Mizel Arts and Culture Center's Pluss Theatre, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303-800-6578 or cherry creek theatre’s home page

Through Feb. 26: DCPA Theatre Company's The Christians
Stage Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

Through Feb. 26: DCPA Theatre Company's The Book of Will
Ricketson Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

February Theatre OpeningsThrough March 5: Miners Alley Playhouse's Hir
1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or minersalley.com

Through March 5: Vintage Theatre's Brilliant Traces
1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintage’s home page

Through March 12: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s Forever Plaid
4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com

Through March 18: Midtown Arts Center's Million Dollar Quartet
3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

Through March 18: Midtown Arts Center's Forbidden Broadway (Studio Theatre)
3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

Through April 8: DCPA Cabaret's An Act of God
Galleria Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

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ONGOING, MONTHLY or ONE-TIME PROGRAMMING:

ADAMS MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE
Ongoing productions
2406 Federal Blvd., Denver, 303-455-1848 or adamsmysteryplayhouse.com

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE DENVER
Sunday, Feb. 26: Oscars Viewing Party (with KMGH Channel 7)
7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, drafthousedenver.com.
Benefits Denver Actors Fund

February Theatre Openings BDT STAGE
Sunday, Feb. 19: Procceds from the closing (evening) performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie benefit the Denver Actors Fund
5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

BUNTPORT THEATRE

Feb. 11: Siren Song: A Pirate Odyssey (Monthly theatre for young audiences at 1 and 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, through May 13)
Feb. 15: The Narrators (a live storytelling show and podcast)
Feb. 24: Untitled (in the freight elevator at the Denver Art Museum)
Feb. 20: Staged reading of The 30th of Baydak Tickets here

Feb. 21: The Great Debate
717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

THE CLOCKTOWER CABARET
Sunday, Feb. 19: The Jerseys sing the Four Seasons and more
D&F Clocktower, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 303-293-0075 or clocktowercabaret.com
Benefits the Denver Actors Fund

Friday, Feb. 3: Drag Decades hosted by Shirley Delta Blow
Performances inspired by musicals from TV, movies and the stage. Appearances by Vivian LeCher (Miss Gay Pride of Colorado), Zarah (Drag Machine) and Brody Danger.
D&F Clocktower, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 303-293-0075 or clocktowercabaret.com

Monday, Feb. 6: Cabaret for a Cause
Eugene Ebner and Paul Page Productions presents the third annual "Cabaret for a Cause," songs celebrating the power of love.
D&F Clocktower, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 303-293-0075 or clocktowercabaret.com
Benefits Challenge Denver

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Tony Desare in concert
New York cabaret star Tony DeSare performs Night Life, his classic and elegant 1950s New York nightclub act featuring songs from Cole Porter to Bob Dylan
D&F Clocktower, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 303-293-0075 or clocktowercabaret.com
Benefits Think360 Arts

DCPA THEATRE COMPANY
Feb. 18-26: Colorado New Play Summit
Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

DENVER ACTORS FUND
Feb. 16, 18 and 22: Fathom Events screening of Broadway's Newsies, featuring Jeremy Jordan, at Alamo Drafthouse Denver, 7301 S Santa Fe Drive, https://drafthouse.com/denver/show/fathom-presents-disneys-newsies-the-broadway-musical
See also: Alamo Drafthouse, Clocktower Cabaret and BDT Stage

LAKE DILLON THEATRE COMPANY

Friday, Feb. 3: Broadway st the Summit
Celebrating the music of ABBA
At the Outlets at Silverthorne. Dillon, 970-513-9386

Wednesday, March 1: Snowshoe Hike and Supper
Raven Golf Course, Silverthorne. Email megan@lakedillontheatre.org

LOCAL THEATER COMPANY

Wednesday, Feb. 6: Public reading of Home in the Heart, a student adaptation of Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street
This free, 45-minute presentation  is geared for elementary and middle-school students. Starring Mehry Eslaminia. Directed by Megan Mathews.  
At Boulder Public Library's Canyon Theater, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Get tickets in advance

PACE CENTER

Thursday, Feb. 23: The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters, the Musical
20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, parkerarts.org

THE SOURCE THEATRE COMPANY

Every third Monday: Monday! Monday! Monday! Cabaret
At Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 720-238-1323 or thesourcedenver.org

SQUARE PRODUCT THEATRE
Friday, Feb. 25: Being Black in Boulder: A Community Conversation
Immediately following the performance of The Box Marked Black: Tales from a Halfrican American Growing up Mulatto (with Sock Puppets)!
Panelists: Arthur Antoine, Paris Ferribee, and Vanessa Roberts
At the Boulder Creative Collective Warehouse, 2500 47th St., Unit 10, Boulder. Free. 800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com

STORIES ON STAGE

Sunday, Feb. 12: Legal Fictions
“The Something by John Grisham,” by B.J. Novak, performed by Leigh Miller
“Weight,” by Margaret Atwood, performed by Stephen Weitz
"The Conversion of the Jews,” by Philip Roth Young, performed by Michael Bouchard
"The Blue Hole” by Erika Krouse, performed by Jessica Austgen
"A Fable with Slips of White Paper Spilling from the Pockets,” by Kevin Brockmeier, performed by Cajardo Rameer Lindsey
1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org

THUNDER RIVER THEATRE COMPANY
Friday, Feb. 24: At its production of The Tempest, Thunder River will re-name the “black-box” studio theatre its founder opened in 2006 as The Lon Winston Theatre.

67 Promenade, Carbondale, 970-963-8200 or www.thunderrivertheatre.com

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