October: Here's what's coming this month in Colorado theatre

by John Moore | Oct 05, 2017
A October 610

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.

By John Moore
Senior Arts Journalist

Five intriguing titles for October:

NUMBER 1DCPA October. Something RottenEdgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat. The newest creation from the all-original Buntport Theater Company ensemble will open the company's 17th season of toying with theatrical conventions in absurd, playful and often hilarious ways. Despite the title, this new comedy is unlikely to be spooky. A guy lives in his sister's basement, recording podcast episodes dedicated to his hero, the Gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe. Much to his sister's dismay, he takes very little interest in anything else. But change is on the way, coming in the unlikely form of a thrift-store suit. Oct. 27-Nov. 18 at 717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

NUMBER 213, The Musical. What do most kids do when they want to raise money for charity? Set up a lemonade stand, or organize a car wash? This group of 13 Denver-based teenagers who have grown up on professional stages throughout the metro area are putting on this musical that Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years) wrote specifically for and about teenagers in transition. The cast is fully self-producing the production with help from some of the local theatre community’s biggest names, including Robert Michael Sanders, Piper Arpan and Paul Dwyer.  All proceeds go to The Denver Actors Fund. Two performances only: 2 and 7 p.m. this Sunday (Oct. 8) at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., ticketor.com/13themusicalforthedenveractorsfund

NUMBER 3La Carpa Aztlán presents: I Don't Speak English Only. Su Teatro brings back its homegrown classic dystopian comedy that rises from the past to imagine a future world where all diversity is prohibited and any expression of 'the other' has been forced underground. The play with music, written by Artistic Director Anthony J. Garcia, is based on the Mexican "tent-show tradition," which emerged during the 1920s in small towns across the Southwestern United States and Mexico. Carpas were looked at as lower-class entertainment, but some of Mexico's greatest performers came out of the carpa tradition, including the man Charlie Chaplin called the world's greatest comedian: Mario Moreno, better known as Cantinflas. Oct. 12-28 at 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219 or suteatro.org.

NUMBER 4A Kenny MotenAurora Fox Cabaret series. The local theatre scene has long been lacking a late-night, New York-style cabaret component, but not for lack of trying. The Aurora Fox is giving it its best shot by committing to an entire year of cabaret in its smaller studio theatre, with featured local luminaries who will get up close and personal enough to tickle your ivories. Each featured performer will present an evening of songs curated by the artists themselves. Kicking off the new series is Denver and Fort Collins favorite Kenny Moten (Oct. 27-28) with his show 12 O’Clock Tales: An Evening of Songs and Stories. It's comprised of jazz and musical theatre classics, with a sprinkling of poems and personal stories. The Denver Dolls will follow with their USO/Andrews Sisters tribute, performed in the style of The Manhattan Transfer. The Dolls are led by frequent DCPA performer Heather Lacy, currently starring as Joanne in the Aurora Fox's production of Company.  9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurora fox.org

NUMBER 5Arvada Center The Foreigner. Matthew GaleThe Foreigner. Denver audiences might not know that Colorado Springs actor Sammie Joe Kinnett is one of the funniest comic performers in the state. They will after they see him in Larry Shue's reliable comedy The Foreigner, which launches the Arvada Center's second season of repertory plays performed by a resident company of actors. It's the story of a painfully shy Brit who pretends not to speak English awhile visiting a rural Georgia hunting lodge and soon knows way more about his fellow travelers than is good for his health. The cast includes  Edith Weiss, Greg Ungar, Lance Rasmussen, Jessica Robblee (DCPA's Frankenstein), Josh Robinson (DCPA's All the Way) and Zachary Andrews. The director is Geoffrey Kent (DCPA's An Act of God). Oct. 13-Nov. 18 at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org


(Submit your listings to jmoore@dcpa.org)

Oct. 5-Oct. 29: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

Oct. 6-28: The Bug Theatre and Paper Cat Films’ Night of the Living Dead…Live! On Stage!
3654 Navajo St., 303-477-9984 or bugtheatre.info

Oct. 6-22: StageDoor Theatre's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged
27357 Conifer Road, Conifer, 303-886-2819 or stagedoortheatre.org

Oct. 6-Nov. 5: The Edge Theater Company's A Delicate Balance
1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheater.com

Oct. 6-Nov. 10: Denver's Dangerous Theatre's The Vagrant 2011 REVIEW
2620 W. 2nd Ave, No. 1, Denver, 720-989-1764 or dangeroustheatre.com

Oct. 6-Nov. 26: Jesters Dinner Theatre's Legally Blonde, The Musical
224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com

Oct. 7-29: Theatre Esprit Asia's Hearts of Palm
At ACAD Gallery, 1400 Dallas St., Aurora, 720-492-9479, or theatre-esprit-asia.org

Oct. 7-22: PopUp Theatre's On Golden Pond
At The Masonic Temple, Blue Room, 225 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, eventbrite.com

Oct. 7-Nov. 11: Denver's Dangerous Theatre's Medea
2620 W. 2nd Ave, No. 1, Denver, 720-989-1764 or dangeroustheatre.com

Oct. 12-31: Off-Center’s The Wild Party
At The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St. Aurora, 303-893-4100 or wildpartydenver.com READ MORE

Oct. 12-28: La Carpa Aztlan presents: I Don’t Speak English Only
At the Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219 or suteatro.org

Oct. 12-22: The Upstart Crow's Richard III
Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, 303-442-1415 or theupstartcrow.org

Oct. 12-29: Springs Ensemble Theatre’s Afterlife: A Ghost Story
1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, 719-357-3080 or springsensembletheatre.org

Oct. 12-21: Fountain Community Theatre's A Night of Dark Intent
Dean Fleischauer Activities Center, 326 Alabama Ave., Fountain, CO, fountaintheater.org

Oct. 13-Nov. 18: Arvada Center's The Foreigner (black-box theatre)
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

Oct. 13-21: Platte Valley Players' To Kill a Mockingbird
At The Armory at the Brighton Cultural Center, 300 Strong St., Brighton, 303-227-3053 or plattevalleyplayers.org

Oct. 13-22: Town Hall Arts Center's The Lannie Garrett Revues
2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.com

Oct. 13-28: Longmont Theatre Company's The Rocky Horror Show
513 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-5200 or longmonttheatre.org

A October Night of the Living DeadOct. 13-Dec. 29: Arvada Center's A Year With Frog and Toad (children’s) 
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

Oct. 13-Nov. 12: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College's Bunnicula  (children's)
30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

Oct. 13-31: Theatrix USA's Taking Tea with the Ripper
Bovine Metropolis Theater, 1527 Champa St., bovinemetropolis.com

Oct. 14-Nov. 11: Lowry's Spotlight Theatre and Theatre Or present Buyer & Cellar
At the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or thisisspotlight.com

Opening Oct. 14: Buntport Theater's Siren Song (ongoing children's series, second Saturdays through May 2018)
717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

Oct. 17-29: National touring production of Something Rotten!
Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

A 800 BIRDS BOULDER ENSEMBLEOct. 19-Nov. 12: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's Birds of North America
Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or boulderensembletheatre.org

Oct. 19-Nov. 5: TheatreWorks' Wild Honey
At the Bon Vivant Theatre, 3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org

Oct. 19-21: Millibo Art Theatre's The Long Way
1626 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, 719-465-6321, www.themat.org

Oct. 20-Nov. 19: DCPA Theatre Company's Smart People
Ricketson Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

Oct. 20-Dec. 31: Avenue Theater's Comedy Sportz
417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or avenuetheater.com

Oct. 20-29: Counterweight Theatre's Macbeth (cast of four)
Oct. 20-22 at Switchback Coffee Roasters, 330 N. Institute St., Colorado Springs
Oct. 27-29: at The Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., Colorado Springs https://www.counterweighttheatre.com

Oct. 20-Nov. 4: Iron Springs Chateau's Rocky Horror Picture Show
444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 719-685-5104 or ironspringschateau.com

Oct. 20-Nov. 1: Evergreen Players' The Explorers Club
At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreenplayers.org

Oct. 20-Nov. 4: Coal Creek Theatre's Shining City
At the Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant St., 303-665-0955 or cctlouisville.org

Oct. 26-Nov. 4: Phamaly Theatre Company's Vox Phamilia
At Community College of Aurora, Fine Arts Building, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Aurora, 303-340-7529 or brownpapertickets.com

Oct. 27-Nov. 19: Local Theater Company's The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias
At The Dairy Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-379-4470 or localtheatercompany.org

Oct. 27-Nov. 18: Buntport Theater's Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat
717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

Oct. 27-28: Aurora Fox presents Kenny Moten’s 12 O’Clock Tales: An Evening of Songs and Stories (studio theatre)
9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurora fox.org

Oct. 27-28: The Catamounts' FEED: Los Muertos
At the Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave., Longmont, 720-468-0487 or thecatamounts.org

Oct. 27-Nov. 18: Theater Company of Lafayette’s Return to the Twilight Zone, a Parody
Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson, 720-209-2154 or tclstage.org

Oct. 27-Dec. 17: Anansi: The Itsy BiTSY Spider Stories
1137 S. Huron St., 720-328-5294 or bitsystage.com

Oct. 28-Nov. 25: Openstage's Monty Python's Spamalot
Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org



Through Oct. 22: DCPA Cabaret's Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women
Garner Galleria Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

Through Oct. 22: Aurora Fox's Company
9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurora fox.org

Through Oct. 28: Thin Air Theatre Company's The Toxic Avenger Musical
Butte Theatre, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-3247 or thinairtheatre.com

Through Oct. 28: Miners Alley Playhouse's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (children’s)
1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or minersalley.com

Through Oct. 29: DCPA Theatre Company's Macbeth
Space Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

Through Nov. 5: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse's The Music Man
4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com

Through Nov. 11: BDT Stage's Rock of Ages
5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

Sept. 1-Nov. 11: Midtown Arts Center's Once
3750 S. Mason St, Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

Through Nov 18: DCPA Educaton and Theatre Company's The Snowy Day (children's)
Conservatory Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter



  • Oct. 14: The Unpresidented Parodies with Sandy and Richard Riccardi
    401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949 or basbleu.org


  • Oct. 17: An Evening with the 17th Avenue All-Stars
    5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com


    • Saturday, Oct. 14: Season opener  of Siren Song: A Pirate Odyssey (Monthly theatre for young audiences at 1 and 3 p.m.)
    • Tuesday, Oct. 17: The Great Debate (monthly)
    • Wednesday, Oct. 18: The Narrators (a monthly live storytelling show and podcast)
    • Friday, Oct. 27: Untitled (in the freight elevator at the Denver Art Museum, monthly)
    717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

    • Sunday, Oct, 8: 13 The Musical, self-produced by a group of 13 young, Denver-based performers, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture. ticketor.com/13themusicalforthedenveractorsfund
    • Sunday, Oct. 15: Screening of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with live pre-screening entertainment for the cast of OpenStage of Fort Collins; upcoming stage production of the stage musical Spamalot. Entertainment 6:30 p.m.; film at 7. At Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake. drafthouse.com

    • Sunday, Oct. 22: Childsplay presents Go, Dog. Go!
    • 470 S. Allison Parkway, 303-987-7845 or Lakewood.org



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

    • Saturday, Oct 7: The Year of Magical Thinking (7:30 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org)
    • Sunday, Oct. 15: The Year of Magical Thinking (1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org)
    Stories on Stage has renowned actors bring stories to life by combining literature with theater. This month, actor Anne Penner reads Joan Didion's acclaimed memoir about the death of her husband.

    • Saturday, Oct. 28: An Evening with C.S. Lewis
      Shows at 3 and 7 p.m.; 5:15 p.m. High Tea and meet-and-greet between shows

    304 Highway 105, Palmer Lake, 719-481-0475 or trilakesarts.org

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    John Moore
    Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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