Get your local theater on
Hey, it’s Lizzie! And today, thanks to popular demand, I’ve got another theater roundup for you!
For me, live theater is a place to find respite from the winter winds, to get a song stuck in your head in the best possible way, to fall a little in love from the comfort of your seat.
Last week, I was sitting in the Wolf Theatre with a friend, waiting for “Rattlesnake Kate” to start (it was even better than I expected, by the way, and so was DCPA’s other premiere, “In the Upper Room”), and I excitedly mentioned how I was going to be writing the theater round-up newsletter for February. “This really is the perfect job for you,” she said. I couldn’t agree more.
Because there are waaaayyyy too many plays and musicals happening around town to fit them all in one newsletter, I decided to share my curated master list of every single theatrical production I could find that’s happening this spring. The longer I work on this list though, the more of a slippery slope it becomes to focus JUST on theater and JUST on Denver — so you’ll definitely find some opera, improv, and other random entertainment thrown in, plus some farther flung theater companies that somehow snuck onto the list (you know, in case you fancy a trip to Montrose in the dead of winter to catch “Macbeth”).
I’m highlighting a few bright-eyed, bushy-tailed (and definitely not in Montrose) productions below, but in case you’re a die-hard theaterlover (like me): here’s the mother lode.
— Lizzie Goldsmith, City Cast Producer Who Will Drive to Montrose For Macbeth (Maybe)
🎭 SOMETHING CLASSIC (WITH DINNER TOO!)
“Little Women” (and more) at Jesters Dinner Theatre (through March 13)
As someone who’s watched every film adaptation (okay, at least five) of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 classic “Little Women,” I’m excited to see how it’s brought to life as a musical. Dinner is optional at this family-owned theater in Longmont, so it’s a good budget pick. Jesters Dinner Theatre is also hosting a student production of “The Addams Family” through this Sunday, plus a rendition of “Guys & Dolls,” which opens on March 18.
💭 SOMETHING TO TAKE YOU A LITTLE DEEPER
“Refuge” at Curious Theatre (opens March 3)
Puppets and people, Spanish and English, and fear and hope all come together in this magical realism story about a Honduran girl who crosses the US border. This isn’t the lens through which we usually explore the immigration crisis, but if it’s anything like the other plays I’ve seen at Curious Theatre, it will ask hard questions that will stay with you long after the lights go out. And if you’re interested in exploring these conversations further, keep an eye out for the post-show discussions that close out some of the performances.
😂 SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU LAUGH — LIKE, A LOT
“Moon Over Buffalo” at Miners Alley Playhouse (through March 20)
“One of the Funniest Comedies of the 20th Century!” says the theater’s website, and, not gonna lie, that piqued my interest. When I take a break from intense dramas, it’s often with something fuzzy and heartwarming, so the prospect of really busting a gut is enormously appealing. Is this about an actual buffalo? What does the moon have to do with it? I have no idea, because I’m trying to stay as spoiler-free as possible on this one to maximize the laughs (that’s how it works, right?), but my expectations are high.
📚 SOMETHING TO GET YOUR SATIRE GAME ON
“Animal Farm” at the Arvada Center (opens today, February 25)
Revisit George Orwell’s classic allegory — and high school English lit class — in this animal-centric play (although, if you know the story, you know that it’s not really about the animals). If farce is more your cup of tea, the Arvada Center has got you covered there too, with “The Liar,” which promises wordplay and swordplay.
👉 SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY
“One Way-Back Day” (The Catamounts), February 26-March 19
“Fourteen Funerals” (BETC), through March 5
“Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (DCPA), through March 6
“Edges” (MSU Theatre), through March 6
“Cabaret” (DU Theatre), March 3-6
🗓️ SOME NON-THEATER THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
🕺 Sat. Feb. 26: Meow Wolf Party Portal: 9 DJs, 3 stages, 2 worlds, and 1 epic all-night dance party that will rage from midnight until 4 a.m.
🕵️ Sat. Feb. 26: Spy Bar: An experiential James Bond-themed pop-up bar with live music, cocktails, and secret missions.
🎊 Sat. Feb. 26: Mardi Gras Rumpus: BBQ, crawfish boil, beer releases, and the world’s tiniest Mardi Gras parade.
👠 Sun. Feb. 27: Denver Fashion Week spring 2022 auditions: DFW is looking for this spring’s runway models, and everyone is welcome to apply.
🎶 Mon. Feb. 28: Marshall Fire Benefit Concert: For $10, you can livestream a night of live performances from big name acts like Nathaniel Rateliff, The Lumineers, Dave Matthews, Lake Street Dive, Steve Miller, and many, many more, all to benefit the victims of the Marshall Fire.
🔎 SOMETHING TO KEEP AN EYE ON
- There were two home explosions in Westminster this week that injured two and killed one. Officials say the two incidents are not related.
- The Jefferson County school district was quick to scoop up Corey Wise, the former superintendent of Douglas County schools who was controversially fired by the school board earlier this month without apparent cause.
- Apparently, Denver International Airport is about to become your new favorite food hall.
- The Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche are very likely headed to the playoffs this season — but you still might not be able to watch it at home, thanks to the never-ending Altitude-Comcast blackout.
- Everyone’s watching Russia and Ukraine. Here’s what Colorado politicians have to say about the conflict.
🎙️ SOMETHING YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
A look back at our shows of the week
- TODAY: Friday chat: The “Shitstorm” heading for Lauren Boebert, and yet another LGBTQ discrimination case goes to the Supreme Court
- THU: How craft brewers’ battle with Ball Corp. is hurting beer-lovers
- WED: How Denver’s tech industry put roadblocks in front of a “modern Green Book”
- TUE: “More like poisoning than an overdose”: We talked with Attorney General Phil Weiser on the fentanyl crisis
👉 Find all our shows at denver.citycast.fm.
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