By John Moore
Sept. 23, 2013
The Denver Center Theatre Company opens its 35th season with a classic it has never staged before: “Death of a Salesman”; and the Buell Theatre welcomes the national touring production of “Sister Act.” Those are just a few highlights of the week in theater openings. Longtime journalist and Avenue Theater producer John Ashton stars as a seriously messed-up novelist in Theresa Rebeck’s “Seminar,” and the Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre puts a new spin on “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” For starters. Here is a brief rundown of all Colorado theate ropenings this week:
National touring production of “Sister Act”
Opening Tuesday, Sept. 24, though Oct. 6: “Sister Act” tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look — a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A musical tribute to the universal power of friendship. Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Little Shop of Horrors”).
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays.
At the Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or the denver center’s home page
Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Death of a Salesman”
Opening Thursday, Sept. 26, through Oct. 20: Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama is the story of Willy Loman, a failing salesman who cannot accept that his dreams for his family are no match for realities of their ordinary lives. This heartbreaking portrayal of the American Dream explores families, promises and how slowly both can break. Starring Mike Hartman.
Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 p.m. Sundays.
At the Space Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or the denver center’s home page
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company’s “Noises Off”
Opening Thursday, Sept. 26, through Oct. 20: Perhaps the most celebrated modern farce ever written, this uproarious comedy follows the stage antics - on and off - of an inept acting troupe as they stumble from bumbling dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night. Everything that can go wrong does, as the actors try desperately to hang on to their lines, their sanity, and the furniture. The cast includes several Fine Arts Center veterans including Birgitta DePree, Sammie Joe Kinnett, Max Ferguson, Casiena Raether and Sammy Gleason. Making their FAC debuts are Scott Bellot, Shanna Brook, Michael Miller and Joye Cook-Levy.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays
30 W. Dale St., 719-634-5583 or the fac’s home page
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s “Seminar”
Opening Friday, Sept. 27, through Oct. 20: In Theresa Rebeck’s latest exploration of nasty human behavior, four aspiring young novelists find themselves in over their heads when they sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, a force of nature and international literary figure. Under his reckless instruction, the wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious. Idealism collides with reality in this biting Broadway drama from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck (“Smash”). Recommended for 16 and older. Starring John Ashton with Matthew Blood-Smyth, Devon James, Mary Kay Riley and Sean Scrutchins. A regional premiere.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; plus 4 p.m. Sundays
Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or betc’s home page
“Thunder River’s “Something Intangible”
Opening Friday, Sept. 27, through Oct. 12: It’s Hollywood, 1941. Two very different brothers — one an extravagant visionary, the other a plain-speaking numbers man — run a movie studio famous for its cartoon dog, Petey Pup. Gifted Tony longs to move beyond Petey and create a feature-length animated film set to classical music. His loyal brother, Dale, manages everything: unrealistic budgets, unpredictable Tony and unrelenting deadlines while trying not to lose himself or his family in the wake of Tony’s feverish genius. Dale and Tony show the ways brothers support one another in spite of everything.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; also 2 p.m. some Sundays
67 Promenade, Carbondale, 970-963-8200 or thunder river’s home page
Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
Opening Friday, Sept. 27, through Oct. 6: The area’s only theater company featuring deaf performers alongside hearing performers presents the familiar Dale Wasserman play, with an added layer of depth. In this version, adapted from Ken Kesey’s novel, the patients represent the deaf culture, while the hospital staff members represent the hearing majority. Co-director Nicki Runge hopes to highlight a real-life culture clash experienced by deaf people around the globe. This new take gives the audience a glimpse of the isolation and communication difficulties experienced by many deaf patients in real-life medical situations. To highlight the communication difficulties between deaf and hearing worlds, this production uses an unprecedented mix of communication strategies that it is hoped will leave audiences thinking about the deeper questions raised by the play for a long time to come. On October 18, 19 and 20, the show moves from the Vintage Theatre to the Colorado School for Deaf and Blind, at 33 North Institute St. in Colorado Springs. It then returns to the metro area Oct. 25-Nov. 3 at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. in Boulder.
Showtimes: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
All Colorado theater schedules, however you like them: