Denver: A Curious (Theatre) Night Out
by Tracy Shaffer
It was a brainstorm marketing session seven years ago that launched Curious Theatre Company’s Girls Night Out, as a way to reach out to a broader audience and a niche market. Both have grown a lot since then. Seems a gal can find some thing to do any night of the week with her BFFs, as the girl’s night out concept has spread faster than a hot rumor. Most of these evenings involve a bar, a mani/pedi or a gabfest, and if there’s a bit of theatre involved it’s a fem-centric musical, an inside joke. The wave of “Chick-Plays” has crashed, save for Eve Ensler’s “The Good Body," leaving us to find our commonality solely within our humanity, thank god. This year’s Curious offering breaks from their usual provocative premiere productions and promises a “transformational” evening as Denver femmes cultivées gather to mix, mingle, and enjoy a performance of the hit show Circle Mirror Transformation.
Having read the script this summer, I’m prepared for the delightfully poignant show in the good hands of a stellar cast led by Denver fav, Erica Sarzin-Borillo in her Curious Theatre debut. Obie Award winning playwright Annie Baker brings us to a drama class held at a community center in Vermont where an entourage of outsiders engages in the warm and fuzzy games theatre people play. It is a subtle piece, comically unfolding its well-drawn characters, who have nothing and everything in common. We laugh at them, with them, and ultimately at our selves as the tender aches we hide are reflected in the mask of their stoic frailty. Directed by Christopher Leo, the play has brought in consistently great reviews, showing us that Curious Theatre has a heart to match its brains.
The February 18th event include a preshow cocktail hour catered by Gourmet Fine Catering and live music by Tito Del Barrio Malaga. Continuing with the metamorphic theme, silent auction items offer transformative services, experiences, and fashions, as well as sumptuous swag from presenting sponsor, The Woodhouse Day Spa Denver. The Elite ticket adds an after party at the uber-hip Japoix Restaurant for cocktails, dessert and a meet-and-greet with the Circle cast. There are still seats available for this popular event, but don’t wait too long or you’ll find the caterpillar has morphed and flown away without you. Tickets online at www.curioustheatre.org
or by calling 303.623.0524
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