Three To See In Denver

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Photo by Patricia Switzer

The trees may be getting bare but the 2011-2012 Denver theatre season unfolds in all kinds of glorious color.  In the “not-to-be-missed” category is the Denver Center Theatre Company’s “The Liar”. The David Ives (“All in the Timing”) adaptation fast-forwards Pierre Corneille’s 1644 farce into the present by keeping the structure and tone while updating the language. Matt Zambrano and Drew Cortese lead the way down a path where the disingenuous don’t dare to go: the land of the whopper.  Fluff, fancy and flying flatulence make for a fun, fun, fun night out. Running now through October 16th.

Arvada Center brings a stellar cast together in a stunning production of “Ragtime”. Based on the E.L. Doctorow novel, the musical is a sweeping tale of turn-of-the-century America with all the hopeful promise of the 1900s revealed for our twenty-first century eyes.  The score is exquisite and the Henry Award winning Megan Van De Hay turns in a pitch-perfect performance as “Mother”. “Ragtime” closes at the Arvada Center on October 2, moving to the new Lone Tree Arts Center for an October 6-16th run.

Curious Theatre Company kicks off its 14th season with Bruce Norris's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Clybourne Park", a dark comedy about race and real estate. "Clybourne" takes up where Lorraine Hansbury's "Raisin in the Sun" left off, peeling the skin off of neighborhood gentrification to reveal deeper racial issues at its core. The Denver production is top-notch, the Curious cast is superb, and Josh Hartwell as Karl/Steve, keeps the apple bobbing… in hot water. Now thru October 15.

More great shows are filling up the boards across the city faster than the apples in a bushel basket. Check our the Denver Post reviews for "The Liar", "Ragtime" and "Clybourne Park" and check back for updates as I whirl my way through town in a swirl of leaves and ticket stubs.

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