This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Tuesday, May 6Are all those reality shows bumming you out? We'll reserve judgment on whether or not it's a good thing, but public television is getting in the act with its own twists on the formula. One of them, Warrior Challenge, a time-warping, historically based battle show focusing on combat specialists through the ages, premieres locally tonight at 9 with an episode titled "Gladiators." You guessed it -- eight, um, volunteer "gladiators" duke it out in a modern-day arena, but not before learning the tricks of the trade, Roman style. Future installments focus on Vikings, medieval knights, Roman centurions and the like; they air weekly on Tuesdays on KRMA-TV/Channel 6. And who knows? It might just become the new BattleBots!

Wednesday, May 7The Denver Center Theatre Company winds up its season with a restaged and unredoubtable classic: Jean-Baptiste Molière's 300-year-old farce Scapin or The Con Artist, newly translated and adapted by DCTC stalwart Nagle Jackson. Reset in sunny Naples in the nineteenth century, the production features Cameron Fomar in the title role (a comic character originally performed by Molière himself). Audiences can get a sneak peek tonight for nada at a Free for All performance at 6:30; shows continue daily, except Sundays, through June 7 at the Stage Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets. Admission ranges from $26 to $35 for previews (tomorrow through May 14) and $33 to $46 thereafter; call 303-893-4100 or log on to www.denvercenter.org.

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