The off-Broadway satire Newsical is coming, and it's going to be a bona fide celebrity shish kebab. The rowdy roast skewers household headliners such as Anna Nicole and Jacko while also sinking its fangs into any fresh tabloid fodder that slinks across the front page. "We poke fun at everyone; nobody is safe," says director Donna Drake. "We also don't take sides. Everyone is fair game."
Described as "The Daily Show set to music," Newsical cooks up a comedy-filled cabaret that's updated weekly. Denver is the first stop for the touring show, with an all-local cast spoofing the breaking news.
So look out, Mayor Hick and Governor O: It just might be time for your comedic close-ups.
Previews begin tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Denver Civic Theatre Black Box Cabaret, 721 Santa Fe Drive, where Newsical's run is open-ended. For tickets, $27 to $35, and information, call 303-309-3773 or go to www.denvercivic.com. -- Kity Ironton
No Body Like You
Her name's been around the block a few times, but witty folkie Cosy Sheridan, who's always had her songwriting finger on the button when it comes to humanity, is pure evidence that old dogs learn new tricks every day. And she does it, thankfully, with a fine sense of humor.
Note, for instance, Sheridan's recent CD and one-woman performance piece, The Pomegranate Seed: an Exploration of Appetite, Body Image and Myth in Modern Culture, which descends from the Persephone saga to a sometimes funny, sometimes dark walk down the aisles of contemporary body-image issues: It's all spoken and sung in the seasoned voice of someone who knows exactly what she's talking about.
When a young woman's thoughts turn to theater.
Eleemosynarymay be produced by eighteen-year-old Denver School of the Arts senior Jessica Posner, but it's far from the typical high school production. On the contrary, the play features an ensemble cast of professional local actors and is being directed by David Payne, recently at the helm of the Arvada Center's To Kill a Mockingbird.
Called "alternately funny and poignant" by Variety, the story "is about relationships and about a young woman trying to find her place in both the surrounding world and her family," Posner explains. She estimates that she spends at least twenty hours a week rehearsing, in addition to the production work. "It's been like a full-time job," she says. Witness the fruit of her labors tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Logan School for Creative Learning, 1005 Yosemite Street, or on April 29 and 30 or May 5 through 8. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for adults, with proceeds benefiting the Spirituals Project, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of slave spirituals. For information, call 303-223-4807 or go to www.spiritualsproject.org. -- Adam Cayton-Holland