From what we've seen of Gionfriddo's work in Denver -- her After Ashley was shown at the Denver Center some years back -- the word "transgression" fits. In the opening scene of that play, a mother watches television with her teenage son. She offers him pot, talks about her relationship with his father in terms that make him squirm, and advises him that if he ever gets a girl pregnant -- he hasn't even started dating yet -- he should make sure she gets an abortion.
"You'll be traumatized for, like, two days," she says.
If rapturous reviews from both New York and London are any guide, Becky Shaw, which tells the story of a married couple's attempt to fix up a pair of friends (an attempt that goes horribly awry), is just as deliciously wicked.
The show runs through April 14 at Curious, 1080 Acoma Street; for tickets and information, call 303-623-0524 or go to www.curioustheatre.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: March 8. Continues through April 14, 2012