The Denver Center Theatre Company kicks off its spring slate tonight with a thoughtful love story that makes up for a lack in fancy stage pyrotechnics or musical numbers by asking big questions. Shadowlands, William Nicholson’s biographical drama, is based on the relationship between writer C.S. Lewis and his wife, poet Joy Davidman, and how it changes in the face of her cancer diagnosis. And for those who know Lewis from his children’s Narnia series, some of the props will ring a bell: A magical wardrobe that sits on stage throughout the play adds a touch of theatricality to the goings-on, says director Christy Montour-Larson.
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“On a personal level, I’ve always been a fan of C.S. Lewis and loved his Tales of Narnia as a child,” Montour-Larson notes. “What’s fascinating to me is having the chance to discover more about the man behind the stories.” Shadowlands audiences, she hopes, will “walk away with an enriched understanding about what it means to really love. For one thing, it means that we also open ourselves up to great pain, and that’s the full measure of what life is all about. In my years of doing theater, what people respond to first and foremost is the story. We all want to escape from our lives and go to the magic place of what theater can do. Shadowlands reminds us of what it means to be human on this planet.” Shadowlands opens at 7:30 p.m. and runs daily except Mondays through April 27 at the Space Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Tickets start at $35; for showtimes and reservations, visit denvercenter.org or call 303-893-4100.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 1:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: March 28. Continues through April 27, 2014