Playbill: Four Plays to See in Denver This Week
Seth Maisel and James O'Hagan-Murphy star in Ripple Effect's Waiting for Godot.
The fall theater season is in full swing. This weekend you can send off a local production as it takes to the road, re-view an old stage classic or catch the world premiere of a new play from a local playwright -- and there's an old-fashioned musical, too. Here's a sampling of what's happening on stages all over town.
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Ceci Bastida sings in Dreaming Sin Fronteras.
Jose Antonio Mercado brings back an encore of Dreaming Sin Fronteras, his stage pastiche of music and the true stories of undocumented youth, for one night only as the company prepares to leave for the Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus in Los Angeles and a national tour. The traveling show includes music by DeVotchKa drummer Shawn King, performed by King and a crack band with Raul Pacheco of Ozomatli, Ceci Bastida of Tijuana No and Flobot Stephen Brackett. Catch it while you can.
The Ripple Effect Theatre Company greets fall with a reinterpretation of Samuel Beckett's seminal absurdist work Waiting for Godot, bringing back all the old questions: Who is Godot? Why are we waiting for him? What will happen when Godot shows up? Ripple Effect has a fine cast led by Seth Maisel and James O'Hagan-Murphy to mull over the answers.
A new play by local creative Josh Hartwell, Dylan Went Electric goes back in time to the Greenwich Village of the late 1960s, where the eccentrics of the time drink, talk and live life against a backdrop of live music. The show includes a revolving band of local musicians and a real bar on the stage, where audience members can get a sip of their own during intermission.
The Unsinkable Molly Brown Stage Theatre September 12 through October 26 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Tickets start at $49 303-893-4100
The Denver Center Theatre Company heads into musical country while celebrating Colorado history with The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Featuring rousing music by Meredith Willson, the 1960 show gets a revamp from director Kathleen Marshall. "With a first-class Broadway creative team and featuring the story of one of Colorado's most famous and successful women, I couldn't imagine the show premiering elsewhere," says DCTC artistic director Kent Thompson. "Please know -- this isn't the classic musical you think you know! It's even better. It is fresh, romantic and entertaining."
Find a stage near you: Check out Westword's online listings for more theater and dance events for this week.
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