Whether you're looking for the element of surprise inherent in an off-the-cuff improv riff, a laugh-out-loud good time as light as a perfect summer evening or a chilling comedy about a woman who obsessively answers a dead man's phone, it's all yours this weekend. Read on for the details.
Smile Train, the world's largest cleft-repair charity, brings back its annual improv fest for the seventh year, featuring hilarious performances by a gaggle of the area's longest-lived improv artists and companies at venues all over town. Tonight, catch the last of three evenings at Spark Theater (the Monkey's Uncle troupe will take the stage; admission is $10); after a dark night tomorrow, shows include a free night with Junk Drawer at the D Note in Arvada on Friday, followed by the Wigs at Denver Bookbinding on Saturday ($20) and again on Sunday for the finale at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret ($15). Have a laugh and fix a smile.
Sylvia Avenue Theater Preview at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 14 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, August 15 through September 6 Also: 4 p.m. Sundays, August 17 and 24 and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, August 28 and September 4 $16.50 to $26.50 303-321-5925
Denver audiences just can't get enough of Sylvia, A. R. Gurney's beloved comedy about a dog -- played by a human -- who drives a big, sloppy spike between the couple that adopts her: Greg, an exec, and his wife, Kate. The Avenue unleashes a veteran cast that includes Amie MacKenzie as Sylvia, John Ashton as Greg and Tupper Cullum in a variety of roles in this lovely walk in the park. Good dog!
Theater Company of Lafayette, Dead Man's Cell Phone Mary Miller Theater 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, August 15 through September 6 Also 2 p.m. Sunday, August 24, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 4 $10 to $16 720-209-2154
Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone takes a dark turn when a woman finds herself in possession of a cell phone belonging to a dead man and begins answering his calls. This leads to her insinuation into the man's circle of loved ones -- a sort of physical manifestation of what happens when people connect through technology.
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