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Playbill: Three Shows to See in Denver This Weekend

John Ashton in Sylvia at the Avenue Theater.
John Ashton in Sylvia at the Avenue Theater.
Eric Weber

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.

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Playbill: Three Shows to See in Denver This Weekend
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Smile Train Comedy Improv Festival Various Denver locations Through August 17 Visit website for details and tickets

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.

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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!

Dean Espitallier and Erica Young in TCL's Dead Man's Cell Phone.
Dean Espitallier and Erica Young in TCL's Dead Man's Cell Phone.
Jennifer Scheidies

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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Spark Theater

985 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

303-346-7396

www.sparktheater.org

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D Note - Closed

7519 Grandview Ave.
Arvada, CO 80002

303-463-6683

www.thednote.com

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Denver Bookbinding Company

1401 W. 47th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211

303-455-5521

www.denverbook.com

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Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret

1601 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80202

303-293-0075

www.lannies.com

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Avenue Theater

417 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203

303-321-5925

www.avenuetheater.com

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Mary Miller Theater

300 E. Simpson St.
Lafayette, CO 80026

720-209-2154


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