Philip Dawkins’s Edward Gorey-esque musical fable Failure: A Love Story tells you right off the bat that three central characters — the Fail sisters — will all be dead by the end of the show. In a new production by Boulder’s Catamounts, this news is delivered by a chorus of what director Amanda Berg Wilson calls “drowned vaudevillian ghosts,” which includes a circus-y one-man band and others who comment on the action throughout. “They are definitely bedraggled,” she adds. “These are not pretty angels.” That’s just part of the territory in a story about the sisters’ deaths and how the man who loves them handles it all — but, as with the illustrations of Edward Gorey, Failure is not exactly a tale of doom and gloom. “It’s really kind of a larger tale about how when you love someone, there’s always a probability that they will die before you do,” Berg Wilson says. “And not in any stretch of the imagination is this a tragedy; it deals with the subject matter in a refreshing and funny manner. Death is horrible and tragic and sometimes comic; we have to hold it in a comic light.”
With the witching hour of Halloween approaching, that alone sounds like a sweet way to spend an October evening. But Saturday-night performances will also include a themed pre- or post-show meal created by the RollinGreens food truck, with a Prohibition-style beer brewed with rose petals (the play is set in 1928 in a Chicago clock shop) to be tapped by Wild Woods Brewery especially for the Catamounts. See Failure at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through October 26; for information and tickets, $15 to $20 ($35 with the meal on Saturdays), visit thecatamounts.org or thedairy.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 10. Continues through Oct. 26, 2013