The overwhelming success of the first annual Denver Comic Con provides the perfect segue for Comic Con con Comedy, Theater Company of Lafayette's new collection of fourteen original short sketches inspired by comic-book superheroes, spandex and competitive dressing up. The plays, chosen from hundreds of submissions from across the nation, range from outright hilarious to sweet and message-oriented, notes company member Vonalda Utterback, who adds that this is truly a work of community theater.
"Most of us are wearing multiple hats," she says of the basic volunteer crew of ten; Utterback herself is both acting and directing in some of the plays. Twenty-five actors, give or take a few, fill in the multiple roles, and the costumes, all made by two hardworking costumers, are to die laughing for.
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"I'm directing three plays myself," Utterback says. "One is about cosplayers speed-dating in costume. And I'm acting in one in which a semi-retired Wonder Woman and Catwoman are having an issue over who's dating Batman, who's not exactly old, but let's say he's a little past his prime." Other shorts explore Superman as a metaphor for immigration, comic-book writers in the heat of creation, a ninja who works at Blockbuster, and much, much more.
Comic Con con Comedy opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary Miller Theater, 300 East Simpson Street in Lafayette, and continues Thursdays through Sundays, through August 19. Tickets are $10 to $16; go to www.tclstage.org or call 720-209-2154.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Aug. 9. Continues through Aug. 16, 2012