When the Denver Center Theatre Company premiered Plainsong last year, they had a hit on their hands with author Kent Harufs laid-back look at small-town life on the eastern plains of Colorado. That bodes well for this years world-premiere staging of Eventide, Harufs second yarn set in the fictitious community of Holt, which the author wrote not as a sequel, but as a companion to the first. Eventide, which moves two years ahead in time and features Plainsongs laconic bachelors the McPheron brothers and their troubled ward Victoria Roubideaux, along with some new folks in town, opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Stage Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
If you saw Plainsong, youll immediately recognize the set and the plainspoken quality of the characters, says DCTC spokesman Chris Wiger. But the story is quite different: Its not as episodic, there are longer scenes, fewer and more emotional storylines that deal with loss and starting over. And that, he adds, spells bona fide tearjerker: I would tell everybody to bring a hankie, for sure. In fact, we should set up a Kleenex concession in the lobby.
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Eventide runs daily through February 27; admission ranges from $18 to $53. For more information and reservations, go to www.denvercenter.org or call 303-893-4100.
Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 29. Continues through Feb. 27, 2010