Illicit Complicity

In Curious Theatre’s new quasi-musical, Speech & Debate, three teenage outcasts — Howie, Solomon and Diwata — each know a little something about the town sex scandal. Or at least they think they do. Openly gay Howie thinks a teacher may have solicited him for sex online; closeted-though-obviously-gay Solomon thinks a certain prominent politician needs to pay for his sexual improprieties; and hilariously agitated Diwata, well, who knows what she knows — except that Mr. Healy is going down for denying her the lead role in Once Upon a Mattress. What brings them all together (besides Diwata’s epically terrible podcasts) is the speech and debate team, which provides them a collective outlet to speak their minds and cause some trouble. If it all sounds a bit like Degrassi: The Next Gen-eration meets the new 90210, that’s because it is. Only with music.

“It’s a really funny show about these three trying to figure out who they are, what they want and their need for another human being to listen and understand and need the same thing,” says Tonya Malik, marketing director for Curious. In the speech and debate team, “there’s a little bit of a lure for all of them and a little bit of a risk for all of them, and at the same time, they all get to say something that they really want to say.”

Speech & Debate runs weekends through December 13. Tickets are $27 on Sundays, $34 on Fridays and Saturdays, and two-for-one every Thursday. Curious is at 1080 Acoma Street. Get more information at or by calling 303-623-0524.

“Every single one of us has been a teenager,” adds Malik. “There is not one person who escapes that. So to sit in a room and watch this production, you can’t help but walk out and have your heart feeling that experience again.”
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 30. Continues through Dec. 20, 2008

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