Matthew Taylor's Tell It Denver turns the stage over to real people

Everyone has a story to tell, including Matthew Taylor. Once one-third of the local comedy trio A.C.E. (shorthand for American, Canadian and Englishman -- you do the math), he lost his job when ensemble partners Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein hit it big with their performance piece, Girls Only. Which was indeed for girls, only.

But that didn't stop Matthew from continuing to share his gentle humor, telling tales based on real life to audiences on his own. And now, knowing so well the redemptive quality of yarn-weaving, he's getting others into the act, every third Thursday of the month at the Denver Puppet Theater, of all places.

It's called Tell It Denver, and these are folks -- at least in some cases -- just like you and me, finding ways to make you laugh and cry in a little theater for little people. That's poignant, big-time.

Taylor's localized take on This American Life begins tonight at 7:30 p.m.; admission is $12 and the gateway to a truly different kind of stage experience. For reservations, call 720-341-5658; get details at Matthew Taylor's website.

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