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Playbill: Four Plays Opening in Denver on December 4-7

It's okay to be a Scrooge when it comes to theater. If you want a real, grown-up show that isn't full of fluff and wrapped up in a bow, you can find plenty of performances on local stages that will make you think -- even in December. Here are four plays opening this weekend without a single vision of sugerplums....

See also: Scrooge Loose: An Improvised Christmas Carol

Reason work | space December 4 through 21 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 2 p.m. Sundays Tickets: $13 to $25, two-for-one for veterans

Ami Dayan's Reason, an intimate, in-your-face drama that premiered in Boulder this fall and explores a PTSD Mindfulness Training program for recovering combat soldiers, comes to Denver for a December run. The script includes the intercut voices of a suspended drone pilot, a retired Marine, the wife of an infantry officer and the mother of a wounded soldier on life support; performances will be followed by an Urgent Conversations talkback series featuring panels of Colorado-based soldiers, trauma specialists, veterans, psychologists and experts in the field of Mindfulness Training.

Naughty Bits Buntport Theater 8 p.m. December 4-6 Tickets: $20

As a little gift to its constituents -- and anyone who might have missed this hit when it premiered this fall -- Buntport is bringing back Naughty Bits, an original, interwoven story about public reaction over time to a missing piece of anatomy on a notable statue. While the company makes fun of changing mores in the art world and society at large, you roll in the aisles.

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