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Playbill: Three new plays in Denver and Boulder for October 9-12

A family on the move, another troubled clan scrutinized by television cameras and an uprising of the undead will all take local audiences for a wild ride this weekend. Keep reading to learn more.

See also: Taking Aim: Happiness is a Warm Gun

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Ambition Facing West Dairy Center for the Arts October 9 through November 2 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 4 p.m. Sundays Industry Night: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 15 Tickets: $16 to $27

BETC dives into its second fall production with the regional premiere of Anthony Clarvoe's story of a family that keeps migrating westward, from Croatia to Wyoming to Japan. To help get you moving and into the theater, BETC offers several innovations this year, including free youth rush tickets, available ten minutes before every performance (when available), and a couple of Playdates shows (on October 26 and November 2 during this run), when parents can enroll kids in grades one through eight in an on-site theater class for $15 while the adults enjoy the play.

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Ashton and Abster Productions, Good Television Aurora Fox Arts Center October 9 through November 1 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays Tickets: $20 to $26 aurorafox.org Pay What You Can preview, Thursday, October 9 303-739-1970

Director John Ashton brings another regional premiere to the stage of the Aurora Fox with Good Television, in which a cable-reality show called Rehabilitation descends upon a meth addict's family in a South Carolina trailer park. Playwright (and actor) Rod MacLachlan knows the territory -- his wife produced a similar show, Intervention. The camera is rolling.

Night of the Living Dead Bug Theatre October 10 through November 1 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. Thursday, October 30 Tickets: $16 to $20 303-477-5977

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