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Playbill: Three New Plays in Denver and Boulder June 26-28

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Local stages haven’t taken a summer vacation: This weekend you can go heavy with one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces (and casting to match), relax with a feisty musical or guffaw your way through a laugh-out-loud comedy.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, CU-Boulder campus
Selected dates, June 26 through August 8
Tickets start at $20

CSF brings a star-studded Othello to the Mary Rippon stage this season in a production directed by Lisa Wolpe of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Co. Festival veteran and favorite Geoffrey Kent plays the villain Iago, opposite Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Macon’s Othello. “His onstage identity is fluid, intensely powerful, intelligent, loving and dangerous...moving from monumental dignity to wild agony in a heartbeat, at once achingly tender and hard-hearted in the extreme,” Wolpe says of Macon’s performance. “Geoffrey Kent as Iago is right by his [Othello’s] side, walking on a razor's edge, maneuvering every slippery slope with an expert footing.” Snap up tickets now and get ready for the full-on CSF experience.

The Spitfire Grill
Vintage Theatre
June 26 through August 16
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
2:30 p.m. Sundays
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 2 and August 13
2:30 p.m. Saturday August 16
No shows on July 3 and 4
Tickets: $28 to $32 

Vintage fires up the summer season with The Spitfire Grill, a James Valcq and Fred Alley musical about a female parolee looking for a new life in a small Wisconsin town and a diner owner who decides to raffle off the restaurant. Based on the 1996 movie of the same name, it’s all about personal redemption and happy endings — we can all use a spoonful of that now and then. Get your sugar at Vintage through mid-August.

Spotlight Theatre Company, The Foreigner
John Hand Theater
June 27 through July 25
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
2:30 p.m. Sundays
Tickets: $19 to $21 

Spotlight goes into the high season with Larry Shue’s Obie-winning The Foreigner, a comedy that follows British demolition expert "Froggy" LeSeuer and his pathologically shy companion Charlie to a rural Georgia fishing resort. Covering for his fearful friend, Froggy tells the others at the lodge that he speaks no English, and that’s where the fun ensues — when Charlie overhears things he never wanted to know about. Chill out with the silliness at the John Hand Theater.

Find a stage near you: Check out Westword's online listings for more theater events for this week.  

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