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Playbill: Three New Plays in Denver for January 28-February 1

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While the Denver Center Theatre Company premiere of Benediction, the final installment of a Kent Haruf trilogy adapted for the stage by Eric Schmiedl, might be the biggest news on local stages this weekend, regional companies big and small will also be powering up for February with a blend of classics and offbeat dramas. Here are a few to get you started.

See also: The Occidental Moon & One Night Of Thunder

Harvey Black Box Theater, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Through February 22 Tickets: $38 to $48

Some things never go out of style, and Mary Chase's Harvey, the perfect comedy about Elwood P. Dowd and his six-foot-tall invisible rabbit friend, Harvey, is one of them. Made famous by the 1944 film adaptation starring James Stewart, the crowd-pleasing Harvey should live up to its screwball legacy in this new production that just opened at the Arvada Center.

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The Aliens Carsen Theatre, Dairy Center for the Arts Through February 22 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 4 p.m. Sundays Industry Night: 7:30 Wednesday, February 4 Tickets: $16 to $27 303-444-SEAT

A teen looking for purpose in life and a pair of philosophizing dropouts meet up at a Vermont coffee house in the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's interpretation of Annie Baker's gentle, Obie-winning off-Broadway dramedy. Young theater-goers ages 25 and under can take their chances at snagging one of BETC's free rush tickets ten minutes before every performance.

The Cripple of Inishmaan Miners Alley Playhouse January 30 through March 8 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m. Sundays 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8 Tickets: $23 303-935-3044

The comedy is a shade darker in Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan, the Tony Award-nominated story of crippled orphan Billy Claven's dreams of landing a part in Robert J. Flaherty's docudrama Man of Aran. Rumors swirl through the remote island community in the play, which most recently made waves on Broadway in a remount starring Daniel Radcliffe.

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