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Playbill: Three New Plays in Denver for January 7-10

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Local theaters are back from holiday breaks, presenting shows on bigotry, mashed-up Shakespearean themes and fairy tales — and that’s just the beginning. Variety is the spice of life: Here’s where to find some in Denver this week.

Source Theatre Company, The Other Bed
Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center
January 7 through 23
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays
2 p.m. Sundays
Tickets: $15 to $25

The Source starts the year off with The Other Bed, a regional premiere by Mark Ivan Branche about mismatched roommates in a retirement home. New resident Billee McNeill gracefully takes up the task of learning to live with a sour old bigot in the dramatic comedy written and directed by a veteran Broadway actor.
Lost and Found Productions, The Taming of the Shrew
The Bug Theatre
January 7 through 17
7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays
Tickets: $15 to $20 
Pay-what-you-can preview Thursday, January 7

Deb Flomberg directs this Shakespearean outing from Lost and Found, a new local company. But this show has a twist: Women play the male roles and men play the female roles in a gender-bending update of The Taming of the Shrew, set against the burgeoning women’s liberation movement of the ’60s. Think of it as the poster child for Lost and Found’s mission — to mount shows with a focus on “great plays that are not done often, new works and classics," according to managing director Elizabeth Neuhauser.

The Arabian Nights
Aurora Fox Arts Center
January 8 through February 14
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
2 p.m. Sundays, January 17, 24, 31 and February 14
Tickets: $22 to $28 

Start 2016 with a fantasy from the Aurora Fox, based on Scheherazade’s Persian tales of The Arabian Nights. Twelve actors take on sixty roles to bring sixteen of the 1001 classic tales to life in a production decidedly intended for adult audiences (recommmended for ages thirteen and up).

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