Stories about family life, the Internet and sex all take the stage this weekend in local productions, from Edge Theater’s Alan Ayckbourn comedy Woman in Mind, to a titillating installment from Denver's dramatic reading staple, Stories on Stage. Here’s how to get all hot and bothered — or enjoy a fresh new musical — this weekend
Edge Theater Company, Woman in Mind
October 16 through November 15
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
2 p.m. Sundays
8 p.m. Monday, November 2
Edge takes on the middle-class world of playwright Alan Ayckbourn with his comedy about a boring housewife leading a boring life who suddenly plunges into a perfect hallucinatory fantasy existence after being knocked out by a garden rake. In her mind, everything is peachy, while back in the real world, she’s the butt of an ongoing mean joke.
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Slingshot Theatre Productions, Bookface…the Musical
Aurora Fox Theatre
October 16 through 18
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
2 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $30 to $50
Bookface…the Musical touches on the online thread that runs through our 21st-century lives: The world premiere musical comedy from the local writing team of Melissa Faith Hart and Bruce Perry sweetly dissects the differences and commonalities among three generations of a single family, using the Internet as a metaphor, in this weekend run. And comedy is what you’ll get, with such songs as “Hacked by Al-Queda,” “Familiar Strangers” and “Bookface Stalker.”
Fifty Shades of Stories on Stage
7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 17
Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center
1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 18
Tickets: $15 to $28
Stories on Stage gets racy this weekend, wrapping its tried-and-true, staged-reading formula around the theme of Fifty Shades of Stories on Stage. Performances include readings of “The Spray” by Jonathan Lethem, performed by Josh Robinson; “Jubilation, Florida” by N.M. Kelby, performed by Diana Dresser; and finally, “The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary,” a 1961 porno-classic by Edward Gorey performed by Chip Persons, which will include additional actors and projections of Gorey’s always-delightful illustrations for a Halloween-friendly finale.
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