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Playbill: Three New Plays on Denver Stages for April 23-26

This week a pair of respected regional ensembles will present strong work on stages in Boulder and Lakewood, while the Avenue brings back a crowd-pleasing favorite.

Hysteria
Dairy Center for the Arts
April 23 through May 17
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
4 p.m. Sundays
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29
Tickets: $16 to $27 
303-444-7328

In Terry Johnson’s Hysteria, a dying Sigmund Freud is confronted by the daughter of a past patient demanding a re-examination of the case and meets Salvador Dali, and then everything begins to, well, melt together in a farcical unraveling of Freud's own theories. The word is that Hysteria is hysterical and, at the same time, fascinating; the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company brings Chris Kendall, Michael Bouchard, Jim Hunt and Lauren Bahlman together for the regional premiere. “In one moment it’s a classic farce,” says BETC’s Stephen Weitz, “the next, it’s exploring the darkest aspects of Freud’s work.”

Jerusalem 
Edge Theater
April 24 through May 24
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
6 p.m. Sundays
No show May 10
Industry Night: 8 p.m. May 11, $16
Tickets: $26 
303-232-0363

Edge Theater brings together an accomplished ensemble cast and lands in the trailer park with Johnny "Rooster" Byron, the ne’er–do–well, besotted, drug-peddling protagonist — and one-time motorcycle daredevil — in Jez Butterworth’s Tony-nominated play, Jerusalem. Augustus Truhn takes on the role of Rooster, which won Mark Rylance a Tony on Broadway.

Motherhood Out Loud
Avenue Theater
April 24 through May 31
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
4 p.m. Sundays
Tickets: $23.50 to $26.50 
303-321-5925

Avenue Theater revives Motherhood Out Loud just in time for Mother’s Day, bringing the multi-author musing on what it means to be a parent to the stage with Barbara Gehring, Cindy Laudadio-Hill, Amie Mackenzie, Jane Shirley and Jeff Kosloski starring in the collection of heart-warming vignettes.

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