Playbill: Three New Shows and Performances in Denver October 2-4

Interesting surroundings link new plays and performances in Denver this weekend, from Cherry Creek Theater Company’s stage in a carpet store and Theatre Or’s run in a concert venue to Lemon Sponge Cake’s public-art dance commission in a park. Where there’s a will, there’s a way: Here are the specifics.

Cherry Creek Theatre Company, Sondheim on Sondheim
Shaver-Ramsey Showroom
Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 25
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
6:30 p.m. Sundays
Tickets: $29 to $34 

James Lapine’s Sondheim on Sondheim is more than a revue — though it features favorite songs from such Broadway hits as West Side Story, Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George. But it also takes a look what makes the acclaimed composer and lyricist tick, using a multimedia approach, with archival and interview footage to pull the work together. Join CCTC in the intimate — and lush! — surroundings of its home amidst the carpets at Shaver-Ramsey for this regional premiere, which opens Friday.
Theatre Or, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding
Soiled Dove
Saturday, October 3, through Sunday, November 8
Selected dates, Thursdays through Sundays 
Tickets: $23 to $37 

In conjunction with the Mizel Arts and Culture Center’s Jewish-centric fall JAAMM Festival, Theatre Or will christen a new theater venue at the Soiled Dove to present My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, a musical comedy by David Hein and Irene Carl Sankoff. Inspired by the true story of Hein’s mother, who reinvented herself after a divorce and eventually came out to her family, MMLJWW has recently been updated to reflect the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S. Visit Theatre Or (“Or” is the Hebrew word for “light”) online for a complete schedule of show dates.

Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, White Mirror
Babi Yar Park, 10451 East Yale Avenue
6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 4

Denver Public Art will take a literal leap when it presents White Mirror, a site-specific dance installation from Boulder’s Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet at Babi Yar Park: This is the city program’s first dance commission. Designed by choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl to be a living memorial to the Jews, gypsies, Ukrainians and others who were murdered during World War II at the Babi Yar ravine near Kiev, the performance is free. Audience members are invited to bring blankets and picnics to the park; visit Denver Public Art and Lemon Sponge Cake online for details.

Find a stage near you: Check out Westword's online listings for more theater events for this week. And watch for our Winter Arts Guide, coming out on October 1.  
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