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Playbill: Three Plays to See in Denver for October 2-5

An opera star for the ages, funny family dynamics and Shakespeare -- as well as stage innovations, from unusual venues to free admission -- are all part of this weekend's theater openings. Keep reading to learn more.

See also: Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

Goddess Here Productions, Master Class Dairy Center for the Arts October 3 through 12 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 2 p.m. Sunday, October 12 $16.20 to $22

Tammy Meneghini stars at the Dairy as larger-than-life opera diva Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Master Class, continuing the mission of her Goddess Here Productions to explore the female voice through theater. Ami Dayan directs the Tony Award-winning bio-play, promising an unforgettable stage experience for all. On opening night, members of Opera on Tap will warm up the audience with some song in the lobby, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Cherry Creek Theatre Company Over the River and Through the Woods Shaver-Ramsey Showroom October 3 through 26 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays $25 to $28 303-800-6578

Thumbs-up to the members of the Cherry Creek Theatre Company for once again molding the carpet showroom into a cozy room that fits their theatrical needs. This time, they'll present the story of an Italian-American boy from Hoboken who's about to leave the nest and fly off to Seattle, much to the consternation of his old-style family. The cast of Over the River and Through the Woods includes inimitable Denver Center Theatre Company veteran Kathleen Brady.

Betsy Stage, Hamlet The Betsy Stage October 3 through November 8 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. Mondays, October 13 and 20 2 p.m. Sunday, November 2 No show on October 31 Free (donations accepted); by reservation 720-328-5294

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Betsy Stage continues its mission to upset the Shakespearean apple-cart by mashing up the Bard's work into new times and places with this Hamlet, which is set in an Eastern European gypsy circus camp. Propelled by gypsy music, Betsy's free fall offering will keep you tapping your toes in Shakespeare's meter.

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