Summer brings small shows with big ideas to metro Denver stages, some of them in unexpected places. Here’s where to cool off with great theater this week.
By the Waters of Babylon
The Edge Theater
June 10 through July 3
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
6 p.m. Sundays
Edge presents Patty Ionoff and Kent Randell as a widow and her intellectual Cuban gardener who find common ground in By the Waters of Babylon, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan, whose Lyndon Johnson bio All the Way was recently featured in an HBO adaptation and whose musical Twelve premiered last year at the DCPA Theatre Company. Babylon is part of a two-show summer season at Edge that includes a run of I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers in July; tickets are $28 for each play or only $46 for the two-pack. Such a deal.
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June 10 through July 2
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
6:30 p.m. Sundays, beginning June 19
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 23 and 30
Avenue also goes small with another couple in another setting. In Bakersfield Mist, a vehicle for local theater veterans Abby Apple Boes and John Ashton, Boes’s trailer-trash character finds a painting she thinks is a Jackson Pollock in a junk shop, drawing the attention of a New York art snob, played by Ashton.
And Toto Too Theatre Company: Sixth Annual Play Crawl
The Oriental Theater and other venues on Tennyson Street
6 to 11 p.m. June 15
For six years, And Toto Too’s play crawl has been taking works by women playwrights to the streets — specifically, the businesses along Tennyson Street — for a flash-fest of two-minute plays that begins and ends with a big party at the Oriental Theater. Local playwrights Rebecca Gorman O’Neill, Leslie C. Lewis, Carol Samson, Melissa Lucero McCarl, Linda Berry, Lisa Wagner Erickson, Christie Brenner Winn, Jennifer Faletto, Nina Alice Miller and Cate Wiley are featured; after a preliminary silent auction and mixer, guests will be divided up into small groups to see their plays. Topping off the evening is a dance party with DJ Savior Breath. That’s a lot of bang for your 35 bucks, which benefits And Toto Too.
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