Stage and Comedy

This is WHAT'S HAPPENING this weekend

This is WHAT’S HAPPENING this weekend

We understand why you might do a double take. An Aurora-based theater festival would have been a fantasy ten years ago. But times have changed in the city’s arts district

‘Frozen’ at Equinox a mesmerizing view of a cold-blooded killer thanks to a talented cast

‘Frozen’ at Equinox a mesmerizing view of a cold-blooded killer thanks to a talented cast

By the end of the Equinox production, these perspectives coalesce in a surprising result. There’s a note of hope that emerges at the end of a long road to forgiveness. For all of the inexplicable evil that forms a good part of the central conflict, there’s also a tone of resilience and understanding

Dreyfuss loves acting, but his passion is politics

Dreyfuss loves acting, but his passion is politics

"I'm going to send you a copy of the preamble to the Constitution," he said. "If there's anything in it that you don't agree with, don't sign it; just send me back an explanation. You will agree with everything, because it's beautifully crafted and it's meant for all.

'King Charles III' puts British monarchy onstage

‘King Charles III’ puts British monarchy onstage

"King Charles III" imagines the current heir, Prince Charles, taking the throne, with catastrophic results.

Aurora Fox discovers the grail with ‘Spamalot’

Aurora Fox discovers the grail with ‘Spamalot’

“I think I’ve seen this movie a million times,” Arpan said. “When we were little girls, my sister and I made stop-time animation movies of scenes from the movie with our brother’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (toys).”

THE COLFAX POSITION: Dance studio has windows on two worlds

THE COLFAX POSITION: Dance studio has windows on two worlds

“I’ve had quite a disciplined experience in my dance lessons and upbringing,” Bradshaw said. “When I was at the dance school, you wouldn’t know it was there. It was nondescript and there was just a tiny little sign. You’d have to know it was there ... Here, it’s just completely on the street”

'Shadowlands' a moving portrait of love, loss and faith

‘Shadowlands’ a moving portrait of love, loss and faith

It’s an achievement that comes in large part from the insight and beauty of Lewis’ own writings, but this production finds the constant soul of a show that offers plenty of challenges

Dark side of celebrity, modestly examined

Dark side of celebrity, modestly examined

Supported by a strong supporting cast and dynamic direction from Arvada Center mainstay Rod Lansberry, Kelly makes the star’s struggles vivid and immediate. But those struggles form the majority of this drama, and a pitifully desperate addiction doesn’t lend for any deep insights or compelling themes

REVIEW: Not tapped: ‘Chicago’ shines at DCPA

REVIEW: Not tapped: ‘Chicago’ shines at DCPA

Nearly 40 years after its debut on Broadway, the touring production of the blockbuster musical “Chicago” still does a magnificent job of exploring the sensationalism surrounding a high-profile murder case in the 1920s

Ladies First: Athena Festival invites local women to celebrate arts and culture

Ladies First: Athena Festival invites local women to celebrate arts and culture

“She always wants us to write our wills,” said Stafford-Mustacchio, whose grandmother just happens to be former Aurora state Rep. Debbie Stafford. Stafford-Mustacchio’s grandmother also stays out late at night, swings on porch swings with abandon and seeks out the best sales. “She does a lot of stuff. I wanted to write a play about that.”