Stage and Comedy

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.”

DCTC 2014/15 season to mix classics, world premieres and a holiday staple

DCTC 2014/15 season to mix classics, world premieres and a holiday staple

"Unsinkable Molly Brown" an anchor in coming season that includes "Lord of the Flies," "A Christmas Carol" and two world premieres.

Q&A: Familiar ‘Chicago’ lead O’Hurley knows his  way around complex role

Q&A: Familiar ‘Chicago’ lead O’Hurley knows his way around complex role

I say one prayer before I go onstage, and that’s ‘Let me be surprised.’ I mean that genuinely. Every night that I go on, I find something different in the role. All this week, I’ve found different things; I find one or two little things in the role that never occurred to me before. It’s constantly renewing to me, and it’s infinitely more complicated than when I began the show in 2006

Plans eyed for 'Confederacy of Dunces' onstage

Plans eyed for ‘Confederacy of Dunces’ onstage

"This great novel has never broken through, on stage or on screen," the producers said in a statement. "Now we're aiming to finally launch Ignatius, although we prefer to say 'unleash Ignatius!'"

Forgotten Hero: ‘I Go On Singing’ at Fox aims to tell a story of a lost civil rights hero

Forgotten Hero: ‘I Go On Singing’ at Fox aims to tell a story of a lost civil rights hero

“I do have a goal. That is to keep the life and legacy of Paul Robeson alive. That really is what’s been motivating me to do the show,” said Brown, co-creator of the biographical drama “I Go On Singing” that’s set to run from Feb. 28 to March 9 at the Aurora Fox. “Many of us stand on his shoulders.”

Walk the lineup: Fox’s 2014-15 schedule balances classics with story-first dramas for stage

Walk the lineup: Fox’s 2014-15 schedule balances classics with story-first dramas for stage

“All of these shows are dedicated more to storytellers than to Broadway,” said Packard, who’s long referred to season selection as a kind of balancing act. “I feel like we’re building a trust with our audience that I certainly don’t want to ruin. I feel I really need to find things for a smart audience that demands a high level of professionalism. I want to make sure that it’s not the same old stuff they’ve seen before.”

‘Lyons’ is a dark, twisted comedy about a family gone horribly sideways

‘Lyons’ is a dark, twisted comedy about a family gone horribly sideways

Family is the most reliable source of frustration, depression and general ennui. That’s the recurring message in “The Lyons,” Nicky Silver’s dark comedy that made its regional premiere at the Vintage Theatre. The titular tribe in this show is far …

Aurora Fox announces busy 14-15 season, including ‘Big Fish’

AURORA | The Aurora Fox is drilling down to the most important element of drama for its 2014-15 season. According to Aurora Fox Executive Producer Charles Packard, the theater’s 30th season is all about the power of the storyteller. All …

New adaptation of “Unsinkable Molly Brown” to kick off DCTC’s 2014-15 season

The Denver Center Theater Company’s 2014/15 season will kick off in September with The Unsinkable Molly Brown,  a new adaptation of Meredith Willson’s musical that premiered during the 2009 Colorado New Play Summit. The show details the life of Titanic …

Review: 'Dinner With Friends' has lots to chew on

Review: ‘Dinner With Friends’ has lots to chew on

Donald Margulies' 2000 Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Dinner With Friends" chronicles consequences that test loyalties among longtime friends and within marriages when one of a close pair of couples erupts in a bitter breakup.