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Week in Theater: ‘Frankenstein’ takes a hike, ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ at Candlelight and dinner with Motus

Arts in the Open is hosting a performance of “Frankenstein” along with a short hike at Chautauqua.  (Timothy Hurst/File)
Arts in the Open is hosting a performance of “Frankenstein” along with a short hike at Chautauqua. (Timothy Hurst/File)

Week in theater

Frankenstein takes a hike: Arts in the Open’s “Frankenstein” takes patrons on a moderate hike, playing out scenes set in the icy polar regions where scientist Victor Frankenstein has chased the creature he brought to life. Due to adult themes, patrons must be ages 10 years old and up; 3 p.m. Saturday, with a number of productions through Oct. 30; Chautauqua Park, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder; $16-$21;

Constitution Day Conversation and Dinner: Motus Theater and its JustUs project is hosting a dinner (with vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free options) and conversation on the state of the U.S. justice system. The group will be split into small groups while the aim of the evening is to “envision a more perfect Union.” Live music will come from from gospel singers Spirit of Grace — sisters Christin Grant and Larea Edwards — and JustUs monologist and local activist Candice Bailey will be there; 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave., Louisville;

On stage

The Children: Humorous and timely eco-thriller, through Oct. 8, Butterfly Effect Theatre Company, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; $25-$51;

The Chinese Lady: Dramedy about the first Chinese woman seen in the United States in the early 19th century, through Oct. 16, Denver Center Theatre Company, 14th and Curtis streets, Denver; $35-$50;

Dry Land: Play about abortion, female friendship and resiliency, through Oct. 8, Benchmark Theatre Company, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood; $15-$30;

Into the Woods: Stephen Sondheim’s dark musical looks at fairy tales, through Oct. 9, Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; $53-$70;

The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful spoof of gothic melodramas, Sept. 16-25, Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main St., Longmont; $32-$33;

Newsical The Musical: Long-running Off-Broadway show that spoofs the news, Wednesday through Sept. 25, Garner Galleria Theatre, DCPA, 14th and Curtis streets, Denver;

The Scarlet Pimpernel: Musical version of the swashbuckling novel about the French Revolution, through Nov. 6, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown; $29-$66;

Screwball Comedy: Two journalists face off to see who can be the star reporter at a small town paper, through Sept. 24, Encore! Encore!, Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia, Fort Collins; $14-$18;

Theater of the Mind: David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar-created immersive theater piece world premiere, through Dec. 18, DCPA, York Street Yards, 3887 Steele St., Denver;

Coming soon

Ain’t Too Proud – the Life and Times of The Temptations: Musical that follows the rise of the Motown group out of Detroit, Oct. 25-Nov. 6, DCPA Broadway, 14th and Curtis streets, Denver; $35-$120;

Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story: Musical that chronicles the life and tragic death of the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, Oct. 21-Jan. 28, 2023, BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Road, Boulder;

Come From Away: Award-winning musical about the true story of when planes of people had to land in Newfoundland after 9/11, Oct. 4-9, DCPA Broadway, 14th and Curtis streets, Denver; $35-$120;

Coyote, Badger, Rattlesnake: Silly, fanciful and humorous examination of artifice versus reality, Sept. 30-Oct. 15, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver; name your price;

Little Red, A New Musical: Family-friendly musical telling of the Little Red Riding Hood story, Oct. 28-Dec. 18, Denver Center Theatre for New Audiences, 13th and Curtis streets, Denver; $16-$30;

Much Ado About Nothing: Shakespeare’s comedy filled with deception, humor and romance, Sept. 30-Nov. 6, Denver Center Theatre Company, 14th and Curtis streets, Denver; $35-$70;

The River Bride: Brazilian fable told with magic realism, Sept. 30-Nov. 6, Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada;

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