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Week in Theater: New local theater troupe tag teams ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ with Louisville’s CenterStage

Plus, a rebranded dance fest and an immigration-focused number comes to Boulder

Theatrical lighting at Mary Rippon outdoor theater on the CU Boulder campus.  (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
Theatrical lighting at Mary Rippon outdoor theater on the CU Boulder campus. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Week’s highlights

FreeForm Dance Festival: Formerly Boulder Contemporary Dance Festival (by Cindy Brandle), this rebranded event highlights Colorado’s best choreographers and companies in an all-style dance festival, curated by Boulder’s VisKosity Dance Collective; 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dairy Arts Center, Gordon Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; $10-$25;

In/Visible Dance Performance: This collaborative dance piece from Boulder’s T2 Dance Company is inspired by immigration-focused artwork from Colorado artist Sara Rockinger, who explores social justice issues through her fiber works; 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dairy Arts Center, Gordon Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; $15-$25;

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change: This off-Broadway musical comedy about dating, love, sex and relationships is explored through a series of vignettes and produced by Boulder County’s new 11 After Theatre Company, who teamed up with CenterStage Theatre Company for the production; CenterStage’s Black Box Studio, 901 Front St. Louisville; 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 22, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees through Oct. 16 and a 7:30 p.m. Thursday show Oct. 20; $26-$30;

On stage

Blithe Spirit: Witty comedy about a novelist haunted by the ghost of his ex-wife, Saturday through Oct. 29, Firehouse Theater Company, John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver; $25;

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;

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

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

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

Frankenstein: Hear a family-friendly tale of Dr. Frankenstein and his creation during a mild hike, through Oct. 30, Theatre Hikes, Chautauqua, Boulder; $16-$21;

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

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

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

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;

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;

Futurity: New folk musical that imagines a different kind of future, Oct. 7-30, Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 East Colfax Ave., Aurora;

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;

Of Mice and Men: Classic tale of friendship during the Great Depression, Oct. 28-Nov. 12, Coal Creek Theater of Louisville, Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave., Louisville;

ShakesFear, An Autumn’s Tale: Shakespeare’s characters have broken free and are haunting the CU campus, Oct. 7-16, CU Department of Theatre and Dance, Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, Boulder; $16;

Raised on Rondstadt: One woman’s self discovery through music that broke convention and category, Oct. 20-Nov. 6, Local Theater Company, eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder; $12-$40;

Small Ball: New musical about Lilliputians, miracles and basketball, Oct. 30-Nov. 20, The Catamounts, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver;

Stone Animals: Actors perform a story about a typical American couple moving into a not-so-typical suburban neighborhood, Oct. 15, Stories on Stage, Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder; $24;

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