Start with our south suburban neighborhoods and consider driving north and west to Denver, Lakewood, Golden and Arvada; north and east to Aurora. There are stage productions for everyone
Some organizations consider this time of year the start of a new season, as well as a new year, while others start the season in September and run to June ... Live theater is a specific choice and actors are thrilled to see you in an audience
Here is a start-of 2019 selection:
• Opening Jan. 4 is “She Loves Me,” staged by Highlands Ranch-based Performance Now Theatre Company, which performs at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Based on a 1937 Hungarian play, “Parfumarie,” it first appeared as a 1940 American film, “The Shop Around the Corner”; a 1949 film, with Van Johnson and Judy Garland, “Good Old Summertime”; revived in 1993 and thereafter. Readers will recognize the story about secret pen pals ... Plays through Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Tickets: $20-$36, performancenow.org, 303-987-7845.
• “Casa Valentina,” a musical for adults, set in the 1960s Catskills, runs Jan. 11-Feb. 3 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. Performances: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. R-rated. Tickets: townhallartscenter.org, 303-794-2787, ext. 5.
• “The Newsies” plays Jan. 18 to Feb. 19 at PACE Center. 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. See parkerarts.org for ticket times and prices or call 303-805-6800. Based on the 1992 movie and an actual news event.
• Classic Album Live performs: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an all-time favorite album, at 8 p.m. Jan 19 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10025 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets: lonetreeartscenter.org or 720-509-1000.
• “Wakey Wakey” by Will Eno plays Jan. 18-Feb. 16 at Benchmark Theatre, 1580 Teller St., Lakewood. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $25/$30. benchmarktheatre.com, 303-519-9059.
• “The Pinter Plays: Early Classic One-Acts” by Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter will be performed Jan 4-Feb. 2 by longstanding area theatre company Germinal Stage, in a new home at the John Hand Theater, 7653 East First Place, Denver (Lowry). Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets, $17-$25: 303-455-7108, germinalstage.com or at the door.
• Arvada Black Box Repertory, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada: “Diary of Anne Frank,” Feb. 1-May 17; “The Moors” Feb. 22-May 18 regional premiere; “Sin Street Social Club” March 15-May 19 world premiere; Main Stage: “Travlin: The 1930s Harlem Musical” April 9-28. Tickets: arvadacenter.org, 720-898-7200.
• Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma St., Denver: “Gloria” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins plays Jan. 12 to Feb. 16 — a tale about journalists. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: curioustheatre.org, 303-623-0524.
• Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora: (two theatres) “Betrayal” by Harold Pinter, Jan. 11-Feb. 17. “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” (Tony) Feb. 8-March 24. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: vintagetheatre.com, 303-856-7830.
• Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora: “Life Sucks” by Aaron Posner, plays Feb. 22-Mar. 17. Tickets: aurorafox.org, 303-739-1970.
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