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This fall there are many exciting shows coming to the smaller theater companies all over the state of Colorado. From unique and quirky little comedies to big, bold Broadway-style musicals, there is a lot to choose from and plenty to enjoy. This is the perfect time of year to check out that little theater company you’ve been meaning to see. As it’s the beginning of the season for many theater companies,  you’ll get to see lots of new, risky and rarely done works. The big theaters will still be trotting out their mega-musicals, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch those. In the meantime, check out one of these wonderful, smaller theaters in the Denver area today.
“Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike”
Firehouse Theater Company
7653 E. 1st Place
Denver, CO 80230
(303) 562-3232
www.firehousetheatercompany.com

Aug. 29 through Sept. 26, 2015
Price: Tickets range from $17 to $22

The latest script from wacky playwright Christopher Durang, “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike,” took home the Tony Award in 2013 for Best Play. The script involved two middle-aged siblings named Vanya and Sonia, who are visited by their celebrity sister Masha and her new boyfriend, Spike. When temperaments flare, the sassy maid stars predicting the future, a young actress shows up and nothing will ever be the same for Vanya and Sonia. Christopher Durang is a mastermind of the quirky comedy, and this new play is a perfect example of his brilliant use of language. Enjoy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at Firehouse Theater Company, a lovely, intimate theater where there’s not a bad seat in the house.

“Miss Witherspoon”
The Bug Theatre
3654 Navajo St.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-5977
www.bugtheatre.org

Sept. 4 through 26, 2015
Price: Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Another work by the incomparable Christopher Durang, “Miss Witherspoon” is one of his older pieces. It was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and has remained a favorite of small theater companies all over the country. It’s a dark comedy about a woman who commits suicide, but has to go back to the world of the living in order to learn the true values of life and to wipe the slate clean. Full of crazy characters, crazy flashbacks and the kind of hilarious dialogue that only comes from Durang, you’ll enjoy this production by local director Verl Hite. It’s also a fabulous chance to check out the historic Bug Theatre, which was originally built in 1912 as a Nickelodeon movie theater and remains one of the oldest theaters in town.

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“The Flick”
Curious Theatre
1080 Acoma St.
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 623-0524
www.curioustheatre.org

Sept. 5 through Oct. 17, 2015
Price: Tickets range from $39 to $46

In a world that has been taken over by digital projection, just one 35 millimeter film projector theater remains in a small town in Massachusetts. “The Flick” tells the story of three young employees who seek meaning in their lives as they sweep up the old popcorn and clean up spilled soda from the aisles of this historic and formerly grand movie theater between film screenings. Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning play is making it’s regional premiere at Curious Theater Company, and it promises to be a hilarious and captivating new work, perfect for the impressive team at Curious Theater Company. “The Flick” is one of those sleeper plays that will certainly become a favorite of theaters all over the country.

“My Name Is Asher Lev”
Miners Alley Playhouse
1224 Washington Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 935-3044
www.minersalley.com

Sept. 11 through Oct. 18
Price: Tickets are $23

Based on the novel by Chaim Potok, Aaron Posner’s adaptation of “My Name is Asher Lev” is the story of a young Jewish painter who is stuck between his artistic dreams and his strict Hassidic upbringing. It’s a poignant adaptation of a modern classic that talks about the struggle of having to choose between art and faith. Head up to Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden for this stirring drama that promises a powerful and insightful evening of live theater that you won’t soon forget. Make sure to arrive a little early to enjoy a cocktail in the beautiful lobby bar at Miners Alley, where you can also take in one of the best mountain views anywhere in the state.

“West Side Story”
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
4747 Marketplace Drive
Johnstown, CO 80534
(970) 744-3747
www.coloradocandlelight.com

Sept. 24 through Nov. 15, 2015
Price: Tickets are $59.50 for adults, including dinner

Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s timeless musical based on the familiar story of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the classic “West Side Story” is making its premiere at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. As one of the most beloved musicals of all time, “West Side Story” continues to make fans and delight audiences of all ages with its beautiful love story, fast-paced dance numbers and catchy music. It’s just as powerful, timely and poignant as it was when the musical first came out so many years ago. Enjoy this production at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, complete with a full meal served to you at your table by the cast itself.

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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.