The Arvada Festival Playhouse’s first play of 2013 has characters taking stock — both of inventory and their lives.
The show, “Taking Stock,” is a three-man show presented by the Player’s Guild of the Festival Playhouse.
“It really, really is a good show,” said Charley Ault, director and actor playing the role of Sammy.
Set in the 1990s, “Taking Stock” by Richard Schotter is a story about two men who grew up together and have owned a sports shop for 40 years.
After so many years in business, the neighborhood where their sports shop is located has changed, the landlord is increasing rent and the two have to face their futures.
Sam wants to update the store while his friend and business partner Alvi doesn’t want to change anything.
To Ault and Miles Silverman, who portrays Alvi, the play is incredibly real and relatable to its audience.
“What I love about this play is it’s so real,” Silverman said. “Life is about change. It’s a classic story and still a very good paradigm of life and having to change.”
While having to face change is a main storyline of the play, there is an underlying theme found in the play.
“To me, the meaning of this play is whatever you start out to do, you have to stick with it,” Ault said. “The play is about love — love of people, love of life. We need more of that.”
Dennis Leach plays landlord Howie Golden.
This is the second time the Festival Playhouse has put on “Taking Stock.” The first production was in 1999, Ault said.
“Taking Stock” will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 and 15, and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 16. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 and 17 at the Arvada Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Tickets are available at www.FestivalPlayhouse.com, 303-422-4090 and at the door the day of the show.