Plenty on the theatrical radar

Harriet Hunter Ford, Around Town
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‘Tis the season for the beginning of a new round of plays. The following is a short list of new offerings. Looks as if we’re in for some splendid visits to our local theaters.

“War Horse” plays at The Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Center only through Jan. 20. This highly anticipated Broadway touring production brings the horses to life through the use of life-sized puppets. The story takes place during World War I. Young Albert’s horse, Joey is conscripted to fight for the English so Albert, who is too young to enlist, sets off to find his beloved friend and bring him home. The New York Times describes the musical as “theatrical magic.”

Two Colorado natives appear in the show. Angela Reed (Ponderosa High School) plays Rose Narracott and Mat Hostetler from Glenwood Springs (MFA National Theatre Conservatory, Denver) plays Veterinary Officer Martin.

For tickets and information call 303-893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.

Also playing at the DCPA is “Ed, Downloaded” which runs in the Ricketson Theatre through Feb. 17. The world premiere was a staged reading at the 2012 Colorado New Plays Summit (the 2013 Summit is set for Feb. 8-10).

When Ed, who is dying, is given a chance at immortality, he has his brain downloaded and is allowed 10 memories to take into eternity. All is well until Ed’s wife discovers the memories he’s chosen at which point, she intervenes. Sounds intriguing. It’s billed as a “comedy.” We shall see.

For tickets and information call 303-893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.

“Mrs. Mannerly” kicks off the new season at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher narrates his memories as a 10-year-old studying etiquette. The demanding Miss Mannerly has never, in her 36 years of trying to instill a sense of proper decorum, given her charges a perfect grade. Young Jeffrey is determined to be the first student to break that record. His mission is helped along when he discovers Mrs. Mannerly’s secret past.

The cast features Deborah Curtis as Mrs. Mannerly, Chris Bleau as Jeffery, and Erica Johnson as “everyone else.” Among Hatcher’s other plays are “Three Viewings,” “A Picasso,” and “Tuesdays with Morrie” (with Mitch Albom).

MAP is at 1224 Washington Ave. (13th and Washington, second floor, entrance on 13th). For more info, call 303-935-3044 or visit miners alley.com. “Mrs. Mannerly plays weekends through Feb. 17.

“Blithe Spirit” plays in the Black Box Theatre at the Arvada Center from Jan. 22 through Feb. 17 with previews Jan. 18-20. The Noel Coward classic takes place in a British country house in the 1930s. Things get very lively after Madame Arcati, a clairvoyant, mistakenly retrieves the wrong person from the other side.

The Arvada Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. For more info, call 720-898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter.org.

Until next time, I’ll see you around town.

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