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This weekend: Your top 5 shows to see

Young Frankenstein, The Musical
Amy Johnson

The weather is decidedly cooler, the leaves are starting to turn and the air has that great crisp scent to it. That means fall is here, and with it arrives a slew of awesome new shows at theaters throughout Colorado. There are a few must-see shows that are closing very soon, while several are just starting their runs, so you have plenty of different choices for your entertainment for this weekend. Due to all the storms last weekend, there are a lot of folks that didn’t get out much, so here is your chance. Try something new this weekend and visit one of these top five shows playing near Denver this weekend.

Young Frankenstein, The Musical
Young Frankenstein, The Musical Amy Johnson

Young Frankenstein, The Musical

Young Frankenstein, The Musical
Stage Door Theatre
25797 Conifer Road
Conifer, CO 80433
Tickets: $18 - $22
Playing through September 21

IT'S ALIVE! Based on the smash hit 1974 film, Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' classic comedy masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that's Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancé Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster -- but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications. 

The Complete World Of Sports (Abridged)
The Complete World Of Sports (Abridged) The Avenue Theatre

The Complete World Of Sports (Abridged)

The Complete World of Sports (Abridged)
Avenue Theatre
417 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 321-5925
Tickets: $23 - $36
September 20 through October 26

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is at it again. If you have seen The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) then you know what you are in for. This time, the target is the world of sports, where an audience-interactive show will delight all the sports fans and non sports fan in your family. Three hilarious actors take the stage for this slapstick extravaganza, which is probably the only show featured in both American Theatre Magazine and ESPN Magazine.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Rachel Graham, RDG Photography

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
The Edge Theatre
1560 Teller Street Suite 200
Lakewood, CO 80214
(303) 232-0363
Tickets: $20 - $22
Playing through September 29

In this powerful new play, the lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the city's ruins. Rajiv Joseph's groundbreaking new American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature. This regional premier, written by a 2010 Pulitzer finalist, is drawing rave reviews and is sure to give you plenty to discuss as you leave the theatre.

Veronica's Room
Veronica's Room DenverMind Media

Veronica's Room

Veronica’s Room
Vintage Theatre
1468 Dayton Street
Aurora, CO 80010
(303) 839-1361
Tickets: $20 to $25
Playing through October 13

Ira Levin, the author of Rosemary's Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by its dissolute caretakers the lonely Mackeys. Struck by Susan's strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, long- dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the older couple gradually induces her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica to be alive. Once dressed in Veronica's clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica's room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan?

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Sarah Roshan

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden
Miners Alley Playhouse
1224 Washington Ave
Golden, CO
(303) 935-3044
Tickets $19
Playing through October 27

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden had its world premiere at Miners Alley Playhouse in 2004 and they once again present this award winning production by Colorado playwright Walter L. Newton. Debra Klein created the Kingdom of Yr as a form of self-defense from her frightening reality. In childhood, Debra suffered frequent abuse from her anti-Semitic peers while at the same time being sheltered by her over-protected family. At first Yr was a safe-haven for her, but eventually the gods of Yr became tyrannical dictators who ruled Debra's every word and action. At the age of 16, Debra was committed to a psychiatric hospital diagnosed with schizophrenia. This is the story of her remarkable cure.

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