Friday, April 15, 2011

Aurora's Top Tadoos -- April 15 to April 22

This weekend holds a wide range of options for Aurora's theater lovers. From the Aurora Fox's current production of Carter Lewis' 1950's era family drama "While We Were Bowling" to the Afterthought Theatre Company's first show of their tenure at the Dayton St. Theatre, local stages will be full. Find details after the jump.

“Seussical: The Musical” at the Aurora Fox Studio Theatre
The Gravity Defied Theatre Company wants to appeal to families with its spring production. The young theater troupe is taking a break from pushing the envelope with “Seussical: The Musical,” a Broadway show that uses the books of Dr. Seuss as its raw material. The musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty adds songs to the stories of the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax and Horton the Elephant. The award-winning production will run from April 15 to May 1 at the Aurora Fox’s Studio Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. in Aurora. Tickets start at $25. For showtimes and information about the production, log on to

“Waiting to Be Invited” at the Dayton Street Theatre
The Afterthought Theatre Company will start its residence at the newly redubbed and refurbished Dayton Street Theatre with S.M. Shephard-Massat’s “Waiting to be Invited,” a drama set squarely in the midst of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The show is centered at a Georgia lunch counter in 1964, as four middle-aged black women set out to test a new Supreme Court decision and defy the legacy of segregation. The drama will run from April 15 to April 30 at the Dayton Street Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora. Tickets start at $15. For more information, log on to

“Cliffhanger” at the John Hand Theater
The Firehouse Theatre Company is counting on the John Hand’s intimate dimensions and immediate feel to fully realize “Cliffhanger,” James Yaffe’s fast-paced thriller about ambition, murder and blackmail. The production is set to kick off on April 8. The show will run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and April 17 and May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place in Lowry. Tickets start at $17. For more information, call 303-562-3232 or log on to

“While We Were Bowling” at the Aurora Fox
“While We Were Bowling” is much more than a coming-of-age piece. While the dark comedy by Carter Lewis focuses on the travails and trials of a single Midwestern family in the 1950s, it also explores the cultural hang-ups and foibles of America in the Atomic Age. The constant threat of communism and the tectonic shifts in pop culture during the era serve as the constant backdrops, the spurs that drive the characters’ fears and discomforts. The show runs until May 8. Tickets start at $24. Call 303-739-1970 or log on to

“Photo ID” at DAVA
The students at the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts gallery are using photos to make personal artistic statements in “Photo ID,” an exhibit that focuses on personalities. The gallery pieces in photo-related media feature self-portraits by some of the city’s youngest artists, as well as guest pieces by professional artists Roddy MacInnes and Christopher R. Perez. The show will run until April 29 at the DAVA gallery in Original Aurora, 1419 Florence St. For gallery hours and additional information, call 303-367-5886 or log on to

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