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Binge-watching — at the theater

Arvada Center revives repertory approach


One of the fun things about binge-watching — aside from spending long stretches in a reclining position — is you get a lot of plot, character development and acting range in a compressed amount of time.

The trend, thanks to the advent of services like Netflix, Hulu and On Demand, has gathered steam over the past five years.

But as it turns out, the idea isn’t that new. The theater world developed a similar approach — the repertory season — as far back as the early 1900s. In this case, the same ensemble company of actors, directors and designers put on all shows in a season.

At one time a common occurrence, repertory seasons are infrequent today. However, the Arvada Center’s Black Box theater is bringing it back.

“For some reason, the rep approach has fallen out of fashion in arts organizations,” said Lynne Collins, artistic director of plays at the center. “But if you’re smart in building your ensemble, you have a company that supports each other throughout every show.”

The repertory approach allows audiences to see the same actors stretch themselves in very different plays.

“Audiences get to see different styles, lines and characters,” said Geoffrey Kent, actor and director in the company. “There’s a through line in our shows this year about secrets and community that play out in different ways.”

The Arvada Center started its first of four rep shows for the 2017-2018 season with “The Foreigner,” which runs through Nov. 18.

“It really is a perfect comedy,” said Kent, the show’s director. “It’s an interesting time for a show about an immigrant, especially one who is really heroic.”

The remaining three shows, “Sense and Sensibility,” “The Electric Baby” and “All My Sons,” start in the winter and run through the spring.

“This is our second season taking the repertory approach,” Collins said, “and that’s given us confidence to have a bigger company this year, and get to a more true repertory experience.”

For times and tickets, go to www.arvadacenter.org.

The real Rocktober

The Rockies playoff run might not have lasted long, but the real Rocktober is every Tuesday at independent record stores like Twist and Shout and Angelo’s. Go to your local location every week to get exclusive vinyl releases from artists like Mastodon, Gary Clark Jr., Faces and The Velvet Underground. Find out what’s new at www.twistandshout.com, www.angeloscds.com and www.rhino.com/rocktober.

Up for a little fright?

For a scary fun theater experience, Oh Susanna Vintage Photo in downtown Golden (upstairs from the Buffalo Rose) is hosting Madame Zervanos Traveling Mystery Show and its presentation of “The Theater of the Dead” every Saturday at 7 and 7:30 p.m. throughout the month. The show is a mix of theater, improv and interactive murder mystery. Visit www.madameztravelingmysteryshow.com for all you need to know.

A wine education

Up north, The Avenues Crofton Park is hosting its bi-monthly wine education program on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. “Wine Production” will cover techniques for wine production and preservation, and is presented by The Wine Education Institute. The free event is open to the public, but connoisseurs need to RSVP at 720-328-9548. Visit www.LiveTheAvenues.com.

Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached creader@coloradocommunitymedia.com.


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