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COLORADO SPRINGS THEATER: 'Theatregasm 7'

September 19, 2013 Updated: September 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm
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photo - Alisha Pagan stars in "Theatregasm 7" at Theatre 'd Art. Photo credit Christian O'Shaughnessy.
Alisha Pagan stars in "Theatregasm 7" at Theatre 'd Art. Photo credit Christian O'Shaughnessy. 

Theatre 'd Art, opens 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Sept. 29, Theatre 'd Art, 128 N. Nevada Ave., $10, $5 students, season tickets $50; 357-8321, theatredart.org.

If you want a laugh and some observations on the relationship between Americans and their TV sets, Theatre 'd Art's "Theatregasm 7" will hit the spot.

The first show in the company's 2013-14 season opens Friday and, as usual, features a collection of short, original plays written by locals, says Brian Mann, artistic director of Theatre 'd Art and production manager for "Theatregasm 7."

Though there was no theme when the company put out a call for entries in April, one has emerged, Mann says.

"We have framed 'Theatregasm' as if it were something somebody was watching on late night Netflix," Mann says. "Instead of Netflix, it's called TVgasmflix. It's satirizing Netflix and Amazon Prime and Hulu and modern-day Internet TV stuff that's going on."

Seven directors, including Mann, will produce 11 10- to-15-minute sketches. They include "Sassaphaegia," the tale of what happens when a person's sassiness gets out of control; "Our Son is a Killer," an ironic take on what happens when the son of two loving parents ends up killing something; and "World Monopoly Championships," which speaks for itself.

"It's an hour of Theatre 'd Art commentary about the quality of TV shows these days," Mann says, "and how we watch our TVs, and the absurd things we go through and put up with to get some harmless entertainment at the end of the day."

Jennifer Mulson, jen.mulson@gazette.com

OTHER STUFF
“A Night on the Rocks” — Wine and beer tasting, music by One Eleven Band and auctions, to benefit Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds Inc., 6-10 p.m. Friday, Norris-Penrose Events Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, $35; 322-5374, fossilbeds.org.

“Big Bad Wolfe” — Tony Award-winning actor René Auberjonois’ one-man celebration of the writings of Tom Wolfe, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Su Teatro @ the Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, $15-$28; 1-303-296-0219, suteatro.org

“Tension and Transformation” — The work of Richard Mello, 1 p.m. Friday, Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, Colorado College, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 839-6797, coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace.
“A Night on the Rocks” — Wine and beer tasting, music by One Eleven Band and auctions, to benefit Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds Inc., 6-10 p.m. Friday, Norris-Penrose Events Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, $35; 322-5374, fossilbeds.org.
“Big Bad Wolfe” — Tony Award-winning actor René Auberjonois’ one-man celebration of the writings of Tom Wolfe, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Su Teatro @ the Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, $15-$28; 1-303-296-0219, suteatro.org
“Tension and Transformation” — The work of Richard Mello, 1 p.m. Friday, Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, Colorado College, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 839-6797, coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace.

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