After today's showings of the children's musical, "The Prince" (10:30 a.m. at Keystone) and the light-hearted "Xanadu" (7:30 p.m.), Lake Dillon Theatre Company brings back "Kiss of the Spider Woman" this week, showcasing the darker side of musical theatre. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday through midweek. Tickets are $32 Fri-Sun/$29 midweek for adults and $25/$22 for studentsOn Saturday night, stay late for Lake Dillon Theatre's new Late Night at Lake Dillon: A Cabaret, where the actors showcase their favorite songs, test out new fare and have fun with audiences in the intimate setting of the theater. "No costumes, no characters. Just LDTC company members doing what they do best - performing an intimate show at the LDTC with audiences only a few feet away," bills the theatre. Tickets are $5, with proceeds split among the actors. The first cabaret act is 10 p.m. Saturday, with showings also on July 31, August 3 and August 17. Earlier in the day Saturday, Colorado author and poet Doann Houghton-Alico presents an afternoon reading from "Dancing Fish," a collection of narrative nonfiction and poetry about her experience circumnavigating the globe in her sailboat, at Lake Dillon Theatre. The "Poet-tea" takes place at 3 p.m. with free admission, although donations are accepted. Information: www.lakedillontheatre.org
Catch the Backstage Theatre's final shows of the children's musical, "Pirates of the Fourth Grade" (10 a.m and 1 p.m. Fri/Sat) and "Completely Hollywood Abridged," a high-energy spoof condensing 186 of "the greatest films of all time" into 197 minutes (7:30 p.m. Fri/Sat and 6:30 p.m. Sun). Then Ken Ludwig's farcical hit, "Leading Ladies" hits the stage Thursday. Opening night features champagne, light appetizers and desserts along with the show. In "Leading Ladies," Jack and Leo are down-on-their-luck Shakespearean actors who go after a fortune promised to long-lost heirs Max and Steve, only to find that the money is meant for Maxine and Stephanie. Undaunted, the boys don heels in search of the promised riches. Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls in love with the niece, Meg, who is engaged to the local minister. Meg knows there's a wide world out there, but it's not until she meets "Maxine and Stephanie" that she finally gets a taste of it. The Houston Press called it "so funny, it will make sophisticated and reasonable men and women of the 21st Century cackle till their faces hurt." The show is directed by Missy Moore. Tickets are $23/adults and $18/youth (under 18) if ordered online at www.backstagetheatre.org. Add $2 for tickets purchased at the box office or by phone.