Germinal aims to offend
“Offending the Audience” by Peter Handke, a statement on the live theater experience, will be the final production by Germinal Stage Denver at the 44th and Alcott building, which has been sold. “Our most notorious production,” said director Ed Baierlein. It runs Aug. 9-25. Performances: 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $19.75, $21.75, $23.75, 303-455-7108.
On The Edge
“House of Blue Leaves” by John Guare plays through Aug. 11 at The Edge Theatre, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Directed by Scott Bellot. Performances: 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $22/$18, theedgetheatre.com, 303-232-0363.
“Laura,” by Vera Caspary and George Skylar. plays July 26-Aug. 24 at Spark Theater, 985 Santa Fe Drive, Denver (Santa Fe Arts District). It is directed by Linda Suttle of Littleton. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays (No shows on Aug. 2 or Aug. 16.). Tickets: $15-$20. sparktheater.org.
“Wonder of the World” by David Lindsay-Abair plays July 26-Sept. 1 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Robert Kramer is director. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $19-$29.50. 303-935-3044, minersalley.com.
Barth Hotel is venue
“Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling plays Aug. 1-24 at the historic Barth Hotel, 1514 17th St., Denver, as the 2013 theatrical fundraiser for Senior Housing Options. (The Barth is one of SHO’s facilities.) Performances: 7:30 pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Tickets: $25/$35 preferred seating, seniorhousingoptions.org, 303-595-4464, ext. 10. (Reservations are recommended — these sell out.)
“Sordid Lives” by Del Shores is presented by the new-to-Denver Illumination Theatre Productions at the John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Ave., Denver, July 26-Aug. 17. Bernie Cardell is director. Costume contest — drag or white trash costumes — at a 10 p.m. late night show on Aug 3. Not suitable for viewers under 18. Tickets: $20/$18, 303-475-5825.