THE MIX: Top Entertainment & Events in Aurora-Denver, June 23- June 29

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Intimate Apparel 7:30 p.m. June 24 & 25; 2:30 p.m. June 26. The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Tickets start at $24. Call 303-856-7830 or visit vintagetheatre.org for more information.

WB-0815Ah, yes, the tale of the starry-eyed hopeful who heads to the East Coast city so nice they named it after a pompous Englishman. (We’re talking about New York City here, people.) Opening at the Vintage Theatre on June, “Intimate Apparel” contains some of the clichés found in that tried and true plot line, but several refreshing, historical spins make the show worthy of resurrection. No Carrie Bradshaws here. Penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, the show centers on 35-year-old Esther, an African American seamstress who leaves North Carolina for New York City in the early 20th century to fulfill her dream of starting a beauty salon. Starring Lisa Young as the savvy lead, “Intimate Apparel” at The Vintage should cast new light on an old tale. Seth Rossman directs.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company 7:30 p.m. June 23, 24 & 25. Additional performances at 2 p.m. June 25 and 26. The Garner Galleria Theatre at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver. Tickets start at $35. Call 800-641-1222 or visit www.denvercenter.org for more information.

There’s really very little new territory to cover with the Bard. William Shakespeare’s revered stagework has been reinterpreted every which way over the centuries, from Aimé Césaire’s Haitian adaptation of “The Tempest” to Ian McKellen’s Nazi-esque “Richard III.” So what better way to inject freshness into Shakespeare than by just making new plays up? That’s the goal of the Improvised Shakespeare Company, which takes an audience suggestion and forms a tragedy, comedy or history completely off the cuff. We recommend you stop by Infinite Monkey Theorem in Denver beforehand to achieve maximum relevance.

The Sound of Music 7:20 p.m. June 23 – 26. Additional performances at 2 p.m. June 25 & 26. The Buell Theatre, at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver. Running time: Two hours, 30 minutes plus 20-minute intermission. Tickets start at $30. Call 800-641-1222 or visit www.denvercenter.org for more information.

Three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien brings a brand-new production of the classic story of the Von Trapps and Maria based on the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

4000 Miles Curtains at 7:30 p.m. June 24 & 25; 6:30 p.m. June 26. The Shaver-Ramsey Showroom, 2414 E. 3rd Ave. Tickets are $35. Call 303-800-6578 or visit cherrycreektheatre.org for more information.

When it comes to age gaps in relationships, not much makes eyes pop these days. But 70 years? That’s…something. But that seven-decade difference is what separates 21-year-old Leo (Kevin Kantor) and his 91-year-old grandmother (Billie McBride) in “4000 Miles,” which is opening a three-week run this weekend at the always-funky Shaver-Ramsey Showroom in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood. No, you sicko, there are no romantic ties between the two protagonists, they merely form bonds that surpass generational divides and find one another at necessary, albeit disparate, stages in life. The show is playing through June 26.

Forever Plaid Curtains at 7:30 p.m. June 24 & 25; 2 p.m. June 25 & 26. The Lakewood Cultural Center 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. Tickets start at $20. Call 303-987-7845 or visit performance now.org for more information.

Nothing like a little musical tragedy to inspire a tragic musical. Wrapping a two-week run at the Lakewood Cultural Center this weekend, “Forever Plaid” centers on an eponymous four-piece band from the 1950s teeming with goofy, golly-gee-willikers antics. But before the foursome can get their big break to emulate their idols the Hi-Lo’s and The Crew Cuts, their lives are cut short by a fatal bus accident. Sobering, silly and filled with pesky ear worms, “Forever Plaid” should make for a folly-filled trip to the theater. Robert Michael Sanders directs.

By The Waters of Babylon Curtains at 8 p.m. June 24 & 25, 6 p.m. June 26 at The Edge Theatre, 1560 Teller St. Suite 200, Lakewood. Free parking. Visit www.theedgetheater.com or call 303-232-0363 for more information.

Playwright Robert Schenkkan’s “By The Waters of Babylon” looks at the life of Catherine, who becomes sheltered and withdrawn after the death of her husband. She finds something of a kindred spirit in Arturo, a Cuban refugee writer-cum-gardener who’s hired to tend to Catherine’s unwieldy backyard. Both of them are struggling with the ghosts of their past lives.