Run of Girls Only in Denver Is Strictly for the Ladies, Sept. 18-Dec. 21

News   Run of Girls Only in Denver Is Strictly for the Ladies, Sept. 18-Dec. 21
Men, stay home. That's the comic directive from the presenters of a new stage comedy, Girls Only — The Secret Comedy of Women, offered by Denver Center Attractions Sept. 18-Dec. 21 in The Garner Galleria Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein in Girls Only
Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein in Girls Only Photo by Peggy Dyer

Written and performed by Denverites Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein, who will trade off performances with two other resident actresses, Girls Only, according to DCA, "is an original comedy that celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being female. With a two-woman cast and audiences full of raucous, laughing ladies, the show has found quick popularity in its unique examination of all things girly."

The show was "born out of the earnest and sweetly absurd writings the two authors discovered in their girlhood diaries." The evening is a "mix of sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation, and hilarious songs and videos [and] reminds audiences of the very funny and very charming similarities all women share."

Girls Only was seen at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and in a popular seven-week run in Denver earlier this year, and DCA picked up the rights.

"We are so excited to continue to share Girls Only with women in the Rocky Mountain region," stated Gehring and Klein. "We created this show to be a celebration of being a woman, and we have such fun seeing the ladies who come to the show really let loose and laugh at themselves."

This comic caveat comes with the announcement: "Warning: This show is intended for female audiences and contains feminine subject matter including but not limited to teenage diaries, breast feeding, tampons, shadow puppets, pantyhose, menstrual cycles, slumber parties, menopause and maxi pads." Gehring is a veteran of improvisation, sketch comedy and theatre, and is also a commercial actor in the Denver market. Together with Linda Klein and Matthew Taylor, she is a founder and performer in the international comedy troupe A.C.E.

Klein has been an active member of the Denver comedy scene for the last 15 years and along with Gehring and Taylor is a founding member of A.C.E. comedy troupe. Klein has performed on stages in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago and also does commercial and voiceover work nationally.

Performers Amie MacKenzie and Allison Watrous will also appear in the production. MacKenzie is a graduate of the Colorado College and has been seen regularly as a narrator with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and in national commercials and films. Her local theatre credits include The Dinner Party, for which she received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy from The Denver Post. Watrous is a graduate of the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver and recently appeared in 365 at the Public Theater in New York City as well as in CBS television programming. She has also appeared locally in John Brown's Body, (W)hole, and as Mrs. Filcher in DCTC's A Christmas Carol. Other credits include Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, the California Theatre Center and PCPA. Watrous is a teaching artist for the Denver Center Theatre Academy, TADA! and The New Victory Theater.

Girls Only is an added attraction in Denver Center Attractions' 2008. DCA is the Broadway show division of The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, presenting touring productions at The Buell Theatre and The Ellie Caulkins Opera House (and smaller shows at the Galleria space).

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