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Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from Musical Theater, by JAKES Theatre, teaching important life lessons from some of the world's best musicals. Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 30, 2 p.m. $10-$15, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, 315 E. Costilla St., 433-9200.

The Star Spangled Girl, a production of Neil Simon's work by the Steel City Theatre Company. Through Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. CSU-Pueblo's Hoag Hall, 2100 Bonaforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/289-0293, sctcpueblo.com.

Theatregasm, Theatre 'd Art's second annual experimental stage festival with performances of original short plays of all genres. Through Aug. 31. Osborne Studio Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 264-9476, theatredart.org.

Love in the Woods: the Theatreworks Shakespeare Festival, a dual run of Shakespeare's happy comedies: Venus and Adonis, an adaptation of a poem, running through Aug. 31, and As You Like It, running through Sept. 7. The fest includes lectures, dinners and more to complement the plays. $25. Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org/index.htm.

Oklahoma!, the classic performed by the Thin Air Theatre Company. Through Sept. 26. $9.75-$14.75. The Butte Theater, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com.

Honesty Always Wins, a musical-comedy melodrama and optional dinner with sing-a-long intermission. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Through Oct. 4, $9.50-$28.50. Iron Springs Melodrama Theatre, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5104.

My Favorite Things: A Tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, a performance of the Colorado Festival of World Theatre. Sept. 6-7. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $20-$67; 576-2626, ticketswest.com.

Sweet William, a performance of the Colorado Festival of World Theatre, starring the show's creator, Michael Pennington. Sept. 8-9. CC's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 576-2626, ticketswest.com. A performance in Teller county by Pennington, Sept. 10. $10. Dickson Performing Arts Center, 151 N. Baldwin St., Woodland Park, dicksonarts.org.

The Complete History of America (abridged), a series of searing comedic sketches from episodes throughout American history. Sept. 12-14. Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org.

Backspin, a high-energy, polished dance performance by

Knucklehead Zoo , which blends breakdance with acrobatics, martial arts, a live DJ and the glamour of Las Vegas. Sat., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. $15. CC's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu/news_events.

Cirque de la Symphonie, a show of extravagant acrobatics, dance and juggling performances of the Cirque, to the sounds of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra. Sat., Sept. 13, 8 p.m. $15-$52. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW (7469), ticketswest.com.

The Grapes of Wrath, UCCS' production in collaboration with All Pikes Peak Reads. Show runs Sept. 25 to Oct. 19. Opening night black-tie reception benefit, Thurs., Sept. 25, 6 p.m. All at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org/index.htm.

Into the Woods Jr. , a presentation by Alleycat Theatrics. Tues., Sept. 30 and Thurs., Oct. 2. $10-$12. Lon Chaney Theatre, 221 E. Kiowa St., 209-1484, alleycattheatric@netscape.net.

Oliver!, the family musical. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7453, pikespeakcenter.com.

Gruffalo Tales, a children's performance. Oct. 5, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

Biloxi Blues, the second play in the autobiographical series by Paul Simon. Oct. 10-26. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.

Grand Guignol, a collection of four short 19th-century horror plays. Oct. 10-26. Osborne Studio Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 264-9476, theatredart.org.

Fire and Ice, by

Cirque le Masque, t he story of the lost girl who watches as the fairy tale she is reading comes to life around her. Mon., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Arnold Hall Theatre, U.S. Air Force Academy, 333-4497, ticketmaster.com.

The Dybbuk, a chamber opera composed by music professor Ofer Ben-Amots and directed by drama professor Tom Lindblade, both of Colorado College. Thurs., Oct. 30. Free. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Nevada Ave., coloradocollege.edu/news_events.

I Am My Own Wife, a performance by Erik Sandvold in a play about the true story of a German transvestite who survived the Nazi and Communist regimes. Oct. 30 to Nov. 9. Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org/index.htm.

Into the Woods, a fairy-tale musical following characters from several Brothers Grimm stories into new adventures. Performed by CC students and directed by CC professors. Nov. 14-15, 7:30 p.m. Free. CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu/news_events.

Our Town, students from the Colorado Springs School performing Thornton Wilder's classic play. Nov. 21-22, 7 p.m. Louisa Performing Arts Center, Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747, css.org.

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