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The Lost Soul of Cripple Creek 

When: Oct. 2-31 2009
Price: $9.75-$15.75

Late last month, an urgent press release arrived: Tarzan, one of the wild donkeys that wanders the streets of Cripple Creek, had gone missing. Though concerned citizens admitted that Tarzan "tends to wander away from the herd" and "prefers to spend time with horses," the unsolved shooting of another area donkey, Sweetpea, stoked fears about foul play. Then they found Tarzan. With some horses. Whew. The incident was so dramatic, it cried out to be adapted for the stage. So when we heard The Lost Soul of Cripple Creek was playing at the Butte Theater (139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, butteoperahouse.com), we assumed ... dancing donkeys. Nope. But it's a fun little melodrama about a miner who journeys to Denver to reclaim his woman and battle a villain. Close enough. The show — with a Halloween olio to follow — runs Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31. Tickets cost $9.75 to $15.75. — Jill Thomas

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