Travelers of the Lost Dimension comes to Stanley Marketplace from Off-Center, an arm of Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) that “focuses more on connecting people and upending expectations than on adhering to tradition.”
The brief but descriptive language about the show raises high expectations for an unusual experience: “the immersive nature of the mission,” “discover the fantastical in the realm beyond,” and “brave an inter-dimensional journey.” The retina scan by greeters in white lab coats heightens our curiosity, as does the shoulder bag with an odd assortment of stuff for the journey. We check out the contents of the bag as we wait with 44 other “travelers” for the show to begin. The association with quality performances at DCPA adds to our expectation that an exciting experience lies ahead.
The curiosity and mystery about Travelers apparently tweaked the imaginations of many—its initial run sold out before it opened—and Off-Center extended the schedule until May 21 even before the first show had been performed. DCPA Events Manager Hope Grandon says DCPA has never done that before.
The show is advertised as family friendly and appropriate for kids 10 and up (though a somewhat younger child who can walk for an hour and not be disruptive would likely do fine). It was probably most enjoyed by the youngest participants in our group. The skits are more silly than sophisticated humor. It’s a fun outing, but at $160 – $180 for a family of four, it may not be the most economical family entertainment.
*Off-Center has already announced their next production at Stanley. The Wild Party, which was nominated for seven Tony Awards when it appeared on Broadway in 2000, will run from Oct. 12 – 31. Also an audience interactive experience, this performance will be held in the Hanger at Stanley.