“Light” by Jean-Claude van Itallie is a play about Voltaire and the Age of Reason, performed in environmental style in the elegant reception Room of the historic Grant Humphries Mansion, 770 Pennsylvania St., Denver. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays Nov. 6-24. Cast members portray three 18th-century superstars: Voltaire, Frederick the Great and Emelie du Chatelet. Ed Osborn is director. Tickets: $18/$16, 303-620-4933 (Byers-Evans Museum).
Dinner party of secrets
“Rancho Mirage,” a new work by well-known playwright Steven Dietz, plays Nov. 2 to Dec. 7 at Curious Theatre, 1080 S. Acoma St., Denver. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays (no performance on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28). Chip Walton directs this tale about six friends gathering for a final dinner party. Tickets: $18-$44. 303-623-0524, curioustheatre.org.
“The Book of Mormon” by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone plays at the Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, through Nov. 24. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Tickets: $40 and up. 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Brian Friel's play at Arvada
“Dancing at Lughnasa” by Irish playwright Bran Friel is presented by 11 minutes Theatre Company at the Arvada Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Nov. 1-16. Janine Kehlenbach is the director. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Thursday, Nov. 14; 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. Tickets: $20, check or cash at the door, 720-333-3499, Janine@11minutestheatre.com.
Equinox concludes cult season
“Carrie: the Musical,” based on Stephen King's novel, “Carrie,” with music by Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, music by Michael Gore pays Nov. 8 to 30 at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver. Presented by Equinox Theatre Company, directed by Colin Roybal. Nov. 8 will be prom night with Carrie — the audience is encouraged to wear prom attire to a festive opening night. Tickets: $20 advance, $22 at the door, EquinoxTheatreDenver.com. For mature audiences.
Visionbox, a professional actors' studio and intermedia production company, presents a free event, “The American Realism Project,” on Nov. 3 at 910 Arts, Skylite Station, 910 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. Acting students have studied American playwrights of the 20th century with Jennifer McCray Rincon, formerly head of acting at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver (1991-2008). The program is free. Nova Catering will have food available. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. 720-810-1641, visionbox.org.