Little theater, big musicals and a new Cirque show pack the season with theatrical delights

Repertory in Residence. Insurgo Theater Movement makes history this month by moving into its new 75-seat theater at the Plaza, becoming the first local repertory company to hold a residency at a major hotel-casino. Waiting for Godot is Insurgo’s thought-provoking opening production. The much- anticipated Cannibal! by Book of Mormon co-creator Trey Parker debuts later in the season. 8 p.m. Thu-Sat, beginning Sept. 8,,, 386-2110.

Musical Reflections. Students from UNLV’s departments of music and theater, and performers from some of the Strip’s top shows are commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with God Lives in Glass: Reflections of God as Seen Through the Eyes of Children (1:30 p.m. Sept. 10-11, $25), a musical inspired by a book of the same name. Proceeds benefit Family Promise. Also on tap this season for Nevada Conservatory Theater is A Streetcar Named Desire (Oct. 7-9, 13-16, $20-$30) and A Christmas Carol (Dec. 2-4, 8-11, 15-18, $20-$30). UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theatre,, 895-2787.

Little Theatre, Big Laughs. Las Vegas Little Theatre, Southern Nevada’s oldest community theater, starts its season with two comedies. The first, No Sex Please, We’re British (Sept. 9-25) follows a newlywed couple that mistakenly receives pornography in the mail. Holiday-themed The Man Who Came to Dinner (Nov. 4-20) is the second. LVLT also runs a darker, more intimate series of productions in its Black Box theatre. 8 p.m. Thu-Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive,, $15, $14 seniors and $13 students.

Clowning Around. Onyx Theatre, filling the niche for local alt theater, features productions that focus on the history of a San Francisco female impersonator club (David Alba’s Finocchio Club Backstage Memoirs), the love lives of gay New Yorkers (Love Scenes) and a performance by Miss Coco Peru. Don’t miss the 1230 Las Vegas Clown Show, an ongoing comedic variety show. Various dates throughout September, 953 E. Sahara Ave.,, 732-7225, prices vary.

Dreaming in the Park. Nothing’s more fitting for a pastoral Saturday evening than a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The whimsical classic will be performed by the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company at the annual Shakespeare in the Park in Henderson. Various parks, 7 p.m. Oct. 1, 8., 15, 22,, 220-5872, free.

A Youthful Web. Rainbow Youth Company begins its 35th season with Charlotte’s Web. Children ages 10-18 work in all aspects of the production, making this family-friendly event a great opportunity to introduce kids to the theater. Oct. 7-16, Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.,, 229-6383, $7 adults, $5 teens, seniors, military, $3 children.

Read and Dance. Las Vegas Repertory Theatre is known for creating unique mixed-media performances. Its fall production, Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Literary Freedom, features a new choreographic work by Serena Bartholomew in which dancers perform to readings of banned poetry. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 7 p.m., Sept. 27,, free.

Dance Dance Dance! This season is packed with exciting landmarks for Nevada Ballet Theatre, celebrating its 40th anniversary and anticipating its residency at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in the spring. The season kicks off with a joint performance by NBT and renowned contemporary company Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Paris Theatre, 8 p.m. Oct. 29, 2 p.m. Oct. 30,, 946-4567, $36-$102.

Ailey Influence. Taking the stage with performances infused with an array of dance styles are Manhattan-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet (8 p.m. Nov. 5, Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, UNLV campus,, 895-2787) and Las Vegas’ Contemporary Dance Theatre (Nov. 4-6, West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.,, 866-967-8167). Both organizations were founded by former Alvin Ailey dancers.

Immortalizing an Icon. Cirque du Soleil pays homage to Michael Jackson in The Immortal World Tour, a production that combines the King of Pop’s music and famous dance moves with Cirque’s artistry and imaginative visuals. 7 and 10 p.m. Dec. 3-27, Mandalay Events Center,, 632-7777, $50-$175.

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