'ABIGAIL ADAMS'

Abigail Adams witnessed the American Revolution while raising children, maintaining a family farm, taking in displaced Bostonians and surviving dysentery and smallpox, and all while her husband, John Adams, was away pursuing the "treasonous act" of independence from Britain.

Jessica Downing-Ford will bring Abigail Adams to life in celebration of Adams' 275th birthday with a performance at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 at the door. Go to kafmradio.org or call 241-8801 for information.

'MARY POPPINS JR.'

This junior-sized production, based on a Disney movie and a Broadway musical, will be presented by The Theatre Project's Stages Level 3 students.

Jack-of-all trades, Bert, will introduce audiences to London in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches the members of the Banks family how to value each other.

Performances will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

Tickets cost $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Advance tickets can purchased at 970tix.com or by calling 261-5363 for information.

'PRIDE & PREJUDICE'

A play adapted for the stage from Jane Austen's romance novel will be presented by Colorado Mesa University's Department of Theatre Arts and directed by Jill Van Brussel, assistant professor of theater and costume design.

Marriage is inevitable for the five Bennet sisters — Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia — but with the family estate entailed away to a cousin, they must marry rich. Fortunately, one such eligible bachelor has just arrived in the neighborhood, and he has an even more eligible, but proud, friend.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8–9, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Robinson Theatre in CMU's Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St.

Tickets cost $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and $8 for students and can be purchased at coloradomesa.edu/tickets or by calling 800-410-MAVS.

'PUFFS'

For seven years, a certain boy wizard went to wizard school. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs, who just happened to be at that same wizarding school.

"Puffs," or "Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic," is a Harry Potter-inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else's story. The comedy gives the audience a new look at the familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes trying to make it through magic school.

The play will be presented by Grand Junction High School theater students at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8–9, and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the high school's auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St. Tickets range in cost from $7–$13 and can be purchased in advance and at the door. Call 254-6900 for information.

'TUCKER FALLS'

The play written by M.A. Smith follows Tucker, a wealthy rancher in his 70s who lost his wife 20 years ago.

Tucker, however, still relies on his wife's guidance as he struggles with his relationship with his three daughters: He dotes on the youngest, and has nothing but disdain for the older two.

This touching and thought-provoking story deals with loss of culture and lifestyle, the implications of living longer and whether we want to or not.

Magic Circle Players will present the play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8–9, Nov. 15–16 and Nov. 22–23, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, at Magic Circle Theater, 420 S. 12th St., in Montrose.

Tickets cost $12–$16 and can be purchased at magiccircleplayers.com or by calling 249-7838.

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