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Playbill: New Plays and Performances in Denver for September 18-21

In a week marked by openings both splashy and diverse, from the heartbreakingly beautiful equestrian cirque Odysseo to the marathon Boulder International Fringe Festival, which brings indie performances from around the world, you can also catch an evening of colorful East Indian dance, a naughty night with a choose-your-own-adventure sex farce or an onslaught of pure comedy in debate form. Keep reading for more details.

See also: Five Must-See Boulder Fringe Fest Performances

GYAAN: Truth Through Knowledge. Can tragedy and loss become wisdom? from Mudra Dance Studio on Vimeo.

Mudra Dance Studio, GYAAN:Truth Through Knowledge Lakewood Cultural Center 5 p.m. September 20; 2 p.m. September 21; 8 p.m. September 26; 5 p.m. September 27; 2 p.m. September 28 $20 to $30

For more than twenty years, Mudra Dance Studio has been bringing Indian dance to Colorado stages with a flourish of colorful costumes and unstoppable energy. The evening-length work GYAAN: Truth Through Knowledge at the Lakewood Cultural Center addresses the numbing effect of violence and unspeakable crimes with a hopeful heart, and includes a live ensemble of musicians, aerial performances and Aurora Poet Laureate Jovan Mays in a spectacle Mudra calls its "gift to the world, a way to give back, remember those lost, inspire the desire for change, and heal together as a community."

Continue reading for more performance options.

Denver's Dangerous Theatre

Awaiting the Apocalypse September 19 through November 21 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 1 p.m. Sundays (No shows over Halloween weekend)

BITE September 20 through November 22 Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Both shows are $20 720-233-4703

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Winnie Wenglewick of Denver's Dangerous Theatre has an "anything goes" attitude about theater that manifests itself in original works that are sometimes clothing-optional. She kicks off the fall season with a repertory of Jonathan Vick's exploration of the coming of the apocalypse, set in a diner called Smithereens, and a raunchy sex farce for which audience members can help direct the action by voting on scenarios throughout the play. The final Bite performance on November 23 will present a special show featuring every possible denouement and option used throughout the run; tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $40. Wenglewick says this is a show you'll want to see more than once -- if it's your thing.

Arguments & Grievances: Comedy Debates Vine Street Pub & Brewery 10 p.m. Sunday, September 21 Free

Arguments and Grievances has become a time-honored endeavor, pitting a revolving cast of the city's best comics against one another to debate on topics both ridiculous and sublime. Tonight's five topics range from "Please vs. Thank You" with Bobby Crane and Kristin Rand to the headliner, "Liberty vs. Death," with Greg Baumhauer and Chris Charpentier. The laughs are numerous and free; check it out.

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