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Playbill: This week's dance and drama picks

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The curtains never really go down on Denver's stages, even in the summer, when some companies take a break -- but others launch special festivals. Here are a few ways to be transported by music, dance, comedy and drama this week.

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Leopoldstadt 22 Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet 7 p.m. June 11 and 12 Mizel Museum $20

Boulder's Lemon Sponge Cake ballet company, under the direction of choreographer Robert Sher-Maccherndl, will journey down to Denver today and tomorrow to perform this Holocaust-related work. Sher-Maccherndl grew up in the Leopoldstadt district of Vienna, once a thriving Jewish community before World War II. Decades later, the Jewish presence has been re-established. "Today, grassroots efforts exist attracting Jewish people to return, and now businesses, schools and homes have been successfully established," he explains. "Leopoldstadt is now one of the few places in the world, outside of Brooklyn and Tel Aviv, where bohemians stroll alongside Orthodox Jews." A discussion will follow the performances.

Continue reading for more theater picks.

I Hate Hamlet Colorado Shakespeare Festival Selected dates, June 13 through July 31 University Theatre, CU-Boulder campus $10 to $64

Each year, amid the language and drama of Shakespeare's greatest plays, the Colorado Shakepeare Festival presents at least one modern play with Shakespearean themes. This year it's Peter Rudnick's hilarious I Hate Hamlet, the play within a play in which a Hollywood star performing in a summer production is guided by the ghost of John Barrymore. I Hate Hamlet, performed in repertory with some of the real stuff, opens its run Friday, June 13.

The Source Theatre Company    The Five Points Wrapped Around My Soul 1 and 3:30 p.m. June 14 Crossroads Theater $5

Celebrate African-American Theatre Day Su Teatro at the Denver Civic Theatre 2 to 6 p.m. June 15 Free

The Source Theatre Company will join the Juneteenth celebration in Five Points on Saturday by presenting two performances of its popular musical revue, The Five Points Wrapped Around My Soul, at the Crossroads Theater on Saturday, then will then return to its home at Su Teatro Sunday for a tribute to the history of black theater in Denver. Sunday's free show will include a repeat performance of Five Points, readings, music and food.

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