Playbill: This week's Denver-area dance and drama picks

Summer is a mixed bag at metro-area stages, where the local companies entertain with audience-friendly fare, new play festivals and Shakespeare under the stars. And there's more, so what will you see this weekend? Here are a few ideas.

See also: Dance Fever: The Vail International Dance Festival

Magical Mystery Detour Wesley Chapel, Boulder 8 p.m. Friday, July 25 $18 at Brown Paper Tickets 1-800-838-3006

Performance artist Gemma Wilcox, a perennial favorite and Best-of-Fest winner at the Boulder International Fringe Festival, moves effortlessly through more than two dozen characters in this one-woman show. She brings it back for one night only (in 2012, Magical Mystery Detour boasted a sold-out run at the Fringe), so catch it while you can. And watch for Wilcox to return in September for the 2014 fest.

Continue reading for more dance and theater picks. 50 Shades of Haze: The Pot Show Denver's Dangerous Theatre 8 p.m. Fridays, through August 15 $10 to $15

Winnie Wenglewick of Denver's Dangerous Theatre is doing what any right-minded independent theater maven would do in the heat of summer -- tossing all seriousness to the wind for a show of pot-themed comedy sketches. If you're seeking a silly diversion -- with air-conditioning -- Wenglewick is saving a seat for you.

Mile High Dance Festival Cleo Parker Robinson outdoor stage 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26 Free

Cleo Parker Robinson and a multicultural crew of local dance groups pay it back to the community with the Mile High Dance Festival, a free outdoor performance that features Robinson's renowned troupe, along with Hannah Kahn's modern company, classical ballet with Ballet Ariel, Mexican folk dance from Fiesta Colorado and flamenco with Maria Vasquez. That's right, it's free, on an outdoor stage; bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a night of pure, unadulterated culture.

Find a stage near you: Check out Westword's online listings for more theater and dance events for this week.

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