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Playbill: This week's performing arts picks

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From participatory performance art on a stage in a picture window to an improvised gag-fest about the pitfalls of speed dating, there are many ways to find relief from the summer heat, whether it's in a gallery environment or a dark theater. Here are a few of the coolest performing-arts options this week.

See also: The Right Note: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Adriana Cubides, You, Me and Them Leon Gallery 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 10 and 11 $10 to participate, by reservation

Adriana Cubides, a dancer and performance artist based in Durango, brings You, Me and Them, an interactive experience, to Denver for a two-night run in the front window at Leon Gallery. You read that right: Cubides invites participants to sit blindfolded in a single red chair in the window as she dances around them and people walk by outside on the street, for a $10 fee. The five-minute spots on the hot seat are limited to 38 each night; for a reservation, call 303-832-1599 or e-mail the gallery. Keep reading for two more cool picks.

Triptych Theatre, Gruesome Playground Injuries Carsen Theatre, Dairy Center for the Arts 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, July 10-20 $15 to $20

The L.A.-based Triptych Theatre, the brainchild of Boulder native Jamie Wollrab, comes to Colorado for a two-weekend summer-stock run of Rajiv Josef's Gruesome Playground Injuries, a play with a dark lining that follows two characters, Kayleen and Doug, through a series of meetings under inopportune circumstance over a period of thirty years.

3 Blind Dates Voodoo Comedy Playhouse 6:30 p.m. on second and fourth Saturdays, July 12-September 27 $8 to $10

Amy Angelilli, Linnea Brutlag and Macy Matarazzo skewer modern dating in this recurring "unscripted romantic comedy" at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse that will run twice monthly through the end of September. The audience participates by pairing up each of the ladies with a speed-dating partner and then sits back to enjoy the unfolding results.

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

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