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Playbill: Three Plays and Performances to See in Denver This Week

Performances traditional -- and untraditional -- set the stage this week, from an impromptu dance in an art gallery to the revival of a chilling, tried-and-true tale. Here's what you'll find this week on late-summer stages.

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Heather Doyle-Maier: Dancing in Bo(u)nd Emmanuel Gallery 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 20 Free

You go to a gallery expecting to see art, and you will definitely do that at Emmanuel Gallery, where Heather Doyle-Maier's painstaking installation Bo(u)nd, a kind of book that unfolds in raggedy bedsheets and tender eggshells across the room, is currently on view. But tonight only, choreographer/dancers Tara Rynders, Katherine Wagner and Jacob Tyler will interact with the piece during a closing reception. Bo(u)nd continues through Friday.

Continue reading for more of this week's performance options. Animal Farm Germinal Stage 7 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 22 to September 13, and 2 p.m. Saturday, August 23 and September 13 $20, reserve in advance

Denver's stalwart Germinal Stage, now ensconced in its new home up north, will top its summer with a revival of Animal Farm, adapted by Nelson Bond from George Orwell's satirical dystopian novel, in which a cast of animals savagely represent the history leading up to the Russian Revolution and the encroachment of Stalinism in the Soviet Union. As the current Germinal space is smaller than the company's old digs, reservations are recommended.

Opera on Tap: Hot Summer Nights/Dance Party Deer Pile 8 p.m. Friday, August 22 $8 in advance ootcoaugust14.eventbrite.com/ $10 at the door

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Opera on Tap might be one of the best-kept secrets in the city's performance world, every month bringing arias into nontraditional settings -- usually with drinks -- and making opera fun instead of stuffy. Denver's edition, currently running at Deer Pile, is preparing to move in September to the new Syntax: Physic Opera, located in the same space that once housed Opera on Tap's former venue, the Bar.

"This is like a homecoming for us!, says Opera on Tap director Eve Orenstein. "We loved performing in that space with the previous owners, and are so excited with how it looks and sounds now. There's is even 'opera' in the name!"

Celebrate tonight with a torrid operatic set, followed by an old-fashioned dance party; Opera on Tap's first show at Syntax, "Almost All of...The Marriage of Figaro," happens on September 13.

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

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