WEDNESDAY, October 12Paul Kozlowki, who runs the Fake Gallery and who I mostly trust to have intrepid and interesting taste in original comedy, has almost talked me into trying to find a parking space for his weekly show, The Day That Paper Tried To Take Over the Earth, which he describes as “an action-packed horror about paper that comes to life and menaces a small town. We feel the production successfully captures the feel of a ’50s B movie, especially the sincerity that comes from dramatically challenged actors. The play features a large number of elaborately designed paper monsters, a flock of ravenous magazine subscription cards, a remote-controlled cardboard box, a rubber hand and a giant 8-foot Swingline stapler. In short, if the Little Rascals grew up and put on a play, this is what it would look like.” If that sounds promising: The Fake Gallery, 4319 Melrose Ave., Hollywood; Wed., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m.; $12. (323) 661-0786; www.fakedotcom.com.
THURSDAY, October 13Vittorio De Sica’s comedy Ieri, Oggi, Domani (Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow) is one of those charming Italian comedies that makes you wish you lived in a charming Italian comedy. Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren do what they do best. De Sica’s grandson Brando De Sica introduces Sciuscia (Shoeshine), another De Sica film, about street youth in Rome. Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Thurs., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.; $9. (323) 466-FILM.