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For the week of Nov. 16-22

Monday, Nov 12 2007
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Opening This Week

ALL THIS, & HEAVEN TOO Aging gay men celebrate a deceased pal; book and lyrics by Bill Dyer, music by Dick DeBenedictis. MACHA THEATRE (FORMERLY THE GLOBE PLAYHOUSE), 1107 N. Kings Road, W. Hlywd.; opens Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; perfs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Dec. 30. (323) 960-7829 or www.plays411.com/heaventoo.

BAD HARE DAY “Kids collaborate with adult artists to adapt one story five different ways.” MILES MEMORIAL PLAYHOUSE, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11, 3 p.m. (310) 264-4224.

THE BALD SOPRANO Eugene Ionesco’s Theater of the Absurd classic. CITY GARAGE, 1340 1/2 Fourth St., Santa Monica; opens Fri., Nov. 9, 8 p.m.; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5:30 p.m.; thru Dec. 16. (310) 319-9939.

THE BFG (BIG FRIENDLY GIANT) Roald Dahl’s children’s tale about a giant and a little girl. SOUTH COAST REPERTORY, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; opens Sat., Nov. 10, 11 a.m.; call for schedule; thru Nov. 18. (714) 708-5555.

DEAR BRUTUS Enchanted-forest fantasy by Peter Pan’s J.M. Barrie. A NOISE WITHIN, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale; opens Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; in rep, call for schedule; thru Dec. 16. (818) 240-0910.

4 X 4: FOUR NEW WORKS BY FOUR QUEER ARTISTS Featuring Darren Blaney, Gregory Barnett and DanceGood.Damnit!!, Alison De La Cruz and D’Lo. HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 9-10, 8:30 p.m. (310) 315-1459 or www.highwaysperformance.org.

FRANCISCO’S FIRE Keith Watabayashi’s adaptation of Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck. DORIE THEATER AT THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; opens Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; perfs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Dec. 16 (no perf Nov. 22). (323) 960-4420 or www.plays411.com/franciscosfire.

IF YOU EVER LEAVE ME . . . I’M GOING WITH YOU! Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna’s comedy tribute to their marriage. EL PORTAL THEATRE, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd.; Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 15-17, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 18, 3 p.m. (818) 508-0281.

HERO Soldier returns home early from Iraq, in Luis Alfaro’s comedy. STUDIO/STAGE, 520 N. Western Ave., Hlywd.; opens Sun., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Dec. 16. (213) 627-4473 or www.playwrightsarena.org.

THE HISTORY BOYS History students prepare for college, in Alan Bennett’s play. AHMANSON THEATRE, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; opens Wed., Nov. 14, 8 p.m.; perfs Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m.; thru Dec. 9 (added perf Nov. 19, 8 p.m.; no perfs Nov. 22 & Dec. 4-5). (213) 628-2772 or www.centertheatregroup.org.

THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES John Guare’s dark social farce. MATRIX THEATRE, 7657 Melrose Ave., L.A.; opens Fri., Nov. 9, 8 p.m.; perfs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Dec. 2 (no perf Nov. 22). (323) 960-7712.

LESSONS Wendy Graf’s play about a man in his 70s wanting a bar mitzvah. LEE STRASBERG INSTITUTE, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd.; opens Thurs., Nov. 15, 8 p.m.; perfs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 :30 p.m.; thru Dec. 23 (no perfs Nov. 22 & Dec. 13-16; added perf Nov. 25, 7 p.m.). (323) 650-7777 or www.westcoastjewishtheatre.org.

THE LIFE & TIMES OF TULSA LOVECHILD Greg Owens’s comedy set at Bob’s Exit 238 American Motel. ELEPHANT THEATER, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; opens Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m.; perfs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Dec. 8 (no perf Nov. 22). (323) 860-8786.

MIRACLE IN RWANDA Solo show by Leslie Lewis Sword about the genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutus. (In Theatre 4.) LOS ANGELES THEATER CENTER, 514 S. Spring St, dwntwn.; Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 15-17, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 18, 3 p.m. (323) 461-3673 or www.thenewlatc.com.

RAY CHARLES LIVE! A NEW MUSICAL Music by Ray Charles, book by Suzan Lori-Parks. PASADENA PLAYHOUSE, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena; opens Fri. Nov. 9, 8 p.m.; perfs Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m.; thru Dec. 9. (626) 356-PLAY or www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.

SHIELDS & YARNELL: REUNION FAREWELL TOUR The 1970s mime comedy couple re-activate their robots. EL PORTAL THEATRE, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd.; Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 15-17, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 18, 3 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 21, 8 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 23, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 24, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun ., Nov. 25, 3 p.m. (818) 232-7414.

YERMA Rural Spain domestic drama by Federico Garcia Lorca. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles. LOS ANGELES THEATER CENTER, 514 S. Spring St, dwntwn.; Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 15-17, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 28, 3 p.m. (323) 461-3673.

YOU DON’T KNOW ME/SOMETHING FOR NOTHING Patricia Zamorano’s story of a poor Boyle Heights girl, preceded by Victoria Heric’s one-act. CASA 0101, 2009 E. First St., E.L.A.; opens Fri., Nov. 9, 8 p.m.; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Nov. 18. (323) 263-7684.

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Reviews by Paul Birchall, Lovell Estell III, Mayank Keshaviah, Deborah Klugman, Steven Mikulan, Steven Leigh Morris, Amy Nicholson, Tom Provenzano and Neal Weaver.

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