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Friday, Dec 7 2007
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL Jason Moyer’s “queered-up” version of the Dickens classic. CELEBRATION THEATRE, 7051-B Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; opens Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; perfs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Dec. 23. (323) 957-1884 or www.celebrationtheatre.com.

CHRISTMAS 9-1-1 Police pick up perp who claims he’s Santa, by Greg Beastrom. ACTORS WORKOUT STUDIO, 4735 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd.; opens Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Dec. 16. (818) 506-3903.

THE DIG: DEATH, GENESIS, AND THE DOUBLE HELIX Solo archaeology by Stacie Chaiken. PACIFIC RESIDENT THEATRE, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice; opens Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Dec. 16. (323) 460-2508.

A DOLL HOUSE Henrik Ibsen’s marriage drama. LUNA PLAYHOUSE, 3706 San Fernando Road, Glendale; opens Sat., Dec. 8, 8 p.m.; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Jan. 19 (no perfs Dec. 28-29 & Jan. 4-5). (818) 500-7200.

THE FRUIT CAKE FOLLIES “Ninth annual holiday musical comedy.” CAVERN CLUB THEATER, 1920 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake; opens Tues., Dec. 11; call for schedule; thru Dec. 22. (323) 969-2530 or www.­fruitcakefollies.com.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Adaptation of the Disney movie. KODAK THEATRE, Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave., Hlywd.; opens Wed., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.; perfs Tues.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m.; thru Dec. 23 (added perf Dec. 13, 2 p.m.). Cast members also appear in After-School Special, a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, at the KNITTING FACTORY, Mon., Dec. 17, 8 & 10 p.m.; www.myspace.com/­afterschool07. (213) 480-3232.

JACKIE BEAT HOLIDAY SHOW Ms. Beat’s annual merriment. CAVERN CLUB THEATER, 1920 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake; Fri.-Sun., Dec. 7-9, 8 & 10 p.m. www.­acteva.com/go/­jackiebeat.

LA POSADA MAGICA: THE MAGICAL JOURNEY Octavio Solis’ “holiday tale with a Latin beat.” SOUTH COAST REPERTORY, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; opens Sun., Dec. 9, 4:30 p.m; perfs Tues.-Fri., 7:45 p.m.; thru Dec. 23 (call for added perfs). (714) 708-5555 or www.scr.org.

MENOPAUSE MAMA Solo show by Rose Weaver. LUCY FLORENCE CULTURAL CENTER, 3351 W. 43rd St., L.A.; opens Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; perfs Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.; thru Dec. 22. (323) 293-1356.

PASSIONADO By performance troupe Camerashrapnel. THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; opens Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; perfs Fri., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru Dec. 16. (323) 203-6633 or www.­camerashrapnel.com.

SEVEN SANTAS Santa Claus goes to rehab, by Jeff Goode. OPEN FIST THEATER, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; opens Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; perfs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Dec. 22 (added perfs Dec. 9 & 16, 7 p.m., & Dec. 15 & 22, 3 p.m.). (323) 882-6912 or www.openfist.org.

A TUNA CHRISTMAS Holiday sequel to Greater Tuna, starring Mindy Sterling and Patrick Bristow. THEATRE ASYLUM, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; opens Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; perfs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Jan. 6 (no perfs Dec. 20-23). (323) 960-7753 or www.­plays411.com/tunachristmas.

VARIATION #50 Study of Russian satirist Mikhail Afanasievch Bulgakov. HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., Dec. 7-8, 8:30 p.m. (310) 315-1459.

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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.

ATLANTA See New Reviews.

 GO BENEDICTUS See Theater Pick.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL By Charles Dickens. SOUTH COAST REPERTORY, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; Tues.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., noon & 4 p.m.; thru Dec. 24 (added perf Dec. 24, 4 p.m.). (714) 708-5555.

CINDERELLA The fairy tale, à la Rodgers and Hammerstein. REDONDO BEACH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Manhattan Beach & N. Redondo Beach blvds., Redondo Beach; Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m.; thru Dec. 16 (added perfs Dec. 9 & 16, 7 p.m.). (310) 372-4477.

 GO CRY-BABY See New Reviews.

GO  DEAR BRUTUS Magical woods float around the countryside, like clouds, in J.M. Barrie’s little-known 1917 fantasia. (Barrie is better known as the author of Peter Pan.) When the forest shows up in the back garden of eccentric Lob’s (Steve Weingartner) estate, the invited guests wander in and find themselves reinvented — given the opportunity of a second chance in life, to undo regrets. What will they do with it? Barrie mingles the whimsy and humor of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with one of the core ideas from Julius Caesar in a frolic about love and loss that’s splendidly directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott. A NOISE WITHIN, 134 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; in rep, call for schedule; thru Dec. 16. (818) 240-0910. (SLM)

FOOLS Neil Simon’s version of an old Russian legend. WEST VALLEY PLAYHOUSE, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.; thru Dec. 15. (818) 884-1907.

GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL Five female friends hang out, reminisce, bitch and sing. CORONET THEATRE, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Tues. & Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Wed., 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Jan. 6. (310) 657-7377.

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