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Stage Raw: Gertrude, Alice, and David Mamet

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Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM

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Sapphic feminists Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas (pictured on left) are here seen taking a break from rehearsing their scene from a work by that famously feminist playwright, David Mamet. They'll be presenting a short scene from a pivotal moment of real estate negotiation in Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, at the 32nd Annual L.A. Weekly Middle-School Theater Awards Sleepover, Monday evening April 4 at the El Rey. We encouraged them to do a scene from Oleanna, but they'd have

nothing to do with it. Gertrude and Alice have now learned their lines,

which remain largely incomprehensible, though their drama coach, Craig Anton, said they were coming along just fine. Enunciation and timing

appear to be the issues of the week. Can they get it together by April

4???!!! Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30. Nominees RSVP to (310) 574-7208 (if you haven't already). Guests and the public can purchase tickets ($20) here, or pay at the door. The award show/sleepover  is being co-produced by Amit Itelman and the Steve Allen Theater, and features the band, Ash Panda. Bring your P.J's or any sleepwear you choosing -- and a note from your parents. Photo by Amit Itelman

For a list of shows being reviewed this weekend, press the More tab directly below.

Check back here tomorrow (Monday) for reviews of the following:

BLIND SPOTS Colette Freedman's story of sisters fighting over the gay marriage debate. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 3 p.m. Continues through April 24, (818) 381-3024, blindspotsplay.com. Sherry Theatre, 11052 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. CONTACT KURT J. SWANSON sstproductionsorg (818) 381-3024 or (818) 601-1082, Ext. 6

COME SUNDOWN Anthony F. Cronin's story of two young attorneys on a spiritual journey. Starting March 26, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through April 14. Ruskin Group Theater, 3000 Airport Dr., Santa Monica, (310) 397-3244, ruskingrouptheatre.com.

THE ELEPHANT MAN  Oscar-winning makeup artist Barney Burman designed the characters in this staging of Bernard Pomerance's drama about a deformed Englishman. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through April 24, theelephantmanplay.com. El Centro Theatre, 804 N. El Centro Ave., L.A.. 

ELIZABETH BATHORY, THE BLOOD COUNTESS, Memoirs of the historic serial killer, presented by Zombie Joe's Underground and B'z Shorts Productions. Starting March 26, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. Continues through April 30. ZJU Theater Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 202-4120, zombiejoes.com.

GLORY DAYS High school friends in college reunite for a prank, in Nick Blaemire and James Gardiner's one-act musical. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through April 24, (323) 960-7792, plays411.com/glorydays. Lillian Theatre, 1076 N. Lillian Way, L.A..

THE MOTOR TRADE Alex Morris and Dan Martin star in Norm Foster's "black comedy." Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through March 27. Theatre/Theater, 5041 Pico Blvd., L.A., (323) 422-6361, theatretheater.net.

OUR TOWN Thornton Wilder's chronicle of life in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, 1901 to 1913. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through April 16. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, (626) 355-4318, sierramadreplayhouse.org.

PURSUED BY HAPPINESS: It's a chance meeting and a whirlwind romance for two 40-something biochemists, by Keith Huff. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 14, RoadTheatre.org. Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 752-7568.

RENT The Royal Underground Theatre presents Jonathan Larson's rock opera. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through April 23, (323) 960-7822, plays411.com/rent. Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., hudsontheatre.com.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Phylicia Rashad directs the Ebony Repertory Theatre's production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play. Starting March 26, Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.; Thursdays, 8 p.m. Continues through April 17, ebonyrep.org. Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., L.A., (323) 964-9768.

ROCKIN' WITH THE AGES 3: Bill Reid and Mark Rodriguez's world-premiere musical, starring a cast aged 60 and over. Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 1, (818) 606-6679. Victory Theatre Center, 3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank, thevictorytheatrecenter.org.

STREEP TEASE: AN EVENING OF MERYL STREEP MONOLOGUES Monologues Performed by an All Male Cast" Bang Comedy Theatre, 457 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. Sat., 8 p.m. (323) 653-6886

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