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STATES OF INCARCERATION, presented by Los Angeles Poverty Department at Highways, opens this weekend for a two week run. Check back late Monday for the review. Photo by Anne Maike Mertens


So is it that difficult to devote stage time to local artists on our city's most prestigious stages The Public Theater in New York doesn't have a problem with that idea. And neither does South Coast Repertory. SCR has just announced a Studio Series, eight weekends between March and June. These will “feature an eclectic array that includes dance, spoken word, burlesque, puppetry

and more, all in SCR's 94-seat Nicholas Studio. Participating

performers are:

  • Spoken-word artist and actor Steven Connell

  • Arpana Dance Company

  • Orange County Underground Burlesque Society

  • Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble

  • Backhausdance

  • Rogue Artists Ensemble

 “We're looking forward to bringing a diverse group of performers and companies into the building and introducing them to our audiences and to theatre-goers who are new to SCR,” said Associate Artistic Director John Glore. “There will be a little something for everyone in the mix, and we're excited to see what these amazing local artists do with it.”

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

Check back late Monday/early Tuesday for reviews of the following productions:

AMERICAN DOLLHOUSE Leah Johnston and Chris Barnett's interactive theatrical exhibit set in a life-sized dollhouse.. Gallery Godo, 6749 San Fernando Rd., Glendale; Fri., Jan. 28, 5 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 29, 5 p.m.; Thurs., Feb. 3, 8 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 4, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 5, 8 p.m., (818)-641-4369.

THE BEVERLY HILLS PSYCHIATRIST U.S. premiere of Cornelius Schnauber's comedy. Presented by the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies at USC, in co-operation with the German-American Cultural Society. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; opens Jan. 29; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru March 6, (323) 960-4418.

THE CAPULETS AND THE MONTEGUES Modern rhyming-verse translation of Lope de Vega's Romeo and Juliet play. New Place Theatre, 10950 Peach Grove St., North Hollywood; opens Jan. 29; Sat., Jan. 29, 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; thru Feb. 27, (866) 811-4111.

DIRT Rogue Machine Theater & Firefly: Theater & Films present the L.A. premiere of Bruce Gooch's story of father versus son. Theatre/Theater, 5041 Pico Blvd., L.A.; Sun., 3 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Feb. 27, (323) 960-5563.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Chrysalis Stage presents Oscar Wilde's comedy of manners. Vic Lopez Auditorium, Whittier High School, 12417 E. Philadelphia St., Whittier; Fri., Jan. 28, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 29, 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 30, 2 p.m.; Thurs., Feb. 3, 8 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 4, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 5, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 6, 2 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 11, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 13, 2 p.m.; Mon., Feb. 14, 7 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 18, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 19, 2 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 20, 2 p.m., (562) 212-1991.

MLLE. GOD God Nicholas Kazan reimagines Frank Wedekind's femme-fatale tale “Lulu.”. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A.; opens Jan. 28; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m.; thru March 27, (323) 644-1929.

NEVERMORE World premiere of Matt Ritchey's thriller about a young Edgar Allan Poe. (On the Chaplin Stage.). El Centro Theatre, 804 N. El Centro Ave., L.A.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru Feb. 5, (323) 960-1055.

SHADOW ANTHROPOLOGY: A POST-9/11 COMEDY Rick Mitchell's look at the U.S. occupation of Iraq through comedy, shadow puppetry, and song. Part of Son of Semele's Company Creation Festival. Son of Semele, 3301 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; Thurs.-Fri., Jan. 27-28, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 12, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 13, 5 p.m.; Through Feb. 25, 8 p.m.,

STATE OF INCARCERATION Los Angeles Poverty Department's new performance work examining the costs of incarceration in the United States. Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; Fri., Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 29, 8:30 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 4, 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 5, 8:30 p.m.. (310) 315-1459.

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