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The 32nd annual L.A. Weekly Theater Awards are coming to the El Rey on April 4. Nominees will be announced mid-February. The LAWEES, focusing on work presented in theaters of 99-seats or less, continue the tradition of wrapping up the theater awards Jan.-April season, which also includes the Ovations, the LADCC Awards, the Garlands (presented by Back Stage). (The NAACP Theater Awards are presented in late August.)

The 2011 Lawees (honoring work through 2010) will be a junior high school slumber party, co-produced by Amit Itelman and the Steve Allen Theater. The house band will feature the students of Peadmont Junior High's Afterschool Rock 'Round the Clock Program (a.k.a. School of Rock), as well as Craig Anton, Tom Ballatore, Jeffrey Combs, and others yet to be announced. It is strongly suggested to show up in your pajamas or sleepwear, and bring a permission letter from your parents, in order to ensure entrance. Be prepared for pillow fights, Doctor Death, the local sheriff, spin-the-bottle, and other events that have always defined the Lawees as the city's beacon for taste, maturity and sophistication.

This year's awards mascot, a live goose named Gertrude Stein, is having her life saved by the L.A. Weekly Theater Awards committee tomorrow, i.e being purchased from a butcher shop. Gertrude will receive acting training over the next two months and make her triumphant stage debut at the Awards on April 4. Stay tuned for breaking news bulletins on the purchase and personality of rising star, Gertrude Stein.

For a list of shows being reviewed over the weekend, press the More tab directly below:

Check back on Monday for reviews of the following shows:

ADDING MACHINE: A musical adaptation of Elmer Rice's play about conformity and the industrial age. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., WLA. (310) 577-2055

BALLROOM WITH A TWIST El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd.; opens Friday, perfs Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 3 p.m. thru Feb. 13.

CAVALIA  Under the Big Top/Downtown Burbank, 777 N. Front St., Burbank; Wed.-Sun..; thru Feb. 6. 866-999-8111.

CYCLOPS: A ROCK OPERA presented by Psittacus Productions as part of Son of Semele's “Company Creation Festival” At Son of Semele Theatre, Beverly Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.

EMILY'S SONG Chet Holmes' musical about a 10-year-old girl who loses her father. Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; opens Jan. 21; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Feb. 27. (323) 960-7788.

EXPRESSING MOTHERHOOD Lindsay Kavet presents stories by moms. Elephant Stages' Lillian Theatre, 1076 N. Lillian Way, L.A.; opens Jan. 21; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Jan. 30. (866) 811-4111.

FREE Barbara Lindsay's comedy about friendship and gravity. [Inside] the Ford, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., L.A.; opens Jan. 22; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m.; thru Feb. 27. (323) 461-3673.

LOVING REPEATING: A MUSICAL OF GERTRUDE STEIN Stein Stephen Flaherty and Frank Galati's chamber musical, with Cheryl David as Gertrude Stein. International City Theatre, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru Feb. 13. (562) 436-4610.

PUZZLER Padraic Duffy's film noir story of East German spies. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Dr., L.A.; opens Jan. 21; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Feb. 19. (310) 281-8337.

ROOM SERVICE Depression-era farce about a down-and-out theatrical troupe, by John Murray and Allen Boretz. Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; opens Jan. 21; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru March 12, (323) 882-6912.

TRACES French Canadian company 7 Fingers' acrobatic spectacle. Ricardo Montalban Theater, 1615 Vine St., L.A.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; thru Feb. 20, (800) 982-ARTS.

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