The Good Woman of Setzuan at Open Fist Theatre is among the productions slated to be reviewed this weekend. Check back late Monday for all reviews seen over the weekend. Press here for a complete list of productions scheduled for review. Photo by Tom Burruss


As part of the growing trend of cooperation among print newspapers and magazines, The L.A. Weekly and Back Stage have agreed to an unprecedented joint venture in which the two newspapers will coordinate coverage of the first Hollywood Fringe festival (June 17-27) in order to avoid replication and maximize coverage. Writers from each newspaper will have some of their reviews appear in the other, and each newspaper's website will post reviews from both papers on their respective websites. The aim is give print coverage of up to 40 events in the festival over its first weekend.

BED BUGS! The American Russian Theatre Ensemble Lab (ARTEL) presents a workshop presentation of a new musical about small critters who want to be with and make you itch, while you sleep at night.  The event is part of ARTEL's celebration of 2010 Year of the Absurd, and includes bloody drinks. Friday, June 11, 8 p.m.; 6567 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. Tickets and info here.

For a complete list of productions scheduled for review over the weekend, press the More tab directly below.

Check back here Monday afternoon for reviews of the following productions:

ANTON'S UNCLES Theatre Movement Bazaar's distillation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle

Vanya, set to choreography, and examining the play's male characters

Theatre Movement Bazaar at the 24th Street Theater, 1117 W. 24th

Street, Los Angeles; Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru June 20. (213)


BACKSTREET: THE MUSICAL Playhouse Jewish Heritage Series presents this

family of Backstreet Ladies in a house of Jewish “working girls” in the

New York ghetto, circa 1905. The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse,

1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica; Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m.; thru June

20. (310) 394-9779.

THE CHERRY ORCHARD Oasis Theater Company presents Anton Chekhov's classic,

produced as an interactive theater piece at a private home. Private

Residence, 1417 Ridge Way, L.A.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 6 p.m.; thru

June 20, (800) 838-3006.


DRUNK TALK Thomas Blake's full-immersion comedy about a local bar's

closing night, “where you're not just an audience member, but a cast

member, playing the part of an unsuspecting patron subjected to the

antics of the drinking establishment's regular cast of zany

characters.”. Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; opens June  6;

Sun., 8 p.m.; thru Aug. 1, (910)


FABULATION: OR THE EDUCATION OF UNDINE Lynne Nottage's satire of social

stereotypes. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; opens June 

4; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m.; thru June 13, (800)


THE GOOD WOMAN OF SETZUAN Re-imagining of Bertolt Brecht's classic,

translated by Eric Bentley, with original music by Elizabeth Swados.

Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; opens June  4;

Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru July 17. (323) 882-6912.

HAMLET By William Shakespeare. Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga; Sat., June 5, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., June 19, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 26, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 3, 4 p.m.; Sun., July 11, 3:30 p.m.; Sat., July 17, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 25, 3:30 p.m.; Sat., July 31, 4 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 1, 3:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 7, 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 14, 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 21, 4 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 28, 4 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 18, 4 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 19, 3:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 25, 5 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 2, 4 p.m..

I MADE OUT WITH HIM ANYWAY Evie Peck and Kirstin Eggers' outrageous

collection of dating stories., Lost Studio, 130 S. La

Brea Ave., L.A.; opens June  4; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30 p.m.; thru

June 26. (323) 960-1055.

MADAGASCAR J.T. Rogers' story of three Americans — at three different

times — who find themselves alone, in the same hotel room overlooking

the Spanish Steps in Rome. Road Theatre Company at the  Lankershim Arts

Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru

June 26.

SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS Tennessee Williams' story of a community of

Southern California outsiders. Fiesta Hall, 1200 N. Vista St., West

Hollywood; Sun., 2 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.; thru

June 12. (800) 838-8006.

THE SOCIALIZATION OF RUTHIE SHAPIRO Barbara Nell Beery's memory play about a mother and son. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, L.A.; opens June  4; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru July 11, (No perf July 4.). (323) 851-7977.

SOUTH PACIFIC The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, presented by Lincoln

Center Theater. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A.; Tues.-Fri.,

8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m.; thru July 17.

(213) 628-2772.

3 TRUTHS Cornerstone Theater Company, in partnership with Grand Performances, presents the world premiere by Naomi Iizuka, the conclusion to Cornerstone's Justice Cycle, a four-year series about “how law and the pursuit of justice shape and disrupt L.A.'s communities.”. California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., L.A.; opens June  4; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru June 12. (213) 687-2159.

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