Now in its 19th (!) year, Zombie Joe’s 50 Hour Drive-By Theater Festival features five short plays written, directed and “courageously-erected” in just two short days, then presented to the public. The set of plays premieres on Saturday night, with two performances following on Sunday and Monday. We recommend checking ’em out Monday for a couple reasons, the first being obvious — you get to avoid the weekend warrior crowds! The second is perhaps even more of a no-brainer: The quickie productions will have been presented two times prior and given the nature of their creation, they can evolve and improve each time they are presented. One thing is for sure, though — a Zombie Joe’s Underground production ain’t your basic bitch theater whatever night you go. Expect these plays to be weird, intense, funny and fearless.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; Sat.-Mon., Jan. 24-26, 8:30 p.m.; $16.

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