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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, the most magical outdoor setting in Topanga, becomes the enchanted woods of Athens in this second offering of the Theatricum’s repertory season. 8 p.m., through September 24, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com.

BARK! will continue through Sunday, August 28th at the Coast Playhouse, 8325 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. $40.00 for all performances. Tickets are available online at www.tix.com or by calling 800/595-4849. For more information, please visit www.BARKthe musical.com.

Bent, through Sunday, August 21. Performances areFridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 3:00pm at Deaf West Theatre, 5112 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. Ticket prices are $20.00. Tickets are available by calling 323-960-7740 or by visiting www.plays411.com/bent.

The Birds: A Tail of Ornithic Proportions, McCadden Place Theatre, 1157 McCadden Place, Hollywood, through August 28, $20.00. Student discount price: $15.00 benefit for GLAAD – $30.00,(818) 464-3706.

Buddies, through September 11, $25.00 for Fridays and Saturdays; $20, Celebration Theatre, 7051B Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. For Tickets, please call 323/957-1884.

Beyond Therapy, Christopher Durang’s comic masterpiece.Jonas, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., near Santa Monica Airport, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 5. (310) 397-3244.

Fashion, a comedy of manners from 1845, live music and songs of the era played, directed by Ellen Geer, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, through October 2, (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com.

Happy End, Pacific Resident Theatre, written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Boulevard, (310) 822-8392.

The Intern through Saturday, August 27. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm at Theatre Tribe, 5267 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. Ticket prices are $20.00 at the door – $15.00 through Theatremania; tickets are available online at www.theatremania.com or call 866-811-4111.

Lessons, starring Mare Winningham and Hal Linden, to run through Saturday, August 27. $25.00 for all performances. Groups of 8 or more receive a $3.00 discount. Lee Strasberg Institute’s Marilyn Monroe Theatre, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. For Tickets, please call 323-650-7777 or visit www.westcoastjewishtheatre.org.

The Odd Couple, Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, 5021 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, through August, (562) 494-1014.

Oklahomo! For a run six week run, through Saturday, August 20. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm at the Third Stage, 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. Ticket prices are $18.00 ($5.00 discount for students, seniors and 4-A union members). (818) 842-4755.

Postmodern Renewal, works by selected SMARTS Artists, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street, through August 26, (310) 453-3711.

Puppetolio, a puppet variety show for ages 3 and up, Santa Monica Puppet and Magic Center, 1255 2nd St., runs indefinitely, (310) 656-0483.

The Ride Down Mt. Morgan runs Saturdays at 8 pm, through September 24, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, (310) 455-3723 or visit online at www.theatricum.com.

Seven Redneck Cheerleaders, Lillian Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way (between Vine & Cahuenga, , through September 10, $15, (323) 960-7784.

When They Speak of Rita through September 12, 0. Performances are Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 705 1/2 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA. Tickets are $18-$23.50 and can be purchased by calling the box office directly at (310) 822-8392.

Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, through September 3, 5021 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach. $20.00. $18.00 for seniors and students. $10 Student Rush tickets available 10 minutes prior to performance. (562) 494-1014.

Women, featuring the photographs of John Divola, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Lisette Model and Henry Wessel, Gallery Luisotti, Bergamot Station, through August 20, (310) 453-0043.

Thursday, August 18

Affordable Benefit Services for Artists and Performers, a mini-seminar on the multiple benefits programs available for visual and performing artists. Meet the people who provide affordable services to artists and performers and get detailed information about their programs. 18th Street Arts Center, 7pm – 8:30 p.m., (310) 453-3711.

Honour will preview, also Friday, August 19 at 8pm; Sunday, August 21 at 7pm; Tuesday, August 23; Wednesday, August 24; Thursday, August 25 and Friday August 26 at 8pm. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm (except Sunday, August 28 will perform at 7pm) at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. (323) 852-1445.

Fornicationally Challenged. After being married half her life, a sexy, single 40-year-old divorced woman in her sexual prime struggles with dating, the new rules and fear of the thing she craves…sex. Judi Lee Brandwein’s autobiographical comedy holds nothing back. For Mature Audiences, also August 25, at 8:00 p.m., $15.00. All proceeds to benefit the Save-the-Playhouse Campaign, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 Fourth Street (between Wilshire & Arizona), (310) 394-9779 ext. 1.

Friday, August 19

African Marketplace & Cultural Faire, Exposition Park, 39th & Figueroa, 10:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., $8. Art, Music, Cultural & Global Exchange of African Diaspora, (322) 734-1164 or www.africanmarketplace.org.

Old Wives’ Tales – Nine short original one-act plays. Each play features one Project adult artist/writer and one Project child. Virginia Avenue Project 7:30 p.m., also August 20 – 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. UCLA – Little Theater, $5 suggested donation, or pay-what-you-can, (310) 264-4224.

Saturday, August 20

Activism Through Art: The Death Penalty, Mike Farrell to MC presented by the L.A. Chapter of Death Penalty Focus and the L.A. Coalition Against the Death Penalty, 7:00 p.m., Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. Bldg. C1, (310) 264-4678, suggested donation $10.

Sunday, August 21

Then, an evening of new dance works and works-in-progress, also August 22nd, The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, 7:30 p.m., $10,(310)823-0710.

Two plays by Steve Stajich, “Soap” and “Raincoat,” as part of the Blue Sphere Alliance Third Annual Short Play Festival. The Avery Schreiber Theater, 11050 Magnolia Blvd… between Vineland and Lankershim, in North Hollywood, also Friday August 26, Saturday Sept. 3, Sunday Sept. 11, and Friday Sept. 16. All shows at 8 pm EXCEPT Sunday shows at 7 pm. (866) 811-4111.

Tuesday, August 23

Zoolander, as part of the Drive-In at the Pier, admission is free but tickets will be required for entry. Tickets can be found at the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau: 1920 Main Street, Suite B, CVB Kiosk at 1400 Ocean Avenue, Visitor’s Center on the 2nd floor of the Santa Monica Place mall. (310) 319-6263. Doors will open at 7:00.

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