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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.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.

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 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 masterwork. Through October 1. Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., 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 Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 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, will end its run Saturday, August 27. $25 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.

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.

7 Redneck Cheerleaders, Lillian Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way (between Vine & Cahuenga, 8PM (Closing Performance), through September 10, $15, (323) 960-7784.

“When They Speak of Rita” through September 12, 2005. 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.

Thursday, August 25

Honour, 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, 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.

“Compulsive Repetition: “(Re) reading the Object in Space.” Works by Joe Davidson and Sandra Tucci, curated by Alma Ruiz, 7:30 p.m. In conjunction with the exhibition, on view through September 30, 2005, 18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present a talk by the curator and the artists. (310) 453-3711 or office@18thstreet.org.

Friday, August 26

“I love Pop Art. Andy Warhol gave us Soup Cans. I continue the job by giving you the Soup!” Tom Brennan Collage Art Show. The Design Center, 1119 Colorado Avenue, 7:00-10:00 P.M., (310)394.5256

Saturday, August 27

Come Support Culture, Community and Comedy with infamous comedy group Chicano Secret Service at the Chiquele Studio in Venice, Saturday August 27, 2005 at 8pm.

Sunday, August 28

Open Studio exhibition of new works by Beverly Danailoff and Marti Krems, Santa Monica Art Colony, 1011 Pico Blvd., 5 p.m., (310) 396-1945.

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 Saturday Sept. 3, Sunday Sept. 11, and Friday Sept. 16. All shows at 8 pm EXCEPT Sunday shows at 7 pm. (866) 811-4111.

Monday, August 29

SMC Emeritus College “Summer Reflections,” through October 14, featuring works selected by students from 17 summer art classes held at Emeritus College. 1227 Second St. in downtown Santa Monica. Parking is available next door in Santa Monica Public Parking Structure No. 2. (310) 434-4306 or visit www.smc.edu/emeritus.

Tuesday, August 30

West Side Story, closes out the Drive-in series at the Santa Monica 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. Call the CVB at (310) 319-6263 for more information. Check www.smff.com or call 458-8900 for additional outlets. Doors will open at 7:00.

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