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Sarah Silverman Tonight, Tenacious D Saturday @ WTF?! Festival

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WTF?! Festival. Photo courtesy The Actors' Gang.

As usual, things at the Ivy Substation in Culver City are not status quo. Then again, when you’re trying to keep theatre alive in an economy more suited for food stamps than Shakespeare, nothing is going to be easy. Enter The Actors’ Gang, who for years have been at the Los Angeles forefront of doing things the hard way, and with amazing results. Their productions, workshops, and community outreach programs are second to none, and the current WTF?! Festival is right in line with such forward thinking.

You know The Actors’ Gang as one of Southern California’s premiere places for playwrights, actors, directors, and anyone with a serious interest in theatre. You’re probably also familiar with its Artistic Director, Tim Robbins. But, as is always the case with the Gang, the things they’re up to down there in the Substation transcend one man. The WTF?! Festival is about the art world at large, and finding ways to combine tighter purse strings with more openness and cultural relevance, especially in Los Angeles. And as budgets continue to restrict in classrooms, workplaces and homes all across our state and nation, how can we make sure the dramatic arts aren’t lost? One answer is to host a seriously kickass line-up in order to raise money for the Gang’s prison arts outreach programs, summer in the park shows (LAist review here), and pay-what-you-can nights.