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Arts and Entertainment

This Week in Theatre...

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We know that almost everybody’s going to Sunset Junction this weekend, so if you want to do something a little different (or add it to your agenda), why not check out LA’s great theatre scene? Some of these alternatives are perfect for those watching their budget (i.e., they’re free!)

Here are LAist’s picks for the week:

Four American and British civilians are kidnapped off the streets of Iraq. After reading that description, the title of EM Lewis’ play makes much more sense. Noah Wyle produces.

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2nd Stage Theatre. 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. 323-661-9827. Tickets are $22-$28. Runs Thursdays to Sundays at 8 pm with a Sunday matinee at 2 pm until Sept. 23.

Bold as Love
We admit it. Playwright Oliver Mayer’s usage of a Jimi Hendrix song title enticed us. Bold as Love focuses on the life of an interracial LA rock band. (Note: This is a play reading, not a performance.)

Inside the Ford. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. 323-461-3673. Tickets are $5. One reading this Saturday at 1 pm.

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard II and Macbeth (FREE)
How about watching Shakespeare under the stars? All summer long the The Independent Shakespeare Company has been putting on FREE performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard II and Macbeth.

The South Lawn of Barnsdall Art Park. 4800 Hollywood Blvd.., Hollywood. (818) 710-6306. Did we mention that tickets are FREE? Runs Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 pm until Sept. 2. (Reservations are highly recommended.) Check the site for show schedule.

Invasion! The Musical
The PR folks are billing this as a mix of Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with a dash of South Park and a spritz of Mel Brooks. Them there's some big shoes to fill. So here the premise: Aliens land in a small New Mexico town looking to kick some ass and dominate the world. When the aliens attack, the citizens of the town see it as an opportunity to say all of the things they've bottled up inside. Good times.

The Hudson Backstage Theatre. 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-960-7612 . Tickets are $25. Opens Saturday at 8 pm. Runs Thursday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7 pm until Sept. 23.

Confessions of a Catholic Child
We can so relate to Catholic guilt. In this dramedy, an older cancer victim is about to off herself (which is a big no-no in the church), but before she does, she gets a visit from her younger self, her parents, children, lover, husband and the Pope.

Deaf West Theater. 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 323-663-0112. Tickets are $25. Opens Saturday at 8 pm. Runs Thursday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7 pm until Sept. 23.