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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.