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This Week in Theatre: Serial Killers and Marionettes on Sunset

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Here's just a sampling of what's happening in theatre this week:

Serial Killers
Five plays start the evening. Then the audience decides which three can continue on. “Each week's serials could live on for weeks... or be quietly smothered in their sleep – it’s up to you. But whichever pieces you vote for, one thing is for certain - by the end of the evening, you will be a Serial Killer.”

Sacred Fools Theater Company. 660 N. Heliotrope Dr. Los Angeles. 310-281-8337. Tickets are $5. Opens Saturday at 11 pm. Runs Saturdays at 11 pm until Nov. 3.
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Sunset Chronicles (pictured right)
Presented by The Little Fakers, Sunset Chronicles is a serial drama set the eastern edge of Sunset. “In each episode a band of hardy souls navigates an otherworldly Los Angeles, an uncanny cityscape of abandoned buildings, forgotten histories and real and surreal possibilities.” Oh, and did we mention that the cast is entirely made up of marionettes?

The Manual Archives. 3320 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-667-0156. Tickets are a suggested donation of $5. One night only on Friday with shows at 8 pm, 9 pm or 10 pm.


Voices from Chornobyl
This intense play is based on interviews of inhabitants of the Chernobyl nuclear zone as they struggle to understand Radiation, And yes, the title of the play is spelled with an “o.”

Empty Stage Theatre. 2372 Veteran Ave., Los Angeles. Reservations required: Tickets are $20. (Bring four friends and your ticket is free.) Two performances only on Sunday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7 pm.

This is a musical version of the classic fairytale. But there's room for audience participation in this version by Storybook Theatre.

Theatre West. 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Los Angeles. 818-761-2203. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children. Opens Saturday at 1 pm. Runs Saturdays at 1 pm until March 29, 2008.

Spontaneous Fantasia
This isn't really a play, but more of a performance piece by J. Walt Adamczyk whose designs are projected onto the dome of the Glendale College Planetarium.

Glendale Community College Planetarium, on the campus at 1500 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale. 626-688-0778. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. Plays Friday at 8 and Saturday at 6:30 pm and 8 pm. Also plays Oct. 12, 13, 26, 27, November 9, 10.