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This Week in Theatre: Holiday Fun, Hometowns and Iraq

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‘Tis the season for good theater. For fun theater. The holidays always usher in tons of lighter fare and holiday reviews. Here’s just a sampling of what’s going on this weekend your local neighborhoods…

Bob’s Holiday Office Party
Bob is back. As usual, insurance agent Bob Finhead’s clients stop by his small-town office for the annual holiday bash. What started out as an improve sketch 12 years ago has morphed into an annual event…with a little something different for fans who come back year after year.

The Lounge Theatre. 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 960-7714. Tickets are $25. Runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7 pm until Dec. 22.
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Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Remember Interplanet Janet that Galaxy Girl? How about the cute little bill waiting to become a law? Well, your favorite ‘70s Saturday morning songs are being performed on onstage starting this weekend in a musical revue. (And if you have no idea what we’re talking about, kids, then tell your parents to go to this one.)

Greenway Court Theatre. 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-7679. Tickets are $20 ($15 for kids). Opens Saturday at 4 pm and runs Saturdays at 4 pm and Sundays at 4 and 7 pm until Feb. 24.

Ray Bradbury's Noel
The prolific Ray Bradbury will present two short plays for the holiday season based on his stories: "Forgive Me, Father, For I Have Sinned" and "Invisible Boy." This one-night only performance will also feature Bradbury reading his poem, "Dogs Think That Every Day Is Christmas."

Fremont Centre Theatre. 1000 Fremont Ave. (at El Centro), South Pasadena. (323) 960-4451. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Three shows only: Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm and Sat., Dec. 15 at 8 pm.

Local Story "I'm lost here in this place I know better than anywhere..." That line about sums up the sentiment of the entire play written by Kristen Palmer. Local Story is about seven people coming and going one hot summer in and out of their small hometown.

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Theatre of Note. 1517 N. Cahuenga, Hollywood. (323) 993.6103. Tickets are $20 ($15 for senior/student discount). Opens Friday night at 8. Runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7 pm. There's a pay what you can night on Sunday (Dec. 2).

Benedictus
Benedictus posits that the U.S. is ready to bomb Iran. With the attack only 48 hours away, three men hold the key to averting international tragedy: an Iranian clergyman/politician, an Israeli arms dealer and an American ambassador. The play is a collaboration of Iranian, Israeli and American artists.

THE NEW LATC, Theatre 2. 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. (323) 461-3673. Tickets are $28, but students, seniors and groups of 10 or more are $15 each. Opens tonight at 8 pm. Runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm until Dec. 9.