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Arts and Entertainment

This Weekend in Theater...

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If you’re into short or one-act plays, there’s a bevy of interesting festivals going on this weekend. So get off that couch and into the theater. Why? Because there’s absolutely nothing on TV and some of these productions will cost you almost as much as a movie ticket. So here are five productions opening this weekend that are piquing LAist's curiousity:

11 x 8
Theatre East presents “11 x 8” – that’s 11 new short plays by 8 different writers -- and it opens tonight. There are two series of plays running on different nights so please check the calendar for exact listings.

Theatre East
The Lex
6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood
Tickets are $20 at the door and $17 online or by phone (code #203)
Runs Thurs.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 until Aug. 5.

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EdgeFest LA Presents 12x12
If 11 plays just aren’t enough for you, how about 20 new works during a 12-hour period?
EdgeFest LA’s 12X12 (more or less) festival on Saturday offers patrons a marathon of performances. The companies/performers were chosen by an EdgeFest curatorial committee comprised of local LA artists. This festival will show works in all stages of development, lasting anywhere between seven minutes to an hour.

12x12 (more or less)
Saturday, June 30 from noon to midnight
The Regent Theater
448 S. Main, Downtown LA (in the old banking district)
Admission: $12 all day pass (cash at door)

The Car Plays
LA loves its cars. And Moving Arts’ The Car Plays, which starts this weekend, examines what happens in those cars. Taking place in the parking lot of the theater, the production offers its patrons up to 15 different 10-minute pieces that are presented in cars. (You may choose just one segment if 150 minutes of theater is too much.) Carhops will escort audience members (individual parties of two or three) to the parked vehicles where they'll watch the plays will simultaneously performed INSIDE of actual vehicles. The 15 plays will vary from month to month.

The Car Plays
The Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
Sunday July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7
Start times are 6:30PM, 7:30PM, 8:30PM
Tickets are $20

Week 33: 365 Days365 Plays
Week 33 of Suzan-Lori Parks's 365 plays continues this week in the hands of the Syzygy Theatre Group. The plays being performed this Sunday are titled: "Shadow," "Interference," "Buck," "My Used to Be," "3 Uses of Gravity," "$1 For Gas" and "Westward Ho."

Week 33 of 365 Plays/365 Days
Glendale Community College Studio Theatre
1500 North Verdugo Road, Glendale
Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Blithe Spirit
Now for those of you who want the full-length theater experience, how about hitting up Blithe Spirit at the Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga? Watch Noël Coward's comedy about a widower, now remarried, who conjures up the ghost of his first wife during a seance -- outdoors.

Blithe Spirit
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga
Opens Saturday night at 8 pm,
Plays Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Sept. 29 (times vary)
Tickets are $20 and $25