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Arts and Entertainment

This Weekend in Theater...

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Cesar & Ruben
The poster boy for the environment, Ed Begley Jr., wrote and directed this musical based on the life of poster boy activist César Chávez.

NoHo Arts Center. 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, 818-508-7101. Tickets are $35. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Thursdays to Sundays at 8 pm with a Sunday matinee at 3 pm until Sept. 9

The City That Never Sleeps
Who knew that insomnia could be so funny? Or set to music? The Sandbox Theatre Company certainly did.

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Paul Gleason Theater. 6520 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 951-285-3517. Tickets are $15. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Saturday 2 at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. This weekend only.

Shakespeare’s R&J
Ahh. Catholic repression. Gotta love it. Onstage at least. Here's the rub: Four Catholic school boys sneak out in the middle of the night to act out a forbidden play: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Author Joe Calarco skillfully uses only Shakespeare's words (from the play’s original text, and some sonnets) to tell the story of these repressed teenagers.

The Chance Theater. 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. 714-777-3033. Tickets $25. Gala opening on Sunday at 6 pm. Runs Saturdays at 4 pm and Sundays at 6 pm until Sept. 16.

The Outskirts of Paradise
Joe and Alice have been married a long time -- and it shows. They married young because Alice had Joe's bun in the oven. He loves her desperately, but doesn't treat her well. And Alice may be distracted by a slightly younger handyman.

The MET Theatre, downstairs in the Great Scott Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood. 323-223-6564. Tickets are $15. Opens Saturday at 8 pm. Runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 pm until Sept. 15.

The Thumping Claw One Act Series
ART 168 (A Rabbit and a Tiger Production) presents the inaugural production of three new one-acts by Asian American writers: Judy Soo Hoo, Wesley Du and Jason Fong.

The Actor's Playpen. 1514 N. Gardner St., Los Angeles. 323-960-7862. Tickets are $10-$22. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 pm until Aug. 25.