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LA Theater geeks, rejoice! Three quirky shows are running at local theaters until mid-August.

Precursor to professional curmudgeons like Larry David, Denis Leary, Lenny Bruce and H.L. Mencken, journalist Ambrose Bierce made everyone see the humor in misanthropy. TV regular John Billingsley brings the famous 19th Century pisspot and provocateur to life in “Bitter Bierce, or the Friction We Call Grief,” now playing at the Zephyr Theater in conjunction with Bonita Friedericy’s one-woman show, "Miss Margarida's Way," about a schizo 8th grade schoolteacher with fascistic leanings.

Both plays run in rep from July 15th through August 22nd. The Zephyr Theater is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. Call (323) 860-9860 for reservations.

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Meanwhile, The Evidence Room presents "Hildy Hildy in ‘Three Feet Under.'" Hildy Hildy is a spin off from a character sketch conceived at New York's Cucaracha Theatre. Directed by Los Angeles comedian Taylor Negron, “Three Feet Under” takes Hildy and Bob back to Hildy’s hometown to visit her mother (Joanna Cassidy) and sister Pinky (Kate Flannery), where they own and operate the local pet cemetery. The visit provokes emotional upheaval among the three women as Bob imbibes custom cocktails proffered to him by Pinky’s husband Dale (Michael Louden) in the embalming room.

The show runs from July 15th to August 8th. The Evidence Room is located at 2220 Beverly Blvd (at Alvarado) in Los Angeles. Call (213) 381-7118 for reservations.

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