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This Week in Theatre: Ray Bradbury, Modern Molière and Teenage Homos!

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The heatwave of 07 might be waning, but the local theatre scene is getting hot hot hot. Here are LAist’s five theater picks for this weekend:

Butterflies of Uganda: Memories of a Child Soldier
Butterflies of Uganda tells the story of Mary, who as a young Acholi girl was stolen from her home in Northern Uganda and forced to fight as a soldier in the Lord's Resistance Army. The play explores an already strained mother-daughter relationship as Mary’s daughter finds out the truth.

Greenway Court Theatre. 544 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles. 323-655-7679. Tickets are $25. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 pm until Oct. 13.
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One Flew West: A Thrance in Two Acts
The Outlaw Style Thrance Co. blends dance and theatre, and their latest production re-invents the world famous novel and movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest into an exploration of the lives of women.

Studio/Stage. 520 N. Western Ave., Hollywood. 323-860-6503. Tickets are $20. $15 for seniors and students. 2 for 1 tickets on Sept. 9 and 16. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7 pm until Sept. 30.

Falling Upward
Ray Bradbury's comedy about Irish pub culture was influenced by his 9-month stay working on the screenplay for Moby Dick for director John Huston. And here's a bonus for the Theatre West revival: Pat Harrington, who played Dwayne Schneider on One Day at a Time, stars.

Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Los Angeles. 323-851-7977. General admission tickets are $25 (except opening night $45). Opens Friday at 8. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 2 pm until Sept. 16.

I Was a Teenage Homo!
"Homo!" is a new musical parody of the 1950's classic werewolf movies. Updated to 1978, the students of Straightville USA are being terrorized by an unknown Serial Stylist, hellbent on redecorating the entire town.

Secret Rose Theatre. 11240 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 323-769-5858. Tickets are $25 opening night/$20. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm until Oct. 13.

The Misanthrope
Molière's classic comedy gets an update by The Andak Stage Company. There's a twist in the love affair between a misanthropic British playwright and an American movie star. Challenging the hypocrisy of show business in general...and tabloid reporting in particular.

New Place Studio Theatre, 10950 Peach Grove Street in North Hollywood, CA. 866) 811-4111. Tickets are $25 opening night. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm until Oct. 14.