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The best of LA’s theatre scene is celebrated with the 2007 LA Stage Alliance’s Ovation Awards on Monday night at the Orpheum Theater downtown. The ceremony honor Annette Bening and will be hosted by Neil—wait for it—Patrick Harris (fans of How I Met Your Mother might appreciate that one). Tickets ($40, $80 and $150) to the show are available to the general public.

If those ticket prices are too steep, then check out our five theater picks below. Most of the tickets cost just about as much as a seat at the Arclight.

The History Boys
Boys will be boys. In this play eight boys are guided by two teachers with very different styles.

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Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center. 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772. Tickets are $20-$80. Opens Wednesday at 8 pm. Check the Ahmanson website complete schedule.

Tragic Bitches
Two gay Chicanos and one lesbian Xicana explore themes of family unity and disunity, ethnic bonds and bondage…and life in general. The play is presented in a mix of English and Spanish.

L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza . 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles. (323) 860-7300. Tickets are $15. This Saturday night only at 10 p.m.

Francisco's Fire
Francisco is a Latino immigrant who works a low-paying hotel job in Hollywood. He's barely making enough to support his girlfriend and kid and his boss exploits him. Francisco finally snaps when a visiting celeb seduces his girlfriend. This play is based on Georg Buchner's "Woyzeck" about 19th century working class Germans.

Dorie Theatre at The Complesx. 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-4420. Tickets are $18. Students $15. Opens Saturday at 8 pm. Runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7 until Dec. 16. Dark on Thanksgiving.

Greetings!
Catholic man brings home his Jewish-atheist fiancée to meet the family at Christmastime.

Attic Theatre & Film Center. 5429 Washington Blvd. Los Angeles. 323-525-0600 ext. 2. Tickets are $20. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and one Sunday matinee performance on Dec. 2 at 2 pm.

The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild
In this bittersweet comedy, Tulsa Lovechild returns to the Oklahoma hotel where she was born to scatter her mother's ashes.

Elephant Stages. 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 860-8786. Tickets are $20. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 pm.