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Arts and Entertainment

This Week in Theatre

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This might be a holiday week(end), but LA's theatre scene never rests. Here are this week's five picks:

The Catskill Sonata
Veteran writer/director/actor Paul Mazursky directs this play about a bohemian (read: leftist) group of writers, artists and musicians who gather at a Catskill hotel in the 1950s. But times are a' changing this particular summer because of McCarthy's blacklist.

Matrix Theater
7657 Melrose Ave., L.A
Opens Saturday at 8 pm. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.
Tickets: $30/$25 Sunday matinee

Gulliver's Travels
Ship surgeon Lemuel Gulliver hits various ports o'call and finds adventure at each one. We're told that Jonathan Swift's 18th century social satire gets retold by The Actor's Gang with a touch of Monty Python.

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Actors' Gang Theater at the Ivy Substation
9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City
Opens Saturday at 8 pm. Runs Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm until Sept. 8.
Tickets: $25. Opening gala: $95 (Thursday)
310-838-4264

The Constant Wife
W. Somerset Maugham's comedy focuses on a 1920s British wife who finds out her husband is having an affair with her best friend -- and uses that knowledge to her advantage. (Although this play was written in 1926, some themes never get old, eh?)

Westchester Playhouse
8301 Hindry Ave., Los Angeles
310-645-5156
Runs Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 2 pm until Aug. 11.
Tickets: $20

And two other plays around town that you might want to check out before they close:

All About Walken
A multitude of performers impersonate the guy made famous by Fat Boy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" and playing the cowbells on SNL. The show's been extended to July 16.

Paul G. Gleason Theater
6520 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
310-663-4050
Tickets are $15
Show runs on Mondays at 8 pm until July 16.

N*gger Wetb*ck Ch*nk
Co-writers and performers Miles Gregley, Rafael Agustin and Allan Axibal use hip-hop, comedy, poetry and personal stories to tackle race -- but hold off the usual angst involved. (See above clip.)

Ivar Theatre
1605 Ivar Ave., Hollywood
Runs Wednesdays to Sundays at 8 pm until July 29. Additional shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 pm
Tickets are $20
323-960-7782