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Arts and Entertainment

This Weekend in LA Theater...

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You want a little more variety in your life? How about checking out the diverse theater scene around town? Here are just five of the shows opening this weekend:

Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical
Yes, you read that right. The ’70s porn classic comes to the stage at the Key Club.

Key Club. 9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-274-5800. Tickets are $35-$55. Opens tonight at 8 pm. Runs Thursdays in August.
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A young documentary filmmaker finds the ideal documentary subject: a volatile surgeon who survived the hells of the Chechnya/Russia civil wars. But it’s the filmmaker’s girlfriend who helps unravel the truth about the subject and filmmaker.

The Miles Memorial Playhouse. 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. 323-860-6225. Tickets are $20. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm until Aug. 26.

Limonade Tous Les Jours
An older American in Paris meets a much younger Parisian cabaret singer. They spend the day wandering the city together, and they speak of all the reasons why they shouldn't fall in love. (Ethan Hawke’s Before Sunrise, anyone?)

2100 Square Feet Theatre. 5615 San Vicente Blvd., LA. 323-960-7785. Tickets are $20. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm until Sept. 9.

My Mother'sYard
Rich Brunner's play centers on a mother-daughter conflict. A long-neglected daughter must return to the Midwest to take care of her aging mother. Her mother's house is so cluttered, that she and her husband pitch a tent in the yard - which is home to 22 vehicles in various states of functionality and disrepair.

Actors Group Theatre. 4378 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 323-960-7862. Tickets are $15-$20. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm until Aug. 25

The Mystery Plays
These are two one-act plays with a dash of the supernatural. The Filmmaker's Mystery deals with a train wreck in which all have perished. The second play, Ghost Children, follows an East Coast attorney traveling to Oregon to make peace with her brother who is currently in prison for the murder of their parents.

Theatre Forty at Reuben Cordova Theatre. 241 Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills. 310-364-0535. Tickets $20-$22. Days and times vary. Runs until Sept. 2.

Photo borrowed from SF's Debbie Does Dallas