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Dara Weinberg

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    Just look at all those 70's film gangsters! They knew how to handle their three-day-weekends like pros. So does LAist. 1) Sleep off the "I started my Labor Day weekend drinking at 1 in the afternoon on Friday" hangover. 2) Roll out of bed and roll into the absolute beginner's yoga class at Karuna Yoga, Hillhurst, 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Karuna does a free beginner's class every first Saturday of the month and all...
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    The Philadelphia theater community has set up a protest blog to attack their vitriolic local critic, Toby Zinman, known as the Bitch of Broad Street for her snarky reviews. Zinman has been the main theater critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer since January and has alienated most of the town since then with statements like "You could go into the University of the Arts musical theater program and with your eyes shut point out five...
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    LITTLE ARMENIA at the Fountain, the show developed by and for the local Armenian community surrounding the Hollywood theatre, has added two more weekend matinees before it closes September 3rd. This play was developed by Fountain writers throughout 2005, and incorporates stories from the history of Armenian politics and immigration to California. Playwright and actress Dael Orlandersmith (Pulitzer finalist for YELLOWMAN) follows next at the theatre with her one-woman show. THE GIMMICK is a...
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    Joseph Leo Bwarie, Eric Anderson, and Daren Herbert. Shakespeare? Sure! Laist doesn't think you have anything better to do with your weekend than see a Shakespearean musical cobbled together from the music of the Doobie Brothers. Yes, the Doobie Brothers. The Troubadour Theatre Company, helmed by their clowning-and-commedia-steeped director Matt Walker, has perfected the foolish, boisterous aspects of Shakespearean comedy, through a judicious pairing with the best in smooth rock. Their latest offering, at...
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    Still no word on the future of Bart DeLorenzo's Evidence Room company, but an email on the sadly quiet company mailing list this week recommends two "ER-related offerings": actress Pamela Gordon's poignant last film, The Dogwalker, premiering tonight at the Laemmle Music Hall, and a new novel, The Glass Books Of The Dream Eaters, by ER playwright Gordon Dahlquist (Delirium Palace (2001), Messalina (2003)). DeLorenzo describes The Glass Books as "kind of a Victorian...
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    No more Stalin...you only have two nights left to see a group of earnest actors gyrating under a dirty bedsheet, and singing "U....topia!" like Animal Farm. We pointed to this revival production two days ago, but we saw it last night, and, God, is HOW TO EXPLAIN THE HISTORY OF COMMUNISM TO MENTAL PATIENTS the scariest story on Santa Monica Boulevard. In an fiercely pro-Stalinist mental hospital, with the dictator's portrait overshadowing the stage...
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    Is it harder to find true love if you're in a blue state of mind? Briefly in LA from the New York Actor's Theatre Workshop, five one-acts by playwright Benjamin Kessler about love, sex, and politics among young liberals make up the short play BLUE STATES. Brothers and sisters, former roommates, and future lovers get drunk, get angry, and avoid genuine connection. People regret their own celebrity. And everyone tries to get laid via...
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    Can't get enough of that Russian political satire? This weekend is your last chance to see the Open Fist's production of HOW TO EXPLAIN THE HISTORY OF COMMUNISM TO MENTAL PATIENTS before they head off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is sort of the Burning Man-meets-Sundance of theater festivals, with a lot of cobblestones. The dark comedy, COMMUNISM, from the team of playwright Matei Visniec and director Florinel Fatulescu, was a hit for...
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    Heidi K. Hendrickson (Laura Carson) and her 150 cats. Writer Aaron Henne and director Edgar Landa of LA's Son of Semele Ensemble have reenvisioned your neighborhood crazy cat lady in a whirlwind eighty-minute play, full of movement, rhyme, sock puppets, and cartoon nudity. The result is KING CAT CALICO FINALLY FLIES FREE, playing now through Sunday at SOSE's Beverly Boulevard black-box. (They've got all of us going with the alliteration.) Notable moments include dead...
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    Uma Nithipalan, Lee Kissman, Maria O'Brien, and Tom Fitzpatrick (photo: Mike Jansen) Laist really hates to write these words, but this Sunday night is the final performance of the last show by the Evidence Room company in their Beverly Boulevard home. Bart DeLorenzo draws the curtain with a simultaneously riotous and poignant staging of THE CHERRY ORCHARD. His ensemble, sharpened into pain by their years of collaboration and their imminent departure from their home,...

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