DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD

Teens play teens, and winningly so, in Worst First Kiss Productions’ terrific intimate staging of Bert V. Royal’s hilarious, thought-provoking, ultimately transformative Dog Sees God: Confessions Of A Teenage Blockhead, a sold-out guest production this weekend only at Hollywood’s The Blank Theatre.
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VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

Vanya, Sonia, and Masha Hardwick, Christopher Durang’s hilariously squabbling siblings, are back (along with Masha’s sexy boy toy Spike), and hallelujah for that, as Santa Monica’s Edgemar Center For The Arts gives the 2013 Best Play Tony Award winner Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike a 99-seat staging well worth its back-for-2017 extension.
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GULF VIEW DRIVE

Rubicon Theatre Company treats Ventura audiences—and anyone else in search of a delightful, nostalgic, emotionally potent trip back to the Eisenhower ‘50s—to Gulf View Drive, the third and final installment of Arlene Hutton’s Ovation Award-winning Nibroc Trilogy.
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THE LAST VIG

Supporting performances are uniformly terrific and design elements as good as it gets, but with a low-energy Burt Young slowing things down to a snail’s pace, audiences in search of theatrical sparks had best look elsewhere than writer-director David Varriale’s potentially entertaining Mafia comedy The Last Vig*.
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THE ROOMMATE

Jen Silverman reinvigorates the surefire (if overly familiar) odd-couple comedy in The Roommate, a South Coast Repertory West Coast Premiere that may well defy credibility in its final scenes but never fails to entertain, particularly as performed by a crackerjack couple of SoCal stage treasures.
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BLACK COMEDY

An inspired concept and some virtuoso physical comedy make the first two-thirds of Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy a one-of-a-kind Glendale Centre Theatre treat before the laughter gets derailed by a jarring second-act tonal shift and some unexpected (and decidedly unpleasant) character twists.
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STAY TUNED

Polish it may lack but laughs there are aplenty in Stay Tuned, Ryan Paul James’ amusing mash-up of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Orson Welles’ War Of The Worlds, Theatre 68’s holiday gift to North Hollywood and beyond.
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SNOWED INN

Love complications ensue when four couples find themselves stuck together under one roof in David Ewing’s overlong, only intermittently amusing romantic sitcom Snowed Inn, now getting its World Premiere engagement at NoHo’s El Portal Theatre.
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