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DENVER

€ The Rivals, a new musicalization of Sheridan's Restoration comedy by director Elizabeth Huddle, with score by Peter Schickele and Louisa Rose. Denver Center Theatre Company at the Stage Theatre, Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, 14th and Curtis Streets, Denver. Through Feb. 20. (800) 641-1222.

HOUSTON

€ Nixon's Nixon, Russell Lees' play imagining a resignation's-eve meeting between Nixon and Kissinger. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, Houston. Through Feb. 14. (713) 527-8243.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

€ The All Night Strut!, Fran Charnas' revues of '30s and '40s-era swing hits, directed and choreographed by Lance Roberts. International City Theatre, Long Beach City College, Clark St. & Harvey Way, Long Beach. Through Feb. 21. (562) 938-4128.

€ And Where She Stops Nobody Knows, Olivery Hailey's unpublished play, directed by Norman Cohen and featuring James Reynolds and Lissa Layng. Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave., S. Pasadena. Through Feb. 14. (626) 441-5977.

€ Boiler Room, Dan Fante's play about sleazy phone salesmen. Actors Art Theatre, 6128 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Through Feb. 28. (323) 969-4953.

€ I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts' musical about contemporary dating rituals. Coronet Theatre, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., W. Hollywood. Through Feb. 28. (310) 657-7377.

€ The Last Session, Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin's tearjerking recording studio backstager. Tiffany Theatre, 8532 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood. Through Mar. 14. (310) 289-2999.

€ The Living, Anthony Clarvoe's play about the Black Plague. The Colony Studio Theatre, 1944 Riverside Dr., Silverlake. Through Apr. 4. (323) 665-3011.

€ Pot Mom, Justin Tanner's harrowingly hilarious domestic comedy, followed by his droll late-night horror spoof Zombie Attack. At the Cast Theatre, 804 N. El Centro Ave., Hollywood. Indefinitely. (323) 462-0265.

€ The Really Spontaneous Theatre Company, an evening of first-class on-the-spot improv. Theatre at the Improv, 8156 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. Through Feb. 27. (323) 969-4991.

€ Rent, Jonathan Larson's "rock" musical about East Village artists and AIDS victims. The Shubert Theatre, 2020 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. Through Feb. 28. (800) 201-1555.

€ Riga, William Hoffman's play about an interracial gay couple facing the ghosts of racism and the Holocaust, directed by Marshall Mason. Venture West Theatre Company at (Inside) the Ford, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Complex, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. Through Feb. 27. (323) 660-8587.

€ Tenth Annual One-Act Festival, presented by and at Theatre 40, 241 Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills. Through Feb.21. (323) 660-8587.

€ There's Something About the Sunday Show, an evening of sketch comedy presented by the Bravo Company at the Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. Indefinitely. (323) 525-0202.

€ The Thousandth Night, Ron Campbell's one-man show about a would-be WWII prisoner of war entertaining his way out of danger. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987D Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach. Through Feb. 14. (888) 776-6278.

€ Titanic‹A New Musical, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's take on the seabound tragedy. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown L.A. Through Feb. 28. (213) 628-2772.

€ Ugly's First World, Jeff Dorchen's wild fantasia of T.S. Eliot, Tarzan, angels, and zombies, directed by Bill Cusack. At the Actors' Gang El Centro Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Through Feb. 20. (323) 660-8587.

€ You Bet Your Honkey, a game show spoof with the comedy troupe Houseful of Honkeys. At the Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. Indefinitely. (323) 525-0202.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST

€ The Belle of Amherst, William Luce's one-woman show about Emily Dickinson, starring Amy Thone. Bathhouse Theatre, 7312 Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle. Through Feb. 21. (206) 524-9108.

€ Three Days of Rain, Richard Greenberg's play about generational misunderstandings. Artists Repertory Theatre at the Reiersgaard Theatre, 1516 SW Alder St., Portland. Through Feb. 21. (503) 294-7373.

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