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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA--Laguna Playhouse announces its 2005-06 season. First up is the West Coast premiere of the Off-Broadway hit The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart (not to be confused with Musical: the Musical, currently at the Knightsbridge Theatre). It's a comic satire of musical theatre genres, in which one story becomes five musicals, each in the distinctive style of a different master of the form (Jul. 9-Sept. 4). Next is the Southern California premiere of Theresa Rebeck's comedy Bad Dates (Sept. 17-Oct. 16); the American premiere of Bernard Farrell's holiday-themed British comedy, Many Happy Returns, directed by Andrew Barnicle (Nov. 19-Dec. 18); the Orange County premiere of Two Pianos, Four Hands, created by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, about two boys sharing a dream of piano stardom (Jan. 7-Feb. 5, 2006); the West Coast premiere of Mitch Albom's comedy And the Winner Is, set in Hollywood at Oscar time (Feb. 18-Mar. 19, 2006); the West Coast premiere of Bryony Lavery's comedy Last Easter, directed by Richard Stein, about a frantic pilgrimage to Lourdes (Apr. 22-May 21, 2006); and the West Coast premiere of Catherine Butterfield's The Sleeper, about a suburban housewife who sets off on a hair-raising mission (Jun. 3-Jul. 2, 2006). Non-subscription offerings include the long-running Late Night Catechism (Monday nights) and its new offshoot, Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold (Nov. 21-Dec. 23). 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. www.lagunaplayhouse.com. (949) 497-2787...

L.A.'s Evidence Room announces its 10th anniversary season. It kicks off this week with a revised version of the group's earlier production of Philip K. Dick's Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, directed by Bart DeLorenzo, exploring an alternate-reality version of Los Angeles in a noir vein (Mar. 12-Apr. 17). It is followed by Jean Genet's The Blacks, directed by L. Kenneth Richardson, a swirling metaphysical thriller examining racism, imperialism, and revolution (May 21-Jun. 26); Bridget Carpenter's dark comedy The Faculty Room, starring Megan Mullally, directed by Bart DeLorenzo (Jul. 23-Aug. 27); David Schweizer's staging of Jack Kirkland's adaptation of the classic Tobacco Road (Sept. 10-Oct. 16), and song-and-dance auteur Ken Roht's annual holiday adventure, Some 99-Cent Only Holiday Spectacular (Nov. 26-Dec. 23). 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. www.evidenceroom.com. (213) 381-7118...

The Joseph Allen Decker Dance Company (JADD Co.) presents the dance drama Storm. It's an eclectic blend of modern dance and jazz, featuring new works by Joseph Decker, Murray Phillips, Adam Parson, and Terri Best. Ivar Theatre, 1605 N. Ivar Ave., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Mar. 11-13. $25-30. (310) 535-4940...

An Evening with Jason Robert Brown is presented at North Hollywood's El Portal Theatre. The renowned musical theatre songwriter (Parade, Songs for a New World) will perform a concert with the Caucasian Rhythm Kings, following a performance of his currently running musical The Last Five Years. Tickets can be purchased for one or both presentations. 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat. Mar. 12. Musical: 8 p.m. Concert: 10 p.m. $25 (concert); $30 (musical); $40 (both). (818) 723-0353...

A Bit of Irish With Chris Sullivan is a benefit for the Save the Santa Monica Playhouse campaign. Irish actor-singer-raconteur Sullivan makes his sixth annual appearance at the Playhouse. Included are songs, poems, stories, limericks, and a post-performance auction of miscellaneous goods. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. Thu. 8 p.m. Mar. 17. $10-15. www.santamonicaplayhouse.com. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1.

--Les Spindle

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