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    Jay Johnson: The Two & Only

    To illustrate the dubious esteem in which the art is often held, ventriloquist Jay Johnson tells of once being rebuked after a college show by several campus Christians who informed him that Satan was the first ventriloquist, having thrown his voice into the serpent to tempt Eve.

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    The Elephant Man

    Sandwiched in like sardines on scenic designer Randy Kone's multileveled yet highly compacted set, director June Chandler's talented cast dances nimbly through the philosophical subtleties of playwright Bernard Pomerance's lesson in acceptance.

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    City of Angels

    Vintage private-eye potboilers meet the swinging big-band era in this jazzy 1989 musical from a solid-gold creative team: librettist Larry Gelbart ('A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'), composer Cy Coleman ('Sweet Charity'), and lyricist David Zippel ('The Woman in White').

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    The Importance of Being Earnest

    Oscar Wilde's 1895 Victorian masterpiece, a sophisticated blend of drawing-room farce and trenchant social satire, requires cream-of-the-crop actors and precise direction to strike the right balance between high-spirited frivolity and literate dramaturgy.

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    Six Degrees of Separation

    Have any recent plays captured the sense of isolation felt by Baby Boomers--even successful ones--as effectively as John Guare's artfully theatrical 1990 drama.

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    Diva

    Two veteran producer-writers of TV sitcoms join forces for the L.A. premiere of this sardonic comedy: a behind-the-scenes look at egomania, depravity, disloyalty, and other sorts of dishonorable behavior surrounding a star-driven sitcom.

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    Square One

    In the wake of swirling public dismay over the current administration's penchant for keeping track of citizens' personal lives without approval, Steve Tesich's 1990 comic political satire resonates.

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    Dialectics of the Heart

    The word "dialectic" is defined here as the struggle between opposites, and that couldn't be more the case when 端ber-rigid academic Elizabeth Drewer (Sharon Lawrence) falls hard for her hot-blooded young teaching assistant Richard Amado (Nicholas Gonzalez).

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    The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler

    Presented by Janice Crystal, Larry Magid, Face Productions, and Broadway LA at the Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 & 8 p.m. (Dark Jan. 30-Feb. 5.) Jan. 12-Feb. 18. (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878.

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    Cabaret

    Presented by and at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Jan. 6-Feb. 12. (805) 583-7900