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Love & Sex in the Earth's Spin Cycle

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One of the keys to successful dating, explains writer-performer Lambeth Sterling, is to look for "the less fucked." Directed by David Ford, Sterling's rather random musings on her misdirected life course after growing up in the South—"the buckle of the Bible Belt"—begin with a clever, spreadsheet-ready breakdown of proper mate selection. The advice is heavily influenced by 12-step programs, therapists, and spiritual gurus. But the smart, surprising writing that occasionally pops out in the meandering story that follows never quite hits its mark. And as a performer, the quirky Sterling often seems more lost in her own material than we are.

Presented at Second City Studio Theatre, 6560 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. Thu., June 17, 24, 7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., June 19-20, 26-27, 5 p.m. Presented at I.O. West, 6366 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. Sat., June 19, 26, 8 p.m.. Presented at Fringe Central, 625 N. Las Palmas, L.A. Fri., June 18, 6:30 p.m., June 25 at 6 p.m. (866) 811-4111. www.hollywoodfringe.org.

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