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    CRITIC'S PICKS

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - Acme Downey Jr., presented by the Acme Players at the Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. Sat. 8 p.m. Indefinitely. $15. (323) 525-0202.

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    A HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS

    Whether pedestrian or bizarre, art is, despite the protest of those creating it, still a product. And if said product doesn't attract willing consumers, it becomes increasingly difficult for an artistic company to survive long enough to fulfill its mission. Such may be the case with Crazy Eddie's ...

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    SOME EXPLICIT POLAROIDS

    It's no surprise that Rude Guerrilla Theater Company has once again tapped into Mark Ravenhill's dark, edgy repertoire. Having already found success with the British playwright's raw, sexually charged work, this intrepid company knows that beneath the shocking surface of his satire are universal themes that will ...

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    THE MAIDS

    Deciding to launch a theatrical production company with a play by Jean Genet must presage some kind of artistic death wish, second only to casting oneself as Hamlet. Luckily the brave souls who present this mounting of a remarkably difficult classic are well up to the task. Led by director ...

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    Scout's Honor

    Claudia Jaffee, director of West Coast Ensemble's To Kill a Mockingbird, is out on the sidewalk in front of the theatre one recent hot Sunday afternoon, taking a break from auditioning actors. Standing under the theatre's awning, she is deep in conversation with her producer about how best ...

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    FLUFFY BUNNIES IN A FIELD OF DAISIES

    I have the best luck when summer arrives. As the weather turns hot I invariably stumble into the perfect show for the season: lightweight, funny, and adorable. This may be the best summer yet. Just reading over my notes on this show makes me smile, primarily because they are of ...

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    THE MUSICAL

    at the Geffen Playhouse

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    Helen

    Presented by and at The Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, Martinson Hall, 425 Lafayette St., NYC, April 8-21.