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This "Virgin" Puts Out

In the 2006 film, The Holiday, Cameron Diaz says to Jude Law at the end of a romantic afternoon, “Sex makes everything complicated. Even when you don’t have it, the not having it makes things complicated.” Those words certainly characterize the experiences of one 30-year old virgin who tells her own complicated story in How to Be a Virgin (in 12 morally ambiguous steps).Playwright Carla Neuss lays it all out there in this autobiographical two-hander, starring Katelyn Schiller as The Virgin and Josh...
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"Hello Susanna," Your Dead Ancestors Want More

Susanna Leonard’s solo show, Hello Susanna, starts with a Facebook post to acknowledge an ending and ends with a blessing to declare a beginning. As the newly-divorced young woman struggles to make sense of her life, she looks to her ancestors for guidance, finding it in her Aunt Clara’s memoir and a visit from the ghost of her great, great grandmother, Anna Ruth.From them, she hears stories of how they overcame challenges in the old country, where starting over was a fact of life. Pogroms, Nazi extermin...
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You Win Some, You Lose Some, in Love and "War Stories"

According to the website DiscoverLosAngeles.com, there were 4 million people living in the City of Los Angeles in 2015. If you add all of LA County, the number grows to 10.1 million. That’s a lot of hearts falling in and out of love at any given time.In Sarah Kelly’s new play, War Stories, we meet four of them: Chelsea (Sarah Schreiber), an actress constantly attracted to catastrophe; Sam (Clayton McInerney), a writer whose motto is ‘never fall in love with an actress’; Jen (Sarah Kelly) a th...
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"Porn Rock: An Unintentional Comedy" - Intentionally Explicit

In 1985, the Parent’s Music Resource Committee put together a list of songs they dubbed the Filthy Fifteen for what they said contained explicit lyrics unsuitable for children. Among them were Prince’s “Darling Nikki,” Judas Priest’s “Eat Me Alive,” Mötley Crüe’s “Bastard,” Madonna’s “Dress You Up” and the song that would become their poster child for attack, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister.Led by a ...