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THEATER REVIEW: “The Twenty-Seventh Man”

THEATER REVIEW: “The Twenty-Seventh Man”

I guess the event shouldn’t surprise us; it’s just that so few people know about it. In Stalin’s last purge, Soviet Jewish writers, editors and academics were rounded up and killed. The writers were poets, novelists, playwrights and journalists, arguably the best who ever wrote in Yiddish.

The roundup started in 1948; the last were murdered in 1952, just a few months before Stalin’s own death. It has been called the Night of the Murdered Poets. What died there was Yiddish literature.

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THEATER REVIEW: “You Can’t Take It With You”

Most of us probably claim some measure of familial nuttiness, but your family is probably nothing like the gang in Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s “You Can’t Take It With You.”

Let’s see, there’s Grandpa Martin Vanderhof (Jim Chovick), who has never paid income tax and now spends his time going to college commencements and circuses, throwing darts, collecting snakes and spouting off about how to be happy.

TMC: Michael Sam to compete on "Dancing With The Stars"

Michael Sam will be competing in March, but not on the football field, on the "Dancing with the Stars" hardwood ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Michael -- the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL -- will be part of Season 20, which fires up next month.

Here's the problem. Sam -- who insinuated he was cut from the NFL because he was gay -- has vowed to get back in the league and said he'd take part in the first-ever veteran's combine on March 22.

Oscars: Wins for "Imitation Game" and "Selma," plus Lady Gaga and more

The 87th Academy Awards closed out Hollywood's major awards season live tonight on ABC, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Grift at the Lafayette Hotel”

The way to get back at a scammer is to beat him at his own game.

At least that’s what Tom Salamon thinks, and since he wrote “The Grift at the Lafayette Hotel,” La Jolla Playhouse’s latest site-specific WOW project, all comers are going to try it for themselves.

Well, actually for the team: the show takes teams of eight through five attempted scams to see how good they are at it, working their way up to the final big-payoff art auction grift.

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THEATER REVIEW: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

What do you find at a spelling bee? Nerds, and at Intrepid Shakespeare Company’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” – the musical about such a bee – the spellers you’ll meet live up to everybody’s expectations. Consider these contestants:

* Chip Tolentino (Shaun Tuazon-Martin) – you know, the one with the glasses who will eventually be done in by “My Unfortunate Erection.”

* Logainne Schwarzandgrubenniere (Amy Perkins), she of the two dads who gave her the weight of both last names, head of the gay-straight alliance at her school.

Artwork of high school student immigrants on display at Bread and Cie in Hillcrest

SAN DIEGO, California -- Some of them fled their homes when the men with guns showed up. Some of them never knew a home, surviving only in tents scattered across barren refugee camps. Many of them left everything behind for the chance to get a basic education in the U.S.

All of them are now new students at Crawford High School in City Heights, and their autobiographical artwork is on display this month in a show titled “Hello, My Name Is…” at Hillcrest’s Bread and Cie.

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THEATER REVIEW: “West Side Story”

Coming back to “West Side Story” is always a joy, because this musical translation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is arguably (and for my money) the best American musical ever written.

San Diego Musical Theatre offers the classic story of the ill-fated lovers through March 1 in their new digs at the historic Spreckels Theatre.

It’s New York City in 1957, and the kids are busy trying to survive into adulthood in a place where gang animosity between the Jets and Sharks leads to frequent violence and brushes with the law, represented by Lt. Schrank (Manny Fernandes).

Chinese short film urging parents to accept gay children goes viral

In a country where homosexuality remains a big taboo, a short film urging parents in China to accept their gay children has gone viral and notched up more than 100 million online views.

Coming Home tells the story of a young gay man who is shunned by his parents after coming out, before eventually being accepted by them years later.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Sondheim On Sondheim”

Sondheim fans will be ecstatic over “Sondheim On Sondheim,” the revue of some of his most popular hits over the years playing through March 1 at the Avo Playhouse.

The show had a limited Broadway run in 2010 and features several songs each from his biggest hit shows (“Company,” “Follies,” and “Into The Woods” among them) along with lesser-known songs from other shows.