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THEATER REVIEW: “Kingdom City” at La Jolla Playhouse

Arthur Miller didn’t have any use for censorship or the communist-phobic American government in the 1950s, which he makes quite clear in his 1953 classic “The Crucible.” (The House Un-American Activities Committee noticed, and denied him a passport to attend the European opening of the play.)

Playwright Sheri Wilner revisits the censorship issue in “Kingdom City,” but dilutes its impact by trying to examine both sides of the issue. “Kingdom City,” directed by Jackson Gay, plays through Oct. 5 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Potiker Theatre.

GLAAD's What To Watch on Thursday

Tonight catch all new episodes of The Biggest Loser and Project Runway.

Thursday, September 18

8:00pm: The Biggest Loser, NBC (2 hrs) NEW

The contestants review the results of their medical exams and are challenged to break through "walls of excuses" and complete an obstacle course while carrying a weight. This season's cast features out trainer Bob Harper.

9:00pm: Project Runway, Lifetime (1.5 hrs) NEW

GLAAD's What To Watch on Wednesday

Tonight catch the series premieres of Red Band Society and The Mysteries of Laura.

Wednesday, September 17

9:00pm: Red Band Society, Fox (1 hr) SERIES PREMIERE

This new series is set in a the pediatric ward of a Los Angeles hospital. In the premiere, Leo gets a new roommate who is about to undergo a treatment that Leo has experience with and a popular cheerleader is surprised to find she is no longer the center of attention.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Red Planet Respite”

CircleCircledotdot’s Katherine Harroff gets a jump on commercial intergalactic tourism with her space farce “Red Planet Respite,” which introduces the test crew for a trip to Marsimerica’s new Pod Planet Resort, an escape haven for wealthy travelers.

Texas good ole boy “Teddy” Commons, CEO of builder GlobalCom Venture Capital, handles the PR chores on this introductory flight.

GLAAD's What To Watch on Tuesday

Tonight catch all new episodes of Sisterhood of Hip Hop and Face Off.

Tuesday, September 16

9:00pm: Sisterhood of Hip Hop, Oxygen (1 hr) NEW

Siya wonders if a more traditionally feminine look might help her career. Elsewhere, Nyemiah is threatened by a mistake in her past and Diamond faces the aftermath of an encounter with her ex-boyfriend.

9:00pm: Face Off, Syfy (1 hr) NEW

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett release "Nature Boy" video

The big build-up to the Sept. 23 release of the new "Cheek To Cheek" album by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga continues today with the release of the video for the single, "Nature Boy."

Fans can pre-order the album on @iTunes.

The unusual duo has been releasing videos from their upcoming album since late July. The singers from wildly different generations have collaborated on a jazz album featuring some of the most cherished classics of yesteryear.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Catch Me If You Can” at the Moonlight

My nomination for the cheekiness award is Frank Abagnale Jr., the well-known con man whose first fraud victim was his own father.

Before he was 21, young Frank had impersonated a co-pilot, a doctor, a lawyer and a college professor, among others. He was sentenced to prison in France, Sweden and the U.S. and served about five years out of 12-plus total years in sentences.

He came to the world’s attention when Leonardo DiCaprio played him in the 2002 film “Catch Me If You Can,” and his exploits became the stuff of musical comedy in 2011, when the musical hit Broadway.

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“She doesn’t run a museum. She is one. And I’m curating her,” playwright Doug Wright says in describing the subject of his one-man show “I Am My Own Wife.”

He’s talking about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, born Lothar Berfelde in 1928, who at a very young age felt like a girl trapped in a boy’s body. Lothar took to wearing dresses, adopted the name Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, and became one of the most celebrated of European transvestites, managing to survive both Nazi and Communist regimes – though not without collaborating.

Diversionary Theatre hires Executive Artistic Director

SAN DIEGO, California -- Diversionary Theatre has hired Matt Morrow as its new Executive Artistic Director. Morrow fills the position that has been covered by Todd Nelms in the interim.

The position was vacated last November following the resignation of John Alexander.

Nelms sent the following letter to Diversionary Theatre patrons announcing Morrow's hire.

Dear Diversionary Theatre Patrons & Friends,

GLAAD's What To Watch on Monday

Tonight catch all new episodes of America's Next Top Model and Under the Dome.

Monday, September 15

9:00pm: America's Next Top Model, CW (1 hr) NEW

Two housemates find unexpected chemistry as Tyra teaches them new tricks for an intimate shoot and another contestant breaks a major house rule during a night out. This season Miss J has returned as a judge and the cast includes out contestants Will and Romeo.