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THEATER REVIEW: The Old Globe’s “Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead” | VIDEO

Anytime you flip a coin and come up with 92 straight heads, you’re in another universe, quite possibly the one of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead.”

That violation of the law of probability isn’t the only thing “out of joint” here. Rosencrantz (John Lavelle) and Guildenstern (Jay Whittaker), minor courtiers to the Danish throne, find themselves on the road but they can’t recall why. Like Alfie, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern flounder around, waiting for someone to tell them what it’s all about.

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Jungle Book” at the Goodman in Chicago

The magical, scary, fascinating world created by Rudyard Kipling in his 1894 “The Jungle Book” is back onstage, and another visit to that jungle is definitely in order if you're anywhere near Chicago.

From the towering, brightly costumed peacock (Nikka Graff Lanzarone) who spirits our boy to India to the "Jungle Rhythm" finale, Adapter/Director Mary Zimmerman and her team enchant with familiar Kipling characters and lush sets (by Daniel Ostling), spectacular costumes (by Mara Blumenfeld), and some of the most original choreography around (by Christopher Gattelli).

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THEATER REVIEW: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at The Old Globe | VIDEO

When Will Shakespeare wanted to write about dreams – in, for example, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – he didn’t fool around. He took humans of all kinds – from royals to young lovers to the blue-collar crowd – and shoved them all into a forest, where strange sounds and sights are common.

He tossed in magical elements – a potion from a flower that makes a sleeper fall in love with the first creature it sees on waking. Then he added a whole colony of forest creatures in the form of fairies, ruled by Fairy Queen Titania (Krystel Lucas) and her consort Oberon (Jay Whittaker).

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THEATER REVIEW: “John Ball’s In The Heat Of The Night”

Few of us remember the racist ’60s fondly, and the characters in “John Ball’s In The Heat Of The Night” offer several reasons why.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Extraordinary Chambers” by Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

What do you do when faced with unbearable choices?

An American couple in Cambodia on business find themselves caught up in that country’s sad history with the Khmer Rouge – and faced with difficult decisions about justice, survival and complicity – in David Wiener’s riveting “Extraordinary Chambers,” getting a stunning production from Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company through June 30 at the 10th Avenue Theatre.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at Welk Resorts

You know you’re not in Camelot when King Arthur’s “steed” is a sound effect made by knocking coconut shells together.

In fact, the King (Bob Himlin) and his sidekick Patsy (Steven Grawrock) are in Monty Python country, “Spamalot” to be exact, and a wild and wacky evening is in store for all.

Premiere Productions presents “Monty Python’s Spamalot” through June 23 at the Welk Resorts Theatre.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Becoming Cuba” at North Coast Rep

Alliances – political, personal and medical – are at the heart of Melinda Lopez’s new play “Becoming Cuba,” in its world premiere through June 23 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, which commissioned the piece. David Ellenstein directs.

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THEATER REVIEW: La Jolla Playhouse’s “His Girl Friday”

What a quaint picture: a makeshift press room with a large table of male print reporters shooting the fat, playing poker and waiting for the big execution to happen so they can call in their stories to the rewrite desk.

Those were fast-talking, wisecracking times with very few women and no computers or cell phones, inhabited by writers who never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

It’s “His Girl Friday,” John Guare’s rewrite of a remake of the source material – Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s 1928 play “The Front Page,” playing through June 30 at the Mandell Weiss Theatre.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Fiddler On The Roof” at Lamb’s Players

If you’ve ever wondered just how popular “Fiddler On The Roof” is, consider that Lamb’s Players Theatre extended the current run of the show twice before it opened.

The 1964 musical favorite is now open and running through July 14. Robert and Deborah Gilmour Smyth share directorial responsibilities.

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THEATER REVIEW: “American Idiot” at San Diego’s Civic Theatre

Let’s face it, there are shows old ladies with an artistic allergy to loud rock music and unintelligible lyrics shouldn’t review.

“American Idiot” – the Tony-nominated punk rock opera with a vestigial plot about three teenage dwellers in suburbia who must choose between the safety of staying home or the challenge of chasing their dreams in the Big City – just might be in that category.

The one-act Broadway hit blasted into San Diego’s Civic Theatre last night for shows through April 2. Michael Mayer (who co-wrote the book) directs.