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STAGE.

Byline: - Evan Henerson

We don't officially flip the season calendar page until Sept. 22, but the fall theater season - better known as the embarrassment-of-riches season - has been well under way since Labor Day.

For pity's sake, Meryl Streep is actually going to take the stage tonight as part of UCLA's ``Theater of the New Ear'' double bill. Even if she reads recipes for garlic chicken - and since Charlie Kaufman (``Adaptation'') has written the play in question, she very well might - it would probably be worth watching.

Craving more stars? We'll get Brenda Fricker and John Goodman (in the Geffen's revival of ``Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,'' opening Nov. 16), Isabelle Huppert (``4.48 Psychose'' at UCLA, Oct. 5), Ed Begley Jr. (``Romance,'' Mark Taper Forum, Oct. 9) and Sally Kellerman (part of an all- star ensemble taking on Michael John LaChiusa's ``The Wild Party'' at the Blank, Oct. 11). Tony Award winner Sutton Foster will be part of ``The Drowsy Chaperone's'' pre-Broadway engagement at the Ahmanson, and Mark Rylance will bow out of his tenure with the Globe Shakespeare Company during a touring visit in ``Measure for Measure,'' Nov. 9)

I'm looking forward to - finally! - a new work from NoHo's Deaf West (``Open Window,'' Oct. 14), even if I'll have to drive to Pasadena to see it. And, speaking of drives, I'll certainly trek to the Evidence Room to see the reunion of ``Irma Vep'' funnymen Tony Abatemarco and John Fleck in ``She Stoops to Comedy'' (Saturday).

On the ``making the old new again'' front, I wouldn't miss Geoff Elliott's Iago in A Noise Within's ``Othello'' (Sept. 23), the same company's rendering of Ibsen's ``The Master Builder'' (Nov. 4) or East West Players' take on ``Equus'' (Oct. 26).

And yes, it's probably time to see whether Sandra Tsing Loh can get through an entire solo performance without talking about her over-ballyhooed professional run-ins with KCRW. Her latest, ``Mother on Fire,'' plays the 24th Street Theatre starting Oct. 1.

TODAY

Nine Parts of Desire, Brentwood Theatre, through Oct. 16, $35-$64; (310) 208-5454, www.geffenplayhouse.com.

Theater of the New Ear, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, through Friday, $38-$60; (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.

FRIDAY

Flipzoids, Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Los Angeles, through Oct. 9; (323) 960-7745, www.plays411.com.

Make Love Not War, Playwrights' Arena at Moving Arts (Hyperion Space), Silver Lake, through Oct. 15, $15; (213) 485-1631, www.playwrightsarena.org.

Tight Quarters, Whitefire Theatre, Sherman Oaks, through Oct. 30, $22-$25; (323) 960-4410, www.plays411.com.

Big Pharma, Hudson Guild Theatre, Hollywood, through Oct. 23; $20, (323) 960-7774, www.plays411.com.

SATURDAY

She Stoops to Comedy, Evidence Room, Los Angeles, through Oct. 23, $15-$20; (213) 381-7118, www.evidenceroom.com.

TUESDAY

On the Town, Reprise!, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, through Oct 2, $20-$65; (310) 825-2101, www.reprise.org.

SEPT. 22

Gorey Stories Sacred Fools Theater, Hollywood, through Oct. 31, $20; (310) 281-8337. www.sacredfools.org.

SEPT. 23

How I Learned to Drive, Pilot Light Theatre, Hollywood, through Oct. 30, $20; (323) 960-4418. www.plays411.com.

The Witching Hour MET Theatre, Hollywood, through Oct. 31, $13; (323) 957-1152, www.theMETtheatre.com.

Othello, A Noise Within, Glendale, through Dec. 8, $26-$45; (818) 240-0910, Ext. 1, www.anoisewithin.org.

Crawl, Fade to White, Theatre of NOTE, Hollywood, through Nov. 5, $15-$20; (323) 856-8611, www.theatreofnote.com.

Barbra's Wedding, Falcon Theatre, Burbank, through Oct. 9, $30-$37.50; (818) 955-8101, www.falcontheatre.com.

SEPT. 24

Teetering on the Edge Working Stage, West Hollywood, through Oct. 30, $15; (323) 960-7753, www.plays411.com.

Serial Killers, Sacred Fools Theater, Hollywood, through Oct. 22, $10; (310) 281-8337, www.sacredfools.org.

Von Lutz, Lillian Theatre, Hollywood, through Oct. 30, $20-$25; (866) 811-4111, www.theatermania.com.

SEPT. 28

All Wear Bowlers, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Culver City, through Oct. 28, $20-$40; (213) 628-2772, www.taperahmanson.com.

SEPT. 29

Preludes and Fugues, Son of Semele, Los Angeles, through Oct. 23, $15; (213) 351-3507, www.sonofsemele.org.

SEPT. 30.

When It Rains Pilot Light Theatre, Hollywood, through Nov. 6, $20; (323) 960-4418, www.plays411.com.

The Foreigner La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, La Mirada, through Oct. 16, $32-$40; (562) 944-9801, www.lamiradatheatre.com.

Bunbury, Road Theatre Company, North Hollywood, through Dec. 4, $20; (866) 811-4111, www.roadtheatre.org.

Before I Disappear, Avery Schreiber Theatre, North Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $25; (866) 811-4111, www.theatermania.com.

OCT. 1

Mother on Fire, 24th Street Theatre, Los Angeles, through Nov. 6, $15-$25; (800) 838-3006, www.24thstreet.org.

OCT. 4

Annie, Pantages Theatre, through Oct. 16, $25-$68; (213) 365-3500, www.BroadwayLA.org.

OCT. 5

4.48 Psychose, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, through Oct. 9, $40-$50; (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.

OCT. 6

How to Feel Safe in the Suburbs, Los Angeles Theatre Center, L.A., through Oct. 20, $15; (866) 811-4111. www.edgefest.org.

American Standard Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Oct. 20, $12; (866) 811-4111. www.edgefest.org.

OCT. 7

When It Comes to Women, Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles, through Nov. 13, $25; (310) 477-2055, www.odysseytheatre.com.

Hurricane Season 2005 Eclectic Company Theatre, North Hollywood, through Oct. 23, $15; (818) 508-3003, www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org.

Requiem for a Heavyweight Theatre West, Los Angeles, through Dec. 17, $20; (323) 851-7977, www.theatrewest.org.

Kookamonga Falls Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Oct 22, $15; (866) 811-4111. www.edgefest.org.

More Than Naked Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Oct. 23, $12; (866) 811-4111. www.edgefest.org.

Slut Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Oct. 23, $16; (866) 811-4111, www.edgefest.theatermania.com.

Picnic, A Noise Within, Glendale, through Nov. 27. $26-$45; (818) 240-0910, Ext. 1, www.anoisewithin.org.

OCT. 8

Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake), Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Nov. 6, $15; (866) 811-4111, www.movingarts.org.

OCT. 9

Romance, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, through Nov. 13, $42-$55; (213) 628-2772, www.taperahmanson.com.

OCT. 11

Blackbird, MET Theatre, Hollywood, through Nov. 11, $10; (323) 957-1152. www.theMETtheatre.com.

The Wild Party, Hudson Mainstage, Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $25-$40; (323) 661-9827, www.theblank.com.

OCT. 12

Chronicles, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, through Oct. 16, $28-$35; (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.

OCT. 13

The Twilight Zone - Live on Stage Theatre West, Los Angeles, through Nov. 26, $10; (323) 851-7977. www.theatrewest.org.

Love in the DMZ: A Play in Letters, Actors Workout Studio, North Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $24; (818) 506-3903. www.actorsworkout.com.

Old Times, El Portal Theatre, North Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $25-$30; (800) 880-2588.

OCT. 14

Open Window, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, through Nov. 20, $37-$47; (626) 356-7529, www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.

OCT. 15

Shrinks Hudson Backstage Theatre, Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $20; (323) 960-1055, www.plays411.com.

The Tragottis, Theatre East, Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $20; (323) 957-5782. www.theatreeast.com.

OCT. 20

Romantic Comedy, GGC Theatre, Hollywood, through Dec. 17, $20; (800) 595-4849, www.tix.com.

Arlecchino, Servant of Two Masters, Freud Playhouse, UCLA through Oct. 23, $38-$55; (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.

OCT. 21

The Last Night of the Last Tsar, Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood, through Nov. 27. $25; (323) 960-7745, www.plays411.com.

At the Beach House, The Lost Studio, Los Angeles, through Nov. 27, $20; (323) 960-7721, www.plays411.com.

Betty's Summer Vacation, Electric Lodge, Venice, through Nov. 27, $20; (310) 578-2228, www.workshop360.com.

Loveswell, Two Roads Theatre, Studio City, through Nov. 20, $15; (818) 342-4707, www.loveswell.com.

OCT. 22

Stage Directions Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles, through Dec. 18, $22.50-$25; (310) 477-2055, www.odysseytheatre.com.

Mother Courage and Her Children, Theatre (at) Boston Court, Pasadena, through Nov. 27, $30; (626) 683-6883, www.bostoncourt.org.

OCT. 26

Biro, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, through Oct. 30, $28-$35; (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.

Equus, East West Players, Los Angeles, through Nov. 20, $35-$40; (213) 625-7000, www.eastwestplayers.org.

OCT. 28

J.O.B., the Hip-Hopera, Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood, $30; (323) 465-4446, www.sableandbatalion.com.

OCT. 29

Harvest, Playwrights' Arena, Los Angeles, through Nov. 20, $20; (213) 485-1631, www.playwrightsarena.org.

NOV. 2

The Grand Tour, Colony Theatre, Burbank, through Dec. 4, $35-$45; (818) 558-7000, www.colonytheatre.org.

NOV. 4

Charley's Aunt, International City Theatre, Long Beach, through Nov. 27, $32-$42; (562) 436-4610, www.ictlongbeach.com.

The Master Builder, A Noise Within, Glendale, through Dec. 11, $26-$45; (818) 240-0910, Ext. 1, www.anoisewithin.org.

Acts of Desire, Fountain Theatre, Hollywood, through Dec. 11, $25; (323) 663-1525, www.fountaintheatre.com.

NOV. 9

Measure for Measure, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, through Nov. 26, $42-$62; (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.

Pump Boys and Dinettes, El Portal Theatre, North Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $35-$45; (818) 508-0281, www.elportaltheatre.com.

NOV. 11

The Merchant of Venice Beach, Pilot Light Theatre, Hollywood, through Dec. 18, $20; (323) 960-4418. www.plays411.com.

NOV. 15

Macbeth MET Theatre, Hollywood, through Dec. 14, $10; (323) 957-1152. www.theMETtheatre.com.

NOV. 16

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Geffen Playhouse, Westwood, through Dec. 18, $47-$69; (310) 208-5454, www.geffenplayhouse.com.

I Feel Like Going On Pilot Light Theatre, Hollywood, through Dec. 18, $20; (323) 960-4418. www.plays411.com.

NOV. 18

Kacey at Home Globe Playhouse, West Hollywood, through Dec. 31, $25; (323) 960-5521. www.plays411.com.

The Drowsy Chaperone, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, through Dec. 24, $40-$90; (213) 628-2772, www.taperahmanson.com.

Nov. 18 My Buddy Bill, Geffen Playhouse, Westwood, through Dec. 18, $42-$69; (310) 208-5454, www.geffenplayhouse.com.

NOV. 19

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Culver City, through Dec. 18, $20-$40; (213) 628-2772, www.taperahmanson.com.

NOV. 22

White Christmas, Pantages Theatre, through Jan. 1. $20-$87; (213) 365-3500, www.BroadwayLA.org.

Evan Henerson, (818) 713-3651

evan.henerson(at)dailynews.com

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(2) `ALL WEAR BOWLERS' SEPT. 28

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