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THEATER/SNEAK PEEK : `CHILEAN HOLIDAY' A SPICY POLITICAL COMEDY.

A curvaceous young woman sprawls over two plump cushions, wearing little but a come-hither smile. Across her breasts, draped coyly if somewhat pointlessly, is the Chilean national flag.

This cheeky image, a parody of Goya's famous ``Nude Maja,'' is being used to promote Guillermo Reyes' ``Chilean Holiday,'' ensconced through May 25 at the Ventura Court Theatre in Studio City.

An anti-nostalgia play set during the infamous Pinochet regime, Reyes' comedy teems with bizarre characters and subversive impulses. Directed by Nancy Chris Evans, an original member of Chicago's Steppenwolf company, the cast includes Maria Canals (``Mi Familia''), Jenny Gago (``Dangerous Minds'') and David Barrera (``Murder One'').

The theater is located at 12417 Ventura Court, one block north of Ventura Boulevard. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (213) 660-8587.

Go West

The hate-love relationship between Broadway and Hollywood found one of its first - and still best - expressions in 1930. That's when comedy veterans Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman teamed up to write ``Once in a Lifetime.''

Set at the dawn of motion picture talkies, this summer stock staple concerns three starry-eyed East Coast vaudevillians who head West seeking filthy lucre in the new backlot Babylon.

Catch the pratfalls through May 18 at the Pasadena Shakespeare Company, located in Unit 296 on the second level of the Plaza Pasadena Mall at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Green Street. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14, $12 for seniors and students. For information, call (818) 564-8564.

Plaza sweet

Born and bred New Yorker though he is, Neil Simon now calls Southern California home. He's been well-represented here, both in film and TV, and six of his plays have had their world premieres at L.A.'s Ahmanson/Mark Taper theaters. Simon also is a major benefactor of the Music Center.

To show its appreciation, Center Theatre Group will honor the playwright at its biannual Angels' Night Gala. Garry Marshall and Sid Caesar, Simon's old-time collaborator, will head up the gala evening at the Century Plaza Hotel. Proceeds will benefit two CTG outreach programs, P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) and Y.A.P. (Young Audiences Program).

Art for art's sake

More than 60 regional artists will be represented in a May 10 silent and live auction to raise money for the nonprofit Friends of the Junior Arts Center in Barnsdall Art Park. The Junior Arts Center, a facility of the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, offers affordable art classes for youth ages 3 to 18.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. event are $25, including refreshments and entertainment. FOJAC board member and artists Frank Romero will host the event at his L.A. studio, 1325 Blake Ave. For information, call (213) 660-3362.

Second chances

Remember all those shows you could've kicked yourself for missing? Well, you've been given a reprieve. Extensions have been announced for: ``Two at the Too,'' Mark Taper Forum, through May 11; ``The Quick Change Room (Scenes From a Revolution),'' Pacific Resident Theatre, May 25; ``Sylvia,'' Coronet Theatre, June 15; ``The Normal Heart,'' Hudson Backstage, indefinitely; ``There Once Was a Girl From Pawtucket,'' Tiffany Theaters, May 13; ``Bremen Freedom,'' Odyssey Theatre, May 25; ``Speed-the-Plow,'' Odyssey Theatre, May 18; ``Don't Buck With Me,'' Tamarind Theatre, May 24; ``The Winter's Tale,'' A Noise Within, May 18.

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