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8 pm: Theater

April 16, 1998

"Dealer's Choice," Patrick Marber's comic drama about six men playing a revelatory, all-night poker game at a London restaurant, has its West Coast premiere, under the direction of Robert Egan.

* "Dealer's Choice," Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Ends May 31. $29-$37. (213) 628-2772.

8 pm: Theater

Tony Award winner Melba Moore ("Purlie!"), who overcame many tribulations to make her recent return to the Broadway stage ("Les Miserables"), performs her solo musical "Sweet Songs of the Soul," an autobiographical, and ultimately triumphant odyssey through the difficult life that followed her early success.

* "Sweet Songs of the Soul," West Angeles Christian Arts Theatre, 3045 Crenshaw Blvd., tonight-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m. $16.50-$27.50. (213) 733-8707.

8:30 pm: Theater

Legendary writer-raconteur Quentin Crisp ("The Naked Civil Servant"), 88, imparts his scathing wit and wisdom in the return of his one-man show "An Evening With Quentin Crisp," a memorable evening that includes a Q&A session with the audience.

* "An Evening With Quentin Crisp," Highways, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica, tonight through Sunday, 8:30 p.m. $16-$20. (213) 660-8587.

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