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Fall Preview | Critic's Picks


September 10, 1998|DON SHIRLEY

Plenty of interesting plays are on tap for the fall.

Jessica Hagedorn's "Dogeaters" (opening Sunday) takes a Filipina from age 13 in 1959 to adulthood during the Marcos years. The first play commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse since Michael Greif became artistic director, it's being staged by Greif with a cast that includes Sandra Oh and Ovation winner Alec Mapa.

Jonathan Tolins' "If Memory Serves" (Sept. 20) features Brooke Adams as a former TV celebrity doing battle with her adult son over his explosive remembrances of things past. It returns Tolins to the Pasadena Playhouse, the birthplace of his "The Twilight of the Golds."

Alfred Uhry's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" won a best play Tony; the L.A. version at the Canon (Oct. 11) features the same director plus Rhea Perlman sporting a Southern drawl as a Jewish mother in pre-World War II Atlanta.

Stephen Sondheim meets Carol Burnett in the newly revised version of his "Putting It Together" revue at the Mark Taper Forum (Oct. 22).

South Coast Repertory's new plays include "Dinner With Friends," the latest from "Collected Stories" playwright Donald Margulies (Oct. 23) and Keith Reddin's "But Not for Me" (Nov. 6), an accounting of the famous Richard Nixon-Helen Gahagan Douglas Senate race.

Playwright du jour Martin McDonagh makes his L.A. debut with "The Cripple of Inishmaan" at the Geffen Playhouse (Oct. 28).

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