Summer comes but once every four seasons or so. So? Statistically, the proof's in: It's as good a season as any to indulge your theatergoing lech.
Among other prospects, the summer of '00 heralds the return (after a five-year break) of the Mark Taper Forum's Taper, Too series, held at the Actors' Gang. Out of the lineup jumps a 16-headed hydra known as "The Square." It's an intriguing amalgam of 16 short plays--by, among others, David Henry Hwang, Maria Irene Fornes, Jose Rivera, Mac Wellman and co-conceiver Chay Yew--set in and around L.A.'s Chinatown. Co-creator Lisa Peterson directs these variations on a theme and investigations of a malleable symbol. "The Square" previews June 29 and 30, opens July 1 and runs through July 16 at the Actors' Gang, 5201 Santa Monica Blvd., in little old Hollywood.