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8pm Theater

January 17, 2002

A Noise Within's critically acclaimed, 2001 revival of Noel Coward's 1925 frivolity, "Hay Fever," returns for a short run prior to going on tour. In this infectiously funny comedy of bad manners, directed by Art Manke, hapless house guests of the prone-to-emoting, bohemian Bliss family find their expectations for a romantic weekend in the country thwarted by their hosts' squabbles and rather unorthodox ideas of hospitality.

"Hay Fever," A Noise Within, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Wednesday-Jan. 25, 8 p.m.; Jan. 26, 2 and 8 p.m.; Jan. 27, 2 and 7 p.m. Ends Jan. 27. $22 to $38. (818) 240-0910.

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Theater

A.R. Gurney wrote "Ancestral Voices" to be read by actors rather than played as a fully staged performance. The script concerns the turmoil in a well-heeled family of Northeasterners after Grandma ditches Grandpa for Grandpa's best friend. Gurney felt it jumped around too much in time and place to be successfully contained as a traditional stage play. Rene Auberjonois, familiar to fans of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" as the shape-shifting Odo, plays the devastated grandfather; Fred Savage is no longer aboard as the grandson/narrator, a role he played in this touring production in October at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Emmy nominee Peter Scolari takes his place. Other cast members are veteran stage and screen actors Adrienne Barbeau, Katherine Helmond and Lawrence Pressman.

"Ancestral Voices," Plummer Auditorium, 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton. Saturday at 8 p.m. $22.50 to $27.50. (714) 278-3371.

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9am

Animation

Yabba dabba doo! Fred Flintstone and his friends will bring the "Saturday Morning TV" funnies to the Fullerton Museum Center, kicking off the new exhibition "Superwacky: Television Animation, 1949-2000." Cartoons have been a tradition of humor in American popular culture, starting with such early TV programs as Jay Ward's 1949 "Crusader Rabbit." On display at the exhibition are unique animation cels and a collection of drawings from cartoon favorites including "Batman," "The Flintstones" and "The Jetsons." More than 100 vintage animation cels along with related toys, artifacts and videos of popular shows from the 1960s and '70s are featured. A pancake breakfast will be available at the opening reception.

"Superwacky: Animation on Television, 1949-2000," Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Ave. Opening reception, Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. Museum hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-

4 p.m.; Thursday, 6-8 p.m. General, $1 to $4. Special reception with breakfast, $5 for children 12 and under, $10 adults. Exhibit ends May12. (714) 738-6545.

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7-9pm

Art

Seven artists and two sculpture exhibitions will open at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, offering a new way to look at the world. "From Sculpture" is a group show of "drawings" derived from sculptural works by Southern California artists Dean DeCocker, Matt Driggs, Steve DeGroodt, Colleen Sterritt, East Coast artist Jason Rogenes and Ewerdt Hilgemann of Amsterdam. The drawings reinterpret the artists' three-dimensional sculptures through a range of media, including pen and pencil and photo-based digital prints. The solo show, "A Material World," by Los Angeles artist Lynn Aldrich includes five new sculptures and large wall pieces made from accumulated items such as corrugated plastics, nylon cable ties, garden hose and aluminum cans.

"From Sculpture" and "A Material World," Irvine Fine Arts Center, 14321 Yale Ave. Artists reception: today, 7-9 p.m. Gallery hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Through Feb. 24. (949) 724-6880.

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