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Last Chance

October 02, 2003|Daryl H. Miller

Passion: Wrapped in a woozy postcoital embrace, a couple launch into a musical ode to love. The lyrics are sugary; the melody seems to burst with happiness. But within minutes, lyricist-composer Stephen Sondheim and book writer James Lapine begin to yank theatergoers out of this reverie and toss them into a world where love is desperate and calculating. It's a tricky, dangerous show, which might help explain why it has taken more than nine years for a fully staged production to be mounted in Los Angeles. But the city finally has one -- and for the most part, it's a beauty -- at East West Players.

-- Daryl H. Miller

Ends Sunday at the David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 N. Judge John Aiso St., L.A. (213) 625-7000.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday October 03, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 47 words Type of Material: Correction
Theater date -- The new closing date for East West Players' production of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Passion," at the David Henry Hwang Theater in downtown L.A., is Oct. 19. A "Last Chance" item in Thursday's Calendar Weekend mistakenly stated that the show was closing Sunday.

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