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Last Chance

October 30, 2003|David C. Nichols

Banned and Burned in America: Bryan Davidson and Kim Dunbar's exploration of book-banning, inspired by Diane Ravitch's book "The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Children Learn," surmounts its academic contours to become a riveting treatise on censorship's implications. Notable are Ayana Cahrr's visceral direction and a seamless ensemble, whose dexterity culminates in an unforgettable invocation of banned titles, culled from 100 schoolbooks challenged by parents and pressure groups in the '90s. Catnip for inquiring minds, required viewing for closed ones.

David C. Nichols

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Ends Saturday at Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Ave.,

L.A. Runs today-Sat., 8 p.m. $20. (323) 655-7679, Ext. 100.

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