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Art Alive - San Diego - Presents:
Water by the Spoonful

10/31/2014 - 11/9/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

A young Iraqi war vet struggling to readjust to life crashes into conflict with his estranged mother and her online chat room for recovering crack addicts. Haunting secrets are exposed as the familiar boundaries of family and community morph across time and cyberspace in this mesmerizing 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

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Whitmore Eclectic - Los Angeles - Presents:
'Night, Mother

10/30/2014 - 12/14/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

The issue of suicide has always been complicated and controversial. Celebrating the 6th Anniversary of Whitmore Eclectic, Aliah Whitmore directs Sylva Kelegian and Lisa Richards in a revival of Marsha Norman’s eloquent, darkly humorous, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama ’night, Mother. The opening is set for Nov. 1 at The Lost Studio on La Brea Ave.

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The Illyrian Players - Los Angeles - Presents:
The Illyrian Players Present Shakespeare's Othello

10/31/2014 - 11/22/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

From the company that brought you a cross-gender cast Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew as a BDSM love story, comes a provocative Othello - a theatrical exploration of outsiders and obsessions.

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Palomar Performing Arts - San Marcos - Presents:
Natural Selection

10/31/2014 - 11/9/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

A climate-crisis comedy by Eric Coble Directed by Michael Mufson

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Ruskin Group Theatre - Los Angeles - Presents:
The Face in the Reeds

10/24/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

The Face In The Reeds" is about a family gathered to celebrate a Passover dinner. During the course of the evening, conflicts emerge about the value of faith, over conversion, about the truth or falsity of religion, and the nature of parental responsibility.

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Coachella Valley Repertory - Rancho Mirage - Presents:
The Chosen

10/29/2014 - 11/16/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

Adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok from the novel by Chaim Potok This award-winning play is the story of two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities—”five blocks and a world apart”—in Brooklyn, in the 1940s. This is a heartfelt story of friendship and important choices that two families make on the path toward understanding, respect and reconciliation.

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Wayne Scott/ LifeHouse Productions - Redlands - Presents:
Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

10/25/2014 - 11/16/2014 (next performance: Saturday, 11/1/2014)

The world-renowned sleuth returns in a new dramatic telling of the most famous and admired detective story ever written. The supremely rational Sherlock Holmes is thrust into an atmosphere of lonely moors, ancient secrets, deadly threats, and ghostly apparitions. Can Sherlock find the science behind the “supernatural” menace?

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Center Theater Group - Los Angeles - Presents:
The Trip to Bountiful

9/17/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

“THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL is one trip you MUST take! We don’t get to see this caliber of acting in Los Angeles that often. It’s a privilege to witness this all-star cast at work. Tony Award winning Cicely Tyson received one of the loudest and longest standing ovations that I can recall at the Ahmanson....

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Odyssey & New American Theatre - Los Angeles - Presents:
Othello

10/24/2014 - 12/14/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

Three of L.A.’s most venerable artistic directors come together when Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (Ron Sossi, artistic director) and The New American Theatre (Jack Stehlin, artistic director) present a bold new production of Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by Rogue Machine artistic director John Perrin Flynn.

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Zombie Joe - North Hollywood - Presents:
PIECES

10/12/2014 - 11/16/2014 (next performance: Sunday, 11/2/2014)

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Proudly presents the seasonal-sensation of Adam Neubauer's dark and daring sexy-comedy-Thriller, "PIECES"

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The Broad Stage - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - Santa Monica - Presents:
King Lear

11/4/2014 - 11/16/2014 (next performance: Tuesday, 11/4/2014)

Produced by the brilliant and daring Shakespeare’s Globe, this King Lear will leave you breathless with its style, wit, and gusto.

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Cygnet Theatre - San Diego - Presents:
True West

9/25/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

By Sam Shepard Directed by Sean Murray Ultimate Sibling Rivalry Austin simply wants to focus on finishing his screenplay. But when his petty-thief of a brother, Lee, barges into a meeting with a producer and hijacks Austin's script, it sets off a sibling war to rival Cain and Abel as both brothers struggle for identity.

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The Old Globe - San Diego - Presents:
The Royale

10/4/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out.

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Los Angeles LGBT Center - Hollywood - Presents:
The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?

9/17/2014 - 11/23/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

The Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center at the Los Angeles LGBT Center presents Edward Albee's celebrated play "The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?"

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Cygnet Theatre - San Diego - Presents:
Fool for Love

9/24/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Saturday, 11/1/2014)

By Sam Shepard Directed by Sean Murray Passionate, Sexy, Intense "Sam Shepard's purest and most beautiful play." New York Daily News

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Independent Shakespeare Co. - Century City - Presents:
Doctor Faustus - Free Theater Under the Stars!

11/1/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Saturday, 11/1/2014)

Free for Two Performances in Century City! Join Westfield Century City and Independent Shakespeare Co. for an innovative partnership: two evenings of free theater in the heart of an iconic urban center. Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2 at 7:00 pm

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Independent Shakespeare Co. - Los Angeles - Presents:
Doctor Faustus

10/23/2014 - 11/23/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

Doctor Faustus is Christopher Marlowe’s tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil and spends the next 25 years getting everything his heart desires...only to find it wasn't what he wanted after all.

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The Costa Mesa Playhouse - Costa Mesa - Presents:
The Haunting of Hill House

10/24/2014 - 11/16/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

In the spirit of Halloween, the Costa Mesa Playhouse presents the classic gothic horror play, The Haunting of Hill House. October 24 - November 16.

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Vanguard University - Costa Mesa - Presents:
Metamorphoses

10/24/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

A Contemporary Drama presents stunning imagery and breathtaking storytelling By Mary Zimmerman Directed by Susan K. Berkompas

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New Fortune Theatre Company - San Diego - Presents:
HENRY V

10/25/2014 - 11/9/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

New Fortune Theatre Company announces its company launch and inaugural production of HENRY V by William Shakespeare.

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The Laguna Playhouse - Laguna Beach - Presents:
The Year of Magical Thinking

10/8/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

Based on Joan Didion’s Nation Book Award-winning memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking is the remarkable story of loss, journey, and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. Starring Linda Purl, the New York Times calls the play “moving and elegiac.”

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bree valle - San Luis Obispo - Presents:
Dracula

10/23/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

The vampire hunt is on! Experience the Halloween tradition that drips with suspense-and even more blood. This celebrated gothic fright-fest is jam-packed with plenty of thrills and chills to keep you on the edge of your seat. The play is adapted by William McNulty from Bran Stoker's "Dracula" and is directed by bree valle. Audience Advisory: Strobe lighting, fog effects and gun shots.

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The Laguna Playhouse - Laguna Beach - Presents:
The Year of Magical Thinking

10/11/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

Linda Purl starring in The Year of Magical Thinking Based on Joan Didion’s National Book Award winning memoir, THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING is a remarkable story of journey, loss and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. This play is a tribute to an extraordinary marriage and a love letter to Didion’s daughter.

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The Actors' Co-op - Los Angeles - Presents:
The Diviners

10/17/2014 - 11/23/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

This Depression-era fable weaves the humorous, beautiful, and tragic into the story of a disturbed young boy and his friendship with a conflicted preacher in southern Indiana.  A powerfully theatrical journey, both touching and compelling by one of Los Angeles’ most acclaimed playwrights.

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The Antaeus Company - North Hollywood - Presents:
Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White

10/9/2014 - 12/7/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

As the great war rages in Europe, two lovers risk their lives for the right to marry. Set in 1918 on South Carolina’s Gullah Coast, Wedding Band is the profoundly poignant and affecting story of Julia and Herman who yearn to be together as husband and wife, but are held apart by society's mores and laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Gregg T. Daniel directs a fully partner-cast revival.

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STAGEStheatre - Fullerton - Presents:
Accomplice

10/3/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

Accomplice begins as your typical English thriller, set in a country house, as a sex-starved wife and her lover plan to murder her stuffy husband. The husband is... Well, we'd love to tell you more, but the fun of a mystery is in letting it's secrets be revealed in due time...

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The Road Theatre - North Hollywood - Presents:
Melissa Arctic

9/26/2014 - 11/15/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

MELISSA ARCTIC is Craig Wright’s re-imagining of The Winter's Tale, where romance and joy are resurrected from grief through the redemptive power of art. Set against the backdrop of small town Minnesotan life, the lives of barber Leonard Mattson (Leontes) his wife Mina (Hermione), and their childhood friend and successful industrialist Paul (Polixenes) are forever changed when jealousy and suspicion arise and a series of coincidences occur. Original music and lyrics by Wright add a unique dimension to this story of tragedy and rebirth.

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Zombie Joe - North Hollywood - Presents:
URBAN DEATH TOUR OF TERROR Haunted Theatre Attraction

10/10/2014 - 11/1/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

An all-new labyrinth of terror rises from the catacombs... Urban Death Tour of Terror Maze AND Show!

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The Road Theatre - North Hollywood - Presents:
Smoke and Mirrors

9/5/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

Back by popular demand, the theatrical magic show “Smoke and Mirrors” returns to NoHo with new illusions, more drama and audience favorite acts of mind-bending entertainment. Fresh from this year’s NYC preview, the heartfelt comic drama hailed as "Critic's Choice" in the Los Angeles Times and a “GO!” in the LA Weekly, is set for its limited local run through Nov. 2.

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The Rainbow Theatre Co. in assn. with Edgemar Center for the Arts - Santa Monica - Presents:
Train to Zakopane

10/9/2014 - 12/14/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

A true story of love and hate. It’s been said that the other side of love is hate. But is it possible that the other side of hate is love?

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Stage Door Repertory Theatre - Anaheim - Presents:
Sleuth

10/11/2014 - 11/1/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

Milo Tindle and Andrew Wyke have something in common - Andrew's wife. In an attempt to find a way out of this, without costing Andrew a fortune in alimony, he suggests that Milo pretend to rob his house, and then let him claim the insurance on the stolen property. The plot thickens in a deadly serious and seriously twisted game, with dangerous consequences.

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STAGEStheatre - Fullerton - Presents:
Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earthx

10/11/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Saturday, 11/1/2014)

After history professor John Oldman unexpectedly resigns from the university, his startled colleagues impulsively invite themselves to his home, pressing him for an explanation. But they're shocked to hear his reason for premature retirement. Tempers rise and emotions flow as John's fellow professors attempt to poke holes in his story, a tale that's as impossible to disprove as it is to verify.

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Creating Arts Company - Santa Monica - Presents:
Sleeping Beauty

9/27/2014 - 11/9/2014 (next performance: Sunday, 11/2/2014)

Creating Arts Company is proud to bring to life another beloved Princess tale! When the King and Queen are blessed with a lovely baby girl, Princess Aurora, an evil sorceress cast a spell on the newborn Princess.

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Tony Lo Bianco - Los Angeles - Presents:
The Little Flower

11/2/2014 - 11/3/2014 (next performance: Sunday, 11/2/2014)

The Little Flower is an educational, inspirational and comedic one-man show, set in the 1945 City Hall office of Fiorello H. La Guardia, during his final day as three-term mayor of New York City. The Little Flower presents a historic look into the life and career of Mayor LaGuardia - a courageous and flamboyant personality, who read comics to the children during a newspaper strike,...

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Macha Theatre/Films - West Hollywood - Presents:
Garbo's Cuban Lover

10/18/2014 - 11/9/2014 (next performance: Friday, 11/7/2014)

Screenwriter Mercedes De Acosta has affairs with both Garbo and Dietrich. Macha Theatre/Films will present the expanded, re-imagined production of the critically acclaimed play “Garbo’s Cuban Lover.”

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TPC PLAY, LLC - West Hollywood - Presents:
The Penis Chronicles

11/6/2014 - 12/14/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 11/6/2014)

A revealing perspective on the male psyche exploring the complex masculine experience. Eight distinctively different New York men of various ages and backgrounds deliver monologues and share their insights, challenges and uncertainties with regard to their masculinity and sexuality, uncovering the emotional barriers that every man confronts on his journey.

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Breakdown Services and Performing Arts Live.com - Originating from Los Angeles - Presents:
State of the Arts Radio Series

4/3/2014 - 12/18/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 11/6/2014)

Presented by Breakdown Services and sponsored in part by Performing Arts Live for its fourth, critically acclaimed broadcast year, State of the Arts is hosted by Los Angeles theatre professionals Michael Sterling & Paul Stroili whose astute, entertaining, and slightly irreverent personalities have made them internet sensations!

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Skylight Theatre and Open Fist Theatre - Los Angeles - Presents:
Reasons to Live

10/25/2014 - 11/30/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

At the Silverstein wedding, crazy is relative. Jane's groom has gone missing. Her sister Emily’s “life partner” may be just a one-night stand. Her brother lives upstairs in his pajamas selling something suspicious—and Mom tries to rally the troops by singing show tunes. But, when a surprise arrives, the family may just find the meaning they’ve been desperately seeking.

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Pasadena Playhouse - Pasadena - Presents:
Stop Kiss

11/4/2014 - 11/30/2014 (next performance: Tuesday, 11/4/2014)

November 4 - 30, 2014 STOP KISS By Diana Son Starring Sharon Leal and Angela Lin With John Sloan, Brandon Scott, Amanda Carlin and Jeff De Serrano Directed by Seema Sueko

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Whittier College - Whittier - Presents:
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

11/5/2014 - 11/9/2014 (next performance: Wednesday, 11/5/2014)

"Daring and dazzling! The most ambitious American play of our time: an epic that ranges from earth to heaven focuses on politics, sex and religion transports us to Washington, the Kremlin, the South Bronx, Salt Lake City and Antarctica deals with Jews, Mormons, WASPs, blacks switches between realism and fantasy, from the tragedy of AIDS to the camp comedy of drag queens to the death or at leas

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California Repertory Company - Long Beach - Presents:
The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

11/6/2014 - 12/6/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 11/6/2014)

A culture-saturated Manhattan housewife’s nervous breakdown is interrupted by a worldly old friend in Busch’s cheeky satire of philosophy and art.

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East West Players - Los Angeles - Presents:
Takarazuka!!!

11/6/2014 - 12/7/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 11/6/2014)

Mysterious events happen at the theater as Yuko’s sayonara performance looms and a new star is set to rise to the top in this thrilling and seductive new play.

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Zombie Joe - North Hollywood - Presents:
GRAVEDIGGER

11/7/2014 - 11/22/2014 (next performance: Friday, 11/7/2014)

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly presents the World Premiere of Bea Egeto's thrilling-new horror production that boldly deconstructs the mysteries surrounding a collection of historically-infamous deaths, mined for their truths through their fearless stage re-enactment!

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Cal State University Fullerton - Fullerton - Presents:
THE NIGHT THOREAU SPENT IN JAIL

11/7/2014 - 11/23/2014 (next performance: Friday, 11/7/2014)

If the law is of such a nature that it requires you to be an agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law.” So wrote a young Henry David Thoreau in 1849 after he put his belief into action and refused to pay taxes in protest of US involvement in the Mexican War…and that’s how Thoreau’s daring led to a night in jail.

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The Getty Villa - Pacific Palisades - Presents:
ALL OUR TRAGIC

11/8/2014 - 11/9/2014 (next performance: Saturday, 11/8/2014)

Adapted and directed by Sean Graney, the reading, performed over two six-hour installments will include modifications to the original script that was recently performed to unanimous critical acclaim in Chicago. "All Our Tragic" combines the 32 surviving Greek tragedies into a single epic narrative by dividing the plays into 4 themes--pyromantics, politics, patriotics and poetics.

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The Blank Theatre - Hollywood - Presents:
Knockout Mouse

11/11/2014 - 11/20/2014 (next performance: Tuesday, 11/11/2014)

A Workshop of a New Play by Gabriel Neustadt Directed by Nicole Dominguez Starring Noah James, Jeff Kongs and Lisa Cerone Produced by Sarah Allyn Bauer and Laura Bousman

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Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA - Culver City - Presents:
Ronnie Burkett’s Theatre of Marionettes: The Daisy Theatre

11/11/2014 - 11/16/2014 (next performance: Tuesday, 11/11/2014)

Animated by renowned puppeteer provocateur Ronnie Burkett, a company of cleverly idiosyncratic marionettes stage a wildly different and daring performance each night, blending improvisation, variety acts and music.

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The Poolhouse Project - San Diego - Presents:
The Poolhouse Project is accepting submissions of new works

Friday, 11/14/2014

"Splash-Works!" New Plays Program WRITE A PLAY! Professionals will evaluate your entry, and if you're one of the winners your play will receive a production, as a staged reading. There are 4 scheduled for 2015. WHO MAY SUBMIT Californians (native to San Diego) over the age of 18 as of June 1, 2014. WHEN Entries must be received no later than November 14, 2014 and be in .doc form only.

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Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA - Los Angeles - Presents:
Robert Wilson, Michael Baryshnikov, Willem Dafoe: The Old Woman

11/14/2014 - 11/15/2014 (next performance: Friday, 11/14/2014)

A brilliant, slyly political story based on an obscure work of 1930s Russian literature, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe, directed by the singular Robert Wilson.

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Little Fish Theatre - San Pedro - Presents:
Bus Stop by William Inge

11/14/2014 - 12/13/2014 (next performance: Friday, 11/14/2014)

Set in 1955, a blustery winter storm has hit the Midwest, and a busload of travelers from Kansas City must stop and spend the night at a small diner outside of Topeka, Kansas. Two young lovers, Cherie and Bo play out their courtship and discover that part of the journey is not knowing where you are headed. Bus Stop is an American classic.

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