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Segerstrom Center launches $68-million drive to redesign plaza and cover fundraising failure

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts has launched a $68-million campaign to reach a broader, more diverse public, centered on reconfiguring its outdoor plaza to make it busier and more attractive, with stepped-up free events and a shady, "town square" atmosphere.

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L.A. theater openings, Aug. 30-Sept. 6: 'Romeo & Juliet' and more

This week: Shakespeare, Shakespeare and more Shakespeare. Plus, a new Civil War-set musical drama and a pairing of two dark comedies about sibling rivalries.

Biloxi Blues Staged reading of Neil Simon's comedy set in an Army boot camp in 1943. Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Sunday, 7 p.m. Pay-what-you-can at the door ($5 suggested donation). www.kentwoodplayers.org.

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Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet is center of his own 'six degrees' game

Benedict Cumberbatch is the Kevin Bacon of the "Hamlet" universe.

The popular British actor is currently performing in Shakespeare's tragedy through October at the Barbican Theatre in London. On the big screen, he has frequently co-starred with other thespians who have at one point in their careers played Hamlet or appeared in stage productions or screen versions of the classic play.

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The Broad museum plans a 6-day week -- and 45 seconds to see 'Infinity'

The Broad museum announced some operational nuts and bolts Wednesday — opening hours, advance ticketing, parking rates and such — for the $140-million contemporary art showcase opening Sept. 20.

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Sean Hayes to star in 'Act of God' in Los Angeles

Prepare ye, Los Angeles: The second coming of "An Act of God" is at hand.

The play, which ended its Broadway run at Studio 54 earlier this month, will next be seen at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A., with Sean Hayes taking over the role originated in New York by Jim Parsons.

Producers said "An Act of God" will run at the Ahmanson for six weeks from Jan. 30 through March 13.

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Sydney Theatre Company names new artistic director

The Sydney Theatre Company has named Jonathan Church, who heads the prestigious Chichester Festival Theater in Britain, as its new artistic director, the company announced Tuesday. 

Church will succeed Andrew Upton, who has served as artistic director of Australia's most prominent theater company for the last eight years, the first five of those alongside his wife, actress Cate Blanchett.

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