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L.A. theater openings, June 29-July 6: 'Savages,' Shakespeare and more

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Skylight Theatre presents the world premiere of Ian MacAllister-McDonald's "The Sexual Life of Savages"
2Cents Theatre stages a revival of David Rabe's "In the Boom Boom Room" at Hudson Backstage Theatre
Independent Shakespeare Co. opens this summer's Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival with "Twelfth Night"

The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival returns for its 10th year, there's a revival of David Rabe's "In the Boom Boom Room," and Skylight Theatre Company explores "The Sexual Life of Savages."

Summer Shorts An evening of original 10-minute comedies performed by a company of 24 actors. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Tue., 8 p.m.; ends July 22. $20. (800) 838-3006.

Hollywood Shorts Two dozen all-new 10-minute plays by award-winning TV and film writers. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Wed., 8 p.m.; ends Aug. 6. $20. (800) 838-3006.

Munted New Zealand’s Bare Hunt Collective presents Victoria Abbott’s drama based on the stories of survivors of the devastating earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand, on Sept. 22, 2011. Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Thu., Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 and 7 p.m.; ends July 27. $20. (323) 455-3111.

Solo Creation Festival A selection of new solo works-in-progress in a variety of forms and genres. Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends July 20. $17; festival pass, $30. 213-351-3507.

Twelfth Night The 10th annual edition of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival gets underway with Independent Shakespeare Co.’s “Downton Abbey”-inspired production of the Bard’s romantic comedy. Griffith Park (Old Zoo), 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, L.A. Sat.-next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Aug. 31. Free. (818) 710-6306.

In the Boom Boom Room 2Cents Theatre presents a 40th-anniversary revival of David Rabe’s drama about the troubled denizens of a dance club in early 1970s Philadelphia. Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Aug. 3. $25. (323) 960-7785.

The Sexual Life of Savages Skylight Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Ian MacAllister-McDonald’s dramedy about a group of young people navigating modern-day relationships. Beverly Hills Playhouse, 254 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Aug. 16. $30-$34. (213) 761-7061.

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