The Geffen Playhouse is changing the start time of its evening performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 8 p.m. for the 2009-10 season, beginning with the season's first play, "Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas," opening Sept. 16.

Friday evening performances will remain at 8 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.; Saturday evening performances will actually be earlier than in previous seasons, moving from 8:30 to 8 p.m. Weekend matinees will be at 3 p.m. Saturdays (used to be 4 p.m.) and remain at 2 p.m. Sundays.

Geffen producing director Gil Cates says that the change is taking place to "simplify" the schedule and to acknowledge L.A.'s traffic problems. He added, "Everybody used to think of L.A. as an 'early' town, but we find that people like a bit more time between their business day and when they go to the theater."

-- Diane Haithman

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