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YOUR COMMUNITY: Catch the theater bug at several places in town

If you’re itching to see a live play, there are several options this weekend and the next few to catch some off-the-Stip theater.

"The Wiz," a 1970s soul-based take on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," opened last night at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts and International Studies, 315 S. 7th St. “The Wiz” includes a cast of 62 students and an off-stage crew of about 50. Students from the Las Vegas Academy’s orchestra, choir, dance and theater departments — nearly every major in the school — came together to put on the production.

Performances of “The Wiz” are at 7 p.m. Feb. 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and March 5, 6 and 7. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at 800-585-3737 or www.lvacademytheatre.org.

Las Vegas Little Theatre presents “The House of Blue Leaves,” a play by John Guare, through March 1 at the theater, 3920 Schiff Drive. Funny, tragic, and touching, “The House of Blue Leaves” offers a look at the ordinary in an interesting way through the life of Artie Shaughnessy, an aspiring songwriter.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21 , at 2 p.m. Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. Feb. 26, 27 and 28, and at 2 p.m. March 1. Tickets are $22 for adults and $19 for seniors and students. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For tickets, call 362-7996 or visit www.LVLT.org.

The College of Southern Nevada will present the anti-war drama “The Sniper” by Eugene O’Neill at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 21, 27, and 28 and 2 p.m. Feb. 22 and March 1 at the Cheyenne campus, 3200 Cheyenne Ave. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $10 adults. Call 651-5483 for more information.

— Laura Tucker Ludwick/View File Photo

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