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‘Friends With Guns,’ cruel girls in ‘The Wolves’ and other picks from L.A’s small stages

Why this? Fiercely slice-of-life, Sarah DeLappe’s play, a Pulitzer finalist in 2017, takes us behind the scenes of “typical” girls. Sometimes clueless, frequently funny, often cruel, DeLappe’s characters are so specifically delineated that we feel as if we are invisible onlookers in some tribal ceremony — a coming-of-age ritual as wrenching as it is authentic. The Echo Theater has consistently exciting fare, and the director of this production, Alana Dietze, staged “Dry Land,” which skillfully dealt with similar subject matter.