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If you think Oscar speeches are burdened with thank yous, then you’ve never attended a theater’s dedication.

On Monday night, Gil Cates hosted the opening of what he called “the reinvented Geffen Theater” in Westwood. Major contributors were in attendance, and no one left uncredited, from Kirsten Combs, who sold the building at 10886 Le Conte, to Grey Goose vodka.

The Geffen Theater officially reopens Nov. 16 with “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” and as a preview, Jennifer Mudge and Jeremy Davidson –show’s Maggie and Brick — were on hand to pick the raffle winner of a $25,000 De Beers necklace. Let it be said that if this Maggie and Brick act half as hot as they look, Cates has a major success on his hands.

Evening’s highlight was Jason Alexander, who applauded the $17 million renovation and recalled acting at the old Geffen in “Defiled.”

Peter Falk and I were in the basement with rats like cats,” said the thesp, who then launched into a legit medley that ran the gamut from “Music of the Night,” complete with a “Phantom” mask, to “I Feel Pretty.”

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