Gone to L Chase on stage
Theme: L’s, there are 27
in this puzzle with four entries containing three L’s in a row
If Don changed 1-Down to PILE (and 17-Across to LAIN), there’d be yet another L.
Three grins = Excellent: Loved it; Two grins = Good: Enjoyed it; One grin = Satisfactory: A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Unsatisfying: No fun