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Updated: August 3, 2013 6:04AM

Lindsay Lohan has been in rehab, out of sight and out of the headlines for a month or so — and that’s exactly what the actress needs and wants.

“For someone who was so obsessed with being in the spotlight for long and often for the wrong reasons, it’s a good sign,” said one of Lohan’s longtime true friends.

According to the source, the actress seems finally to be connecting with the underlying philosophy of the 12-step program that is basic to most organized paths to sobriety.

Since leaving the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, Calif., LiLo has been at the Cliffside facility in Malibu, Calif. — set for release in August. Lohan then is expected to travel to a remote location — “no New York or Los Angeles or even Chicago for her,” said the Lohan insider with a chuckle. “She knows big cities are a danger to her sobriety at this point. … The club scene has always caused her to fall off the wagon.

“No, it’s looking like Lindsay will be heading either to Montana, Idaho or New Mexico,” despite the urging of her mother, Dina Lohan, to return to New York’s Long Island. And “there’s no way” she’d join her father Michael Lohan in Florida, added the source. “That goes without saying.”

CHARGES DROPPED: Thanks to a legal technicality, Kevin Clash, the former voice of the furry “Sesame Street” character Elmo, will not face those sex abuse cases brought by men charging he molested them as minors.

New York Judge John Koeltl threw out the three cases Monday, citing the fact all of them had missed the deadline to file. Koeltl ruled there was not enough evidence for him to overrule the statute of limitations for these kinds of cases — which is six years.

One anonymous “John Doe” claimed Clash had sex with him when he was 17 in 1996. Cecil Singleton made a similar allegation in his lawsuit, claiming he was 15 at the time of that supposed encounter in 2003. Kevin Kiadii’s case claimed it happened when he was 16 in 2005. Clash is now 53.

All three men said they were unaware of the adverse psychological and emotional effects they had suffered until only last year.

That said, a reliable “Sesame Street” source told this column Monday the ruling would likely not lead the show to bring back Clash. “After all … these cases were thrown out on a technicality,” my source said, “not because Kevin was declared not guilty.”

GETTING HELP: Reality TV’s Farrah Abraham — recently charged with a DUI in Florida — has signed up for an outpatient rehab program in the Sunshine State. The former “Teen Mom” star-turned-porn-actress told RadarOnline she first will undergo a 10-day intense counseling program for alcohol abuse.

STAGE SET: Having just seen the taped performance of Helen Mirren in “The Audience” at the Music Box Theatre, I can understand why the Wednesday screening already is totally sold out. The happy news: Due to popular demand they have added another showing at 7:30 p.m. July 16. Mirren recently ended her run in the play on London’s West End, where this was filmed. She again channels Queen Elizabeth II, but this time showcases the monarch’s weekly audiences with most of the 12 prime ministers who have held office during her 60-year reign.

The $15 price of the National Theatre Live at Music Box program is the lowest in the country — and a fraction of the cost to see the play in London.

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