Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes ( P. B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Charles McNulty (C.M.), Daryl H. Miller ( D. H. M.), David C. Nichols (D.C.N.) and Charlotte Stoudt ( C. S.). Compiled by Shayna Sobol.
Dying Is Easy … Comedy Is Hard Nick Ullett performs his seriocomic memoir. Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., L.A. Mon., 8 p.m.; ends Oct. 25. $15. (323) 852-1445.
The Color Purple Theater League presents the national touring production of the musical based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-winning novel. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7:30 p.m. $44$59. (800) 745-3000.
Dancing With Crazies Amy Milano performs her multicharacter solo comedy. The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Wed.-Thu., 8 p.m.; ends Nov. 4. $10. (323) 960-7785.
They’re Playing Our Song Jason Alexander stars in Reprise Theatre Company’s production of the 1979 Neil Simon-Marvin Hamlisch-Carole Bayer Sager musical comedy about the rocky romantic collaboration between a composer and a lyricist. Freud Playhouse, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Oct. 10. $70-$75. (310) 8252101. Story on Page D3 In the Next Room, or the vibrator play South Coast Repertory stages Sarah Ruhl’s Victorian-era Broadway comedy about an upstanding physician with a revolutionary treatment for “female hysteria.” Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Fri., 7:45 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 2 and 7:45 p.m.; ends Oct. 17. $20$66. (714) 708-5555.
Betty Buckley: Broadway by Request The Tony winner performs her show of songs and showbiz anecdotes. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Fri., 8 p.m. $50. (310) 506-4522.
Campaign Sam Joseph and Jon Detherage’s musical comedy centers on the efforts to get a scandal-prone candidate elected. Met Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 7. $25. (323) 960-7612.
Churchill Andrew Edlin’s portrait of Winston Spencer Churchill, prime minister of Great Britain in the 1940s and ’50s, gets its West Coast premiere. Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center, 11006 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Nov. 7. $25. Opening gala, $100. (800) 595-4849.
Confessions of a Mormon Boy Steven Fales performs his highly lauded autobiographical show. A Times Critic’s Choice in 2007. Church of the Foothills, 19211 Dodge Ave., Santa Ana. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $20. (714) 544-1319.
A Conversation With Edith Head Susan Claassen portrays the legendary costume designer in a behind-thescenes show penned with Paddy Calistro (co-author of Head’s posthumous autobiography “Edith Head’s Hollywood”). El Portal’s Forum Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Oct. 24. $35. (866) 811-4111.
Damn Yankees This musical classic tells of a baseball fan who sells his soul to the devil for a chance to play with his beloved team. The Gem Theater, 12852 Main St., Garden Grove. Fri.Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Oct. 24. $25. Opening night, $35. (714) 741-9550, Ext. 221.
An Evening With Sutton Foster The Tony songs winner she created performs in her many stage of the career hit as well as selections from her new CD. Balboa Theatre, 868 4th St., San Diego. Fri., 8 p.m. $20-$71. (619) 570-1100.
The History of the Devil Horror master Clive Barker’s story of redemption, compassion and fear takes place at The Devil’s parole hearing, where jurors weigh his actions throughout history. Garage Theatre, 251 E. 7th St., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Oct. 30. $18-$20. (866) 811-4111.
Miss Julie August Strindberg’s 19th century chamber piece centers on the forbidden desire between a noblewoman and her family’s valet. Raven Playhouse, 5233 N. Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-next Sun., 8 p.m.; ends Oct. 31. $20. (323) 960-7721.
Skeleton Stories Set on Dia de los Muertos, Delondra Williams’ new play depicts a young girl’s travels through the underworld in search of her dead mother. Theatre of Note, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Nov. 6. $22. (323) 856-8611.
Via Dolorosa Southern California Jewish Repertory Theatre presents David Hare’s solo show (performed by David Bryan Jackson) about his visit to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Missing Piece Theatre, 2811W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Fri.Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Nov. 7. $25. (800) 838-3006.
The Wiggle Room Oliver Mayer examines societal values by setting his new play against the backdrop of a bankrupt California and its associated real estate collapse. Company of Angels Theatre, 501 S. Spring St., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Oct. 24. $20. (213) 489-3703.
Blithe Spirit Noel Coward’s drawingroom comedy centers on man haunted by the ghost of his dead wife. Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, 780 N. E St., San Bernardino. Sat., 2 p.m. $19-$45. (866) 448-7849.
The Busy World Is Hushed In Keith Bunin’s drama, a widowed Episcopal minister discovers an unconventional opportunity for reconciliation with her wayward gay son. Theatre 68, 5419 Sunset Blvd., Suite D, Hollywood. Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 6 p.m.; ends Oct. 17. $25. (323) 960-5068.
Circle Dance Dep Kirkland’s drama centers on a New York family with big aspirations for their eldest son. Skylight Theatre, 1816 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Nov. 7. $24. (323) 960-7776.
Head: The Musical Ivo Shandor’s musical is an adaptation of the 1960s cult horror film “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die.” Great Scott Theatre at the Met, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 and 10:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 6. $20. (323) 9605770.
La Victima Latino Theater Company presents El Teatro de la Esperanza’s epic story of a family in search of a better life, separated by borders, lost dreams and lost identity. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A.
Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Oct. 31. $10-$35. (866) 811-4111.
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife Marilu Henner heads the cast in Charles Busch’s comedy about a culture-obsessed New Yorker suffering a midlife crisis. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Oct. 17. $35-$50. (562) 944-9801.
Leap of Faith Raúl Esparza and Brooke Shields head the cast in the world-premiere Broadway-bound musical based on the 1992 film that featured Steve Martin as a reverandcon artist who pitches a revival tent in small-town Kansas. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Oct. 24. $20-$95. (213) 6282772. Story on Page E1