THEATER

Los Angeles Times - - The Guide -

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.

Open­ings

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

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