Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and David C. Nichols (D.C.N.)
Compiled by Matt Cooper.
Buyer & Cellar Broadway veteran David Turner stars in Jonathan Tolins’ solo comedy about a struggling actor who takes an unusual job working in a basement at Barbra Streisand’s Malibu estate. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends May 3. $29 and up. (619) 234-5623. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Classic farce set in ancient Rome, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Crown City Theatre, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 31. $30. (818) 605-5685.
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams’ classic drama about a struggling writer, his domineering mother, fragile sister and a gentleman caller. Renegade Theater, 1514 N. Gardner St., Hollywood. Thu., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 6 p.m.; ends May 17. $20. (323) 874-1733.
Not That Jewish Comic and Emmywinning writer Monica Piper explores her roots in this autobiographical solo show. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. Thu., Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; ends May 17. $35. (310) 315-1400.
And Then They Fell Brimmer Street Theatre Company presents a staged reading of Tira Palmquist’s new drama about a girl’s troubled home life. The Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Café, 2106 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. Free. (323) 540-0935.
Bang Bang World premiere of Michael Kearns’ drama about gun violence in America. Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; ends April 25. $15, $20. (310) 315-1459.
The Discord Altar A deceased voice teacher is memorialized by homeless youths he once taught in this new contemporary opera featuring music improvised by the cast. Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 3. $17, $25. (818) 898-9597. Just Imagine: The John Lennon Story Tim Piper portrays the rock music legend. West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends April 26. $28, $30. (818) 884-1907.
LBP New Works Festival Staged reading of three new plays. The Studio at Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $10 suggested donation. (562) 494-1014.
Les Misérables Hit musical based on the Victor Hugo novel about a French peasant’s quest to redeem himself after spending several years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. Maverick Theater, 110-B E. Walnut, Fullerton. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends May 30. $15, $28. (714) 526-7070.
Mark Nizer 4D The juggler-comic performs in this family-friendly multimedia show. Beckman Auditorium, Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Fri., 7 p.m. $10, $20. (626) 395-4652. Storytellers with Hugh LupMaster ton and Daniel Morden The duo tells the ancient Greek tale “The Calydonian Boar-hunt.” The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends April 12. $12. (310) 4407300.
Mud Blue Sky L.A. premiere of Marisa Wegrzyn’s comedy about middleaged flight attendants on a layover partying in a hotel room with one’s teenage pot dealer. The Road on Lankershim, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 30. $17.50, $34. (818) 761-8838.
Working for the Mouse Trevor Allen’s solo comedy about his time playing various costumed characters at Disneyland. Theatre Asylum, 1078 Lillian Way, L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends April 19. $20. (800) 838-3006.
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Lynn Nottage’s comedy-drama about an African American actress trying to make it in 1930s Hollywood. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 9. $14-$24. (562) 494-1014. The Hebrew Hillbilly: Fifty Shades of Oy Vey! Singer-songwriter Shelley Fisher chronicles her life and showbiz career. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Sat., 8 p.m. $35. (800) 838-3006.
I and You L.A premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s drama about teenage students plumbing the mysteries of a Walt Whitman poem. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June 14. $20-$34.95; pay what you can, Thursdays; $15 rush tickets, Fridays only. (323) 663-1525.
Les Misérables Several Broadway veterans join Musical Theatre West’s staging of the hit musical. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 26. $20 and up. (562) 856-1999.
Recorded in Hollywood World-premiere musical salutes an African American record-store owner who was an unsung hero in the development of rock ’n’ roll in the 1950s. Lillian Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way, Hollywood.
Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 17. $30. (323) 960-4443.
Urban Death All-new terror tale. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat., 11 p.m.; ends May 16. $15. (818) 202-4120.
All About Murder Interactive mystery-comedy inspired by the Bette Davis film “All About Eve.” Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $20. (626) 355-4318.
Gentleman Prefer Blondes Musical Theatre Guild stages the classic about two gal-pals on a cruise to Europe. Moss Theatre at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $45. (818) 848-6844.
Confessions of a Mormon Boy Wrenchingly honest, hilariously jubilant and utterly clear-eyed, Steven Fales’ autobiographical testimony is an exceptional achievement to rank beside the best of the solo genre, and director Jack Hofsiss frames this terrific writer-performer with cagey expertise. (D.C.N.) Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., L.A. Today, next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends April 26. $30; discounts available. (800) 838-3006.
Figaro 18th-century subversion meets Larry David lunacy in this effortlessly buoyant adaptation of Beaumarchais’ classic account of one crazy day at the Almavivas. Director Michael Michetti’s innate sense of creative anachronism neatly dovetails with Charles Morey’s witty, rococo text, and his engaging cast embraces the mischief and mayhem without a weak link, resulting in a knee-slapping blast. (D.C.N.). A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Today, 4 p.m.; Thu., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; ends May 10. $40 and up; student rush, $20. (626) 356-3100.
The Other Place Solid stagecraft, tautly quirky writing and crackerjack acting distinguish this compelling Los Angeles premiere of playwright Sharr White’s celebrated 2013 study of a neurologist who may be descending into dementia. Andre Barron’s suave direction prohibits our getting ahead of the steadily unraveling plot, as does the transcendent Taylor Gilbert, whose mercurial, layered turn as the beleaguered heroine is acutely memorable, with costar and longtime producing partner Sam Anderson meeting her at every juncture. (D.C.N.) The Road on Magnolia at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Today, next Sun., 2 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends April 26. $17.50, $3. (818) 761-8838.
Sons of the Prophet Stephen Karam’s 2011 comedy-drama, about two gay Lebanese-American brothers in Pennsylvania dealing with spiritual, economic and medical challenges in the wake of their father’s death, was a Pulitzer finalist, and it’s easy to see why. By couching the unfolding series of calamities and reversals in farcical terms that verge on absurdist at times, author Karam ensures that the deeper issues at play sneak into our brainpans, realized to the hilt by director Michael Matthews, a fine design team and a wonderful ensemble. (D.C.N.) The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Today, next Sun., 2 p.m.; Fri.Sat., 8 p.m.; ends April 26. $30. (323) 661-9827.
Trevor Even in a burgeoning spring season already packed with excellence in every direction, Nick Jones’ ineluctable tragicomedy about the infinite dichotomies of communication, parenthood, show biz and human/ simian interface leaps to the top of the counter. Directed with invisible ambidexterity by Stella Powell-Jones, expertly designed, the brilliantly subversive premise lands due to an ace cast, with the amazing Jimmi Simpson and ever-axiomatic Laurie Metcalf beyond praise at its center. Original, unexpected and indelible, it’s a sensational West Coast premiere. (D.C.N.) Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. Today, next Sun., 2 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends
April 19. $28; tickets and info at www.circlextheatre.org.
The White Snake All Mary Zimmerman needs to conjure the four elements of classical mythology onto a bare stage is billowing fabric. Her latest production, a sprightly theatricalization of a Chinese fable about a marital union between a mortal man of humble origins and highly evolved serpent spirit, gives her another opportunity to exercise her marvelous transformational artistry while lightly probing into the challenges posed by love in a world marked by difference and impermanence. (C.M.) The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. $29-$101. Today, next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; Tue.-Wed., 7 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; ends April 26. (619) 234-5623.