THEATER

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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.

Open­ings

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.

Crit­ics’ Choices

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.

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