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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.) andDavid C. Ni­chols

( D. C. N.) Compiled by Matt Cooper.

Open­ings

As You Like It Civil War-themed, folk mu­sic-in­fused take on Shake­speare’s ro­man­tic com­edy. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botan­icum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. To­day, 3:30 p.m.; ends Sept. 26. $10-$39.50; chil­dren 6 and un­der, free. (310) 455-3723. The Best of Al­bu­querque Fringe 2025 Kitchen-sink sendup of the­ater fes­ti­vals; part of Hol­ly­wood Fringe. Ele­phant Space, 6320 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., L.A. To­day, 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 10 p.m.; ends June 28. $14. (323) 455-4585.

The Load-In New com­edy about a hap­less rock band; part of Hol­ly­wood Fringe. Three Clubs, 1123 Vine St., Hol­ly­wood. To­day, 8 p.m.; Fri., 4 p.m.; next Sun., 10 p.m.; ends June 27. $13. (323) 455-4585.

Matilda: The Mu­si­cal Na­tional tour­ing pro­duc­tion of this Tony-win­ning adap­ta­tion of Roald Dahl’s chil­dren’s book about a mis­chievous school­girl. Ah­man­son The­atre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. To­day, 4 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6 p.m.; ends July 12. $25-$130. (213) 972-4400.

Penned and Played in Won­der­land Six short “Alice in Won­der­land ”themed plays cre­ated in 24 hours. The Eclec­tic Com­pany The­atre, 5312 Lau­rel Canyon Blvd., Val­ley Vil­lage. To­day, 8 p.m. $15. (818) 508-3003.

Wa­ter­fall World-pre­miere ro­man­tic mu­si­cal about a young Thai stu­dent who falls in love with the Amer­i­can wife of a Thai diplo­mat dur­ing the war-torn 1930s. Pasadena Play­house, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. To­day, 5 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends June 28. $47-$125. (626) 356-7529.

Kinky Neon Rocker Six short plays, plus a live band; part of Hol­ly­wood Fringe. Lounge The­atre, 6201 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., Hol­ly­wood. Mon., 8 p.m.; next Sun., noon; ends June 27. $12. (323) 455-4585.

Shake­speare(ish) Rogue Artists En­sem­ble cel­e­brates the Bard in this fam­ily-friendly show; part of Hol­ly­wood Fringe. The­atre Asy­lum, 6320 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., Hol­ly­wood. Mon., 8:45 p.m.; ends June 28. $15; two for $25. (213) 596-9468.

Pick of the Fringe High­lights from five new shows at Hol­ly­wood Fringe. The­atre Asy­lum, 6320 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., Hol­ly­wood. Tue., 9 p.m.; next Sun., 5:30 p.m.; ends June 27. $10. (323) 455-4585.

Cosi Aus­tralian The­atre Com­pany presents a staged read­ing of this com­edy in­spired by the opera “Cosi Fan Tutte.” TheMa­trix The­atre, 7657Mel­rose Ave., L.A. Wed., 7 p.m. Free. RSVP at joi­nus@aus­tralianthe­atre­com­pany.com.

The Kin­sey Sicks The drag quar­tet presents a mu­si­cal sendup of re­al­ity TV. Los An­ge­les LGBT Cen­ter’s Ren­berg The­atre, 1125 N. McCad­den Place, Hol­ly­wood. Wed., 8 p.m. $20. (323) 860-7300.

Tiny Dan­ger­ous Fun Va­ri­ety, cabaret and open-mic per­for­mances. Eclec­tic Com­pany The­atre, 5312 Lau­rel Canyon Blvd., Val­ley Vil­lage. Wed., 8 p.m. $10. (818) 508-3003.

Come From Away World-pre­miere rock mu­si­cal about air­line pas­sen­gers di­verted to a small Cana­dian town on 9/11. La Jolla Play­house, 2910 La Jolla Vil­lage Drive, La Jolla. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends July 12. $25 and up. (858) 550-1010.

Don’t Tell My Mother! Stephanie Court­ney, a.k.a. “Flo” from the car-in­sur­ance com­mer­cials, is fea­tured in the com­edy se­ries’ sea­son closer. Busby’s East, 5364Wil­shire Blvd., L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $16. (323) 525-2615.

Hol­ly­wood Fringe Fes­ti­val 2015 Sixth-an­nual event fea­tures 200-plus come­dies, dra­mas, solo shows, etc., at dozens of area venues; ends June 28. www.hol­ly­wood­fringe.org.

How to Be a Rock Critic Erik Jensen por­trays the late mu­sic writer Lester Bangs in this solo show co-writ­ten by Jensen and Jessica Blank. South Coast Reper­tory, Ni­cholas Stu­dio, 655 Town Cen­ter Drive, Costa Mesa. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June14 (moves to the Kirk Dou­glas The­ater, June 1728). $20-$30; dis­counts avail­able. (714) 708-5555.

The Phan­tom of the Opera An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s hit ro­man­tic mu­si­cal; for ages 6 and up. Pan­tages The­atre, 6233 Hol­ly­wood Blvd., Hol­ly­wood. Thu., 8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1and 6:30 p.m.; end­sAug. 7. $25 and up. (800) 982-2787.

Break­ing Bard The Porters of Hells­gate tell the tale of “Break­ing Bad’s” Wal­terWhite in Shake­spearean verse; part of Hol­ly­wood Fringe. The­atre Asy­lum, 1078 Lil­lian Way, Hol­ly­wood. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 11:30 a.m.; next Sun., 8:30 p.m.; ends June 28. 455-4585.

Cock­fight Play Mike Bartlett’s sex­u­ally frank com­edy about a ro­man­tic tri­an­gle; for ma­ture au­di­ences. The Stu­dio at Long Beach Play­house, 5021 E. Ana­heim St., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends July 11. $14-$24. (562) 494-1014.

Pocket Uni­verse Thomas Bran­don’s two-per­son drama about a mar­ried cou­ple; part of Hol­ly­wood Fringe. Lounge The­atre, 6201 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., Hol­ly­wood. Fri., 4 p.m.; next Sun., 455-4585. noon; ends June 26. $10. (323)

Pri­vate their Lives ro­manceA di­vorcedin Noel cou­ple Coward’srekin­dles Sat., 8 777 clas­sicp.m.; Cen­tre ends com­edy.St., July San Lit­tle18. $22-$27. Pe­dro.Fish The­atre, (310)Fri.512-6030.The Five-0’s” Trou­ble Scott We Caan Come wrote From and “Hawai­icostars about in a this man new whose ro­man­tic girl­friend com­e­dyan­nounces 4252 she’s River­side preg­nant. Drive, Fal­con Bur­bank.The­atre, Fri., Sun., 8 7 p.m.; p.m.; Sat., ends4 and July 8 12. p.m.; $29-$59. next (818) 955-8101.

Cat­a­lyst Mor­row’s Loft drama En­sem­ble about stages­six young April wom­en­part of Hol­ly­wood­bat­tling Fringe.eating Dorie disor­ders; The­ater Blvd.,at theCom­plex, Hol­ly­wood. 6476 Sat., San­taMon­ica8:30 p.m.; ends June 26. $10. (323) 455-4585.

An Even­ingWith KarenWil­liams The comic Cen­ter’s per­forms. Ren­berg Los The­atre, An­ge­les 1125 LGBT N. McCad­den Place, Hol­ly­wood. Sat., 8 p.m. $20, $40. (323) 860-7300.

Fifty Shades of ShrewAll- fe­male cast in a BDSM-themed ex­plo­ration of Shake­speare’s “The Tam­ing of the Shrew”; part of Hol­ly­wood Fringe. Lounge The­atre, 6201 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., Hol­ly­wood. Sat., 10 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends June 27. $15. (323) 455-4585.

In­ti­mate Il­lu­sions Il­lu­sion­ist Ivan A. Modei per­forms. The Bev­er­lyWil­shire Ho­tel, 9500 Wil­shire Blvd., Bev­erly Hills. Sat., 7 and 9 p.m. $65, $75. (866) 811-4111.

KurtWeill at the Cut­tle­fish Ho­tel Re­turn en­gage­ment of this re­vue fea­tur­ing Tony win­ner Paul Sand. The Ac­tors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd. Cul­ver City. Sat., 8 p.m.; ends July 11. $30, $34.99; Thurs­days, pay what you can. (310) 838-4264.

Sleep­ing Around The­atre Un­leashed ex­plores sex and re­la­tion­ships in this up­date of “La Ronde”; part of Hol­ly­wood Fringe. The­atre Asy­lum, 6320 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., L.A. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; ends June 25. $10. (818) 849-4039.

Supreme Rulers of Magic & Mys­tery Com­edy and magic with Rob Zabrecky and oth­ers. Lin­eage Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m. $12-$20. www.lin­eagepac.org.

To Kill a Mock­ing­bird Stage adap­ta­tion of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-win­ning novel about racial prej­u­dice in a small South­ern town. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botan­icum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. Sat.-next Sun., 7:30 p.m.; ends Sept. 27. $10$39.50; chil­dren 6 and un­der, free. (310) 455-3723.

Venus in Fur En­sem­ble The­atre Com­pany stages David Ives’ two-char­ac­ter play about a di­rec­tor au­di­tion­ing an ac­tress for a role in an erotic drama. The New Vic, 33 W. Vic­to­ria St., Santa Bar­bara. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends June 28. $35$75; dis­counts avail­able. (805) 9655400.

Brit Floyd Trib­ute show cel­e­brates five decades of mu­sic by le­gendary rock band Pink Floyd. Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Cen­ter for the Arts, 600 Town Cen­ter Drive, Costa Mesa. Next Sun., 7:30 p.m. $49 and up. (714) 556-2787.

Hel­lion Loop Five short thrillers by Shayne Eastin. Zom­bie Joe’s Un­der­ground The­atre Group, 4850 Lanker­shim Blvd., North Hol­ly­wood. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends June 28. $15. (818) 202-4120.

Road Show Mu­si­cal The­atre Guild closes its sea­son with this Stephen Sond­heim tale about two en­ter­pris­ing broth­ers in the early 1900s. Moss The­atre at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Mon­ica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $45. (818) 848-6844.

Shine Sto­ry­tellers ex­plore the topic of be­ing lost. Prom­e­nade Play­house, 1404 3rd St., San­taMon­ica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $10. (310) 452-2321.

The Snail Fabio Zito’s dark com­edy about a trans­gen­der youth; part of Hol­ly­wood Fringe. The Ele­phant Space, 6322 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., Hol­ly­wood. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends June 27. $10. (323) 455-4585.

Sut­ton Fos­ter The two-time Tony win­ner is joined by Seth Rudet­sky for an evening of songs and sto­ries. The Broad Stage, 131011th St., San­taMon­ica. Next Sun., 5 and 8 p.m. $75-$125. (310) 434-3200.

With­out An­nette Satire set in an im­prov-com­edy class. The­atre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., L.A. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Aug. 30. $5-$25. (323) 851-7977.

Crit­ics’ Choices

An­dre & Dorine Spain’s cel­e­brated Ku­lunka Teatro troupe pre­vi­ously per­formed this word­less mask-the­ater study of an el­derly cou­ple faced with Alzheimer’s at LATC in 2012 and its re­turn is a must-see. By fo­cus­ing on the ba­sic phys­i­cal­ity of be­hav­ior and re­sponse, with re­cur­ring de­tails defin­ing specifics of char­ac­ter and sit­u­a­tion, the seam­less, bril­liantly per­formed piece achieves a witty elo­quence and touch­ing hu­man­ity that be­lies its lack of ver­bal text through pure cre­ative the­atri­cal­ity. Don’t miss it. (D.C.N). Los An­ge­les The­atre Cen­ter, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Ends to­day, 3 p.m. $10-$34.99. (866) 811-4111.

Around the World in 80 Days Mark Brown’s adroit re­duc­tion of Jules Verne’s clas­sic globe-trot­ter is a re­gional sta­ple. Its buoy­ant Ac­tors Coop re­vival re­minds us why. Di­rec­tor Rhonda Kohl deftly bal­ances nar­ra­tive so­bri­ety and daft hi­lar­ity, glean­ing non­stop in­ven­tion from ace de­sign­ers and a won­der­ful en­sem­ble, whose dis­ci­plined aban­don and sheer ver­sa­til­ity amount to a group tour-de­force to drive this de­light­ful con­fec­tion. (D.C.N.) Ac­tors Co-op, David Schall The­atre, 1760 N. Gower St., Hol­ly­wood. To­day, next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; ends June 14. $20-$30. (323) 462-8460.

The Home­com­ing Di­rec­tor Guillermo Cienfuegos and his su­perb cast nail the ar­cane sub­texts in Harold Pinter’s creep­ily bril­liant play about a wom­an­less tribe whose atavis­tic long­ing— and loathing— for a fe­male new­comer to their midst trumps all fa­mil­ial con­sid­er­a­tions. (F.K.F.) Pacific Res­i­dent The­atre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. May 30-July 26. Thu.Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. $25-$34. (310) 822-8392.

I and You The L.A. pre­miere ofLau­ren Gun­der­son’s lat­est play, di­rected by Robin Larsen, could be a tes­ti­mo­nial to the power of in­ti­mate the­ater. The story of two high school stu­dents wrestling with a report on Walt Whit­man evokes an Af­ter­school Spe­cial, duly tick­ing off the mark­ers of teen angst, then abruptly opens out into a stun­ning ex­plo­ration of cos­mic in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness. (M.G.) Foun­tain The­atre, 5060 Foun­tain Ave., L.A. To­day, next Sun., 2 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends June 21. $20-$34.95; pay what you can, Thurs­days; $15 rush tick­ets, Fri­days only. (323) 663-1525.

Spring Awak­en­ing If you missed Deaf West’s deft pro­duc­tion of the Tony­win­ning mu­si­cal by Dun­can Sheik and Steven Sater the first time around, count your­self lucky that you have an op­por­tu­nity to catch it now. Michael Ar­den’s stage plan stun­ningly em­ploys all sorts of chiaroscuro ef­fects to cre­ate a the­atri­cal world — half-mod­ern, half-an­tique — in which this mu­si­cal poem, based on Frank Wedekind’s dar­ing 1891 play about the so­ci­etal op­pres­sion and ir­re­press­ible sex­u­al­ity of teenagers, can be lyri­cally re­born with ac­tors who sign as ex­pres­sively as they sing. (C.M.) Bram Gold­smith The­ater, Wal­lis An­nen­berg Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Mon­ica Blvd., Bev­erly Hills. To­day, next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; ends June 14. $19-$99. (310) 746-4000.

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