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Open­ings Dis­ney’svieve! Stage Choo show Choo based Soul on with the Gene-kids TV $15. se­ries.(562) 944-9801.To­day, 1 and 3:30 p.m. $10,

An Evening of Magic Fam­ily-friendly show Lonny to Chap­man­ben­e­fit the Theatre, Group 10900 Rep. Bur-The bank Blvd., North Hol­ly­wood. To­day, 7 p.m. $10. (818) 763-5990.

Les Misérables Encore Theatre Com­pany stages the hit mu­si­cal based on Vic­tor Hugo’s clas­sic novel about life in 19th-cen­tury France. Re­dondo Beach Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 1935 Man­hat­tan Beach Blvd., Re­dondo Beach. To­day, 1 p.m. $35-$55. (310) 376-3500.

Vaudevil­lu­sion Com­edy-va­ri­et­y­magic show fea­tures five award-win­ning ma­gi­cians. Colony Theatre, 555 N. 3rd St., Bur­bank. To­day, 7 p.m. $39. (818) 558-7000.

The Be­reaved Fam­ily and friends gather to mourn the death of a bil­lion­aire play­boy in Andy Shultz’s dark com­edy. Zom­bie Joe’s Un­der­ground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hol­ly­wood. Mon., 8:30 p.m.; ends July 27 $15. (818) 202-4120.

Romeo & Juliet In­de­pen­dent Shake­speare Co. stages the Bard’s ro­man­tic tragedy as the first of its two pro­duc­tions in the an­nual Grif­fith Park Free Shake­speare Fes­ti­val. The Old Zoo at Grif­fith Park, 4730 Crys­tal Springs Drive, L.A. Thu.-Fri., Sun., 7 p.m.; ends July 26. Free. (818) 710-6306.

2nd An­nual Solo Cre­ation Fes­ti­val Nine solo works in three dis­tinct pro­grams. Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Bev­erly Blvd. L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends July 19. $15. (213) 351-3507.

All Amer­i­can Girl In­ter­ACT Theatre Com­pany presents the world pre­miere of Wendy Graf ’s solo drama, with two ac­tresses al­ter­nat­ing in the role of an in­no­cent young woman who be­comes a rad­i­cal ex­trem­ist. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., Hol­ly­wood. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; ends July 26. $30, $34. (818) 765-8732.

Mad­ness! Mur­der! May­hem! Colin Mitchell’s all-new reimag­in­ing of three clas­sic Grand Guig­nol plays. Zom­bie Joe’s Un­der­ground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hol­ly­wood. Fri., 8:30 p.m.; ends July 31. $15. (818) 202-4120.

Vic­tor Hugo’s Les Misérables The L.A. pre­miere of Jonathan Hol­loway’s adap­ta­tion trans­poses the story to

1930s Paris. Stu­dio/Stage, 520 N. Western Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends July 26. $15$25. (213) 453-4901.

The Mar­riage Pro­posal The Theatre Fac­tory Stu­dio presents Chekhov’s farce. Hud­son Guild Theatre, 6539 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., Hol­ly­wood. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends July 12. $20. www.the­atre­fac­to­rys­tu­

Crit­ics’ Choices

As You Like It As part of Theatricum Botan­icum’s Amer­i­cana-themed sum­mer reper­tory sea­son, Shake­speare’s pas­toral com­edy is re­set in the post-Civil War Deep South, an over­lay that shrewdly am­pli­fies themes of land and loy­al­ties di­vided; the out­door Topanga Canyon back­drop is an ideal fit — you can’t im­prove on scenic de­sign by Na­ture it­self. (P.B.) 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 Gospel at Colonus It’s fairly un­usual for a 30-plus-year-old ex­per­i­men­tal theater piece to re­main tren­chant, af­fect­ing and ex­hil­a­rat­ing at once, but that’s the ec­static, in­ci­sive case with Lee Breuer and Bob Tel­son’s cel­e­brated 1983 mash-up of Greek tragedy and African Amer­i­can church ser­vice in its mag­nif­i­cent Ebony Reper­tory Theatre re­vival. Di­rec­tor Andi Chap­man re­freshes the con­cept in ways that speak to the present with­out pros­e­ly­tiz­ing, thanks to a strik­ing de­sign scheme and a marvelous cast, whose spec­tac­u­lar vo­cals and re­fined histri­on­ics ap­proach the di­vine. (D.C.N.) Nate Holden Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. To­day, next Sun., 3 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; ends July 19. $45-$65. (323) 9649766.

Her­shey Felder as Irv­ing Ber­lin That in­de­fati­ga­ble pur­veyor of com­posers Her­shey Felder ap­plies his sin­gu­lar blend of mu­si­cal bi­og­ra­phy, char­ac­ter study and pi­ano vir­tu­os­ity to­ward the iconic Amer­i­can song­writer. Although the richly en­ter­tain­ing, ul­ti­mately touch­ing re­sult could stand a few trims and af­fords less con­cert fire­works than pre­vi­ous ex­cur­sions, the em­pa­thy, show­man­ship and craft on tap may just be the best match of his­tor­i­cal fig­ure and per­form­ing artist yet in this fran­chise, wholly at­tuned to a grate­fully par­tic­i­pat­ing au­di­ence. (D.C.N.) La­guna Play­house, 606 La­guna Canyon Road, La­guna Beach. To­day, 1 and 5:30 p.m.; Mon.Tue., 7:30 p.m.; ends June 30. $41-$66. (949) 497-2787.

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. To­day, next Sun., 3 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends July 26. $25-$34. (310) 822-8392.

A Per­ma­nent Im­age Rogue Ma­chine Theatre’s deftly crafted pro­duc­tion of this early play by Sa­muel D. Hunter, an Obie Award win­ner as well as a 2014 re­cip­i­ent of the MacArthur “Ge­nius Grant,” boasts won­der­ful per­for­mances by Anne Gee Byrd, Tra­cie Lock­wood, Ned Mochel and Mark L. Tay­lor. The play it­self, in which an adult brother and sis­ter re­turn to their child­hood home for their fa­ther’s fu­neral, is a fairly typ­i­cal dys­func­tional-fam­ily drama: too much liquor trig­gers face-offs and rev­e­la­tions. But the plea­sure of watch­ing the fine cast — par­tic­u­larly Byrd, who ex­cels as a crotch­ety ter­ma­gant — sends this tech­ni­cally ex­cep­tional pro­duc­tion into another strato­sphere. (M.G.) Rogue Ma­chine, 5041 Pico Blvd., L.A. To­day, next Sun., 7 p.m.; Mon., 8 p.m.; ends July 20. $30$35. (855) 585-5185.

Recorded in Hol­ly­wood Matt Don­nelly, Jamelle Dol­phin and Andy Cooper’s fer­vent, thought­ful mu­si­cal study of leg­endary record store Dol­phin’s of Hol­ly­wood and its vi­sion­ary founder is in­ter­est­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and fre­quently thrilling, per­haps the most promis­ing new mu­si­cal the 99seat arena has pro­duced since “The Be­hav­ior of Broadus,” if not “Louis and Keely: Live at the Sa­hara,” and seems poised to go the full, “Jersey Boys” meets “Mem­phis” com­mer­cial dis­tance. A rock­ing, rel­e­vant good time. (D.C.N.) Hud­son Main­stage Theatre, 6539 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., L.A. To­day, next Sun., 3 p.m.; Fri, 8 p.m.; ends July 26. $34.99. (323) 9604443.

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