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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.theatrefactorystudio.com.
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.