The week ahead in L.A. theater, March 11-18,2018
Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P. B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F. K. F.), Margaret Gray (M. G.), Charles McNulty (C. M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D. H. M.). Compiled by Matt Cooper.
Exposed Emmy winner Leslie Jordan (“Will & Grace”) shares stories from his life and career. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Sun., 7:30 p.m. $25-$40; food and drink minimums apply. (866) 468-3399.
A Few of My Favorite Things Drag artist Anita Tony performs in this cabaret show. Rockwell Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Sun., 7 p.m. $29-$49; food and drink minimums apply. (323) 669-1550.
Sell/Buy/Date Writer-performer Sarah Jones portrays multiple characters in this solo show exploring the sex industry. Geffen Playhouse, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. Sun., next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; ends April 15. $25-$80. (310) 208-5454.
You Don’t Know My Life! “The MisMatch Game’s” Dennis Hensley returns with this new LGTBQ-themed comedy game show. L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. Sun., 7 p.m. $10. (323) 860-7300.
The Balcony Scene Neighbors in adjacent apartments make a romantic connection in Wil Calhoun’s drama. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Thu., 8 p.m.; next. Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 5. $15-$27. (310) 512-6030.
Daniel Deronda L.A. Theatre Works records a new adaptation of George Eliot’s novel about Jewish life during the Victorian Era for its radio program; with Julian Sands. James Bridges Theater, UCLA, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Westwood. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends March 18. $15-$60. (310) 827-0889.
Engaging Shaw The famous playwright meets a wealthy Irish heiress in the L.A. premiere of John Morogiello’s fact-based romantic comedy. Theatre 40, Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. Thu., 8 p.m.; Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 15. $30. (310) 364-0535.
Mandy Gonzalez The Broadway veteran (“Hamilton”) sings show tunes, standards and more. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Thu., 8 p.m. $40-$150. (949) 854-4646.
Silent Return of Pat Kinevane’s solo drama about a mentally ill homeless man’s Valentino-inspired fantasies. In repertory with Kinevane’s “Underneath” (opened March 8) and “Forgotten” (opens March 22). Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends March 31. $30; all three plays, $75. (310) 477-2055.
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music In this CAP UCLA presentation, performance artist Taylor Mac surveys American song, from 1776 to the present day, over four distinct programs; with special guests including Margaret Cho, the Centennial High School Marching Band, et al. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, L.A. Thu., Sat., 6 p.m.; ends March 24. $45-$250; tickets for all four chapters, $165-$935. (310) 825-2101.
Captivated: An Obsession in 3 Acts A mystery unfolds in “Chapter One: Justine,” the first installment in Eric Blair’s immersive drama; for ages 21 and up. Private residence, address provided to ticket holders, North Hollywood. Fri.-next Sun., 7,8:30 and 10 p.m.; ends April 1. $30. (800) 838-3006.
Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme VI: Stand Up! Speak Out! A dozen short plays exploring the struggles and triumphs of Latinas past and present; contains strong language and adult themes. Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends April 15. $18-$23. (323) 263-7684.
King John Long Beach Shakespeare Company stages the Bard’s historical drama. Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $12.50, $22.50. (562) 997-1494.
Macbeth The titular Scottish warlord and his wife murder their way to the throne in Shakespeare’s tragedy. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 8. $10-$20. (805) 640-8797.
The Mousetrap A murderer is among a group of strangers trapped in a snowed-in boarding house in Agatha Christie’s classic thriller. Crown City Theatre Company, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 6. $25. (818) 605-5685.
The Night Forlorn (or, Waitin’ on Godsford) Steve Nevil’s comedy puts a Wild West spin on Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”; with “Deadwood’s” Jim Beaver. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 22. $10-$25. (323) 851-7977.
No Exit Real Art Daily Productions stages Sartre’s existentialist fable about three strangers locked in a room together for all eternity. Chromolume Theatre, 5429 Washington Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends April 8. $20, $22. (323) 965-9996.
One Funny Mother Dena Blizzard’s solo comedy about marriage and motherhood. La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Fri., 8 p.m. $15-$35. (562) 944-9801.
Pigs and Chickens A woman tries to cope with working at a chaotic tech startup in Marek Glinski’s comedy. Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends April 15. $15, $20. (818) 839-1197.
Sister Act A murder witness hides out in a convent in this musical based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy. Kentwood Players, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 21. $23, $25. (310) 645-5156.
Twilight Zone UnScripted Impro Theatre improvises full-length plays in the style of Rod Serling’s classic TV show. The Edye at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends March 16. $45 and up. (310) 434-3200.
An Undivided Heart Echo Theater Company and Circle X co-present Yusuf Toropov’s new mystery thriller about a Catholic priest confronting his church over sexual abuse and a woman coping with a contaminated-water crisis in her hometown. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends April 22. $34; Mondays, pay what you want. (310) 307-3753.
Campfire Stories Rachael Burcham’s drama follows four women through pivotal moments in their relationships; for ages 15 and up. Studio C, 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends April 7. $20. (800) 838-3006.
King Lear A ruler descends into madness as his realm falls to ruin in Shakespeare’s classic tragedy set in ancient Britain. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Sat., 7 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 12. $40-$65; opening night only, $150. (805) 667-2900.
Little Women, the Musical Based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel about four sisters growing up during the Civil War; for ages 10 and up. Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 14. $23, $28. (310) 828-7519.
The Midtown Men Cast members from Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” sing classic 1960s hits. La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sat., 2 and 8 p.m. $35-$85. (562) 944-9801.
Storm Large: Stormy Love — Songs of Seduction and Obsession The Pink Martini vocalist sings show tunes, standards and more; for mature audiences. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Sat., 8 p.m. $28-$100. (949) 854-4646.
Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! Hannah introduces a few of his animal friends and shares stories and footage. La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Next Sun, 4 p.m. $25-$45. (562) 944-9801.
Night with Oscar Staged reading of Eugene Pack’s new comedy; with Rob Morrow, Joely Fisher, et al. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. Next Sun., 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. www.eventbrite.com
Petra and the Wolf Family-friendly reimagining of the Prokofiev classic; for ages 5-20. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Next Sun., 2 p.m. $21. (949) 854-4646.
Alright Then Orson Bean and Alley Mills, one of L.A. theater’s most visible couples, thank the heavens for their later-life marriage in a feel-good show about love and gratitude. They share stories from their at-times rocky upbringings to set the scene for the miracle of their meeting, making each other laugh and shedding grateful tears. (D. H. M.) Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. Sun., next Sun., 3 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 8 p.
The week ahead in L.A. theater, March 11-18,2018