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Oct. 3 – Nov. 3 (opens Thursday, Oct. 3 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.; previews begin Sept. 28):
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West Coast premiere
of A Kid Like Jake — Daniel Pearle’s acclaimed play about a mother and father trying to do right by their son is a study of intimacy and parenthood, and the fantasies that accompany both. On the eve of the admissions cycle for New York City kindergartens, Alex and Greg have high hopes for their son Jake, a precocious four-year-old who happens to prefer Cinderella to G.I. Joe. But as the process continues, Jake’s behavior becomes erratic and perplexing, and other adults in his life start to wonder whether his fondness for dress-up might be cause for concern. Directed by Jennifer Chambers. Presented by IAMA Theatre Company in a Pasadena Playhouse guest production in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena CA 91101; $35; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

Oct. 4 – Oct. 6 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
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American premiere
of Pressure— Martin Jarvis directs David Haig’s intense, real life thriller. A Scottish meteorologist locks horns with his American counterpart as both men try to convince General Dwight D. Eisenhower that they can accurately predict the atmospheric conditions needed to launch the greatest amphibious assault in the history of mankind — the D-Day invasion. Each of the four performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and NPR One; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works @ the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; $15-$65; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

Oct. 11 – Nov. 25 (Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews begin Oct. 3):
West Coast premiere of The Abuelas — A surprise visit from two strangers exposes a devastating secret in Stephanie Alison Walker’s visceral look at the repercussions of Argentina’s so-called “Dirty War.” Developed in the Antaeus Playwright’s Lab, this exciting new play explores the heart’s capacity for forgiveness — even in the face of the harshest betrayal. Andi Chapman directs. Antaeus Theatre Company at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

Oct. 12 – Nov. 17  (Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m., Mondays @ 8 p.m.; previews begin Oct. 4):
World premiere of Neil Simon’s Musical FoolsA hilarious musical adaptation of the Neil Simon play, Fools, with book and lyrics by Simon, and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West (deLEARious). In 1893 Ukraine, a young tutor arrives in Kulyenchikov after a harrowing journey — only to discover that the village is cursed, rendering every resident as dumb as a bag of rocks. Will he fall victim to the curse, or can he save himself and the village too? Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$30; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

Oct. 17 – Nov. 10 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
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New York City premiere
of Mayakovsky and Stalin — The newest work from legendary poet/playwright and off-off Broadway pioneer Murray Mednick is a dramatic character study incorporating historical footage and photos to explore two distantly connected relationships: that of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his wife Nadya, and of Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and his married lover and “muse” Lilya Brik. Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St., New York, NY 10014; $44-$66; 866-811-4111; CherryLaneTheatre.org

Oct. 18 – Nov. 3 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Lanie Robertson’s play with music treats the audience to one last performance by the legendary Billie Holiday. In 1959 in a seedy Philadelphia bar, just four months before her death at age 44, the iconic singer takes us on a journey through the highs and lows of her tumultuous life, interspersed with stunning renditions of her beloved repertoire. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Oct. 19 – Dec. 15 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
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Los Angeles
premiere of Between Riverside and Crazy   You can’t beat City Hall, but you can try. In this darkly comic, 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Stephen Adly Guirgis, ex-cop and recent widower Walter ‘Pops’ Washington has made a home for his newly paroled son in his sprawling, rent-controlled Riverside Drive apartment. But now the NYPD is demanding his signature to close an outstanding lawsuit, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed, and the church is on his back — leaving Pops somewhere between Riverside… and crazy. Directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Saturday, Oct. 26 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
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Theatricum BOO-tanicum — Unique outdoor theater garden Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum with the company’s 9th annual Halloween extravaganza. Wander Theatricum’s wooded grounds in the heart of rustic Topanga Canyon, where the stage and sets are converted into a frightening maze and haunted house. Enjoy delicious food and spooky drinks; actors telling ghost stories; pumpkin and face painting; game booths; performances by Creative PlayGround, Peter Alsop, comedy improv group Off the Grid; and more. Come on down… if you dare. Perfect for ghosts and goblins of all ages. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $15; Children 5 and under Free; (310) 455-2322; www.theatricum.com

Saturday, Nov. 2 from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
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Dia de los Muertos
— Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday at 24th Street Theatre’s 13th annual free block party with music, dance, homemade tamales and other “antojitos Latin Americanos,” facepainting, crafts booths — and a graveyard where families can make their own altars for their departed loved ones. The evening kicks off at 5:45 p.m. with a procession from the corner of 24th Street and Magnolia to the festivities at 24th Street Theatre. Bring a flashlight!. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; FREE; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

Nov, 2 – Dec. 14 (Performance schedule varies: check website.):
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Chansons de France
— Celebrated soprano Julia Migenes returns to the Odyssey with an evening of French chansons made famous by luminaries such as Edith Piaf, Michel Legrand, Léo Ferre, Jacques Brel and more. Accompanied on piano by Victoria Kirsch and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $30; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Nov. 8 – Dec. 16 (Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews begin Oct. 31):
World premiere
of Eight Nights — The heartfelt, lyrical portrait of a German Jewish refugee haunted by her past, but resiliently moving toward the future, witnessed over the course of generations of the same family that inhabits a single apartment from 1949 to 2016. . Set during the eight nights of Chanukah, and spanning eight decades of the protagonist’s life, Jennifer Maisel’s play gracefully weaves together heart-aching moments with dark yet life-affirming humor. Developed in the Antaeus Playwright’s Lab. Directed by Emily Chase. Antaeus Theatre Company at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

Nov. 14 – Nov. 17:
IAMA Theatre Company New Works Festival — IAMA Theatre Company presents staged readings of six new plays over the course of one weekend in this annual series. The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; (323)380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

Nov, 14 – Dec. 8 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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U.S. premiere
of Before — A new play with much music by Irish writer/performer Pat Kinevane (Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent). Pontius is inside Clery’s of Dublin trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years, on the very day this iconic department store shuts its doors — for good. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are impossible to buy for… Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $30; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Nov. 15 – Nov. 17 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of The Hard Problem — In Tom Stoppard’s newest play, Hilary is a young psychology researcher who believes fervently that consciousness is more than the sum of our biology. When she receives a position at a prestigious think tank, she develops a novel experiment to prove that humans are intrinsically altruistic — but the results are something she never anticipated. The Hard Problem is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series, presented with major funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, enhancing public understanding of science and technology. Each of the four performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and NPR One; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works @ the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; $15-$65; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 @ 7:30 p.m.:
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17th annual La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin — A Los Angeles holiday tradition starring renowned opera singer Suzanna Guzman as the Virgin and featuring over 100 actors, singers and indigenous Aztec dancers as well as children and seniors from the community in the City’s largest theatrical holiday production. Join the tens of thousands who have become transfixed by the story of Juan Diego, a simple peasant to whom the Virgin Mary appeared on four occasions in the mountains of Tepeyac near Mexico City in 1531. Adapted for the stage from the mid-16th century text The Nican Mopohua and performed in Spanish with English subtitles, this site-specific epic event is presented by GOYA Foods and produced by the Latino Theater Company at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; FREE (reserved seating available for $45); (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Dec. 13– Jan. 5 (performance schedule varies – check website):
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New York City premiere of Latina Christmas Special — An American comedy of Latina proportions! Bursting with laughs, more laughs, music and escándalo (scandal), Latina Christmas Special makes its NYC debut at the SoHo Playhouse. You thought your holidays with the family were dramatic? Try these three hilarious, touching and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of holidays past told by three acclaimed Latina comedians SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., New York, NY 10013; $49-$59; www.LatinaChristmasSpecial.com

Tuesday, Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.:
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60th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
— Bring the whole family to Los Angeles’ biggest, Emmy Award-winning holiday show at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of L.A. celebrate the season during this free three-hour extravaganza, a decades-old tradition, beloved by Angelenos. Even the parking underneath The Music Center is free. The entire three hours will be broadcast live on PBS Socal and streamed live at pbssocal.org. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012; FREE; (213) 972-3099; www.HolidayCelebration.org

 

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