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Jan. 24 – Jan. 26 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
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Vietgone — East West Players producing artistic director emeritus Tim Dang directs Qui Nguyen’s hilarious, “probably-mostly-true” version of how his parents met and built a life for themselves in a new land. Set in 1975 — just after the fall of Saigon — this epic, award-winning play repurposes pop culture from the last 40 years to tell the story of two Vietnamese refugees who meet in an Arkansas relocation camp before setting out on a rip-roaring road trip across America. Equal parts buddy story, all-American romance and motorcycle adventure, Vietgone sizzles to a smart, sassy and raucous hip-hop soundtrack by Shane Rettig. 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); daily in China and worldwide on the Radio Beijing Network; weekly on KCRW Berlin 104,1 FM, Berlin’s English language public radio station; 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.

Jan. 25– March 8 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
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The Unseen Hand
and Killer’s Head E.T. meets the Old West in Sam Shepard’s The Unseen Hand, a hilarious yet foreboding sci-fi Western about a trio of legendary cowboys resurrected to help a mutant extraterrestrial free his people from slavery. Called “a sixpack of vintage Shepard” by The New York Times. Shepard’s 1969 one-act joins the Odyssey ‘s 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the company’s inception. The evening also includes Shepard’s gritty and audacious Killer’s Head, performed by a rotating cast of actors: Steve Howey (Jan. 24-26), Dermot Mulroney (Feb 7-9, Feb. 14-16), Magnus Jackson Diehl (Feb. 20-23), Jeff Kober (Feb. 28-March 1), Darrell Larson (Feb. 5, March 4), Jonathan Medina (March 6-8).  Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Feb. 14 – April 5 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Rorschach Fest — Perception is everything. Open Fist Theatre Company opens its 30th anniversary season with three programs of short works, performed in rotating repertory, by playwrights renowned for pushing the boundaries of theatrical invention. Inkblot A: Ghosts, an evocation of the afterlife written and directed by legendary new theater-maker/playwright/monologist John O’Keefe; Inkblot B: Landscape, Harold Pinter’s hypnotic portrait of loneliness in a long-term marriage, coupled with Never Swim Alone, a slyly witty, unexpectedly suspenseful landmark of the Canadian theater by Daniel MacIvor; Inkblot C: Two plays by Caryl Churchill: This Is A Chair juxtaposes momentous news headlines with scenes of everyday life to sometimes funny, sometimes chilling effect, and Here We Go is an unsentimental exploration of the final stages of life and the mysterious moments that follow in the great unknown. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $25-$50; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

Feb. 15 – April 5 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
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World premiere
of Human Interest Story — A timely drama about homelessness, celebrity worship and the assault on American journalism. Newspaper columnist Andy Kramer (Rob Nagle) is laid off when a corporate takeover downsizes the City Chronicle. In retaliation, Andy fabricates a letter to his column from an imaginary homeless woman named “Jane Doe” who announces she will kill herself on the 4th of July because of the heartless state of the world. When the letter goes viral, Andy is forced to hire a homeless woman (Tanya Alexander) to stand-in as the fictitious Jane. She becomes an overnight internet sensation and a national women’s movement is ignited. Written and directed by Stephen Sachs (Arrival & Departure, Citizen: An American Lyric, Bakersfield Mist). The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com.

Feb. 20 – March 23 (opens Thursday, Feb. 20 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.; previews begin Feb. 14):
West Coast premiere of FoundFound isn’t just based on a true story, it’s based on hundreds of them! When the lost and broke Davy happens to find a peculiar note meant for someone else on the windshield of his car, it sparks an outlandish idea to collect the hilarious and revealing notes and letters that surround us every day. Along with friends, Denise and Mikey D, he’s quickly swept up into a wild, comedic mission to share them with the world. Inspired by Davy Rothbart’s popular Found magazine, featuring scores of actual discarded notes and letters that have been “found” in the real world by everyday people, this original musical comedy is a raucous exploration of human connection and the beautiful weirdness in all of us. Helmed by Tony-nominated director Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Broadway’s Hand to God, Present Laughter, Bernhardt/Hamlet; off-Broadway’s Teenage Dick) and starring Jonah Platt (Wicked on Broadway) as Davy. “CRITIC’S PICK… Mad Lib lunacy… delightfully weird… [dispatches from the magazine] are cleverly, often hilariously, woven into the story as sardonic commentary on the proceedings… lively, likable and melodic.” — Charles Isherwood, The New York Times. IAMA Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $35; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

Feb. 21 – March 8 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
The Andrews Brothers A madcap musical salute to the swinging ’40s created by Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wondrettes, Life Could Be A Dream). A USO show is threatened with cancellation when a certain famous trio of singing sisters fails to show, and it’s up to three earnest and determined stagehands to go on with the show. Mistaken identities, zany adventures, a bit of cross-dressing and the music of an entire generation highlight this valentine to the heroes of World War II. Featuring over 25 songs made famous by the Andrews Sisters, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Slow Boat to China,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive.” International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Feb. 21 – April 20 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.; previews begin Feb. 13):
Measure for Measure — Sex and hypocrisy abound in William Shakespeare’s dark comedy about the corruption of power and authority, and the true nature of mercy and justice. His world is familiar: sex is a commodity, government is subject to the leader’s moral whimsy, and extreme liberality goes head to head with emergency powers to constrain and punish. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

Feb. 28 – March 1 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
World premiere
of Frankenstein Written over 200 years ago, Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece retains all of its power to horrify and fascinate. This original L.A. Theatre Works commission is adapted from Shelley’s novel by the BBC’s Kate McAll, who wowed audiences with last season’s A Room with a View. 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); daily in China and worldwide on the Radio Beijing Network; weekly on KCRW Berlin 104,1 FM, Berlin’s English language public radio station; 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

March 7 – May 3 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
The Serpent
— a re-envisioning of the Odyssey Theatre’s 1969 West Coast premiere of Jean-Claude van Itallie’s Obie award-winning play, a celebration of life as seen through the Book of Genesis, presented as part of the company’s 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season. Fifty years later, Ron Sossi will again take the helm of this unique “ceremony/celebration/exploration” that remains a prime example of the innovative nature of the period. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

March 12 – April 11 (Thursdays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; additional performance on Tuesday, March 17; dark Saturday, March 21):
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La Vie en Rose
— Her fans can’t bear to say goodbye! Responding to popular demand, Grammy award-winning chanteuse Julia Migenes re-opens her farewell series of concert performances for five additional weeks. Join Migenes for this evening of French chansons by Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand and others. Accompanied on piano by Victoria Kirsch and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak. (All songs performed in French.) Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25-$40; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

March 13 – April 5 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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World premiere
of Our Man in Santiago — A comic spy thriller inspired by the true story of a spectacularly failed U.S. attempt to overthrow Chile’s democratically elected leader. In this new political farce by two-time Emmy nominee and WGA award-winner Mark Wilding (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Good Girls, Charmed), the CIA enlists an inexperienced, unsuspecting agent to follow up with a last-ditch, poorly conceived and wildly dangerous effort to hasten the 1973 Chilean coup d’état. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd, West, Los Angeles, CA 90068; $25-$30; (323) 851-7977; www.TheatreWest.org

March 14 – April 20 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m;, Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Poor Clare — Clare is just a regular noblewoman living in medieval Italy, trying out hairstyles and waiting to get married… until a man named Francis starts ranting in the courtyard. Alana Dietze (Dry Land, The Wolves) directs Chiara Atik’s new play, based on the real story of St Clare of Assisi. about what happens when your eyes are opened to the injustice of the world around you and you can’t look away. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

April 11 – May 31 (Opens Saturday, april 11 at 3 p.m.; thereafter: Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m.; Sundays @ 3 p.m.; previews begin March 28; dark April 12):
West Coast premiere of The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me — Two orphan girls, Haley and Renata, inhabit a surreal landscape following the death of their mother, a silent movie fanatic. When Buster Keaton mysteriously appears on the eve of Haley’s 9th birthday, the boundaries of the girls’ reality are stretched, secrets are unraveled, and the girls discover what they must do to navigate their way in the world. “A surrealistic play about personal loss and the power of the imagination… bouncy and moody, hungry and hostile, dreamy and daffy all at once” — Ted Hadley, Buffalo News. Winner of the 2012 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition (under the play’s original title, “Cut-Ups”). Presented in English with Spanish supertitles by 24th Street Theatre, renowned for presenting sophisticated, emotionally rich and provocative theater that can be enjoyed by both adults and kids, separately or together. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; $10-$24; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

April 17 – April 19 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Flyin’ West
— A contemporary classic about the strength of black women and their role as pioneers in the settlement of the American West. At the turn of the twentieth century, four African-American women journey west to the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas to seek the freedom promised by the end of the Civil War — only to be challenged by the harsh and unforgiving terrain, the social climate of the time and the men who claim to be with them for love. 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); daily in China and worldwide on the Radio Beijing Network; weekly on KCRW Berlin 104,1 FM, Berlin’s English language public radio station; 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

April 18– June 7 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
— One of the groundbreaking plays of the ’60s and a continuing audience favorite, Peter Nichols’ play is an incisive, wonderfully theatrical examination of the private language of a marriage and the ways that it enriches and destroys. This semi-autobiographical portrait of a couple who must come to terms with having a disabled child is included on the National Theatre’s list of the “100 Most Significant Plays of the Twentieth Century” and is presented as part of the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

April 25 – May 31
(Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney — Tonight, aided by a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of vodka, three actors and a pile of dead lemmings, Walt Disney will read you a screenplay he wrote about his final days on earth. This darkly imaginative, ambitiously titled, fiercely funny play by Lucas Hnath (Broadway’s A Doll’s House, Part 2; Hillary and Clinton) turns the public persona of the self-made American folk hero, creator of “The Happiest Place on Earth,” on its head — recounting, among other things, his failed attempt to make Disney World a functional working city and the urban legend of his cryogenically frozen head. “A blood-pumping and often hilarious evening of theater.” — Theater Mania.  A visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $35; (323) 960-4412 www.Onstage411.com/Disney

April 25 – June 14 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of If I Forget — From Steven Levenson, book-writer of the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, comes this powerful tale of a Jewish family and a culture at odds with itself. Michael is a liberal Jewish studies professor reuniting with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. A political and deeply personal play about history, responsibility, and what we’re willing to sacrifice for a new beginning, told with vicious humor and unflinching honesty. If I Forget was a New York Times “Critic’s Pick,” while DC Metro calls it “one of the greatest Jewish plays of this century.” The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

May 1 – May 17 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
California premiere of Daisy Sean Devine’s compelling historical drama explores the moment in TV history that the political attack ad was born. During the 1964 U.S. presidential campaign, as turmoil raged over Civil Rights and the Vietnam War, a group of Madison Avenue ad men working for Lyndon B. Johnson unleashed the most powerful political commercial ever conceived: the “Daisy” ad. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

May 2 – May 31 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
Joe and Betty — Poet/playwright Murray Mednick directs a revival of his wrenching, fiercely funny portrait of a poor Jewish couple living in the Catskills in 1951. Admittedly autobiographical, Mednick’s darkly comic depiction of the disintegration of his parents’ marriage was the recipient of the prestigious American Theatre Critics Association’s Steinberg New Play citation. “A dark pleasure… Mednick’s pitch-black comedy dug deeply into the writer’s life and came back with a winner… Top Ten of 2001” — Los Angeles Times; “Harrowing, deeply distressing and memorable… These are perhaps the worst parents you will ever see on the stage… [Betty] is a fascinating creation, like Mr. Mednick’s play.” — The New York Times. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038; $25; (323) 960-5770; www.Onstage411.com/JoeandBetty

May 14 – June 15
(opens Thursday, May 14 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 7 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.; previews begin May 8):
World premiere of The Untitled Baby Play — In Nina Braddock’s new comedy about private identity, persona projection, the agony of life choices and female friendship, six women use email to plan a baby shower for their mutual friend — catapulting each into respective existential spirals about fertility, motherhood and purpose. Directed by Katie Lindsay. Directed by Katie Lindsay. IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $35; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

May 22 – May 24 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere
of Junk — Inspired by the junk bond scandal of the ‘80s and set in the manic high-stakes trading shark tank of Wall Street, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar takes us on a whirlwind ride at the genesis of debt financing which was the root cause of the recent housing crisis in this country. 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); daily in China and worldwide on the Radio Beijing Network; weekly on KCRW Berlin 104,1 FM, Berlin’s English language public radio station; 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.

June 12 – June 28 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Slow Food A vacationing couple celebrates their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs — but will the marriage survive the service? As a wacky waiter insinuates his way into their meal — and their lives — the couple examine their past and their future together. A tender, uproarious comedy from Wendy MacLeod (Women in Jeopardy!, The House of Yes) that delves deeply into what we hunger for. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

June 26 – June 28 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
The Winslow Boy
— Terence Rattigan’s classic, highly charged moral drama is based on a real-life incident. When a pilfered postal-order leads to a legal case that draws the attention of the nation, a family risks everything to clear their son’s name. 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); daily in China and worldwide on the Radio Beijing Network; weekly on KCRW Berlin 104,1 FM, Berlin’s English language public radio station; 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.

June 26 – Aug. 10 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.; previews begin June 18):
The Time of Your Life — Set in a seedy San Francisco bar and filled with a diverse and eccentric cast of desperate outsiders, William Saroyan’s optimistic 1939 masterpiece is a true ensemble piece with an uplifting message of kindness and hope. An icon of American theater and one of the playwright’s favorites, it was the first play ever to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Critics Circle award. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

July 11 – Aug. 24 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies — A timely, irreverent examination of growing up black in America by rising-star playwright Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. Marquis and Tru are both 14-year-old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights; while Tru is a street savvy kid from deep within the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap one day in a holding cell. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his “blackness” and pens a how-to manual entitled “Being Black for Dummies”. He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing. Ahmed Best directs. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Aug. 28 – Sept. 13 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Closely Related Keys Home, identity, secrets and lies. An African-American attorney with a career on the rise is shocked to learn she has an Iraqi half-sister in this hard-hitting drama about family conflict and clashing cultures by acclaimed playwright Wendy Graf. Julia Dolan’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble when Neyla, a devout Muslim, arrives in the U.S. with plans to audition for Juilliard. But is there more to her story? International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Sept. 12 – Oct. 26 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Continuity — On a soundstage in a desert in New Mexico meant to look like a melting ice sheet in Greenland, things are running way behind schedule. As over-qualified-but-under-recognized director Maria tries to salvage her big-budget thriller about climate change and eco-terrorism, her cast and screenwriter waste precious minutes of daylight with behind-the-scenes drama. Lindsay Allbaugh directs this startlingly funny new play by Bess Wohl about what is worth saving and what isn’t — especially when we’re facing the end of the world. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Oct. 23 – Nov. 8 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Lend Me A Tenor Ken Ludwig’s  two-time Tony-nominated screwball comedy is filled with mayhem, high-jinx and hilarity. When world-famous tenor Tito Morelli arrives for a fundraiser at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, a chain-reaction of mistaken identity and mixed signals spirals out of control, leaving audiences giddy and teary-eyed with laughter. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Friday, Oct. 30 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 8th 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

Monday, 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 annual free block party with music, dance, homemade tamales and “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 led by ceremonial dancers Los Chinelos from the corner of Magnolia and Adams 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

Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 @ 7:30 p.m.:
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8th annual La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin — A Los Angeles holiday tradition, the City’s largest theatrical holiday production features over 100 actors, singers and indigenous Aztec dancers as well as children and seniors from the community 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/

 

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