L.A. theater openings, Feb. 14-21: 'Past Time,' 'Pocatello' and more

L.A. theater openings, Feb. 14-21: 'Past Time,' 'Pocatello' and more
Leon Russom, left, and French Stewart in a scene from Padraic Duffy’s “Past Time” at Sacred Fools Theatre. (Libby Baker)

This week: Two local theatre companies — Sacred Fools and Rogue Machine — each move into new digs with, respectively, a world premiere from Padraic Duffy and a West Coast premiere by Samuel D. Hunter.

Dearest Friend Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss read the love letters of President John Adams and his wife, First Lady Abigail Adams. Theatre 40, Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. Sun., Mon., 8 p.m. $65. (310) 364-3606.


Hollywoud Octavio Carlin's new farce about an aspiring actress in 1930s Tinseltown. Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sun., next Sun., 3 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends March 20. $34. (323) 960-4443.

Monty Python's Spamalot Hit musical based on the British comedy troupe's spoof of Arthurian legends; features adult content. Rose Center Theater, 14140 All American Way, Westminster. Sun., next Sun., 2 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; ends March 5. $15-$30. (714) 793-1150.

The Producers Mel Brooks' musical based on his 1967 comedy about a pair of scammers trying to mount an intentional flop on Broadway. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara. Tue.-Wed., 7:30 p.m. $33 and up. (805) 899-2222.

But I Love Him Michelle Jewsbury's new solo show about surviving domestic violence. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Wed., 8 p.m. $20.

Criers for Hire East West Players stages the world premiere of Giovanni Ortega's comedy about a trio of women who work as professional mourners in Monterey Park. David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 Judge John Aiso St., L.A. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends March 13. $28-$38; pay what you can, Feb. 18; discounts available. (213) 625-7000.

Wicked National touring production of the hit musical prequel to "The Wizard of Oz." Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Thu., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends March 6. $49 and up. (714) 556-2787.

The Blessing of a Broken Heart An Israeli mother endures a tragic loss in the L.A. premiere of this adaptation of Sherri Mandell's memoir. Jewish Women's Theatre at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; ends March 20. (800) 838-3006.

How Love Lasts Echo Theater Company presents Brooke Bishop and Daniel Landberg's drama inspired by the true stories of couples in successful long-term relationships. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village. Thu., 8 p.m.; ends March 24. $10. (310) 307-3753.

Julia Brazilian director Christiane Jatahy mixes theater and film in this reworking of Strindberg's 19th-century drama "Miss Julie"; in Portuguese with English supertitles. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Feb. 21. $20-$30. (213) 237-2800.

The Last Match World premiere of Anna Ziegler's comedy about two rival tennis stars and their significant others. The Old Globe, San Diego, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends March 13. $29 and up. (619) 234-5623.

Only the Moon Howls Theatre Unleashed presents Dean Farell Bruggeman's drama about love and loss. The Belfry Stage, Upstairs at the Crown, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends March 12. $15. (818) 849-4039.

Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo A Salvadoran immigrant tries to escape his gang ties and reconnect with his family in Paul S. Flores' drama; Culture Clash's Ric Salinas stars. Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends Feb. 28. $15, $20. (323) 263-7684.

Unemployed. Finally. Heather Dowling's solo show about having 30 jobs in 30 years. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Thu., 8 p.m. $15, $20.


Weird on Top Improv-comedy troupe performs. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood. Thu., 8 p.m. $10. (818) 508-3003.

The Antigone Project Workshop performances of Annie Saunders and Becca Wolff's devised-theatre piece based on Sophocles' Oedipus Cycle. The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 21. $7; advanced tickets required. (310) 440-7300.

Dusk Rings a Bell A man and a woman reconnect 25 years after their teenage fling in Stephen Belber's dramedy. The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends March 13. $25, $30. (323) 960-7784.

Hamlet Period staging of Shakespeare's tragedy of the melancholy Dane. Archway Studio/Theatre, 10509 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends March 26. $30. (818) 980-7529.

In Sketch We Trust Improv-comedy troupe Held2gether performs. Long Beach Playhouse, Studio Theatre, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $15. (562) 494-1014.

Past Time For its first production in its new home, Sacred Fools Theatre presents the world premiere of Padraic Duffy's farce about a man who enlists his grandfather in a romantic scheme; with French Stewart. The Lillian Theatre, 1076 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends March 26. $25. (310) 281-8337.

Colony Collapse World premiere of Stefanie Zadravec's drama about a couple of recovering meth addicts trying to rebuild their lives while working at an apple orchard in rural Oregon. Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends March 20. $20-$39. (626) 683-6883.

Perô, or The Mysteries of the Night Family-friendly fable about a brokenhearted baker features puppets, actors and live music; for ages 7 and up. Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 1 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 3:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 21. $20. (714) 556-2787.

Pocatello For its first show in their new venue, Rogue Machine Theatre stages the West Coast premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's comedy about the manager of a chain restaurant and others in that small Idaho city. The Met Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., L.A. Sat., 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends March 27. $34.99. (855) 585-5185.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare's classic tale of the star-crossed lovers. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 8. $44 and up; student rush, $20. (626) 356-3100.

Rose Queen Queen Margaret takes center stage in Ensemble Shakespeare Theater's new adaptation of the Bard's War of the Roses plays. Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends March 13. $14, $18.


Tempest Redux Odyssey Theatre and the New American Theatre join forces for an El Niño-themed, physical theater take on Shakespeare's fantasy tale. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends April 10. $25–$34. (310) 477-2055.

The Vagina Monologues Benefit performance of Eve Ensler's hit show. Los Angeles Theatre, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Sat., 7 p.m. $37-$57. (866) 811-4111.

The Best of Shine The storytelling series encores its top tales from 2015. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $10; discounts available. (310) 452-2321.

Celebrity Autobiography Fred Willard, Florence Henderson, et al., read excerpts from memoirs by Jennifer Lopez, Donald Trump and others. Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $100, $150. (800) 838-3006.

A Class Act Musical Theatre Guild presents the musical inspired by the life of composer-lyricist Edward Kleban ("A Chorus Line"). Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $45. (818) 243-2539.

DNA New Work Series Staged readings of six new plays; details at La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 29. Free; reservations required. (858) 550-1010.

The Mystery of Love & Sex Two college students, friends since childhood, embark on an interracial romance in the West Coast premiere of Bathsheba Doran's family drama; with "Parenthood's" Mae Whitman and "NYPD Blue's" Sharon Lawrence. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends March 20. $25-$85. (213) 628-2772.