Writer-performer Karen Anzoategui kicks off her soccer-themed "¡Ser!" at LATC, veterans portray veterans in "American Soldiers" at Hollywood's American Legion Hall, and La Jolla Playhouse invites you to step right up for "Side Show."
Legal Briefs: Lawmakers and Activists Native Voices at the Autry’s third-annual festival of Native American-themed short plays. Wells Fargo Theater at the Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. Sunday, 1:30 p.m. $8, $12. (323) 667-2000.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum presents Shakespeare’s romantic fantasy. Jackie Robinson Park, 8773 E. Ave. R, Littlerock. Sunday, 2 p.m. Free. (661) 944-2880.
Sherlock Through the Looking-Glass Return engagement of this darkly-comic mash-up of the worlds of Arthur Conan Doyle and Lewis Carroll. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sunday, next Sun., 2 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 22. $30. (310) 477-2055.
Aspirin & Elephants Revival of Jerry Mayer’s comedy about an older couple on a cruise with their two adult daughters and sons-in-law. The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Sunday, next Sun., 3 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 26. $22.50, $29. (310) 394-9779.
Front Porch Society Reading of a new play about five African American women on Election Day, 2008. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Sunday, 3 p.m. $10 suggested donation. (213) 489-7402.
Twelve Angry Men Revival of Reginald Rose’s classic jury-room drama, performed by a cast of black and white actors. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Sunday, 5 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 1. $38-$125. (626) 356-7529.
Orwellian Return engagement of Larry Cedar’s one-person examination of the writings of “1984” author George Orwell. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sunday, 7 p.m.; Thu., Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 22. $25. (310) 477-2055.
American Soldiers A cast of veteran performs Matt Morillo’s drama about two generations of a military family affected by post-traumatic stress disorder. American Legion Hall, 2035 Highland Ave., Hollywood. Mon.-Thu., 8 p.m. $20. (323) 960-7738.
Forever Staged reading of writer-performer Dael Orlandersmith’s one-person show inspired by a visit to a famed Paris cemetery. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Mon., 8 p.m. $10. (213) 628-2772.
The Nisei Widows Club: How Tomi Got Her Groove Back East West Players presents the third installment in Betty Tokudani’s comic trilogy about a close-knit group of Japanese-American women. David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 N. Judge John Aiso St., L.A. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 8. $21-$60; Nov. 29, pay what you can. (213) 625-7000.
Les Misérables Student production of the musical based on the Victor Hugo novel. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 23. $20. (310) 506-4522.
Malika, Queen of the Cats Family-friendly puppet-theatre performance based on a Palestinian folktale. Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $10, $15. (310) 286-0553.
Marilyn Maye and Clint Holmes: A Matched Pair The veteran performers share the stage in this cabaret show. Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. $79 and up. (714) 556-2121.
Potted Potter Unauthorized but family-friendly send-up of the exploits of a certain boy wizard. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 7:30 p.m. $35, $45. (949) 854-4646.
The Columnist L.A. Theatre Works records the West Coast premiere of David Auburn’s biographical drama about Cold War-era journalist Joseph Alsop for its radio program; with John Vickery, David Krumholtz and JoBeth Williams. James Bridges Theater, UCLA, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Westwood. Opens Thu. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m. $15-$50. (310) 827-0889.
Elvis’s Toenail World premiere of Fionnuala Kenny’s drama about a pregnant runaway in 1960s Ireland. Sidewalk Studio Theatre, 4150 Riverside Drive Ste D, Toluca Lake. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Dec. 8. $15. (800) 838-3006.
Live! From the Last Night of My Life California premiere of Wayne Rawley’s comic drama about a gas-station cashier planning to end it all. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Drive, Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 21. $20. (310) 281-8337.
The Roman Catholic Mime Collective The sketch-comedy troupe offers an occasionally irreverent celebration of the life of Jesus. The Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Fri., 10:30 p.m. $10. (818) 508-3003.
Ivy + Bean, the Musical Family-friendly tale based on the children’s book series about two second-grade girls. South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 2 and 4:30 p.m.; next Sun., 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 24. $20-$25. (714) 708-5555.
Dallas Non-stop World premiere of Boni B. Alvarez’s tale of a call-center worker from the Philippines pursuing her version of the American dream. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Dec. 9. $25. (800) 838-3006.
Marilyn — My Secret Return engagement of Willard Manus and Odalys Nanin’s dramedy chronicling the life and loves of the movie star. Macha Theatre, 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 6 p.m.; ends Jan. 19. $30. (323) 960-7862.
¡Ser! World premiere of writer-performer Karen Anzoategui’s one-person show, with music co-written by Los Lobos’ Louie Perez, about a soccer-loving queer Latina’s quest for love and community. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Dec. 8. $10-$30. (866) 811-4111.
A Family Affair Staged reading of an adaptation of Alexander Ostrovsky’s classic satire of Moscow’s merchant class. The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Next Sun., 2 p.m. Donation. (323) 960-5691.
Shadows Round the Moon Kate Burton reads a one-woman play about “Frankenstein” novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley as a benefit for Women in Film. The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles. Next Sun., 2:30 p.m. $25-$50. (323) 935-2211.
Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies Return engagement of this fact-based one-person show about a fired Arkansas music professor who finds his way to Hollywood. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Next Sun., 5:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 15. $20, $25. (323) 960-4418.
Side Show Updated version of the fact-based musical about conjoined twin sisters who took their act from the circus to the stage; Bill Condon directs. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 15. $15 and up. (858) 550-1010.
Wonderful Town Musical Theatre Guild opens its 18th season with a concert-staged reading of this Tony winner about two Ohio sisters who find themselves in 1930s NYC. Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $22.50-$45. (818) 848-6844.