L.A. theater openings, April 12-19: 'Loopholes: A Pain in the I.R.S.' and more

The world-premiere musical-comedy "Loopholes: A Pain in the I.R.S." opens at the Hudson MainStage Theatre

It's a good week for world premieres with Rajiv Joseph’s fantastical new drama "Mr. Wolf," a musical adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and the tune-filled satire "Loopholes: A Pain in the I.R.S."

All About Murder Interactive mystery-comedy inspired by the Bette Davis film “All About Eve.” Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Sun., 7 p.m. $20. (626) 355-4318.

Gentleman Prefer Blondes Musical Theatre Guild stages the classic about two gal-pals on a cruise to Europe. Moss Theatre at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Sun., 7 p.m. $45. (818) 848-6844.

An Evening with Garrison Keillor The host of “A Prairie Home Companion” shares humorous anecdotes. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Mon., 8 p.m. $40 and up. (949) 553-2422.

First Annual Stage Raw Los Angeles Theater Awards Celebrating 2014’s best work in venues with up-to 99 seats. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Mon., 7:30 p.m. $25; tickets at www.web.ovationtix.com.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Musical based on the 1988 comedy about two rival con-men on the French Riviera. Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. Tue.-Wed., 8 p.m.; ends May 6. $18-$28. (818) 244-8481.

Guys and Dolls National touring production of this classic musical comedy about gamblers, gangsters, showgirls and others in 1940s NYC. Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tue.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends April 19. $29 and up. (714) 556-2787.

Loopholes: A Pain in the I.R.S. World-premiere musical comedy based on the true story of one’s man battle with the tax-collection agency. Hudson MainStage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Wed., 8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 and 7 p.m.; ends May 17. $30. (323) 960-7735.

The Power of Duff West Coast premiere of Stephen Belber’s comedy-drama about a TV news anchor who comes to be seen as a spiritual leader. Geffen Playhouse, Gil Cates Theater, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat, 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends May 17. $39-$79. (310) 208-5454.

Never Givin’ Up Anna Deavere Smith explores the civil-rights movement in this solo show that includes a reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Wed.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 26. $29-$55. (310) 434-3200.

Arthur Miller – A Life L.A. Theatre Works records this bio-drama about the playwright for its radio program; with Ed Asner and Jane Kaczmarek. 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. $15-$60. (310) 827-0889.

Boy Gets Girl Theatre Unleashed stages Rebecca Gilman’s thriller about gender roles, sexism, and a blind date that leads to a dangerous obsession. The Belfry Stage, Upstairs at the Crown, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends May 9. $20. (818) 849-4039.

Frank Oliver’s Twisted Cabaret One-man variety show features magic, juggling, burlesque, etc. Magicopolis, 1418 4th St., Santa Monica. Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; ends April 25. $35. (310) 451-2241.

Hot August Night: A Tribute to Neil Diamond Dean Colley and his band re-create an early-1970s concert by the singer-songwriter. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends April 19. $39-$65. (818) 508-4200.

Acting Out INK Fest! Three-day event features 21 short plays by female playwrights. Fri., 1 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.; next Sun., 10 a.m. $7-$10; festival passes, $39 and $99. Info at www.2centstheatre.com.

Bedlam Explosivo XXL Variety Hour Cabaret show features burlesque, magic and more. ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri., 11 p.m.; ends May 8. $15. (818) 202-4120.

Children of Camelot Workshop production of Nakisa Aschtiani’s drama that reimagines the outcome of the JFK assassination. The Studio at Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $5. (562) 494-1014.

Deadwood Dick, or the Game of Gold! Archway Studio/Theatre’s first production in their new location is this farcical western melodrama. Archway Studio/Theatre, 10509 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 24. $18. (213) 237-9933.

Granta’s Dead Interviews John Fleck, “24’s” Xander Berkeley, et al., portray literary and pop-culture icons tasked with interviewing one another in this WordTheatre presentation. Six01 Studio, 630 S. Flower St., Burbank. Fri., 8 p.m. $20. (323) 822-0823.

The Great War Dutch theater ensemble Hotel Modern and composer Arthur Sauer re-create scenes from WWI using dollhouse-scale props and ordinary household materials in this multimedia work. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends April 19. $28-$45. (213) 237-2800.

Mary Poppins Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the stage adaptation of the Disney classic about a magical nanny. Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Thu., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 26. $30-$75. (805) 449-2787.

After the Revolution Southern California premiere of Amy Herzog’s drama about a Jewish American family forced to confront its radical legacy; contains strong language. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 10. $30, $35. (714) 777-3033.

Dreamscape A young woman recalls her life and tragic death in a police shooting in Rickerby Hinds’ fantastical, hip-hop-infused drama. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 6. $10-$30. (866) 811-4111.

The Gruffalo’s Child Family-friendly musical fable about a youngster who ventures into the woods. 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 April 19. $20 and up. (949) 553-2422.

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice World premiere of Lindsay Warren Baker & Amanda Jacobs’ musical based on the classic novel about love and courtship in early 19th-century England. La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 10. $20-$70. (562) 944-9801.

L.A. Views: At Your Service This year’s edition of Company of Angels’ annual short-play festival salutes workers in service-industry jobs. The Hayward Hotel, 206 W. 6th St., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends May 17. $12-$20. Tickets and info at www.companyofangels.org.

Last Train to Nibroc A man and a woman with little in common meet on a train in Arlene Hutton’s romantic comedy set in the 1940s. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Sat., 8 p.m., next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 10. $44-$54. (805) 667-2900.

Mr. Wolf World premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s fantastical drama about a teenage girl who seeks to learn the secrets of the universe. South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat. and next Sun., 2 and 7:45 p.m.; ends May 3. $22 and up. (714) 708-5555.

O My God West Coast Jewish Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of Anat Gov’s dark comedy about a Tel Aviv psychologist struggling with her son’s autism. The Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends June 7. $25, $35. (323) 821-2449.

The Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 26. $16-$20. (909) 477-2752.

Words by Ira Gershwin L.A. premiere of this bio-musical musical saluting the lyricist half of the sibling songwriting duo. The Colony Theatre, 55 N. Third St., Burbank. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 17 $20-$55. (818) 558-7000.

The World Goes Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb Musical revue salutes the duo behind such classic Broadway shows as “Chicago” and “Cabaret.” Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m; ends May 24. $18-$24. (805) 583-7900.

Woyzeck Ensemble Theatre Company stages the Tom Waits-Kathleen Brennan musical based on the 19th-century German play about a traumatized soldier. The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends May 3. $35-$75. (805) 965-5400.

Generation Sex Chicago-based all-Latina theatre troupe Teatro Luna presents a new, interactive comedy about millenials and romance; in English with some Spanish; for ages 16 and up. Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theatre 4, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 17. $10-$34.99. (866) 811-4111.

SHINE The storytelling series celebrates its move to a new venue with true-life tales of new beginnings. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $10. (310) 452-2321.

A Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Evening With Richard M. Sherman & Friends The veteran songwriter (“Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang”) and others perform in this benefit for Cabrillo Music Theatre. Founders Room in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $75. (805) 497-8613.

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