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L.A. theater openings, April 27-May 4: 'What You Will' and more

Roger Rees brings his Bard-centric one-man show "What You Will" back to San Diego's Old Globe, for one night only. Plus, 3-D Theatricals ventures "Into the Woods" with that Sondheim musical, and Sarah Ruhl's "Passion Play" plays in Orange County.

Pinter Bookends Classical Theatre Lab presents staged readings of Harold Pinter’s “The Room” and “Celebration.” Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sunday, 2 p.m. Free. (323) 960-5691.

The Blue Moon Dancing Reading of Ed Graczyk’s new play set in a dance hall. The Production Company Workspace, 14731 Oxnard St., Van Nuys. Sunday, 7 p.m.; Mon., 8 p.m. Free. (310) 869-7546.

Hooked: My Journey From Hooker to Healer Writer-performer Bailey Mason shares her story in this solo show. SpiritWorks! Center for Spiritual Living, 260 N. Pass Ave., Burbank. Sunday, next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends June 29. $20. (818) 623-7408.

What You Will Tony winner Roger Rees takes a romp through world of Shakespeare. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Mon., 7 p.m. $33 and up. (619) 234-5623.

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Cardboard Capital Workshop production of Gabriel Rivas Gomez’s new drama about homelessness, unemployment, immigration, etc. Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends May 18. $15, $25. (323) 655-7679.

40 Is the New Groundlings The improv school’s 40th-anniversary celebration features current troupe members and appearances by famous alumni. The Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., L.A. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 8 and 10 p.m.; ends July 12. $10-$25. (323) 934-4747.

The Capitol Steps The comedy-and-music troupe returns with more song parodies inspired by current events. Beckman Auditorium, Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $10-$38. (626) 395-4652.

Do Not Disturb A selection of Joshua Fardon’s darkly comic one-acts includes two world premieres. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends May 31. $20, $25. (323) 856-8611.

Thinking Shakespeare Live! Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein and three actors explore the works of the Bard. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Sat., 11 a.m. $10, $15. (619) 234-5623.

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The Wind in the Willows Family-friendly adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s book about four animal friends. The Santa Monica Little Theater, 12420 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Sat.-next Sun., 11 a.m.; ends June 1. $10. (310) 622-4482.

Vivien Percy Granger’s one-act drama about a father and son reunited after almost four decades. Acting Artists Theatre, 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Sat.-next Sun., 3 and 8 p.m.; ends May 25. $10, $15. (323) 960-7770.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks Leslie Caron stars in Richard Alfieri’s drama about a widow who forms an unlikely bond with a dance instructor. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June 8. $35-$76. (949) 497-2787.

A Delicate Balance Edward Albee’s Pulitzer-winning comedy about a suburban couple and their unexpected houseguests; with Susan Sullivan and David Selby. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June 15. $10-$45. (310) 477-2055.

Into the Woods 3-D Theatricals stages Stephen Sondheim’s musical based on the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. Plummer Auditorium, 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 18. $28-$60. (714) 589-2770.

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L.A. Views — Traffic Jam Company of Angels Playwrights Group presents its annual short-play festival. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 25. $12-$20. (213) 489-0994.

Passion Play O.C. premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s drama about acting troupes staging the religious pageant in three historical eras. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 25. $25-$35. (714) 777-3033.

Songs in Blue: A Celebration of the Great American Songbook Stacy Sullivan sings classics by Cole Porter, the Gershwins, et al. Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m. $20, $25. (626) 683-6883.

The Underpants Actor-comic Steve Martin’s adaptation of a classic German satire about a couple’s life upended by a public humiliation. Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 25. $18-$20. (310) 828-7519.

Coming Out Kinky: A Grown-Up Story Writer-performer Jean Franzblau recalls her sexual awakening in this solo show; for mature audiences. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. Sat., 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 7:30 p.m.; ends June 8. $25. (800) 838-3006.

Vaudeville in the Park Independent Shakespeare Co. presents a variety show to benefit the annual Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. Griffith Park (Old Zoo), 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, L.A. Next Sun., 3 p.m. $35 and up. (818) 710-6306.

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