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L.A. theater openings, Aug. 24-31: 'My Son the Waiter' and more

Brad Zimmerman brings his solo show "My Son the Waiter -- A Jewish Tragedy" to the Scherr Forum Theatre
Greenway Court Theatre host the world premiere of Cindy Shapiro's "Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera"
Ross Dungan's "The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle" has its West Coast premiere at Son of Semele Theater

Brad Zimmerman will be your server in "My Son the Waiter — A Jewish Tragedy" at the Scherr Forum Theatre, "Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera" reimagines a classic Greek myth at the Greenway Court Theatre, and the afterlife isn't all it's cracked up to be in "The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle" at Son of Semele Theater.

Botanicum Seedlings Staged readings of two new plays: Paul Hufker’s drama “belly wild, sharon rich” and Stephanie Swirsky’s dark comedy “Jew Kamp.” Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga. Sun., next Sun., 11 a.m. Free. (310) 455-3723.

Reaching for the Stars: A Cabrillo Cabaret A fundraiser for Cabrillo Music Theatre features musical performances by current and former company members. The Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea Ave., L.A. Mon., 8 p.m. $20; tickets at www.cabrillomusictheatre.com. (805) 497-8613.

A Midsummer Saturday Night's Fever Dream Troubadour Theater Company’s disco-inspired makeover of Shakespeare's romantic fantasy-comedy. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Tue.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 1 p.m.; ends Aug. 31. $45. (949) 497-2787.

My Son the Waiter — A Jewish Tragedy Writer-performer Brad Zimmerman’s solo show about his three decades as a struggling actor-comic in New York City. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends Sept. 21. $45-$55. (800) 745-3000.

2014 New Works Festival Four-day event features staged readings of the new plays “Children of Camelot,” “Caesar’s Blood,” “Sugarhill” and “Dietrich Danzig.” Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $10 suggested donation. (562) 494-1014.

Jagged Little Pill Musical theatre veterans celebrate the songs of Alanis Morissette in this cabaret show. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $20-$35. (323) 669-1550.

Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera World premiere of Cindy Shapiro’s reimagining of the ancient Greek myth about the love affair between a princess and the god Eros. Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Sept. 28. $34.99. (323) 655-7679.

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle A newly-deceased man is called to account for his actions while he was alive in the West Coast premiere of Ross Dungan’s fantasy comedy. Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Sept. 28. $18-$25. (213) 351-3507.

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