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L.A. theater openings, Dec. 14-21: 'Blithe Spirit' and more

Five-time Tony winner Angela Landsbury stars in "Blithe Spirit" at the Ahmanson

Angela Landsbury graces the stage in "Blithe Spirit" at the Ahmanson, someone made "Too Many Tamales" at Plaza de la Raza Theatre, and Rogue Artists Ensemble presents a pair of puppet-powered family shows.

Blithe Spirit Five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury stars as psychic medium Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s classic farce. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 6:30 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 18. $25-$115. (213) 972-4400.

Suitcase Full of Lies! Nicole Parker’s solo comedy about a 1970s sitcom star. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Sun., 8 p.m. $20. (323) 669-1550.

10 Days Before Christmas and the Night Before Hanukkah Holiday cabaret with Lee Lessack, Susannah Mars and Richard Weidlich. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Mon., 8 p.m. $22.50. (323) 669-1550.

Sharon McNight: Twisted Xmas The Tony nominee performs. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Mon., 8 p.m. $15-$35. (323) 669-1550.

Upright Cabaret’s 9th Annual A Broadway Christmas Show tunes and holiday favorites; hosted by Bruce Vilanch. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Wed.-Thu., 8:30 p.m. $25, $30. (866) 468-3399.

SHINE True-life tales about forgiveness. YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 2019 14th St., Santa Monica. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. (310) 452-2321.
Into the Weiss Broadway veteran Sasha Weiss performs. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Thu., 8 p.m. $15-$35. (323) 669-1550.

It’s a Wonderful Life Fake Radio presents the Frank Capra classic as a radio play. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. Center for Inquiry West, Hollywood. Thu., 8 p.m. $20. (800) 838-3006.

The Santa Closet St. Nick gets caught up in the debate over LGBT rights in Jeffrey Solomon’s solo show; for ages 14 and up. Asylum Lab, 1076 N. Lillian Way, L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m. $12. (323) 962-1632.

Too Many Tamales Family-friendly holiday tale, with separate presentations in Spanish and English. Plaza de la Raza Theatre, 3540 N. Mission Road, L.A. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., noon, 3 and 6 p.m.; ends Dec. 23. $15, $17. (213) 437-0500.

A Rockin’ Rockwell Family Christmas Family-friendly holiday cabaret. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 27. $15-$35. (323) 669-1550.

The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone/Zen Shorts Rogue Artists Ensemble presents two family-friendly puppet shows based on award-winning children’s books. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. Sat.-next Sun., 2 and 4 p.m. $10 per show; $15 for both. (213) 596-9468.

A Christmas Carol Parson’s Nose presents a staged reading of the Dickens classic; for ages 12 and up. Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 7 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m. Pay what you will. (626) 403-7667.

Liquid Love Musical revue features pop standards, soul classics and more. T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7:30 p.m. $20. (310) 366-5505.
 

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