L.A. theater openings, Dec. 7-14: 'Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight' and more

Lucy Lawless and Olivia Holt star in "Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight" at the Pasadena Playhouse.

The Troubies will rock you with a Queen-inspired take on a classic fairy tale, the witches of "Wicked" are back on the boards at the Pantages, and Lucy Lawless is looking pretty wicked herself in "Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight."

The Odyssey: Heroic Tales From Greek Mythology Kid-friendly take on Homer’s classic. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sun., 1 and 3:30 p.m. $10-$15. (562) 944-9801.

The Seriously Neurotic Dream of Mary Shelley Carla Cackowski’s new solo comedy about the “Frankenstein” author. VS Theater, 5453 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Sun., next Sun., 7 p.m.; Tue., 8 p.m. $15. (323) 739-4411.

IAMA & Friends: An Ugly Sweater Holiday Spectacular Cabaret show to benefit the IAMA Theatre Company. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Sun., 8 p.m. $35. (323) 669-1550.

Dixie’s Tupperware Party Interactive comedy starring drag performer Dixie Longate. Samueli Theater, 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 Jan. 4. $49 and up. (714) 556-2121.

The Christmas Present A lonely man hires a hooker for the holidays in Guy Picot’s dark British comedy. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Tue.-Wed., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 24. $15. (800) 838-3006.

Love in the Time of Chanukah Reading of Joshua Harmon’s comedy about a gay college student celebrating the holiday on his own for the first time. Akbar, 4356 Sunset Blvd., L.A. Tue., 8 p.m. Free; reservations at www.6avenue.org.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The family-friendly holiday musical has its OC premiere. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Thu., 1 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 11 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m. $29 and up. (714) 556-2787.

Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight Family-friendly holiday musical in the style of a British panto; with Lucy Lawless and Olivia Holt. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Wed.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., noon, 4 p.m.; ends Jan. 4. $24-$125. (626) 356-7529.

A Celtic Holiday with Craic in the Stone Company-created show features traditional music and folk tales. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills. Wed.-Thu., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 23. $40. (714) 777-3033.

The Mother… With the Hat Stephen Adly Guirgis' comedy about an ex-con trying to put his life back together. The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts, 1625 N. Las Palmas Blvd., Hollywood. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 12. Free. (855) 556-6565.

tinyDANGEROUSfun! L.A. Experimental variety show. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Wed., 8 p.m. $10. (818) 508-3003.

Wicked The Tony-winning musical prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” returns. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Wed., 8 p.m.; Thu., 2 and 8 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends March 15. $35 and up. (800) 982-2787.

Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert Cabaret show to benefit the Actor’s Fund. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $20-$100. (323) 669-1550.

Cyrano de Bergerac L.A. Theatre Works records Edmond Rostand’s 19th-century romantic tale for its radio program; Hamish Linklater stars. 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.

The Fruit Cake Follies Send-up of holiday specials from the 1970s. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 4 and 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 22. $25, $30. (800) 838-3006.

Weird On Top The improv-comedy troupe performs. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Thu., 8 p.m. $10. (818) 508-3003.

New Voices Festival Readings of new American plays. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m. Free. (619) 234-5623.

Don’t Dress for Dinner The Group Rep stages Marc Camoletti’s sex farce. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Jan. 25. $15-$25. (818) 763-5990.

Fellowship! Concert performance of a musical parody of Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring.” Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Fri., 8 p.m. $10. (323) 669-1550.

Rosemary Clooney: Swingin’ White Christmas Debby Boone and Michael Feinstein pay tribute to the singer-actress. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Fri., 8 p.m. $55-$95. (562) 467-8818.

The Snow QUEEN Troubadour Theater Company’s mash-up of the classic fairy tale and the music of the British rock band. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 and 7 p.m.; ends Jan. 18. $29-$59. (818) 955-8101.

Vox Lumiere — The Phantom of the Opera The classic 1925 silent film serves as the backdrop for this multimedia musical. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $20-$75. (844) 869-7625.

Dark & Dirty Holiday Cabaret Adult-themed variety show. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Fri., 9 p.m. $12. (818) 508-3003.

Olde Fashioned Yuletide Celebration Fundraiser for the Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum’s educational programming features Amy Madigan reading Tolstoy’s “What We Live By,” plus caroling and a visit from Father Christmas. The Mountain Mermaid, 20421 Callon Drive, Topanga. Sat., 6 p.m. $200. (310) 455-3723.

Cabrillo’s 2014 Holiday Family Celebration Featuring performers from Cabrillo Music Theatre, audience sing-a-longs and more. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Sat., 8 p.m. $29. (805) 497-8613.

A Christmas Carol Dickens’ classic fable. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 21. $14-$27. (562) 494-1014.

The Gospel Of Dolly: A Hard Candy Christmas Our Lady J celebrates all things Dolly Parton. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m. $20. (323) 669-1550.

Into the Woods The Jewish Women’s Repertory Co. presents the Sondheim musical. Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m. $25-$40. (323) 964-9768.

Blithe Spirit Five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury stars as medium Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s classic farce. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 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. Next Sun., 8 p.m. $20. (323) 669-1550.

 

 

 

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