The Second City puts a twist on Dickens, the Troubies build a holiday show around one-hit wonders, and Impro Theatre is making it up as it goes along in "
The Gizmo Guys Comedy juggling act for ages 4 and up. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Today, 1 and 3:30 p.m. $8, $12. (562) 944-9801.
Blue Suede Christmas A pair of Elvis impersonators perform classic hits and seasonal favorites. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Today, 3 p.m. $35-$65. (562) 467-8818.
The Steward of Christendom Tony winner Brian Dennehy stars in Sebastian Barry's drama about an elderly man reflecting on his life after being committed to a mental institution in 1930s Ireland. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Today, 7 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 5. $20-$70. (213) 628-2772.
Aladdin and His Winter Wish Family-friendly holiday musical based on the Arabian Nights tale; with
A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens! The Second City returns with its irreverent take on the holiday classic; with surprise guests. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 and 9 p.m.; next Sun., 3 and 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 29. $20-$65. (213) 628-2772.
The Latina Christmas Special Three female comics share autobiographical tales of holidays past in his world premiere. The Elephant Space, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Opens Thu. Thu., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.; ends Dec. 21. $15, $20. (800) 838-3006.
Reasons to Be Happy L.A. Theatre Works records Neil LaBute’s follow-up to his comedy “Reasons to Be Pretty” for their radio program; with “The Newsroom’s” Thomas Sadoski and “The Office’s”
Show Pony TV and movie actor
Wonderful Life Writer-performer Jason Lott’s solo show based on
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
New Voices Festival Readings of new American plays from professional and aspiring playwrights. 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.
Sparkle! An All-Star Holiday Concert
Jane Austen Unscripted Impro Theatre improvises new comedic plays in the style of the 19th century British author. The Edye Second Space, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends Dec. 22. $40, $45. (310) 434-3200.
Passionate Ladies Writer-performer Barbara Perry’s one-person show about women in the arts is expanded for five actresses in this fundraiser; with
Walkin' in a Winter One-Hit-Wonderland Troubadour Theater Company offers a holiday-themed music-and-comedy cabaret show. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 and 7 p.m.; ends Jan. 19. $27-$57. (818) 955-8101.
Pinocchio The first Los Angeles Children's Theater Festival continues with this tale of the puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy. The Santa Monica Little Theater, 12420 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Sat.-next Sun., 11 a.m.; ends Jan. 5. $10. (310) 622-4482.
A Christmas Carol Dickens' classic holiday fable. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 22. $14-$24. (562) 494-1014.
How to Be a Rock Critic Staged reading of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's play about music writer Lester Bangs. Upstairs@KDT, Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Next Sun., 1 p.m. $10. (213) 628-2772.