Miwa Matreyek makes more animated magic with "This World Made Itself" at REDCAT, Mike Daisey explores "American Utopias" at Royce Hall, and Christopher Durang channels Chekov in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Taper.
China: The Whole Enchilada West Coast premiere of Mark Brown’s comedy musical that condenses 5,000 years of Chinese history. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Drive, Hollywood. Tue.-Wed., 8 p.m.; ends March 12. $15. (310) 281-8337.
Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera Concert staging of this musical about the infamous figure-skating rivalry. King King, 6555 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Tue.-Wed., 8 p.m. $20, $25. (323) 960-9234.
Above the Fold An African American journalist investigates an alleged rape at a Southern university in the world premiere of Bernard Weinraub’s drama; with Tajari P. Henson. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Feb. 23. $38-$72. (626) 356-7529.
American Utopias Monologist Mike Daisey explores the concept of public space from Disney World to Burning Man to Occupy Wall St. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. Thu., 8 p.m. $25-$45. (310) 825-2101.
From the Best of the Fest Three-week showcase features female solo performers from the first 20 years of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 23. $15-$25. (866) 811-4111.
Bunny Bunny — Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy Former “SNL” writer Alan Zweibel’s memoir of his friendship with the late comedienne. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends March 2. $27-$52. (818) 955-8101.
Going to St. Ives Lee Blessing’s two-character drama about an African dictator’s mother and an English ophthalmologist. Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends March 16. $20-$30. (323) 462-8460.
A Murder Is Announced Classic whodunit featuring Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends March 2. $26, $28. (818) 884-1907.
The Royal Grand Groundlings Hawaiian Resort and Spa The Groundlings improv troupe presents an all-new sketch show. The Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., L.A. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 8 and 10 p.m.; ends April 19. $20. (323) 934-4747.
This World Made Itself West Coast premiere of multimedia artist Miwa Matreyek’s latest solo work mixing animation and live performance. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m. $16, $20. (213) 237-2800.
Still Awake Still! West Coast premiere of this family-friendly musical fable. Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 1 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 3:30 p.m. $20. (714) 556-2121.
The Rivals Classical Theatre Lab offers a staged reading of Sheridan’s 18th-century satire. Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Sat., 2 p.m. Free.
In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Revue Fully staged salute to the big-band era. Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Sat., 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. $25-$65. (818) 677-3000.
The Algonquin Round Table Parson’s Nose Theater celebrates the wit and wisdom of Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, et al. 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.
By Jupiter Concert performances of this Rodgers & Hart musical fantasy set in mythic Greece. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 16. $25, $50. (323) 851-7977.
Firemen Echo Theater Company presents the world premiere of Tommy Smith’s unlikely love story set in rural Washington during the Gulf War. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends March 16. $25. (310) 307-3753.
Good People Ensemble Theatre Company stages David Lindsay-Abaire’s class-conscious comedy set in Boston. The New Vic, 33 West Victoria St., Santa Barbara. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; ends Feb. 23. $20-$65. (805) 965-5400.
Inherit the Wind Classic courtroom drama inspired by the Scopes Monkey Trial. Grove Theater Center, 1111-B W. Olive Ave., Burbank. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends March 16. $25. (323) 960-7721.
Jamaica Farewell Updated version of Debra Ehrhardt’s solo show about her 1970s-era journey from Jamaica to the U.S. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends March 2. $35. (800) 838-3006.
Nocturne A former piano prodigy recalls his role in a family tragedy in Adam Rapp’s drama. Actors Company, 916A N. Formosa Ave., West Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends March 9. $20. (323) 960-4443.
The Whipping Man West Coast Jewish Theatre presents the L.A. premiere of Matthew Lopez’s Civil War-era drama about a young Jewish Confederate officer and two former slaves. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends April 13. $25-$35. (323) 821-2449.
The Wrong Man World premiere of writer-performer Ross Golan’s musical drama about a man facing execution for a murder he did not commit. Skylight Theatre, 1816 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends March 16. $30, $34. (213) 761-7061.
13th Annual 50 Hour Drive-by Theatre Festival Five all-new mini-plays. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat.-next Sun., 8:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 10. $15. (818) 202-4120.
Death Takes a Holiday Musical Theatre Guild presents the tune-filled fantasy based on the 1929 play. Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $45. (818) 848-6844.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning, Chekov-inspired comedy set in present-day Pennsylvania; David Hyde Pierce directs. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends March 9. $20-$70. (213) 628-2772.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times