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L.A. theater openings, Jan. 12-19: 'Deathtrap' at Long Beach Playhouse

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Long Beach Playhouse revives Ira Levin's "Deathtrap," Denis O’Hare recites "An Iliad" at the Broad, and "Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel" returns to Santa Monica Pier's West End Theatre.

Carnaval de Cabrillo Community event features dance, music, etc., and a preview of Cabrillo Music Theatre’s upcoming production of “In the Heights” (at 1:45 p.m.). Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Sunday, noon. Free.

I’ll Go On Barry McGovern co-created and stars in this solo show based on three Samuel Beckett novels. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Sunday, 6:30 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 9. $20-$55. (213) 628-2772.

Ceremony A man facing a midlife crisis heads to the Andes on a mystical journey of self-discovery in Michael Kass’ solo show. Moving Arts Theatre, 1822 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Mon., 8 p.m.; ends Feb. 3. $15. (323) 666-3259.

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One Starry Night: Hollywood Coming Together to Fight ALS Star-studded benefit features Rex Smith, Bruce Vilance and many others. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Mon., 8 p.m. $25-$250. (626) 356-7529.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Hit Broadway musical based on the animated film based on the classic fairytale. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tue.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.; ends next Sun. $29 and up. (714) 556-2787.

Have a Little Faith Tony winner Faith Prince shares songs and stories in this one-woman show. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Tue., 8 p.m. $20-$40. (310) 506-4522.

An Iliad Tony winner Denis O’Hare performs an abridged version of Homer’s epic tale of the Trojan War in this solo show. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Wed., Fri.8 p.m.; Sat., 1 p.m.; next Sun., 7:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 2. $47-$98. (310) 434-3200. Story on Page E5

Dreamscape A young woman recalls her life and tragic death in Rickerby Hinds’s play that mixes beat-boxing, dance and spoken word; part of South Coast Rep’s Studio SCR series. South Coast Repertory, Nicholas Studio, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m. $15-$25. (714) 708-5555.

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Jason and the Argonauts The ancient Greek adventure tale is retold by just two actors; for ages 8 and up. Lovelace Studio Theatre, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Thu.-Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.; ends Feb. 2. $25. (310) 746-4000.

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart The National Theatre of Scotland presents an interactive evening of storytelling and song. The Edye Second Space, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 8. $35-$85. (310) 434-3200.

Penny Plain Puppeteer Ronnie Burkett makes his L.A. debut with this darkly comic apocalyptic fable; presented by CAP UCLA. Little Theater, Macgowan Hall, UCLA, 245 Charles E. Young Drive East, Westwood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m. $45. (310) 825-2101.

Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel Return engagement of this cabaret show featuring Tony winner Paul Sand. West End Theatre, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.; indefinitely. $25. (310) 488-4862.

$100,000 MisMatch Game! Benefit performances of Dennis Hensley’s off-color game-show send-up. L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre, 1125 N. McCadden Place, L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m. $15. (323) 860-7300.

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An Ideal Husband Oscar Wilde’s classic satire of romance and politics. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 23. $15-$25. (626) 355-4318.

Deathtrap A playwright contemplates murder in Ira Levin’s classic comedy-thriller. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 15. $14-$24. (562) 494-1014.

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord Historical figures debate life, art, religion and politics in the world premiere of Scott Carter’s fantastical tale. NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 23. $25, $35. (818) 508-7101.

Hush Writer-performer Gillian Summers’ coming-of-age tale set in 1970s Liverpool. Studio at Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $15. (562) 494-1014.

The Magic Tower CalArts students present a multi-media production inspired by Tennessee Williams’ one-act plays. Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $10, $15. (310) 392-7327.

We’re No Heroes Themed program of short monologues from the Eclectic Voices writers’ group. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m.; ends Jan. 25. Pay what you can. (818) 508-3003.

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Nightmares All-new horror-theater spectacular. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 11 p.m.; ends Feb. 1. $15. (818) 202-4120.

Story Pirates Comedic children’s theatre troupe. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Sat., 11 a.m. $10-$15. (310) 506-4522.

Hollywood Performance Marathon Annual all-night event features comedy, performance art, dance, music, monologues, etc. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 6 p.m. till dawn. $20.

Changes in the Mating Strategies of White People Solange Castro’s four-character comedy explores dating, technology, love and sex in L.A. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 23.

The Dead The Open Fist Theatre Company presents a remount of this musical based on a James Joyce short story. Greenway Court Theatre, 544 North Fairfax Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m. Ends Feb. 22. $20, $25. 323-882-6912.

The Odd Couple (Female Version) Neil Simon’s revise of his hit comedy about two mismatched roommates. Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 9. $18-$20. (310) 828-7519.

Passionate Ladies Barbara Perry’s one-person show about women in the arts is expanded for five actresses in this fundraiser; with Lee Meriwether. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $25, $50. (323) 851-7977.

Don’t Leave It All to Your Children L.A. premiere of this off-Broadway musical-comedy revue about aging gracefully. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends March 30. $30. (800) 838-3006.

Doodu Boy Stefhen F.D. Bryan’s solo show about his journey from Jamaica to the U.S. to Japan; contains adult themes. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 6 p.m.; ends Feb. 23. $30. (800) 838-3006.

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