L.A. theater openings, Jan. 25-Feb. 1: Kneehigh's 'Tristan & Yseult' and more

Britain's Kneehigh theater company brings its take on the medieval tale "Tristan & Yseult" to South Coast Rep

Segerstrom's Off Center Festival rolls on, playwright Lily Blau shines a light on a Lewis Carroll classic at the Theatre @ Boston Court, and Britain's Kneehigh theater company brings "Tristan & Yseult" to South Coast Rep.

Woyzeck Staged reading of Georg Buchner’s 19th-century drama about a soldier’s descent into madness. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Mon., 7 p.m. Free. (626) 356-3100.

The Grift at the Lafayette Hotel La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls series presents this world-premiere, interactive show about a scam artist. Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego. Tue.-Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri., 6 and 8:30 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 3, 6 and 8:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 22. $35-$45. (858) 550-1010.

Rodney King Roger Guenveur Smith’s solo show about the man whose videotaped beating by LAPD officers ultimately sparked the 1992 L.A. riots; part of the Off Center Festival. Judy Morr Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tue.-Fri., 7:30 p.m. $25. (714) 556-2787.

Mandy Gonzalez The Broadway veteran (“In the Heights”) performs. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Tue.-Wed., 8:30 p.m. $25, $40. (866) 468-3399.

Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye — The Farewell Tour Comic and drag performer Barry Humphries’ alter-ego returns for a last hurrah. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends March 15. $25-$115. (213) 972-4400.

Murder for Two Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair’s musical comedy-mystery, performed by just two actors, about a famous novelist murdered at his own birthday party. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends March 1. $29 and up. (619) 234-5623.

The Wong Street Journal Writer-performer Kristina Wong’s new solo comedy; part of the Off Center Festival. Studio Performance Space, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m. $25. (714) 556-2787.

Swing Improvised musical based on audience suggestions. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Thu., 8 p.m. $15-$35. (323) 669-1550.

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

A Woman Called Truth Sandra Fenichel Asher’s bio-drama about 19th-century African American abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth. The Ruby Theater at the Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends March 1. $17-$22. (310) 604-8158.

Boys’ Life The New American Theatre presents Howard Korder’s comedy about three former college buddies in 1980s NYC. Asylum Theatre, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends March 7. $18. (310) 701-0788.

Feral Child Katie Faris’ new performance-art piece about a distraught young woman’s fragmented psyche. The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 1. $10 at the door (no pre-sale). 

Ghosts of the Underground Tale of romance and murder, featuring live music and dance, presented in-the-round. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 21. $15. (818) 202-4120.

Tristan & Yseult British theatre company Kneehigh puts its own spin on the medieval romantic epic. South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 22. $22 and up. (714) 708-5555.

I’ll Drink to That Alexander Rodriguez shares songs and stories in this benefit for LifeWorks at the L.A. LGBT Center. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m. $15-$25. (323) 669-1550.

The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll Lily Blau’s exploration of the author’s relationship with the young girl who inspired “Alice in Wonderland.” The Theatre @ Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends March 1. $34; discounts available. (626) 683-6883.

The Pitchfork Disney Coeurage Theatre Company stages Philip Ridley’s dark fable about two agoraphobic twins; for mature audiences. The Lyric-Hyperion Theater & Cafe, 2106 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. Sat., 8 p.m.; ends March 6. Pay what you want. (323) 944-2165.

Redhead Concert staged performance of the Tony-winning musical about a murderer on the loose in early 20th-century London. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 8. $15-$50. (323) 851-7977.

The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon Family-friendly fable based on the children’s books. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Next Sun., 3 p.m. $15, $20. (562) 467-8818.

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