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L.A. theater openings, Jan. 4-11: 'The Whipping Man' and more

The slavery-themed drama "The Whipping Man" opens at South Coast Repertory

Lerner & Loewe's "Camelot" holds court at Cerritos Center, Chris Lemmon returns in "Jack Lemmon Returns" at the Broad, and South Coast Rep presents the Matthew Lopez drama "The Whipping Man."

LA’s Next Great Stage Star 2015 Twenty young performers vie for the title in the ninth-annual edition of this musical-theater competition. Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sun., next Sun., 11 a.m.; ends Feb. 8. $15 cover plus $10 food and drink minimum; tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Carney Magic John Carney mixes comedy and sleight of hand; for ages 8 and up. Grove Theater Center, 1111-B W. Olive Ave., Burbank. Sun., next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Jan. 25. $15. (800) 838-3006.

Now That’s What I Call Burlesque — Volume 2 The Hollywood Jane Revue performs. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Tue., 8 p.m. $10-$15. (323) 669-1550.

5th Annual Company Creation Festival Showcase features new works by local ensembles, performed in repertory. Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends Feb. 21. $16-$20. (213) 351-3507.

Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra The actor-musician shares songs and stories. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Wed., 8 p.m.; ends Jan. 28. $20-$25. (323) 669-1550.

Clown Bar Immersive comedy-mystery set in a speakeasy frequented by sleazy, corrupt clowns. redwhite+bluezz, 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Thu., 7:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 29. $60; includes prix fixe dinner. (800) 838-3006.

Blonde Poison U.S. premiere of Gail Louw’s fact-based solo play about a Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by becoming an informant for the Gestapo; with Salome Jens. Theatre 40, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. Thu., Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Jan. 26. (310) 364-0535.

The Queen of Colors Compagnie Les Voisins performs this family-friendly fable; for ages 4-7. Lovelace Studio Theatre, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Fri., 6 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., noon, 2:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 18. $25, $35. (310) 746-4000.

Viral Mac Rogers’ dark comedy about assisted suicide in the digital age. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 7:17 p.m.; ends Jan. 30. $18-$25. (213) 389-3856.

An Ideal Husband Kentwood Players stages Oscar Wilde’s classic satire of the British aristocracy. Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 14. $18, $20. (310) 645-5156.

The Book of Oded: Chapter 2 World premiere of Oded Yosef Kassirer’s solo show about his journey from Israel to L.A. Working Stage Theater, 1516 N. Gardner St., West Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 15. $20, $25. (323) 375-1284.

Brighton Beach Memoirs Neil Simon’s coming-of-age comedy. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Jan. 31. $16, $18. (805) 495-3715.

Camelot Tony-winning Lerner & Loewe musical based on the legend of King Arthur. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m. $35 and up. (562) 467-8818.

Eric Michael Krop — Greater Things The Broadway veteran performs. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Fri., 8 p.m. $10-$20. (323) 669-1550.

Jack Lemmon Returns Chris Lemmon portrays his Oscar-winning father in this bio-drama written and directed by Hershey Felder. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 1. $45 and up. (310) 434-3200.

Pick of the Vine 2015 Ten original short plays. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Feb. 14. $22 and up. (310) 512-6030.

Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve! Kid-friendly stage show based on the TV series. The Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. Sat., 1 and 4 p.m. $12-$15. (909) 477-2752.

The Whipping Man Matthew Lopez’s drama, set in the American South, about the son of a Jewish plantation owner and his family’s former slaves. South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat.-next Sun., 2 and 7:45 p.m.; ends Jan. 25. $22 and up. (714) 708-5555.

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin Felder salutes the quintessential American songwriter. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 5:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 8. $41-$66. (949) 497-2787.

Anne Steele — On Tour The New York-based singer performs. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m. $20-$25. (323) 669-1550.

Gene Kelly: The Legacy Patricia Ward Kelly, the star’s widow, shares memories and film clips. Bram Goldsmith Theater, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Sat., 8 p.m. $29-$49. (310) 746-4000.

I Stand Before You Naked Joyce Carol Oates’ collection of monologues about women at critical points in their lives and relationships; contains brief nudity. T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo St., , North Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 25. $20. (310) 366-5505.

The Manor Return engagement of this site-specific tale of scandal and murder, inspired by actual events. Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills. Next Sun., 1 p.m.; ends Feb. 15. $55; must reserve by phone in advance. (310) 694-6118.

Silent Witnesses Stephanie Satie’s solo show based on the stories of child survivors of the Holocaust. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 1. $20-$30. (310) 477-2055.

Tribute to the Hollywood Icons Impersonators salute Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, etc. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Next Sun., 3 p.m. $40 and up. (562) 467-8818.

 

 

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