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L.A. theater openings, Jan. 5-12: 'Foxfinder' premieres

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The dystopian drama "Foxfinder" premieres in Pasadena, Gordon Goodman is back as "Barrymore," and Barry McGovern does Beckett at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Human Identity L.A. premiere of writer-performer Christopher Vened’s solo show mixing mime and spoken word. The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Sunday, next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Feb. 9. $20, $25. (323) 960-5773.

4th Annual Company Creation Festival Four new works by local theater ensembles presented in repertory. Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends March 2. $16-$20. (213) 351-3507.

Hollywood Shorts Original 10-minute plays by award-winning TV writers. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Wed., 8 p.m.; ends Jan. 29. $20. (800) 838-3006.

In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention Tony winner Laura Benanti performs songs from her new album. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Wed.-Thu., 8:30 p.m. $30, $40. (866) 468-3399.

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Barrymore Gordon Goodman portrays actor John Barrymore in William Luce’s bio-drama set in 1942. Monroe Forum at the El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Jan. 19. $25, $35. (818) 508-4200.

Arousal & The Lover San Francisco’s Virago Theatre Company pairs George Pfirrmann’s new one-act comedy about a prostitute and a virgin with Harold Pinter’s short play about an English couple’s sexual power struggle. Asylum Lab, 1078 Lillian Way, L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Jan. 19. $20, $25. (510) 865-6237.

Becky’s New Car A middle-aged married woman comes to a life-and-career crossroads in Steven Dietz’s comedy. Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 15. $16, $18. (310) 645-5156.

Electra New adaptation of Euripides' classic Greek tragedy about a vengeful daughter. The Archway Theatre, 305 S. Hewitt St., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 8. $18. 213-237-9933.

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The Lake House Project A mystery writer is caught up in a real-life whodunit in Randall J. Gray’s thriller. Hudson Guild Theatre, 6543 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 16. $25. (323) 960-7776.

Man of La Mancha Tony-winning musical based on the misadventures of Cervantes’ medieval knight-errant Don Quixote. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m. $40-$68. (562) 467-8818.

Marilyn — My Secret Dramedy with music chronicles the life and loves of the movie star; contains nudity; no one under 18 admitted. Macha Theater, 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Jan. 18. $30. (323) 969-7862.

A Picasso Pablo Picasso tries to outwit a Nazi agent seeking to confirm the authenticity of three of the artist’s paintings in Jeffrey Hatcher’s two-character drama. The Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Feb. 15. $20. (323) 960-4443.

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Pick of the Vine 2014 An evening of original short plays. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Feb. 15. $22 and up. (310) 512-6030.

Sunny Afternoon Conspiracy-theory drama about JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 1. $15-$30. (800) 838-3006.

Trudy and Max in Love World premiere of Zoe Kazan’s examination of romantic relationships. South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat.-next Sun., 2 and 7:45 p.m.; ends Jan. 26. $22 and up. (714) 708-5555.

Bob Baker’s Fun With Strings! Family-friendly show features more than 100 marionettes. Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. 1st St., L.A. Sat.-next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 31. $15; free for children under 2. (213) 250-9995.

Day Trader A comedy writer’s career is in free-fall in the debut of Eric Rudnick’s noir-ish Hollywood fable. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Sat., 7 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 16. $25. (213) 389-3856.

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Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash Song-and-dance-filled celebration of the life and times of country music’s “Man in Black.” Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Feb. 2. $36-$71. (949) 497-2787.

Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies Fact-based one-person show about a fired Arkansas music professor who finds his way to Hollywood. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 2. $20, $25. (323) 960-4418.

Foxfinder Furious Theatre Company and Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre present the U.S. premiere of Dawn King’s futuristic thriller set in the English countryside. The Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 2. $20. (626) 356-7529.

Rx L.A. premiere of Kate Fodor’s comedy about love in the age of pharmaceuticals. Lost Studio, 130 S. La Brea Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends March 1. $25. (323) 960-7780.

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. Next Sun., noon. Free.

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

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. Next Sun., 6:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 9. $20-$55. (213) 628-2772.

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