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L.A. theater openings, July 13-20: 'Burq Off!,' musicals and more

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Nadia Parvez Manzoor portrays multiple characters in the West Coast premiere of her solo show "Burq Off!"
"Bye Bye Birdie" plays in Thousand Oaks and "Into the Woods" returns to San Diego's Old Globe
"We Will Rock You" will rock the Ahmanson, while "Once" takes a gentler approach at the Pantages

Nadia Parvez Manzoor plays 21 characters as she explores the lives of modern Muslim women in her new solo show, "Burq Off!" Also, the classic musicals "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Into the Woods" and the more recent tuners "We Will Rock You" and "Once" are on area stages.

Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege New works inspired by the 2012 shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Sun., 1 p.m. $10. (213) 628-2772.

Supernatural: The Play Women of color share stories about letting their hair go natural in this West Coast premiere. Chromolume Theatre at the Attic, 5429 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. Sun., next Sun., 6 p.m.; ends Sept. 28. $25. (323) 205-1617.

Buyer & Cellar “Ugly Betty’s” Michael Urie stars in Jonathan Tolins’ comedy about a struggling actor who gets a job working in the basement of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 7 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Aug. 17. $25-$70. (213) 628-2772.

Grease Sing-a-long Celebration of the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and based on the hit Broadway musical; with special guests Sha Na Na and Didi Conn. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. Sun., 7:30 p.m. $11-$79. (323) 850-2000.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles stages the Bard’s classic tale of young love. Japanese Garden, VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Sun., 8 p.m.; Tue.-next Sun., 8 p.m.; ends July 26. $20-$70; free tickets for active military, veterans, and their guests at (213) 481-2273. (213) 893-8293.

Once Tony-winning musical-romance based on the 2006 indie film about an Irish singer-songwriter and a Czech immigrant who share a passion for music. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Aug. 10. $25 and up. (800) 982-2787.

Rise ’n’ Shine with Bette & Juliette Craig Taggart and Chris Pudlo portray Bette Midler and Juliette Lewis, respectively, in this comedy-variety drag show. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Tue., 8 p.m. $25. (800) 838-3006.

SHINE The storytelling series presents coming-of-age tales. YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 2019 14th St., Santa Monica. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. (310) 452-3881.

Burq Off! West Coast premiere of Nadia Parvez Manzoor’s solo show exploring the lives of Muslim women. Elephant Stages, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m. $15, $20. (800) 838-3006.

The Great Divorce Disparate characters take a mystical journey from hell to heaven in this stage adaptation of the C.S. Lewis fable. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m. $28-$62. (949) 854-4646.

Into the Woods Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony-winning musical inspired by classic fairytales. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Aug. 10. $29 and up. (619) 234-5623.

Luigi The Inkwell Theater presents the world premiere of Louise Munson’s dramedy about a large Italian family that reunites in Tuscany for its patriarch’s final days. VS Theatre, 5453 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Aug. 16. $10-$20. (310) 551-0918.

Playhouse Rocks! Tony nominee Mary Bridget Davies (“A Night With Janis Joplin”) performs with special guests. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m. $40-$100. (626) 356-7529.

We Will Rock You Young rebels fight for the right to rock in a dystopian future in this musical created by Ben Elton and based on the songs of 1970-’80s chart-toppers Queen. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Aug. 24. $20-$120. (213) 972-4400.

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

Princess and Pirates Sing-a-long Concert Young stars of stage and screen perform in this family-friendly show inspired by classic fairytales. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Fri., 6 p.m.; Sat., noon, 3 and 6 p.m.; next Sun., noon and 3 p.m.; ends Aug. 10. $29, $39. (213) 972-4488.

Paul Robeson Theatre Festival The Robey Theatre Company’s inaugural showcase of works inspired by the African American singer-actor-activist. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 1 p.m. $25-$50. (866) 811-4111.

World Championships of Performing Arts Aspiring actors, singers, dancers, etc., from around the world compete. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 S. Figueroa St., L.A. Fri., 7 p.m. $25. (888) 214-9511.

Bye Bye Birdie Cabrillo Music Theatre stages the Tony-winning musical about a 1950s rock star; with Jim J. Bullock. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends July 27. $30-$65. (800) 745-3000.

Ether Dome A doctor and his student debate the use of a new anesthetic in the West Coast premiere of Elizabeth Egloff’s period drama. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Aug. 10. $15 and up. (858) 550-1010.

Paternus A father and son are trapped in an RV during a relentless snowstorm in the world premiere of Daphne Malfitano’s two-character drama. Rogue Machine at Theatre Theater, 5041 Pico Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 10:30 p.m.; ends Aug. 9. $20. (855) 585-5185.

Creepshow Cabaret Mia Morte and company star in a spooky new burlesque show. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri., 11 p.m. $15. (818) 202-4120.

Red Bastard Writer-performer Eric Davis poses existential questions directly to the audience in this satirical, interactive show; adults only. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $15, $20. (213) 389-3856.

And the Beat Goes On Drag performer Jackie Beat celebrates her 25th anniversary in showbiz. L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre, 1125 N. McCadden Place, L.A. Sat., 8 p.m. $25. (323) 860-7300.

A Family Affair Classical Theatre Lab stages Ostrovsky’s classic comedy about a greedy Russian merchant. Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Sat., 5 p.m.; ends Aug. 9. Also, Kings Road Park, 1000 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. Next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends Aug. 10. Free; reservations encouraged. (323) 960-5691.

Turning Thirty Return engagement of Lisa Phillips Visca’s new romantic comedy about contemporary relationships. The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Sept. 28. $29. (310) 394-9779.

Keith Haring: Pieces of a Life SkyPilot Theatre Company presents a workshop production of a fantastical drama about the 1980s pop artist. NoHo Actors’ Studio, 5215 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat.-next Sun., 8 p.m.; ends Aug. 10. $10. (800) 838-3006.

Marilyn — My Secret Return engagement of this dramedy with music about Marilyn Monroe features new added scenes; no one under 18 admitted. Macha Theater, 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 6 p.m.; ends Aug. 24. $40. (323) 960-7482.

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