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L.A. theater openings, July 20-27: 'No Exit,' 'Streetcar' and more

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Egress denied in Jean-Paul Sartre's 'No Exit' in the Studio at Long Beach Playhouse
Neil LaBute's 'In a Dark Dark House' has its L.A. premiere at the Matrix Theatre
The Group Rep presents Tennessee Williams' classic 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

You can check out any time you like but you can never leave in Jean-Paul Sartre’s "No Exit," what's past is prologue in Neil LaBute’s "In a Dark Dark House," and you can always depend on Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire." Plus, Roger Guenveur Smith reprises his solo show about Rodney King.

A Family Affair Classical Theatre Lab stages Alexander Ostrovsky’s classic comedy about a greedy Russian merchant. Kings Road Park, 1000 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. Sun., 4 p.m.; no performance July 27; ends Aug. 10. Free; reservations encouraged. (323) 960-5691.

Mom? Dad? I Have ADHD Rasika Mathur’s solo show about growing up in her Indian American family. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Sun., next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Aug. 24. $15, $20. (800) 838-3006.

Heroes Staged reading of Tom Stoppard’s translation of Gerald Sibleyras’ comedy about a pair of aging WWI veterans. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Roger Guenveur Smith reprises his solo show about Rodney KingBlvd., Pasadena. Wed., 7 p.m. Free. (626) 356-3100.

Doris and Me: The Doris Day Songbook Scott Dreier pays tribute to the singer-actress. Monroe Forum at the El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 and 7 p.m.; ends Aug. 3. $42-$50. (818) 508-4200.

Title and Deed West Coast premiere of Will Eno’s one-character drama about a stranger in a strange land; Conor Lovett stars. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura. Wed., 7 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; ends July 27. $15-$49. (805) 667-2900.

The Gamester L.A. premiere of Freyda Thomas’ romantic comedy, set in 18th century Paris, about a man torn between his gambling addiction and the woman he loves. Theatre 40, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. Thu., Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Aug. 24. $26. (310) 364-0535.

A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream Troubadour Theater Company’s disco-inspired take on Shakespeare’s romantic fantasy-comedy. Festival Amphitheatre, 12762 Main St., Garden Grove, Garden Grove. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m. $7, $25; Thursdays, pay what you want. (714) 590-1575.

Puppet Up! Uncensored Puppeteers from the Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative perform in this irreverent show; for mature audiences only. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m. $30-$75. (626) 356-7529.

Rodney King Roger Guenveur Smith reprises his solo show about the victim of a videotaped beating by LAPD officers in 1991. Grand Performances at California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m. Free.

New Original Works Festival Eleventh annual showcase for locally created theater, music, dance and multimedia performance pieces. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; ends Aug. 9. $16-$20; festival pass, $40. (213) 237-2800.

The Meeting Return engagement of Justin Sayre’s comedy-variety show; 21 and over only. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; ends July 26. $15. (213) 389-3856

The Mother… With the Hat L.A. premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ comedy about a recovering addict and recent parolee trying to put his life back together. Lost Studio, 130 S. La Brea Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Aug. 10. $20, $25. (323) 366-2460.

The Protagonist L.A. premiere of Tim Livingston’s comedy about two brothers living out different versions of the American dream. Elephant Stages’ Lillian Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way, Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Aug. 9. $19. (323) 571-2288.

Sacred Elephant West Coast premiere of this solo show, adapted from a poem by Heathcote Williams, about man’s relationship with the pachyderm. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Aug. 17. $20. (310) 477-2055.

A Streetcar Named Desire The Group Rep stages Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-winning drama about a faded Southern belle and her brutish brother-in-law. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Sept. 7. $20, $25. (818) 763-5990.

Truth or Groundlings The improv troupe presents its latest show. Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 8 and 10 p.m.; ends Sept. 27. $10-$25. (323) 934-4747.

#aspellforfainting Wax Factory’s Gillian Chadsey explores chaos and creation in this multimedia show. Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Sat.-next Sun., 8:30 p.m. $17. (213) 351-3507.

HYPERBOLE: bard Rogue Artists Ensemble’s kid-friendly exploration of Shakespeare’s plays. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills. Sat.-next Sun., 11 a.m.; ends Aug. 3. $8-$20. (714) 777-3033.

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Party Celebration includes singers, jugglers and appearances by Queen Elizabeth I and Shakespeare himself. Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga. Sat., 1:30 p.m.; ends Sat. Free. (310) 455-3723.

In a Dark Dark House L.A. premiere of Neil LaBute’s drama about two estranged brothers confronting their shared past. The Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Aug. 31. $34.99. (323) 960-7612.

No Exit Jean-Paul Sartre’s classic drama about three characters trapped in a windowless, mirror-less room in hell. Studio at Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Aug. 23. $14-$24. (562) 494-1014.

Visionary Man World-premiere musical inspired by the true story of outsider artist J.B. Murray, an illiterate farm worker from Georgia whose creations ended up in museums and galleries all over the world. Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Aug. 31. $15, $28. (323) 960-7787.

Summer Playwrights Festival The Road Theatre Company presents new works by emerging and established artists. Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Aug. 4. $15 suggested donation. (866) 506-1248.

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