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L.A. theater openings, June 15-22: 'Houdini,' 'Oedipus' and more

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Malibu Playhouse gets magical with the world premiere of "Flim-Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter"
Anteaus Company gets tragical with the "The Curse of Oedipus"

Malibu Playhouse gets magical with the world premiere of "Flim-Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter," and Anteaus Company gets tragical with the "The Curse of Oedipus."

The Hollywood Fringe Festival Fifth annual event featuring over 100 new plays, revivals, musicals, solo shows, etc., by local, national and international companies and performers in multiple area venues. Through June 29. Tickets, schedules and info at (323) 455-4585 and www.hollywoodfringe.org

City of Angels Musical Theatre Guild closes its season with this Tony-winning send-up of film noir. Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Sun., 7 p.m. $45. (818) 848-6844.

For the Record: Tarantino This tribute show featuring songs and scenes from the “Pulp Fiction” director’s filmography is presented as a benefit for Center Theatre Group’s new-play production programs; with special guests. DBA, 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Sun., 7 p.m. $75-$125. (213) 972-3097.

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.

A Return to the Long Beach Home Companion 2014 Long Beach Playhouse sends up local politics, in the style of a 1940s radio show, in its annual fundraiser. Offices of Keesal, Young & Logan, Union Bank Building-14th Floor, 400 Oceangate, Long Beach. Wed., 5:30 p.m. $85. (562) 494-1014.

SHINE The storytelling series explores peak experiences. YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 2019 14th St., Santa Monica. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. (310) 452-3881.

T-o-t-a-l-l-y Kimleigh Smith’s autobiographical show about a rape victim reclaiming her life; part of Solofest 2014. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Thu., 8 p.m. $20. (800) 838-3006.

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.

El Henry La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls presents the world premiere of Culture Clash cofounder Herbert Siguenza’s futuristic, site-specific reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part One.” SILO in Makers Quarter, 753 15th St., San Diego. Fri.-next Sun., 7:30 p.m.; ends June 29. $25. (858) 550-1010.

Flim-Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter The famed illusionist and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle investigate a beautiful young psychic in 1922 in the world premiere of Gene Franklin Smith’s fact-based drama. Malibu Playhouse, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Aug. 3. $30, $34. (323) 960-7711.

Mama Won’t Fly Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten’s comedy about a woman, her daughter and her future daughter-in-law on a madcap cross-country road-trip. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends July 19. $22 and up. (310) 512-6030.

All’s Well That Ends Well Shakespeare’s tale about a low-born woman trying to win the love of a nobleman. Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3:30 p.m.; ends Sept. 27. $10-$37; children 6 and under, free. (310) 455-3723.

The Curse of Oedipus Tragedy befalls three generations in the kingdom of Thebes in Kenneth Cavander’s new take on the ancient Greek tales. Antaeus Company, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Aug. 10. $30-$34. (818) 506-1983.

The Hebrew Hillbilly Shelley Fisher chronicles her life and showbiz career; part of Solofest 2014. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Sat., 8 p.m. $35. (800) 838-3006.

Hollywood Arms Center Theatre Group’s “An Evening With Carol Burnett” includes a star-studded cast, directed by Jason Alexander, in a staged reading of Burnett and her late daughter Carrie Hamilton’s comedy-drama about three generations of women sharing an apartment in the 1940s-’50s. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $75. (213) 628-2772.

Invitation to Murder Interactive musical murder mystery set in a 19th-century English pub. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $20. (626) 355-4318.

 

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