L.A. theater openings, March 22-29: 'The White Snake' and more

San Diego's Old Globe has the Southern California premiere of Mary Zimmerman's "The White Snake"

An ancient Chinese fable is retold in "The White Snake," and what's past is prologue in the "Macbeth" sequel "Dunsinane." Also, Parson's Nose stages the last play Abraham Lincoln ever saw: "Our American Cousin."

Anne Steele EP Release The singer-songwriter and cabaret artist performs. Rockwell Table and Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Sun., 8 p.m. $20-$25. (323) 669-1550.

Fairytale UnScripted Impro Theatre and Calder Quartet present a fully improvised, family-friendly musical fable. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Sun., 2 p.m. $15-$25. (310) 434-3200.

Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw’s classic satire about a speech professor who tries to transform a Cockney flower girl into a proper lady. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Sun., 5 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends April 12. $30-$125. (626) 356-7529.

Simply Barbra Drag artist Steven Brinberg portrays the singer and actress. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Sun., 7 p.m. $25, $30. (800) 838-3006.

Studio Showcase for new theater, music, dance and multimedia works features Shawn Brown, Victoria Marks, Sarah Leddy, et al. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Sun.-Mon., 8:30 p.m. $12, $15. (213) 237-2800.

Office Hour Reading of Julia Cho’s drama about three writing professors and their troubled student. South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Mon., 7:30 p.m. $16. (714) 708-5555.

Une Nuit Radieuse (A Radiant Night) Writer-performer Jean Winiger’s bio-drama about Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier; in French with projected English subtitles. Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Mon., 7:30 p.m. $10, $15. (310) 286-0553.

Up, With a Twist Comedy-and-music duo Todd & Heather perform with special guests. Rockwell Table and Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Mon., 8 p.m. $10-$20. (323) 669-1550.

Charles’ Story Workshop performances of the final installment of Murray Mednick’s eight-play cycle about an out-of-work actor. Attic Theatre, 5429 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. Tue., 8 p.m.; Wed., 2 p.m. $15. (323) 960-4451.

ILove99 The Musical! Cabaret event to save Los Angeles intimate theatre. The Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Tue., 8 p.m. Free; reservations at www.6avenue.org.

Rise ’n’ Shine with Bette & Juliette A new edition of the comedy-variety drag show salutes the first ladies of television. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Tue., 8 p.m. $20. (800) 838-3006.

The Emigrants Piotr Cyrwus and Szymon Kusmider of Warsaw’s Teatr Polski perform Slawomir Mrozek’s dark comedy; in Polish with English subtitles. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m. $12, $20. (310) 477-2055.

Don’t Tell My Mother! Comedy event features true-life tales; with special guest Alysia Reiner (“Orange is the New Black”). Busby’s East, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $12-$20. (323) 525-2615.

L.A. Theatre Works 40th Anniversary Gala Includes performances by founding members, including Edward Asner, Jane Fonda and Stacy Keach. Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Thu., 6:30 p.m. $350 and up. (310) 201-5033.

Disney’s Newsies L.A. premiere of the Tony-winning musical based on the 1992 film about paperboys on strike in 1890s New York; for ages 6 and up. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends April 19. $25 and up. (800) 982-2787.

Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival 22nd annual edition of this showcase for female solo performers. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m. Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m. $10-$50. (818) 760-0408.

Under My Skin Comedic exploration of transphobia, homophobia and intolerance; in English and Spanish with subtitles; for ages 18 and up. Macha Theatre 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. Thu., 8 p.m.; ends April 30. $25. (917) 689-4567.

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

The White Snake Southern California premiere of Mary Zimmerman’s play-with-music inspired by an ancient Chinese fable about a gentle serpent transformed into a beautiful woman. The Old Globe Theatre, 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 April 26. $29-$101. (619) 234-5623.

Class West Coast premiere of Charles Evered’s tale of an aspiring Hollywood starlet taking lessons from an esteemed NYC acting teacher. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends April 19. $29-$59. (818) 955-8101.

Karaokeapocalypse: The Monster Plays 1-4 Richie Werner’s all-new psychedelic punk-rock puppet horror opera. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri., 11 p.m.; ends April 10. $15. (818) 202-4120.

La Olla — Plautus’s Pot of Gold Latino Theater Company’s new work-in-progress reimagines an ancient Roman comedy through the lens of classic Mexican cinema. Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m. $7. (310) 440-7300.

Outta My Head Part 6 An evening of three one-acts written and directed by Eugene Butler. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends May 9. $20; union and senior discounts available. (818) 506-0600.

Cabaret & Dinner Veteran comedy-cabaret artist Ray Jessel performs. Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills. Sat., 6 p.m. (310) 286-0119.

A Celebration of Harold Pinter Julian Sands salutes the British poet and playwright in this solo show directed by John Malkovich. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m. $40 and up. (562) 985-7000.

Cinderella Storybook Theatre’s family-friendly musical based on the classic fairytale. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, L.A. Sat., 1 p.m.; ends July 11. $10, $12. (818) 761-2203.

Corktown ’57 World premiere of John Fazakerley’s drama about an Irish American family torn apart by divided loyalties. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 3. $25, $30. (310) 477-2055.

A Dog’s House IAMA Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Micah Schraf’s tale about a couple whose beloved dog grows unexpectedly violent. Elephant Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; ends April 26. $25; tickets at www.iamatheatre.com.

Dunsinane The National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company present David Greig’s modern-language sequel to “Macbeth.” Bram Goldsmith Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends April 5. $29-$110. (310) 746-4000.

In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Revue A salute to the Big Band era. Alex Theatre Box, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $25-$65. (818) 243-2539.

Julius Caesar The Roman ruler meets his fate in Shakespeare’s tragedy. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 8. $40 and up; student rush, $20. (626) 356-3100.

Mine Eyes Hath Seen Commemoration of the Civil War includes the first-person accounts of soldiers, slaves, etc., plus period songs and music. The Banshee, 3435 W. Magnolia, Burbank. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 17. $16, $20. (818) 846-5323.

Our American Cousin Parson’s Nose presents a new adaptation of this 19th-century British farce. Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena. Sat., 7 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends April 19. Pay what you will. (626) 403-7667.

Prison Boxing Writer-performer Leah Joki portrays multiple characters in this solo show about her two decades as a teacher in the California penal system. The Skylight Theatre Skylab, 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Sat.-next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends April 19. $25. (213) 761-7061.

A Re-PETE Celebration: The Songs and Spirit of Pete Seeger Musical salute to the late folksinger. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. Sat., 1 p.m. $10-$25; ages 5 and under, free. (310) 455-3723.

Shenaninaganza Comedy Show Stand-up comics perform. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $10. (818) 508-3003.

Stayin’ Alive — One Night of the Bee Gees Tribute show celebrates the Australian pop-music trio. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Sat., 8 p.m. $50 and up. (562) 467-8818.

SWAN Day Action Fest Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative and Free Association Theater present play readings and more. City Garage Theatre, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Sat., noon to 6 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info at www.lafpi.com.

Virgin Alyson Renaldo portrays multiple characters in this solo show about a young woman’s struggles to maintain her virginity. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Sat., 8 p.m.; ends April 19. $18-$30. (800) 838-3006.

Ben Rimalower Rimalower performs his solo shows “Patti Issues” and “Bad With Money.” Rockwell Table and Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Next Sun. & Mon., 7 and 8:30 p.m. $30; $50 for both. (323) 669-1550.

Rumplestiltskin Family-friendly musical based on the Brothers Grimm fable. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Next Sun., 3 p.m. $15, $20. (562) 467-8818.

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