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L.A. theater openings, March 23-30: Four Larks' 'Orpheus' and more

"Orpheus" descends in Downtown L.A., "Floyd Collins" does likewise in La Mirada, and "In the Heights" rises in Thousand Oaks.

It’s Magic! Illusionists from around the world perform. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Sunday, 3 p.m. $35-$65. (562) 467-8818.

A Song at Twilight An elderly, closeted writer has a confrontation with his ex-mistress in Noel Coward’s drama; with Bruce Davison and Sharon Lawrence. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Sunday, 5 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends April 13. $38-$72. (626) 356-7529.

I’ll Take Murder for $25 Million Interactive whodunit set at a corporate shindig. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Sunday, 7 p.m. $20. (626) 355-4318.

American Triage Reading of Marisela Treviño Orta’s drama about a family torn apart when the parents are deported. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Mon., 7 p.m. Free; reservations at chantal@thelatc.org.

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Orpheus Four Larks’ immersive, site-specific work reimagines the mythological tale of the singer who journeyed to the underworld to rescue his beloved. Downtown L.A.’s Fashion District, Address provided to ticketholders, L.A. Tue., 8 p.m.; Wed.-next Sun., 8:30 p.m.; ends April 2. $20. (310) 993-2329.

Simply Liza: Liza Minnelli The Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner performs. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Tue., 8 p.m. $57.50-$101. (323) 850-2000.

A Night at Sardi’s Stars of stage and screen perform in a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association. Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Wed., 6:30 p.m. $500, $1250. (818) 906-0240.

My Toughest Challenge SHINE presents true-life tales of obstacles overcome. YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 2019 14th St., Santa Monica. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. (310) 452-3881.

bigblueride Santa Monica Repertory Theater’s new “Solo Series” kicks off with Tanya White’s meditation on public transportation and interconnectedness. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Thu., 8 p.m.; ends April 3. $10-$15 suggested donation. (213) 268-1454.

Don’t Tell My Mother! “The Mindy Project’s” Beth Grant and others perform in this entry in the storytelling series. Cafe-Club Fais Do-Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd., L.A. Thu., 8 p.m. $15, $20. (310) 780-6368.

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L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival Annual showcase spotlights female solo performers from around the world. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 and 7 p.m. $10-$45. (818) 760-0408.

Silent Return engagement of writer-performer Pat Kinevane’s solo show about a mentally ill homeless man’s Rudolph Valentino-inspired reveries. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $25, $30. (310) 477-2055.

Collapse Composer Daniel Corral, post-punk band Timur and the Dime Museum and others join forces for this world-premiere multimedia fable about environmental catastrophe. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8:30 p.m. $16-$25. (213) 237-2800.

B. Franklin Writer-performer Robert Lesko portrays the Founding Father in this solo show. SFS Theatre, 5636 Melrose Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 27. $25. (800) 838-3006.

Fragile Thing Cracks Panndora Productions presents Ben Jolivet’s tale of a first date that takes a seemingly supernatural turn. Studio at Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 6. $20. (562) 494-1014.

In the Heights Cabrillo Music Theatre stages the Tony-winning musical set in a Dominican American neighborhood in NYC. 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 April 6. $30-$65. (800) 745-3000.

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The Last Act of Lilka Kadison West Coast premiere of this drama about an elderly North Hollywood woman who fled Poland as a teenager on the eve of WWII. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends April 19. $29.50-$57. (818) 955-8101.

New Voices Festival Griot Theatre presents readings of new works written and performed by women, people of color and people with physical disabilities. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Free. (818) 703-7170.

The Player King Darin Dahms portrays three members of the Booth acting clan, including Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, in this one-person show. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Fri., 8 p.m. $12-$25. (626) 355-4318.

Recall The Visceral Company stages Eliza Clark’s dark thriller about a mother and her teen daughter on the run in a dystopian future. The Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 4. $25. (323) 871-1150.

The Vagina Monologues V-Day Studio City presents benefit performances of the Eve Ensler hit. The Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $20. (866) 468-3399.

Julie Brown’s Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun — The Musical! Return engagement of this send-up based on the comedian’s 1980s-era novelty hit. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends April 13. $30. (818) 505-0835.

Tales of an Unsettled City: Redemption Theatre Unleashed offers comedic and dramatic vignettes on the theme of redemption. Upstairs at the Crown, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 10:30 p.m.; ends April 19. $10. (818) 849-4039.

SWAN Day Action Fest Readings of plays and other activities celebrate Support Women Artists Now Day. Samuel French Theatre & Film Bookshops, 7623 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Free.

Adam Pascal The Broadway star (“Rent,” “Cabaret”) is joined by comic/pianist Seth Rudetsky for songs and stories. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Sat., 8 p.m. $53-$87. (310) 434-3200.

The Bad Arm — Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer Maire Clerkin’s one-person show about a misfit girl in 1970s England. The Elephant Space, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.. $16, $20. (800) 838-3006.

Doctor Anonymous World premiere drama of Guy Fredrick Glass’s fact-based drama about gay conversion therapy. Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends May 4. $25. (323) 960-7724.

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Floyd Collins Intimate production, with all seats on the stage, of Adam Guettel and Tina Landau’s musical about a 1920s Kentucky man trapped in a cave and the media circus that ensues. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends April 13. $20-$60. (562) 944-9801.

Metamorphoses Ensemble Theatre Company stages Mary Zimmerman’s collection of mythic tales adapted from Ovid’s epic poem. The New Vic, 33 West Victoria St., Santa Barbara. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends April 13. $20-$65. (805) 965-5400.

Shades Workshop production of Tom Hartley’s new play about a homophobic teen who begins a journey of self-discovery; adults only (contains nudity). Macha Theatre, 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 6 p.m.; ends April 19. $30-$35. (323) 969-7862.

Shakespeare UnScripted Impro Theatre improvises full-length plays in the style of the Bard. The Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends May 4. $15, $30. (626) 356-7529.

Doris and Me! Scott Dreier pays tribute to Doris Day with songs, stories and personal anecdotes. Founders Room, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $50. (805) 497-8613.

Glory, Glory Hallelujah Benefit show features songs and stories of the Civil War. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $12-$25. (626) 355-4318.

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