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L.A. theater openings, March 30-April 6: 'White Marriage' and more

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Here comes the bride in Tadeusz Rozewicz’s "White Marriage" at Odyssey Theatre. And here come the puppets in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Broad Stage and the citywide LA Puppet Fest 2014.

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. Sunday, 5 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 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. Sunday, 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. Sunday, 7 p.m. $12-$25. (626) 355-4318.

The Hypochondriac Roger K. Weiss’ contemporary update of Moliere’s comedy “Le Malade Imaginaire.” Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sunday, next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends May 4. $15. (818) 202-4120.

LA Puppet Fest 2014 Citywide celebration of puppetry includes workshops and family-friendly and adults-only performances. Tue.-April 13. Various venues, dates and prices. Info at www.LAPuppetFest.com.

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Tom Rubin: Success Guru The writer-performer sends up motivational speakers and self-help seminars. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Tue., 8 p.m.; ends April 15. $25. (323) 960-4420.

The Long Road Today Staged reading of Jose Cruz Gonzalez’s new play inspired by stories from residents of the city of Santa Ana. Phillips Hall, Santa Ana College, 1530 W. 17th St., Santa Ana. Wed., 6:30 p.m. Free. (714) 708-5843.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Bristol Old Vic and Handspring Puppet Company, co-creators of the Tony winner “War Horse,” re-team for Shakespeare’s romantic fantasy. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 7:30 p.m.; ends April 19. $53-$110. (310) 434-3200.

Country Roads: A John Denver Celebration Salute to the 1970s-era singer-songwriter. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends April 13. $42, $46. (818) 508-4200.

Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo A Salvadoran immigrant tries to escape his gang ties and reclaim his family in Paul S. Flores’ drama; Culture Clash’s Ric Salinas stars. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m. $15-$40. (866) 811-4111.

Time and the Conways Revival of J.B. Priestley’s decades-spanning drama about a British family in the early 20th century. 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 May 4. $29 and up. (619) 234-5623.

Altar Boyz Musical satire about a fictitious Christian boy-band. Chromolume Theatre at the Attic, 5429 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 11. $23-$28. (323) 205-1617.

Baseball Swing with the All Star Baseball Jazz Band Song-filled celebration of the national pastime; with Fred Willard and Adrian Zmed. Bram Goldsmith Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $30-$55. (310) 746-4000.

Bulgakov/Moliere World premiere of Charles A. Duncombe’s fantastical exploration of subversive art, censorship, etc. City Garage at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. Building T1, Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends June 1. $20, $25; Sundays, pay what you can. (310) 453-9939.

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Fathers at a Game A high school football game takes a dark, surreal turn in Trey Nichols’ tale. Moving Arts Theatre, 1822 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends April 27. $17; April 5, $50. (323) 472-5646.

Noble/Birth Staged reading of Braden LuBell’s new family drama set in two different eras. 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Opens Fri. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 1 p.m.; ends Sat. Free.

The Odd Couple Neil Simon’s classic comedy about a slob and a neat freak sharing the same apartment. West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Opens Fri. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends May 4. $26, $28. (818) 884-1907.

Sovereign Body World premiere of Emilie Beck’s fantastical drama about a woman whose life is upended by an uninvited Thanksgiving dinner guest. The Road Theatre Company, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 24. $34; some $10 tickets available for next Sunday. (866) 811-4111.

Cre8ion: Fluff Kid-friendly fable about a family that travels the world collecting lost and discarded toys. Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 1 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 3:30 p.m. $20. (714) 556-2787.

Rest World premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s comedy-drama about an elderly Idaho man with dementia who goes missing during a blizzard. South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; ends April 27. $22 and up. (714) 708-5555.

’S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical Musical Theatre West presents this celebration of the songs of George and Ira Gershwin. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 20. $17-$85. (562) 856-1999.

Come Back, Little Sheba A middle-aged couple take in a vivacious college student in William Inge’s classic drama. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 17. $34 and up. (626) 356-3100.

Knock Me a Kiss Southern California premiere of Charles Smith’s fact-based drama about a romance between a 1920s band leader and the daughter of a civil rights leader. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 4. $20, $30; some $10 tickets available on Thursdays. (866) 811-4111.

White Marriage Tadeusz Rozewicz’s fable about a bride-to-be in late 19th-century Poland. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends May 25. $25-$45; some pay-what-you-can performances ($10 minimum).

Birder Reading of Julie Marie Myatt’s new comedy about a local man’s introduction to L.A.’s unique urban ecology. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A. Next Sun., 7 p.m. Free. (213) 763-3466.

Ruthless: The Musical! Musical Theatre Guild stages this send-up of child actors, stage mothers and other showbiz types. Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $45. (818) 848-6844.

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