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L.A. theater openings, May 24-31: 'The Idiot Box' and more

Theatre 68 stages Michael Elyanow's satire "The Idiot Box" at NoHo Arts Center

This week: A TV-centric satire, a Lanford Wilson classic, and an ancient Greek tragedy reimagined.

Enron The Production Company presents the L.A. premiere of Lucy Prebble's vaudeville-styled tragicomedy about the rise and fall of the Texas-based energy company; for mature audiences. The Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood. Sun., next Sun., 3 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends June 28. $30. (800) 838-3006.

Rise 'n' Shine with Bette & Juliette Comedy-variety drag show. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Tue., 8 p.m. $20. (800) 838-3006.

Satchmo at the Waldorf John Douglas Thompson portrays jazz legend Louis Armstrong and all the other characters in Terry Teachout's bio-drama; contains adult language. Lovelace Studio Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Wed.-Fri., 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 3:30 and 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; ends June 7. $30-$50. (310) 746-4000.

The Institute of Memory (TIMe) Lars Jan and Early Morning Opera present the world premiere of this multimedia work exploring the concept of remembering in the digital age. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 31. $10-$25. (213) 237-2800.

Le Moche (The Ugly One) L.A. premiere of Marius von Mayenburg's satirical comedy about society's fixation on physical beauty; in French without subtitles. Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles,10361 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m. $10, $15. (310) 286-0553.

Rich Girl West Coast premiere of Victoria Stewart's comedy-drama about a wealthy young woman whose mother is suspicious of her daughter's new suitor. The Old Globe, San Diego, 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 June 21. $29 and up. (619) 234-5623.

Spring Awakening Deaf West Theatre remounts its recent staging of this Tony-winning musical about the trials of youth; performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and English. Bram Goldsmith Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends June 7. $19-$99. (310) 746-4000.

Curious Conversations Eight short plays inspired by Lewis Carroll's “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass”; for ages 12 and up. The Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June 28. $15, $18. (818) 508-3003.

The Idiot Box Theatre 68 stages Michael Elyanow's dark satire about six sitcom characters forced to face reality. NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends June 27. $25. (323) 960-5068.

Talley's Folly Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer-winning romantic comedy about a young woman and her Jewish suitor in small-town Missouri circa 1944. West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends June 28. $26, $28. (818) 884-1907.

Urinetown: The Musical Hit satire set in a world where one corporation controls all of the toilets. Cupcake Theater, 6520 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; ends June 28. $40-$50. (323) 391-3416.

Fancy Nancy: The Musical O.C. premiere of this family-friendly show based on the children's books. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. Sat., 5 p.m.; next Sun., 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m.; ends June 7. (714) 777-3033.

Mary Poppins Stage adaptation of the Disney movie-musical about a magical British nanny. La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June 21. $20-$70. (562) 944-9801.

Oedipus Machina Reimagined version of Sophocles' tragedy about the ill-fated Greek ruler. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends July 26. $34. (310) 477-2055.

Othello Shakespeare's tragedy gets a fashion-themed makeover. Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat., 8:30 p.m.; ends June 27. $15. (818) 202-4120.

Other Desert Cities Jon Robin Baitz's comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family's Christmas in Palm Springs. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Sat., 7 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June 21. $44-$54. (805) 667-2900.

OZ 2.5 World premiere of Catherine Trieschmann's family-friendly, digital-age take on “The Wizard of Oz.” Julianne Argyros Stage, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 4:30 p.m.; ends June 7. $20 and up. (714) 708-5555.

Paloma L.A. premiere of Anne Garcia-Romero's drama about a romance between Latina woman and a Muslim man. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends June 21. $10-$30. (213) 489-0994.

Suzanne Westenhoefer The groundbreaking lesbian comic performs. Los Angeles LGBT Center's Renberg Theatre, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m. $25, $50. (323) 860-7300.

This Is a Man's World Writer-performer Sal Lopez examines the concept of masculinity in this solo show. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Sat., 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends June 21. $20-$34.99. (213) 489-0994.

Urban Death Late-night terror tale. Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat., 11 p.m.; ends June 27. $15. (818) 202-4120.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare's beloved fantasy-comedy. Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. Next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends June 2. $15-$25. (818) 244-8481.

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