L.A. theater openings, Nov. 23-30: 'What the Butler Saw' and more

L.A. theater openings, Nov. 23-30: 'What the Butler Saw' and more
Sarah Manton, left, Paxton Whitehead and Charles Shaughnessy in a scene from "What the Butler Saw" at the Mark Taper Forum. (Craig Schwartz / Center Theatre Group)

Joe Orton's classic farce "What the Butler Saw" opens at the Taper, "I Love Lucy: Live on Stage" comes to the Cerritos Center, and Sierra Madre Playhouse celebrates "A Little House Christmas."

Blithe Spirit The Classical Theatre Lab presents a staged reading of the Noel Coward comedy. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sun., 2 p.m. Free. (323) 960-5691.


Steel Pier Musical Theatre West presents a staged reading of this Kander & Ebb musical about a dance marathon in 1930s Atlantic City. University Theatre, Cal State Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. Sun., 7 p.m.  $27, $32. (562) 856-1999.

What the Butler Saw Joe Orton's classic farce set in a private psychiatric clinic. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 7 p.m.; Tue.-Wed., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 21. $25-$70. (213) 628-2772.

A Trip Through the Multiverse The sketch-comedy duo known as Charles performs. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Drive, Hollywood. Mon., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 15. $12. (310) 281-8337.

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

Aziz Ansari Live! The stand-up comic and "Parks and Recreation" co-star performs. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Wed., 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $39. (714) 556-2787.

I Love Lucy: Live on Stage Re-creation of the filming of two episodes of the beloved 1950s sitcom. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m. $50-$70.

A Little House Christmas Family-friendly holiday fable based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 23. $15-$28. (626) 355-4318.

Boom Rick Miller explores the music, culture and politics of the Baby Boom generation in this solo show. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m. $20-$60. (949) 854-4646.

A Christmas Carol All-new adaptation of Dickens' classic. Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat., 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 28. $15. (818) 202-4120.