Untold terrors await in "The Call of Cthulhu,"
Bright Star World premiere of
Julius Caesar Classical Theatre Lab offers a staged reading of Shakespeare's tragedy. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sun., 2 p.m. Free. (323) 960-5691.
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Family-friendly celebration of the educational 1970s Saturday-morning cartoon series. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Sun., 2 p.m. $17. (310) 506-4522. Also, Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 1 and 3:30 p.m. $20 and up. (714) 556-2787.
Bronies: The Musical World-premiere musical explores the phenomenon of male fans of the cartoon series "My Little Pony." Third Street Theatre, 8115 W. Third St., L.A. Sun., 3 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Nov. 2. $25-$30. (888) 718-4253.
Copenhagen Staged reading of Michael Frayn’s Tony-winning drama about a meeting between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in 1941; part of AxS Festival 2014. A
Gene Kelly: The Legacy — An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly Kelly's widow shares memories and archival footage of the showbiz legend. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Mon.-Tue., 7:30 p.m. $45. (949) 497-2787.
Cafe Variations New York-based SITI Company combines theater, dance and the songs of George and Ira Gershwin in this romantic fable. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Tue., 7:30 p.m. $55, $65. (818) 677-3000.
Dating in L.A. With No Nipples Lisa David explores life and love as a single mother and breast-cancer survivor in this new solo show. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Wed., 8 p.m.; ends Oct. 29. $20. (800) 838-3006.
Educating Rita Willy Russell's comedy about a world-weary professor who tutors a vivacious hairdresser. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Wed.-Thu., 8 p.m.; ends Oct. 23. $22 and up. (310) 512-6030.
First Day Off in a Long Time Brian Finkelstein's darkly-comic solo show about his experiences working on a suicide hotline. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. Center for Inquiry West, Hollywood. Wed., 8 p.m.; ends Oct. 22. $12. (323) 666-4268.
Properties of Silence Staged reading of this fantastical drama about 17th-century Mexican poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz; part of AxS Festival 2014. The Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Thu., 7:30 p.m. Free. (626) 396-0920.
Alice Through the Wormhole, or What’s This Wonderland Up To? Workshop production of a new physics-themed musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic tale; part of AxS Festival 2014. Theater Lab,
Wicked Lit 2014 Unbound Productions presents new adaptations of
Banshee West Coast premiere of Brian C. Petti's drama about a New York City family headed by an indomitable Irish-immigrant matriarch. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Nov. 1. $20, $25. (323) 856-8611.
Bitches An all-male cast stars in Sean Abley's satire of high-school "mean girls" and tabloid TV; for ages 16 and up. Acting Artists Theatre, 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Nov. 1. $25. (800) 838-3006.
The Call of Cthulhu The Visceral Company presents the world premiere of solo-performer Frank Blocker's adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's terror tale about a doomsday cult that worships an ancient alien god; parental guidance recommended for young children. The Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Dec. 7. $20. (323) 871-1150.
Don't Hug Me, We're Married The Group Rep presents the world premiere of this musical comedy about a double wedding in a small Minnesota town. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 15. $15-$25. (818) 763-5990.
Get the Led Out Tribute band re-creates the music of British rockers Led Zeppelin. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Fri., 8 p.m. $35-$65. (562) 467-8818.
Locals Only! A surfer falls in love with a Valley girl in this world-premiere multimedia musical from the creator of the "High School Musical" TV movies. SMC Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Oct. 19. $17-$23. (310) 434-3000.
Night of the Living Dead Stage adaptation of George A. Romero's gruesome 1968 zombie thriller. Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut Ave., Fullerton. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 7 and 9 p.m.; ends Nov. 1. $22. (714) 526-7070.
On Golden Pond Ernest Thompson's hit dramedy about an elderly couple's eventful summer at their lakeside vacation home. West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m. $26, $28. (818) 884-1907.
Stiles and Drewe's The Three Little Pigs MainStreet Theatre Company presents this family-friendly musical fairytale. The Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. Sat., 4 p.m.; next Sun., 1 p.m.; ends Oct. 19. $9.50-$16. (909) 477-2752.
Music Under the Stars Broadway veterans and the
An Evening with
Better The Echo Theater Company presents the world premiere of Jessica Goldberg's dramedy about a troubled woman who returns to her Midwest hometown to see her dying father. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Nov. 9. $25. (310) 307-3753.
Nice Things World premiere of Vince Melocchi's drama about a small-town woman who lost her fiancee in the war in Afghanistan. Rogue Machine at Theatre Theater, 5041 Pico Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Nov. 23. 30; military and student discounts available. (855) 585-5185.
Sha Na Na The veteran rock 'n' roll and doo-wop group performs songs from the movie "Grease." Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Sat., 8 p.m. $35-$60. (562) 467-8818.
Jersey Boys Tony-winning bio-musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Next Sun., 6:30 p.m.; ends Oct. 19. $25 and up. (800) 982-2787.