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Theater openings for Sept. 22-29: 'Henry VIII,' Radar L.A. and more

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A Spanish-language version of Shakespeare's "Henry VIII" is on the boards at the Broad Stage, poets Rumi and Samuel Taylor Coleridge have their praises sung in separate shows, and the Radar L.A. Festival is all over the map.

Smokey Joe's Cafe Musical celebrates the songs of Leiber and Stoller. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. 9/22. 5 p.m. 9/22; 8 p.m. 9/24; 8 p.m. 9/25; 8 p.m. 9/26; 8 p.m. 9/27; 4 p.m. 9/28; 8 p.m. 9/28; 2 p.m. 9/29; 7 p.m. 9/29. Through 10/13. $45-$125. 626-356-7529.

Rodney King Roger Guenveur Smith reprises his one-person portrayal of the victim of a video-taped beating by LAPD officers in 1991; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 9/22. 6:30 p.m. 9/22; 7:30 p.m. 9/26; 7 p.m. 9/28; 4 p.m. 9/29. Through 10/6. $25. 213-628-2772.

Our Broadway Scrapbook Musical Theatre Guild offers selections from previous presentations in this benefit performance. Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. 9/22. 7 p.m. 9/22. Through 9/22. $15, $25. 818-848-6844.

Sublimity Four Clowns' David Bridel portrays English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The Lyric Hyperion Theater Cafe, 2106 Hyperion Ave., L.A.. 9/22. 7 p.m. 9/22; 7 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $12. 800-838-3006. 

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Silent Witnesses Writer-performer Stephanie Satie's one-person show based on the stories of child survivors of the Holocaust. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 9/22. 7:30 p.m. 9/22; 7:30 p.m. 9/29. Through 10/27. $17, $20. 800-838-3006.

Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam Trieu Tran's one-person show about his journey from Vietnam to Canada to the U.S.; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 9/22. 8 p.m. 9/22; 8 p.m. 9/25; 8 p.m. 9/27; 4 p.m. 9/28; 7 p.m. 9/29. Through 10/6. $25. 213-628-2772.

You Should Have Stayed Home, Morons Rodrigo Garcia's examination of personal and social issues is staged as an immersive, mobile experience in this U.S. premiere; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A.. 9/23. 6 p.m. 9/23; 6 p.m. 9/24; 6 p.m. 9/25; 6 p.m. 9/26; 6 p.m. 9/27; 6 p.m. 9/28; 6 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $15-$25. 213-237-2800.

Clouded Sulphur (death is a knot undone) The tale of a teenager's abduction and murder is told in puppetry; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Automata, 504 Chung King Court, Chinatown, L.A.. 9/23. 7:30 p.m. 9/23; 7:30 p.m. 9/24; 7:30 p.m. 9/25; 7:30 p.m. 9/26; 7:30 p.m. 9/27; 3 p.m. 9/28; 7:30 p.m. 9/28; 5 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $15-$25. 213-237-2800.

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Hospital Los Angeles Poverty Department and the Netherlands' Wunderbaum explore health care in this collaborative piece; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Tower Theater, 802 S. Broadway, L.A.. 9/24. 7 p.m. 9/24; 5 p.m. 9/25; 2 p.m. 9/26; 9 p.m. 9/27; 5 p.m. 9/28; 3:30 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $15-$25. 213-237-2800.

Anything Goes Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony-winning revival of the Cole Porter musical set aboard an ocean liner. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 9/24. 7:30 p.m. 9/24; 7:30 p.m. 9/25; 7:30 p.m. 9/26; 7:30 p.m. 9/27; 2 p.m. 9/28; 7:30 p.m. 9/28; 1 p.m. 9/29; 6:30 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $20-$99. 714-556-2121.

Stardust David Rousseve's dance-driven, multimedia coming-of-age tale about an unseen gay African-American teenager; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A.. 9/24. 9 p.m. 9/24; 7 p.m. 9/25; 7 p.m. 9/27; 2 p.m. 9/28; 8:30 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $15-$25. 213-237-2800.

Sometimes I think, I can see you Multiple writers on laptops create stories about passersby, which are then projected onto large screens, in Mariano Pensotti's site-specific work; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, L.A.. 9/25. noon 9/25; noon 9/26; noon 9/27; noon 9/28; noon 9/29. Through 9/29. Free. 213-237-2800.

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Se Rompen Las Olas (Breaking the Waves) U.S. premiere of Mariana Villegas' one-person show about how her life was shaped by the 1985 Mexico City earthquake; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A.. 9/25. 5 p.m. 9/25; 7 p.m. 9/26; 8 p.m. 9/27; 3 p.m. 9/28; 6 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $15-$25. 213-237-2800.

El Gallo Mexico's Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes uses music, dance, comedy and an invented language to explore the creation of an opera; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Million Dollar Theater, 307 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. 9/25. 7 p.m. 9/25; 2 p.m. 9/26; 8 p.m. 9/27; 7 p.m. 9/28. Through 9/28. $15-$25. 213-237-2800.

Tercer Cuerpo (Third Wing) Argentina's Timbre 4 in a dramedy about three employees trapped in a cramped office; in Spanish with English supertitles; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A.. 9/25. 7:30 p.m. 9/25; 7 p.m. 9/26; 6 p.m. 9/28; 4 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $15-$25. 213-237-2800.

El Año en Que Naci (The Year I Was Born) Rock musical documents life in Chile under the Pinochet regime; in Spanish with English supertitles; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A.. 9/25. 9 p.m. 9/25; 9 p.m. 9/26; 9 p.m. 9/27; 8 p.m. 9/28; 8 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $15-$25. 213-237-2800.

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Stand-off at Hwy. #37 Native Voices at the Autry presents a staged reading of Vickie Ramirez' drama. Wells Fargo Theater at the Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A.. 9/26. 7:30 p.m. 9/26. Through 9/26. Free. 323-667-2000.

Stones In Her Mouth Lemi Ponifasio and his New Zealand-based company MAU celebrate Maori culture in this dance-theater work; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Palace Theatre, 630 S. Broadway, L.A.. 9/26. 7:30 p.m. 9/26; 8:30 p.m. 9/27; 8:30 p.m. 9/28; 5:30 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $15-$25. 213-237-2800.

Kin West Coast premiere of Bathsheba Doran's romantic dramedy about a poetry professor, a personal trainer, and the many people in their lives. Theatre 40, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. 9/26. 8 p.m. 9/26; 8 p.m. 9/28; 2 p.m. 9/29. Through 10/27. $24, $26. 310-364-0535.

Marilyn… Madness and Me Frank V. Furino's new fact-based drama about his relationship with the film icon. Monroe Forum at the El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 9/26. 8 p.m. 9/26; 8 p.m. 9/27; 3 p.m. 9/28; 8 p.m. 9/28; 3 p.m. 9/29. Through 10/20. $34.99. 818-508-4200.

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Shun-kin CAP UCLA presents the West Coast premiere of Complicite and Setagaya Public Theater's staging of this tale of the tortured relationship between a blind musician and her servant in 19th century Japan; in Japanese with English supertitles; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Freud Playhouse, UCLA, 245 Charles E. Young Dr, Westwood. 9/26. 8 p.m. 9/26; 8 p.m. 9/27; 2 p.m. 9/28; 8 p.m. 9/28; 2 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $50-$80. 310-825-2101.

Dogugaeshi Puppeteer Basil Twist and musician Yumiko Tanaka perform a multimedia exploration of ancient and contemporary Japanese culture; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A.. 9/26. 9:30 p.m. 9/26; 3 p.m. 9/27; 7 p.m. 9/28; 10 p.m. 9/28; 2 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $15-$25. 213-237-2800.

Henry VIII/Enrique VIII U.S premiere of Madrid-based Rakata's reworking of Shakespeare's historical drama; in Spanish with English supertitles. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 9/27. 7:30 p.m. 9/27; 2 p.m. 9/28; 7:30 p.m. 9/28; 2 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $32-$65. 310-434-3200.

Track 3 Theatre Movement Bazaar's contemporary spin on Chekov's "Three Sisters"; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A.. 9/27. 7:30 p.m. 9/27; 4 p.m. 9/28; 7 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $15-$25. 213-237-2800.

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Blithe Spirit Noel Coward's classic supernatural comedy. West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. 9/27. 8 p.m. 9/27; 8 p.m. 9/28; 2:30 p.m. 9/29. Through 10/27. $26-$28. 818-884-1907.

The Lion in Winter James Goldman's comedic drama about England's Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. 9/27. 8 p.m. 9/27; 8 p.m. 9/28; 2:30 p.m. 9/29. Through 11/16. $15-$25. 626-355-4318.

Plan 9 From Outer Space Send-up of Ed Wood's schlocky 1959 sci-fi flick. Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut Ave., Fullerton. 9/27. 8 p.m. 9/27; 8 p.m. 9/28. Through 11/16. $10, $20. 714-526-7070.

The Player King Darin Dahms' one-person show about actor Edwin Booth, brother of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. Great Scott Theatre at the MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood. 9/27. 8 p.m. 9/27; 8 p.m. 9/28. Through 11/2. $15, $20. 800-838-3006.

Jerk Performer/puppeteer Jonathan Capdevielle in an adaptation of Dennis Cooper's novel about a serial killer and his accomplices in early 1970s Texas; part of the Radar L.A. Festival. Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A.. 9/27. 10 p.m. 9/27; 10 p.m. 9/28; 7:30 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $15-$25. 213-237-2800.

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It's Only a Play Star-studded reading of an updated version of Terrence McNally's showbiz satire. Skylight Theatre, 1816 N. Vermont Ave., L.A.. 9/28. 3 p.m. 9/28; 8 p.m. 9/28. Through 9/28. $35-$60. 702-582-8587.

The School for Scandal Parson's Nose stages Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th century farce. Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. 9/28. 7:30 p.m. 9/28; 3 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. Pay what you can. 626-403-7667.

Flowers for Algernon Deaf West Theatre stages David Rogers' classic drama about a mentally-challenged man. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 9/28. 8 p.m. 9/28; 2 p.m. 9/29. Through 11/3. $20, $30; pay what you can, Oct. 13. 818-762-2998.

The Foreigner Larry Shue's comedy about an unassuming Englishman who goes up against the KKK in rural Georgia. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. 9/28. 8 p.m. 9/28; 2 p.m. 9/29. Through 10/26. $14-$24. 562-494-1014.

Our Town Thornton Wilder's classic drama about everyday life in the early 20th century. Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. 9/28. 8 p.m. 9/28; 2 p.m. 9/29. Through 10/20. $18-$20. 310-828-7519.    

Tracers and The Long Way Home: Reflections on the Tracers Journey The landmark Vietnam War drama (Fridays and Saturdays) runs in repertory with John DiFusco's making-of companion piece (Thursdays and Sundays). USVAA Theater, 10858 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 9/28. 8 p.m. 9/28; 3 p.m. 9/29. Through 11/9. $30. 855-585-5185.

Rumination Exploration of the life of 13th-century Persian poet Rumi. Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 9/29. 7 p.m. 9/29. Through 10/27. $15. 818-202-4120.

Yarmy's Army Veteran comics perform in this fundraiser for the Group Rep. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 9/29. 7:30 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $25. 818-763-5990.

Salute to Terrence McNally Star-studded tribute includes excerpts from several of the Tony-winning playwright's works. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. 9/29. 8 p.m. 9/29. Through 9/29. $50 and up. 702-582-8587.    

 

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