The Old Globe gives "Romeo and Juliet" a rock makeover in "The Last Goodbye," "Taxi" costars reunite as "The Sunshine Boys" at the Ahmanson, and some spooky shows herald the coming of Halloween.

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; 7 p.m. 10/6. 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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Bulrusher Staged reading of Eisa Davis' drama about a multiracial orphan girl with the gift of clairvoyance. VS Theater, 5453 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. 9/30. 7 p.m. 9/30. Through 9/30. $5 suggested donation.

Cinnamon Girl Workshop presentation of a new musical about a young plantation worker in 1937 Ceylon. Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 9/30. 7:30 p.m. 9/30. Through 9/30. Pay what you can. 213-627-4473

The Sunshine Boys "Taxi's" Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch reunite for Neil Simon's classic comedy about two aging vaudevillians. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. 10/2. 8 p.m. 10/2; 8 p.m. 10/3; 8 p.m. 10/4; 2 p.m. 10/5; 8 p.m. 10/5; 1 p.m. 10/6; 6:30 p.m. 10/6. Through 11/3. $20-$110. 213-972-4400

Comedy Curing Cancer The Groundlings, Second City and others team up this benefit. The Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., L.A. 10/2. 10 p.m. 10/2. Through 10/2. $15. 323-934-4747

Eat Your Words Monthly storytelling series focuses on food-themed tales. The Standard Hotel, 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 10/3. 8 p.m. 10/3. Through 10/3. Free

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The Few The former publisher of small-town Idaho newspaper returns to find things have changed in Samuel D. Hunter's drama. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. 10/3. 8 p.m. 10/3; 8 p.m. 10/4; 2 p.m. 10/5; 8 p.m. 10/5; 2 p.m. 10/6; 7 p.m. 10/6. Through 10/27. $29 and up. 619-234-5623

Trust Theatre Unleashed stages Steven Dietz's drama about finding love in the rock-music world. Upstairs at the Crown, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. 10/3. 8 p.m. 10/3; 8 p.m. 10/4; 8 p.m. 10/5. Through 11/9. $20

Wicked Lit 2013 Unbound Productions presents four classic terror tales -- by H.P Lovecraft, Arthur Conan Doyle, Washington Irving and Edgar Allen Poe -- staged in a spooky setting. Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, 2300 N. Marengo Ave., Altadena. 10/4. 7:30 p.m. 10/4; 7:30 p.m. 10/5; 7:30 p.m. 10/6. Through 11/2. $30-$65. 323-332-2065

The Interview A couple must apply to a government agency for permission to become parents in the world premiere of Susan Josephs' dystopian drama. Studio Stage Theatre, 520 N. Western Ave., Hollywood. 10/4. 8 p.m. 10/4; 8 p.m. 10/5; 5 p.m. 10/6. Through 10/27. $16-$25. 323-463-3900

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The Last Look Back Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA's benefit reading of Stephen Serpas' new play about a young intern involved in a presidential sex scandal; with Brent Spiner. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. 10/4. 8 p.m. 10/4; 8 p.m. 10/5. Through 10/5. $150-$500. 800-838-3006

The Light Bulb Marketing execs create an ad campaign for the device in the world premiere of Joshua Ravetch's farce. NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 10/4. 8 p.m. 10/4; 8 p.m. 10/5; 3 p.m. 10/6. Through 11/9. $35. 818-508-7101

Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite The Visceral Company presents six terror tales based on the author's writings. The Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood. 10/4. 8 p.m. 10/4; 8 p.m. 10/5; 3 p.m. 10/6. Through 11/3. $20. 323-871-1150

New Works Reading Festival SkyPilot Theatre Company offers staged readings of eight new plays. The Young Actors Studio, 5215 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 10/4. 8 p.m. 10/4; 7 p.m. 10/5; 9 p.m. 10/5; 7 p.m. 10/6. Through 10/6. Weekend pass $10. 800-838-3006