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Theater openings for Sept. 29-Oct. 6: 'The Last Goodbye' and more

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

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Night of the Living Dead New stage adaptation of George A. Romero's classic 1968 zombie thriller; for ages 13 and up. Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut Ave., Fullerton. 10/4. 8 p.m. 10/4; 8 p.m. 10/5. Through 11/16. $20. 714-526-7070

The Sam Harris Experience Workshop performances of the Broadway star's new show. Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Ave., Pasadena. 10/4. 8 p.m. 10/4; 8 p.m. 10/5. Through 10/5. $25. 626-683-6883

Time Stands Still Orange County premiere of Donald Margulies' drama about a couple -- a photographer and a journalist -- leaving war zones behind and settling into married life stateside. Chance Theater, 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills. 10/4. 8 p.m. 10/4; 3 p.m. 10/5; 8 p.m. 10/5; 2 p.m. 10/6. Through 10/27. $25-$35. 714-777-3033

We Got Lucky World premiere of Allen C. Gardner's tale of two pals living the Southern California dream. Working Stage Theater, 1516 N. Gardner St., West Hollywood. 10/4. 8 p.m. 10/4; 8 p.m. 10/5; 8 p.m. 10/6. Through 11/3. $18, $20. 800-838-3006

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Tangle Cornerstone Theater presents a staged reading of this new play about school discipline as part of a community forum. Art Theater of Long Beach, 2025 E 4th. St, Long Beach. 10/5. 1 p.m. 10/5. Through 10/5. Free. 888-802-6607

Pato, Muerte y Tulipan (Duck, Death and Tulip) Mexico's Compañia Proyecto Perla mixes live actors and puppetry in this family-friendly fantasy tale; in English and Spanish. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 W. 24th St., L.A. 10/5. 2 p.m. 10/5; 7:30 p.m. 10/5; 2 p.m. 10/6. Through 10/6. $10-$24. 213-745-6516

Stories About the Old Days The Group Rep stages Bill Harris' two-character dramedy set in an African American church in 1970s-era Detroit. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 10/5. 2 p.m. 10/5; 7 p.m. 10/6. Through 10/27. $15. 818-763-5990

Bob Baker's Halloween Hoop-de-doo Family-friendly show features over 100 puppets. Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. 1st St., L.A. 10/5. 2:30 p.m. 10/5; 2:30 p.m. 10/6. Through 11/3. $15; under age 2, free. 213-250-9995

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The Guardsman Ferenc Molnar's romantic farce, set in pre-WWI Budapest, about a famous Hungarian actor and his starlet wife. A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. 10/5. 8 p.m. 10/5; 2 p.m. 10/6. Through 11/30. $34 and up. 626-356-3100

The Last Goodbye World-premiere rock musical sets Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" to the songs of the late Jeff Buckley. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. 10/6. 7 p.m. 10/6. Through 11/3. $29 and up. 619-234-5623

Poems For Mary Staged reading of Lloyd J. Schwartz' new play about a brother and sister who find a collection of their late father's poetry. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., L.A. 10/6. 7 p.m. 10/6. Through 10/6. Free. 323-851-7977

The Last Dance Staged reading of this new play about a troubled 77-year-old Marine veteran; with Ed Asner. The Road on Magnolia at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 10/6. 8 p.m. 10/6. Through 10/6. $20 suggested donation. 818-761-8838

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