L.A. theater openings, Aug. 30-Sept. 6: ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and more


This week: Shakespeare, Shakespeare and more Shakespeare. Plus, a new Civil War-set musical drama and a pairing of two dark comedies about sibling rivalries.

Biloxi Blues Staged reading of Neil Simon’s comedy set in an Army boot camp in 1943. Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Sunday, 7 p.m. Pay-what-you-can at the door ($5 suggested donation).

Hath Taken Away Staged reading of Jacob Juntunen’s reimagining of the biblical story of Job. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. Sunday, 11 a.m. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 455-3723.


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Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy. Archway Studio/Theatre, 10509 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Sunday, next Sun., 2 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Sept. 20. $22. (818) 980-7529.

Seatbelts Required Secrets spill forth when three half-sisters reunite in the wake of their mother’s death in Kimberly Demmary’s dramedy. The Primitive Stage, 21610 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Sunday, next Sun., 3 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Sept. 19. $10. (818) 685-9907.

I Am Not Sam Michael Phillip Edwards portrays multiple characters in this solo show exploring racial identity. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Thu,.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Sept. 6. $15 online, $20 at the door. (213) 949-6547.

Romeo & Juliet The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival concludes with a return engagement of Independent Shakespeare Co.’s recent production of the Bard’s romantic tragedy. The Old Zoo at Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, L.A. Thu.-Fri., next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Sept. 6. Free. (818) 710-6306.

From Her Eyes Only The women from a certain spy-movie franchise tell their version of events in writer-director Derek Jeremiah Reid’s send-up. Edgemar Center for the Arts, Theatre B, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. Fri., 8 p.m.; ends Sept. 25. $15. (310) 392-7327.


The Red Moon World-premiere vampire love story/musical written by Ramon Sanchez. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; ends Sept. 26. $15. (818) 202-4120.

Macbeth Southern California Shakespeare Festival stages the Bard’s dark drama about the power-hungry Scottish warlord. Cal Poly Pomona, Studio Theatre-Building 25, 3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Oct. 4. $12, $15. (909) 869-3987.

Psycho Beach Party Comedic romp by Charles Busch puts a dark twist on those fun-in-the-sun flicks of the early 1960s. Long Beach Playhouse, Studio Theatre, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Oct. 3. $14-$24. (562) 494-1014.

Sibling Rivalry A pairing of two dark comedies: James McLure’s “Lone Star,” about a Vietnam War veteran and his kid brother; and Edward Allen Baker’s “Rosemary With Ginger,” about two sisters with a contentious, codependent relationship. The Lounge Theatre 2, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Sept. 27. $20; opening night, $25.

The Soiled Doves of the Big Balloon Saloon Off the Record Cabaret presents a Wild West-styled comedy-variety-burlesque show. Archway Studio/Theatre, 10509 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat., 11 p.m. $15. (818) 980-7529.

When Stars Align World premiere of Carol Eglash-Kossoff and John Henry Davis’ play with music about two young lovers during the Civil War. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Oct. 4. $25, $30. (323) 960-7738.