L.A. theater openings, Feb. 28-March 6: 'Blood,' 'Summer and Smoke' and more

L.A. theater openings, Feb. 28-March 6: 'Blood,' 'Summer and Smoke' and more
The cast of the fact-based world-premiere drama "Blood," opening at the Complex in Hollywood. (Andrew Nakajima)

This week: A Tennessee Williams classic, a historical drama about the Civil War, and a new fact-based musical fable about a public-health scandal in Japan.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast 3D Theatricals stages the hit musical based on the animated 1991 film inspired by the classic fairytale. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 E. Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. Sun., 2 p.m. $25-$95. (714) 589-2770.


That's Life! A Toast to Sinatra on His 100th Birthday With singers Scott Coulter, Lee Lessack and John Boswell. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo. Sun., 3 p.m. $39-$49. (949) 480-4278.

Of Mice and Men Stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel about two Depression-era farm workers. Norris Pavilion, 501 Indian Peak Road, Palos Verdes Peninsula. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Mar. 6. $25-$38. (310) 544-0403.

Domestic Tranquility West Coast premiere of Rich Orloff's comedy, set in the 1950s, about a suburban family and a trio of escaped convicts. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends April 2. $23-$27. (310) 512-6030.

Fishers of Men Rick Segall's one-man show about the apostle Peter. Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends March 27. $20.

A Gambler's Guide to Dying U.S. premiere of Gary McNair's solo drama about a gambler diagnosed with cancer; "Homeland's" Maury Sterling stars. Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m; ends April 29. $25. (310) 397-3244.

Sex & Love in the Modern Age John Santo's comedy explores the impact of technology on romance and relationships. Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; ends March 26. $15. (818) 202-4120.

Summer and Smoke A small-town spinster falls in love with a doctor's son in Tennessee Williams' drama. Actors Co-op, David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends April 17. $20-$30. (323) 462-8460.

Alice Chan A nerdy fifth-grader lands the lead role in her school play in this family-friendly comedy co-created and directed by BD Wong. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Sat.-next Sun., 1 and 3 p.m.; ends March 6. $9, $12. (858) 550-1010.

All Shook Up 1950s-set jukebox musical inspired by Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 2. $28 and up. (310) 828-7519.

The Andersonville Trial The Confederate commandant of a notorious Civil War-era POW camp stands accused in Saul Levitt's historical drama. The Grove Theatre Center, 1111-B W. Olive Ave., Burbank. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends April 10. $25. (323) 960-7738.

Big Bad Wolf Windmill Theatre reopens the case of the classic fairytale villain in this show for ages five and up. Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 1 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 3:30 p.m.; ends March 6. $20. (949) 553-2422.

Blood The Garage stages the world premiere of Robert Allan Ackerman's fact-based drama-with-music about a scandal involving companies that knowingly sold AIDS-tainted blood in Japan. The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends April 3. $25, $30. (323) 960-7745.

An Evening with Fritz Coleman The local weatherman/comic performs in this benefit. The Colony Theatre, 555 N. 3rd St., Burbank. Sat., 8 p.m. $40 and up. (800) 838-3006.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance U.S. premiere of Jethro Compton's stage adaptation of the short story that inspired John Ford's 1962 western. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Sat., 7 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends March 20. $25-$54. (805) 667-2900.


Imagination Movers Family-friendly show featuring the musical group from the Disney Channel series. La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Next Sun., 1 and 3:30 p.m. $15-$25. (562) 944-9801.

In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Revue Celebration of the Big Band era features singers, dancers and a live band. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Next Sun., 3 p.m. $35-$65. (562) 467-8818.