L.A. theater openings, Jan. 3-10: ‘Act 3,’ ‘The Madwoman in the Volvo’ and more

This week funny ladies Rita Rudner and Sandra Tsing Loh star in two new shows.

Bullets Over Broadway Musical based on Woody Allen’s 1994 comedy about a struggling playwright, a gangster’s moll and others. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Tue.-Thu., 8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 24. $25 and up. (800) 982-2787.

Arcadia Reading of Tom Stoppard’s period-spanning drama about the relationships between past and present, chaos and order, etc. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Wed., 7 p.m. Free. (626) 356-3100.


Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara New production of the hit show about one of popular music’s great power couples; with Tony winner Anthony Crivello and original cast member Vanessa Claire Stewart; Taylor Hackford directs. Geffen Playhouse, Gil Cates Theater, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Jan. 17. $43-$129. (310) 208-5454.

You Can’t Take It With You George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s classic comedy about an eccentric New York family. Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 6. $20-$32. (818) 244-8481.

The Manor Site-specific tale of scandal and murder, inspired by actual events. Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills. Fri., 6 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 1 p.m.; ends Feb. 5. $60; must reserve by phone in advance. (310) 694-6118.

The Peking Acrobats Tumblers, jugglers, etc., perform to traditional Chinese music. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo. Fri., 8 p.m. $39, $49. (949) 480-4278.

Pick of the Vine Annual showcase features 10 original short plays. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Feb. 13. $23-$27. (310) 512-6030.

A Raisin in the Sun Kentwood Players stages Lorraine Hansberry’s classic drama about three generations of an African American family on Chicago’s South Side. Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 13. $18, $20. (310) 645-5156.

Tales from the Playhouse Staged reading of a new play celebrating the decades-long history of Long Beach Playhouse. The Studio at Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $20. (562) 494-1014.

Act 3 Rita Rudner and “The Nanny’s” Charles Shaughnessy star in the U.S. premiere of this comedy-drama about a longtime couple keeping big secrets from each other. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 5:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 31. $48-$61. (949) 497-2787.

An Evening With Groucho Frank Ferrante portrays the mustachioed Marx brother in this solo show. The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Jan. 10. $25-$60. (626) 356-7529.

The Madwoman in the Volvo Sandra Tsing Loh stars in this world-premiere comedy based on her memoir about menopause, motherhood, etc.; contains mature subject matter. South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat.-next Sun., 2 and 7:45 p.m.; ends Jan. 24. $30-$77. (714) 708-5555.