Entertainment & Arts

L.A. theater openings, Oct. 25-Nov. 1: Astrid Hadad and more

Astrid Hadad

Mexico’s Astrid Hadad performs a Halloween/Day of the Dead-themed show at REDCAT.


This week: Halloween is at hand with spooky shows for every taste, including not one but two productions of “The Addams Family” musical.

Drempels Actors’ Repertory Theatre stages this musical fantasy-comedy about a race of tiny humans. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Sun., next Sun., 3:30 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 29. $15-$29.50. (310) 394-9779.

Need to Know A couple in a new apartment use the Internet to learn more about their next-door neighbor in the world premiere of Jonathan Caren’s dark comedy. Rogue Machine Theatre, 5041 Pico Blvd., L.A. Sun., next Sun., 7 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.; Mon., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 13. $30-$35. (855) 585-5185.

Room on the Broom A witch and her cat have a series of misadventures in this Halloween show for ages 4 and up. Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Today, 1 and 3:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $20 and up. (949) 553-2422.


Our Favorite Things Cast members from the national touring production “The Sound of Music,” currently at the Ahmanson, perform in this benefit cabaret show. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Mon., 8 p.m. $15-$25.

Visualizing the Invisible Stage Raw presents local theater producers, critics and others in a panel discussion on the future of performing-arts coverage. Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Mon., 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations at

You Paid to Die Tonight Halloween-themed sketch show. Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Tue., 8 p.m. $15. (323) 934-4747.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula L.A. Theatre Works presents Charles Morey’s adaptation of this classic vampire tale. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Wed., 8 p.m. $40, $50. (818) 677-3000.


The Wonder Room All-ages arts events features experimental puppetry troupe Automata, choreographer Alexandra Schilling, and more. Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Wed., 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 458-8350.

Astrid Hadad The Mexican singer and performance artist presents a Halloween/Day of the Dead-themed show. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Nov. 1. $16-$25. (213) 237-2800.

Bootycandy L.A. premiere of Robert O’Hara’s semi-autobiographical comedy about growing up gay and black. Celebration Theatre @ the Lex, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 20. $30, $35. (323) 957-1884.

Grim and Fischer Wonderheads presents this wordless mask-theater piece about Death and one very stubborn old woman; for ages 10 and up. Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles,10361 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $15, $25. (310) 286-0553.

A Simple Space Intimate physical-theater show starring Australian acrobatic troupe Gravity & Other Myths. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; ends Oct. 31. $40-$45. (949) 854-4646.

BOO-tanicum Kid-friendly Halloween event features live performances, a haunted house and more. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. Fri., 4 to 10 p.m. $15; children 5 and under, free. (310) 455-2322.

Nat Turner: Following Faith World premiere of Paula Neiman’s historical drama about the African American slave who led a short-lived rebellion in Virginia in 1831. Theatre/Theater, 5041 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 6. $25. (213) 529-5153.

Steve Lippia: Centennial Sinatra The singer leads a 10-piece band in a salute to Old Blue Eyes. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Fri., 8 p.m. $45-$60. (562) 467-8818.


The Addams Family Bronson Pinchot and Rachel York star in 3-D Theatricals’ staging of this family-friendly, Tony-winning musical comedy based on cartoonist Charles Addams’ macabre drawings. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 E. Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 8. $20-$70. (714) 589-2770.

The Addams Family Hit musical comedy based on Charles Addams’ macabre drawings. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 6. $18-$25. (805) 583-7900.

Androcles and the Lion Parson’s Nose opens its season with George Bernard Shaw’s retelling of the classic fable; for ages 12 and up. Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena. Sat., 7 p.m.; ends Nov. 22. Pay what you will ($5-$25). (626) 403-7667.

Breaking Through A singer-songwriter tries to make her way in the music biz in this world-premiere musical; with Broadway’s Alison Luff. The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends Nov. 22. $25-$125. (626) 356-7529.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Family-friendly circus-style show features dogs and cats rescued from animal shelters. Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. Next Sun., 2 p.m. $28-$38. (909) 477-2752.

A Salute to Ed Asner The Emmy winner is feted by assorted celebrities in this fundraiser, which includes a pre-tribute performance from the Critics’ Choice show “El Grande Circus de Coca-Cola.” Skylight Theatre, 1816 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Next Sun., 6 and 7:30 p.m. $99-$5000. (213) 761-7061.