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L.A. theater openings, Oct. 4-11: ‘The Addams Family’ and more

‘The Addams Family’

Bronson Pinchot and Rachel York star in 3-D Theatricals’ presentation of “The Addams Family.”


This week: They’re creepy and they’re kooky in “The Addams Family” musical, coming to Fullerton’s Plummer Auditorium courtesy of 3-D Theatricals. Also, some true-life tales of coming out, and a renowned mezzo-soprano salutes a musical-theater legend.

Appropriate West Coast premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Arkansas-set drama about estranged siblings reunited by the passing of the family’s patriarch. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 7 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 1. $25-$85. (213) 628-2772.

Ghost Light Deborah Puette stars in Tommy Smith’s 30-minute solo fantasy-drama about love and loss. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village. Sun., 8:45 p.m.; Sat., 9:45 p.m. $10; free with program from concurrent production “American Falls.” (310) 307-3753.

The Edwards Twins The duo impersonates celebrities such as Elvis, Barbra Streisand, Sonny & Cher, etc. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. Sun., 2 p.m. $38 and up. (562) 985-7000. Also, El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m. $42, $49. (818) 508-4200.


An Evening of Magic Family-friendly fundraiser for the Group Rep. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Sun., 7 p.m. $10. (818) 763-5990.

Healing Wars Writer-choreographer Liz Lerman’s multidisciplinary, multimedia show explores how combatants and healers cope with the mental and physical wounds of war; part of Without Walls 2015. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Sun., 7 p.m.; Tue.-Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Oct. 25. $20 and up. (858) 550-1010.

An Homage to Vasili Grossman Dramatic readings from the Soviet-era journalist’s epic novel “Life and Fate.” Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Sun., 7:30 p.m. $6, 10. (310) 822-3006.

Peking Dreams The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China perform. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Sun., 3 p.m. $30-$65. (818) 677-3000.


Seven Spots on the Sun West Coast premiere of Martín Zimmerman’s drama about a doctor battling a plague that is ravaging the children of a war-torn village in Latin America. Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Sun., 5 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 1. $29, $34. (626) 683-6883.

Disney’s The Lion King Tony-winning musical based on the 1994 animated movie. Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tue.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 1. $31 and up. (714) 556-2787.

Carrie: The Musical Immersive staging of this musical based on the Stephen King terror tale about a tormented teen with telekinetic powers. Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway, L.A. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun, 2 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 15. $40 and up. (888) 596-1027.

Desdemona CAP UCLA presents the L.A. premiere of novelist Toni Morrison and singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré's play with music that reimagines Shakespeare’s “Othello” from the perspective of the main female character; Peter Sellars directs; Broadway’s Tina Benko stars. UCLA Freud Playhouse, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Oct. 11. $69-$89. (310) 825-2101.

Sleepy Hollow Family-friendly take on the spooky tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. Thu., 8 p.m.; Sat., 1 and 5 p.m.; next Sun., 11 a.m.; ends Oct. 18. $20, $25. (714) 777-3033.

A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams’ classic drama about a faded Southern belle, her sister, and her sister’s brutish husband. The Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m.; ends Oct. 25. $20. (213) 389-3856.

Don’t Tell My Mother! The comedy series’ annual “coming out” show features Jen Kober, Alec Mapa and musical guest Jill Sobule. Busby’s East, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Fri., 8 p.m. $16-$25. (323) 525-2615.

Dracula New adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale. Archway Studio/Theatre, 10509 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 22. $24. (818) 980-7529.


Jackie Beat The drag performer is back with song parodies and more. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Fri., 9 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m. $20, $25. (800) 838-3006.

Julia Migenes Sings Kurt Weill The mezzo-soprano takes a musical tour of the German composer’s song catalog. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 5. $35. (310) 477-2055.

Stand Up! A Night of Comedy With Ian Edwards, Michael Schirtzer, et al. Malibu Playhouse, 29243 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. Fri., 8:30 p.m. $15 advance, $20 at the door.

Without Walls 2015 Three-day festival presented by La Jolla Playhouse features over 20 immersive and site-based works, including theater, music and dance, plus family-friendly activities and free performances, at various locations and venues; ends Oct. 11; details at (858) 550-1010.

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. Plummer Auditorium, 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Oct. 25; also plays in Redondo Beach, Oct. 31-Nov. 8. $20-$70. (714) 589-2770.

Ded! New multimedia play inspired by the Mexican tradition of Día De Los Muertos. The Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Oct. 25. $20, $25. (800) 838-3006.

The Dock Brief John Mortimer’s comedy about an unsuccessful lawyer tasked with defending an accused murderer. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Nov. 15. $25-$34. (310) 822-8392.

The Emperor’s New Clothes Family-friendly interactive musical based on the classic fable. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, L.A. Sat., 1 p.m.; ends Feb. 27. $10, $12. (818) 761-2203.


I’m Still Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road Gretchen Cryer and Rex Smith star in the West Coast premiere of Cryer’s sequel to her hit 1978 Off-Broadway musical. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 5:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 1. $41-$66. (949) 497-2787.

Jack-O-Laughter Halloween-themed show starring Total Improv Kids. The Sherry Theater, 11052 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat., 2 p.m.; ends Oct. 31. $10. (818) 481-8072.

9th Annual Comedy Celebration Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, et al., are featured in this benefit for the International Myeloma Foundation. Sat., 8 p.m. $75-$100; VIP packages available.

Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven El Teatro Campesino uses puppetry, music and dance in an L.A.-themed twist on the Mayan creation myth. Grand Park, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Sat.-next Sun., 3:30 p.m. Free. (213) 628-2772. West Coast Jewish Theatre presents Hindi Brooks’ comedy about online dating. The Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Nov. 15. $35. (323) 821-2449.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Ensemble Theatre Company stages Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller set in 19th century London. The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Oct. 25. $35 and up. (805) 965-5400.

Vietgone World premiere of Qui Nguyen’s dramedy about how his parents met in a refugee camp in Arkansas after the fall of Saigon. South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., next Sun., 2 and 7:45 p.m.; ends Oct. 25. $22 and up. (714) 708-5555.

We Are the Tigers World premiere of Rebekah M. Allen’s pop/rock musical-comedy thriller about a cheerleading squad with a murderer in their midst. Hudson Backstage, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Nov. 8. $34.99; discounts available. (323) 960-7792.

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