This week: A pair of tune-filled romps set in 1960s Britain, a musical comedy about a budding romance, and fact-based dramas about the civil rights and gay-rights movements.
Real Women Have Curves Josefina López’s comedy-drama about five women who work at a sewing factory in East L.A. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Sun., 3 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Oct. 4. $37-$125. (626) 356-7529.
Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin World premiere of Michael Benjamin’s fact-based drama, set in 1963, about the gay African American civil-rights leader. La Jolla Playhouse, Potiker Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. 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. 4. $40 and up. (858) 550-1010.
Chinglish David Henry Hwang’s comedy about an American businessman’s misadventures in China. East West Players, David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 Judge John Aiso St., L.A. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Oct. 4. $28-$38; pay what you can, Thu., Sept. 17; discounts available. (213) 625-7000.
Girl on Gurl Queer-themed musical-comedy sketch show. Second City Hollywood, 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Wed., 9 p.m.; ends Sept. 30. $10. www.secondcity.com.
Hooked A troubled teen comes of age in the turbulence of 1980s New York City in Jillian Leigh’s new drama. The Ruby Theatre at the Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. $20. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends Sept. 25. $20. (323) 465-0383.
These Paper Bullets! A Fab Four-like rock group lands in London in the West Coast premiere of Rolin Jones’ 1960s-set tale inspired by Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and featuring songs by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. Geffen Playhouse, Gil Cates Theater, 10866 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Oct. 18. $32-$82. (310) 208-5454.
Angel: A Nightmare of the Holocaust A female guard at a Nazi concentration camp faces a war-crimes trial in 1945 in this fact-based drama. Crown City Theatre, St. Matthew’s Church, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Thu., 8 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Oct. 25. $20, $30. (818) 605-5685.
No Exit Three characters are damned to share a single room for all eternity in Jean Paul Sartre’s Existentialist fable. Oh My Ribs Theatre, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Thu., Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends Nov. 1. $25; discounts available. (818) 765-8732.
The Whiskey Maiden World premiere of Chris Kelley’s allegorical mystery-drama about freedom and desire. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Oct. 24. $20, $25. (323) 856-8611.
Airplane! The Reading!! Benefit show celebrates the hit 1980 comedy; with special guest Robert Forster. S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre, Coldwater Canyon Park, 12601 Mulholland Drive, L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $15, $20. www.treepeople.org.
The Baker’s Wife A French village tries to reunite a despondent baker with his young wife in Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein’s romantic musical. Actors Co-o, David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends Oct. 25. $25-$34. (323) 462-8460.
Four Clowns Presents Hamlet The clown troupe puts its own spin on the Bard’s tale of the melancholy Dane. The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, 1238 W. 1st St., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Oct. 10. $12-$15. (562) 508-1788.
Galatea Brittany Knupper’s drama explores the lives of men who own silicone sex dolls. Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd. L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends Sept. 27. $15, $20. (213) 351-3507.
Hit the Wall West Coast premiere of Ike Holter’s drama about the 1969 Stonewall riots and the birth of the modern LGBT-rights movement; with music by Anna Waronker and Charlotte Caffey. Davidson/Valentini Theatre, Los Angeles LGBT Center, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Oct. 25. $30. (323) 860-7300.
Homefree World premiere of Lisa Loomer’s drama about three teenage outcasts. The Road on Magnolia, NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 8. $17.50, $30. 818-761-8838.
Kim Jong Funner: A Few Blocks Over, Out of Hiding, In Primetime! Celebration Theatre presents an all-new sketch-comedy show in its new venue. The Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Oct. 10. $20. (323) 957-1884.
Man of La Mancha Classic musical inspired by Cervantes’ tales of the knight-errant Don Quixote. Rose Center Theater, 14140 All American Way, Westminster. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Sept. 27. $15-$20. (714) 793-1150.
Mary Poppins Stage adaptation of the classic Disney musical about a magical British nanny. Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Palos Verdes Peninsula. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Oct. 4. $48-$58. (310) 544-0403.
Peace on Your Wings An all-youth cast performs this fact-based musical drama about a young Japanese girl who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., L.A. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 and 8 p.m. $15-$35. www.peaceonyourwings.com.
The Best of Enemies West Coast premiere of Mark St. Germain’s fact-based drama about a female African-American civil-rights activist and a male Ku Klux Klan leader who worked together to end segregation in 1970s North Carolina. Colony Theatre, 555 N. 3rd St., Burbank. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Oct. 18. $25-$59. (818) 558-7000.
First Date A man and woman’s dinner date unfolds in real time in the Southern California premiere of this musical comedy. La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Oct. 11. $20-$70. (562) 944-9801.
Hammer of the Witches Something supernatural is awakened in this new thriller written and directed by Bree Pavey. Loft Ensemble, 929 E. 2nd St., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Nov. 1. $10, $20. (213) 680-0392.
In Love and Warcraft A female gamer navigates life online and in the real world in the West Coast premiere of Madhuri Shekar’s coming-of-age comedy. Los Angeles Theater Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Oct. 11. $30, $40; discounts available. (866) 811-4111.
One Man, Two Guvnors South Coast Rep opens its season with David Ivers directing his hit farce about a failed washboard musician and others in 1960s England. South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; ends Oct. 11. $22 and up. (714) 708-5555.
Bonnie and Clyde Musical Theatre Guild opens its 20th season with the L.A. premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s musical drama about the Depression-era bank-robbing duo. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $45. (310) 772-8178.
Shine True-life tales about finding one’s calling. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $10. (310) 452-2321.
Walt Whitman Sings John Slade portrays the 19th-century American poet in this solo play with music. Mike Fountain Stage, Festival Amphitheatre, 12762 Main St, Garden Grove. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $20. (714) 590-1575.