L.A. theater openings, April 26-May 3: 'Abigail/1702' and more

L.A. theater openings, April 26-May 3: 'Abigail/1702' and more
Ross Hellwig and Jennifer Cannon in "Abigail/1702" at International City Theater. (caryn desai)

Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" gets a sequel, an adventure tale attributed in part to William Shakespeare gets a new adaption, and a "Glee" star sings for her supper.

Ferguson Theatre Verité Collective presents a staged reenactment of the Michael Brown shooting using actual grad-jury testimony. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sun., 7 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 8 p.m. $65. (310) 477-2055.


Maria Howell The singer and actress ("The Color Purple," "Devious Maids") performs in this cabaret show. The Colony Theatre, 555 N. 3rd St., Burbank. Sun., 7 p.m. $39-$59. (818) 518-7000.

My Child — Mothers of War Monologues based on the true stories of mothers of U.S. armed-forces members; featuring Frances Fisher, Melina Kanakaredes, Mimi Rogers and Jean Smart on selected nights. Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sun., next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends May 31. $30; opening night, $50. (818) 963-8219.

The Spring Frolic Independent Shakespeare Co. stages a benefit for the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. Sun., 2 p.m. $75. (818) 710-6306.

Torn Asunder Staged reading of Christine Rosensteel's new comedy about a football-obsessed family; with Ed Asner. Theatre 40, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. Sun., 2 p.m. Free. (310) 364-3606.

Rise 'n' Shine with Bette & Juliette Comedy-variety drag show. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Tue., 8 p.m. $20. (800) 838-3006.

Staging the Unstageable: The Esthetics of Dramatizing Atrocity Readings of excerpts from plays about the Armenian Genocide, followed by a panel discussion. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Tue., 8 p.m. $10. (213) 628-2772.

Celebrity Autobiography: The Music Edition, Volume 5 Fred Willard, "Louie's" Pamela Adlon, et al., read excerpts from memoirs by Beyonce, Justin Bieber and others. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. Wed., 8 p.m. $45. (213) 765-6803.

The Doll A lonely man embarks on a relationship with an android in Miro Gavran's comedy. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Thu., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 21. $22 and up. (310) 512-6030.

Light Sensitive A relationship develops between a blind former NYC cabbie and a woman who is recruited to read for him in Jim Geoghan's comedy-drama. Moth Theatre Company, 4359 Melrose Ave., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 31. $10-$25. (323) 609-3676.

Motown the Musical Celebration of the Detroit record label that spawned such stars as Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and the Temptations. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends June 7. $25 and up. (800) 982-2787.

Unscreened 2015 Brand-new short plays by local writers. Macha Theatre, 1107 N. Kings Road., West Hollywood. Thu.-next Sun., 8 p.m.; ends May 10. $25. (800) 838-3006.

Abigail/1702 A woman tries to put her role in the Salem witch trials behind her in the West Coast premiere of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's sequel to Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." International City Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 24. $46-$54. (562) 436-4610.

Chekhov UnScripted Impro Theatre improvises comedic plays in the style of the Russian dramatist. The Lab on Vermont, 1727 N. Vermont Ave., #208, Los Feliz. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends May 31. $20, $30. (323) 401-6162.

Good People David Lindsay-Abaire's class-conscious comedy-drama about a single mom in South Boston. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St., Santa Paula. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends June 7. $18, $20. (805) 525-4645.


The Groundlings Kung Fu Battle Island "Community's" Jim Rash directs the improv troupe's new sketch show. Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends July 11. $20; opening night only, $50. (323) 934-4747.

My Echo, My Shadow... A trio of female performers explores the line between normalcy and insanity in this new, experimental work. Son of Semele Ensemble Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends May 17. $15, $20. (213) 351.3507.

Our Lady of 121st Street Stephen Adly Gurgis' comedic tragedy about the passing of a beloved Spanish Harlem resident; contains adult language and situations. The Little Victory Theatre, 3324 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; end June 7. $24, $34. (818) 841-5422.

See Jane Sing! "Glee's" Jane Lynch performs standards, show tunes and more. Bram Goldsmith Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $39-$89. (310) 746-4000.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Rajiv Joseph's fantastical drama about two U.S. Marines, an Iraqi gardener and a tiger during the Iraq War. The Studio at Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 30. $14-$24. (562) 494-1014.

The Capitol Steps The comedy-and-music groups returns with more political satire. Beckman Auditorium, Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3:30 p.m. $10-$40. (626) 395-4652.

Circus Ugly Two lovers confront the nightmares of their past in the world premiere of Gabriel Rivas Gomez's fable set at an underground strip club. Playwrights' Arena at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Avenue, Atwater Village. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 25. $25; discounts available. (800) 838-3006.

Our Voices, Our Stories Benefit for homeless women, urban youth & disabled young adults includes monologues, music and more. Barnsdall Gallery Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 7 p.m. $30, $38. Tickets at

Oxymorons Ed Asner and Mark Rydell star in a benefit performance of Brian Connors' comedy about two curmudgeonly brothers; contains strong language. Malibu Playhouse, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Sat., 8 p.m. $75. (310) 589-1998.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre New adaptation of this fantastical adventure tale attributed in part to William Shakespeare. Independent Shakespeare Co. Studio, 3191 Casitas Ave. #168, Atwater Village. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun. 2 p.m.; ends May 24. $15-$25. (818) 710-6306.

Show-Stoppers Ojai Playwrights Conference's annual benefit gala includes this star-studded cabaret show. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. Sat., 3 p.m. $25, $75. (805) 640-0400.

Sinatra Sings Sinatra, As I Remember It Frank Sinatra, Jr. and band celebrate his legendary father with songs and stories. Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $49 and up. (714) 556-2787.


The Still Alarm & Black Comedy George S. Kaufman's short comedy about a hotel-room fire is paired with Peter Shaffer's farce. Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.; ends May 24. $18, $20. (310) 828-7519.

ABBAMANIA Tribute show re-creates a concert by the 1970-80s Swedish pop group. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal State Long Beach, 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. Next Sun., 2 p.m. $38 and up. (562) 985-7000.

Immediate Family Secrets spill forth when adult siblings reunite at a wedding in Paul Oakley Stovall's new comedy; Phylicia Rashad directs. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends June 7. $25-$85. (213) 628-2772.