L.A. theater openings, April 5-12: ‘I and You’ and more

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Walt Whitman’s words inspire teenage students in Lauren Gunderson’s “I and You” at the Fountain Theatre, and flight attendants party with a teen pot dealer in Marisa Wegrzyn’s “Mud Blue Sky” at the Road on Lankershim. Plus, dueling productions of “Les Misérables.”

Tiny Dangerous Fun Variety, cabaret and open-mic performances. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Wed., 8 p.m. $10. (818) 508-3003.

Buyer & Cellar Broadway veteran David Turner stars in Jonathan Tolins’ solo comedy about a struggling actor who takes an unusual job working in a basement at Barbra Streisand’s Malibu estate. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends May 10. $29 and up. (619) 234-5623.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Classic farce set in ancient Rome, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Crown City Theatre, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 31. $30. (818) 605-5685.

The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams’ classic drama about a struggling writer, his domineering mother, fragile sister and a gentleman caller. Renegade Theater, 1514 N. Gardner St., Hollywood. Thu., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 6 p.m.; ends May 17. $20. (323) 874-1733.

Not That Jewish Comic and Emmy-winning writer Monica Piper explores her roots in this autobiographical solo show. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. Thu., Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; ends May 17. $35. (310) 315-1400.

And Then They Fell Brimmer Street Theatre Company presents a staged reading of Tira Palmquist’s new drama about a girl’s troubled home life. The Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Café, 2106 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. Free. (323) 540-0935.

Bang Bang World premiere of Michael Kearns’ drama about gun violence in America. Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; ends April 25. $15, $20. (310) 315-1459.

The Discord Altar A deceased voice teacher is memorialized by homeless youths he once taught in this new contemporary opera featuring music improvised by the cast. Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 3. $17, $25. (818) 898-9597.


Just Imagine: The John Lennon Story Tim Piper portrays the rock-music legend. West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends April 26. $28, $30. (818) 884-1907.

LBP New Works Festival Staged reading of three new plays. The Studio at Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $10 suggested donation. (562) 494-1014.

Les Misérables Hit musical based on the Victor Hugo novel about a French peasant’s quest to redeem himself after spending several years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. Maverick Theater, 110-B E. Walnut, Fullerton. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends May 30. $15, $28. (714) 526-7070.

Mark Nizer 4D The juggler and comic performs in this family-friendly multimedia show. Beckman Auditorium, Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Fri., 7 p.m. $10, $20. (626) 395-4652.

Master Storytellers with Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden The duo tells the ancient Greek tale “The Calydonian Boar-hunt.” The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends April 12. $12. (310) 440-7300.

Mud Blue Sky L.A. premiere of Marisa Wegrzyn’s comedy about middle-aged flight attendants on a layover partying in a hotel room with one’s teenage pot dealer. The Road on Lankershim, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 30. $17.50, $34. (818) 761-8838.


Working for the Mouse Trevor Allen’s solo comedy about his time playing various costumed characters at Disneyland. Theatre Asylum, 1078 Lillian Way, L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends April 19. $20. (800) 838-3006.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Lynn Nottage’s comedy-drama about an African American actress trying to make it in 1930s Hollywood. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 9. $14-$24. (562) 494-1014.

The Hebrew Hillbilly: Fifty Shades of Oy Vey! Singer-songwriter Shelley Fisher chronicles her life and showbiz career. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Sat., 8 p.m. $35. (800) 838-3006.

I and You L.A premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s drama about teenage students plumbing the mysteries of a Walt Whitman poem. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June 14. $20-$34.95; pay what you can, Thursdays; $15 rush tickets, Fridays only. (323) 663-1525.

Les Misérables Several Broadway veterans join Musical Theatre West’s staging of the hit musical. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends April 26. $20 and up. (562) 856-1999.

Recorded in Hollywood World-premiere musical salutes an African American record-store owner who was an unsung hero in the development of rock ’n’ roll in the 1950s. Lillian Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way, Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 17. $30. (323) 960-4443.


Urban Death All-new terror tale. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat., 11 p.m.; ends May 16. $15. (818) 202-4120.

All About Murder Interactive mystery-comedy inspired by the Bette Davis film “All About Eve.” Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $20. (626) 355-4318.

Gentleman Prefer Blondes Musical Theatre Guild stages the classic about two gal-pals on a cruise to Europe. Moss Theatre at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $45. (818) 848-6844.