L.A. theater openings, Nov. 2-9: Elevator Repair Service and more


Exotic dancers take their case to the highest court in the land in Elevator Repair Service’s “Arguendo” at REDCAT, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre stages “King Lear” at the Broad, and “Serial Killer Barbie: The Musical” has its world premiere at NoHo Arts Center.

Oh What a Night! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Family-friendly celebration of the chart-topping pop group. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo. Sun., 3 p.m. $35-$45. (949) 480-4278.

Play With My Poodle Miss Richfield 1981 stars in this comedy-variety drag show. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Sun., 8 p.m. $20. (323) 669-1550.


Musi-Cal Showcase features selections from new musicals by local writers. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Mon., 8 p.m. $15-$25. (323) 669-1550.

Coco Peru: Have You Heard? The veteran drag performer shares songs and stories. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Tue., 8 p.m. $15-$30. (323) 669-1550.

King Lear Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre presents the Bard’s tragedy about an aging monarch; Joseph Marcell (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) stars. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Wed.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 16. $53-$98. (310) 434-3200.

Arguendo Elevator Repair Service presents a verbatim staging of a 1991 Supreme Court case in which exotic dancers challenged a ban on public nudity. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Thu.-Fri., 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m. $15-$40. (213) 237-2800.

The Long Road Today Staged reading of Jose Cruz Gonzalez’s bilingual play inspired by the lives of Santa Ana residents; part of Encuentro Festival 2014. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Fri., 11 a.m. Free. (866) 811-4111.

Broadway Swings Musical revue features top cabaret singers and a 17-piece big band performing classic show tunes. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Fri., 8 p.m. $45-$65. (562) 467-8818.


Completeness Itamar Moses’ romantic comedy about a computer scientist and a molecular biologist. VS Theater, 5453 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 7. $25. (323) 739-4411.

Laundry and Bourbon & Lone Star Double bill of James McLure’s one-act comedies set in small-town Texas. Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 7. $10, $20. (323) 790-6745.

Millennium Magic XV Illusionists from the Magic Castle in Hollywood perform. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $15-$25. (323) 851-7977.

PLAY/ground Annual festival features staged readings of new plays by Luis Alfaro, Steven Dietz, et al. The Theatre @ Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 2:30 and 5 p.m.; next Sun., 11 a.m. Free; reservations recommended. (626) 683-6883.

Serial Killer Barbie: The Musical World premiere of Colette Freedman and Nickella Moschetti’s darkly-comic musical about a high school student desperate for popularity. NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 21. $30. (323) 960-5068.

Gravedigger Infamous deaths are reenacted in the world premiere of Bea Egeto’s horror drama. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 22. $15. (818) 202-4120.

Alisal Staged reading of Juliette Carrillo’s about three generations of women in a family of farm workers; part of Encuentro 2014 Festival. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Sat., 11 a.m. Free. (866) 811-4111.

All Our Tragic The Hypocrites, a Chicago-based theater company, performs a staged reading of their 12-hour theatrical adaptation combining all 32 surviving Greek tragedies. The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Sat.-next Sun., 11 a.m. $25 per day; $45 for both. (310) 440-7300.

The Adventures of Robin Hood Scotland’s Visible Fictions offers a family-friendly update on the tale of the outlaw of Sherwood Forest. Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 1 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 3:30 p.m. $20. (714) 556-2787.

Plan 9 From Outer Space Send-up of Ed Wood’s schlocky 1959 sci-fi/horror flick. Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut Ave., Fullerton. Sat., 7 and 9 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends Nov. 22. $10, $20. (714) 526-7070.

Arms and the Man George Bernard Shaw’s classic satire about love, war and upward mobility. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 5. $14-$24. (562) 494-1014.

Celebrity Autobiography Ray Romano hosts an all-star benefit performance of the hit comedy show. Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th St., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m. $100-$700. (818) 487-7455.

Handle With Care An American man meets a young Israeli woman one fateful Christmas Eve in the West Coast premiere of Jason Odell Williams’ romantic comedy. Colony Theatre, 555 N. 3rd St., Burbank. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 14. $20-$55. (818) 558-7000.

I Stand Before You Naked Joyce Carol Oates’ collection of monologues about women at critical points in their lives and relationships; contains nudity. T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 14. $20. (310) 366-5505.

The Penis Chronicles World premiere of Tom Yewell’s play with music exploring the masculine psyche; contains nudity. Coast Playhouse, 8325 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 and 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 14. $30. (323) 960-7787.

Into the Woods Reunion Celebration of the hit musical features composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and original Broadway cast members including Bernadette Peters. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Next Sun., 1 and 6 p.m. $59 and up. (714) 556-2787.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Family-friendly show features cats and dogs, all rescued from shelters, performing stunts and skits. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Next Sun., 3 p.m. $15, $20. (562) 467-8818.

Stop Kiss Diana Son’s new drama about two women whose budding romance is shattered by a shocking act of violence. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends Nov. 30. $45-$125. (626) 356-7529.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame U.S. premiere of a new musical based on the Victor Hugo novel; with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 14. $15 and up. (858) 550-1010.

Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys Rare and classic tunes from the 1910s, 20s and 30s. Cabaret Lounge at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Next Sun., 7:30 p.m. $15-$45. (562) 944-9801.

Madame Staged reading of Michelle Meyers’s new play about physicist and chemist Marie Curie. 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Next Sun., 7:30 p.m. Free. (213) 290-2782.