Entertainment & Arts

L.A. theater openings, Nov. 9-16: ‘O Réjane’ and more

Cara Pifko in “O Rejane”
Cara Pifko in the world premiere of “O Rejane” at Bootleg Theatre.
(Joseph Will)

The Tony-winning musical “Kinky Boots” struts into the Pantages, and a fashionable French actress is remembered in the world premiere of “O Réjane” at Bootleg Theater.

Into the Woods Reunion Celebration of the hit musical features composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and original Broadway cast members including Bernadette Peters. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 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. Today, 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. Sun., 5 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 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. 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 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. Sun., 7:30 p.m. $15-$45. (562) 944-9801.
Madame Staged reading of Michelle Meyers’ new play about physicist and chemist Marie Curie. Studio A, 2306 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Free. (213) 290-2782.

Simply Scott Alan The composer is joined by Broadway veterans and recording artists for an evening of song. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Mon., 8 p.m. $15-$20. (323) 669-1550.

Pippin National touring production of the recent Tony-winning revival of the musical about a young prince on a journey of self-discovery. 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. $29 and up. (714) 556-2787.


The Daisy Theatre CAP UCLA presents the Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes in this mix of improvisation, variety acts, music and monologues. Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m. $39. (310) 825-2101.

Kinky Boots National touring production of the Tony-winning musical, co-created by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper, about the owner of a struggling shoe factory and the drag performer who helps turn his business around. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 30. $25 and up. (800) 982-2787.

Once More, With Feeling: The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical Re-creation of a classic episode of Joss Whedon’s hit TV series. Akbar, 4356 Sunset Blvd., L.A. Tue., 8 p.m. Free; reserve tickets at

Takarazuka!!! East West Players presents the West Coast premiere of Susan Soon He Stanton’s musical drama about the star of an all-female Japanese performance troupe haunted by the ghost of a predecessor. David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 N. Judge John Aiso St., L.A. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 7. $28-$38; discounts available; pay what you can, Nov. 26. (213) 625-7000.

The Second City’s 55th Anniversary Tour The Chicago-based troupe offers new improvisations and classic sketches. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $45, $55. (818) 677-3000.

Magic to Do! An evening of magic and music. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Thu., 8 p.m. $15-$25. (323) 669-1550.

Racing Demon L.A. Theatre Works records David Hare’s drama, about four clergymen in South London, for its radio program; with “Mad Men’s” Jared Harris and “Downton Abbey’s” Lesley Nicol. James Bridges Theater, UCLA, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Westwood. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m. $15-$60. (310) 827-0889.

Solitaire World premiere of Joshua Crone’s non-linear, multimedia tale about a young Marine imprisoned for the torture death of a suspected terrorist. Underground Theater, 1312 N. Wilton Pl., Hollywood. Thu.-next Sun., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 21. $20. (323) 283-7316.


Weird On Top The improv-comedy troupe performs. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Thu., 8 p.m. $10. (818) 508-3003.

8 x 10 Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble presents an evening of short plays. The Shakespeare Center, 1238 W. 1st St., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. Free. (213) 481-2773.

O Réjane World premiere of Ilana Turner’s bio-drama about the turn-of-the-last century French actress and fashion icon. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 6. $15, $20. (213) 389-3856.

Bus Stop William Inge’s classic, set in 1955, about disparate characters waiting out a snowstorm in a Kansas City diner. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 13. $22 and up. (310) 512-6030.

Into the Woods Kentwood Players presents the Sondheim musical inspired by classic fairytales. Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 20. $23, $25. (310) 645-5156.

Memphis Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the regional-theater premiere of the Tony-winning musical about the early days of rock &(hash)x2018;n’ roll. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 23. $30-$65. (805) 449-2787.

The Old Woman CAP UCLA presents Robert Wilson’s darkly-comic, vaudeville-styled tale based on a short story by Soviet writer Daniil Kharms; with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $59-$149. (310) 825-2101.

Pulling It Together Musical revue celebrates the songs of Stephen Sondheim. Chromolume Theatre at the Attic, 5429 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 21. $23-$28. (323) 205-1617.


Vox Lumiere — The Phantom of the Opera The classic 1925 silent film serves as the backdrop for this musical multimedia mash-up. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $20-$75. (844) 869-7625.

WestFest Annual showcase for new plays gets underway with Lloyd J. Schwartz’s “Poems for Mary.” Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 5. $5-$20. (323) 851-7977.

Wuthering Heights Aquila Theatre Company presents a new adaptation Emily Bronte’s classic romantic novel. Beckman Auditorium, Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Fri., 8 p.m. $10-$30. (626) 395-4652.

A Woman of No Importance Oscar Wilde’s classic satire of social mores in late 19th-century England. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope, Hollywood. Fri.-Sat, 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 20. $20. (310) 281-8337.

Women Are Crazy Because … Brad T. Gottfred’s comedy about romance and relationships. Macha Theater, 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. Fri., 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 6 p.m.; ends Dec. 14. $25.69-$39.69. (800) 838-3006.

Shotspeare Presents R&J The six-member troupe reduces the Bard’s “Romeo and Juliet” to a madcap drinking game. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m. $15, $20. (800) 838-3006.

Charlotte’s Web E.B. White’s beloved children’s tale. South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 4:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 23. $20 and up. (714) 708-5555.

Cabaret The classic Kander & Ebb musical about a Berlin nightclub at the beginning of the Nazi era. The Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 23. $28, $30. (909) 477-2752.

Dirty West Coast premiere of Andrew Hinderaker’s satire of capitalism, philanthropy and online pornography. Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 21. $25. (323) 960-4429.

The Italian in Me Writer-performer Dina Morrone’s solo comedy about her misadventures as a young actress in Rome. Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m. $20. (310) 385-7881.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre Students from the University of San Diego’s Graduate Theatre Program present Shakespeare’s adventure tale. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 8 p.m.; ends Nov. 23. $19. (619) 234-5623.

Sandyland Sandra Bernhard and the Flawless Zircons mix rock ’n’ roll, cabaret, stand-up and burlesque. Haugh Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora. Sat., 8 p.m. $20-$40. (626) 963-9411.

The Tempest Aquila Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s fantasy tale about a banished duke and his daughter on a magical isle. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Next Sun., 3 p.m. $45, $55. (818) 677-3000.

Gal Invincible Carla Cackowski’s new one-person show; part of the second annual Solo Collective. VS Theater, 5453 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 14. $17. (323) 739-4411.

Triumph of Love Musical Theatre Guild stages the chamber musical based on Marivaux’s 18th-century classic set in ancient Greece. Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $45. (818) 848-6844.

Gentlemen Staged reading of David Jette’s off-color update of Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Studio A, 2306 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. Next Sun., 7:30 p.m. Free. (213) 290-2782.

Bare Reunion Concert L.A. cast members reunite to perform songs from the rock musical. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 8 p.m. $20-$35. (323) 669-1550.

Penned and Played: From Pen to Stage in Under a Day Six newly created short plays. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Next Sun., 8 p.m. $15. (818) 508-3003.