Capsule review by Charles McNulty (C.M.).
Solofest 2019 Seventh-annual showcase features solo writer-performers from around the world. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Various dates and times; now through March 15. $15-$30. www.whitefiretheatre.com.
Soul Crushing Disco Ball An all-male cast performs Travis Perkins and Chambers Stevens’ new coming of age tale. Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Sun., next Sun., 3 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Jan. 20. $30. (323) 960-7822.
Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True Nigerian women shares stories of struggle and triumph in this ensemble work; part of the Off Center Festival. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m. $25. (714) 556-2787.
The Manor — Murder and Madness at Greystone Theatre 40 presents the return of Kathrine Bates’ immersive site-specific mystery drama, inspired by actual events. Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills. Thu.-Fri., 6 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 1 p.m.; ends Jan. 27. $65; advance reservations required. (310) 364-3606.
Pick of the Vine 17th annual showcase for original short plays. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Feb. 3. $15-$28. (310) 512-6030.
Rita Wilson’s Liner Notes The singer-songwriter and special guests share songs and stories. Geffen Playhouse, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m. $39-$149. (310) 208-5454.
Golden Girlz The drag-show send-up of the hit 1980s-90s sitcom returns; with Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine, Sam Pancake, Drew Droege and special guest Alec Mapa. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 and 10 p.m.; next Sun., 7 and 9 p.m; ends Jan. 20. $35. (800) 838-3006.
Jocasta: A Tragedy The Ghost Road Company stages Brian Weir’s darkly comic update of the Greek myth of Oedipus. The Broadwater Main Stage, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Feb. 10. $25. (310) 281-8341.
Mamma Mia Hit romantic musical based around the songs of the Swedish pop group ABBA. Cupcake Theater, 11020 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends March 3. $39-$79. www.cupcaketheater.com.
Sherlock Holmes and the Final Problem The famous detective faces off against his archnemesis, Prof. Moriarty, in Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s radio-style presentation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s thriller. The Helen Borgers Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Blvd., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Jan. 20. $12.50. (562) 997-1494.
Trump in Space A future descendant of the current president tries to find humanity a new home among the stars in this musical sci-fi satire. The Second City Hollywood Studio Theatre. 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Fri., 8 p.m.; ends April 26. $12. (323) 464-8542.
Twelfth Night, or What You Will Theatre Palisades stages Shakespeare’s romantic farce about twins separated by a shipwreck. The Pierson Playhouse, 941 Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; next Sun. 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 17. $20, $22. (310) 454-1970.
The Diary of Anne Frank A predominately Latinx cast performs a stage adaptation of the true story of a young Jewish girl and her family hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic during WWII. The Dorie Theatre at The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 24. $30, $35. (800) 838-3006.
Hamlet California Shakespeare Company performs the Bard’s tragedy of the melancholy Dane. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Jan. 27. $18-$25. (805) 583-7900.
I Go Somewhere Else Return engagement of Inda Craig-Galván’s drama about a young woman’s relationship with her deeply troubled mother. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends Jan. 27. $25, $30. (800) 838-3006.
Independence, The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker Kathie Barnes portrays the Civil War surgeon, women’s rights advocate and Congressional Medal of Honor winner; part of “Portraits of Humanity 2, a Solo Series.” Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m. $25. (323) 851-7977.
Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert Musical-theater veterans salute the Tony-winning composer whose credits include “Hello, Dolly!” and “La Cage aux Folles.” Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Sat, 8 p.m. $40-$100. (949) 854-4646.
More Guns! Musical satire about the NRA. Second City, Studio Theater, 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 8:30 p.m.; ends April 27. $12. (323) 464-8542.
Natural Shocks Four local companies perform staged readings of Lauren Gunderson’s darkly comic fable as part of the “FemFest” series; with Fountain Theatre (Jan. 12-13), Rogue Machine (Jan. 19-20), Echo Theater Company (Jan. 26-27) and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble (Feb. 2-3). The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $20. (323) 663-1525.
1776 The Musical John Adams tries to persuade the other Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence in Sherman Edwards’ Tony-winning tale. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 3. $15-$84; discounts available. (562) 944-9801. (Also at the Soraya in Northridge, Feb 8-10)
Smart Love An MIT student brings a surprise home with him in the West Coast premiere of Brian Letscher’s comedy about artificial intelligence. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 24. $25-$34; discounts available. (310) 822-8392.
Soul Crushing Disco Ball An all-male cast performs Travis Perkins and Chambers Stevens’ new coming-of-age tale. Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 24. $30. (323) 960-7822.
Spider’s Web A diplomat’s wife uncovers murder most foul in Agatha Christie’s comedic thriller. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Feb. 9. $14-$27. (562) 494-1014.
Stockholm A couple’s relationship unravels in the West Coast premiere of Bryony Lavery’s drama set in the Swedish capital; presented by Triptych Theatre Group. The Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. Sat.-next Sun., 8 p.m.; ends Jan. 28. $25, $35. (800) 838-3006.
To All the Lights in the Windows Chris Haas’ new comedy set in a Philadelphia mental institution. Loft Ensemble Theater, 13442 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Feb. 17. $20. (818) 616-3150.
Driving Miss Daisy Michael Learned (“The Waltons”) stars in Alfred Uhry’s decades-spanning Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a Jewish woman and her black chauffeur in the South. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Next Sun., 5:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 27. $55-$85. (949) 497-2787.
Have You Met Miss Jones? Writer-performer Ivy Jones’ solo show about a veteran actress forced to change her stage name; part of “Portraits of Humanity 2, a Solo Series.” Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd., L.A. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $25. (323) 851-7977.
Story Pirates Musical sketch comedy show geared especially for toddlers; for ages 5 and up. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Promenade Terrace, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Next Sun., 11 a.m. Free. (310) 746-4000.