Celebrations of legendary performers abound when Frank Ferrante plays Groucho Marx, Annette Bening salutes Ruth Draper, and Daniel Beaty portrays Paul Robeson. Plus, a return engagement for a rememberance of Gene Kelly.
An Afternoon With Groucho Frank Ferrante portrays the mustachioed Marx brother in this one-man show. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Sunday, 3 p.m. $20-$50. (562) 467-8818.
Glory, Glory Hallelujah Benefit show features songs and stories of the Civil War. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Sunday, 7 p.m. $12-$25. (626) 355-4318.
Celebrity Autobiography: The Music Edition, Volume 4 Fred Willard and others put a comic spin on selections from musicians’ memoirs. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. Wed., 8 p.m. $45. (213) 765-6803.
Ruth Draper’s Monologues Annette Bening pays homage to the legendary stage actress in this world premiere. Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 18. $37-$77. (310) 208-5454.
Taking the Plunge SHINE’s storytelling series presents true tales of risky undertakings. YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 2019 14th St., Santa Monica. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. (310) 452-3881.
Water by the Spoonful An Iraq war veteran readjusts to civilian life, while four strangers connect in an internet chat room, in the California premiere of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Pulitzer-winning drama. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends May 11. $29 and up. (619) 234-5623.
ABBAMEMNON Workshop production of Troubadour Theater Company’s irreverent, ABBA-infused spin on Aeschylus’ classic tragedy. Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m. 310-440-7300.
Be a Good Little Widow A young woman navigates bereavement in the L.A. premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s comedy. NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 25. $25. (323) 388-3874.
Detective Partner Hero Villain West Coast premiere of Brett Neveu’s mash-up of the crime noir and superhero genres. NoHo Actors’ Studio, 5215 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends May 3. $20. (800) 838-3006.
Gene Kelly: The Legacy — An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly Kelly’s widow shares memories, memorabilia and rare and classic clips of the late, great actor-dancer-director. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m. $15-$70. (626) 356-7529.
Sjalusi (Jealousy) Deaf West Theatre presents Norway’s Teater Manu in a black comedy, performed in sign language, about three women living in a luxury high-rise. Info at www.deafwest.org. Inside the Ford, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 4. $25, $30. (818) 762-2998.
Five Mile Lake World premiere of Rachel Bonds’ drama about brothers and others in a small Pennsylvania town. South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat.-next Sun., 2 and 7:45 p.m.; ends May 4. $22 and up. (714) 708-5555.
The Flying Karamazov Brothers The comedy-and-juggling troupe performs. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Sat., 2 p.m. $20-$40. (310) 506-4522.
The Tallest Tree in the Forest Writer-performer Daniel Beaty’s one-person show salutes African American singer-actor-activist Paul Robeson. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends May 25. $20-$70. (213) 628-2772.
24 Hour Theatre Performances of five brand-new plays written and rehearsed in the preceding 24 hours. Studio at Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m. $10. (562) 494-1014.
Cats Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-hit musical based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 11. $20-$70. (562) 944-9801.
The Lion in Winter James Goldman’s classic dramedy about England’s Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three ambitious sons; with Ian Buchanan and Mariette Hartley. Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third St., Burbank. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 18. $20-$49. (818) 558-7000.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore Nora and Delia Ephron’s seriocomic exploration of the female experience. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 18. $39, $49. (805) 667-2900.
Premeditation World premiere of Evelina Fernandez’s comedy about a fed-up woman who hires a hitman to off her husband. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; ends May 11. $20, $40. (866) 811-4111.
The Yellow Boat Coeurage Theatre Company presents David Saar’s family-friendly fable about overcoming one’s fears; for ages 8 and up. Grove Theater Center, 1100 W. Clark Ave., Burbank. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends May 25. Pay what you want. (323) 944-2165.
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