L.A. theater openings, April 20-27: 'Man in a Case' and more

Baryshnikov does Chekov in "Man in a Case" at the Broad Stage. Plus, a Pulitzer Prize winner: D.L. Colburn’s “The Gin Game” at Little Fish Theatre.

Dr. Keeling’s Curve Mike Farrell portrays the scientist who first sounded the alarm about global warming. Ramo Auditorium at Caltech, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. Tue., 8 p.m. $5-$35. (626) 395-4652.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Tony-winning revival of the classic musical about African American life in 1920s South Carolina. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends June 1.

Man in a Case Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in Big Dance Theater’s multimedia adaptation of two Anton Chekhov tales. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 10. $53-$110. (310) 434-3200.

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False Solution West Coast premiere of Oren Safdie’s drama about an architect working on designs for a Holocaust museum; with Daniel J. Travanti. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends May 11. $25. (800) 838-3006.

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. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 4. $25, $30. (818) 762-2998.

2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival Staged readings of new plays by Theresa Rebeck, Eliza Clark, Rajiv Joseph and Melissa Ross. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Fri., 1 and 3:30 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 10:30 a.m. $16. (714) 708-5555.

Disney’s Tarzan Musical based on the animated film about about a boy raised by apes in the jungle. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 1 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., 1 p.m.; ends May 18. $30, $34.99. (818) 508-4200.

Rain — A Tribute to The Beatles Multimedia celebration of the music of the Fab Four. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m. $30 and up. (714) 556-2787.

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Beyond Sight New musical about an American soldier who loses his eyesight in combat in Afghanistan. Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 25. $30. (310) 902-8220.

The Drowsy Chaperone Tony-winning musical comedy about a Broadway actress who wants to quit showbiz and get married. Norris Center for the Performing Arts, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 11. $45. (310) 544-0403.

The Gin Game D.L. Colburn’s Pulitzer-winning comedy set in a retirement home. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends May 24. $22 and up. (310) 512-6030.

The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois World premiere of Adam Rapp’s drama about a loner confronting his tragic past. South Coast Repertory, Nicholas Studio, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends May 4. $20 and up. (714) 708-5555.

Mack & Poppy: The Patriot Act The music-and-comedy duo returns. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m. $20. (800) 838-3006.

The Big Day Nine short plays about weddings. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Fri.-Sat., 11 p.m.; ends May 3. Pay what you can. (818) 508-3003.

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Gale LaJoye: Snowflake LaJoye uses physical humor, illusion and mime in this family-friendly fable about turning sorrow into joy. 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. (714) 556-2787.

Cheyenne Jackson: Music of the Mad Men Era The Broadway star is joined by special guests Rebecca Romijn and Jane Lynch. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m. $52.50-$119. (323) 850-2000.

Fat Pig Neil LaBute’s satirical exploration of romance, relationships and body image. Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends June 7. $30. (323) 960-7788.

Pray to Ball World premiere of Amir Abdullah’s drama about friendship, basketball and religious intolerance. Skylight Theatre, 1816 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 25. $30-$34. (213) 761-7061.

Wake West Coast premiere of Carey Crim’s comedy about an agoraphobic mortician, her mother and her teenage daughter. Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 25. $20-$35. (626) 441-5977.

Woman Parts Double bill of female-centric one-acts includes the U.S. premiere of Linda McLean’s “Sex & God” and the world premiere of Sibyl O’Malley’s “Lamentations of the Pelvis.” Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends May 25. $17-$20. (213) 351-3507.

Pinter Bookends Classical Theatre Lab presents staged readings of Harold Pinter’s “The Room” and “Celebration.” Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Next Sun., 2 p.m. Free. 323-960-5691.

Hooked: My Journey From Hooker to Healer Writer-performer Bailey Mason shares her story in this solo show. SpiritWorks! Center for Spiritual Living, 260 N. Pass Ave., Burbank. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends June 29. $20. (818) 623-7408.


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