Entertainment & Arts

L.A. theater openings, Oct. 30-Nov. 6: ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and more

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
“Glee’s” Darren Criss stars in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at the Pantages in Hollywood.
(Joan Marcus)

This week: Culture Clash returns with an election-season satire, former sitcom star Loretta Swit portrays a former first lady, and “Hedwig” is headed to Hollywood.

The Exonerated The Actors’ Gang remounts its production of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s drama based on the true stories of six people who were wrongfully convicted and sent to Death Row. The Actors’ Gang at the Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Sun., next Sun., Thu., 8 p.m.; Fri., 9 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Nov. 5. $30, $34.99. (310) 838-4264.

Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny Puppet troupe Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents stage adaptations of these two kid-friendly favorites. Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sun., 1 and 3:30 p.m.; Sat., 1 p.m. $20 and up. (714) 556-2787.

An Invasion of Decency John Sinner’s pop-up cabaret features live and filmed performances, etc. Secret location, address provided to ticket holders, downtown L.A. Sun., next Sun., 7 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Nov. 13. $20-$35.


Vicuña World premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s political satire about a real-estate mogul turned reality-TV star turned presidential candidate. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Sun., 6:30 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; other dates; ends Nov. 20. $25-$70. (213) 628-2772.

Vote or Die Laughing — A Post-Modern Political Vaudeville Satirical trio Culture Clash is joined by actress-comic Cristela Alonzo, musical group La Santa Cecilia, Pacifico Dance Company, et al. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Tue., 8 p.m. $38 and up. (818) 677-3000.

Chico’s Angels Five-O: Waikiki Chicas The drag trio returns in this comedy-mystery. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Wed.-Thu., 8 p.m.; Fri., 9 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 9 p.m.; next Sun., 3 and 8 p.m.; ends Nov. 20. $35, $40. (323) 662-4255.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Tony-winning revival of the cult rock musical about a gender-bending would-be rock star; with “Glee’s” Darren Criss and Tony-winner Lena Hall; contains strong language and adult themes. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 27. $29 and up. (800) 982-2787.


Eleanor Roosevelt, Her Secret Journey Emmy winner Loretta Swit (“MASH” ) portrays the former first lady in Rhoda Lerman’s one-act solo drama. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 6. $60-$70. (949) 497-2787.

Pop-Up Magazine Live show features “This American Life’s” Stephanie Foo, author Josh Kun, et al., plus music and more. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $25-$45.

Dennis Wilson Forevermore: A Beach Boy’s Fable The hard-partying drummer for the 1960s musical group takes center stage in Eric O’Meara’s bio-drama. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 17. $27.

Heart in the ’Hood Writer-performer Michael Sommers’ solo show about various characters in his West Oakland neighborhood. Theatre Asylum, Studio C, 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 18. $15.

Kyle Riabko: Bacharach Reimagined Singer-guitarist Riabko performs such Bacharach classics as “Alfie,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” etc. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Bram Goldsmith Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $39-$99. (310) 746-4000.

Mariela in the Desert For its inaugural production, Angel City Theater Ensemble presents the L.A. premiere of Karen Zacarías’ mystery drama about an artistic couple in 1950s Mexico; for mature audiences. Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends Dec. 11. $15-$25. (323) 263-7684.

A Nice Family Christmas A young newspaper reporter works on a story about his own crazy family in Phil Olson’s holiday comedy. The Group Rep, Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $20, $25. (818) 763-5990.

Don’t Dress For Dinner Marc Camoletti’s romantic farce set in the French countryside. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 3. $14-$27. (562) 494-1014.


The Fab Faux The Beatles tribute band returns with a salute to John Lennon. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Sat., 8 p.m. $53 and up. (818) 677-3000.

Holmes, Sherlock and the Consulting Detective Unbound Productions offers an enhanced staged reading of this mash-up of three Arthur Conan Doyle mysteries. Santa Anita Train Depot, L.A. County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Sat.-next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Nov. 6. $15. (323) 332-2065.

Love Jones — The Musical Stage adaptation of the 1997 romantic comedy about African American singles in Chicago; contains mature themes and language. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 and 7:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 6. $55-$85. (800) 745-3000.

New Play Festival Readings of new works by Aleshea Harris, Nathan Alan Davis, et al. Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 12. Free. (626) 683-6801.

10th Annual Comedy Celebration Ray Romano, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, et al., are featured in this benefit for the International Myeloma Foundation. The Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., L.A. Sat., 6 p.m. $100; VIP packages available.

A Touch of the Poet Eugene O’Neill’s rarely-produced period drama about an Irishman, his daughter and others in a tavern near Boston on the eve of Andrew Jackson’s election. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $25-$30. (310) 822-8392.

Urinetown: The Musical Coeurage Theatre Company stages this Tony-winning satire set in a world where one corporation controls all of the toilets. Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 3. Pay what you want. (323) 944-2165.

What They Said About Love Writer-performer Steve Budd’s solo show based on the true stories of singles and married couples. Theatre Asylum, Studio C, 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Sat., 5 p.m.; next Sun., 4:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 19. $15.


Alimento Skylight Theatre Company presents readings of six new short plays as part of a benefit to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving; hosted by Sharon Lawrence. First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., L.A. $20 suggested donation, or supermarket gift card. Next Sun., 5 p.m. (213) 761-7061.

The Golden Glazer TV writer-turned-actor Sy Rosen stars in this comedy about growing older. Actors Forum Theatre, 10655 W. Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 16. $10, $20. (818) 590-0872.

The Midtown Men Original cast members from “Jersey Boys” celebrate the hits of the 1960s. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $50-$85. (562) 467-8818.

Miss You Like Hell A free-spirited Latina and her teenage daughter take a cross-country road trip in this world-premiere musical from Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes and singer-songwriter Erin McKeown. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 4. $25 and up. (858) 550-1010. 

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