Entertainment & Arts

L.A. theater openings, Nov. 13-20: ‘Letter to a Man’ and more

Mikhail Baryshnikov in “Letter to a Mna”
Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in “Letter to a Man,” coming to UCLA’s Royce Hall.
(Lucie Jansch)

This week: Baryshnikov channels Nijinsky, a new drama recalls Nazi efforts to derail a Charlie Chaplin classic, and a new musical makes a mockery of a certain HBO fantasy-drama.

The Boys from Syracuse Musical Theatre West offers a staged reading of Rodgers & Hart’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors.” Beverly O’Neill Theatre, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Sun., 7 p.m. $27, $32. (562) 8546-1999.

Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny Two kid-friendly favorites with puppet troupe Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton St. (between Palo Verde Avenue & Bellflower Boulevard), Long Beach. Sun., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $25. (562) 985-7000.

Hurry Up and Wait A cast that includes military veterans stars in Bob Calderon’s one-act drama about two actors vying for the same role. Lee Strasberg Creative Center, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Sun., next Sun., 3 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Nov. 20. $7, $10. (323) 653-4620.


The Spitfire Grill Musical Theatre Guild presents this adaptation of the 1996 film about a woman who takes a job at a small-town cafe after getting out of prison. The Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Sun., 7 p.m. $45. (818) 243-2539.

StoryTime True-life tales of joy, sadness and humor. The Group Rep, Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Sun., 7 p.m. $10. (818) 763-5990.

Studio: Fall 2016 Showcase for new works and works-in-progress. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Sun.-Mon., 8:30 p.m. $12, $15. (213) 237-2800. 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike A movie star returns to her family home in Pennsylvania in Christopher Durang’s Chekhov-inspired farce. Edgemar Center for the Arts, Alexander Theater, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. Sun., next Sun., 5 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 11. $35. (310) 392-7327.


Take Back the Land Native Voices’ sixth annual short-play festival features works by seven Native American playwrights. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Mon., 7:30 p.m. Free; early arrival recommended. (858) 550-1010.

After Orlando: An International Theatre Action Theater artists respond to last June’s mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Tue., 8 p.m. Free; reservations recommended. (626) 683-6883.

Blake Sings Barbra: The Concert Cabaret show celebrates the Streisand songbook. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Tue., 8 p.m. $20. (800) 838-3006.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane Druid Theatre Company stages Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy about a forty-something Irish woman embarking on a late-in-life romance. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $25-$85. (213) 628-2772.

Icebergs World premiere of Alena Smith’s comedy about a group of thirty-somethings in Silver Lake. Geffen Playhouse, Gil Cates Theater, 10866 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $32-$90. (310) 208-5454.

Kentucky East West Players presents the West Coast premiere of Leah Nanako Winkler’s drama about a hapa (mixed-race) woman, long estranged from her family, who returns home for her sister’s wedding. David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 Judge John Aiso St., L.A. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 11. $35-$50; discounts available. (213) 625-7000.

The Assembled Parties L.A. Theatre Works records Richard Greenberg’s drama, about a secular Jewish family on New York’s Upper East side, for its radio program; with Dana Delany and Susan Sullivan. 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.; ends Nov. 20. $15-$60; student discounts available. (310) 827-0889.

The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart West Coast premiere of John Morogiello’s fact-based play about a Nazi official’s efforts to block the filming of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator.” Theatre 40, in the Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. Thu., 8 p.m.; Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $30. (310) 364-0535.


Leslie Odom Jr. The Tony winner (“Hamilton”) performs. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Thu., 8 p.m. $38 and up. (818) 677-3000.

Talk It Out: A Conversation About Redemption, Renewal, Reentry Cornerstone Theater Company presents a staged reading of Michael John Garcés’ short play about crime, punishment and community. California Endowment, Yosemite Hall, 1000 Alameda St., L.A. Thu., 7 p.m. Free.

Letter to a Man Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in director Robert Wilson’s staging of this music-filled solo drama based on the diaries of legendary Russian dancer-choreographer Nijinsky. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $99-$129. (310) 825-2101.

A Little House Christmas Stage play, with songs, based on the frontier-era tales by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 23. $25-$34.50. (626) 355-4318.

When Jazz Had the Blues Brand-new musical recalls the life and times of jazz pianist, composer and Duke Ellington bandmate Billy Strayhorn. Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $34. (323) 960-7776.

Millennium Magic XVII Local magicians and illusionists perform; for ages 10 and up. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Nov. 20. $15-$25. (323) 851-7977.

Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute Celebration of the chart-topping singer-songwriter. La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Fri., 8 p.m. 120-$40. (562) 944-9801.

Asterion The Ghost Road Company stages a new work-in-progress inspired by the myth of the Minotaur; contains brief nudity; for ages 15 and up. Getty Villa Auditorium, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Sat., 3 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Nov. 20. Free. (310) 440-7300.


Bakersfield Mist Remount of a 2011 production of Stephen Sachs’ comedy about a woman who discovers what may be an authentic Jackson Pollock painting at a local thrift shop; an L.A. Times Critics’ Choice. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 12. $15–$35; Mondays, pay what you can. (323) 663-1525.

Eat Your Turkey All-new twisted take on the Thanksgiving holiday. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat., 8:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 27. $15. (818) 202-4120.

In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles Songs by and stories about the Fab Four. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton St. (between Palo Verde Avenue & Bellflower Boulevard), Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m. $45. (562) 985-7000.

The Latina Christmas Special Three female comics share tales of holidays past in a remount of this 2015 hit; for ages 13 and up; an L.A. Times Critics’ Choice. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $24-$32. (866) 811-4111.

Lex Julia The Classical Theatre Lab presents a staged reading of Mel Green’s drama set during the Roman Empire. West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. Sat., 2 p.m. Free. (323) 960-5691.

Thrones! The Musical L.A. premiere of this send-up of the HBO fantasy-drama “Game of Thrones.” Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Dec. 20. $35, $40. (323) 960-5770.

Shine Storytellers share true-life tales about family. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $10; discounts available. (310) 452-2321. 

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