This week: The Wallis kicks off a cabaret series, and holiday shows abound. Plus, the annual celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe returns to downtown L.A.
Fritz Coleman’s Defying Gravity The local weatherman/comic salutes the aging baby-boomer generation. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sun., 2 p.m. $35. (818) 508-4200.
Swing’n in the Holidays The Jive Aces celebrate the music of Louie Prima, Cab Calloway, et al. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. Today, 2 p.m. $35, $40. (562) 985-7000.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Stage adaptation of the 1954 movie musical that starred Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 4. $35 and up; children under 5 not admitted. (800) 982-2787.
It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play Theatre Unleashed remounts this stage show inspired by Frank Capra’s beloved 1946 holiday fable; in repertory with “A Very Die Hard Christmas.” The Belfry Stage, Upstairs at the Crown, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Wed., Fri., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $20; $35 for both shows. (818) 849-4039.
Merrily We Roll Along Revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical about three friends looking to make it in show biz; Wayne Brady stars. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Bram Goldsmith Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $29-$110. (310) 746-4000.
Bob’s Holiday Office Party The hit holiday comedy returns; for ages 16 and up. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $30, $34.99. (800) 838-3006.
Broadway Christmas Wonderland Family-friendly revue features singing, dancing and holiday favorites. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Thu., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 4. $34-$84. (800) 745-3000.
Jackie Beat: The Ghost of Christmas Trash The drag artist celebrates the holidays in this off-color show. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 4. $25. (800) 838-3006.
La Virgen De Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin The Latino Theater Company presents this 14th annual reenactment of the Virgin Mary’s visitations with peasant Juan Diego in 16th-century Mexico; in Spanish with English supertitles. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted; reserved seating, $40. (866) 811-4111.
A Very Die Hard Christmas Theatre Unleashed reprises this holiday send-up of the 1988 Bruce Willis action flick; in repertory with “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play.” The Belfry Stage, Upstairs at the Crown, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Thu., Sat., next Sun., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $20; $35 for both shows. (818) 849-4039.
Blood Alley Christmas All-new late-night holiday-themed horror show; for ages 15 and up. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 11 p.m.; ends Dec. 17. $15. (818) 202-4120.
A Christmas Carol Santa Monica Rep stages the Dickens classic; for ages 8 and up. The Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $20 and up; children, $10 with adult ticket; opening night only, $75. www.santamonicarep.org.
A Christmas Carol South Coast Rep’s 37th annual presentation of the Dickens classic. South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., noon and 4 p.m.; ends Dec. 24. $23 and up. (714) 708-5555.
D’un commun accord (From a Common Agreement) Singer Francis Lalanne and pianist pianist Caroline Gaudfrin celebrate the music of Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, et al. Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. $25, $35. (310) 286-0553.
The Eve of Jackie: The Legacy of Jackie Wilson Vocalist Chester Gregory pays tribute to the soul-music legend. Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $25-$40. (323) 964-9766.
The Groundlings Holiday Show All-new sketches plus improv. Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 and 10 p.m.; ends Dec. 17. $20. (323) 934-4747.
Homeless for the Holidays Three one-acts: “Big Bone Christmas,” “Kindness of Strangers” and “Killer Christmas.” Studio C Artists, 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 16. $20. www.nowplaying.studiocartists.com.
Merry Mid-Century Family-friendly salute to 1950s TV Christmas specials. The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $8, $15. (562) 433-3363.
A Snow White Christmas Family-friendly, panto-style musical comedy inspired by the classic fairy tale. San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., noon, 4 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., noon and 4 p.m.; ends Dec. 4. $41-$81; discounts available. (619) 570-1100.
Telenovela Christmas Carol Sebastian Muñoz and Adam Neubauer’s new mashup reimagines Dickens’ holiday tale as a Spanish-language soap opera. Archway Studio/Theatre, 10509 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $28. (818) 980-7529.
A Christmas Carol A Noise Within remounts its acclaimed production of Dickens’ holiday fable. A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 23. $25 and up; student rush, $20. (626) 356-3100.
Chapter Two Ensemble Theatre Company stages Neil Simon’s romantic comedy. The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $35-$70; discounts available. (805) 965-5400.
Devil’s Salt A woman is accused of witchcraft in 17th century New England in Jovanka Bach’s new drama. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd, West L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; other dates; ends Dec. 17. $15, $18. (310) 477-2055.
The Italian in Me Return engagement of Dina Morrone’s solo show about her days as a young actress in Rome. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., L.A. Sat. 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Dec. 4. $22, $25. (323) 851-7977.
Little Women: The Broadway Musical Stage adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel about four sisters growing up during the Civil War. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Dec. 23. $35-$45. (888) 455-4212.
Miracle on Anaheim Street: The Musical Improv troupe Held2gether performs a benefit for WomenShelter of Long Beach. The Studio at Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m. $20. (562) 494-1014.
Paula Poundstone The veteran comic performs. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m. $60 and up. (562) 985-7000.
She Loves Me Musical Theatre West offers a staged reading of this 1960s-era romantic musical. Beverly O’Neill Theatre, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Sat., 7 p.m. $27, $32. (562) 8546-1999.
Surviving Twin Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III explores fatherhood in this solo show that opens the Wallis’ new series “The Sorting Room.” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Lovelace Studio Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. Sat., next Sun., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 3. $40. (310) 746-4000.
The Wholehearted A female boxer battles back after being a victim of domestic violence in writer-performer Deborah Stein’s solo drama. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 11; also at La Jolla Playhouse, Dec. 14-18. $45. (213) 628-2772.
BubbleMania: Science, Art, and Comedy! With comic and “bubbleologist” Casey Carle; for children 5 and up. La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Next Sun., 1 and 3:30 p.m. $12. (562) 944-9801.
An Evening With Groucho Frank Ferrante portrays the mustachioed Marx brother in this solo show. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $85, $100. (626) 355-4318.
Salute 2016 Skylight Theatre Company celebrates three decades in this benefit hosted by French Stewart and Vanessa Claire Stewart. Colony Theatre, 555 N. 3rd St., Burbank. Next Sun., 6 p.m. (dinner), 7:30 p.m. (show). $150-$425. (213) 761-7061.