This week: A new drama about a young soldier with PTSD and a fantasy comedy about a TV game show, plus some holiday-themed offerings.
Plan 9 From Outer Space Send-up of Ed Wood’s schlocky 1959 sci-fi/horror flick. Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut, Fullerton. Sun., next Sun., 4 and 6 p.m.; Sat., 6 and 8 p.m.; ends Nov. 19. $10, $20. (714) 526-7070.
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. Today, next Sun., 5 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends Dec. 11. $35. (310) 392-7327.
A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes L.A. premiere of Kate Benson’s dark comedy about a family at Thanksgiving. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 10. $20, $25. (323) 856-8611.
Carl Barron: Drinking With a Fork The Australian comic performs; recommended for ages 18 and up. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Thu., 8 p.m. $48.50. (818) 508-4200.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Family-friendly holiday musical returns. The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Thu.-Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m.; next Sun., 11 a.m., 4:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 26. $24 and up. (619) 234-5623.
Launchpad Festival features readings of new plays in development. Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. Thu.-next Sun., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 20. $15 suggested donation; festival passes available. www.estlosangeles.org.
The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller Filmmaker Sam Green’s “live documentary” about the architect and futurist features a live score by the veteran indie-rock band Yo La Tengo. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. Thu., 8 p.m. $40-$75. (877) 722-4849.
Theater of War “The Sopranos’” Michael Imperioli, et al., perform readings from Sophocles’ ancient Greek tragedy “Ajax.” Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. Thu., 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.
Whose Live Anyway? Improv comedy with the cast of the TV series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Thu., 8 p.m. $39 and up. (714) 556-2787.
Don’t Dress for Dinner Marc Camoletti’s sex farce set in the French countryside. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 3. $14-$24. (562) 494-1014.
Ethereal Awakenings This year’s edition of “Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours” features a performance by multi-media artist Miwa Matreyek; live readings of tales by Dickens, Poe, et al; plus video installations, DJs, dancing and more. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. 11:11 p.m. to 3 a.m. $20, $30. (213) 972-0711.
Everything in Between A young soldier just back from Afghanistan struggles with PTSD in Rebecca Stahl’s drama. American Legion Hollywood Post 43, 2035 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m; ends Dec. 4. $15, $25. (800) 838-3006.
In the Balance West Coast premiere of A. David Redish’s supernatural thriller, set in Big Sur, about several characters haunted by past sins. Studio/Stage, 520 N. Western Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 11. $20. (323) 860-6569.
Jon Bennett The writer-performer shares stories from his life and travels in an off-color solo show. Theatre Asylum, Studio C, 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 p.m.; ends Nov. 12. $15. www.beyondencores.com
Mom’s Dead Adult siblings cope with a loss in the premiere of Nathan Wellman’s dark comedy. Sacred Fools Theater Company Black Box Space, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 10. $20. (310) 281-8337.
Mysterium: A Magic Show Bay Area duo Keith Boudreau and Erica Valen perform. Theatre Asylum, Studio C, 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Fri., 9 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 12. $15. www.beyondencores.com
The Second Woman Playwright Marissa Chibas costars in her two-character drama about an aging actress forced to her confront her past. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 11. $15-$25. (213) 389-3856.
The Tempest Shakespeare’s fantasy drama is reimagined as a dark, hour-long sci-fi tale. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri., 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 18. $15. (818) 202-4120.
Toruk – The First Flight New Cirque du Soleil show inspired by James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi film “Avatar.” Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., L.A. Nov. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 5 p.m.; ends Nov. 13. $39 and up. www.cirquedusoleil.com.
A Very Special Holiday Special Mark Harvey Levine’s new collection of short plays plays celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 17. $23-$27. (310) 512-6030.
Winter Dance Party Tribute show re-creates a concert by rock ’n’ roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Nov. 13. $50. (818) 508-4200.
Young Frankenstein Kentwood Players present Mel Brooks’ musical adaptation of his hit 1974 horror spoof. Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 17. $23, $25. (310) 645-5156.
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.
An Evening with George Takei The “Star Trek” actor and activist shares stories from his life and career. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton St. (between Palo Verde Avenue & Bellflower Boulevard), Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m. $53, $60. (562) 985-7000.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Family-friendly adaptation of the children’s story features music, dance and puppetry; for ages 4 and up. South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 4:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 20. $22 and up. (714) 708-5555.
The Super Variety Match Bonus Round! An older Texas couple find themselves magically transported to a 1970s TV game show in Deb Hiett’s new comedy. Rogue Machine, MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave, L.A. Sat., 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; other dates; ends Dec. 19. $34.99. (855) 585-5185.
3 Girls & 1 Guy With Broadway veterans Maureen McGovern, Andrea McArdle and Faith Prince and singer-composer-pianist Billy Stritch. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Sat., 8 p.m. $50-$80. (562) 467-8818.
Waiting for Grace Sharon Sharth’s new comedy about an actress who’s finally ready for marriage and children. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun. 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 11. $35; opening night only, $50. (323) 960-7788.
The Boys from Syracuse Musical Theatre West offers a staged reading of Rodgers & Hart’s musical based on Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors.” Beverly O’Neill Theatre, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Next 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. Next Sun. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $25. (562) 985-7000.
Hurry Up and Wait A cast that includes military veterans performs Bob Calderon’s one-act drama about two actors vying for the same role. Lee Strasberg Creative Center, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Next Sun., 3 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. Next 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. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $10. (818) 763-5990.