Entertainment & Arts

L.A. theater openings, April 9-16: ‘The Originalist,’ ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2' and more

Edward Gero portrays Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in “The Originalist” at Pasadena Playhouse.
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This week: A new drama about a late Supreme Court justice and a new sequel to an Ibsen classic. Plus, two former costars from the hit musical “Wicked” perform shows at separate venues.

Studio: Spring 2017 Showcase for locally created theater, dance music and multimedia performance. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Sun.-Mon., 8:30 p.m. $12, $15. (213) 237-2800.

Yes, Virginia Stan Zimmerman and Christian McLaughlin’s new two-character comedy about an aging Detroit woman and her longtime housekeeper. Studio C Artists, 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sun., next Sun., 3 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends April 30. $25, $30.

Ages 3 & Up Drag artist Trixie Mattel (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) performs. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Wed., 8:30 p.m. $20-$40. (866) 468-3399.


The Legend of Georgia McBride West Coast premiere of Matthew Lopez’s comedy about a struggling Elvis impersonator and the drag queen who changes his life. Geffen Playhouse, Gil Cates Theater, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends May 14. $25-$90. (310) 208-5454.

The Originalist A liberal law-school grad clerks for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in John Strand’s drama. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 7. $25-$115. (626) 356-7529.

Skeleton Crew West Coast premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s drama about workers at a struggling Detroit auto plant in 2008. The Old Globe, San Diego, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends May 7. $29 and up. (619) 234-5623.

Shoshana Bean — Live! The Broadway veteran (“Hairspray”) performs; with special guest Rumer Willis. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Fri., 8:30 p.m. $20-$40. (866) 468-3399.


Lone Star Elephant Theatre Company stages James McClure’s drama about a troubled Vietnam vet and his younger brother. Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 6 p.m.; ends May 7. $20. (323) 960-7788.

Indina Menzel The star of “Wicked” and “Frozen” performs. The Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Fri., 8 p.m. $40-$190. (800) 653-8000.

Animaniacs Live! The original voice actors from the hit animated series reunite to perform songs from the show with La Mirada Symphony. La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sat., 7 p.m. $15-$50. (562) 944-9801.

Baby Doll Ensemble Theatre Company presents the Tennessee Williams drama about a cotton-gin owner and his teenage bride. The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends April 30. $20-$70; discounts available. (805) 965-5400.

Big Fish Musical based on the book and film about a young man trying to make sense of his father’s tall tales. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 21. $18-$25. (805) 583-7900.

Kristin Chenoweth The Broadway and TV star (“Wicked,” “Glee”) performs. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Sat., 8 p.m. $75-$110. (562) 467-8818.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 World premiere of Lucas Hnath’s new sequel to Ibsen’s classic drama about a dissatisfied housewife; part of the 2017 Pacific Playwrights Festival. South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; ends April 30. $22 and up. (714) 708-5555.

Farragut North A press secretary’s life and career take a turn during a heated primary campaign in Beau Willimon’s political thriller. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; ends May 21. $30. (323) 960-7788.


Heart & Soul: Whitney! Dionne! Diana! Vocalists Sharon Catherine Brown, Natalie Wachen and Trenyce Cobbins celebrate three music legends. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., 8:30 p.m. $15-$35. (866) 468-3399.

Lear’s Shadow Actors in a modern-day staging of the Bard’s classic suffer a tragedy of their own in Brian Elerding’s drama. Ensemble Shakespeare Theater at Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7:30 p.m.; other dates; ends May 6. $12-$25.

The Script Tease Project Actors cold-read two pages of a script then must improvise the remainder of the story. Impro Studio Theatre, 1727 N. Vermont Ave., #208, L.A. Sat., 9:15 p.m. $5.

Two L.A. Rays Theatre 40 presents readings of stories by Raymond Chandler and Ray Bradbury. Donald Bruce Kaufman — Brentwood Branch Library, 11820 San Vicente Blvd., L.A. Sat., 2 p.m. Free.

Failure: A Love Story Center Theatre Group’s inaugural Block Party series kicks off with a remount of Coeurage Theatre Company’s staging of Philip Dawkins’ romantic drama about three sisters in 1920s Chicago. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Next Sun., 6:30 p.m.; ends April 23. $25-$70. (213) 628-2772.

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