By Catherine Wagley
By Catherine Wagley
By Wendy Gilmartin
By Jennifer Swann
By Claire de Dobay Rifelj
By L.A. Weekly critics
By Catherine Wagley
By Zachary Pincus-Roth
GO REGRETROSEXUAL In a funny, sharply observed commentary on the strange byways that sexual confusion can lead to, comedian/monologist Dan Rothenberg turns the usual coming-out story on its ear: He’s trying to come out as straight. After moving to Los Angeles, Rothenberg began to move in gay circles, where he got the kind of gratifying attention from gay men that he’d never received from women. Then nature revolted. He faced the same problems a gay man faces while trying to convince himself he’s straight. Louie Liberti directs Rothenberg’s finely articulated performance. Lounge Theater, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m., thru Jan. 27. (323) 969-4790. (NW)
GO ROUTE 99: Orange Star Dinner Show Catchy Midwestern-themed ditties, lively dance numbers, effulgent costumes and a quirky, sometimes esoteric, sense of humor fill this evening of spectacle and song from writer-director-choreographer/co-composer Ken Roht. It is at once an homage to and a satire of dinner theater, which takes place in a fictional Wyoming roadside attraction run by the eponymous Orange Star. Mix in a singing cowboy waxing sentimental about his dead dog and a preteen periodically stealing focus with hilarious, tone-deaf interpretations of musical-theater standards, and you’ve got one memorably raucous ho-down. Evidence Room, 2220 Beverly Blvd.; Thurs.-Sun., 8 p.m.; thru Jan. 29. (213) 381-7118. (Luis Reyes)
GO SERIAL KILLERS Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Dr., Hlywd.; Sat., 11 p.m.; thru March 25 (no perfs Feb. 11 & 18). (310) 281-8337.
SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGOSee New Reviews.
GO SHUFFLE, SHUFFLE, STEP Theatre/Theater inaugurates its capacious new venue with this bill of one-acts by Samuel Beckett, under R.S. Bailey’s well-calibrated direction. Bailey does a fine acting turn in Krapp’s Last Tape as the gray-haired, wheezing and decrepit Krapp, caught in the merciless tentacles of doubt and despair, reduced to listening to a tape from 39 years ago that chronicles a love affair and a time “when there was still a chance of happiness.” Theatre/Theater, 5041 W. Pico Blvd.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. (Krapp’s Last Tape, every performance; Footfalls, Fri. only; Rough for Theatre One, Sat. only) ; thru Feb. 11. (323) 466-3134. (LE3)
SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIESSee Stage Pick.
STUCK See New Reviews.
SUBURBAN MOTEL George F. Walker’s one-acts set in a seedy motel. The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Feb. 11 (no perf Feb. 5). (310) 281-7779.
GO THE TOMORROW SHOW Late-night variety show created by Craig Anton, Ron Lynch and Brendon Small. Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sat., mid.; indef. (323) 960-7785.
TRIPTYCHSee New Reviews.
VON LUTZ Dennis Miles’ new play is a rich stew — equal parts Jean Cocteau’s Enfants Terribles and Greek tragedy, with a dash of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Yet the work is not derivative, as its most prominent feature is Miles’ own brand of dysfunctional family values. Miles is an accomplished writer, with a gift for florid arias, but his plotting here is rudimentary and is not much helped by Jon Lawrence Rivera’s workmanlike direction. Lillian Theater, 1076 N. Lillian Way, Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Feb. 12. (866) 811-4111. (David Mermelstein)
GO WHAT I HEARD ABOUT IRAQ (A CRY FOR FIVE VOICES) When it comes to critiquing American adventurism in Iraq, this stage production is all talk. Specifically, 75 minutes of quotes from a vast spectrum of sources. Director Simon Levy smoothly orchestrates his adaptation of a London Review of Books article by Eliot Weinberger. Fountain Theater, 5060 Fountain Ave., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Jan. 28. (323) 663-1525. (SM)
GO WHAT’S MY LINE? is an homage to the CBS game show in which a team of celebrity panelists attempted to guess the occupation of the contestant. In this stage version, director Jim Newman brings back the gentility of yore, with host J. Keith van Straaten stepping into the spit-and-polished shoes of predecessors Wally Bruner and Larry Blyden. Amazingly, this doesn’t parody the original show but offers a replica sample of a vintage pop culture. Acme Comedy Theater, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hlywd.; Wed., 8 p.m.; indef. (323) 525-0202. (SLM)
ALMOST WALKING A STRAIGHT LINE Greg Haskins’ solo show about “religion, rainbows and the path to realization.” Secret Rose Theater, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., N. Hlywd.; Wed., 8 p.m.; thru Jan. 25. (818) 623-4291.
BOB’S HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY Rob Elk and Joe Keyes’ seasonal satire on corporate greed, small-town values and alcohol abuse. Third Stage, 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Feb. 11. (818) 842-4755.
CASH ON DELIVERY An unemployed bloke scams the welfare system in this British farce. Glendale Center Theater, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale; Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 & 8 p.m.; thru Feb. 11. (818) 244-8481.
DECEITSee New Reviews.
GO ECSTASY AND THE ICE QUEEN Justine Moore offers a darkly funny reminiscence of growing up in Taos, New Mexico, where the Native Americans’ traditional culture was disrupted by white hippies who moved there in the late ’60s. Moore demonstrates a facility for vocal nuance, creating distinct identities for the characters. Whitefire Theater, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; third Sun. of the month, 7 p.m.; thru March 19. (323) 960-7740. (Sandra Ross)
THE ELEPHANT MAN Doctor befriends deformed freak in Bernard Pomerance’s “life-affirming” drama. Victory Theater Center, 3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank; previews Fri.-Sat., Jan. 20-21, 8 p.m.; opens Fri., Jan. 27, 8 p.m.; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru Feb. 26 (added perf Feb. 26, 7 p.m.). (818) 841-5421.
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