By Catherine Wagley
By Channing Sargent
By L.A. Weekly critics
By Amanda Lewis
By Catherine Wagley
By Carol Cheh
By Keegan Hamilton
By Bill Raden
GO INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM When Dan (Sab Shimono), a third-generation war veteran, suffers a debilitating stroke, playwright Ken Narasaki takes us inside Dan’s head, reliving a former romance; his service in the all-Japanese-American fighting unit that became the most decorated outfit in U.S. Army history; and his experiences with the prejudices and resentments of postwar America. Narasaki’s script is a moving, lingering glance at an intersection of history and memory. Director Alberto Isaac delivers a nuanced production with splendid performances. Timescape Arts Group at ELECTRIC LODGE, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 3 p.m., thru Oct. 28. (800) 838-3006. (NW)
A PIECE OF MY HEART Shirley Lauro’s Vietnam War story, based on the book by Keith Walker. MORGAN-WIXSON THEATRE, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru Oct. 27. (310) 828-7519 or www.morgan-wixson.org.
THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE New York couple’s life unravels, in Neil Simon’s black comedy. BEVERLY HILLS PLAYHOUSE, 254 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Nov. 4. (310) 358-9936 or www.camelotartists.com.
RETURN OF THE PLAY OF THE DEAD Written by Caroline Marshall, Marnie Olson, Jennifer Chun and Wendy Belcher. PSYCHIC VISIONS THEATRE, 3447 Motor Ave., W.L.A.; Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Nov. 17. (310) 535-6007.
SPIN Don Webster’s look at the seductive nature of politics. THEATRE 40 AT THE REUBEN CORDOVA THEATER, 241 Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills; in rep, call for info; thru Nov. 11. (310) 364-0535.
THIS LIME TREE BOWER Irish playwright Conor McPherson writes about aimless men who drink too much, sleep with the wrong women and puzzle over their lives. His triptych of intertwined monologues evolves in a sleepy seaside town where three brothers and their sister’s fiancé reside. Under Alan Miller’s direction, the performers are positioned in separate crannies of the stage, each spinning his tale with few of the crescendos that would give these involving stories the emotional strength they deserve. ODYSSEY THEATRE ENSEMBLE, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., W.L.A.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; (some added perfs, call for schedule); thru Nov. 11. (310) 477-2055. (DK)
VALPARAISO Don DeLillo’s multimedia meditation on media. GARAGE THEATRE, 251 E. Seventh St., Long Beach; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Nov. 3. (866) 811-4111 or www.thegaragetheatre.org.
BITCHCRAFT! Marion Douglas’ one-woman improv comedy show. SECRET ROSE THEATER, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., N. Hlywd.; Sun., Oct. 28, 7 p.m. (866) 811-4111.
BOB BAKER’S FIESTA: HALLOWEEN EDITION Marionettes get freaky in this musical fright fest. Resv. required. BOB BAKER MARIONETTE THEATER, 1345 W. First St., L.A.; Tues.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 p.m.; thru Oct. 27. (213) 250-9995 or www.bobbakermarionettes.com.
DANCING QUEEN Cabaret dinner theater history of the Queen Mary cruise liner. Aboard the QUEEN MARY, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach; Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru Nov. 18. (562) 435-3511 or www.tibbiescabaret.com.
DAYBREAK Staged reading of Moses and Aram Rappaport’s screenplay. THE HAYWORTH, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Mon., Oct. 29, 8 p.m. (213) 389-9860.
THE GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO Two old-time radio shows performed live: The Jack Benny Show and My Favorite Husband. KSLG PLAYHOUSE THEATER PLAYERS , Brewery Art Complex, 600 Moulton Ave., L.A.; Fri., Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m. (323) 227-5410 or www.kslgplayhousetheatre.com.
HALLOWESQUE Burlesque and sideshow acts. M BAR, 1253 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; Sat., Oct. 27, 9:30 p.m. (323) 856-0036.
KITCHEN TABLE Eugenie Chan’s story of a young Chinese-American guy and his iron-fisted dad. GTC BURBANK, 1111-B W. Olive Ave., Burbank; Mon., Oct. 29, 8 p.m. (323) 993-7245 or www.myspace.com/lodestonetheatre.
LUNADA: A NIGHT OF EROTIC POETRY & PERFORMANCE IMIX BOOKSTORE, 5052 Eagle Rock Blvd., L.A.; Fri., Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m. (323) 257-2512.
NO SHAME THEATRE Fifteen scripts go from page to stage an hour before showtime. POWERHOUSE THEATRE, 3116 Second St., Santa Monica; Fri., Oct. 26, 11 p.m. (310) 396-3680.
THE RADIO8BALL SHOW “Part experimental theater, part rock & roll cabaret.” Hosted by Andras Jones. THE HAYWORTH, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Tues.-Wed., Oct. 30-31, 8 p.m. (213) 389-9860.
SPONTANEOUS FANTASIA J. Walt Adamczyk’s musical-visual-theatrical extravaganza. GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PLANETARIUM, 1500 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 6:30 & 8 p.m.; thru Nov. 10. (626) 688-0778 or www.spontaneousfantasia.com.
THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL Watch the plays and vote at www.therianttheatre.com/video. THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; schedule varies, call for info; thru Oct. 28. (323) 960-7773.
TOWN WITHOUT PITY The Heartthrobs sing the songs of Gene Pitney. LYRIC THEATRE, 520 N. La Brea Ave., L.A.; Mon., 8 p.m.; thru Nov. 5. (323) 939-9220.
UPPER REACHES THEATRE’S STAGED READING FESTIVAL This week: Dave Chapman’s Over. EDENDALE LIBRARY, 2011 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Sun., Oct. 28, 2 p.m. (213) 207-3000 or www.upperreaches.org.