Theater Listings 

For the week of Jan. 18-24

Friday, Jan 18 2008

Opening This Week

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Broad comedy and painful irony bring to life the tale of the larger-than-life Andrew Jackson. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Opens Jan. 20; perfs Tues.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m.; thru Feb. 17. No perfs Feb. 5-8. (213) 628-2772, www.­centertheatregroup.org.

THE $4 MILLION GIVEAWAY Art Shulman's seven-character murder mystery. Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., N. Hlywd. Opens Jan. 18; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru March 8. (818) 700-GURU, www.lcgrt.com.

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FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE Diner waitress Frankie and short-order cook Johnny, both middle-aged, question the limits of love. Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd. Opens Jan. 19; perfs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. thru March 1. (323) 960-7863, www.plays411.com/frankie.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH The hit rock musical tells the story of the botched sex change of Hedwig Schmidt. MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hlywd. Opens Jan. 18; perfs Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 8 & 11 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Feb. 24. (323) 960-1055, www.­plays411.com/hedwig.

THE LAST DAYS OF DESMOND NANI REESE: A STRIPPER'S HISTORY OF THE WORLD A young feminist academic conducts a series of interviews in 2014 in a post-quake, post-drought L.A. with a legendary 108-year-old stripper. BANG, 457 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. Opens Jan. 19; perfs Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Feb. 23. (323) 653-6886.

THE LAST DAYS OF JUDITH ISCARIOT A dark and comedic tale examining the limbo between heaven and hell. Theatre 68, 5419 Sunset Blvd., L.A. Opens Jan. 18; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m.; thru Feb. 24. (323) 960-7827, www.­plays411.com/lastdays.

MARAT/SADE The persecution and assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as performed by the inmates of the Asylum of Charenton. Knightsbridge Theater, 1944 Riverside Dr., L.A. Opens Jan. 18; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Feb. 16. (323) 667-0955, www.­knightsbridgetheatre.com.

PROVE IT ON ME New Orleans voodoo and Harlem blues come together with a romance of a white socialite and black blues singer. Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. Opens Jan. 19; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru March 2. (323) 960-7721, www.­plays411.com/proveit.

RAY BRADBURY'S INVISIBLE BOY An evening of three short plays based on Bradbury's stories. Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. Opens Jan. 19; perfs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Feb. 9. (323) 960-4451, www.­plays411.com/raybradbury.

R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER: THE HISTORY (AND MYSTERY) OF THE UNIVERSE A portrayal of the groundbreaking inventor, engineer and inventor drawn from his writings and life. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Opens Jan. 19; perfs Sun., 2 p.m.; Wed., 2 & 7 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; thru Feb. 10. (805) 667-2900, www.­rubicontheatre.org.

THE ROAD TO RMI The tale of an alcoholic doctor and his troubled teenage son. LIZARD THEATER, 230 W. Main St., Alhambra. Opens Jan. 18; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Feb. 9. (626) 403-1177, www.­lizardtheater.com.

ROMEO'S GHOST A romantic mystery with an eerie appearance by a supernatural force. Complex Theater, 6470 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd. Opens Jan. 19; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru March 9. (818) 786-1045, www.­romeosghost.com.

SAY YOU LOVE SATAN A gay occult comedy about the affable Andrew and his boyfriend of the damned. The Attic Theatre and Film Center, 5429 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. Opens Jan. 18; perfs Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru Feb. 24. (323) 525-0600 ext.2, www.­plays441.com/satan.

VINCENT Leonard Nimoy's play delves into the close relationship of Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Opens Jan. 18; perfs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Feb. 10. (310) 393-3018, tickets@­theatreforasmallspace.com.

WHITE TRASH CATHOLIC CIRCUS Amy-Louise Sebelius' one-woman show (with six other actors) about Jesus, road trips, grad school and '80s music, naturally. Lyric-Hyperion Theater, 2106 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. Opens Jan. 18; perfs Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m.; thru Feb. 16. (562) 852-6821, www.­tix.com.

Larger Theaters

A CHARLIE JAMES BROWN CHRISTMAS This new holiday effort by the Troubadour Theater Company is a loving poke at Charles Schulz's TV cartoon classic featuring characters from his "Peanuts" strip. Schroeder (Matthew Morgan) tinkles out Vince Guaraldi noodlings on a tiny piano, and soon, the program swings into gear, powered by hits from soul godfather James Brown. The show is funny, but even at under an hour and a half seems 20 minutes too long. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr., Burbank; Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 4 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Jan. 20. (818) 955-8101. (SM)

CINDERELLA New take on the classic tale, music and lyrics by Lloyd J. Schwartz. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, L.A., Sat., 1 p.m.; thru March 29. (323) 851-7977.

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