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
Opening This Week
BLACK & BLUESTEIN Jerry Mayer’s dramedy about racial prejudice in 1963 St. Louis. The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica; opens March 15; perfs Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.; thru May 3. (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com.
DIETRICH & CHAVALIER, THE MUSICAL Jerry Mayer’s love story about Marlene and Maurice. The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica; Sun., March 16, 3 & 7 p.m. (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com.
THE DYING GAUL Screenwriting, homosexuality and chat rooms collide in Craig Lucas’ drama. Elephant Theater, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; opens March 20; perfs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru April 19. (323) 960-7745, www.plays411.com/dyinggaul.
THE ENTERTAINER John Osborne’s vaudeville metaphor for the decline of the British Empire. NoHo London Music Hall, 10620 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood; opens March 15; perfs Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru April 20. (818) 762-7883.
FAFALO Comic fantasy with Balinese masks and “huge, spectacular puppets,” by Stephen Legawiec. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru April 13. (310) 842-5737, www.ziggurattheatre.org.
THE FULL MONTY Steelworkers go Chippendale, book by Terrence McNally, music and lyrics by David Yazbek. Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru April 12. (310) 828-7519, www.morgan-wixson.org.
INVASION OF THE MINNESOTA NORMALS Jen Ellison’s dark comedy about 1950s personality tests. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., Opens March 15; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru April 19. (323) 960-5771, www.plays411.com/mninvasion.
OTHELLO The Globe in Topanga, 1909 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.; thru April 27. (310) 455-9400, www.shakespeare-usa.com.
RICHARD III Shakespeare’s history. Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third St., Burbank; March 18-21, 8 p.m. (818) 558-7000.
SECRETS OF THE TRADE Ambitious young actor finds a Broadway mentor, in Jonathan Tolins’ play. Black Dahlia Theatre, 5453 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., Opens March 15; Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru April 20, (No perf March 23.). (800) 838-3006, www.thedahlia.com.
THE VIOLET HOUR Publisher ponders printing, circa World War I, by Richard Greenberg. Theatre Tribe, 5267 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru April 19. (800) 838-3006, www.theatretribe.com.
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 June 28. (323) 851-7977.
JEKYLL & HYDE Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of good and evil, book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, music by Frank Wildhorn. Fred Kavli Theatre for the Performing Arts, Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m.; thru March 16. (805) 449-2787.
GO JOAN RIVERS: A WORK IN PROGRESS BY A LIFE IN PROGRESS Writer-performer Joan Rivers’ confessional play shows the comic legend as both an unapologetically shticky standup preoccupied with female anatomy and the effects of plastic surgery, and as an existential show-business survivor who’s still going strong at 74. These conflicting impulses create a balancing act that Rivers, under Bart DeLorenzo’s soft-touch direction, navigates with ease and intimacy. Douglas Bernstein and Denis Markell also co-wrote the show. (SM). Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood; Tues.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m.; thru April 6. (310) 208-5454, www.geffenplayhouse.com.
GO L’EFFLEUR DES SENS Choreographer-director Cati Jean has MC Gregg guide us through this French-style cabaret that consists of nine fleshy, erotic dances performed by the host and a bevy of seven beauties with jaw-dropping precision. The girlie-magazine fantasies that the dances conjure border on the fetishistic, with jail-stripe thigh-highs and lingerie, legs that go all the way up, torsos that sway while the doll-faced women bear expressions of calculated disinterest, or come-hither stares. Gregg’s improvised humor borders on the puerile, but the dancers’ dexterity and skill are beyond reproach. (SLM). King King, 6555 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., Every other Thursday, 9 p.m.; thru May 29. (323) 960-9234, www.kingkinghollywood.com.
RED HERRING Michael Hollinger’s Red Scare comedy. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach; Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru March 16. (949) 497-2787.
THE SEVEN Will Power’s hip-hop take on the Greek tragedy Seven Against Thebes. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla; Sun., 7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; thru March 16. (858) 550-1010.
SOME GIRL(S) Writer-director Neil LaBute’s play nudges us to believe that he’s re-examining gender relations through the perspectives of one solipsistic Lothario named Guy (Mark Feurenstein) and four ex-girlfriends, whom he somehow persuades to meet him (one at a time) at various motel rooms around the country in order to set things right, before he plunges into marriage with an offstage fiancée. LaBute’s main point is storytelling, but his treatment of that idea is as distracted and frivolous as his central character. Lovely performances, however. (SLM). Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood; Tues.-Thurs., Sat., 8 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.; thru March 16. (310) 208-5454, www.geffenplayhouse.com.