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
OLD TIMES Harold Pinter’s enigmatic study of memory and relationships. Lost Studio, 130 S. La Brea Ave., L.A.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m.; thru April 13. (323) 871-5830.
ON AN AVERAGE DAY John Kolvenbach’s 2000 play about about two brothers in a hovel crunching through the wreckage features two actors (Johnny Clark and Stef Tovar) in gritty, emotive portrayals. The rhythms of conflict and reconciliation play themselves out in a redundant cycle of crescendo and decrescendo, under Ron Klier’s carefully wrought direction, and both actors are terrific. (SLM). Elephant Theater, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru March 22. (323) 860-3283.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST Adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel, by Dale Wasserman. Knightsbridge Theater, 1944 Riverside Dr., L.A.; Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m.; thru April 6. (323) 667-0955.
ORANGE FLOWER WATER Craig Wright’s story of small-town adultery. Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea Ave., L.A.; Thurs., Sat., 8 p.m.; thru April 5. (323) 939-9220.
ORANGE LEMON EGG CANARY: A TRICK IN FOUR ACTS Playwright Rinne Groff’s poignant and often beguiling drama depicts the complex parallels between love and magic, equating the irrationality of romantic love with the trickery and misdirection of a magician. Handsome, professional magician Great (Brett Schneider) dazzles crowds with his amazing card tricks, but in his private life, he’s a faithless manipulator with a history of breaking the hearts of his various stage assistants, who happen to be his lovers as well. Schneider is a charismatic and appealing performer, impressive as both an actor and a magician. (PB)., www.plays411.com/orange. The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru April 5. (323) 960-7862.
GO POINT BREAK LIVE! Jaime Keeling’s merciless skewering of the 1991 hyper-action flick starring Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey is loaded with laughs as well as surprises, like picking an audience member to play Reeve’s role of Special Agent Johnny Utah. The city’s banks are being hit by a gang of robbers known as the Ex Presidents, surfers who always wear the masks of former chief executives while making their withdrawals (in this version Ms. Condi Rice makes an appearance). Utah gets his man, but not before a Grand Guignol scene of blood and guts that’s so hideously over the top you can’t stop laughing. (LE3). Charlie O’s Lounge, Hotel Alexandria, 501 S. Spring St., L.A.; Sat.-Sun., 7 p.m. (866) 811-4111, www.CharlieOsLounge.com.
GO POOR BEAST IN THE RAIN It sometimes seems that Irish writers are the only ones who can still write a traditional, realistic genre drama with conviction, and without deconstructing, satirizing or saturating it in irony. Billy Roche’s play is set in a betting shop in the town of Wexford, during the All-Ireland Hurling Finals. It’s a skillfully written piece, beautifully acted and finely articulated by director Wilson Milam. The production’s only serious defect is that the Irish dialect is occasionally almost impenetrable. (NW). Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., L.A.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru March 16. (323) 852-1445.
PROVE IT ON ME Lindsay (Aynsley Bubbico), a wealthy white flapper, argues that you can’t see skin color in the dark. Lesbian blues singer Georgia Brooks (Sweet Baby J’ai) knows better. And so Dee Jae Cox’s expository, repetitive play, set during the Harlem Renaissance, bats around the same old dichotomies of white-versus-black and rich-versus-poor as though mentioning hot buttons is the same thing as exploring them. Kelly Ann Ford directs. (AN)., www.plays411.com/proveit. Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; Sat., March 15, 3 p.m.; Sat., March 29, 3 p.m.; thru March 30. (323) 960-7721.
GO REGRETROSEXUAL: THE LOVE STORY Straight comedian Dan Rothenberg spent two years in San Francisco dating men so he wouldn’t face rejection from his best friend, who was just coming out of the closet. This is only the most bizarre of Rothenberg’s neuroses which he let spill in his earlier, one-man show. Two years later his equally psychologically damaged wife, Colleen Crabtree, joins him to create this touching and hilarious two-hander that follows their courtship. Richard Kuhlman’s light director’s touch switches directions whenever the play begins to move toward either bathos or goofiness. (TP)., www.plays411.com/regretrosexual. Hudson Guild Theater, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru April 12. (323) 960-7822.
ROAR OF THE TIGER: THE LEGEND OF TOKYO ROSE Glenn Conner Johnson’s reconstruction of the life and persecution of Iva Toguri (Momo Yashima) has the makings of epic-style political theater but falls flat in this production directed by Johnson, who employs taiko drumming, a Kabuki tiger head dress and an ensemble-driven presentation to explain Toguri’s actions and fate. Yet nearly every other scene is explained by a narrator (Ralph Brannen) before it unfolds, making the 70-minute Act 1 cry out for trims. (SM). Egyptian Arena Theater, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., L.A.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru March 23. (323) 222-1728.
SCOTTASTROPHE True stories of personal catastrophe by Scott Thompson of The Kids in the Hall. STEVE ALLEN THEATER, at the Center for Inquiry-West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; Fri., 8 p.m.; thru March 14. (323) 666-4268.
SEASCAPE WITH SHARKS & DANCER Don Nigro’s beachside love story. Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea Ave., L.A.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru April 6. (323) 939-9220.