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Stage Raw: F. Murray Abraham's "Merchant"

Stage Raw: F. Murray Abraham's "Merchant"


Stage Raw: F. Murray Abraham's "Merchant"

F. Murray Abraham (right) turns in an impassioned yet delicate interpretation of Shylock, at the Broad Stage, in a production that draws obvious comparisons and contrasts to Al Pacino's Merchant of Venice. See Theater feature on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the Broad Stage

For a list of shows being reviewed over the weekend, press the More tab directly below

Check back Tuesday for reviews of the following:

THE ALL NIGHT STRUT! Fran Charnas' musical that carries us through the Depression, World War II, and the postwar boom. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m. Continues through May 1. Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third St., Burbank, (818) 558-7000, colonytheatre.org.

GOD OF CARNAGE Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden, the original Broadway cast, reunite for the Los Angeles run of Yasmina Reza's comedy of manners. Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Continues through May 29. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A., (213) 628-2772, centertheatregroup.org. See Stage feature on Wednesday.

I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) presents Robert Anderson's 1968 family drama. Starting April 16, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 17, 3 p.m.; Sun., May 22, 8 p.m. Continues through May 22, (310) 701-0788, NewAmericanTheatre.com. McCadden Place Theatre, 1157 N. McCadden Pl., L.A., mccaddentheatre.com.


LUST 'N RUST The Trailer Park Musical: A new musical by Frank Haney, Carol Kimball & Dave Stratton about relationships and our troubled economy. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 17, 7 p.m.; Sun., April 24, 7 p.m. Continues through April 30. Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., lyrictheatrela.com.

MAXWELL STREET Cake Theatre Center presents Willard Manus' story of a venerable Chicago bluesman and the white kid who idolizes him. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, noon. Continues through May 1. Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Blvd., Ste. 101, L.A., (310) 330-0178.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE F. Murray Abraham stars as Shylock in this updating of Shakespeare's play, directed by Darko Tresnjak. Fri., April 15, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 16, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 17, 2 p.m.; Tue., April 19, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., April 20, 2 p.m.; Thu., April 21, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., April 22, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 23, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 24, 2 p.m. Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, (310) 434-3414, thebroadstage.com.


SPECTACULAR SUPERHERO VARIETY HOUR Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents dramatic readings of vintage comic book stories, with live sound effects, music and projected art. Fri., April 15, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., April 22, 7:30 p.m., capturedauralphantasy.com. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A., (213) 389-3856, bootlegtheater.com.

THE TEMPERAMENTALS West Coast premiere of Jon Maran's play about homosexuality in the 1950s, based on the relationship of Harry Hay and Rudi Gernreich. Starting April 16, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 22. The Blank's Second Stage Theater, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., (323) 661-9827, theblank.com.

VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE Post-suicide-attempt life in an insane asylum, based on the book by Paulo Coelho, adapted for the stage by Taylor Ashbrook and Beth Ricketson. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through May 15. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village, (818) 508-3003, eclecticcompanytheatre.org.

WAIT UNTIL DARK Frederick Knott's mystery about con-men trying to trick a blind woman. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 8. Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 700-4878, thegrouprep.com.


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