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
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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