Reviews of the following productions are slated to be posted on Monday. Please note: Due to a special issue this coming week, there will be no capsule theater reviews in the print edition. The reviews posted on Monday will appear in print the following week. --SLM
Artifacts of Consequence: Stokastik Theatre Ensemble presents Ashlin Halfnight's story of a future world ravaged by climate change and the individuals trying to preserve modern culture. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through June 5, stokastik.org. Sherry Theatre, 11052 Magnolia Blvd.,
Deus Ex Machina and the Hands of the Beholder: R.S. Bailey's dark Vaudevillian farce based on the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through June 5, (323) 960-7788, plays411.com/dem. Dorie Theater at the Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., complexhollywood.com.
The Emancipation of Alabaster McGill: SkyPilot Theatre Company presents Jeff Goode's gay Civil War comedy. Starting May 14, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 p.m. Continues through June 19, skypilottheatre.com. T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo St., North Hollywood.
Fernando Richardson's Treacherous Brain: Playwrights 6 and Open Fist Theatre Company present Monica Trasandes's world premiere about the unexpected effects of a man's brain surgery. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 9. Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., (323) 882-6912, openfist.org.
4 Clowns: Antics of four clown archetypes: the sad clown, the mischievous clown, the angry clown and the nervous clown, conceived and directed by Jeremy Aluma. Fridays, 11 p.m. Continues through June 10. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Dr., L.A., (310) 281-8337, sacredfools.org.
Gypsy: West Coast Ensemble presents the classic showbiz musical, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through July 3. Arena Stage at Theater of Arts (formerly the Egyptian Arena Theater), 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., L.A., (323) 595-4849.
Kiss Me, Kate Reprise Theatre Company presents Cole Porter's play-within-a-play musical. Starting May 11, Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through May 22.
No Word in Guyanese for Me: Hanna Jokhoe's story of a gay, Muslim immigrant who must reconcile her faith with her sexuality. Starting May 14, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through June 12. Sidewalk Studio Theatre, 4150 Riverside Dr., Burbank, (818) 558-5702.
Sand in the Air: Brian Raine's story of a doctor in a remote Texas border town accused of sexual improprieties. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 28. Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 828-7519, morgan-wixson.org.
The Traveling Lady West Coast premiere of the revised version of Horton Foote's small-town story of a woman's reunion with her ex-con husband. (Pre-show lecture by Dr. Marion Castleberry, who assisted the playwright with the revision, Sat., May 14.) Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through June 12. Actors Co-op, 1760 N. Gower St., L.A., (323) 462-8460, actorsco-op.org.