At the Victory Theatre in Burbank, Maria Gobetti portrays a retiring high school teacher in Lissa Levin's comedy about a showdown between the teacher and a jock, contemptuous of her, and of the kind of education she represents. See stage feature on Wednesday.
READINGS, READINGS, READINGS. . .
Women writers nurtured by “Botanicum Seedings”: Versailles, by Erica Jones, Sunday, June 12, 11 a.m.; The English Bride by Lucile Lichtblau, Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m. Will Geer Theatrical Botaniucm 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290. Free.
The Playwrights Union presents their second annual reading festival of new work, starts June 10, 7 p.m.; June 11, 5 p.m.; plays by Jennie Webb, Deron Bos, Larry Pontius, Marek Glinski, and Lisa Kenner. Son of Semele Theatre, 3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 90004. $5. Complimentary food and wine.
Check back Monday night for reviews of the following productions:
Extraordinary Chambers: David Wiener's story of a business trip to Cambodia gone awry. Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through July 3. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, (310) 208-5454, geffenplayhouse.com.
Finding the Burnett Heart James Handy stars as a cantankerous grandfather forced to move in with his kids. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through June 12. Missing Piece Theatre, 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, (818) 563-1100, themissingpiecetheatre.com.
Fifth of July: Lanford Wilson's comedy-drama set in 1977 about reunited friends who once were antiwar activists in Berkeley. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through June 25, (800) 838-3006, theprodco.com. Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave., L.A..
ImagoFest 2011: Three one-acts by Mark Donnelly, Tim McNeil and Alex Aves. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through June 12. Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., (323) 465-4446.
Lavendar Love: Odalys Nanin's new play. Macha Theatre, 1107 N. Kings Road, W. Hlywd. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.
Moose on the Loose: Dina Morrone's comedy about “a large and loving albeit chaotic Italian extended family.” Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through July 10. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, L.A., (323) 851-7977, theatrewest.org.
The Poor of New York: The Group Repertory Theatre presents Dion Boucicault's classic melodrama. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through July 10. Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 700-4878, thegrouprep.com.
Sex and Education Lissa Levin's West Coast premiere about a high school English teacher versus a jock. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Continues through July 10. Victory Theatre Center, 3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank, (818) 841-5421, thevictorytheatrecenter.org.
Unmerciful Good Fortune: Edwin Sanchez's story of two strong-willed Latinas, one a young assistant D.A. with a dying mother, the other a clairvoyant fast food worker charged with multiple murders. Mondays-Wednesdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 29, 3 p.m.; Sun., June 12, 3 p.m. Continues through June 15, (800) 838-3006, brownpapertickets.com/event/170643. Underground Theatre, 1312-1314 N. Wilton Place, L.A..
Working: The Musical The TRIBE Productions presents Stephen Schwartz's musical about life on the job. Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through July 10, thetribeproductions.org. Ruby Theater at the Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., (323) 960-5774, complexhollywood.com.
Year Zero: Michael Golamco's study of two young Cambodian-Americans in Long Beach. Starting June 4, Sat., June 4, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 8 p.m. Continues through July 3. Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third St., Burbank, (818) 558-7000, colonytheatre.org.