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L.A. theater openings, Jan. 19-26: 'Let's Misbehave' opens

"The Book of Mormon" is back at the Pantages, Segerstrom's Off Center Festival gets underway down in the O.C., and the musical "Let's Misbehave" sings the praises, and the songs, of Cole Porter.

Don’t Leave It All to Your Children L.A. premiere of this off-Broadway musical-comedy revue about aging gracefully. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Sunday, next Sun. 2 p.m.; ends March 30. $30. (800) 838-3006.

Doodu Boy Stefhen F.D. Bryan’s solo show about his journey from Jamaica to the U.S. to Japan; contains adult themes. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica.  Sunday, next Sun. 6 p.m.; ends Feb. 23. $30. (800) 838-3006.

The Dead The Open Fist Theatre Company presents a remount of this musical based on a James Joyce short story. Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A.  Sunday, 7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Feb. 22. $20, $25. (323) 882-6912. 

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Antigone Staged reading of Jean Anouilh’s WWII-era drama inspired by Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Mon., 7 p.m. Free. (626) 356-3100.

Necessary Targets Eve Ensler’s play based on interviews with female survivors of the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Tue.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. $15. (310) 506-4522.

The Book of Mormon Return engagement of Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone’s Tony-winning musical comedy about a pair of missionaries in Africa; contains explicit language. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.; ends May 11. $35 and up. (800) 982-2787.

A Word or Two Oscar-, Tony- and Emmy-winner Christopher Plummer celebrates the works of Shakespeare, Kipling, et al., in this autobiographical one-man show. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Wed.-Thu., 8 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 9. $20-$90. (213) 972-4400.

Outside the Box The monthly storytelling series “Shine” presents tales of unusual experiences and lessons learned. YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 2019 14th St., Santa Monica. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $5-$10 donation. (310) 452-2321. 

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blessing the boats: the remix Poet and storyteller Sekou Sundiata’s account of coping with a life-threatening illness; part of the Off Center Festival. Founders Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Thu.-next Sun., 8 p.m. $25. (714) 556-2787.

POP: Party on the Plaza Free event features performances by Culture Clash, Little Willie G. and La Santa Cecilia; part of the Off Center Festival. Arts Plaza, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. Fri., 6 p.m. Free. (714) 556-2787.

Helen & Edgar Edgar Oliver shares stories from his childhood in this solo show; part of the Off Center Festival. Studio Performance Space, Rene and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Fri.-next Sun., 7:30 p.m. $25. (714) 556-2787.

The 39 Steps Tony-winning comedic adaptation of the Hitchcock thriller. Norris Center for the Performing Arts, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.  Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 9. $40. (310) 544-0403.

Bill & Joan World premiere of Jon Bastian’s drama about the night Beat writer William S. Burroughs shot his wife. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Drive, L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends March 1. $20. (310) 281-8337. 

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The Different Shades of Hugh World premiere of Clete Keith’s exploration of one artist’s creative process. The Road on Magnolia at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends March 15. $17.50, $34. (866) 506-1248.

It’s Showtime, Folks! Celebrating 60 Years of Bob Fosse Local performing-arts students take part in a salute to the Broadway legend. Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Fri., 8 p.m. $12. (818) 677-3000.

Lebensraum Three actors play more than 60 roles in this revival of Israel Horovitz’ Holocaust-themed drama. The Art of Acting Studio, 1017 N. Orange Drive, L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends March 1. $15. (323) 601-5310.

Let’s Misbehave Three friends form a romantic triangle in 1930s New York in the California premiere of this musical featuring more than 30 classic Cole Porter songs. International City Theatre, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 16. $42-$125. (562) 436-4610.

On the Money Revival of Kos Kostmayer’s dramedy about three people driven to desperation by financial woes. Victory Theatre Center, 3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank.  Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends March 2. $22-$34. (818) 841-5421. 

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Die Roten Punkte: Super Musician Australian duo mixes rock music, sketch comedy and German-style cabaret; part of the Off Center Festival. Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m. $25. (714) 556-2787.

As You Were: Stories for American GIs in WWII Parson’s Nose Theater presents a literary salute to service members. Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 7 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m. Pay what you will. (626) 403-7667.

Instant Fairy Tales Rachel Rosenthal Company’s new series of family-friendly fables gets underway with “The Longest Winter.” Espace DbD, 2847 S. Robertson Blvd., L.A.  Sat., 7 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $5. (310) 839-0661.

Chita Rivera: A Legendary Celebration The two-time Tony winner re-creates classic moments from her storied career. Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Sat., 8 p.m. $25-$65. (818) 677-3000.

God of Carnage Two Brooklyn couples meet to resolve a playground altercation between their children in Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning drama. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Feb. 16. $20-$70. (562) 944-9801.

Hotel California — A Salute to the Eagles Tribute show re-creates the music of the 1970s- and ’80s-era rock group. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Sat., 8 p.m. $30-$60. (562) 467-8818.

Passion Play L.A. premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s play about acting troupes staging religious pageants in three eras. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 5 p.m.; ends March 16. $25-$45. (310) 477-2055.  

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