“Into the Woods” at Westchester Playhouse
Everyone’s suddenly into “Into the Woods.” Since debuting on Broadway in 1987, the Stephen Sondheim musical has been revived repeatedly, this year alone in San Francisco and Pasadena. Meanwhile, Rob Marshall’s film adaption with Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp and (Captain Kirk himself) Chris Pine arrives Christmas Day. Closer to home, Kentwood Players’ version — directed by Shawn K. Summerer with musical direction by Catherine Rahm and choreography by Alison Mattiza — promises to capture the charm of the play, in which a baker and his wife cross paths with a who’s who of famous storybook characters: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack the Giant Slayer, just to name-drop a few.
Opens at 8 p.m. Friday and continues through Dec. 20 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester.
$12.50. $25. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
“Not That Jewish” at The Braid
Catch Monica Piper, Emmy-winning head writer of the ‘90s Klasky-Csupo cartoon series “Rugrats,” debut her one-woman show. The Bronx-born Jewish comic “never went to temple, had a WASP wedding, adopted a child from a Christian and almost slept with Mickey Mantle.” Confused? So is Piper, but she intends to sort it out before a live audience in a performance commissioned by Jewish Women’s Theatre.
Opens at 8 p.m. Thursday and runs through Dec. 14 at brand-new performance space The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. $27.50 to $35. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org
“Two Across” at Santa Monica Playhouse
On a morning BART train leaving San Francisco Airport for the East Bay, polar-opposite Jewish guy (Kip Gilman) and Catholic gal (Wendy Michaels) cross paths thanks to their crossword puzzles. Written by Jerry Mayer, whose “Aspirin & Elephants” recently enjoyed a 25th anniversary revival here, “Two Across” contains the former sitcom writer’s signature banter and acerbic one-liners which, decades ago, perked up scripts on “All in the Family,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “M*A*S*H*.” Directed by Chris DeCarlo.
Continues at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 22 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50 (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com
“King Lear” at The Broad Stage
Joseph Marcell, best known for portraying Geoffrey the butler on the hit sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” actually spent most of his career performing live theater. See him as the world-weary royal in the Shakespeare’s Globe Theater traveling production of “King Lear.” “Lear shows you that, damn it, even at his age he is still vital. He can still get angry. He’s fighting for the way things ought to be, not the way they’ve become,” Marcell told The Argonaut’s Jenny Lower last month before the show’s opening.
Continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday before closing at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $39 to $87. (310) 434-3200; visit thebroadstage.com.
— Michael Aushenker