LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Pasadena Opera puts on Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s 80-minute chamber opera about people in Nebraska trying to gain ownership of their land under the provisions of the Homestead Act of 1862.
When: 8 p.m. Jan. 17-18, 24-25
Where: Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena
‘Nowhere on the Border’
A revised play by Carlos Lacámara about a volunteer border watcher who meets a man looking for his daughter.
When: Opens 8 p.m. Jan. 17. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through March 8.
Where: The Road on Magnolia, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood.
Tickets: $15 previews; $34; pay-what-you-can on Sundays.
Information: 818-761-8838. www.roadtheatre.org
In Tony Blake’s play, secrets are revealed when a priest goes home to be with grieving relatives.
When: Show runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 17.
Where: Theatre 40 in the Reuben Cordova Theatre on the Beverly Hills High School campus, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills.
Information: 310-364-0535. www.theatre40.org
‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’
Based on Christopher Bond’s play about a bloodthirsty barber, this musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Contains adult themes, parental guidance suggested.
When: January 17- February 1, 2020. Fri. and Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:00.
Where: Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave. (at El Centro) , South Pasadena.
Tickets: $30. (Except January 17, when all seats will be $35 (includes opening night reception).
‘The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays)’
In 1936 a Broadway star who is acclaimed for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes invites his fellow cast members to his Connecticut mansion for the weekend. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the actor must go into character as the sleuth to solve the case.
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 and Fridays-Sundays through Feb. 9.
Where: STAGEStheatre, 400 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton
Information: 714-525-4484; stagesoc.org
‘The Perfect Dog’
Actor John O’Hurley’s Dr. Seuss-style book about a boy’s quest to find the ideal canine is adapted into a Theatre for Young Audiences musical about perfectionism, friendship and acceptance.
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 19
Where: Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
Tickets: $28 for adults, $18 for children
Information: 949-497-2787; lagunaplayhouse.com
Donja R. Love’s play chronicles the wife of a preacher and civil rights activist in the Jim Crow South who helps him craft his speeches and sermons.
When: 7:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2 and 7:45 p.m Saturday, Jan. 18-Sunday, Jan. 19, 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21-Thursday, Jan. 23 and other dates through Jan. 26.
Where: South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.
Information: 714-708-5555; scr.org
‘An Inspector Calls’
An inspector investigating the suicide of a young girl calls on a respectable British family and finds its members to be self-centered or cowardly and all implicated to some degree in the deceased person’s fate.
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 and other dates through Jan. 26
Where: Westminster Community Playhouse, 7272 Maple St., Westminster
Tickets: $22-$25 general admission; discounts for seniors, students and military
Information: 714-893-8626; wcpstage.com
‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’
The musical about the life of songwriter Carole King musical is the next installment in the Fox Performing Arts Center’s Broadway series. The Tony-winning production includes hits such as “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got A Friend.”
When: 8 p.m. Jan. 19-20 (Doors open an hour earlier.)
Where: Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside
Information: 951-779-9800; broadwayatthefox.com
‘A Tuna Christmas’
This comedy set in Tuna, Texas follows the town’s annual Christmas Yard Display Contest and the wackiness around it and the town’s residents.
When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and 24; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 25-26. Doors open an hour before showtime.
Where: Ramona Hillside Playhouse, 27402 Ramona Bowl Road, Hemet
Tickets: $10 opening night; $15 general admission
Information: 951-658-5300; ramonahillsideplayers.org
‘Andi in the Moment’
Dinner theater Play With Your Food puts on this play about a struggling actress who lands an audition for a lead role on Broadway, but every woman who played the role before her has gone missing.
When: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17-18, 24-25; 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26
Where: 140 N. Buena Vista St., Hemet
Information: 951-663-8491, playwithyourfoodhemet.com
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’
See the Neil Simon coming-of-age play about Eugene Jerome growing up in Brooklyn in the 1930s.
When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 1; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26
Where: 13123 7th St., Chino
Tickets: $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students. There is a surcharge for purchasing tickets online
Information: sites.google.com/view/chinocommunitytheatre; 909-590-1149
Annette Hubbell stars as seven different historical figures in this one-woman drama: Harriett Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Fry, Mary McLeod Bethune, Amy Carmichael, Corrie ten Boom, Gladys Aylward and Sojourner Truth.
When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Jan. 26. Also 7 p.m. Jan. 23.
Where: 1135 Church St., Redlands
Tickets: $22-26 for adults (12 and up) and $11-13 for children (3-11). No children under 3. Tickets increase by $2 on the day of the performance.
Information: 909-335-3037, lifehousetheater.com