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TO SEE


The shows to watch out for this season


JULY


The Cake A baker must create a cake for her


daughter, who comes home to marry a woman. Will Mom rise to the occasion? Debra Jo Rupp (That ’70s Show) stars in this world premiere by writer Bekah Brunstetter (Switched at Birth). à The Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave (310-307- 3753, echotheatercompany.com). Mon, Fri, Sat at 8pm; Sun at 4pm. $20–$34. Through Aug 6.


Heisenberg The Taper imports Broadway’s


2015 production of Simon Stephens’s 80-minute glance at an American and a Londoner who meet by chance—or not—in a tube station. Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt return, along with director Mark Brokaw. à Mark Taper Forum, 135 N Grand Ave (213- 628-2772, centertheatregroup.org). Tue–Fri at 8pm; Sat at 2:30, 8pm; Sun at 1, 6:30pm. $25–$95. Through Aug 6.


Mary Poppins The musical adaptation of the


P. L. Travers stories and Disney film perfectly suits kids of all ages, though deep down it remains a cautionary tale for busy parents. Daniel Pelzig directs this Musical Theatre West production. à Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E Atherton St, Long Beach (562-856-1999, carpenterarts.org). Fri, Sat at 8pm; Sat, Sun matinees at various times. $17–$120. Through July 23.


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The Devil’s Wife Tom Jacobson, whose plays are


as much about heart as they are about structure and history, offers this story of a landowner wooing three sisters who are not all who they seem to be. à Skylight Theatre, 1816 ½ N Vermont Ave (213-761-7061, skylighttix.com). July 8– Aug 20: Fri at 8:30pm, Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm; $15–$39.


Other Desert Cities Jon Robin Baitz’s gentle play


about family dynamics merits a production by a real-life family: in this case the progeny of the late Will Geer, at his outdoor theater in Topanga Canyon. à Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd (310-455-3723, theatricum .com). July 8–Sept 30: Sat, Sun at 7:30pm; various Sat at 3:30pm. $10–$38.50.


Ezralow Dance:


Primo Passo L.A. native Daniel Ezralow brings this deeply personal work to the Wallace. Primo Passo, Italian for “first step,” is inspired by watching his kids learn to walk. à The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N Santa Monica Blvd (310-246-3800, the wallis.org). July 13, 14 at 8pm; $59–$99.


As You Like It Exile, wrestling, cross-dressing,


scheming and blooming love all play a role in this Shakespeare classic. Antaeus Theatre Company’s best stage vets pair up for each role in “partner casting.” à Antaeus Theatre Company at the Kiki & David


Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 E Broadway, Glendale (818-506-1983, antaeus.org). July 27–Sept 10: Thu, Fri at 8pm; Sat at 2, 8pm; Sun at 2pm. $30–$34.


BalletNow Guest curator and ballerina


Tiler Peck, one of the youngest principal dancers of the New York City Ballet, leads a roster of dance superstars for three performances. à Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Ave (213-972-0711, musiccenter.org). July 28–30: Fri, Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 2:30pm. $34–$138.


Trouble in Mind At a Broadway theater in 1950s


New York City, a recently racially integrated theater company gathers for its first day of rehearsal in pioneering African- American playwright Alice Childress’s satirical 1955 play, directed by Ellen Geer.


à Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd (310-455-3723, theatricum. com). July 29, 30, Aug 5, 11, 27, Sept 9 at 7:30pm; Aug 13, 20, Sept 3, 16, 24, 30 at 3:30pm. $10–$38.50.


AUGUST


Spamalot King Arthur and his servant


Patsy, Dennis and Mrs. Galahad, and the Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls populate this musical, with book and lyrics by Monty Python’s Eric Idle. If you die laughing, it’s just a flesh wound. à 3-D Theatricals at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach (714-589-2770, 3dtheatricals.org). Aug 4–13: Fri at 8pm; Sat at 2, 8pm; Sun at 2pm. ∙ Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Dr, Cerritos (562-916-8500, cerritoscenter.com).


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


Simon Stephens’s script, based on the Mark Haddon novel, follows a young-adult math genius (who happens to be on the autism spectrum) as he investigates the killing of a neighbor’s dog. Director Marianne Elliott


imports her fascinating visual effects from the London production.


à Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N Grand Ave (213-972-4400, centertheatregroup.org). Aug 2– Sept 10: Tue–Fri at 8pm; Sat at 2, 8pm; Sun at 1, 6:30pm. $25–$130.


More of the best performances in the city at timeout.com/los-angeles/theater. 58


PHOTOGRAPH: JOAN MARCUS


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