Los Angeles Theater

The Trip to Bountiful
Through Nov. 2. Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood star in this revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote’s American masterpiece, which tells the tale of an aging matriarch embarking on one last trip to her Texas hometown. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16

King Lear
Nov. 4-16. The U.K.’s masterful Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre offers a fresh take on the Bard’s tale about a mad monarch. Joseph Marcell—aka Geoffrey Butler from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air—stars. The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200 Map L8

Stop Kiss
Nov. 4-30. Playwright Diana Son’s critically acclaimed and GLAAD Media Award-winning work explores the depths of emotion after two women who share their first kiss on a New York street are brutally attacked by an angry bystander. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529 Map Q20

Pippin
Through Nov. 9. The classic whimsical musical gets an update, complete with new choreography and impressive acrobatics, in this Broadway version. The tale of a young prince searching for the meaning of life won a Tony Award for best revival of a musical. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13

Kinky Boots
Nov. 11-30. Everything about this 2013 Tony Award winner for best musical screams fun, including the thigh-high red boots alluded to in the title and the joyous music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. Watch as a struggling shoe-factory owner and drag queen Lola teach each other the importance of open-mindedness and standing out. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13

Hershey fFelder as Irving Berlin
Opening Nov. 11. Hailed for his one-man shows about musical greats, multitalented Canadian performer Felder now tackles the master of American music himself, Irving Berlin. The work follows Berlin’s origins in czarist Russia to his embodiment of the American dream. Expect classic songs such as “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454 Map J10

What the Butler Saw
Opening Nov. 12. This classic farce—condemned as scandalous back in 1969—still holds up nicely. A psychoanalyst attempts to seduce his prospective secretary, but he’s married to a nymphomaniac who’s being blackmailed by her own illicit lover. Plot twists, mistaken identities and biting wit ensue. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
Through Nov. 16. This smart comedy centers around a spirited debate between the three great minds, as imagined by Real Time with Bill Maher executive producer Scott Carter. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454 Map J10

Luna Gale
Opening Nov. 23. This hard-hitting drama centers around a veteran social worker faced with life-altering decisions to make on behalf of children who cannot make them for themselves. Namely, she must deem whether baby Luna Gale would ultimately be better off with her young, irresponsible birth parents or an estranged grandmother. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11

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