Los Angeles Theater

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
Opening Oct. 7. 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

The Magic Flute
Oct. 8-12. The Isango Ensemble, a theater company from Cape Town, is known for re-creating classics with a South African flair. Witness the West Coast debut of the troupe’s celebrated reinterpretation of Mozart’s classic fairy tale musical. The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200 Map L8

Forever
Oct. 9-26. Playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith’s new play has its world premiere run in L.A., before its New York debut. The riveting family tale addresses topics including Harlem and Jim Morrison. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11

Kiss me, Kate
Through Oct. 12. Wayne Brady lends his talents to this production of the classic musical, known for its iconic songs by Cole Porter. The play celebrates both Shakespeare and theater itself, and this retelling showcases the trailblazing African American actors of the early 20th century. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529 Map Q20

Jersey Boys
Through Oct. 19. The award-winning musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons makes a stop in L.A., bringing hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night” and more. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13

Marjorie Prime
Through Oct. 19. Playwright Jordan Harrison’s innovative new drama deals with hard-hitting questions technology poses­—specifically, whether one should use it to simulate departed loved ones. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16

Pippin
Opening Oct. 21. 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 for best revival of a musical. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13

Choir Boy
Through Oct. 26. This play by Tarell Alvin McCraney (“one of the brightest American playwrights to come along in some time,” according to the Los Angeles Times) deals with discrimination at a boys prep school, set against beautiful gospel harmonies. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454 Map J10

The Trip to Bountiful
Continuing. 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

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