Last Chance Theater
"A Christmas Carol"-- Hal Landon Jr. has played Scrooge for 22 years for South Coast Repertory. Under the direction of John-David Keller, Landon continues to convey Scrooge's interior pain with a delicate touch, and his toothy Robert Duvall smile--sparingly deployed--reveals the man beneath the archetype. The play, adapted by Jerry Patch, is a most stage-worthy adaptation, satisfyingly paced, with generous portions of the Dickens original.
--from the review by Michael Phillips
South Coast Repertory Theatre, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, (714) 708-5555. Today and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. Monday, noon and 4 p.m. Ends Monday. $25 to $42.
"Forever Plaid--A Special Holiday Edition" is a Stuart Ross production that blends holiday sentiment into his Plaid pattern of physical klutziness and musical sheen. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, (626) 356-7529. Today and Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Ends Sunday. $15 to $50.
"Joe Louis Blues," Oliver Mayer's play about American identity at the crossroads of race, patriotism and music in 1940s Harlem. Tiffany Theater, 8532 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 289-2999. Today to Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Ends Sunday. $32 to $37.50.
"An O. Henry Christmas," Cal Rep's traditional yuletide play, interweaving several O. Henry tales as magic happens in a homeless encampment
on Christmas Eve.
Edison Theatre, 213 E. Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 432-1818, (562) 985-7000. Today, Sunday, 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m. Ends Saturday. $20.
"Francisco Zuniga: A Major Exhibition of Sculpture & Select Works on Paper" features large- and small-scale sculptures and drawings by the major 20th century sculptor from Mexico. Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Gallery, 357 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., (323) 938-5222. Today and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.