November 16, 2018

Theo Bikel, graphic novels, showbiz dreams

Saturday the 28th

For those with Hollywood dream story fatigue, South Coast Repertory presents a fresh take on the old industry bootstraps tale by playwright David Wiener. In “System Wonderland,” has-been filmmakers Jerry and Evelyn attempt to revive a comatose career with the help of the requisite hungry young assistant. With some added wit and clever twists, Weiner ensures we’re kept on the edge of our proverbial seats in this world premiere.

April 28-May 13. $28-$60. Folino Theatre Center, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5555. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ alt=”Mr. Punch”>

A graphic novel comes to vibrant creepy life in “The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch.” Utilizing a hybrid of theater traditions, puppetry and digital media to tell the tale — created by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean — that explores themes of childhood innocence and the pain of adulthood, incorporating life-size puppets, masks, live actors, video and animation in this format known as hyper-theater.

April 27-May 27. $16-$20. Theatre/Theater, 5041 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 838-3006. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ alt=”Jonathan Kirsch”>

Man of many trades Jonathan Kirsch is honored today by University Women, an American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism) affiliate group. The Journal’s Rob Eshman presents the biblical scholar, author and attorney with an award for his artistic contributions and commitment to the community at the annual Author/Artist Luncheon. Terri Smooke will receive the Woman of Achievement Award, an honor for her dedication to the community, as well.

10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $85. Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-1283. ” target=”_blank”>

Thursday the 3rd

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One of the most acclaimed American operas of all time, “Porgy and Bess,” starts its run at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion tonight, performed by the L.A. Opera. George Gershwin first read DuBose Heyward’s love story set in an African American community in South Carolina in 1926. It took seven years for it to be adapted into an opera, with additional lyrics by Ira Gershwin, which includes classics like “Summertime” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now.”

Through May 20. $35-$220. Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001.