10 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 14-20


‘Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen Unscripted’

Audience suggestions lead to unusual situations for marriageable young ladies and available, or unsuitable, partners.

When: Opens 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 15; 5 p.m. Dec. 16; 8 p.m. Dec. 21; 4 p.m. Dec. 22.

Where: The Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica.

Tickets: $45 and up.

Information: 310-434-3200,

‘Lythgoe Family Panto – The Wonderful Winter of Oz’

An updated version of the “The Wizard of Oz” story told in the style of a traditional British pantomime.

When: 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 15-16. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21; 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 22-23; dates through Dec. 30.

Where: Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St.

Tickets: $60 and up.

Information: winter-of-oz

Plaid Tidings

The holiday version of Stuart Ross’s “Forever Plaid” about a 1950s male singing group who come back to life after an accident to perform a concert.

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Show runs 2 p.m. Dec. 16; 8 p.m. Dec. 19-22; 2 p.m. Dec. 23; 8 p.m. Dec. 27-29; 2 p.m. Dec. 30.

Where: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley.

Tickets: $25; $22 ages 60 and older and students; $18 ages 12 and younger.

Information: 805-583-7900,


‘Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose’

This show, presented in the traditional British Panto style, updates the classic fairy tale with comedic dialogue and contemporary music.

When: 7 p.m .Friday, Dec. 14, noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 3 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.

Where: Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach

Tickets: $41-$86

Information: 949-497-2787;

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

The beloved 1964 animated TV special by Charles Schulz, Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson is adapted for the stage.

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 20, plus other dates through Dec. 30.

Where: Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim

Tickets: $40 (some shows are sold out or have limited availability)

Information: 888-455-4212;

‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’

The classic Frank Capra movie about an idealistic man who becomes disillusioned and suicidal one Christmas Eve is presented as if it were a live radio play of the 1940s.

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 2  and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, plus other dates through Dec. 22.

Where: Stages Theatre, 400 Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton

Tickets: $20-$22

Information: 714-525-4484;

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’/’Archie Andrews Christmas Shopping’

A stage adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’s animated holiday special will be preceded by a radio play based on the Archie comics that was originally broadcast in 1947.

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, plus other dates through Dec. 22.

Where: Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano

Tickets: $27-$37

Information: 949-489-8082;


‘A Christmas Carol’

Riverside Community Players takes on the Charles Dickens classic this weekend.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 14-15; 2 p.m. Dec. 15-16

Where: 4026 14th St., Riverside

Tickets: $10

Information: 951-686-4030;



The musical about the orphan who has a “hard knock life” before moving in with Daddy Warbucks comes to San Bernardino.

When: 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino

Tickets: $38.50-$75

Information: 909-885-5152;

‘Caroling Under the Stars’

Legendary Productions, A Civic Light Opera, puts on this original show written by Nathan Prince.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15-16; 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

Where: Mission Gables, 168 S. Eureka St., Redlands

Tickets: $20 general admission

Information: 909-353-1425;

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