The Actor’s Nightmare and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, two one-act comedies by Christopher Durang, through May 29, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $15-$18, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.
The Arsonists, by Max Frisch, through May 30, 8pm Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7pm Sunday, $15-$25, Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.477.2055 x2.
Backstreet, a musical by the Santa Monica Playhouse Jewish Heritage Program, through June 20, 8pm Saturdays, 6pm Sundays, $25, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779.
Beauty and the Beast, children’s matinee, weekends through June 20, 12:30 and 3pm, $10.50-$12.50, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4 th St., 310.394.9779 x2.
Jesse Boy, a play by Robert Mollohan, through June 12, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $15-$20, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., 310.397.3244.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, musical, through May 23, 8pm Tuesdays-Fridays, 8pm, 2& 8pm Saturdays, 2 and 7pm Sundays, $20-$75, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
The Importance of Being Ernest, the perennial comedy by Oscar Wilde, through June 12, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $16-$18, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.
Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, world premiere of a new play by Henry Jaglom, through July 31, starring Tanna Frederick, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 5pm Sundays, $25, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327.
The Marriage of Figaro, by Beaumarchais, in a new version by Frederique Michel and Charles Duncombe, through May 30, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 5:30pm Sundays, $15-$25, Sundays are pay what you can, City Garage, 1340 1/2 4th St., 310.319.9939.
Mysteries en Brochette presents Musical Mystery Dinner Shows, four scripts rotate on Saturday nights: Who Killed the Radio Show?, Jumpin’ Jivin’ Who’s Survivin?, Sock Hop Reunion, Deadly Disco Cruise, 7pm, $75 per person (includes 4-course dinner, show, tax, tip), Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, MDR, 310.399.1507, mysteriesenbrochette.com.