Check out the best plays in Los Angeles this month.
June 7-July 17. This work by Pulitzer Prize-finalist playwright Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros has its world premiere here, helmed by Tony-winning director John Rando. The funny and poignant new play deals with family fallout and fragility. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.com
June 8-July 17. Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play deftly and wittily tackles issues like identity, big-city aspiration, cultural assimilation and the American dream. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org
Beautiful—The Carole King Musical
June 22-July 17. Beautiful, the Tony-winning Broadway play about the early life and career of Carole King, heads to L.A. Hear classic songs from King’s catalog, including “You’ve Got a Friend.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com
Through June 19. See this classic musical, set on Broadway at the height of the Great Depression, and hear songs including “We’re in the Money” and “I Only Have Eyes for You.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com
In & Of Itself
Through June 26. Performance artist Derek DelGaudio wrote and stars in this metaphorical labyrinth of a play, directed by Frank Oz. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.com