A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

A Noise Within's "Crime and Punishment" runs through Dec. 17. / Photo by Craig Schwartz

A Noise Within's "Crime and Punishment" runs through Dec. 17. / Photo by Craig Schwartz

A Noise Within has announced special receptions following four performances.

Tickets for Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” are selling out fast. But be sure to get yours for the performances on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. or Friday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m. for the chance to enjoy a “Champagne and Sardines” reception and discussion with cast members. As you might have guessed, sardines are featured in Frayn’s farce about a theater troupe trying to launch a world premiere with hilarious results. “Noises Off” runs through Dec. 20.

You’ll probably never get around to reading Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment,” but it is a classic that we should all have some familiarity with. A Noise Within’s production is the ultimate CliffsNotes. If you go on Friday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m., you can partake of “White Russians and Discussions” with cast members after the show. Ed Bacon, Rector at All Saints Church in Pasadena, will participate in Friday’s discussion. Read our review of the play, which ends Dec. 17.

Shakespeare’s “Richard III” continues at the theater as well, with shows Nov. 18, 19 and 29, as well as Dec. 2, 3, 4 and 12. Richard III is one of the greatest villains in literature. To secure his claim to the throne, he has his brother, his right-hand man and two young princes murdered, among other evil and manipulative deeds, like wooing the grieving widow Lady Anne Neville whom he instantly detests for being receptive to his charms. His dialogue and asides to the audience in this play are so completely evil, you almost have to admire him. That’s easy to do when witnessing a phenomenal actor in the role. A Noise Within’s Steve Weingartner completely transforms himself into the misshapen villain and gives an engrossing performance not to be missed.

A Noise Within, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (818) 240-0910, ext. 1, www.anoisewithin.org.