RENÉE TAYLOR’S MY LIFE ON A DIET (Beverly Hills)
Award-winning, writer/actress looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway. and how the ability to laugh gets you through it. The Wallis Annenberg Center, 9390 Santa Monica Blvd. Bev Hills. Tickets: (310) 746-4000 or www.TheWallis.org/Diet
BAR MITZVAH BOY (Santa Monica)
Joey Brant is a Jewish divorce lawyer in his 60s who never had a bar mitzvah ceremony. He feels the need to get one now, and the ceremony will take place at the synagogue he attended five decades ago. Joey must now re-connect with the faith of his ancestors, but he promptly alienates the synagogue’s regular instructor. This means he must go to the temple’s rabbi, a woman, for his bar mitzvah lessons. Rabbi Levitz-Sharon finds her faith challenged at the same time that Joey is rediscovering his spiritual roots. R. Emmett Lee plays Joey. Written by Mark Leiren-Young, produced and directed by Howard Teichman. Presented by West Coast Jewish Theatre. At Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets: (323) 821-2449 or www.wcjt.org. Free parking. Note: Bring a picture of your own Bar or Bat Mitzvah and receive a $5 reimbursement at the door.As listed in my column in the April issue of NOT BORN YESTERDAY.