“The Cage of Madwomen” is a rough translation of the title of the iconic 1977 French play La Cage Au Folles, made into two French films, a musical and The Bird Cage. All were hits, a credit to their shared premise and, as regards the award-winning musical now at the Long Beach Playhouse, book author and actor Harvey Fierstein and songwriter Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!) After thirty years of various dramatic iterations and thousands of productions, this farcical story set in a drag club still joyfully celebrates identity and political resistance. With “I Am What I Am” and other musical show stoppers the world has caught up, caught on and now sings along. And preview night tickets are cheap!
Showtimes: Fridays, Saturdays 8 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m.