On Stage – A roundup of this week in local theater

Posted November 4, 2015 by The Argonaut in This Week
Women make their mark in the “GLO” class of 2015

Women make their mark in the “GLO” class of 2015

Ladies Night:

“Glo” @ The Miles Memorial Playhouse

Girl power is in the house at the Miles Memorial Playhouse. Greenlight One-Acts, or “GLO,” presents five short plays written and directed exclusively by L.A. women. Selected from hundreds of submissions, this quintet of one-acts explores themes of love, loss and surviving them both — but from a female perspective.

Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 15. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. greenlightproductions.org

The Tearjerker:

“Kansas City Choir Boy” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre

Courtney Love — yes, that Courtney Love — may just make you cry in this contemporary musical theater production about two small-town lovers who are torn apart when Love’s Athena leaves for New York to chase her dreams. Acclaimed composer/lyricist Todd Almond wrote the show and plays the boy left behind. “A single sustained note can seem to simultaneously contain a plea, a wound and a threat,” writes The New York Times of Love’s performance.

Closes this weekend. Plays at 8 p.m. Friday, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd. Culver City. $25 to $70. (213) 628-2772; centretheatregroup.org

The Funny Bone Tickler:

Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean” @PRT

Actor, entertainer and longtime Venice Canals resident Orson Bean opens up about his life on stage and off in this autobiographical adaptation of his self-published memoir.  From breaking into stand up at The Blue Angel in New York to walking on fire at an all-time career low, Bean shares the ups and downs of living in the spotlight.  Expect gaffs, laughs, hard truths and even some magic tricks.

Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 29. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice.  $25 to $30. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.org

The Connoisseur:  “Awake and Sing!”@ Odyssey Theatre

Clifford Odets aficionados may enjoy this flash from the past. His play about the hopes and struggles of a lower-middle-class, three-generation Jewish family, living in the Bronx during the Great Depression still resonates 80 years after its 1935 premiere. Director Elina de Santos and lead actress Marilyn Fox return with a 20th anniversary revival of the smash Odyssey Theatre production that ran for nine months in 1994-95.

Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 29; with 8 p.m. Thursday shows on Nov. 12 and 19 only.  The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles. $15 to $34. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com


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