On Stage – A roundup of this week in local theater
“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
“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