On Stage – A roundup of this week in local theater
The Whodunit: “Something’s Afoot” @ Westchester Playhouse
Got a clue? The Kentwood Players might. The Westchester troupe traipses around a lakeside British estate seeking answers for the murder of Lord Dudley Rancor in this mystery musical spoof that’s based on detective stories such as Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.”
Opens at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 19 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
For the Eco-Friendly: “Drempels: The Short but Happy Life of Drempel Hieronymous Aloisios Plonk” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Captain Planet might be proud of this musical. Told from the perspective of the Drempels, a tiny-sub-species of human who live in the cracks of the Earth, this allegorical tale charts the quest of small but powerful displaced society to save the planet. Leave your plastic bags and water bottles at the door.
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 29 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $29.50. (310) 394-9779 ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com
The Tearjerker: “Past and Present: Russian Jewish-American Stories” @ The Braid
The Jewish Women’s Theatre presents a collection of stories based on interviews with Russian-speaking Jews about their communities and experiences in the Soviet Union and the United States. The show combines personal memories with song, poetry and even standup comedy to share these accounts of persecution, discrimination, fear and finally successful transitions to life in America.
Limited two-day run. Shows at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the National Council of Jewish Women (543 N. Fairfax Ave., West L.A.) and at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at The Braid (2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica). $35. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org
High School Reunion: “The Real High School Musical” @ Fanatic Salon Theatre
Move over, Zac Efron. Culver City-based Monarch Theatre Guild assembles a cast of six to play a student body at a fictitious urban Music & Media Arts Pilot High School. The original musical follows these students as they come into conflict with their parents, teachers and each other, all while chasing their dreams.
Playing at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and at 7 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 22 at Fanatic Salon Theatre, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., Mar Vista. $20 at the door, or $5 for students with ID. facebook.com/MonarchTheatreGuild.
The Funny Bone Tickler: “Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
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