On Stage – A roundup of this week in local theater
The White Rabbit: “Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Alice is invited to a surprise tea party in the Wonderland of her youth, but will the guests remain civil or break out into hostile-tea? Kids from ages 2 to 102 (all ages, really) and parents are invited to set things right in this zany musical comedy for children.
Now playing Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. through Mar. 20 at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $15, or $12.50 for children 12 and under. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.org
Sister Act: “My Sister”
@ Odyssey Theatre
A hit at last year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, “My Sister” comes to the Odyssey Theatre in an expanded production. Identical twin sisters Elizabeth and Emily Hinkler play two adventurous siblings as they travel from the countryside to pre-Nazi Berlin and enter the wild life of cabaret.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 13 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $34. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com
The Funny Bone Tickler: “Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
If you missed it last season, here’s your second chance. The actor, entertainer and longtime Venice canals resident opens up about his life on stage and off in this autobiographical adaptation of his 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.
Continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 13
at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25. (310) 822-8392; pacificresident-theatre.org
American Dreamer: “A Raisin in the Sun”
@ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players stages Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal 1959 play about a black family’s internal and external struggles to achieve their hopes and dreams on Chicago’s south side.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 and 8 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 13 at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
Get a Clue: “Private Eyes”
@ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Not all is quite what it seems in this comedy of suspicion. Is Matthew’s wife Lisa having an affair with Adrian, a British theater director, or is it all part of the play being rehearsed? Is Matthew simply imagining things to have something to report to his therapist? And who’s Cory, the mysterious woman lurking in the shadows? The audience plays detective in this relationship thriller about love, lust and lies.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 7 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $23. (310) 828-7519; morgan-Wixson.org
The Mindbender: “1984”
@ The Broad Stage
Straight from London’s West End, Headlong Theatre Company brings Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a future patrolled by Thought Police, surveilled by telescreens, ruled by a corrupt political party and dominated by Big Brother to life in a radical new adaptation by critically-acclaimed writer-directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 6 at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $50 to $75. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
One-Man Wonder: “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey”
@ Kirk Douglas Theatre
Writer, actor and LGBT activist James Lecesne plays all the parts to tell the story of a fictional 14-year-old boy who dares to be different and goes missing in a small New Jersey town.
Final show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Jan. 28, 29 and 30), 2 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 30) and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 31). Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $30 to $70. (213) 6282772; centertheatregroup.org
Ladies Night: “Not that Jewish”
@ The Braid
What does it mean to have a “Jewish heart”? That’s what Emmy award-winning writer and comedian Monica Piper wants to know in her one-woman show about being a single mom in Hollywood and writing for the hit TV shows “Roseanne” and “Rugrats.” Gather your girlfriends for this show that promises hysterical laughs and poignant moments.
Final show times are
8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday (Jan. 28 and 30) and 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 31).The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org
The Connoisseur: “Awake and Sing!”
@ Odyssey Theatre
Clifford Odets aficionados may revel in this blast from the past. His play about the hopes and struggles of a lower-middleclass, multi-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.
Final show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Jan. 29 and 30) and 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 31). Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $34. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com