On Stage – A roundup of this week in local theater
The Family Drama: “Father, Son & Holy Coach”
@ Odyssey Theatre
John Posey plays multiple characters from a small Georgia town where football is king in this one-man show about a former pro football player’s relationship with his son, who dreams of other things.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 20 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $25. (323) 960-7724; plays411.net
Literary Love Story: “I Take Your Hand in Mine”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
Guillermo Cienfuegos directs a play charting the love story of playwright Anton Chekhov and his leading lady Olga Knipper through their intimate correspondence over six years and great distances.
Opens at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, and plays at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through March 13 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
Fisherman’s Tale: “Coming Home: A Modern Odyssey”
@ Odyssey Theatre
A group of 20 artists that includes PATH West LA homeless veterans, Step Up on Second members and Creative Minds writing group members share their voices to tell a Moby Dick tale in reverse about a lonely shark, a homeless man, an isolated moon goddess, a ruthless pirate captain and a whale —all of whom find integration, renewal and transformation back on shore.
One performance only: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Suggested donation $5 to $15. (925) 200-5631; uclaartsandhealing.net
The Odd Couple: “Jack & Jill”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Jack and Jill must decide to love or not to love in this play by Jane Martin about the ups and downs of one oddly perfect couple.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 27 at The Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (323) 960-1055; plays411.net
“Tempest Redux” @ Odyssey Theatre
In this stripped down take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” John Farmanesh-Bocca turns the famous journey of the magician Prospero and his daughter Miranda into a movement-driven play that also preserves the Bard’s verbal gymnastics and linguistic play.
Opens at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, and plays at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 10 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $45. (310) 477-2055 ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com