On Stage – The week in local theater
Lost in Translation: “The Foreigner”
@ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Secrets are spilled when “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert, brings a pathologically shy young man named Charlie to a fishing lodge in rural Georgia. “Froggy” tells his fellow vacationers that Charlie is a foreigner who speaks no English, but in reality, he’s all-ears.
Opens Saturday, April 30, and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 22 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $23. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org
One-Act Wonders: “9 at 8”
@ The Electric Lodge
Safehouse presents “9 at 8,” a collection of one-acts where the only thing that ties the 9 pieces together is the minimally dressed stage. Each story tells its own unique tale, some comedic, some dramatic and some with song. The show raises funds for The Office, a communal workspace for screenwriters, novelists and journalists in Santa Monica.
This week only: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 28-30) at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $19.89. (310) 306-1854; electriclodge.org
American Shakespeare: “As You Like It” @ Miles
The Colonials, a Santa Monica-based company dedicated to producing Shakespeare on the Westside with few frills and an American sensibility, takes on the classic comedy about a cross-dressing noblewoman.
Opens Thursday, April 28, and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 15 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 to $20. (310) 804-6745; theatreforsmallspace.com
Topsy-Turvy Shakespeare: “Othello/Desdemona”
@ City Garage
The third installment of City Garage’s three-part series on Shakespeare in the digital age, Charles A. Duncombe’s reinterpretation of “Othello” casts the loyal civic servant of the Venetian state as a man who experiments with self-identifying as white. Desdemona is a spoiled brat who longs for fame, Iago hovers like a “punk-rock bird of prey” and Emilia is a sassy transgender.
Continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 29. $20 to $25, or pay what you can at the door on Sundays. Bergamot Station Arts Center, Building T1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org
American Tragedy: “A Touch of the Poet”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
This rarely produced Eugene O’Neil Play centers on the dispossessed life of Major Cornelius (“Con”) Melody, who puts on lordly airs to relive his glory days while his hardworking wife and daughter struggle to keep their tavern business alive in 19th-century Massachusetts.
Continues at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 8 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. (310) 822-8392; pacific-residenttheatre.com
The Tragic Windfall: “A Gambler’s Guide to Dying”
@ Ruskin Group Theatre
A boy’s grandfather wins a fortune on the 1966 World Cup but gambles it all on living to see the year 2000 after he’s diagnosed with cancer.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 29 and 30) at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 397-3244; ruskin-grouptheatre.com
Weird Beckett: “Endgame”
@ Kirk Douglas Theatre
The end is near for Hamm, Clov, Nagg and Nell, a family of dumpster dwellers wrestling with the repetitious and monotonous nature of life in a post-apocalyptic world. Things couldn’t get any more absurd — or existential — in this classic Beckett play.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through May 22 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $55. (213) 628-2772; center-theatregroup.org
Soliloquies by the Sea: “Second Skin”
@ Santa Monica Beach
Performed in three monologues on Santa Monica beach, Kristin Idaszak’s award-winning play explores the fraught relationship between Quinn and her estranged dying mother, the haunting nature of Irish bedtime stories and how one mistake can ripple through generations.
Continues at 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through May 15 at Santa Monica Beach Lot 8, 810 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. $10 to $20. thewest.la
Super Drama: “The Superhero and His Charming Wife”
@ Highways Performance Space
A career Superhero’s life turns upside-down when his wife develops the surprising ability to transform into other women. Devoted to security and order, the hero discovers that he is terrified of change. Searching for her own identity, the hero’s wife discovers a dark side to herself. Both must face the unknowns in each other.
Continues at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3:30 p.m. Sundays through May 15 at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $30. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformancespace.org
A Not-So-Scary Snow White: “Snow White”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Based on the original fairytale, this musical fantasy follows Snow White as she journeys to find herself, her mother and her destiny with the help of seven silly companions — sans an evil stepmother, villainous poisons or shadowy forests.
Continues at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through June 26 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 394-9779 ext. 2; santamonicaplayhouse.com
Generation Gap: “Autumn and Winter”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
Translated from Swedish, this play by Lars Noren about the relationship between an older couple and their two adult daughters makes its U.S. debut.
Continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 15 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.org
Zoology on Stage: “Carnival of the Animals”
@ The Broad Stage
Australian circus troupe Circa brings a whimsical tale of juggling zebras, somersaulting kangaroos and dancing elephants to life in an acrobatic mashup of light, bodies and sound set to the music of French romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns.
Four performances only: 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday (April 28 and 29) and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 30) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. Santa Monica. $20 to $55. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
Family Feud: “Dinner at Home Between Deaths”
@ Odyssey Theatre
Fiona knows something is wrong when workaholic husband Sean announces that they’re going on vacation, but it’s not until her sister Kat arrives on the scene that the truth fully emerges in this dark comic thriller examining the American Dream and identity in the face of changing social mores.
Continues at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 8 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $30. (323) 960-4429; plays411.net
Moulin Rouge-y: “A Night at the Black Cat Cabaret”
@ Edgemar Center for the Arts
Set in 1943 Paris, soldiers, smugglers and society’s elite all try to escape the war by dancing and drinking at the Black Cat Cabaret.
Continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through June 25 at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $35 to $45. (310) 392-7327; edgemar.org