On Stage – The week in local theater
New Neighbors: “Clybourne Park”
@ Westchester Playhouse
Written as a companion piece to “A Raisin in the Sun,” this Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes on issues of race, housing segregation and gentrification in Chicago. Nervous white community leaders try to stop the sale of a home to a black family in 1959, and then the African-American community battles to hold its ground when a white couple brings urban renewal to the neighborhood 50 years later. But leave the little ones at home: this play contains adult situations and language.
Opens Friday (May 13) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 18 at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
Blue Collar Blues: “The Hairy Ape”
@ Odyssey Theatre
Acclaimed British writer-actor Steven Berkoff (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Barry Lyndon”) directs Eugene O’Neill’s expressionist play about a brutish laborer called Yank and his search for a sense of belonging in a world defined by wealth and class.
Opens Saturday (May 14) and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through July 17 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $25. (310) 477-2055 ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com
Friendly Amphibians: “A Year with Frog and Toad”
@ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s stories, this Tony-winning musical follows the cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad through four seasons of fun and friendship.
Opens Saturday (May 14) and continues at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 29 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 to $12. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org
Family Feud: “Blood from
a Stone” @ Electric Lodge
Film director and Marina del Rey resident Thomas C. Dunn directs the West Coast premiere of “Blood from a Stone,” a dark and gut-wrenching comedy about a dysfunctional New England family.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 22 at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $30. (323) 960-7788; plays411.net
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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (May 12 to 15) at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
“In the Chips”
@ Fanatic Salon
The Monarch Theatre Guild presents a brand new musical set in the high-tech world of Silicon Valley.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and 7 p.m. Sundays through May 22 at Fanatic Salon, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., Culver City. $10 to $20. (310) 622-2046; fanaticsalon.com
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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 13 to 15) at Santa Monica Beach Lot 8, 810 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. $10 to $20. thewest.la
American Shakespeare: “As You Like It”
@ Miles Memorial Playhouse
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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (May 13, 14 and 15) at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 to $20. (310) 804-6745; theatreforsmallspace.com