On Stage – The week in local theater
Artist’s Lecture: “Harlequino: On to Freedom”
@ The Actors’ Gang
Directed and written by Tim Robbins, “Harlequino” is back at The Actors’ Gang. The play tells the story of a band of rogue actors who hijack Dr. Phinnea Preamble’s slideshow lecture on Commedia dell’Arte, an improvisational Italian theatrical form. Their struggle for the Commedia questions the purpose of art, how history is written, the nature of humor and what it means to be free.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May 29 at the historic Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $30 to $34.99. theactorsgang.com
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 before it heads to Broadway.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 29 at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org
Literary Legacy: “Author! Author! – An evening with Sholom Aleichem”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Adapted from the stories and letters of Sholom Aleichem this 40th anniversary production is a magical, musical melee, celebrating the humor and wisdom of Sholom Aleichem, one of the world’s most beloved Yiddish authors.
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through May 29 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.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.
Now playing 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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (May 19 to 22) at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $30. (323) 960-7788; plays411.net
“In the Chips”
@ Fanatic Salon
The Monarch Theatre Guild presents a brand new musical set in the high-tech world of Silicon Valley.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday (May 20 and 22) at Fanatic Salon, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., Culver City. $10 to $20. (310) 622-2046; fanaticsalon.com
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.
Now playing 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
Three’s a Crowd: “Climax”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Back by popular demand, Lisa Phillips Visca’s dark comedy thriller entangles audiences in a complicated love triangle between Malibu restaurateur Max, his eager-to-get-pregnant wife Olivia and his mistress Jade, who also happens to work side-by-side with Olivia at the same fertility clinic.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 26 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com
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.
Now playing 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
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.
Now playing 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
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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (May 19 to 22) at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $55. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org