On Stage – The week in local theater
Scraping by: “The Skin of Our Teeth”
@ The Broad Stage
Santa Monica Rep kicks off its summer play reading series with Thornton Wilder’s “By the Skin of Our Teeth,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an “eternal family” that narrowly escapes disaster after disaster over the centuries. A post-show discussion follows.
Reading starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, in The Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
Radical Revolutionaries: “Home/Sick”
@ Odyssey Theatre
The Odyssey Theatre joins forces with The Assembly Theatre to delve into the inspiration, idealism, infighting and ultimate disintegration of the Weather Underground, a passionate group of leaders who seized control of Students for a Democratic Society during the Vietnam War to reshape it with the intent of overthrowing the U.S. government.
Previews begin at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday (June 9 and 10) at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.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 at 2 p.m. Sundays through June 18 at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
Road Trip: “Stopping By”
@ Edgemar Center for the Arts
In this loosely autobiographical one-woman show, actress Barbara Tarbuck recounts a 74-year-old woman’s journey to take her husband’s ashes to Burning Man — where she encounters great open spaces, violent dust storms, glowing night skies and uninhibited joy.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Saturdays through June 25 at Edgemar Center for The Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 392-7327; edgemarcenter.org
Across the Universe: “My Girlfriend is an Alien”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
Finding “the one” can take you on a search far and wide, but when green slime and tentacles get involved love can become downright sticky. This new play by the creators of the Fried Meat Trilogy and directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos (PRT’s “Henry V”) may give a whole new meaning to the phrase “star-crossed lovers.”
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 26 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
Sex Scandal of the Century: “Hillary and Monica”
@ Odyssey Theatre
Writers Ben Rose and Pete Rafello are desperate for a payday, so they throw together a stage play about an imagined meeting between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Comedy ensues, going between the sheets of the political sex scandal that made a blue dress infamous.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (June 9 to 12) at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $25 to $34.99. (323) 960-7735; plays411.net
15 Minutes of Fame: “Audition: The Musical”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Based on the hilarious and harrowing real-life experiences of Hollywood heroines, harridans, hoydens and has-beens, this musical (back by popular demand) takes audiences behind the curtain and into the lives of entertainers as they struggle for a place in the limelight.
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through June 26 at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com