On Stage – The week in local theater

Posted June 15, 2016 by The Argonaut in This Week
Compiled by Christina Campodonico

A preacher’s daughter tries to win the heart of a young doctor in “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale” Photo by Vitor Martins

A preacher’s daughter tries to win the heart of a young doctor in “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale”
Photo by Vitor Martins

Infotainment: “The News”
@ The Broad Stage
In this reality opera by “the Andy Warhol of new music” composer JacobTV and presented by Long Beach Opera, two singing anchors skewer the 24/7 news cycle as they and a nine-piece band create experimental music to footage compiled from news broadcasts. Donald Trump even makes an “appearance” or two.
Three performances only: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 4 p.m. June 25, and 2:30 p.m. June 26 at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $29 to $137. (562) 432-5934; longbeachopera.org/tickets

“The Eccentricities of a Nightingale”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
In this subtle and tender play by Tennessee Williams, Alma, a preacher’s daughter, tries to win the love of a young doctor.
Opens at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11, and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 14 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.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.
Opens at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, and continues at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 4 p.m. Sundays through July 3 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com

Telephone Tag: “Two Plays by Anthony Minghella”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
Pacific Resident Theatre actors read from two of film and television writer/director Anthony Minghella’s early plays —“Hang Up” and “Cigarettes and Chocolate.” The first, originally broadcast on the BBC in the ‘80s, centers on the long-distance relationship between two lovers pre-cell-phone-era. The second concerns a young woman named Gemma who gives up speaking for Lent. A wine and cheese reception with the cast and director Michael Pretzian follows.
Two dates only: 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. (310) 822-8392; pacific-residenttheatre.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.
Closing soon: Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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


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