On Stage – The week in local theater
Beatnik Bard: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
@ Santa Monica College
Shakespeare’s classic tale of wild romps in the woods with sprightly fairies is re-imagined by the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and SMC’s Shakespeare Apprentice Company as a cavort in the Hollywood Hills during the ‘60s beatnik era.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and some Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through July 10. Santa Monica College Main Stage on the Quad, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $17 to $20. (213) 481-2273, ext. 20; shakespearecenter.org
Misery Loves Company: “Cowboy Cologne”
@ Hella Fresh Theatre
In this new play starring Alexandria Lee and Ellen Humphreys, a Navy wife and a Marine widow get hammered performing princess parties in 1989 suburban Virginia. The other hitch — it all happens in an actual Culver City apartment.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (June 24 and 25) at 3826 Mentone Ave., Culver City. $10. hellafreshtheater.com
Fighting to Remember: “we are inseparable there is no time”
@ Honor Fraser Gallery
Based on an act of political and spiritual protest last year at Jerusalem’s Western Wall — women dancing and reading the Torah in public defiance of rabbinic law — and her own experiences attending a bris milah in Israel, choreographer Rebecca Bruno explores how objects, sound, bodies and space coalesce to create experience and memories in this multidisciplinary performance that combines sculpture, film, drawing and sound.
Performances happen between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (June 23 and 24) at the Honor Fraser Gallery, 2622 La Cienega Blvd., Palms. Free. honorfrasergallery.com
Drug War Refugees: “The Heretic with a Thousand Faces”
@ Highways Performance Space
Combining dance, art, music photography, literature and even a few scientific factoids, dancer, choreographer and shamanic practitioner Mark Yamor offers his unique take on America’s “War on Drugs” as a religious and cultural conflict.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 2 at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $25. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance.org
Shalom, Pardner: “The Hebrew Hillbilly”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
The “Memphis Belle of L.A.” Shelley Fisher sings about her life growing up as a good little Southern Jewish girl and her big rock ‘n’ roll dreams.
One show only: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com
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.
Closing soon. Last show is at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 392-7327; edgemarcenter.org
Three’s a Crowd: “Climax”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25 and 26, at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com
“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.
Now Playing 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.
Now playing 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