On Stage – The week in Local Theater
Moulin Rouge-y: “A Night at the Black Cat Cabaret”
@ Edgemar Center for the Arts
Set in 1943 Paris, soldiers, smugglers and society’s elite all try to escape the war by dancing and drinking at the Black Cat Cabaret.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 30 at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $35 to $45. (310) 392-7327; edgemar.org
Multimedia Muse: “High Voltage”
@ The Electric Lodge
This month’s late night performance art showcase, coinciding with Abbot Kinney’s “First Fridays,” features theater-maker Raymond J. Barry performing a scene from his new play, “Yelling at Women Walking their Dogs,” puppetry by Pam Severns, choreography by Jen Hong, and movement by performance artist Allison Wyper.
One performance only: 9 p.m. Monday, March 7, at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $5 donation. (310) 306-1854; electriclodge.org
Shakespeare Remixed: “Tempest Redux”
@ Odyssey Theatre
In this stripped down take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” John Farmanesh-Boca turns the famous journey of the magician Prospero and his daughter Miranda into a movement-driven experience that also preserves the Bard’s verbal gymnastics and linguistic play.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 10 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $45. (310) 477-2055 ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com
The Toe-Tapper: “All Shook Up”
@ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
It’s 1955 and a guitar-playing roustabout rides into a little town, shaking things up with a hip-swiveling, lip-curling, blue-suede-shoes-groovin’ musical fantasy of Elvis classics such as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Don’t be Cruel.”
Opens Saturday, March 5, and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 2 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. $23 to $28. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org
Literary Love Story: “I Take Your Hand in Mine”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
Guillermo Cienfuegos directs a play charting the love story of playwright Anton Chekhov and his leading lady Olga Knipper through their intimate correspondence over six years and great distances.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through March 13 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacificresident-
Shakespeare, Next Generation: “Lear”
@ City Garage Theatre
In the West Coast premiere of Young Jean Lee’s “inaccurate distortion” of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” the focus shifts from the title monarch and his male courtiers to the younger generation of royals: Lear’s three daughters and Gloucester’s two sons. This is not your grandma’s Shakespeare.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 13. $20 to $25. City Garage Theatre at Bergamot Station T-1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org