On Stage – The week in local theater
American Dreamin’: “A Raisin in the Sun”
@ Ruskin Group Theatre
Tony Award nominee Starletta DuPois stars in this seminal 1959 play by Lorraine Hansberry about a black family’s internal and external struggles to achieve their hopes and dreams on Chicago’s south side. Tony nominee Lita Gaithers Owens directs.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 17 at Ruskin Group Theater, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com
Gender Parity: “Our Men Get to Have Their Say”
@ The Braid
Men’s stories take center stage at Jewish Women’s Theatre when eight male authors and two women share their perspectives on romance, rebellion, regrets and religion from a masculine point of view.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays and at 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays through July 31 at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. $40. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org
Furry Tales: “The Fabulous Fables of Aesop”
@ Edgemar Center for the Performing Arts
Aesop’s ancient stories come to life in this bright and colorful children’s musical, portraying animals in human-like situations.
Now playing at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 31 at the Edgemar Center for the Performing Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 392-7327; edgmarcenter.org
The Quirks of Being a Wall-flower: “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
In this subtle and tender play by Tennessee Williams, a preacher’s daughter tries to win the love of a young doctor.
Now Playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 14 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
Greek Chorus: “Go Back to Where You Are”
@ Odyssey Theatre
In this meta-theatrical comic romance by five-time Obie Award winner David Greenspan, a forgotten chorus boy from ancient Greece is sent back to Earth on a mission from God and finds himself summering with a makeshift family of theater artists on Long Island.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 4 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $34. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com
Manly Mannerisms: “Macho Like Me”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Helie Lee recounts her remarkable six-month journey living life as a man. She cuts her hair, dons men’s clothes and moves out of her home to begin a new life as Harry, but soon finds out that living life as a man is not as easy as it seems.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (July 22 and 23) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. macholikeme.com
Weimar Recollections: “Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel”
@ Miles Memorial Playhouse
Tony Award-winning actor-singer-director Paul Sand launches the Santa Monica Public Theatre with a revival of “Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel,” a theatrical revue featuring Weimar-era collaborations between composer Kurt Weill and lyricist/playwright Bertolt Brecht.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through July 30 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $40. (424) 372-7678; email@example.com
Strange Sightings: “Olive and the Bitter Herbs”
@ Westchester Playhouse
Olive Fisher, an elderly character actress whose claim to fame is her iconic 1980s “Gimme the Sausage” commercials, is a curmudgeon at war with the world until a series of outrageous events reveal that the spectral man she’s been seeing in her living room mirror actually has intimate links to everyone
in her world.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 13 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
Dark Days: “Kingdom of Earth”
@ Odyssey Theatre
An encroaching flood traps three outcasts in an isolated Mississippi farmhouse in this guest production of a rarely seen late work by Tennessee Williams.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 14 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $20. odysseytheatre.com
Raised by Wolves: “The Jungle Book”
@ Morgan Wixson Theater
Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale about a little boy adopted by wolves and grows up to manhood in the wild comes to life on stage.
Now playing at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 31 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 to $12. (310) 828-719; morgan-wixson.org
Rhythm and Blues: “Recorded in Hollywood”
@ Kirk Douglas Theatre
This new musical tells the true story of how trailblazing black businessman John Dolphin, who opened the legendary Dolphin’s of Hollywood Record Shop on Central Avenue in 1948, integrated L.A.’s music scene and ushered R&B into mainstream music long before Motown.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 7 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $39 to $59. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org
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 Sept. 10 at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $35 to $45. (310) 392-7327; edgemar.org