On Stage – The week in local theater
Pillow Talk: “Cock Tales”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Award-winning Jamaican actress Debra Ehrhardt, whose previous work includes “Jamaica Farewell,” shares intimate details from her life and immigrant journey in this one-woman show about her coming-of-age and romantic history.
Now playing at 4 p.m. Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 11 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $40. (949) 338-0875; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mob Mentality: “Twelfth Night”
@ Santa Monica College
One-time Royal Shakespeare Company member Kenneth Sabberton directs a version of “Twelfth Night” that’s set in 1942 Los Angeles after a World War II air raid strikes the city and alien invasion hysteria ensues.
Opens Friday, July 29, and continues at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 21 at Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $70. (213) 481-2273; shakespearecenter.org
Literary Legacy: “Author! Author! – An evening with Sholom Aleichem”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Adapted from the stories and letters of Sholom Aleichem, this 40th-anniversary production is a musical melee celebrating the humor and wisdom of one of the world’s most beloved Yiddish authors.
One show only: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (July 28, 29 and 30) at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $40. (424) 372-7678; email@example.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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday and at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday (July 28 and 31) at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. $40. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org
Raised by Wolves: “The Jungle Book”
@ Morgan-Wixson Theater
Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale about a little boy who is adopted by wolves and grows up in the wild comes to life on stage.
Last shows are at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday (July 30 and 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
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 that portrays animals in human-like situations.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (July 30 and 31) at Edgemar Center for the Performing Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 392-7327; edgmarcenter.org
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, 8 301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.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
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 Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $20. odysseytheatre.com
Killer Shoes: “Right Left with Heels”
@ City Garage
Two talking shoes, once belonging to the wife of Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, tell the history of Holocaust and post-war Poland in this surreal play by Sebastian Majewski.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 14 at City Garage, Bergamot Station T1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25, or pay-what-you-can at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org
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