On Stage – The week in local theater
Old Venice Lives Again: “Ghost Town”
@ Oakwood Park
The ghosts of Venice past are alive and well in this new play — a collaboration between Cornerstone Theater and the Venice community —about an Oakwood woman offered big bucks for her charming Venice bungalow. Visions of Abbot Kinney and the dreams of migrant families force her to contemplate her course of action.
Three performances only: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Aug.4, 5 and 6) at Oakwood Park, 767 California Ave., Venice. $10 suggested donation. (800) 578-1335; email@example.com
A Shakespearean Picnic: “As You Like It” and “Frog Tails”
@ Carlson Park
Spread out your blanket for some Shakespeare and a side of frog legs … well, sort of. Culver City Public Theatre presents Shakespeare’s gender-bending classic comedy at 2 p.m. after a noon presentation of the amphibian-themed princess adventure story “Frog Tails.”
Now playing at noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 21 at Carlson Park, 10400 Motor Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 712.5482; ccpt.org
Shakespeare Meets Pikachu: “Shakespeare in the Park”
@ Media Park
The Actors’ Gang presents family-friendly adaptations of Shakespeare’s classics — including a “Pokémon GO!” revival of “Romeo and Juliet” — on Saturday and Sunday mornings in Media Park, adjacent to Culver City’s historic Ivy Substation.
Now playing at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 28 at Media Park, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Free. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com
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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 5, 6 and 7) at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $39 to $59. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org
Strange Sightings: “Olive and the Bitter Herbs”
@ Westchester Playhouse
Elderly character actress Olive Fisher is a curmudgeon at war with the world until a series of outrageous events reveals 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; kentwood-players.org
The Quirks of Being a Wallflower: “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 Sept. 25 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
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.
Now playing 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
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
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
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
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