On Stage – The week in local theater
Thirsty Theater: “H20de: an Offbeat Tribute on Water”
@ Electric Lodge
Nine performers attack the topic of water from completely different angles in this original Electric Lodge production directed by in-house artist Josh Berkowitz. The cast of characters includes an angsty mermaid, a victimized hockey player, a Bermuda Triangle inside a woman’s bathtub, and a narcissistic pirate king. All attempt to un-
derstand the spiritual drought of humanity and the difficult emotions that wash over them.
Two performances only: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13, at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $15. (310) 306-1854; electriclodge.com
Writerly Renditions: “Library Girl Presents: People have the Power / Tribute to Patti Smith”
@ Ruskin Group Theatre
Celebrating the words of singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist Patti Smith, Library Girl’s Susan Hayden curates an evening of readings by writers Henry Blake Mortensen, Nicelle Davis, Rich Ferguson, Chris Morris, Jessie Jacobson, Francesca Bell, Alexis Rhone Fancher and Michelle Bitting, with music by Mason Summit and Donna Lynn Caskey.
One performance only: 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $10. ruskingrouptheatre.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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 12, 13 and 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
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
Mob Mentality: “Twelfth Night”
@ Santa Monica College
One-time Royal Shakespeare Company member Kenneth Sabberton directs a Los Angeles Shakespeare Company version of “Twelfth Night” that’s set in 1942 L.A., after a World War II air raid strikes the city and triggers invasion hysteria.
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
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 Sept. 25 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
Pillow Talk: “Cock Tales”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Jamaican actress Debra Ehrhardt of “Jamaica Farewell” shares intimate details from her life and immigrant journey in her new 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; email@example.com
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