On Stage – The week in local theater
Mean Girls: “Drama Queens from Hell”
@ Odyssey Theatre
When a low-budget remake of the classic Billy Wilder film “Sunset Boulevard” is announced, a washed up TV actress, a former Blaxploitation movie bit player and a pre-op transgender woman compete for the role of Norma Desmond in this comic romp, skewering Hollywood, ageism and political correctness.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 25 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $30. (323) 960-7787; play411.net
13 Going on 30: “My Goddamn Bat Mitzvah”
@ The Electric Lodge
Open Temple presents a reading of playwright Jennifer Rudin’s new play, directed by Dana Resnick.
One performance only: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1414; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dreaming without Borders: “A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story”
@ Santa Monica Public Library
The cast of Evelina Fernandez’s award-winning trilogy of plays about the Mexican-American experience of the Morales family reads excerpts from the series and participates in a Q&A and reception at the Santa Monica Public Library.
One performance only: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org
Becoming a Woman: “The Heidi Chronicles”
@ The Broad Stage
Santa Monica Rep reads from Pulitzer Prize winner Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Heidi Chronicles,” a coming of age story examining the journey of one woman from her politically active student days in the ‘60s to her successful career as an art historian in the ‘80s and her complicated romance with a newspaper editor in between.
One performance only: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, in The Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
Drama on Speed: “L.A. Cafe Plays”
@ Ruskin Group Theater Five writers, five directors and
10 actors have 10½ hours to take five short shows from conception to completion. It’s been called the “fastest theater in town.”
Two performances only: 7:30 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Ruskin Group Theater, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.
$10 to $15. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.org
Across the Universe: “My Girlfriend is an Alien”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
Finding “the one” can take you on a search far and wide, but when green slime and tentacles get involved love can get downright sticky. This new play by the creators of the Fried Meat Trilogy and directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos (PRT’s “Henry V”) may give a whole new meaning to the phrase “star-crossed lovers.”
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 2 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 707 Venice Blvd., Venice. $20. (310) 822-8392; pacific-residenttheatre.com
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,” adjacent to Culver City’s historic Ivy Substation.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 to 21, at Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $70. (213) 481-2273; shakespearecenter.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