On Stage – The week in local theater
Big Brother is Watching You: “1984”
@ The Actors’ Gang
Actor, director and screenwriter Tim Robbins steps in to direct an adaptation of Orwell’s masterpiece at the Ivy Substation.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, 9 p.m. Fridays and at noon Sundays through Oct. 8 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $30-$35. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com
The Apartment: “Wait Until Dark”
@ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players present an adaption of Frederick Knott’s thriller about a blind woman’s imperiled escape from her own apartment.
Opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
Partisan Romance: “How to Love a Republican”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
When Margie’s parents introduce her to two congressmen from opposite sides of the aisle (who also happen to be running against each other), she has to choose where she’ll cast her vote inside and outside of the bedroom.
Now playing at 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at The Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $19.50-$29.50. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com
Gather ‘Round the Camp Fire: “Throw Me on the Burn Pile and Light Me Up”
@ Kirk Douglas Theatre
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” screenwriter Lucy Alibar opens up about her Southern upbringing in a whimsical one-woman show involving a lecherous goat, a clutter of in-bred cats, phone calls from Death Row and her father’s burnpile.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 2 at The Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25-$70. (213) 972-7231; centretheatregroup.org
Hitting the Sweet Spot: “In the Next Room (or “The Vibrator Play”)
@ The Broad Stage
Santa Monica Rep reads from Sarah Ruhl’s candid comedy about a Victorian doctor’s new invention for treating hysteria — a vibrator — and the unexpected ways it changes the lives of his patients, his wife and their marriage.
One performance only: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept.11, at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
Recessionomics: “[almost equal to]”
@ City Garage
City Garage kicks off its fall reading series with playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s play about ordinary Swedes’ struggles to survive in today’s complex global economy.
A young man from an immigrant background tries to find his first job, a professor of economics desperately tries to hold onto his, and a competitive young office worker may or may not be responsible for the death of a rival co-worker.
One performance only: 8 p.m. Monday, Sept 12, at City Garage, Bergamot Station T1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Free, but RSVP to email@example.com. $20-$25. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org