On Stage – The week in local theater
Seaside History: “Save the Pier!”
@ The Santa Monica Pier
Directed by Tony Award-winning actor Paul Sand, this free one-hour play retells the 1973 fight led by Al’s Kitchen manager Jack Sikking and activist Diana Cherman to save the Santa Monica Pier from demolition.
Three performances only: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 23-25) at the west end of Santa Monica Pier. Free. facebook.com/SavetheSMpier/
Ignorance is Strength: “1984”
@ The Actors’ Gang
Actor, director and screenwriter Tim Robbins steps in to direct an adaptation of Orwell’s masterpiece at the Ivy Substation.
Performances resume Sept. 29 and continue 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
School of Hard Knocks: “A Taste of Honey”
@ Odyssey Theatre
Shelagh Delaney’s taboo-breaking play of the 1950s depicts the harsh realities that a working-class mother and daughter face as they search for love in post-war England.
Opens Saturday. Shows continue at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 27 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $34. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com
What Wicked Stepmother? “Snow White”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Based on the original fairytale, this family-friendly musical fantasy follows Snow White as she journeys to find herself, her mother and her destiny with the help of seven silly companions — sans an evil stepmother, villainous poisons or shadowy forests.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 2 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 24 and 25) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com
Campfire Stories: “Throw Me on the Burn Pile and Light Me Up”
@ Kirk Douglas Theatre
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” co-writer Lucy Alibar opens up about her Southern upbringing in a whimsical one-woman show involving a lecherous goat, a clutter of inbred cats, phone calls from Death Row and her father’s burn pile.
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; centre-theatregroup.org
Love 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; pacificresidenttheatre.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.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 15 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