On Stage – The week in local theater
True Hollywood Stories: “Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
The actor, entertainer and longtime Venice canals resident opens up about his life on stage and off — from breaking into standup at The Blue Angel in New York to walking on fire in Malibu at an all-time personal low — in this critically acclaimed one-man show adapted from his memoir.
Final performance is at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Pacific Resident Theatre, 707 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
Speaking Out: “Hotel
Workers Rising” @ LMU
This spoken word performance adapted from interviews with hospitality workers dramatizes six oral histories of activists with UNITE HERE Local 11, the union representing hotel and food service workers across Southern California. A panel discussion following the performance features L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, LMU psychology professor Cheryl Grills, Students for Labor and Economic Justice co-founder Alberto Ramirez (an LMU alumnus), and Shakeel Sayed, executive director of the Orange County community labor alliance OCCORD. LMU professor of theater arts Judith Royer directs. A reception at 4:30 p.m. precedes the reading.
One performance only: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Murphy Recital Hall on the LMU campus, Westchester. Free. alumnicommunity.lmu.edu.
Laugh It Off: “Forgive Me?”
@ The Electric Lodge
Rabbi Lori Shapiro and Jewish comedians Madelyne Heyman, Sarah Klegman and Vic Cohen share stories of forgiveness and premiere the latest episode of parody web series “Tipsy Torah” at this month’s High Voltage, a laboratory of experimentation for artists of all genres.
One performance only: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. $10. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Harvest of Feelings: “Fall Fruit”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
PRT actors read from plays developed in PRT’s Writers Group in this fall reading series. Thursday night’s “Bits of Bone” by Deana Barone examines a neuroscientist’s search for the origin of violence as she faces brutality in her own life. Friday night’s “Deadeye” by Vince Melocchi delves into a graphic artist’s reunion with an old friend. And Saturday night’s “Voice Box” by Tania Gutsche is set in the near future as a mother and daughter navigate the political climate of a changing world.
Readings happen at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Oct. 6, 7 and 8) at Pacific Resident Theater’s Co-Op Space, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $10 suggested donation per reading. $20 for an all-access pass. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
Mind Games: “Grimly Handsome”
@ City Garage
City Garage’s Fall Reading Series continues with Julia Jarcho’s Obie-winning play about a pair of Christmas tree salesmen wreaking havoc on NYC, a detective duo bent on catching a killer and a young woman drawn into a vicious game of cat-and-mouse.
One performance only: 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at City Garage, Bergamot Station T1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org
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.
Now playing 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
Freedom is Slavery: “1984”
@ The Actors’ Gang
Actor, director and screenwriter Tim Robbins steps in to direct an adaptation of Orwell’s masterpiece at the Ivy Substation.
Closing soon. Performances 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 to $35. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com