On Stage – The week in local theater
The Royal Treatment: “Opera at the Beach: Macbeth”
@ Santa Monica Pier
Reigning king of L.A. Opera Placido Domingo plays the King of Scotland in this live outdoor broadcast of “Macbeth” from downtown L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the Santa Monica Pier. Get there as early as 5:30 p.m. to snag a spot.
One performance only: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Santa Monica Pier. Free. laopera.org
Truth is Stranger than Fiction: “SHINE: ‘Believe it or Not!’”
@ The Promenade Playhouse
Storytellers including Nayna Agrawal from Variety’s “100 Writers to Watch,” Chief Creative Officer of bigSTORY Mike Bonifer, ghostwriter Lisa Catherine-Cohen, film and television producer Kristina Kristin, and singer/songwriter Wayne Perry share bizarre stories of twist-of-fate events that changed their lives.
One performance only: 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at The Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica. $10. storeyproductions.com
Say What?: “Trial by Jury: The Case of the N-Word”
@ The Broad Stage
In this interactive performance and film screening, a 9-year-old girl learns the N-word during a class history lesson and audiences are asked to deliberate about the appropriateness of the word in an educational setting.
One performance only: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
The Great Escape: “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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Oct. 14 and 15) at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwood-players.org
The Quirks of Being a Wallflower: “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.
Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $30. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
Out of This World: “Phoebe Zeitgeist Returns to Earth”
@ City Garage
An artificial intelligence robot in the form of a shapely young woman is sent to Earth to create a first-hand report on mankind. Unfortunately, she lands in the U.S. during an election year. (Includes nudity.)
Now playing at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 13 at City Garage, Bergamot Station T1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25, or pay-what-you-can on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org
Psychological Warfare: “The Colonel and the Birds”
@ Highways Performance Space
The Il Dolce Theater Co. stages this Bulgarian play about the struggles of six patients and a young doctor at a psychiatric ward in the Balkans as war rages on outside. Things get interesting when planes accidentally drop military supplies in the compound and the patients begin to role-play soldiers.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance-space.org