On Stage – The week in local theater

Posted October 19, 2016 by The Argonaut in This Week
Compiled by Christina Campodonico

Theater on the Edge: The Binge Free Festival of Theatre
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
The first-ever Santa Monica Fringe Festival features dozens of local artists, companies, workshops and performances testing the borders of dramatic genres from Shakespearian drama to one-woman comedy.
Evelyn Rudie’s experimental play “Musical Chairs” headlines at 8 p.m. Thursday. Friday night features Edinburgh Fringe Festival Award winner “Booth (Not My Brother’s Keeper),” a one-man show about John Wilkes Booth’s thespian brother Edwin, at 8 p.m.

The cast of “Absolutely Halloween” casts dramatic magic at the Santa Monica Playhouse Photo by Cydne Moore

The cast of “Absolutely Halloween” casts dramatic magic at the Santa Monica Playhouse
Photo by Cydne Moore

“Absolutely Halloween” brings a kid-friendly All Hallow’s Eve to life on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (2 p.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively), and Deane Barone takes the stage for a solo show about her eccentric Midwestern family on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. A spooky séance story about calling up spirits titled “An Audience With” follows at 8:30 p.m.
The Binge Free Festival of Theatre continues through Oct. 30 at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Free, but reservations are required. Call (310) 394-9779, ext. 1, or email theatre@santamonicaplayhouse.com. Visit santamonicaplayhouse.com for full schedule.

Moving on Up: “It’s Time”
@ Ruskin Group Theatre
In this world premiere based on the life of actor Paul Linke (CHiPs), a young man finds his way to a successful future by taking chances and opportunities that strengthen him.
Opens at 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 14) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays, 5 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 4 at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: “Vicuñia”
@ Kirk Douglas Theatre
In this hot-off-the-press satire, a tailor to A-list clientele reexamines his role in remaking the image of a blustering real estate tycoon and reality TV star turned presidential nominee.
Opens at 8 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 23) and continues at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 20 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $70. (213) 972-7231; centretheatre-group.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   


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

Philosopher’s Headstone: “Underneath”
@ Odyssey Theater
Internationally renowned Irish monologist Pat Kinevane plays a lonely woman philosophizing about her hardscrabble life in Ireland, the meaning of beauty and the mark of ugliness from beyond the grave.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at the Odyssey Theater, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $25. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com


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