On Stage – The week in local theater
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.
“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 email@example.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