On Stage – The week in local theater
Double Trouble: “Two Henrys”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
In this National Playwright’s Conference finalist set between the end of the AIDS crisis and the dawn of marriage equality, a fortysomething gay man goes to his deceased partner’s father’s funeral, forcing him to confront the conservative family that could have been his.
Opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, with a talk back after the 8 p.m. show on Oct. 28 and no show on Oct. 30. Then it continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 13 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 707 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
Puppy Love: “Sylvia”
@ Odyssey Theatre
When a middle-aged empty-nester falls in love with a beautiful lab/poodle stray in Central Park, his wife Kate starts to get jealous. But could the pup bring husband and wife closer together?
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $20 to $30. sylviatheplayinla.com
Chekhov Family Reunion: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
@ Edgemar Center of the Arts
In this Tony-winning comedy riffing on Chekhovian themes, the quiet life of two middle-aged siblings named Vanya and Sonia is disrupted when their famous movie star sister Masha visits their rural Pennsylvania farmhouse with her twentysomething boy toy Spike in tow.
Opens at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 11 at the Edgemar Center for the Arts (Theater A), 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 392-0815; edgemarcenter.org
American Justice: “The Exonerated”
@ The Actors’ Gang
Based on interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, this play weaves together the real-life stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row and their fights for freedom.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, 9 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 5 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com
American Greed: “Other People’s Money”
@ The Pico Playhouse
When a professional business liquidator attempts to take over a small factory in an old New England town, loyalties, tradition and friendships are tested over whether corporate raiders are realists or creatures of capitalism.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 20 at Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Rancho Park. $27 to $32. (818) 765-8732; interactla.com
Locked Up: “Life without Parole”
@ Edgemar Center for the Arts
Based on 42 interviews with incarcerated women serving long-term sentences for killing their abusive partners, this play tells the story of Helen Broker as she faces the parole board for the first time and journeys through the dark underworld of domestic abuse.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 5 at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 392-0815; edgemarcenter.org
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.
Closing soon. Final shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 27, 29 and 30) at the Odyssey Theater, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $25. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com