On Stage – The week in local theater

Posted November 2, 2016 by The Argonaut in This Week
Compiled by Christina Campodonico


Déjà vu: “Grace Needs a Mirror”
@ Highways Performance Space
In this experimental piece written and performed by Joyce Lu, a professor is thrown out of academia and into a psychiatric hospital where she must confront the bad karma from her past life as a Shanghai opium lord.
Two performances only: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Nov. 4 and 5) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance.org

American Tragedy: “A Touch of the Poet”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
This rarely produced Eugene O’Neill play centers on the dispossessed life of Major Cornelius (“Con”) Melody, who puts on lordly airs to relive his glory days while his hardworking wife and daughter struggle to keep their tavern business alive in 19th-century Massachusetts.
Opens Saturday (Nov. 5) and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $30. (310) 822-8392; pacific-residenttheatre.com

Eight’s a Crowd: High Voltage
@ The Electric Lodge
At this monthly gathering, artists from all artistic disciplines and genres experiment with performance art forms. This month eight performers, from monologist Cheryl Rae Fidelman to choreographer Kara Alter, show off their crafts.
One performance only: 9 p.m. Friday (Nov. 4) at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $10 advance; $15 at the door. (310) 306-1854; electriclodge.org

Plays on Parade: Theatre Fare
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
At this monthly gathering, PRT company members lead a free play reading class for senior citizens.
Readings begin at 9 a.m. sharp and end at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 8) at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-8932; pacificresidentheatre.com

Over the Moon: “Raise Me Up”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
This romantic comedy based on a true story follows the drama and hilarity of a “moonstruck” young couple’s forbidden love and how they spend their last day on Earth together.
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 20 at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50. (310) 394-9779 ext. 2; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Eating Your Feelings: “Fati’s Last Dance”
In this comedy by France-Luce Benson, a young Haitian woman named Fatima LaBelle loses her passion for dance when her father dies and replaces her love of movement with an appetite for television and eating.
Closing soon.  Last performances  are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 3, 4 and 5) at Barnelle Theatre, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. $10 to $15. cal.lmu.edu

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

Harry Groener plays a blustering businessman turned presidential nominee in “Vicuña”

Harry Groener plays a blustering businessman turned presidential nominee in “Vicuña”

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: “Vicuña”
@ 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.
Now playing 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; centretheatregroup.org

Partisan Romance: “How to Love a Republican”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
When Margie’s parents introduce her to two congressmen from opposite sides of the aisle (who also happen to be running against each other), she has to choose where she’ll cast her vote inside and outside of the bedroom.
Now playing at 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $30. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com


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