On Stage – The week in local theater
Frankenstein, Next Generation: “Young Frankenstein”
@ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players present the musical comedy by Mel Brooks and Thomas about a bright young Dr. Frankenstein who attempts to finish what his grandfather started — bringing a corpse back to life.
Opens Friday (Nov. 11) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5156; kentwood-players.org
Wedded Bliss?: “Waiting for Grace”
@ Odyssey Theatre
A successful New York actress who’s spent her entire life focused on her career wakes up one morning yearning for marriage and a child. But is it too late? And is matrimony really what she wants?
Opens Saturday (Nov. 12) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 11 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $25 to $50. (323) 960-7788; plays411.com/waiting
Westward Ho!: “The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth”
@ Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Library
Actor Arnold Weiss does a dramatic performance of Mark Weston’s play about James P. Beckwourth, a freed slave who made a name for himself pioneering the Old West.
One performance only: 6:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 14) at Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (213) 228-7430
Literary Lawyer: “Gunnar Cowboy Poet”
@ City Garage
City Garage continues its fall play reading series with “Gunnar Cowboy Poet” by essayist, playwright and professor of international law Jeffery Atik.
One performance only: 8 p.m. Monday (Nov. 14) at City Garage, Bergamot Station T1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Free, but RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org
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 Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50. (310) 394-9779 ext. 2; santamonicaplayhouse.com
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 afloat in 19th-century Massachusetts.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $30. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com