On Stage – The week in local theater

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Posted November 22, 2016 by The Argonaut in This Week
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Compiled by Christina Campodonico

A Shadowy Scrooge: “A Christmas Carol”
@ Miles Memorial Playhouse
In this highly theatricalized version of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Santa Monica Rep uses shadow puppetry and a Greek chorus to show the evolution of Scrooge’s character. Recommended for “brave” children ages 8 and above.
Opens Dec. 1 and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets start at $20 for adults; $10 for children. (844) 486-2844; santamonicarep.org

The Tipsy Elf: “The SantaLand Diaries”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Patrick Censoplano dons the candy-cane tights to revive a one-man play by NPR humorist David Sedaris. The story follows Sedaris’ experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy’s in New York City, and in doing so learning how the holiday season brings out the best and worst in everyone. Keep the kids at home for this adult comedy.
A preview performance happens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, and the show continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

A Modern Maven: “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
@ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
This youth production of the madcap Broadway musical follows flapper Millie Dillmount as she navigates New York City in the 1920s, falls in love and uncovers a plot to sell young girls to the Far East.
 Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 17 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org

Renaissance Man: “The World is My Home – The Life of Paul Robeson”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Stogie Kenyatta portrays the many sides of athlete, actor, lawyer, cultural scholar and civil rights activist Paul Robeson in this one-man show about the multi-talented historical figure.
Two performances only: 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 26 and 27) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.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?
Thanksgiving weekend performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Continues through Dec. 18 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A.  $20 to $30. sylviatheplayinla.com

Matrimony may —  or may not — await  the cast of “Waiting  for Grace” Photo by Ed Krieger

Matrimony may —or may not — await the cast of “Waiting for Grace”
Photo by Ed Krieger

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?
Now playing 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


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