On Stage – The week in local theater
The Toe-Tapper: “All Shook Up”
@ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
It’s 1955 and a guitar-playing roustabout rides into a little town, shaking things up with a hip-swiveling, lip-curling, blue-suede-shoes-groovin’ musical fantasy of Elvis classics such as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 2 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. $23 to $28. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org
The Quixotic Dreamer: “The Man of La Mancha”
@ The Westchester Playhouse
Based on Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century masterpiece “Don Quixote,” this 1966 Tony Award-winning play within a play retells the tale of the man who chooses to become a knight as a multi-destination musical tour.
Continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 16 at The Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5165; kentwoodplayers.org
Stories of Redemption: “The Exonerated”
@ The Actor’s Gang
Through a series of intersecting monologues of personal strength, “The Exonerated” tells the real-life stories of six former death row inmates who eventually won their freedom.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 24 to 26) at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $30 to $34.99. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com
Literary Love Story: “I Take Your Hand in Mine”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
Guillermo Cienfuegos directs a play charting the love story of playwright Anton Chekhov and his leading lady Olga Knipper through their intimate correspondence over six years and great distances.
Run extended. Four additional performances at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday (March 24 to 25) and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday (March 27). Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacific-residenttheatre.com
The Internet Meme: “Women Laughing Alone with Salad”
@ Kirk Douglas Theatre
Based on the viral Internet meme of smiling women eating salad solo, Sheila Callaghan’s madcap new play about a man named Guy and three women in his life whose obsession with salad may border on the unhealthy make its west coast premiere.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through April 3 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $55. (213) 972-4444; centertheatregroup.org
The Tragic Windfall: “A Gambler’s Guide to Dying”
@ Ruskin Group Theatre
A boy’s grandfather wins a fortune on the 1966 World Cup but gambles it all on living to see the year 2000 after he’s diagnosed with cancer.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 29 at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 397-3244; ruskingroup-theatre.com
Shakespeare Remixed: “Tempest Redux”
@ Odyssey Theatre
Extended by popular demand, this stripped down take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” directed by John Farmanesh-Boca turns the famous journey of the magician Prospero and his daughter Miranda into a movement-driven experience that also preserves the Bard’s verbal gymnastics and linguistic play.
Continues at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 23 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $45. (310) 477-2055 ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com
The Funny Bone Tickler: “Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
If you missed it last season, here’s your second chance. Actor, entertainer and longtime Venice canals resident Orson Bean opens up about his life on stage and off in this autobiographical adaptation of his self-published memoir. From breaking into stand up at The Blue Angel in New York to walking on fire at an all-time career low, Bean shares the ups and downs of living in the spotlight.
Continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through April 10 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $30. (310) 822-8392; pacificresident-theatre.org
Pretty in Pink: “Pinkalicious”
@ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Based on the popular book by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, this play version tells the story of a young girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes, despite her parents’ warnings. But when the rosy hue goes too far, only she can figure out a way out of her predicament.
Now playing at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 3 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 to $12 (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org
Moulin Rouge-y: “A Night at the Black Cat Cabaret”
@ Edgemar Center for the Arts
Set in 1943 Paris, soldiers, smugglers and society’s elite all try to escape the war by dancing and drinking at the Black Cat Cabaret.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 30 at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $35 to $45. (310) 392-7327; edgemar.org