On Stage – The week in local theater

Posted March 30, 2016 by The Argonaut in This Week
Compiled by Christina Campodonico

Odeya Nini performs as part of a global music showcase at the Electric Lodge

Odeya Nini performs as part of a global music showcase at the Electric Lodge

Global Music: “High Voltage”
@ Electric Lodge
This month’s “High Voltage” performance brings together music and voices from around the world, including Brazilian singer-songwriter Kátia Moraes, L.A. experimental vocalist and contemporary composer Odeya Nini, Brazilian comedian Mariana Leite, Greek folk music singer Maria-Elena Kolovos and Argentine-born L.A.  singer, composer and arts activist Erica Rey for an evening of sonic world tours and experiments.
One night only:  9 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $5 suggested donation. electriclodge.org

Generation Gap: “Autumn and Winter”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
Translated from Swedish, this play by Lars Noren about the relationship between an older couple and their two adult daughters makes its U.S. debut.
Preview performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. $12. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice.
(310) 822-8392; pacific-resident-theatre.org

Beckett Blackout: “Beckett Trilogy”
@ The Broad Stage
Here’s your chance to see an internationally-acclaimed production before the curtain falls for good. Irish actress Lisa Dwan performs a trilogy of one-woman Beckett plays — “Not I,” “Footfalls” and “Rockaby” — one of them in total blackout darkness. Coached by late actress and Beckett muse Billie Whitelaw, Dwan will be retiring this program soon.
Five performances only: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 7, 8, and 9), and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 9 and 10). $60 to $80. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com

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.”
Closing soon: Last performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 1, 2 and 3) 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

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.
Closing soon: Last performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (March 31 to April 3) at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $55. (213) 972-4444; center-theatre-group.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; ruskingrouptheatre.com


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