On Stage – The week in local theater
Topsy-turvy Shakespeare: “Othello/Desdemona”
@ City Garage
The third installment of City Garage’s three-part series on Shakespeare in the digital age, Charles A. Duncombe’s reinterpretation of “Othello” casts the loyal civic servant of the Venetian state as a man who experiments with self-identifying as white. Desdemona is a spoiled brat who longs for fame, Iago hovers like a “punk-rock bird of prey” and Emilia is a sassy transgender.
Opens Friday, April 15, and plays at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through May 29. $20 to $25, or pay what you can at the door on Sundays. Bergamot Station Arts Center, Building T1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org
Super Drama: “The Superhero and His Charming Wife” @ Highways Performance Space
A career Superhero’s life turns upside-down when his wife develops the surprising ability to transform into other women. Devoted to security and order, the hero discovers that he is terrified of change. Searching for her own identity, the hero’s wife discovers
a dark side to herself. Both must face the unknowns in each other.
Opens Friday April 15 and plays at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3:30 p.m. Sundays through May 15 at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $30. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformancespace.org
The Quixotic Dreamer: “The Man of La Mancha”
@ 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.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 15 and 16) at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5165; kentwoodplayers.org
Analytical Shakespeare: “The Prequel to Othello, The Cause, My Soul”
@ Odyssey Theatre
This prequel to Shakespeare’s famous tragedy explores holes in Othello’s background: How does Othello woo Desdemona? Why does Othello promote Cassio instead of Iago? Were Othello and Emilia lovers? Where the Bard leaves blanks this production seeks answers.
Continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 24 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $12.50 to $25. 310-477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com
15 Minutes of Fame: “Audition: The Musical”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Based on the hilarious, harrowing and real life experiences of Hollywood heroines, harridans, hoydens and has-beens, this musical takes audiences behind the curtain into the lives of entertainers as they struggle for
a place in the limelight.
Continues at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through April 24 at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com
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.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 15 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.org
Family Feud: “Dinner at Home Between Deaths”
@ Odyssey Theatre
Fiona knows something is wrong when workaholic husband Sean announces that they’re going on vacation, but it’s not until her sister Kat arrives on the scene that the truth fully emerges in this dark comic thriller examining the American Dream and identity in the face of changing social mores.
Continues at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 8 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $30. (323) 960-4429; plays411.net
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.
Continues 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
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.
Continues 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
Brotherly Love: “Box Brothers” @ The Broad Stage
Oldest, Middlemost, Youngest and Simpleton are four brothers who live in a box. Together with their friend Big Drum, they set out on a boisterous musical journey that uses found objects to generate Japanese, African and many other styles of percussive rhythms. The Netherlands-based ensemble Percossa performs.
Two performances only: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $30. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com