On Stage – The week in local theater
Weird Beckett: “Endgame”
@ Kirk Douglas Theatre
The end is near for Hamm, Clov, Nagg and Nell, a family of dumpster dwellers wrestling with the repetitious and monotonous nature of life in a post-apocalyptic world. Things couldn’t get any more absurd — or existential — in this classic Beckett play.
Previews begin April 24 and continue through April 30 (except April 25) at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $55. (213) 628-2772; center-theatregroup.org
Soliloquies by the Sea: “Second Skin”
@ Santa Monica Beach
Performed in three monologues on Santa Monica beach, Kristin Idaszak’s award-winning play explores the fraught relationship between Quinn and her estranged dying mother, the haunting nature of Irish bedtime stories and how one mistake can ripple through generations.
Opens at 7 p.m. April 24 and continues through May 15 at Santa Monica Beach Lot 8, 810 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. $10 to $20. thewestLA.com
Zoology on Stage: “Carnival of the Animals”
@ The Broad Stage
Australian circus troupe Circa brings a whimsical tale of juggling zebras, somersaulting kangaroos and dancing elephants to life in an acrobatic mashup of light, bodies and sound set to the music of French romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns.
Four performances only: 6 p.m. April 28 and 29; 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 30. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. Santa Monica. $20 to $55. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
American Tragedy: “A Touch of the Poet”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
This rarely produced Eugene O’Neil 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 alive in 19th-century Massachusetts.
Opens April 26 and continues at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 8. $15. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
A Not-So-Scary Snow White: “Snow White”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Based on the original fairytale, this musical fantasy follows Snow White as she
journeys to find herself, her mother and her destiny with the help of seven silly companions — sans an evil stepmother, villainous poisons or shadowy forests.
Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through June 26 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 394-9779 ext. 2; santamonicaplayhouse.com