Compiled by Christina Campodonico
Emotional Rollercoaster: “An Illegal Start” @ Santa Monica Pier
After a near-fatal accident, two young men find refuge in a defunct amusement park in this James Harris play adapted for the Santa Monica Pier’s historic Looff Hippodrome (Merry-Go-Round Building) by Paul Sand’s Santa Monica Public Theatre.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday (May 25 and 26) at the Santa Monica Pier’s Merry-Go-Round Building. $25. paulsandprojects.com
Globalization: “Almost Equal To” @ City Garage
In this play by celebrated Swedish playwright Hassen Khemiri, the ups and downs of the world economy play out in highly personal terms: the son of immigrants tries to land his first job, a professor of economics tries to hold onto his, the professor’s wife fantasies about an ecologically sustainable life in the country, and a young woman tries to survive a cutthroat office environment.
Opens Friday (May 26) and continues 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through July 2 at City Garage, Bergamot Station T1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25, or pay-what-you-can at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org
The Jewels of Tomorrow: “A Jubilee of Dance” @ The Broad Stage
The Westside School of Ballet presents a showcase of their studio’s most promising pre-professional students dancing excerpts from “Le Corsaire,” “Masquerade,” “Coppélia,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “A Chorus Line” and George Balanchine’s “Tarantella Pas de Deux.” Westside Ballet alumna Melissa Barak (artistic director of L.A.’s Barak Ballet) also revives her “Concerto Italia” to music by Albinoni, Torelli and Pergolesis.
Two performances only: 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday (May 28) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $35. (800) 595-4849; westsideballet.com
Taking Charge: “It’s Time” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
This autobiographical one-man show by writer and performer Paul Linke (“CHiPs”) follows a young man as he navigates a family tragedy and ultimately finds success, love and happiness.
One last show: 3 p.m. Sunday (May 28) at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $30. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
A Daffy Duck: “Honk! Jr.” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
This musical version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale “The Ugly Duckling” follows Ugly around the farm as he tries to outwit a very hungry cat.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday (May 27 and 28) at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 to $12. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org
Hard Times: “Good People” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players present Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsey Abaire’s drama about a single mother in South Boston struggling to provide for her disabled daughter. She turns to her young manager at the Dollar Store, the landlady with a craft business and a now successful man from her past for help, but who will lend a hand?
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20 to $25. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
Dinner Party Dalliance: “Kiss” @ Odyssey Theatre
In the West Coast premiere of this Syrian melodrama by Guillermo Calderón, two couples meet for dinner to get the raging war off their minds, but a profession of love, a proposal and a kiss make for an unexpected turn of events.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 18 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com
The Mommy Diaries: “Tales of Modern Motherhood: This Sh*t Just Got Real” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Veteran actress Pam Levin shares the good, the bad and the ugly of becoming a parent in this comedic one-woman show.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays through June 15 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 200-4419; talesofmodernmotherhood.brownpapertickets.com
Too Close for Comfort: “Emmitt and Ava” @ Edgmar Center for the Arts
Written and directed by two-time Ovation winner Dominic Hoffman, this contemporary tale of love and loss finds two families, unacquainted with one another, forced to communicate on the most intimate terms.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 18 at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St. Ste. B, Santa Monica. $20 to $35. Contact email@example.com or brownpapertickets.com
Plucked from Obscurity: “I’m Not Famous” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Veteran actress Barbara Minkus toured as Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl,” played Lucy in the recording of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and starred on and off Broadway. Now she returns to the stage with a brand new musical.
Run extended. Now playing at 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through July 22 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com
Express Yourself: “Dancing with Purpose” @ Highways Performance Space
Highways’ 2017 BEHOLD! Queer Arts Series showcases the works of select choreographers, including James MahKween, Pat Taylor, Ken Morris, Stacey Strickland, Juli Kim, Queala Clancy, Jade Charon and Kassy Francis.
Two performances only: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (May 26 and 27) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance.org
Sleight of Hand: “Magic Monday” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Albie Selznick (“Smoke and Mirrors”) hosts a rotating cast of master magicians and variety acts at the Santa Monica Playhouse each Monday.
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 28 at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $40. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com