Compiled by Christina Campodonico
A Woman for All Seasons: Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival @ Electric Lodge
Under the theme “Taking Flight,” this year’s festival features a variety of plays by and about women at various stages in life. Topics range from being a horny teenage tomboy to how a body changes after pregnancy to pursuing professional dreams after 30 years in 30 different jobs. “Grey’s Anatomy” star James Pickens Jr. and award-winning vocalist Eloise Laws host on Saturday night.
This weekend only: Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday (March 24, 25 and 26) at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $10 to $25. (818) 760-0408; lawtf.org
Love Story: “Adam & Evie” @ City Garage
This new work by Charles L. Mee explores the nature of love from the Garden of Eden to today —why we’re obsessed with it, and how we search for it, keep it, get out of it and try again to make a match.
Opens Friday, March 24, and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through April 30 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
Jazz Revolution: “Great Awakening” @ Odyssey Theatre
In this original musical theater show by Juilliard-trained and Grammy-nominated jazz drummer Sammy Miller and his ensemble the Congregation, a band banished from the world of jazz tries to rebrand themselves as a theatre troupe and stage an award-winning play.
Closing soon: Final performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 6 p.m. Sunday (March 24, 25 and 26) at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $20. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com
Comedic Timing: “An Evening of Dance, Desire & Delirium” @ Highways Performance Space
Jess Harper & Dancers present works that poke fun at the seriousness of concert dance with sexy satires and amusing mockeries that treat dance in a comical way.
Two performances only: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org
The Young and the Restless: “Punk Rock” @ Odyssey Theatre
Teen angst, sexual tension, bullying and peer pressure — all the things you loved about high school, but this time set at an expensive British academy right before final exams amongst a friend circle about to implode.
Opens Saturday, March 25, and continues at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 14 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com
Canine Companion: “Love That Dog” @ The Broad Stage
In this play by Dutch troupe Theatergoep Kwatta, a boy who hates poetry learns to find his own voice through the help of a teacher, a pencil, some yellow paper and a furry friend.
This weekend only. Shows are at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday at The Broad Stage’s Edye Second Space, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 434-3200; broadstage.com
Mercantile Musicality: “Merchant of Venice” @ Miles Memorial Playhouse
Santa Monica’s The Colonials present Shakespeare’s classic comedic drama about a businessman with a big debt to pay. Tony Cronin directs a rendition focused on the musicality of the Bard’s language and the play’s complex themes of anti-Semitism and social identity.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 2 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 804-6745; theatreforasmallspace.com
Mother and Daughter: “The Rose Tattoo” @ Barnelle Theatre
LMU’s College of Communication and Fine Arts presents Tennessee Williams’ haunting 1951 play about a widow who withdraws from the world after her husband’s death and expects her young daughter to do the same.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 23, 24 and 25) at Barnelle Theatre, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. $10 to $15. cal.lmu.edu
Step into Sondheim: “Company” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
In this acclaimed Sondheim musical, Bobby, a bachelor, faces his commitment issues at his 35th birthday party thrown by his five married couple friends.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 1 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $23 to $28. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org
Whale of a Tale: “Big Fish” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players present this Broadway-style musical based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 film directed by Tim Burton. When Will Bloom learns that he has a son on the way and that his father Edward’s health is in decline, he becomes determined to get the “true” story of his father’s life. The one problem: Edward is known for telling outlandish tales.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 22 at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
Boy Meets World: “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
In this whirlwind musical adventure for kids, Stanley Lambchop, an average 10-year-old boy, wakes up one morning flat as a pancake. He scours the globe for a solution to his peculiar problem and is stamped and postmarked from Hollywood to Honolulu along the way.
Opens Saturday and continues at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 2 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 to $12. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org
Four’s a Crowd: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” @ Edgemar Center for the Arts
This comedy written by Christopher Durang and directed by Barbara Tarbuck pokes fun at the hardships, miseries and relationship troubles of Chekhov’s characters. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania countryside, until their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events to come and their superstar actress sister Masha returns from traveling the world with her 20-something boy toy Spike.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at
5 p.m. Sundays through March 11 at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 392-7327; edgemar.org