Compiled by Christina Campodonico

Defeating Inner Demons: “This is My Brave” @ The Moss Theater
To reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, the mental health and storytelling nonprofit “This is My Brave,” The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors and pastry pop-up The Depressed Cake Shop are teaming up to present an afternoon of 12 performers and musicians sharing stories and songs on their mental health challenges. Performers include a mom with a schizophrenic son, a podcaster on addiction, students from New Roads School, a woman with her own one-woman show, and guitarist/composer John DeFaria. Proceeds from The Depressed Cake Shop’s bake sale of their signature gray desserts benefit both mental health organizations.
One performance only: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at The Moss Theater, New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $100. bit.ly/TLCBrave

Giving Back: “Fellowship” @ Westside Food Bank
In this immersive play about food bank volunteers visited by Hunger and penned by Julie Marie Myatt, audience members become volunteers, preparing sack lunches to be distributed to hungry people throughout Los Angeles.
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 10 at Westside Food Bank, 1710 22nd St., Santa Monica. $20 suggested donation. (800) 578-1335; cornerstonetheater.org

Mind Games: “Grimly Handsome” @ City Garage
Julia Jarcho’s Obie-winning play about a pair of Christmas tree salesmen wreaking havoc on NYC, a detective duo bent on catching a killer, and a young woman drawn into a vicious game of cat-and-mouse makes its West Coast premiere.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 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.com

Bountiful Beckett: “Beckett 5” @ Odyssey Theatre
The Odyssey’s Ron Sossi directs a quintet of some of Beckett’s most dark and graceful plays: “Krapp’s Last Tape,” “Come and Go,” “Footfalls,” “Act Without Words II” and “Catastrophe.”
Opens Saturday, Jan. 21, and continues at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through March 5 at The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $30. (310) 477-2055 ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com

Hello Lenin: “Dance Dance Revolution, Extreme Edition 3: From Now and Back Again”
@ Highways Performance Space
Choreographer Liz Hoefner Adamis of Immediate Action Dance and dancer Carol McDowell join forces in this double bill. Adamis presents “Enter Lenin!,” which imagines how Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin may have responded to entering  Zurich’s Cabaret Voltaire, the birthplace of the Dada Art movement, in 1916. Then McDowell presents the group dance “Noetic Gestures” and performs two dance solos, one titled “Be Cool” by L.A. choreographer Alexx Shilling and “Formal (portrait)” by Scripps dance faculty member Kevin Williamson.
 Two performances only: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org

Moving on Up: “It’s Time” @ Ruskin Group Theatre
In this play based on the life of actor Paul Linke (CHiPs), a young man finds his way to a successful future by taking chances and opportunities that strengthen him.
Last performances are at 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 and 22, at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com

Art Imitating Life: “Adler & Gibb” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
When a film actress digs into the past of a celebrated artist who gave up the art world for her lover, the lines between the
real and the unreal blur. Written by experimental theater-maker Tim Crouch.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 29 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $70. (213) 628-2772; centretheatregroup.org

Hypochondriac: “The Imaginary Invalid” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players present Moliere’s outrageous satire of medicine, its practitioners and the patients who rely
on laxatives, bloodlettings and quacks for medical treatment.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

Widow Speak: “13 Things about Ed Carpolotti” @ The Broad Stage
Broadway veteran and Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller plays a widow whose world is turned upside-down when debt collectors come calling after her husband Ed’s death.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 29 at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $45. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com

 

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