Compiled by Christina Campodonico

A Whole New World: “SHINE: Change of Place” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
From running with the bulls in Spain to flipping burgers in Ottowa, this month’s SHINE storytelling series explores life-changing events in new or unusual places. Award-winning SHINE storyteller Kirsten Wasson hosts and unexpected “Rock Star of St. Barth” Christine Gordon provides musical accompaniment.
One performance only: 7 p.m. Thursday (July 20) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 452-2321; storeyproductions.com

Oldies But Goodies: “Singing for the Boys” @ Highways Performance Space
Brooklyn’s Ryan Repertory puts on a musical about a “performance that never was but should have been”: Al Jolson, Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin doing a benefit concert
for the troops at New York’s Palace Theatre in 1943. Popular music of the period scores the onstage and backstage lives of these three legendary entertainers.
Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Friday (July 21) and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday (July 22) at Highways Performances Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org

Dramedy: “The Rainbow Bridge” @ Ruskin Group Theatre
In this brand new comedy, a man struggles to keep his life moving while haunted by ghosts from his family’s past — figuratively and literally.
Opens Friday (July 21) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 17 at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com

Pink Princesses threaten gentrification in “Annie Oakley and the Princess Café”
Photo by Cydne Moore

Annie Get Your Gun: “Annie Oakley and the Princess Café” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
The legendary sharpshooter of the American West comes to the aid of single mom Kat and her daughters as they struggle to keep the traditions of their family café (called Annie’s Place) out of the hands of the greedy Mable Q. Moneypots, who wants to modernize it into the posh Princess Café.
Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 24 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 394-9779, ext. 2; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Hammer and Sickle: “After the Revolution” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
Brilliant and promising Emma Joseph proudly carries on the legacy of her Marxist family and blacklisted grandfather. But when a shocking truth about him is revealed, her entire family must confront moral questions of honesty
and allegiance.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (July 20 to 23) at Pacific Resident Theatre’s Co-Op Space, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com

Seven Deadly Sins: “Dante” @ The Actors’ Gang
In this musical adaption of “Dante’s Inferno” by Get Lit poet Raul Herrera and featuring the Get Lit
Players and Literati Fellows, Dante travels through all of Los Angeles’ temptations — lust, gluttony and more — on the path to self-discovery.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through July 29 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $20 to $34.99 or pay-what-you-want on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com

Family Secrets: “King of the Yees” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
This semi-autobiographical play by Lauren Yee explores the world of her father Larry, diving into the mysteries of San Francisco’s Chinatown after the family patriarch and president of a seemingly obsolescent Chinese-American men’s club goes missing.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 6. $25 to $70. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org

The Lush: “The Gingerbread Lady” @ Westchester Playhouse
In this Neil Simon dramedy, a popular cabaret singer falls off the wagon after a short stint in rehab. Her friends and family try to help her adjust to sober living.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 19 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

Looking for Love: “In Search of Intimacy: Make Love, Not Walls” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
This collaboration with ShortBurst Theatre brings professional artists, tyro performers and community members together to explore the search for intimacy in the City of Angels.
One show only: 8 p.m. Sunday (July 23) at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Black and Blue: “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” @ Edgemar Center for the Arts
Indie film queen Tanna Frederick and Ovation Award-winning actor Robert Standley star in John Patrick Shanley’s brooding romantic drama about a young man and woman on the fringes of society who find redemption and connection at a rundown Bronx bar. Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” franchise and in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders, directs.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 10 at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. (No shows Aug. 12 & 13). $20 to $25. (310) 392-7327; edgemarcenter.org

A Family Affair: “Born for This” @ The Broad Stage
When gospel artists BeBe and CeCe Winans have the opportunity to become television celebrities and integrate televangelism, they have to choose between fame, fortune and their true callings. Based on the real-life rise to fame of the Winans siblings, this musical by Grammy Award-winner BeBe Winans stars his nephew Juan Winans and niece Deborah Joy as BeBe and CeCe. Charles Randolph-Wright (“Motown: The Musical”) directs.
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 6 at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $50 to $105. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

Found in Translation: “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” @ Odyssey Theatre
This off-Broadway hit by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman introduced American audiences to Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, the “Bob Dylan of France.” Singers Marc Francoeur, Susan Kholer, Miyuki Miyagi and Michael Yapujian combine their vocal power for this funny, dark and romantic revival directed by Dan Fishbach.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 27 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Additional 8 p.m. performance on Thursday, July 27. $27 to $36. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.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.
Closing soon: Last show is at 7 p.m. Saturday (July 22) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Blind Sheep: “Rhinoceros” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
Guillermo Cienfuegos directs Eugene Ionesco’s comic masterpiece, a wild and biting farce about a small provincial town outside Paris taken hold by a dangerous herd mentality. Think Kafka meets Monty Python.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 13 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com

A Little Bit of Whimsy: “Seussical the Musical” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Beloved Dr. Seuss characters — The Cat in the Hat, Horton the elephant, lazy Mayzie, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz and Jojo the Who — come to life in this fantastical musical for kids and adults.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through July 29 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $23 to $28. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org


Hammer and Sickle: “After the Revolution” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
Brilliant and promising Emma Joseph proudly carries on the legacy of her Marxist family and blacklisted grandfather. But when a shocking truth about him is revealed, her entire family must confront moral questions of honesty and allegiance.
Opens Thursday (July 13) and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 23 at Pacific Resident Theatre’s Co-Op Space, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. Additional performances happen at 8 p.m. Monday (July 17) and Wednesday (July 19). $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacificresident-theatre.com

Seven Deadly Sins: “Dante” @ The Actors’ Gang
In this musical adaption of “Dante’s Inferno” by Get Lit poet Raul Herrera and featuring the Get Lit Players and Literati Fellows, Dante travels through all of Los Angeles’ temptations — lust, gluttony and more — on the path to self-discovery.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through July 29 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $20 to $34.99 or pay-what-you-want on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com

Barely Speaking: “Cigarettes and Chocolate” and “Hang Up” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
These two rarely performed radio plays by the late Oscar-winning filmmaker Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient”) share the bill at PRT. In “Cigarettes and Chocolate,” a woman goes into a self-imposed silence, and “Hang Up” dramatizes the long-distance relationship of two young lovers.
Opens Saturday (July 15) and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 10 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. Additional 8 p.m. show on Wednesday (July 19); no shows July 22 and 23. $25 to $30. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com

Double Feature: “To Oz and Back” and “Romeo and Juliet in Screenland” @ Carlson Park
Culver City Public Theatre celebrates Culver City’s centennial with a double bill of kid-friendly plays. Children’s Popcorn Theatre presents a whimsical opening riff on MGM’s 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz,” imagining what might have happened before, after and behind the scenes of the classic movie filmed just a block away from Carlson Park at what’s now Sony Studios. Then competition ensues between two rival movie studios — Montague and Capulet — on the mainstage as they vie to make the next great picture.
Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 20 at Carlson Park, Motor Avenue and Braddock Drive, Culver City. Free. ccpt.org

Footloose: “New Shoes 15” @ Highways Performance Space
This is the 15th installment in an ongoing series that presents new and in-development works by emerging and established movement artists.
Two performances only: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (July 14 and 15) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org


A Reliable One-Liner: “Annie Korzen Famous Actress” @ The Braid
Annie Korzen, best known for her reoccurring role as Doris Klompus on “Seinfeld,” shares stories about her eclectic and electric life as a perennial bit player on big and small screens in this one-woman show.
Opens with a preview at 8 p.m. Saturday (July 8) and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 13 at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave. #102, Santa Monica. $30 to $40. (800) 838-3006; jewishwomenstheatre.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

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