Compiled by Christina Campodonico
Ham it up with ‘Hamilton’: “Spamilton” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
The creators of “Forbidden Broadway” skewer Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning smash hit “Hamilton” in this parody of everyone’s new favorite musical. Fridays feature a spirited karaoke session where you can belt out your favorite “Hamilton” tunes before the show.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 7 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $55 to $85. (213) 972-7231; centertheatregroup.org
Musical Resistance: “Letters to Eve” @ Miles Memorial Playhouse
This musical set in World War II follows a Japanese-American family facing internment and a black jazz musician captured during Germany’s occupation of France.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 9 (with an additional 3 p.m. show on Saturday, Nov. 18). Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $40. letterstoeve.com
Friends Forever: “One Way Ticket to Oregon” @ Promenade Playhouse
Longtime friends grapple with family, faith and an emotional decision as Leigh Anne deals with a terminal cancer diagnosis and with June’s help must face unresolved family issues, a complicated racial history and dying with dignity.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 17 at Promenade Playhouse, 1403 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. $25. (310) 656-8070; promenadeplayhouse.com
It’s a Hard Knock Life: “UK Underdog” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
In this autobiographical play, Steve Spiro traces the ups and downs of an East London boy’s life from humiliations and mistakes to being bullied and finally finding the good in a rough-and-tumble past.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 17 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
Physical Theatre: “Stories in Body” @ Highways Performance Space
A night of narrative movement includes Re:borN Dance Interactive’s “Amongst the Fragments,” about a woman suffering from emotional disarray; and Mixed eMotion Theatrix and choreographer Janet Roston’s “So Now You Know,” which combines acting and dancing to tell poignant, hilarious and terrifying stories.
One performance only: 8:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 17) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org
Live Wire: “Between Riverside and Crazy” @ James Bridges Theatre
L.A. Theatre works performs and records live the Southern California premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis Pulitzer Prize-winning play about ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son, Junior, as they hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan.
Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 16 to 19) at James Bridges Theatre, UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Westwood. $15 to $60. (310) 827-0889; latw.org
Greeking Out: “The Golden Fleece” @ Veterans Memorial Complex
The Monarch Theatre Guild presents a new rock musical that follows the band Jason and the Argonauts as they journey to Hollywood, score a recording contract with Mount Olympus Productions and face the temptations of rock ‘n’ roll stardom offered by punk band The Furies.
One performance only: 8 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 18) at Veterans Memorial Complex, The Rotunda Room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. $10 to $20. facebook.com/MonarchTheatreGuild
Mixed Metaphors: “A Winter’s Tale” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Shakespeare may have claimed the title first, but this musical adaption of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” uses pop, rock, calypso and even an Irish jig to recreate the classic tale of Scrooge and Tiny Tim at Christmas time.
Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 16 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org
Adulting: “Avenue Q” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players revive the celebrated Broadway musical that explores the challenges and disappointments of adulthood alongside kid-show puppets grappling with some very grownup issues.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5156; visit kentwoodplayers.org
The Singularity: “Wake” @ City Garage
Written by the author of the international bestseller “The Glass Books of Dream Eaters,” this play follows a woman as she awakens from a cryogenic slumber many years in the future. Her terminal cancer is cured and a vast computer network called “Platform” has taken over — but does the world as she knew it still exist?
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 17 at City Garage, Bergamot Station T-1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. $25 or pay what you want at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org
Rude Awakening: “Avenue Q” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players revive the celebrated Broadway musical that explores the challenges and disappointments of adulthood alongside kid-show puppets grappling with grownup issues.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. Call (310) 645-5156 or visit kentwoodplayers.org
15 Minutes: “I’m Not Famous” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Broadway veteran Barbara Minkus’ hit musical memoir about her life in show biz returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse for a limited engagement.
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 26 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $30. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com
Worlds Apart: “The Red Dress” @ Odyssey Theatre
With Berlin as its backdrop, Tania Wisbar’s new drama — based on her parents’ love story and divorce — explores the intersection of politics and art in the years between the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of fascism in Europe.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 19 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $20 to $30. (323) 960-5521; plays411.com/reddress
Mystery Box: “Red Sand” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
A revolving series of stories rotate through the various facets of loss and hope in this experimental, non-linear work of physical theater.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 17 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 394.9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com
Tortured Souls: “The Dance of Death” @ Odyssey Theatre
On an isolated island, a military captain named Edgar and his wife Alice live a bitter life at each other’s throats. Tensions rise as their 25th anniversary approaches and Alice’s cousin Kurt arrives, becoming tangled in their fierce battle of wills.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 19 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $25 to $34. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com
Depth & Devotion: “A Love Affair” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Jerry Mayer’s comedy examines the ups and downs of a 38-year marriage, from the successes and disappointments to the traumas, sex, children and everything else in between.
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 19 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com