On Stage – The week in local theater
Shakespeare, Next Generation: “Lear”
@ City Garage Theatre
In the West Coast premiere of Young Jean Lee’s “inaccurate distortion” of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” the focus shifts from the title monarch and his male courtiers to the younger generation of royals: Lear’s three daughters and Gloucester’s two sons. This is not your grandma’s Shakespeare.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays (except Feb. 28) through Mar. 13. $20 to $25. City Garage Theatre at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., T1, Santa Monica. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org
The Confessional: “Secrets Out”
@ Highways Performance Space
Performer, dancer and director Sarah Llewellyn curates an evening of solo performances and group works by Brian Girard, Craig Ng, Chanel Pepper, Jennifer Shields, Tadia K Taylor about shame, guilt and secrecy.
This weekend only. Plays at at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Feb. 26 and 27) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th Street, Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance.org
Literary Love Story: “I Take Your Hand in Mine”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
Guillermo Cienfuegos directs a play charting the love story of playwright Anton Chekhov and his leading lady Olga Knipper through their intimate correspondence over six years and great distances.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through March 13 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
Sister Act: “My Sister”
@ Odyssey Theatre
A hit at last year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, “My Sister” comes to Odyssey Theatre in an expanded production. Identical twin sisters Elizabeth and Emily Hinkler play two adventurous siblings as they travel from the countryside to pre-Nazi Berlin and enter the wild life of cabaret.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 13 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $34. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com
The Odd Couple: “Jack & Jill”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Jack and Jill must decide to love or not to love in this play by Jane Martin about the ups and downs of one oddly perfect couple.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 27 at The Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (323) 960-1055; plays411.net
Moulin Rouge-y: A Night at the Black Cat Cabaret
@ Edgemar Center for the Arts
Set in 1943 Paris, soldiers, smugglers and society’s elite all try to escape the war by dancing and drinking at the Black Cat Cabaret.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 30 at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $35 to $45. (310) 392-7327; edgemar.org
The Funny Bone Tickler: “Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
The actor, entertainer and longtime Venice canals resident opens up about his life on stage and off in this stage adaptation of his memoir. From breaking into standup in New York to firewalking in Malibu at an all-time career low, Bean shares the ups and downs of living in the spotlight. Expect gaffs, laughs, hard truths and even some magic tricks.
Continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 13 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25. (310) 822-8392; pacificresident-theatre.org