Compiled by Christina Campodonico

Earthly Body: SOMAfest EMBODYment Performances @ Highways Performance Space
Movement artists present kinesthetically charged contemporary works that explore the interconnectivity among body, Earth and the global community.
One performance only: 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 22) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance.org

Street Dance: Versa-Style @ The Broad Stage
This L.A. based hip-hop troupe dedicated to dance, education and social change presents a blend of popping, locking and Latin/Afro-Cuban dance styles in their show “Box of Hope.”
One performance only: 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 23) @ The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $35+. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

Chatterbox: “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” @ Odyssey Theatre
A cell phone, personified by actor Thomas Piper, narrates an unhappy teenager’s move to a new town and school in this West Coast premiere of emerging playwright Kevin Armento’s work.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 8 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $20. (323) 960-4429; plays411.com/PEMDAS

French Absurdist: “The Madwoman of Chaillot” @ The Edye
Santa Monica Rep reads from Jean Giraudoux’s poetic and comic play about a prospector, a broker and a president who discover oil beneath the streets of Paris and the eccentric Madwoman of Chaillot who becomes a core of common sense and goodness in a greedy world.
One performance only: 4 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 24) at The Edye, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

A Strange Pilgrimage: “A Desert Fugue” @ City Garage
This reading of Charles Green’s whimsical play follows a nihilistic cowboy as he encounters gunslingers, fortune tellers and rodeo clowns on a psycho-spiritual journey to rescue his captured fiancé.
One performance only: 8 p.m. Monday (Sept. 25) at City Garage, Bergamot Station T-1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Free, but RSVP to citygarage@citygarage.org. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org

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

Lizzy Kimball and Darrell Larson in “The Dance of Death”
Photo by Ron Sossi

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


Washington Intrigue: “Farragut North” @ Westchester Playhouse
“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon’s taut and twisty 2008 political thriller follows an ambitious DC press secretary down a treacherous path.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 14 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

 

Lost in Love: “Carmen Disrupted” @ City Garage
British playwright Simon Stephens (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”) re-imagines Bizet’s classic opera “Carmen” through the eyes of a lost singer and explores love in a fractured world.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 15 at City Garage, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building T1, Santa Monica. $20 to $25 or pay-what-you-want at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org

 

And the Oscar Goes to … : “Big Night” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
In this Paul Rudnick comedy a nominated actor on the night of the Academy Awards knows that his life is about to change, but his young agent, transgender nephew and unstoppable mother have other plans.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 8 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $70. (213) 972-7231; centretheatregroup.com

 

Two for the Road: “Cigarettes and Chocolate” and “Hang Up” at Pacific Resident Theatre
This pair of shorts by the writer of “The English Patient” takes a humorous but human look at London life in the 1980s, testing the social responsibilities of urbanites.
Run extended. Shows continue at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 15 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $20 to $30. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com

 

Dark Humor: “Arsenic and Old Lace” @ Odyssey Theatre
Two murderous old ladies, a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, a Boris Karloff lookalike and a theater critic in love collide in this revival of the Joseph Kesserling black comedy.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 8 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $25 to $34. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.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.
Run extended. Shows continue at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 15 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com


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