On Stage – this week in local theater
The Existential Crisis:
“Straight White Men” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
In this historical zeitgeist where identity matters and privilege is problematic, what does it mean to be a straight white man? Playwright and director Young Jean Lee explores the contentious topics of race, gender, ethnicity and all that comes with them in the West Coast premiere of her play about three adult brothers and their father grappling with such questions during a Christmas gathering.
The play runs at 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 6 p.m. Sundays from Nov. 22 to Dec. 20 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Tickets are $25 to $55. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org
“Mammoth” @ Highways Performance Space
After a critically acclaimed run at The Brick in Brooklyn, Buran Theatre re-casts its evocative and surreal “paleo-fable” about two mammoth tusk hunters navigating the landscape of love and loss with L.A. performers and artists. You can swap your visit to
the Natural History Museum with this play.
Two nights only: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Nov. 20 and 21) at the Highways Performance Space at 18th Street Arts, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $25. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance.org
The Globetrotter: Global Motion World Dance Company @ The Broad Stage
The Santa Monica College Dance Department presents an evening of world dance including ballet, Bharatanatyam, lyrical, jazz, folklorico, salsa, tango, hip-hop and dances from Cambodia, China, Mexico, West Africa and Tahiti.
Plays at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 21 and 22) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $18 to $20. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
“Something’s Afoot” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players traipse around a lakeside British estate seeking answers for the murder of Lord Dudley Rancor in this mystery musical spoof that’s based on detective stories such as Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.”
Continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 19 at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
For the Eco-Friendly:
“Drempels: The Short but Happy Life of Drempel Hieronymous Aloisios Plonk” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Captain Planet might be proud of this musical. Told from the perspective of the Drempels, a tiny-sub-species of human who live in the cracks of the Earth, this allegorical tale charts the quest of a small but powerful displaced society to save the planet. Leave your plastic bags and water bottles at the door.
Continues at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 29 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $29.50. (310) 394-9779 ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com
High School Reunion:
“The Real High School Musical” @ Fanatic Salon Theatre
Move over, Zac Efron. Culver City-based Monarch Theatre Guild assembles a cast of six to play a student body at a fictitious urban Music & Media Arts Pilot High School. The original musical follows these students as they come into conflict with their parents, teachers and each other, all while chasing their dreams.
Closing performance is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov.22, at Fanatic Salon Theatre, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., Mar Vista. $20 at the door, or $5 for students with ID. facebook.com/Monarch-TheatreGuild.
The Funny Bone Tickler:
“Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
Actor, entertainer and longtime Venice canals resident Orson Bean opens up about his life on stage and off in this autobiographical adaptation of his self-published memoir. From breaking into stand up at The Blue Angel in New York to walking on fire 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. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 29. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $30. (310) 822-8392; pacificresident-theatre.org