Compiled by Michael Aushenker
“Sordid Lives” at Westchester Playhouse
The dependable Kentwood Players present Del Shores’ black comedy about a trashy Texas family dealing with the aftermath of their elderly matriarch’s demise during a seedy motel rendezvous with a young married neighbor.
Expect adult situations and language. And irreverent fun.
Originally staged in 1996, Shores’ piece eventually won 14 DramaLogue Awards. This time, Kirk Larson directs.
Playing through Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $18 to $20. (310) 216-9094; kentwoodplayers.org
“Romeo and Juliet” at City Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare is in the air this summer. First, Venice-based Pacific Resident Theatre’s casually costumed “Henry V” became this season’s theater talk of the town. Now, City Shakespeare Company presents the ultimate tragic romance, with its titular love birds caught in a rip tide between warring families Capulets and Montagues.
A masquerade ball set piece launches City Shakespeare’s 90-minute production, replete with fights choreographed by David Hartstone, who also plays Romeo to Megan Ruble’s Juliet.
“We’re bringing the heat this summer with a raw, physical, passion-filled production of the most famous love story ever told,” said director Brook Bishop, also the company’s co-founding artistic director.
Playing through July 26 at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays at City Shakespeare Company, 1454 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. cityshakes.org
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Miles Memorial Playhouse
The Shakespeare theme continues a few blocks away, with the Colonials’ staging The Bard’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Oberon, Titania, Puck and the gang gather for the wedding to beat all weddings in director Tony Cronin’s take on this airy mousse of a play, one of Shakespeare’s sweetest, punchiest and lightest.
Playing through Sunday at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 to $20. (310) 804-6705; theatreforasmallspace.com
“Turning Thirty” at Santa Monica Playhouse
And now, for something completely contemporary!
“Turning Thirty” reunites Santa Monica Playhouse Artistic Director Chris DeCarlo with playwright Lisa Phillips Visca for a romantic comedy laden with dating dilemmas and family friction, walking the line between trust and trust funds. DeCarlo directs a dependable and sizeable troop of past Playhouse players including Max Bunzel and Mike DiGirolamo.
Sweetening the deal: peanut butter frozen yogurt figures prominently in the script, so the audience gets to partake in free froyo, courtesy of the new Yogurtland shop in Santa Monica.
Playing through Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $29. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.org
“Princess and Pirates Sing-a-long Concert” at Kirk Douglas Theatre
Snow White sings Katy Perry’s “Fireworks.” Aladdin croons One Direction’s “That’s What Makes You Beautiful.” The Sheriff of Nottingham belts out a version of Lady Gaga’s “Applause.”
Worlds collide in this kid-friendly Lythgoe Family Productions stage show featuring actors with such credits as “Glee,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and Broadway’s “Les Miserables.”
For Kris Lythgoe — who remembers seeing shows as a kid directed by mother Bonnie and written by father Nigel Lythgoe (a producer of “American Idol” and creator of “So You Think You Can Dance” as well as a judge) — children’s theater has been the family business for 30 years. “Princess and Pirates” is directed and choreographed by Emmy-nominated “Dance” choreographer Spencer Liff.
Kris Lythgoe and wife/co-producer Becky Baeling-Lythgoe believe every Lythgoe production needs three ingredients: contemporary music, interactivity, and what Lythgoe calls “the Pixar element” — embedding jokes for adults. Expect ticklers alluding to “Game of Thrones.”
Opens at 6 p.m. Friday and then runs through Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. Fridays; noon, 3 and 6 p.m. Saturdays; and noon and 3 p.m. Sundays at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 W Washington Blvd., Culver City. $29 (kids under 12) to $39. (213) 972-4488; princesspirateslive.com