Compiled by Christina Campodonico
Multimedia Moods: “Sympathetic Resonance: An Evening of Improvised Alchemy”
@ Highways Performance Space
An international collective of artists, filmmakers, performers and programmers known as Improvised Alchemy reflect on the tumultuous events of 2016 with a holographic head that dispenses wisdom in real time, a belly dance duet to live remixed music and a transmedia piano suite performed with a digital interface as backdrop.
Two performances only:
8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Dec. 9 and 10) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance.org
Fortunate Son: “The Lionin Winter”
@ Pacific Resident Theatre
In this historically and psychologically insightful play by James Goldman, King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position their favorite son in line for the throne.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 707 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacific-residenttheatre.com
Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee: “The Wholehearted”
@ Kirk Douglas Theatre
A female boxing phenom grapples with lost love, an abusive husband and the high cost of fame in this world premiere production featuring live projections, film and a thumping rockabilly score.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 8 to 11) at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9829 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $45. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org
Partisan Romance: “How to Love a Republican”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
When Margie’s parents introduce her to two congressmen from opposite sides of the aisle (who also happen to be running against each other), she has to choose where she’ll cast her vote inside and outside of the bedroom.
Closing soon. Last shows are at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 10 and 11) at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $30. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com
Wedded Bliss? “Waiting for Grace”
@ Odyssey Theatre
A successful New York actress who’s spent her entire life focused on her career wakes up one morning yearning for marriage and a child. But is it too late? And is matrimony really what she wants?
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $25 to $50. (323) 960-7788; plays411.com/waiting
Season’s Greetings: “All About Santa”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
In this family-friendly yuletide musical, the perky elves, zany inventors, toy soldiers and porcelain dolls of the North Pole almost succumb to sinister hijinks, but with the help of the audience Christmas cheer conquers all.
Now playing 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 394-9779, ext. 2; santamonicaplayhouse.com
A Shadowy Scrooge: “A Christmas Carol”
@ Miles Memorial Playhouse
In this highly theatricalized version of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Santa Monica Rep uses shadow puppetry and a Greek chorus to show the evolution of Scrooge’s character. Recommended for “brave” children ages 8 and above.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets start at $20 for adults; $10 for children. (844) 486-2844; santamonicarep.org
A Modern Maven: “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
@ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
This youth production of the madcap Broadway musical follows flapper Millie Dillmount as she navigates New York City in the 1920s, falls in love and uncovers a plot to sell young girls to the Far East.
Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 17 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $15-$20. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org