Compiled by Christina Campodonico
Christmas Present: Orson Bean’s “A Christmas Carol”
@ First Lutheran Church Venice
Fresh off his critically acclaimed one-man show at Pacific Resident Theatre, famed entertainer and longtime Venice Canals resident Orson Bean revives his annual free staging of Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Both funny and heartwarming, this version of the play includes “just the good stuff,” says Bean — who revels in playing a cantankerous but kid-friendly Scrooge. “Scrooge is a character who genuinely changes, and that is something we all can do,” says Bean.
Performances happen at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 16, 17 and 18) at First Lutheran Church Venice, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free; first come, first seated. Kids sit up front. (310) 821-2740; flvenice.org
Yuletide Yore: “1966 Holiday Extravaganza”
@ The Broad Stage
Impro Theatre goes back to the ’60s to present a completely improvised TV holiday show-style special on stage that’s inspired by the likes of Andy Williams, Perry Como and Bob Hope. Think “Mad Men,” but with holiday cheer.
Performances happen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Dec. 15, 16 and 17) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Tickets start at $32. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
Russian Roulette: “Hooked”
@ City Garage
A hook hanging from a bathroom ceiling, a long-married Russian immigrant couple and a strange neighborhood boy cross paths in unexpected ways in this production by The Industrial Players.
Last performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 16, 17 and 18) at City Garage, Bergamot Station T1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Pay what you can at the door. RSVP to (661) 874-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicken Soup for the Storyteller’s Soul: “Soul Food”
@ The Promenade Playhouse
This month’s SHINE — a gathering of multidisciplinary storytellers — brings together beatboxing comedian Steven Briggs, poet and educator Hardy Keith Edwards, history buff Nicole L. Murph, voice actress Roxana Ortega, actress Margot Rose and authoress Wendy Paris for an evening centered on the bounties of holiday meals. Alan Aymie hosts and musician Sandy Seufert accompanies the storytellers.
One performance only: 7 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18) at The Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. $10. (310) 452-2321; storeyproductions.com