Compiled by Christina Campodonico

Danger lurks beneath the surface of a dinner party in “Winter Solstice”
Photo by Paul M. Rubenstein

A Chilling Discovery: “Winter Solstice” @ City Garage
A Christmas Eve gathering brings an unexpected visitor into a bourgeois household’s midst and reveals an alarming link with a long thought buried Nazi past.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 25 at City Garage, 2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. T1, Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org

Theater on Speed: “L.A. Café Plays” @ Ruskin Group Theatre
Five writers, five directors and 10 actors have 10½ hours to create five new plays.
Two performances only: 7:30 and 9 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 21) at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $10 to $15. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com

The Dr. is Down: “Quack” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
Dr. Irving Baer is a success at telling women what to do — how to lose weight, manage their health and make their dreams come true. But when a take-down piece of journalism shakes the foundations of his carefully manicured brand, he’s in for a fall and going to take everyone else down with him.
Opens Sunday (Oct. 21) and continues at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 18 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $72. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org

Budget-Friendly Theater: Binge Free Festival @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Artistic directors Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo curate this almost month-long festival of free, new and experimental theater works. This week: one-legged comedian Josh Sundquist tracks down every girl he has tried to date since middle school in “We Should Hangout Sometime” (4:30 p.m. Saturday); a journey into Tolstoy’s classic “War and Peace” (8 p.m. Thursday); women rise up in “Suffragette!” (9 p.m. Thursday and Friday); and Shelley Fisher, the Memphis Belle of L.A., serves up live cooking demonstrations, music and more in ForkPlay (1 p.m. Saturday).
Various times through Nov. 12. Free, but RSVP required. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com/thebff2018

The Gig Economy: “Old Clown Wanted” @ The Odyssey Theatre
Romanian-French playwright Matei Visniec charts man’s fear of being forgotten by society in this surrealistic dramedy inspired by Federico Fellini’s classic film “The Clowns.” Three over-the-hill clowns — the funny kind, not the scary kind — all vie for a single job.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Wednesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 4 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $17 to $37. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com

Battle Cry: “Johnny Got His Gun” @ The Actors’ Gang
Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins directs this dramatic adaptation of Dalton Trumbo’s famed anti-war novel following the internal and physical battles of Joe Bonham — a young army vet whose mind and body is left ravaged by World War I.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 10 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $34.99. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com

Manhattan Project: “Oppenheimer” @ Electric Lodge
Recently transplanted small-theater company Rogue Machine tackles the mind of the “father of the atomic bomb” in this play by London-based playwright Tom Morton-Smith.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Saturdays and Mondays and 3 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 30 at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $40 or pay-what-you-can on certain dates. (855) 585-5185; roguemachinetheatre.com


Battle Cry: “Johnny Got His Gun” @ The Actors’ Gang
Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins directs this dramatic adaptation of Dalton Trumbo’s famed anti-war novel following the internal and physical battles of Joe Bonham — a young army vet whose mind and body is left ravaged by World War I.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 10 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $34.99. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com

Classic Comedy: “Broadway Bound” @ Miles Memorial Playhouse
Neil Simon’s quasi-autobiographical play about two comedy-writing brothers striving for their big break is presented by West Coast Jewish Theatre.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and some Thursdays (Oct. 11, 18 and 25) and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $25 to $40. (323) 821-2449; wcjt.org

Playful Paranoia: “The Marriage Zone” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
In this comedy, three couples converge at an open house and learn they have so much in common it’s surreal.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 17 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $40. (800) 838-3006; santamonicaplayhouse.com

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