Compiled by Christina Campodonico and Angie Fiedler Sutton:

Lee Margaret Hanson and Pierre Adeli in The Actors’ Gang’s “1984”
Photo courtesy of The Actors’ Gang

The Vanishing Point @ Highways Performance Space 
Set in Los Angeles’ art scene, this musical follows star-crossed lovers Giles and Melody as they battle with gallery owner Marjon … and each other.
One performance only: 8:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 19) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org

Strains of Hitchcock: “Dial M for Murder” @ Westchester Playhouse 
Hitchcock’s 1954 film starring Grace Kelly made this story of a tennis pro who plans to off his wife famous, but before that it was a hit on the British stage and TV. The Kentwood Players bring this suspenseful thriller back for live audiences.
Last shows: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Oct.18 & 19) at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $22+. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

An Assortment of Plays: The Binge Fringe Festival of Free Theatre (BFF) @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Billed as the “only free theater festival on the West Coast,” this annual celebration of the dramatic arts features 55 plays, musicals, workshops and cultural exchange events all for, you guessed it, free! This week, dive into a pair of friends’ midlife crises with the short play “June Lake”; “Tabula Rasa” offers a satire of the art world; and Marilyn Anderson teaches audiences how to “Live like a Millionaire when You’re a Million Short.”
Now playing at various times from Oct. 12 to 27 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Free with RSVP. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

The Meaning of Godot: “On Beckett” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
The great Tony Award-winning actor, comedian and clown Bill Irwin tackles the oeuvre of Samuel Beckett from the perspective of a master performer. In this intimate 90-minute show, he asks the audience to join him in experiencing Beckett’s language in compelling new ways — employing dance, slapstick and vaudevillian antics to illuminate the legendary playwright’s take on humanity.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27 at Kirk Douglas Theater, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $30 to $75. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org

Literary Roundabouts: “In Circles” @ Odyssey Theatre 
Recasting Gertrude Stein’s famously “nonlinear prose” in ragtime, tango, waltz, jazz, opera and even barbershop quartet settings, Al Carmines’ plotless 1967 off-Broadway work “In Circles” puts a diverse musical spin on the Lost Generation eccentric’s controversial “there is no there there” literary saying.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays (plus some Wednesday and Thursday shows) through Nov. 10 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $17 to $37. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com

Big Brother Returns: “1984” @ The Actors’ Gang
Michael Gene Sullivan’s dark and twisty adaptation of Orwell’s literary classic, directed by Academy Award winner Tim Robbins, returns to Culver City after a world tour. Winston Smith hates his job in a government bureau that rewrites history, but even amid prying eyes and screens he starts to feel the stirrings of rebellion — and something else that feels a lot like love.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (and 2 p.m. some Sundays) through Dec. 7 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Tickets are $25 for preview shows on Oct. 17 & 18 and start at $34.99 after that. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com


Big Brother Returns: “1984” @ The Actors’ Gang
Michael Gene Sullivan’s dark and twisty adaptation of Orwell’s literary classic, directed by Academy Award winner Tim Robbins, returns to Culver City after a world tour. Winston Smith hates his job in a government bureau that rewrites history, but even amid prying eyes and screens he starts to feel the stirrings of rebellion — and something else that feels a lot like love.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. some Sundays through Dec. 7 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Tickets are $25 for preview shows on Oct. 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18 and start at $34.99 after that. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com

Animal Magnetism: “Miss Lilly Gets Boned” @ Electric Lodge
Sex, faith, absurdity and violence intersect in this Rogue Machine production penned by “This Is Us” and “American Gods” writer Bekah Brunstetter. Miss Lilly is a virginal Sunday school teacher looking for a sexual awakening. Meanwhile, a doctor in Africa tries to communicate with a traumatized elephant. Worlds apart, the universal links between human and animal nature connect Miss Lilly with the pachyderm in extraordinary ways. Recommended for mature audiences.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (and some Mondays) and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $10 to $40. (855) 585-5185; roguemachinetheatre.net

Flash of Genius: “Andy Warhol’s Tomato” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
When a teenage Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of a working-class bar in Pittsburgh, he receives inspiration, guidance and friendship from a surprising source.
Run extended:  8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com


Love Games: “Mono/Poly” @ Odyssey Theatre 
When two monogamous couples encounter a polyamorous triad at a costume party who become increasingly entwined in their personal and professional lives, the monogamous couples are forced to reexamine their long-held beliefs about love, devotion and marriage. Leave the kids at home for this sexy adult comedy.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 10 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $20 to $37. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; monopolytheplay.com

“In Circles” @ Odyssey Theatre 
Recasting Gertrude Stein’s famously “nonlinear prose” in ragtime, tango, waltz, jazz, opera and even barbershop quartet settings, Al Carmines’ plotless 1967 off-Broadway work “In Circles” puts a diverse musical spin on the Lost Generation eccentric’s controversial “there is no there there” literary saying.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays (plus some Wednesday and Thursday shows) through Nov. 10 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $17 to $37. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com


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