Compiled by Christina Campodonico
Comedy of Manners: “Jane Austen Unscripted” @ The Broad Stage
Impro Theatre returns to The Broad Stage riffing on the wit, wisdom and charm of Jane Austen’s six novels. Impro asks for an audience suggestions at the begging of the show and spins an Austenian world of charming cads, brooding noblemen and love-struck girls whose hearts are sure to be broken and mended by the healing power of love.
Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Dec. 14, 15 & 21), 5 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 16) and 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at The Broad Stage’s Edye Second Space, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $49. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org/improtheatrejaneausten
Funny Girl: “Not that Jewish” @ The Braid
Bringing her humorous one-woman show back from an off-Broadway run, Emmy Award winner Monica Piper explores what it means to have a “Jewish heart” and recounts her adventures in Hollywood with the comedic chops she honed while writing for TV show hits like “Roseanne,” “Mad About You” and “Rugrats.”
Last shows: 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday (Dec. 13 & 15) at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Suite 102, Santa Monica. $40 to $45. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org
The Tipsy Elf: “The SantaLand Diaries” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Patrick Censoplano dons the candy-cane tights to revive humorist David Sedaris’s one-man play about working as an elf at Macy’s in New York City and how the job showed him the best and worst in people. Keep the kids at home for this adult comedy.
Last shows: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 14, 15 & 16) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $24.50 to $29.50. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com
Yuletide Bacchanal: “Aphrodite’s Holiday Show” @ The Actors’ Gang
Aphrodite and Dionysus’ 45-year-old human daughter Poinsettia returns to The Actors’ Gang to wrestle with god/mortal issues and take part in a whimsical variety show of magicians, dancers, aerialists and jugglers. Sip hot cider and sing carols in The Actors’ Gang lobby before the show.
Last shows: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 13, 14, 15 & 16) at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $34.99. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com
Hot-Button Comedy: “Steambath” @ Odyssey Theatre
What if God turned out to be a Puerto Rican steam bath attendant, assisted by a butler named Gottlieb? Renowned standup comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez stars in this outrageously politically incorrect comedy.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Wednesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 16 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $37. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com
Downhome Cooking: “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
Writer, actor and Drama Desk Award-nominated drag queen Kris Andersson plays Dixie Longate, a fast-talking, gum-chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who knows how to throw one hell of a Tupperware party.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $35 to $75. dixiestupperwareparty.com
Under the Sea: “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players revive this classic from the silver screen and Hans Christian Andersen’s collection of fairytales.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 15 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $27. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
A Tapping Good Time: “42nd Street” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
A youthful cast tackles the original Broadway choreography for this classic musical about a small town girl with big city dreams. Recommended for ages 8+.
Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 15 at Morgan Wixson-Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org
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 at 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30 at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $40 or pay-what-you-can on some dates. (855) 585-5185; roguemachine-theatre.com
Sense of Self: “I am Sophie” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
When Kate decides to leave Paris to care for her father, she decides it’s also time to share her new identity with the world — Sophie. What follows is an existential adventure with a French twist.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 27. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
Dark Days: “Blacktop Highway” @ Odyssey Theatre
In this mashup of live theater and cinema, the dark depravities of a strange family living along the coast of Maine are explored, holding up a mirror to America’s fractured socio-political landscape.
Now playing 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 15 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. (310) 315-1400; odysseytheatre.com