Compiled by Christina Campodonico

Theater of the Absurd: “The Wonderful World of Dissocia” @ Fanatic Salon
Culver City Public Theater moves indoors for the first time and delves into the mind of Lisa, a young woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder undergoing electric shock therapy. The treatment brings to life a multitude of characters, including a druggie “insecurity guard,” an abusive goat and a singing polar bear.
Limited engagement: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 27 at Fanatic Salon, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., Culver City. $10 to $15. ccpt.org.

Hellfire and Brimstone: “Booger Red” @ The Electric Lodge
Booger Red survives a rough childhood to become a renowned and intimidating Southern Baptist preacher. But can his kid Jimmy find a way to live outside of his father’s larger-than-life shadow? Told by actor-playwright and Southern yarn-spinner Jim Loucks.
Limited engagement: Opens Saturday (April 20) and continues 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 28 at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $15. Search “Booger Red” at eventbrite.com; jimloucks.com.

Mildred Marie Langford and Jon Chaffin in “Native Son”
Photo by Geoffrey Wade Photography

This is America: “Native Son” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
Center Theatre Group’s Block Party caps off with Anateus Theatre Company’s production of “Native Son,” an adaptation of Richard Wright’s classic novel about a young black man in 1930s Chicago, the racism he lives with and the violence that seals his fate.
Opens Thursdays (April 18) and continues at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays (no matinee April 21) through April 28 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $27 to $72. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org

Sermons and Showmanship: “Faith Healer” @ Odyssey Theater
Is Fantastic Francis Hardy a miracle worker or a charlatan in search of a dollar? Four monologues explore the healing power of faith.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 12 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $32 to $37. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com

“Dorothy’s Adventures in Oz” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Follow Dorothy on her escapades doing battle with a vainglorious queen, meeting a magical Patchwork Girl and setting a rainbow king free.
Now playing 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through June 30 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Faith and Healing: “Bar Mitzvah Boy” @ Miles Memorial Playhouse
Joey, a thoroughly secularized man in his 60s longs to reconnect with his Jewish roots by throwing the bar mitzvah he never had. Meanwhile Michael, a female rabbi, must come to terms with her 11-year-old daughter’s terminal cancer diagnosis. Can both find meaning through their faith?
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 12 at Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $25 to $35; get $5 off at the door if you bring a picture of your own bar mitzvah. (323) 821-2449; wcjt.tix.com

Deja Vu: “The Marriage Zone” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
A younger couple and an older couple encounter each other at an open house, discovering they have way too much in common.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 2 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $40.(310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com


Unforgivable? “Mistakes Were Made – coulda-woulda-shoulda” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Dick lets a blue-eyed winker threaten his marriage; Jeff turns down his dream job; Mel hires a famous money manager, now infamous for stealing money. We all make mistakes, but can we fix them?
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through June 30 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com​

Kentwood Does Sondheim: “Sunday in the Park with George” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players revive this fun Sondheim musical about an artist’s complicated relationship with his creations and mistress.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 20 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $27. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org


Midlife Liasons: “The Things We Do” @ Odyssey Theater
This world premier by playwright Grant Woods, formerly attorney general of Arizona and chief of staff to John McCain, explores modern romance at midlife. Bill falls for Sarah, but Sarah is married to Ted. Ted and Alice might be a match, but she’s married to Bill. Do they make a change or move forward with their longstanding relationships?
Opens Saturday (April 6) and continues at at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 12, with a 5 p.m. show replacing the April 7 matinee. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $35 to $40.  (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com

Talk Nerdy to Me: “Smart Love” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
In this new comedy with a scientific twist, the Wachowski’s household is turned upside down when the family’s son returns from MIT with an unexpected guest.
Extended Run: Shows continue at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through April 28 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice.  $25 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com


Celebrate Sondheim: “Sunday in the Park with George” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players revive this lively Sondheim musical about an artist’s complicated relationship with his creations and his longtime mistress.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 20 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $27. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

Believe Your Eyes: “Magic Monday” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Master magician Albie Selznick returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse, presenting an ever-changing lineup of award-winning magicians and variety acts performing show-stopping feats, sleight of hand and mind-blowing illusions. Pre-show entertainment begins a half hour before curtain.
Opens April 1 and continues 8 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 30 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $40. (310) 586-1166; magicmondayla.com

Religious Fervor: “Faith Healer” @ Odyssey Theatre
Is Fantastic Francis Hardy a miracle worker — or a showman in search of a dollar? Four separate monologues explore the healing power of faith.
Opens Saturday (March 23) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays as well as some Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through May 12 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $37. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com

One-Act Wonders: One Act Festival @ The Actors’ Gang
The Actors’ Gang puts on a series of five memorable one-act plays: Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit,” about three sinners waiting for the gates of hell to open; “A Perfect World,” about a couple’s retreat into the world of imagination; “Clean Slate,” about a woman’s solitary existence and embrace of “minimalistic bliss”; “Tradition,” about a former Iraq war veteran’s reentry into civilian life; and Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape,”  about an elderly man’s odd birthday ritual.
Various dates and times through April 20. $25 to $35, or pay what you want on Thursdays. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com


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