Compiled by Stephanie Bell and Anthony Torisse
“17 Border Crossings” @ The Broad Stage
Thaddeus Phillips takes attendees around the world in planes, trains, and other automobiles where danger is present at all times. Through deportations, strip searches and illegal crossings, Phillips examines the concept of the invisible lines we call borders.
Limited Engagement: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Jan 24 to 25). 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $39 to $59. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org
“Crane & Man” @ Highways Performance Space
Anna Ialeggio and Robyn O’Dell combine dance, theater and ecology in this multimedia performance that takes inspiration from a true story and explores the scientist-to-bird connection between a crane protagonist named “Tex ”and an ornithologist called “George” Archibald.
Limited Engagement: 8:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 24). 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org
“Veiled” @ Highways Performance Space
Artist Julia Orquera Bianco reveals and liberates the female image by pulling inspiration from busts of veiled virgins commonly produced during the 19th century to experiment with ideas about gender, femininity, and sacredness.
Limited Engagement: 8:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 25). 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org
“Until the Flood” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
Drawing inspiration from extensive interviews with residents of greater St. Louis, performer and playwright Dael Orlandersmith explores the struggle of a community to heal after the fatal shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer.
Opens Wednesday (Jan. 29) and continues at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb 23. 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $30 to $75. (213) 972-2772; centertheatregroup.org
“Largo Desolato” @ City Garage
Trapped in his apartment, Leopold Nettles awaits arrest by a totalitarian government, while friends, colleagues and other mysterious characters appear to challenge his beliefs and further loosen his grip on reality.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 1. 2525 Michigan Ave., Building T1, Santa Monica. $20 to $25 or pay what you can at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org
“The Unseen Hand + Killer’s Head” @ The Odyssey Theatre
In these back to Sam Shepard plays, a trio of cowboys resurrected from the the dead help a mutant extraterrestrial to free his enslaved people and a murderer delivers his final words as he awaits execution.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. some Wednesdays and Thursdays through March 8. 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $37. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com
“All Join In” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
This interactive musical follows Cinderella, Snow White, Aladdin, TinkerBell and other fairytale characters on a sing-along adventure.
Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through April 5. 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15.00. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com
“The Giver” @ Westchester Playhouse
Lois Lowry’s dystopian young adult novel about a futuristic planned community devoid of free will or choice comes to life in this Kentwood Players production.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 22. 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $22. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
“All My Sons” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
In this 1947 Arthur Miller play, family secrets are stirred up when two old neighbors show up unexpectedly in a Midwestern town, exposing a scheme that sent defective airplane parts to the skies of World War II.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 26 at 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $29. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
“Disposable Necessities” @ The Electric Lodge
Rogue Machine resident playwright Neil McGowan imagines a future where aging and death have become obsolete thanks to “Module,” a process of downloading the digitized soul into a new host body. The process is something only the very wealthy can afford, however. If you are rich enough, you can be anyone you desire. With wit and humor, McGowan looks at greed beyond the grave as well as the summative value of life — and death.
Now playing at 5 p.m. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. some Mondays through Feb. 3. 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $25 to $35. roguemachinetheatre.net