Compiled by Christina Campodonico

SaMo Activism: “Save the Pier!” @ The Santa Monica Pier
Before there was social slacktivism, there was good old-fashioned activism. “Save the Pier!” rewinds to 1972, when a group of Santa Monica residents rallied together to save the beloved landmark from the ominous grasp of city planners and developers. Watch the drama unfold directly on the deck of the pier in this ode to local history.
Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 20, 21 and 22) at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier. Free, but RSVP. santamonicapier.org

#MeToo: “The Vortex” @ Odyssey Theatre
Donna Sternberg & Dancers tackle the silent trials of women, people of color and gender non-conforming individuals within the scientific community, turning their stories of harassment, sexism and racism into empowering movements.
Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 21 and 22) at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $25 to $30. (310) 260-1198; dsdancers.com

Fashion Statement: “Sweating Saris” @ Highways Performance Space
This interactive, multimedia duet between Ramya Harishankar and Dr. Priya Srinivasan examines the history of Indian dance in the U.S. from 1880 to the present and explores dance’s relationship to social, political, historical, cultural, racialized and gendered forms of power.
Two performances only: 8:30 p.m. Friday (April 20) and 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 21) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org

Stroke of Genius: “Einstein!” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Actor Jacky Fry explains how Einstein’s hair got all crazy in this one-man show about the genius physicist’s early personal life and revolutionary scientific discoveries.
One performance only: 2 p.m. Saturday (April 21) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $40 to $60. einsteintheplay.com

The Making of an Assassin: “Alik” @ AmVets
Julio Vero’s play, which debuted at the Wende Museum of the Cold Wark, dramatizes the secret life and little-known marriage of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in Soviet Russia.
Run extended! Shows continue at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays through April 29 at American Veterans’ Culver City Post, 10858 Culver Blvd., Culver City. $20. (424) 360-0330; alik.brownpapertickets.com

Art in the Park: “Wilderness” @ Tongva Park
Dubbed “the best immersive performance to hit L.A. so far” by No Proscenium, experimental theater troupe Wilderness reimagines the “rooms” of Tongva Park — its winding paths and swooping vistas — as spaces for play, performance and to blur the line between the observer and observed.
Two performances only: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (April 25 and 26) at Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Free. tongvapark.smgov.net/events

A Family Affair: “Bad Jews” @ Odyssey Theatre
Joshua Harmon’s critically-acclaimed Roundabout Theatre play about three cousins duking it out over a prized family heirloom gets a West Coast run.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Wednesdays and Thursdays through June 17 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda, West L.A. $10 to $35. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com

Overwhelmed: “Lost in the Light” @ The Blue Door
An adventurous blind girl grapples with family expectations, social limitations and the possibility of regaining her sight in this inaugural Blue Door production by Theatre by the Blind.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 12 at The Blue Door, 9617 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $15. (310) 902-8220; creoutreach.org


 

Overwhelmed: “Lost in the Light” @ The Blue Door
An adventurous blind girl grapples with family expectations, social limitations and the possibility of regaining her sight in this inaugural Blue Door production by Theatre by the Blind.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 12 at The Blue Door, 9617 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $15. (310) 902-8220; creoutreach.org

 

Praise Be: “Sister Act” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players present this Allen Menken musical based on the famed Whoopi Goldberg-led film about a runaway who finds sisterhood and harmony in a Philadelphia convent.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 21 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

Find Your Happy Place: “The Happiness Project” @ The Actors’ Gang
What is happiness? This workshop production explores the various facets of the feeling from the realm of endorphins to life’s various manifestations of joy and how culture appropriates this emotion for romantic or economic gain.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 29 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Venice. $20 to $25. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com


Till Debt Do Us Part: “A Love Affair” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Jerry Mayer’s comedy examines the ups and downs of a 38-year marriage, from the successes and disappointments to the traumas, sex, children and everything else in between.
Extend run! Shows continue at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through April 29 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Praise Be: “Sister Act” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players present this Allen Menken musical based on the famed Whoopi Goldberg-led film about a runaway who finds sisterhood and harmony in a Philadelphia convent.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 21 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

Midnight in New York: “The Dorothy Parker Project” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
Step back in time to legendary poet Dorothy Parker’s 1950s New York salon as she and 15 of her actor friends regale you with short stories, poems and dramatizations.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 6 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $30. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com


Shared Histories: “The New Colossus” @ The Actors’ Gang
Tim Robbins directs this bold play about immigrant struggle and survival, based on true ancestral stories of The Actors’ Gang ensemble.
Extended run: Shows continue at 8 p.m. Saturdays through May 12. The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $20 to $34.99. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com


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