Compiled by Christina Campodonico
Fresh Voices: L.A. Writers’ Workshop @ Kirk Douglas Theater
Hear some of the newest and boldest works coming out of Los Angeles with readings of Syvan Oswald’s “A Kind of Weather,” exploring gender transition and family relationships; Dan O’Brien’s “New Life,” which follows the paths of a war reporter in Syria and a playwright battling cancer; and Zakiyyah Alexander’s “How to Raise a Freeman,” which asks how a middle class family can keep their teenage son alive in this day and age.
Readings at noon, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday (June 23) at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $10 per reading or $30 for a pass to all three. (310) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org
The Unknown: “Fabe – unknow” @ Highways Performance Space
Choreographer Mallory Fabian’s new evening-length dance work explores race, sexual orientation and gender identity, delving into our ability to know or “unknow” the people with whom we share our lives.
Limited engagement: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (June 22 and 23) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org
Ghost Stories: “Scare Pair: Usher House + The Canterville Ghost” @ The Broad Stage
The Broad Stage and LA Opera team up for this spooky double bill. America’s favorite gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe regales audiences with his haunting tale of the House of Usher, followed by Oscar Wilde’s witty story of a 300-year-old English ghost who fails to impress an American family.
Limited engagement: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday (June 22 and 24) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $89 to $134. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org
Dance Hall Revival: “Reprise 2.0: Sweet Charity” @ UCLA Freud Playhouse
Longtime Westsider Marcia Seligson revives her series of vintage American musicals with the originally Bob Fosse-choreographed classic “Sweet Charity” and a partnership with UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through July 1 at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, 245 Charles E. Young Dr., Westwood. $30 to $110. (800) 982-2787; reprise2.org
Self-Actualization: “Sacred Resistance” @ The Braid
Master storyteller Vicki Juditz (The Moth, KCRW’s UnFictional) confronts her German past, the ordinariness of evil and 5,000 years of Jewish history in her heartfelt quest to be a better person.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 26 at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave. Ste. #102, Santa Monica. $30 to $35. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org
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.
Extended Run! Shows continue at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 1 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $35. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com
A Spark of Magic: “Magic Monday” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Albie Selznick (“Smoke and Mirrors”) assembles award-winning magicians and variety acts for a summer of magic, sleight of hand, parlor tricks and illusions. Pre-show entertainment starts in the lobby a half-hour before curtain.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 3 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $40. (310) 450-2849; magicmondayla.com
A Colorful Evening: “Alice and the Fabulous Tea Party” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Celebrate LA Pride with a dash of whimsy. Vaudeville, burlesque, pantomime, farce and fantasy combine in this wild reinvention of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland stories by All the Queen’s Men theater company.
Now playing at 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through June 30 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 394-9779 ext. 2; santamonicaplayhouse.com
Ingénue: “Baby Doll” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
Based on Tennessee Williams’ controversial screenplay, this sexy dark comedy focuses on the love triangle involving two rival cotton gin owners and the virgin bride teasing them both.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through June 24 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 707 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
Activist Abstinence: “Lysistrata Unbound” @ Odyssey Theatre
Physical theatre impresario John Farmanesh-Bocca teams up with award-winning playwright Eduardo Machado to reimagine Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata” (you know, the one about the women of Greece not putting out) as a prequel about how one aristocratic Athenian matron transforms into a peace activist of the ancient world.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. some Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 4 at Odyssey Theatre. $10 to $37. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com
Heir Apparent?: “The Last Schwartz” @ Edgemar Center for the Performing Arts
On the first anniversary of a Jewish family patriarch’s death, his descendants come together at the family home. A web of secrets and lies unfolds to comedic effect as the heirs to his estate wrestle with their own frustrations over infertility, infidelity, and a quest to carry on the family name. Parental guidance suggested for kids 15 and under.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through July 1. $25 to $40. Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-7327; edgemar.org
For the Kids: “Finding Belle” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Cinderella, Snow White, Little Bo Peep and Mother Goose team up to track down Belle and confront the mysteries of modern life.
Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through June 24 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com