Compiled by Christina Campodonico

“War Words” @ Pacific Resident Theatre 
The funny, strange, heroic and heartbreaking stories of veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq come to life on stage.
Opens Thursday and continues at 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 15. 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com

“Rhinoceros” @ Santa Monica College 
SMC’s theater arts department presents Eugene Ionesco’s classic absurdist play about a small provincial town visited by a mysterious rhino.
Last shows: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Dec. 6 & 7). Theatre Arts Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $8 to $15. (310) 434-4319; smc.edu/mainstage

Donna Sternberg & Dancers: “Iron Women” @ The Wende Museum
The Wende Museum hosts a site-specific dance performance by Donna Sternberg & Dancers, created in response to the current exhibition “Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain.” A Q&A with the artists follows.
One performance only: 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 8). 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Free with RSVP. (310) 260-1198; dsdancers.com/events

“Department of Dreams” @ City Garage
In Jeton Neziraj’s nightmarish Orwellian comedy, an autocratic government seeks to control its citizens’ imaginations by demanding they put their dreams into a depository. Dan, a new hire for the prized job of “interpreter,” looks for threats to the government’s authority and its version of truth.
Last shows: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through (Dec. 6, 7 & 8). 2525 Michigan Ave. (Bergamot Station Building T1), Santa Monica. $20 to $25, or pay what you want at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org

“Little Black Dress” is a ladies’ night musical
Photo by Dahilia Katz

“Little Black Dress” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
This new musical explores the evolution of one of womankind’s most versatile wardrobe staples, from Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy LBD in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Lady Di’s iconic off-the-shoulder “revenge dress.” Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m.
Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 15. 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25. littleblackdressthemusical.com


“Bad Habits” @ Ruskin Group Theatre 
The Sisters of St. Cyril’s are on a mission to prevent the closing of their convent and school. Will the “Almighty” intervene in the form of a miraculous woman named Maria? Or will the Sisters have to rely on their annual Christmas pageant fundraiser, featuring a particularly surprising number? Legendary entertainer Orson Bean and wife Alley Mills (“The Wonder Years”) star.
Opens Friday (Nov. 22) and continues 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 26. 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $25 to $35. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com 

“Rhinoceros” @ Santa Monica College 
SMC’s theater arts department presents Eugene Ionesco’s classic absurdist play about a small provincial town visited by a mysterious rhino.
Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 7. A preview performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. Theatre Arts Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $8 to $15. (310) 434-4319; smc.edu/mainstage

“Legally Blond The Musical Jr.” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre 
Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and smash hit motion picture, this youth-friendly musical comedy follows Elle Woods as she transforms from an L.A. sorority girl to a Harvard law student with serious flair.
Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec., 14. 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $16 to $25. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org 

“Little Women” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players bring Louisa May Alcott’s literary classic to vivid musical life, just before the much anticipated Greta Gerwig movie adaptation comes out. With joyful melodies and memorable characters, the musical follows the four March sisters as they discover adventure, heartbreak and hope during the Civil War era. This is the first show of the Westchester institution’s 2019-20 70th Anniversary season.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 21. 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $27. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

“Before” @ Odyssey Theatre
Celebrated Irish actor Pat Kinevane plays Pontius, a farmer who loves to hate musicals and tries to pick out a present for his estranged daughter in a doomed Clerys department store set to close.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Thursdays through Dec. 8. 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West LA. $20 to $30. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com

“1984” @ The Actors’ Gang

Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins directs and plays the antagonist O’Brien in this dark and twisty adaptation of Orwell’s literary classic.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (and 2 p.m. some Sundays) through Dec. 7 at 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $35, or pay what you want at the door on Thursdays. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com


“Department of Dreams” @ City Garage
This world premiere of Jeton Neziraj’s nightmarish Orwellian comedy feels highly relevant to today’s politics. An autocratic government demands its citizens put their dreams in a depository to exert control over their imaginations. Dan, a new hire for the prized job of “interpreter,” looks for threats to the government’s authority and its version of “truth.” If order is to be maintained, deviance must be extinguished and imagination co-opted.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 8 at 2525 Michigan Ave. (Bergamot Station – T1), Santa Monica. $20 to $25, or pay what you want at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org


Bidding Adieu: “La Vie en Rose” @ Odyssey Theatre
Grammy-winning chanteuse Julia Migenes begins her farewell series of performances by traveling back to the Paris of Edith Piaf, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway in this evening of nostalgic French chansons by Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand and others.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 14 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $25 to $40. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com

Big Brother Returns: “1984” @ The Actors’ Gang
Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins directs and plays the antagonist O’Brien in this dark and twisty adaptation of Orwell’s literary classic.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (and 2 p.m. some Sundays) through Dec. 7 at 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $35, or pay what you want at the door on Thursdays. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com


Dream Sequence: “Department of Dreams” @ City Garage

This world premiere of Jeton Neziraj’s nightmarish Orwellian comedy feels highly relevant to today’s politics. An autocratic government demands its citizens put their dreams in a depository to exert control over their imaginations. Dan, a new hire for the prized job of “interpreter,” looks for threats to the government’s authority and its version of “truth.” If order is to be maintained, deviance must be extinguished and imagination co-opted.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 8 at City Garage, 2525 Michigan Ave. (Bergamot Station Building T1), Santa Monica. $20 to $25, or pay what you want at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org


 

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