Compiled by Christina Campodonico

Exposed to the Elements: “Façade of Time” @ Venice Canals
Venice’s own Body Weather Laboratory takes its Butoh-based practice to the outdoors with a site-specific work that traces the paths of the Venice Canals and culminates at the breakwater. Sixty performers of mixed ages and experiences break down the barriers between performance and public space in this novel urban neighborhood at the crossroads between devastating homelessness and wealthy Silicon Beach. Be ready to sing or otherwise participate at the end of the show.
One performance only: 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 17). Meet at 200 N. Venice Blvd. at curtain time. Free. facebook.com/bodyweather

Catch the poetic acrobatics of The 7 Fingers at the Broad Stage

Looking Back: “RÉVERSIBLE” @ The Broad Stage
The cast of Montreal-based circus group The 7 Fingers investigate the lives of their grandparents and generations past through theater, music, acrobatics and dance, exploring how the simpler eras of yesteryear could inform our future and present day lives.
Limited engagement: 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 15, 16 & 17) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $60 to $95. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

The Winds of Change: “The Joy Wheel” @ Ruskin Group Theatre
Change is blowing through Joy, Illinois, and the lives of Frank and Stella. Stella is shocked and inspired by her best friend’s sexual liberation and independence, while Frank decides to emulate his doomsday prepper friend by building an underground bunker. The show is directed by Jason Alexander.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 24 at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $35. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com

All-American Avant-Garde: “Our Town” @ Westchester Playhouse
The Kentwood Players bring to life Thornton Wilder’s classic American play about the residents of a small New Hampshire town, including its fourth-wall-breaking narrator.
Last shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Feb. 15 & 16) at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $22. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

Science & Religion: “Paradise” @ Odyssey Theatre
Produced by Viola Davis, this play by Laura Maria Censabella explores the conflicting issues that arise when a disillusioned science teacher helps his Yemeni-American Muslim high school student gain admission to a competitive college science program.
Last shows: 8 p.m. Thursday, Fridays and Saturday (Feb. 15, 16 & 17) at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $35. (323) 960-7724; odysseytheatre.com

Talk Nerdy to Me: “Smart Love” @ Pacific Resident Theatre
In this new comedy with a scientific twist, the Wachowski household is turned upside down when the family’s son returns from MIT with an unexpected guest.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 24 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice.  $25 to $34.  (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com

“The Marriage Zone” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
A younger and 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 March 31 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $40.


Mashups & Mystery: “The 39 Steps” @ Morgan-Wixon Theatre
Monty Python, Hitchcock and the world of spy thrillers collide in this Patrick Barlow adaption, featuring four actors playing more than 150 roles.
Last shows Friday and Saturday (Feb. 8 & 9) and 2 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 10) at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $23.

Dance Duets: “Gnarled” @ Odyssey Theatre
Odyssey Theatre’s monthlong dance series concludes with Kevin Williamson’s evening of collaborative duets, exploring themes of detachment, pleasure, withdrawal and aging.
Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Feb. 8 & 9) and 2 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 10) at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $25. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com

Desperate Housewives: “Fallen Angels” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
The vacuous lives of the über-privileged are explored in this Noël Coward play about two bored housewives and their former French lover, who arrives while the ladies’ husbands are away.
Now playing Thursdays and Fridays through Feb. 15 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $25. Santamonicaplayhouse.com

Family Storytime: “Winnie the Pooh” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Join Tigger, Piglet and Winnie the Pooh in the this family-friendly musical comedy based on the beloved characters from A.A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood universe and Disney’s 2011 animated film.
Now playing at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 17 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $12 to $14. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org

Political Theater: “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” @ The Actors’ Gang
In this farce by Nobel Prize winning playwright Dario Fo, a madman invades a police interrogation room where an anarchist accused of a bombing a bank has mysteriously fallen out of a window. A cacophony of various voices and disguises unfolds.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 3 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $34.99. (310) 838-4264; actorsgang.com

Strange Encounter: “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. Discoveries are made and secrets are revealed…
Now playing at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 31 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $40.


“Paradise” @ Odyssey Theatre
Produced by Viola Davis, this play by Laura Maria Censabella explores the conflicts and issues that arise when a disillusioned science teacher helps his Yemeni-American Muslim high school student gain admission to a competitive college science program.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 17 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $35. (323) 960-7724; odysseytheatre.com

Literary Legacy: “Aleichem Sholom!” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Santa Monica Playhouse’s Chris DeCarlo & Evelyn Rudie bring the “father of modern Yiddish literature” to life in this musical based on the loves and losses, travel and travails, letters and stories of Sholom Aleichem.
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 24 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com

New World Order: “Hir” @ Odyssey Theatre
From the mind of MacArthur “Genius Grant” playwright and performing artist Taylor Mac, this family dramedy follows a discharged Marine as he returns home to find the domestic world he knew completely turned upside down and much more progressive.
Now playing 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Wednesdays and Thursdays through March 17 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $17 to $32. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com


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