Dael Orlandersmith sifts through the fallout of Ferguson’s riots in “Until the Flood” PHOTO BY ROBERT ALTMAN

Compiled by Christina Campodonico

“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.
Last shows: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Feb. 21 to Feb. 22). 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $22. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.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 shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer.
Last shows: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 20 to 23). 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $30 to $75. (213) 972-2772; centertheatregroup.org

“The Christopher Boy’s Communion” @ The Odyssey Theatre
The Odyssey Theatre hosts a limited 10-performance run of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s new play about a grisly murder in Central Park. The star-studded cast features Emmy and SAG Award winner William H. Macy, multi-hyphenate crossover artist of the screen, stage and music scene Rebecca Pidgeon, Tony nominee Fionnula Flanagan, Ovation award winner Dominic Hoffman, Sundance Award winner Clark Gregg (Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), “Get Shorty’s” David Paymer, and “Little Fires Everywhere’s” John Pirrucello as Father Paul.
Last shows: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through (Feb. 20 to 23). 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West LA. $50. (310) 477-2055; facebook.com/christopherboyplay

“In the Mood” @ Santa Monica Monica Playhouse
Stephen Fife’s modern romantic comedy follows the playful and provocative search for love of tw0 thirtysomething lovers (and a waiter) as they attempt to navigate their intimate relationship in LA.
One performance only: 3:30 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 23). 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

“Can’t Pay? Don’t Pay!” @ The Actor’s Gang Theater
Antonia, an angry housewife, finds herself in a revolt of a few hundred women at their local supermarket. Alongside her best friend, Margherita, they must attempt to keep their stolen goods hidden from the police as well as their husbands.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, most Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. some Sundays (Feb. 23 & March 22) through March 28. 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $35, or pay-what-you-want at the door on Thursdays. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com


“Earthquakes in London” @ The Electric Lodge
Three sisters, a politician, a first-time pregnant mother and a university drop out struggle to find any sliver of hope amidst a crush of familial fractures, corporate greed and impending environmental doom — predicted by their genius scientist father.
Now playing at 8 p.m. most Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 1. 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $25 to $50, or $20 on Feb. 7. roguemachinetheatre.net

“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 at 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


“Love in Bloom” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Santa Monica Playhouse pays tribute to the Bard’s wenches and rogues with this bawdy feel-good musical featuring plenty of magic, mayhem, fops, fairies, romance and tongue-in-cheek humor.
Now playing at 6 p.m. Sundays through March 1. 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. (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

“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 and 7 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 23. 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $25 to $35. roguemachinetheatre.net

“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.
Run extended: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 1. 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $29. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com

“The Unseen Hand + Killer’s Head” @ The Odyssey Theatre
In these back to Sam Shepard plays, a trio of cowboys resurrected from 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 at 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

“Mistakes Were Made” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Dick lets a sexy, blue-eyed winker threaten his marriage; Jeff turns down a dream job; Mel hires a famous money manager, now famous for stealing money; Dick’s wife has an affair. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through April 5. 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

“All Join In” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
This interactive musical follows Cinderella, Snow White, Aladdin, TinkerBell and other fairytale characters on a singalong 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


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