George Carlin has not left the building. At least, his spirit still remains. But now it's in the earthly form of his only child, Kelly, whose one-woman show, A Carlin Home Companion, would do a teller of tales like Garrison Keillor and Poppa proud. Well, maybe the Prairie Home humorist wouldn't be so over-the-moon about the candid confessions of alcoholism, cocaine abuse and dysfunctional dysphoria. But Poppa certainly would get a kick out of Kelly's comitragic spin on life with father who didn't always know best. Keen observers might spot traces of the elder Carlin in Kelly's delivery articulate, incisive, dramatic and cutting-edge yet she doesn't pretend to be the Hippie Dippy Weatherman or even a wry social commentator. Using projected family photos as a backdrop, she narrates her family history: what it was like to be a 9-year-old watching her father be arrested for violating obscenity laws; or living in the Palisades surrounded by conservatives while Dad hurled insults across the driveway. Some might think it would've been cool to be the kid of a counterculture hero. It certainly provided for interesting and now entertaining times. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica; Fri., Feb. 24, 8 p.m.; $20. (310) 394-9779, santamonicaplayhouse.com.
Fri., Feb. 24, 8 p.m., 2012