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Almost everyone lives in someone else’s home. Unless we build our own from scratch, in which case still, once we’re gone, others will live in what was our home. Taking as its narrative structure a view of history from the point of view of a house, whose inhabitants come and go as the highs and lows of life and death unfold within its site, HOME centers the story as a portrait of the domicile. In fact, in its most marvelous aspects, the play begins with an empty stage as the house is literally built in real time and grows, transforms, burns and thrives across generations of inhabitants and the buffers of history. There’s some magical time-defying illusions, marvels of engineering, movement, live music and poetic visual spectacle — but at heart it’s still a passionate story about how people live.

The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; Wed.-Fri., March 4-6, 7:30pm; Sat., March 7, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 8, 2 p.m.; $39 and up. thebroadstage.org.

LA Weekly