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Directing Hedda Jun 24  
Chance Theater Directing Hedda
 
The Swan’s Song Theatre is about to close its doors if it can’t produce a successful play. Each of the artistic directors have hired a separate director, independent of each other, to direct Hedda Gabler. The newly hired directors have conflicting styles - one is a classicist, the other a revisionist - and each of these two women have issues of their own. Most of the actors cast have fled to other productions except for the two female leads. Can the show go on?
 
   
Seussical the Musical Jun 24 - Jul 29, 2017  
Morgan-Wixson Theatre Seussical the Musical
 
In Seussical the Musical, cats wear hats and audiences wear smiles -- both two sizes too large. It's almost impossible not to start grinning when this all-ages musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss' stories plunges you into the whimsical world of Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The stories are linked together by a young boy who is a "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," and Horton the Elephant, who's out to prove that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Seussical's cast of favorite characters, including the Whos of Whoville, the Grinch and the Cat himself, brings a sense of wonder and fun to this entertaining family production at Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre.
 
   
AngelO's to the Rescue! Jun 24  
The Matrix AngelO's to the Rescue!
 
A group of girlfriends meet up in North Philly for a night of fun and games after a long work week. But game night turns into blame night as the ladies take an unexpected, drama-filled trek down memory lane. Watch each woman face off against a forgotten recollection from her past when DV AngelO's to the Rescue! comes to L.A.'s Matrix Theatre. This show is recommended for audience members ages 17 and up.
 
   
Catlady Jun 24 - Jul 30, 2017  
LOFT Ensemble-Sherman Oaks Catlady
 
When a woman begins hoarding feral cats in order to cope with the stress of her missing husband, it isn't long before the cats have to decide who lives and who dies when there isn't enough food to eat. The world premiere by Kevin Kelly and Nathan Shoop explores the complex issue of wealth distribution and the socio-political manipulation that influences it.
 
   
The World Is My Home-The Life of Paul Robeson Jun 25  
Santa Monica Playhouse The World Is My Home-The Life of Paul Robeson
 
Stogie Kenyatta bring us his NAACP award-winning solo show about African-American artist/activist Paul Robeson, "The World is my Home - The Life of Paul Robeson", a powerful heartfelt and humorous evening of theatre as laugh out-loud funny as it is educational, poignant and inspiring. Kenyatta plays 12 characters and ages from 5 to 65, with props, several wardrobe changes and a finger-snapping soundtrack by Ellington, Coltrane, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Louie Armstrong & Robeson himself. This "Turn-of-the-Century Love Story" about the triumphs and tragedy of the great Paul Robeson is told with music, comedy, passion and heartfelt emotion. "The World is my Home" brings to the stage everything from his close friendship with Albert Einstein, his affection for the Jewish people, the Holocaust, Jim Crow Laws, the Harlem Renaissance, his complex 44 year marriage to Eslanda and America's amazing, yet painful history.
 
   
Shaping Sound: After the Curtain Jun 26 - Jun 27, 2017  
UCLA Campus Shaping Sound: After the Curtain
 
Through his Emmy Award-winning work on So You Think You Can Dance, Travis Wall has established himself as one of America's favorite choreographers. His artistic direction of Shaping Sound has already produced one spell-binding show in Dance Reimagined, which has captivated audiences all across North America. Now, Travis and Shaping Sound are back with their brand new show, After the Curtain. These visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever. Don't miss Wall's stunning, all-new show when it takes the stage of Royce Hall at UCLA.
 
   
The Cake Jun 28 - Aug 6, 2017  
Atwater Village Theatre The Cake
 
Debra Jo Rupp (That ’70s Show) stars as Della, a baker who makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually another fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can't really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for hesrself. A world premiere play from Bekah Brunstetter (NBC’s This Is Us).
 
   
Heisenberg Jun 28 - Aug 6, 2017  
Mark Taper Forum Heisenberg
 
Tony and Emmy winner Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and Denis Arndt (Basic Instinct) star in Heisenberg, a sharply original drama from the Tony-winning playwright of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In a crowded London train station, Georgie spots Alex, a much older man, and gives him a kiss, suddenly thrusting these two strangers on an electrifying journey that examines human connection amidst life's uncertainties. Drama Desk winner Mark Brokaw (How I Learned to Drive) directs this New York Times Critics' Pick at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum.
 
   
The Little Mermaid Jun 30 - Jul 2, 2017  
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center The Little Mermaid
 
Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is truly a love story for the ages. In a magical kingdom below the waves, we meet Ariel, a little mermaid who's tired of flipping her fins in her aquatic kingdom. She dreams of living in the fascinating world on dry land and will go to great lengths to get there -- like trading in her tail for human legs. Take an enchanting trip under the sea with everyone's favorite mermaid princess and her crabby sidekick, Sebastian, as they battle evil sea witch Ursula and win the heart of human prince Eric. With music by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken and an all-ages cast, this production of the fishy fable at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
 
   
Dial 'M' for Murder Jun 30 - Aug 13, 2017  
Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre Dial 'M' for Murder
 
Best known as a film by Alfred Hitchcock, Dial M for Murder was first a successful stage play written by another English master of suspense, Frederick Knott (Wait Until Dark). In this production of the classic thriller, Tony Wendice plans to murder his unfortunate wife to claim her fortune for himself. He arranges for the perfect crime ... but things don't quite go according to plan. This timeless masterpiece of construction and plotting weaves a tangled web of clues and red herrings, back-stabbings and blackmail that will keep you hooked from start to finish. Catch the Group Rep's production of Dial M for Murder at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.
 
   
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris Jul 1 - Aug 27, 2017  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
 
A powerful and bold theatrical experience that was an overwhelming success off-Broadway, this revue of Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel’s songs pays tribute to his unique genius. Naughty, funny, dark and romantic, Brel’s songs brim with flair, attitude and European sophistication, retaining their edgy vibe over half a century after they were written. While Brel is no longer either alive or living in Paris, his legendary vision of romance, humor and moral conviction endures.
 
   
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Jul 1 - Sep 10, 2017  
Edgemar Center for the Arts  Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
 
The story: The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society's rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is n;ow being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him "the animal," seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them.
 
   
Back Where I Belong! Cori Cable Kidder and Friend Jul 1  
Sierra Madre Playhouse Back Where I Belong! Cori Cable Kidder and Friend
 
In 2015, Cori Cable Kidder starred in the most successful Sierra Madre Playhouse production ever, Always….Patsy Cline. A darling of critics as well as audiences, she was nominated for the Ovation Award for Best Actress in a Musical. This year, she’s been touring with the national company of the hit Broadway show Mamma Mia! Now, for one night only, she’ll be returning to Sierra Madre Playhouse for a special concert event. She’ll be joined by Mamma Mia! cast mate and vocalist Luke Monday as well as surprise guests. Her Patsy Cline musical director Sean Paxton will be back with a five-piece band. Cori will be performing selections from Always….Patsy Cline as well as some of the hit songs from Mamma Mia! If you missed her in 2015, or if you saw her back then and have to hear her again, you owe it to yourself not to miss this wonderful evening of song.
 
   
Hairspray Jul 5 - Jul 30, 2017  
Laguana Playhouse Hairspray
 
It's 1962 and Hairspray's big, bold heroine Tracy Turnblad twists, ponys and mashed potatoes her way to Baltimore stardom, while fighting for integration on a local TV dance show. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Hairspray knocks your bobby socks o with spectacular songs, energetic dancing, and an uplifting story for all ages.
 
   
It's Only Lipstick Jul 6 - Aug 17, 2017  
Whitefire Theatre It's Only Lipstick
 
Claudia DiMartino grew up in an Italian-American family in Brooklyn, and every stereotype you can think of applies! It's Only Lipstick follows her life story through a dysfunctional family, her intense work ethic, becoming a marketing executive in the beauty industry in corporate America and getting laid off. DiMartino's spot-on impressions of family members put you right in the middle of this funny family drama, but her personal storytelling lends heart and inspiration to her tale of never giving up. It's Only Lipstick at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks weaves through the highs and lows that affect everyone, offering a frank and honest look at the value of being yourself and believing that it's never too late to go after your dreams.
 
   
Mary Poppins Jul 7 - Jul 24, 2017  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center Mary Poppins
 
Sized up with Mary's own magical measuring tape, the Broadway adaptation of Mary Poppins would definitely be "Practically Perfect in Every Way." Based on P.L. Travers' stories and the classic Disney film, this high-flying musical now lands at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach. You and your family will be swept away by such favorite tunes as "Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Jolly Holiday" and, of course, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," as young Jane and Michael learn valuable life lessons from their unconventional nanny and the lovable jack-of-all-trades Bert. Be sure not to miss the magic of Mary Poppins, who teaches us that "anything can happen if you let it."
 
   
The Hero Within Jul 7 - Jul 9, 2017  
Promenade Playhouse The Hero Within
 
After completion of a successful operation, the Joint Task Force of the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines has gathered veterans to be recognized as the heroes they are ... but the effects of trauma trigger one veteran in attendance to do the unthinkable. The Hero Within follows the trials and tribulations of seven brave men and women on the path from civilian life to joining the military to their return home. Filled with a blend of lighthearted comedy and drama, this show brings veterans' true stories to life, giving voice to the difficulty of transitioning from the war zone back into society. CRE Outreach presents The Hero Within at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica.
 
   

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