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Goldilocks and the Three Bears Apr 29 - May 13, 2017  
Lewis Family Playhouse at Vicotria Gardens Cultural Center Goldilocks and the Three Bears
 
The spring brings a fun confection from the hilarious writing team behind the very popular The Three Little Pigs, a highlight of MainStreet's 2014/2015 season. In this light-hearted show, when the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem! Featuring an unforgettable score and some contemporary twists to a classic story every child knows and loves, this humorous adaptation is "just right" for the whole family! Recommended for ages 4 and up.
 
   
Harold and Maude Apr 29 - May 21, 2017  
Morgan-Wixson Theatre Harold and Maude
 
One of the most endearing -- and offbeat -- love stories ever to hit the silver screen, Harold and Maude is still as fresh, funny and charming as when it was released in 1971. Set to the timeless songs of Cat Stevens, the dark romantic comedy centers around a bright but macabre young man named Harold who drifts away from the life that his detached mother has prescribed for him. Harold develops a close friendship (and eventually a romantic relationship) with 79-year-old Maude, who teaches him about living life to its fullest and that life is the most precious gift of all. Watch this peculiar romance unfold at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica.
 
   
Kiss Apr 29 - Jun 18, 2017  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Kiss
 
Damascus, Syria: 2014. Two couples meet for dinner to take their minds off the war raging around them. An unexpected profession of love, an untimely proposal and one kiss later, one of the foursome lies dead on the floor. What starts out as a Syrian melodrama quickly takes an unexpected turn. Is anything really what it appears to be? Intersecting the personal, political and theatrical, Kiss breaks open cultural barriers, challenging us to confront the limits of our own understanding and exposing the suffocating effect of an oppressive, omnipresent regime.
 
   
The Bodyguard May 2 - May 21, 2017  
Pantages Theatre The Bodyguard
 
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night”, “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the best-selling singles of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”
 
   
Actually May 2 - Jun 11, 2017  
Geffen Playhouse Actually
 
A co-world premiere (with Williamstown Theatre Festival), Actually is a new play by Anna Ziegler, a playwright on the rise called "newly (and justly) hot" by The New York Times, who praised her "lyrical language" for its "luminous beauty." Actually looks at Amber and Tom, Princeton freshmen who find their lives irrevocably changed after spending a night together. Though they agreed to drink together and they shared a mutual attraction, is sex consensual if it isn't agreed upon? This look at gender and race politics reminds us that there are three sides to every story. See this timely new play, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
 
   
Macbeth in Rhythm May 4 - May 6, 2017  
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles Macbeth in Rhythm
 
One of Shakespeare's bloodiest plays is also one of his most musical. Driven by the unyielding momentum pulsing through the play, Macbeth in Rhythm is a cascade of live rhythms, polyphonic singing and raw physicality. Six performers playing 15 characters take the audience through the cycles of violence in Macbeth and explore how unchecked ambition overwhelms the responsibility and sacrifice of leadership. Approaching Shakespeare's play primarily as a musical composition, Macbeth in Rhythm still presents a riveting narrative through the sounds and silences of Shakespeare's language. See the experimental ensemble performance at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.
 
   
The Sweetheart Deal May 4 - Jun 4, 2017  
The Los Angeles Theatre Center The Sweetheart Deal
 
1970 was a tumultuous time for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. Obie Award-winning writer/director Diane Rodriguez traces the history of the UFW through the eyes of two journalists who leave their comfortable middle class life in San Jose to volunteer for El Malcriado, the underground newspaper founded by Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
 
   
The Monster Builder May 5 - Jun 4, 2017  
South Coast Repertory The Monster Builder
 
Rita and Dieter are thrilled to meet Gregor, the world’s most celebrated architect. His buildings rise from the earth like twisted post-post-modern megaliths. So why has he taken on the remodel of a decaying boathouse, a project that was supposed to go to Rita and Dieter? They’re ready for a confrontation, but nothing prepares them for the heart-stopping truth about their idol. Another outrageous comedy from the author of The Beard of Avon.
 
   
Hello Again May 5 - May 28, 2017  
Attic Theatre Hello Again
 
Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again is based on the 1897 play La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler. It focuses on a series of love affairs among 10 characters during the 10 different decades of the 20th century. LaChuisa's musical adaptation follows the structure of Schnitzler's original material closely, often replicating fragments of his dialogue, detailing a daisy chain of sexual encounters and love affairs. Unlike the book, each scene is set in a different decade of the 20th century and in non-chronological order, allowing for a large and varied pastiche of musical styles ranging from opera to 1970s disco. Hello Again was originally produced off-Broadway (at Lincoln Center) in 1993.
 
   
Fun House May 5  
Highways Performance Space and Gallery Fun House
 
Theater and hip-hop converge in the beguiling Fun House, a staged song cycle by rap duo Sin City exploring love, friendship and screwing it all up. Performed with soulful intent by Sin City members Verbal the Rapper and Icarus V, this unusual collision of concert, narrative and freestyle will move and inspire you at Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica.
 
   
Giving Up Is Hard To Do May 6  
Santa Monica Playhouse Giving Up Is Hard To Do
 
Award-winning film and TV director Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) helms veteran actress Annie Abbott's zany, heartfelt solo show, Giving Up Is Hard to Do. Abbott, a veteran Broadway and L.A. stage actress, has appeared in such TV shows such as Transparent, Castle, Californication, L.A. Law and The X-Files. Revealing some of the audacious steps one has to take to have a lifelong career as a working character actor, Giving Up Is Hard To Do follows what happens when Abbott finds herself suddenly widowed, and applies that same singular determination to the horrors of online dating at middle age. Coffee date by coffee date, she naively encounters an unforgettable, ruefully funny crew of oddball characters as she forges a triumphant new life, retelling every outrageous detail at Santa Monica Playhouse.
 
   
Defying Gravity May 6  
Sierra Madre Playhouse Defying Gravity
 
DEFYING GRAVITY is a humorous look at the far side of 50. Yes, we all have to face that sooner or later, and Fritz Coleman is bound to share some insights that make it fun, funny and familiar.
 
   
The Lyons May 9 - Jul 1, 2017  
Lankershim Arts Center The Lyons
 
Family patriarch Ben Lyons is in the hospital, dying from cancer. As his time grows short, his wife and two adult children gather at his bedside for an atypical goodbye in this "smart and funny and moving" (New York Observer) drama that The Hollywood Reporter hailed as "black comedy perfection" during its 2012 run. Ben, freed from social conventions thanks to his condition, will say anything he wishes -- salty language included. Rita, his partner in a 40-year-long loveless marriage, finds her mind drifting toward thoughts of the future. The couple's alcoholic daughter and gay son have their own issues and agendas. Written by Nicky Silver (Beautiful Child), The Lyons is now presented at the Lankershim Arts Center North Hollywood in a new production by Road Theatre Company.
 
   
Next to Normal May 12 - Jun 11, 2017  
David Henry Hwang Theater Next to Normal
 
One of Broadway's most compelling hits in recent years, Next to Normal nabbed three Tonys and a Pulitzer for its heartbreaking, humorous and unflinchingly authentic look at a seemingly normal modern family struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder. Featuring original songs by Tom Kitt (American Idiot), including "Just Another Day," "You Don't Know" and "Superboy and the Invisible Girl," this emotional powerhouse of a musical addresses grief, suburban life and even ethics in modern psychiatry. The New York Times called it "much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical." Now, this arresting new production of Next to Normal comes to the David Henry Hwang Theater in L.A. This productions contains mature language and subject matter and is recommended for audience members ages 13 and up.
 
   
Lucky Stiff May 12 - Jun 18, 2017  
Actors Co-op Theatre Lucky Stiff
 
As a recipe for non-stop laughs, it's hard to top the winning concoction of slamming doors, mistaken identities and $6 million in diamonds ... not to mention a corpse in a wheelchair. Fortunately, all of those ingredients and more are mixed into Lucky Stiff, a musical soufflé that is sure to leave you comically satisfied. The story revolves around an unassuming shoe salesman who's forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. If he succeeds in passing his uncle off as alive, he stands to inherit millions. If he gets caught, the money will be donated to charity -- or land in the hands of the casino owner's gun-toting wife. Written by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Rocky, Seussical, Ragtime), this musical-murder-mystery-farce takes the stage at Actors Co-op Theatre in Hollywood.
 
   
Species Native to California May 13 - Jun 11, 2017  
Atwater Village Theatre Species Native to California
 
For a decade, two families—one white and progressive, one undocumented—have lived together on a Northern California wine country estate in something like harmony. But political changes and financial mishaps leave them both suddenly facing uncertain futures. As everyone clamors to save the estate, a vengeful ghost haunts the fruitless vineyard intent on breaking the balance. Mexican folklore meets Mendocino County in this homage to Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Performed in English with a liberal sprinkling of Español.
 
   
Not So Wicked May 13 - Jun 11, 2017  
Promenade Playhouse Not So Wicked
 
Before Dorothy ever crash-landed in the merry old land of Oz, there was Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West ... two unlikely BFF's thrown together at Oz High. As their friendship and wizard powers grow stronger, they learn of dark deeds happening all around. They decide to team up and seek help from none other than the great and powerful Wizard himself. You and your little ones can watch them embark on a Not So Wicked Emerald City adventure when Creating Arts Company bring this interactive hour-long musical to the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica. This show is recommended for audience members ages 5 and up.
 
   

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