¡Ser! is a riveting personal narrative that examines a queer Latina’s strained relationship with each of her two homes: Los Angeles, and Buenos Aires. Spending years in both of The Americas, she constantly dreams of a pilgrimage to meet her soccer idol Diego Maradona and see him play. The back and forth migration of her upbringing, amidst major moments in Argentine history, leaves her with few role models save for an over-sexed Argentinian English teacher and a mute that communicates via horn. Using inventive theatrical strategies such as casting James Brown in the role of her abusive father, live music, and her own soccer skills, Karen delights audiences. Watch her remove negative influences from her life to find
The ever-popular Family Theatre Musical Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party, a sell-out run kicking off the Playhouse's 36-month 50th Anniversary Festival, is back for the holidays by audience demand. Join Alice as she goes back through the looking glass to visit the wonderful Wonderland characters of her youth. Will she prevail or are the Cards stacked against her? Will the Queen suffer a heart attack? Will the surprise tea party come off with civili-TEA or hostili-TEA? Lovely audience participation helps Alice set things aright in this zany musical comedy for kids ages 2 to 102. Birthday and Tea Parties (of course), hosted by a favorite fairy tale character, are available.
It's Jerry Mayer's smash comedy hit, a buoyant dead serious comedy about love and survival that asks the question, "Are men really more trouble than they're worth?" Warmth, pathos and lots of jokes abound as a mother and father take their daughters and sons-in-law on a happy anniversary cruise and quickly find themselves awash in a sea of stormy relationships. Twenty-five years after it launched at Santa Monica Playhouse, playwright Jerry Mayer's acclaimed comedy docks again for a limited silver anniversary run.
Twinkle Theatre is back with a fun, cheery holiday show that will have your babies and toddlers singing, dancing and clapping along! Join Mother Goose, Mary Contrary, Tom Piper, Bo Peep and the Toymaker as they celebrate winter and the holiday season with classic holiday songs and songs from Victor Hugo's original operetta. Twinkle Theatre is a perfect introduction to musical theatre for babies and toddlers ages one to five. All twinkle theatre shows are thirty minutes, musically driven, light and bright with no black outs and no scary villains. All costuming is minimal “pajama style” to ensure a non-intimidating fun experience! For Toddlers 5-
Evil lies within all of us. We struggle to suppress it, but sometimes...we lose. Bash is a trio of unforgettable personal accounts that depict dark, unblinking portraits of the complexities of evil in everyday life.
Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies is the true story of Kabin Thomas, a musician and, for eleven years, a Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas. The show begins with Thomas teaching a lesson about the struggles of Beethoven, the composer of mixed European and Moorish ancestry who coped with hearing loss in his later years and creating his Ninth Symphony while deaf. Thomas later runs into trouble with the university authorities subsequent to his teaching a lesson about Abel Meeropol and his song made famous by Billie Holiday, “Strange Fruit,” about the lynching of Blacks in the Deep South. Thomas accompanies the lesson with a famous photograph of lynching victims. Relieved of his teaching position, Thomas subsequently comes to Hollywood and is cast on a reality TV show. Becoming aware of his father’s early demise related to mental illness, Thomas must overcome his own personal inner demons if he is to survive and attain any lasting measure of happiness.
The Belle Aires is a captivating and hilarious story about the reuniting of three rival superstars of the Golden Era of Hollywood. Though unemployed, they live in the hearts and memories of loyal fans throughout the world. The three actresses join forces with a former casting agent to devise and ingenious plan to take them out of retirement and back into show business. The audience is transported on a fascinating journey into Old Hollywood, with its engaging twists and turns behind the scenes.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas in Los Angeles without “Bob’s Holiday Office Party.” It’s back for its eighteenth year of putting the hilarity into the holiday. For the uninitiated, the action of the play is set in the office of insurance salesman Bob Finhead of Finhead Insurance in Neuterburg, Iowa (population 382). Bob is carrying on a flirtation with the mayor’s wife, while the mayor himself is busy accommodating a male house guest. Joe, the alcoholic town sheriff, is attracted to Brandy, the town party girl who is the twin sister of Carol, the minister’s emotionally disturbed wife. There’s one other set of twins in town, La Donna and La Voris Johnson, wealthy farmers who are proud members of the Neuterburg Tea Party.. As the name of the play implies, Christmas is coming soon, which means that Bob is getting ready to throw his annual gathering at his insurance office for his friends and associates. Also dropping in are Marty, the town stoner, expert in mimery and all things UFO related; and Elwin Bewee. Elwin was a magnet for bullies while he was growing up. He left town to become a wealthy tycoon and now he’s back. The Neuterburgers have assembled at Bob’s office to do what they do best: party and drink and party and drink and party and drink and party and drink. As the holidays approach, Bob has misgivings about his life. He wanted to become an inventor. Will he ever travel on the path of his ambition? Now that Elwee’s back and filthy rich, he’s plotting revenge on the people of Neuterburg. What will he attempt?
Suggested for audiences 16 to adult.
The popular English version of 1960s French farce Boeing Boeing jets into Long Beach, piloted by Long Beach Playhouse. This high-flying, sexy comedy follows a French architect named Bernard, who's secretly engaged to three different flight attendants. He successfully juggles them by keeping "one up, one down and one pending" -- that is, until the new, faster Boeing jet goes into service. Then his fiancées' schedules get jumbled, and things quickly turn turbulent as all three women descend on Bernard's Paris apartment simultaneously -- and Bernard's visiting friend Robert is absolutely no help. Boeing Boeing held the world record for being the longest-running comedy in London's West End. The 1965 film version starred Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis, and the 2008 Tony-winning revival featured Bradley Whitford, Mark Rylance, Christine Baranski, Gina Gershon and Mary McCormack.
Colton the cowboy is determined to get out of Boondoggle Central, the fantastical world of imaginary friends, and back to the real world to find his boy Michael. But getting home'll be harder than he thought because the evil management -- Barb the doll, Candy and Sandy the twins, Mosh and Leel -- will do everything they can to stop Colton from leaving their make-believe paradise. So he turns to his pals Howard the monster, Fae the fairy, Crash the ninja and Princess Taisie to help him escape. Kids and adults alike love the music and dancing that go along with this fun live adventure. Musical-3+
Jesus Christ was a child star who quickly faded into obscurity. And everyone involved in his Nativity saw their lives fall into ruins—from the Orient King who gave away all his gold, to the Talking Sheep who was forced to join a circus freak show, to the alcoholic Angel whose media blitz fell apart when the newborn king and his family fled into divine witness protection. Now, 30 years after his birth, the Ghosts of Nativities past converge on Bethlehem to teach Jesus Christ the true meaning of Christmas.
Charles Dickens, the esteemed author who crafted arguably the most popular holiday classic of all time when he wrote A Christmas Carol, was also famous for giving solo performances of his own work. Using the acting text prepared by Dickens himself, A Christmas Carol With Charles Dickens is just that -- a recreation (with a bit of artistic license, and some musical and dramatic interjections) of what it would have been like to witness one of the world-famous writer's live readings. Watch as actor David Melville breathes life into the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns the true meaning of Christmas with the help of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. (“The quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge!” according to the Daily Pilot).
This year, Sierra Madre Playhouse presents a stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol, infused with traditional Christmas Carols and dancing. Intact is the beloved, classic story of the miserly Scrooge, the Cratchit family, the ghosts, and the tale of a man lost until inspired with the Christmas spirit in 1843 London.
Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Marley’s Ghost, Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future all make their appearance as the three actors guide us through the story – sometimes as narrators, sometimes as storytellers, and sometimes as characters, but always using the actual words of Charles Dickens.
A CHRISTMAS MEMORY is a tender portrait of a rare friendship across the generations with a musical score that will bring love and light to everyone’s hearts for the holiday season. Set in 1933 in rural Alabama, young Buddy is being raised by three eccentric cousins. He is closest to his elderly cousin Sook, still a child herself in many ways, and as Christmas nears, she and Buddy gather ingredients to bake holiday fruitcakes for those who've had a memorable impact on their lives in the past year. Sook’s sister Jennie is concerned that the time Buddy spends with Sook will cause him to grow up soft. Enlisting the aid of their bachelor-brother Seabon, she plots to separate the best friends for their own good.
Experience an amazing night of the high-flying feats and stunning imagery that Cirque du Soleil is famous for, and take home a special gift as a keepsake of your memorable evening. Your ticket for TOTEM in L.A. comes with a souvenir gift plus one soft drink, one large popcorn and one candy to enjoy during the show. TOTEM traces the journey of the human race from amphibian beginnings all the way into the future, imagining the realization of our ultimate desire to fly. Set on a stage inspired by the giant turtle, which represents Earth's origins in many ancient civilizations, and drawing inspiration from various creation myths, TOTEM's characters evolve through mind-blowing acrobatics and stunning visual displays, exploring the ties between all of Earth's species and the dreams and infinite potential of humanity.