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The 7th Annual One-Man Show World Championships  
The Lex Theatre The 7th Annual One-Man Show World Championships
 
A biting yet affectionate satire of the solo show phenomenon set against the backdrop of the World Championships in Omaha, watch as four regional champs clash in this year’s “Tourney of the Journeys.” An audience favorite at this Summer’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, the production received 10 Fringe Award nominations (including Top of Fringe and Best Comedy) and won three (Theatre Unleashed Best Actor for Darin Toonder, Spirit of the Fringe Best Male Performance for Jim Hanna and The Encore Producer’s Award). The show is directed by Caitlin Rucker.
   
Afros and Ass Whoopins  
Second City Afros and Ass Whoopins
 
With headline-making cases of racial discrimination, police profiling and rioting in the streets, these have been a highly charged couple of years in America. Now the funny folks at The Second City are tackling these hot-button issues the way they do best: with a little bit of levity -- and a whole lot of musical numbers! Premiering on The Second City Hollywood stage, Afros & Ass Whoopins is an original musical comedy that tells the story of a son who's at odds with his father's old-world views. As the show's producers put it: "Everyone is tired of talking about race and the police ... so we decided to sing about it instead!"
   
Alien Vs. Musical  
David Henry Hwang Theater Alien Vs. Musical
 
ALIEN VS. MUSICAL is set in a world where iconic and beloved musical theatre characters live together in harmony. But without warning, a strange alien egg appears. The creature hatched from the egg grows into the most terrifying and destructive alien in all cinema history with seemingly only one purpose: To kill every inhabitant in “The Land of Musicals.” Through the ensuing madness and chaos, convictions are tested and unlikely heroes are made. But in the end, who will survive?
   
Alien vs. Musical  
Elephant Theatre Alien vs. Musical
 
A recent fan favorite from the Hollywood Fringe Fest, Alien vs. Musical is set in an imaginary world where characters from Broadway's biggest hits -- including Grease's Danny Zuko, The Sound of Music's Maria and Elphaba from Wicked -- live out their day-to-day lives, enjoying their "me" time and making friends. One day, though, they notice a strange egg amongst them, which suddenly hatches into the famous creature from Alien. Musical comedy and horrific deaths soon ensue. This clever mashup combines state-of-the-art puppetry and sci-fi effects with thrilling action and a great score for a truly original entertainment experience. This latest staging at Elephant Space Theatre comes as a special encore production of the Hollywood Fringe Fest, where the show won several awards, including "Best World Premiere Production" and "Outstanding Songwriting." The show is considered PG-13.
   
All-Male, Late-Night Cinderella Celebrating Pride 2015  
Santa Monica Playhouse All-Male, Late-Night Cinderella Celebrating Pride 2015
 
It's time for fairy tales at the Santa Monica Playhouse, but leave the kids at home. This late-night incarnation of the acclaimed Rudie-DeCarlo version of Cinderella features an all-male cast from Actors' Repertory Theatre for a fun, romantic celebration of Pride 2015. The delightful new twist on the classic Playhouse musical is a bawdy and risqué celebration of love that winkingly pokes fun at stereotypical gender roles. Proud and strong, this Cinderella will wait as long as it takes for the one person who will love her for who she is. The Los Angeles Times calls it "enchanting," and says this Cinderella "neither pines nor whines and she's no slouch with a slightly risqué put-down either, particularly within the context of Rudie and DeCarlo's trademark Gilbert & Sullivan-style comic lyrics." With outrageously playful period costumes, and singing and dancing woodland creatures crafted by The Attic Room, this witty show will lift you up and leave you laughing. This show may not be appropriate for children under the age of 15. Parental discretion is advised.
   
Almost Perfect  
Santa Monica Playhouse Almost Perfect
 
Buddy falls for the perfect girl of his dreams. One small problem... he's married to Jenny. We watch his hilarious, guilt-ridden affair 'til he finally realizes his perfect dream girl is Jenny, his wife. "It's male idiocy that get savaged most by author Mayer who does such a remarkable job, in fact, that the men in the audience are laughing their heads off even as they're being gutted," says The Good Life about ALMOST PERFECT. "Highly recommended."
   
Always....Patsy Cline  
Sierra Madre Playhouse Always....Patsy Cline
 
Always….Patsy Cline depicts the legendary singer backed by a live band performing twenty-seven of her greatest hits in this jukebox musical.
   
Always...Patsy Cline  
Sierra Madre Playhouse Always...Patsy Cline
 
Always….Patsy Cline depicts the legendary singer backed by a live band performing twenty-seven of her greatest hits in this jukebox musical.
   
And the Stones Will Cry Out  
Little Fish Theatre And the Stones Will Cry Out
 
In 1725, Johann Beringer, dean of the medical school of Würzburg, Germany, discovers fossils that he thinks will make him famous the world over — but the involvement of two of his University colleagues makes his path to immortality a bit rocky. Based almost completely on actual events, this original work is making its West Coast debut at Little Fish Theatre. Stones … is a serious comedy about God, the meaning of friendship, destiny, and — of course — rocks.
   
As You Like It  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum As You Like It
 
Director Ellen Geer moves the tale of two sets of brothers — one alienated by ambition, the other estranged by envy — to the divided South of the post-Civil War era, adding traditional American folk music and dance from the period. Rosalind is forced to flee camp when her uncle Frederick, usurper of his brother’s position as a general in the Union army, threatens to have her killed. Accompanied by her cousin Celia, Rosalind disguises herself as a man for safety's sake. The disguise comes in handy when she tests the devotion of her noble admirer, Orlando, on the run from his hostile older brother. Meanwhile, the rebel camp is alive with music — banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and more. With Rosalind's wit leading the way, the forces of true love, justice and song eventually triumph.
   
Assassins  
Pico Playhouse Assassins
 
Maybe the most controversial musical ever written, Assassins shoots to thrill and rarely misses. The great genius of contemporary musical theater, creator of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Company, Stephen Sondheim leads audiences on a tuneful revue of Presidential assassins and would-be killers from John Wilkes Booth to John Hinckley. This darkly comic journey takes the form of a carnival game, where the sounds of each era accompany riveting portrayals of history's most impassioned and deranged. Thought-provoking and darkly delightful, Assassins won five Tony Awards in its first revival on Broadway. Now Red Blanket Productions presents a new staging of this theatrical tour de force at The Pico Playhouse.
   
August: Osage County  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum August: Osage County
 
A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. A major new play that unflinchingly — and uproariously — exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. (Mature audiences)
   
Billie! Backstage with Lady Day  
Whitefire Theatre Billie! Backstage with Lady Day
 
With timeless hits like "I'll Be Seeing You," "Embraceable You" and the devastating "Strange Fruit," delivered with one of the most distinctive voices in the history of music, Billie Holiday has had an incalculable influence on popular music. But her life was also rife with tragedy and substance abuse, and ended at a tragically young age. Now, to commemorate Lady Day's 100th birthday, the acclaimed solo show Billie! Backstage with Lady Day returns to the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, shining a light on the personal side of this larger-than-life figure.
   
Broadway Bound  
Theatre Palisades Broadway Bound
 
The final entry in Neil Simon's beloved autobiographical trilogy, after Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound follows the adventures of Eugene and his older brother, Stanley, into show biz, where they deal with the revelation of their father's infidelity by turning it into a comedy sketch. The move starts them on the road to success, but it also contributes to the tension in their parents' already-crumbling marriage. Now coming to Theatre Palisades, Broadway Bound won two Tony Awards during its initial run and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in drama.
   
Cafe Society  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Cafe Society
 
Five self-absorbed customers find themselves trapped in a West L.A. Starbucks in the latest off beat comedy from Emmy Award-winning writer Peter Lefcourt. Packed with sly humor about life in L.A., Café Society takes an irreverent look at our obsession with social media and the way we connect in today’s world.
   
Citizen: An American Lyric  
Fountain Theatre Citizen: An American Lyric
 
A provocative meditation on race fusing poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image. Shirley Jo Finney directs the world premiere of Stephen Sachs’ stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s internationally acclaimed book of poetry about everyday acts of racism in America.
   
Climax  
Santa Monica Playhouse Climax
 
Santa Monica Playhouse presents a chilling portrait of love, betrayal and twisted passion in the World Premiere suspense thriller CLIMAX. Lisa Phillips Visca's CLIMAX will have you on the edge of your seat from first caress to final showdown. Max Madison, renowned Malibu restaurateur, unwittingly finds himself entangled in a warped love triangle with his devoted wife and the diabolical mistress who seeks revenge on his entire family. When Max's adoring wife Olivia gets pregnant after years of unsuccessful attempts and thousands of dollars spent on fertility treatments, her ever-growing compulsion for motherhood sends Max into Jade's arms. Jade, Olivia's best friend and modern day femme fatale in a nurse's uniform, has other plans for the baby. Helmed by the internationally acclaimed team of Chris DeCarlo & Evelyn Rudie, CLIMAX will keep the suspense going.
   

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