Ric Salinas of the ground-breaking comedy troupe Culture Clash, stars in a solo performance in Emmy® -winning writer Cris Franco’s memoir of being a “double immigrant”: Moving from Mexico to South Central Los Angeles, then from South Central to the San Fernando Valley----so different, it could be on another planet. Cris’ Dad comes from Mexico to the U.S.A. legally---as a skilled mechanic who can repair any car, especially German cars like Volkswagens. He saves his money and pays cash for an immaculate ’57 Chevrolet: a thing of beauty, a work of art, a masterpiece of engineering. More than that, it is a symbol: A symbol of American excellence, a symbol of the hope for a better future, enhanced by a boundless optimism. On a vacation from his job, Dad drives to Mexico and collects the rest of the Franco family. Cris spends most of his early childhood in South Central, then a happy wonderland of cultural diversity (from his very young perspective). His father, achieving upward mobility, packs up the clan and moves to the “Same Fernando Valley,” where everything and everyone is the same, except for the fact that Cris is the only Mexican boy in his new neighborhood. He’s in for a culture shock.
’57 Chevy takes the audience for a ride as Cris grows up with his sisters, his friends, his cousins, his Mom, but most especially with his Dad, who teaches his son that “life is work and work is life.” It’s a large and loving family, and ’57 Chevy is filled with fun, warmth, wit and humor, ensuring a feel-good experience for the audience.
Na-na-na *snap* *snap* na-na-na *snap* *snap* -- You can't even say "Addams Family" without breaking into that trademark theme song. So no wonder the demented adventures of this wickedly witty family have inspired a musical comedy. From the writers of the Tony-winning Jersey Boys, The Addams Family tells the story of every father's nightmare: Wednesday Addams is grown-up and in love ... with a "normal" boy. Inviting his family to the Addams Mansion sets the stage for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandmama, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as they face up to the one horrible thing they've managed to avoid for generations: change. You're in for a kooky good time with the Addams Family during Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi's magnificently macabre production at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
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!"
Clifford Odets' gritty, passionate, funny and heartbreaking masterpiece about the hopes and struggles of a lower-middle-class, three-generation Jewish family living in a Bronx apartment during the Great Depression continues to resonate 80 years after its 1935 premiere. Director Elina de Santos and lead actress Marilyn Fox return with a 20th anniversary revival of the smash Odyssey Theatre production that ran for nine months in 1994-95.
AY, CARMELA! is a rare juxtaposition of comedy and drama weaving a metaphor of hope and courage. Carmela and Paulino are vaudeville performers making a living traveling with their comedy act during Spain’s violent Civil War. They confront the absurdity of war when a simple twist of fate puts them behind enemy lines and forces them to perform for military officials and condemned prisoners. Carmela and Paulino must choose to forego everything they have ever believed in…or surrender to certain death.
Robert O'Hara's semi-biographical subversive comedy tells the story of Sutter, who is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms, and even nursing homes. O'Hara weaves together scenes, sermons, sketches, and daring meta-theatrics to create a kaleidoscope that interconnects to portray growing up gay and black. Robert O'Hara’s uproarious satire crashes headlong into the murky terrain of pain and pleasure and…BOOTYCANDY.
Josefina López, author of Real Women Have Curves, has made it her personal mission to bring more theater into the community she grew up in: Boyle Heights. She founded Casa 0101 and continues to showcase productions as well as write her own, like Boyle Heights, which rang so true for audiences that it's back for another run. Dalia's a young, college-educated poet and daydreamer who juggles the age-old dilemma of making a living versus staying true to herself. When she's forced to move back in with her old-fashioned Mexican parents, yet another ball is thrown into the air when her father announces he's going back to Mexico.
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.
Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Marley’s Ghost, Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present & Future all make their appearance as three extraordinary actors guide us through the story – sometimes as storytellers and sometimes as characters, but always using the actual words of Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic!
L.A. Premiere of a musical based on the novella by Truman Capote. Book by Duane Poole. Music by Larry Grossman. Lyrics by Carol Hall. Directed by Alison Eliel Kalmus. The classic story adapted into a holiday treat about the true meaning of Christmas and the bonds of friendship.
The long-running Broadway hit Deathtrap has been slaying audiences for years with its mix of laughter and suspense, and now it's coming to Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall. Written by Ira Levin (The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby), it's the story of Sidney Bruhl, a once-successful playwright struggling to overcome a string of failures and a shortage of funds. Fortuitously, he receives a script from a student at one of his college seminars and instantly sees a potential Broadway hit. Once the two start collaborating, suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter that you'll be enthralled until the show's final, startling moments. Nominated for a Tony in its original run, and recently revived on Broadway, Levin's ingeniously plotted thriller keeps you dying with laughter 'til the final curtain. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
All Dean and Joanne want is one final uncomplicated holiday celebration with their family before they retire to Florida. But finding Grandpa Logan dead on Christmas Eve, the same night their adult children are all scheduled to arrive, tosses a significant wrench into their plans. Holiday hilarity ensues as Dean and Joanne attempt to keep grandpa's death a secret from their kids ... who just so happen to have a few secrets of their own bubbling beneath the surface. See a Dysfunctional Family Christmas at NoHo's Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center. Alcohol is not served in the theater. BYOB is encouraged.
Meet Pepe Hernandez, over-ambitious patriarch of the world’s most dubious family of entertainers, whose unflagging confidence cobbled from decades spent touring the bottom-rung nightclub circuit south-of-the-border, has inspired him to ascend into big-top territory and head north to…Burbank, legendary home of Walt Disney, IKEA, and now Pepe Hernandez! Nothing – not even the labyrinthine layout of IKEA - will hinder this fearless, feckless familia in their determined quest for international stardom. Welcome to El Grande CIRCUS de Coca-Cola!
There’s plenty of adventure, laughs, songs and interactive fun in cheering on the princess, laughing at the inept robbers as they make invisible clothes, marching in the fashion parade, and in warning the emperor that he’s not wearing anything except his funny underwear!
It’s the week before Christmas as struggling egg farmer Ethan meets a woman who could turn his life around, and receives a visit from his recently-deceased older brother. Foster adds an edge and depth to his trademark light comic touch, resulting in a show that is poignant, thought-provoking, and a perfect way to start the holiday season. “Blends the softness of a Norman Rockwell winter scene with a touch of Seinfeld to come up with a truly affectionate comedy.” – ST. THOMAS TIMES-JOURNAL
Agoraphobia is the most cruelly ironic of conditions. In keeping you indoors, it forces you to become the ultimate outsider, a stranger even to your own family. Just ask the agoraphobe at the heart of Front Door Open, the new play from stage and screen vet Tom Baum. Does leaving the house mean leaving her 50-year marriage behind? When the woman's daughter and granddaughter pay an emergency visit, the family is forced to confront the ripple effects of her disability--on their personalities, their careers, their long-held secrets, and their sex lives. Asaad Kelada directs this brave look at a disorder that affects millions at Greenway Court Theatre.