How do lies become truths? This brilliant satire about the corrupting influence of power charts the fall of idealism and the rise of tyranny after the animals of Manor Farm rise up against their human owner in a struggle for rights and equality. Originally produced by Britain’s National Theatre, Peter Hall’s stage adaptation of Orwell’s classic novel features music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian Mitchell.
Santa Monica Playhouse presents Annie Oakley and the Princess Café, a heart-warming rhythm and boos musical comedy that offers great audience interaction as they boo the villain and cheer the heroine in the true spirit of the American Melodrama. Annie Oakley coming back to life in 2017? Impossible. But that's exactly what happens as the legendary heroine comes to the aid of a single mom, Kat, and her daughters, struggling to find a balance between the bottom-line temptations of modern living and the comforting solid roots of tradition. Should "Annie's Place," the local gathering-place celebrating wild-west tradition, passed down through the generations of women in Kat's family, become the new-fangled, modernized "Princess Café?" That's exactly what wealthy land-owner Mable Q. Moneypots wants! But is the "out with the old, in with new" Moneypots mentality the right one? Should Kat sell her family café? Should Princesses replace Cowgirls? Or is there a way to unite the old and the new? Audiences help Annie, Kat and her daughters hold their own against smarmy villain Mable Q. Moneypots, and create a whole new family tradition.
Some seniors take up golf, others enjoy painting, but only a select few devote their golden years to that most ancient of hobbies: murder. Arsenic and Old Lace introduces a pair of kindly spinsters who poison lonely old men and bury them in the basement. They're joined in their charm and eccentricity by one nephew who believes he's Teddy Roosevelt and another who's an escaped convict resembling Boris Karloff. Into this madhouse wanders another nephew, the relatively sane Mortimer, who must negotiate all this craziness while preserving his relationship with his new fiancée -- and without calling in the cops. Odyssey Theatre Ensembles beloved black comedy, which was adapted into the famed 1944 Frank Capra film starring Cary Grant, for Los Angeles audiences.
To commemorate its 57th Anniversary, Santa Monica Playhouse's Actors' Repertory Theatre (ART), the company that introduced the works of acclaimed playwright Eugene Ionesco to Los Angeles, brings back to the boards the double-bill with which the theatre opened its doors in 1960: The "Brilliantly funny!" (Daily Variety) THE BALD SOPRANO, Eugene Ionesco's bizarrely humorous comedy of mishaps and manners, and THE LESSON, a bizarre and darkly humorous indictment of language cum power cum bourgeois education, of which renowned playwright Ionesco himself said, "Magnificent! Your fidelity to my original intent is incredible!" This run will feature an international cast, as ART proudly presents the plays in French and in English in the newly refurbished ARTISTS' ENTRANCE STUDIO UPSTAIRS.
A Los Angeles Dodgers game is broadcast by a blithely detached announcer during the onset of nuclear winter. The Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan prefers to learn golf fully hooded and robed. All-American football great Conquistador O’Malley abandons the gridiron for the seductive, near-naked sport of springboard diving. A network sports producer attempts to coerce a Jewish female member of an Olympic field hockey team into pretending that she has a connection with an anti-Semite. A sports commentator copes with gender transition. Hey, it could happen---and it actually does---in this delightfully quirky, surreal play.
Set to what the New York Post called Elton John's "best score yet," and named "Broadway Musical of the Decade" by Time magazine, the explosive Billy Elliot: The Musical, presented by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi, fills the stage with inspiring songs and high-energy dance. Based on the hit film of the same name, this heartwarming show is about a motherless boy in a small, poverty-stricken mining town who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and fights against social stereotypes to achieve his dream of becoming a dancer. Cheer along as his talent and ambition become symbols of hope for a town that's enduring more than its fair share of hardship, when Billy Elliot: The Musical takes to the stage of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. This show is recommended for ages 10 and older.
Scottish playwright David Harrower’s drama won the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and had a critically acclaimed run on Broadway last year. Inspired in part by the crimes of sex offender Toby Studebaker (though in no way a literal dramatization of actual events) the play depicts a young woman meeting a middle-aged man 15 years after being sexually abused by him when she was 12 years old.
The Fountain Theatre premieres the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. In the very near future, the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. As a writer interviews the former supervisor of a private prison, it becomes clear how federal policy has escalated to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion.
Welcome to Camp Ragnarok! TU's Late Night Series is back with a brand new concept. A small group of writers are collaborating on a comedy soap opera for the stage that will run for six weeks, with a new “episode” each week! The series follows the lives of nine unique characters at a survivalist camp in these desperate times. And just like your typical soap opera, there’s jealousy, intrigue and more than a little bit of the ridiculous. How will the campers survive at…survivalists’ camp? Join us and find out!
Academy Award Winner Anthony Minghella. The characters live in the time of Margaret Thatcher's government and serve as a mirror to the society in which they lived, imperfect human beings who nevertheless have a capacity for good. In Cigarettes and Chocolate, Anthony Minghella takes a humorous and human look at life that tests the social responsibilities of urbanites who, as the playwright said by quoting Oscar Wilde, “know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Though written in the 1980's, these two one act plays seem timelier now.
Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now touring North America. This Broadway phenomenon, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse), in an adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephen, brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life. When the curtain rises at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre, you'll meet 15-year-old Christopher Boone. Christopher has an extraordinary brain -- exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, Christopher sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Recommended for ages 10 and older, due to adult language.
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.
When seven strangers -- a CEO woman, a businessman, an office temp, a hot girl, a musician, a maintenance man and a goth girl -- get stuck in an elevator, it's only a matter of time before they all reveal their true selves to the others. Surrounded by only four walls and each other, judgments and stereotypes begin to dissolve as they drop their guard and reveal who they really are. Blending together musical sequences and cinematic style, Elevator will take you on a comedic and emotional ride into the human psyche at The Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood.
From the vivid imaginations of six different playwrights come seven short plays, all themed around Elvis Presley and intermingled with music. From aging Elvis impersonators to an Elvis imitator, from a glimpse into the life of a gay teenage boy in small-town Texas to the invention of the famous fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, each of the pieces lovingly commemorates the 40th anniversary of the death of the iconic "King of Rock 'n' Roll." Enjoy Fringe Theatre Company's Elvis Is In The Building at the Actors Workout Studio in North Hollywood. This show contains adult content and is recommended for ages 18 and older.
Celebrating the tradition of Laguna Beach's annual PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS, Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group is proud to re-create over 45 classic and contemporary paintings, sculptures, and relics of popular media to exciting musical score, as our unsurpassed cast brings-to-life the iconic pieces of Edvard Munch, Gustav Klimt, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Haring, Degas, Picasso, Banksy, Delacroix and several others, including popular works of advertising, war-time propoganda, and culture-evolving images birthed from today's eclectic culture! Directed by Zombie Joe and Ian Heath. For Ages 14 and up.
Neil Simon's The Gingerbread Lady centers around singing star Evy Meara whose career, marriage and health all have been destroyed by alcohol. After ten weeks in a rehab center, a birthday party with her best friend, her daughter, a gay actor pal and an ex bring on a host of emotions, raising the question, will Evy's friends and family help or hinder her road to recovery? The New York Times declared The Gingerbread Lady a "landslide of pure unbuttoned joy." See Neil Simon's comedic wit infuse this uncharacteristically dark yet heartwarming drama at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles.