Marsha Norman’s gripping two-hander, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is an intense, edge-of-your-seat drama that will keep audiences guessing the outcome until the very end. A supposedly normal evening in the mother-daughter Cates household is shattered when 40-something Jessie announces to Mama that she plans to kill herself before the night is over. Over the course of 90 minutes, in real time, Thelma desperately works to convince her daughter that life is worth living. Eloquent and darkly humorous, ’night, Mother has been hailed as an American classic and one of the most powerful contemporary dramas ever written.
Santa Monica Playhouse presents a brand new Rudie-DeCarlo Family Theatre Musical, ANNABELLE and the SNOW QUEEN EXPRESS, giving audiences a heart-warming perspective on fantasy and reality, sharing and caring, and the importance of family togetherness. A host of colorful Dickensian characters, led by a charmingly dotty old lady (or is she the Snow Queen in disguise?) are unceremoniously plunked into 2014, confronting the miracles and mysteries of modernity as they try to unthaw the frozen hearts of the MTV Generation and convince quirky teen Annabelle that you're never too old to believe in the magic of love and family. Come along on a topsy-turvy ride, featuring a magical train that actually moves, breathtaking Dickensian Steampunk costumes, and special effects that will transport you to an icy North Pole glitter freeze that can only be set right by joyous, warm hearted believers.
A hilarious satire about the irony of war and fallacy of romantic ideals, Arms and the Man is often regarded by scholars as George Bernard Shaw's funniest play -- and it was his first big theatrical hit. This light comedy begins when an armed soldier in 1895 Bulgaria breaks into a young woman's bedroom and demands refuge. Poking fun at both the dangers of bravado and the idealistic notions of romantic love, Arms and the Man proves that you can find love -- and humor -- in war.
The first Holiday show of the season, with a grand festive opening on Halloween Eve, the 20th anniversary production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is an excitingly heart-warming musical adaptation of the original French tale. This classic with a twist, set in a fantasy Medieval milieu "long, long ago," introduces audiences to a lively, lovely and spirited Beauty and a most endearing Beast, offering a rose garden of a thousand and one delights, replete with dizzily ditzy sisters, a sweetly sensitive sire, a spell-binding sorceress and a flamboyantly foppish suitor, who all inadvertently or intentionally strew more than a few thorns along Beauty and her Beast's arduous, and ardorous, path. But the determination and spirit of true love win out, allowing them to find the magic that will ultimately unite them for a happily-ever-after ending that leaves all who are young at heart breathless.
Alan Bowne's seminal and shocking play Beirut features two female leads in an alternate Lower Manhattan made a grim police state by an uncontrollable plague ravaging its citizens. After testing positive for the disease, Torch finds herself imprisoned and quarantined, biding her time in a filthy basement apartment. Her grim routine is broken when Blue, her lover from "pre-virus" life, slips past the Lesion Patrol and comes to her rescue. While overjoyed by her arrival, Torch is also deeply conflicted. The uninfected Blue risks far more than just her health by sneaking into the quarantine zone. The triple threat of infection, exposure and death electrifies this already exciting love story staged by The Little Theater.
Trick or Treat. Set in Appalachia and written entirely in verse, the West Coast premiere of John Biguenet’s charming and mesmerizing solo play stars Jenny O'Hara as a wacky, bizarre old woman living in an odd little shack deep in the woods… who just may happen to be a witch. A funny, poignant and “spell” binding tale of the magic of the human heart.
Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi brings new life to Dickens' classic holiday story with a musical version of the tale by award-winning composer Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid). This cheerful remembrance of the meaning of the season features everyone's favorite crotchety old miser, who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than anything or anyone, and the adorable Tiny Tim, plus some singing and dancing ghosts who ultimately lead Scrooge to a change of heart. Experience the joy of the holiday season with your friends and family at this festive new production of an old favorite.
Grove Theater Center's three-actor adaptation of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol returns, with the entirety of its script taken directly from the original source material. Enjoy the timeless tale of Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts and the spirit of the holidays as you have never seen it before, with a talented trio of performers that includes recent U.K. Theatre Award winner Jenna Augen and Broadway veteran David Allen Jones. Shifting seamlessly between different characters, they anchor a fluidly beautiful production that received an Ovation Award for lighting design, one of Los Angeles' highest honors for stage excellence.
In this romantic comedy, Elliot, a computer scientist, builds a computer program to help Molly, a molecular biologist, with her research project, only to find that the variables in their relationship shift as rapidly as their experiment. Elliot and Molly “meet cute” at complicated times in their love and personal lives, and, in their professional collaboration as problem-solving scientists, they grapple with the unsolvable nature of life’s biggest equation: how to pair.
Matt can no longer stomach his job, no matter what it pays. And when he concocts a business plan that will earn him millions while helping those in need, he believes he’s discovered his new career. So why does everyone think this venture’s even viler than the last? A blend of humor, Hendrix, and hard-core porn, DIRTY explores whether there’s any place for philanthropy in this cutthroat country called home.
This lively comedy of errors puts a decidedly different spin on the standard Christmastime fare with its dysfunctional family farce. 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.
“Flare Path” is set during World War II, at a small hotel mainly boarding Allied aviators and their spouses. It’s near an airfield from which daring and dangerous raids are launched against the Axis foe. Among those staying there are British Flight Lieutenant Teddy Graham. His recent bride, American expatriate actress Patricia Warren is visiting. Several of the airmen, in fact, have their spouses in attendance. The hotel has a new, non-military guest, fading movie star Peter Kyle. Unbeknownst to Teddy, Peter and Patricia were lovers who had lived together for a year. Peter is on a raid of sorts of his own, as he intends to take Patricia, the great love of his life, back to America with him. But it’s wartime. Although Peter was the great true passion of her life, can she bring herself to abandon her new, loving husband at a time when he needs her most?
Buoyed by a passionate Puccini-esque score by Daniel Catan (2010's opera Il Postino), Florencia En El Amazonas follows a famed opera singer as she sets off on an enchanted riverboat in search of her long-lost love. But as the journey turns stormy, her fellow travelers are lured deeper and deeper into the rain forest by a mystical river creature. Channeling the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize-winning author of Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude, this lush LA Opera production is performed in Spanish with projected English translation, and stars Chilean soprano Verónica Villarroel and up-and-coming soprano Lisette Oropesa.
Your children will love the live retelling of Shel Silverstein's touching and tender parable as The Los Angeles Children's Theater performs The Giving Tree. The classic children's book is about the simple gifts nature offers each of us. Through a boy and a loving apple tree, Silverstein's story follows the seasons of life from young child to old man, from joyous youth to self-centered adolescence, from somber adulthood to bittersweet old age. And each stage of love, loss, heartache and heartbreak is expressed through words, gestures, dance and music to delight both children and adults. Celebrate the season of giving with your little ones with The Giving Tree.
H.P. LOVECRAFT’S “THE CALL OF CTHULHU” is based on the short story originally published in 1928 and widely considered to be one of the most important and enduring works by Lovecraft, the godfather of modern horror.