The ever-popular Family Theatre Musical Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party, a sell-out run in its 2013 holiday run has been extended 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. "Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party is strongly recommended," says L.A. Parent. "A splendid children's theatrical experience with a terrific new twist."
Confused by Confucius? Thoroughly thrown by Thoreau? Wish Swift was swifter? Tennyson tinier? Then buckle up and hop aboard as America's best-loved comedy troupe zips through everything you were supposed to read in school, but probably didn't. No classic escapes the slings and arrows of outrageous satire in this captivating production. The Literary Canon explodes as the three cultural guerillas of the Reduced Shakespeare Company take you on a hilarious ninety-eight minute roller-coaster ride through its compact compendium of the 83 greatest books in the history of Western Literature.
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.
To celebrate the 38th anniversary of the longest-running Jewish Musical in LA Theatre History (4½ years in its initial run), Santa Monica Playhouse presents the award-winning Rudie-DeCarlo-Weisman "AUTHOR! AUTHOR! - an evening with Sholom Aleichem," the joyous, hilarious, touching, and ever-popular classic musical comedy, for a special limited four week engagement. "Enchanting!" (Variety). A magical, musical melee at once glorious and gentle, bold and bittersweet, mirthful and romantic, inviting audiences of all ages to celebrate the humor and wisdom of Sholom Aleichem as Chris DeCarlo reprises his award-winning portrayal of the world's most beloved Yiddish author, seen by more than a quarter of a million people to date. "GO! You won't be sorry!" (Backstage).
Battledrum, set during the Civil War, depicts the stories of three drummer boys serving in the Union Army. There’s Rufus, a Kentucky war orphan recruited after his home has been burned to the ground; Jackson, bound into service by his parents; and George Washington, a runaway slave who got lost on the path of the Underground Railroad. Drummer boys are important, as they are pivotal to the conduct of a skirmish. But the three lads are nonetheless youths, thrown into the heat of the bloodiest conflict ever conducted on American soil. Can they possibly survive the hell that is war? And if they survive, will they remain whole?
Battledrum embraces an important segment of American history, a traumatic chapter when courage, brotherhood and patriotism could keep you alive.
Based on Herman Melville's classic American novella, Billy Budd is a powerful tale of innocence and betrayal on the high seas, and at the center stands a young sailor whose unwitting actions force his captain to make a fateful decision. Continuing his ongoing celebration of the 100th anniversary of English composer Benjamin Britten's birthday, James Conlon conducts this production, which was staged by famed director Francesca Zambello for London's Royal Opera House. Baritone Liam Bonner returns as Billy Budd to lead the all-male cast, with tenor Richard Croft as Captain Vere. And Bass Greer Grimsley makes his LA Opera debut as Claggart, the master-at-arms maddened by Billy's goodness and beauty.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon follows the fish-out-of-water adventures of 20-year-old Eugene Jerome, the naive and lovable Brooklyn kid from Brighton Beach Memoirs, as he arrives in Biloxi, Mississippi for basic training in 1943. That's where he encounters an odd and eclectic group of fellow recruits -- not to mention a sadistic drill sergeant -- and has his first tentative experiences with love. Now in its 10th anniversary season, Repertory East Playhouse stages the show that starred Matthew Broderick in both its Tony-winning Broadway run and the 1988 film adaptation.
It's 1960 and Parisian lothario Bernard has it good. His three fiancées, one French, one German and one American, are all beautiful airline hostesses with frequent -- but never overlapping -- layovers in Paris. And thanks to Bernard's faithful maid who swaps out the photographs in his apartment according to schedule, the women will never find out about each other. That is until a new, faster Boeing jet throws the airline schedules out of whack and Bernard finds himself with all three women on his hands at once. Throw in Bernard's friend who's hilariously bad at keeping all the lies straight and the whole perfect setup might just fall apart. This slapstick farce from French playwright Marc Camoletti has been performed in London and on Broadway and was made into a 1965 film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.” From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” Contains explicit language.
Set in 1917 Houston and based on true events, Camp Logan chronicles the experiences of the all-black 24th Infantry Regiment as they ready to fight in World War I. In the wake of constant conflict and confrontation with the area's white civilians and the Houston police, the company marches on the town in a historic act of revolt that became one of the most violent racial conflicts in U.S. military history. Written by award-winning playwright and Houston native Celeste Bedford Walker (The Red Blood of War), Camp Logan earned six 2013 NAACP Theatre Award nominations.
In celebration of Women’s Herstory Month, CASA 0101 Theater is proud to present “Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme” a short play festival featuring new works written and directed by Latinas. These inspiring new works about familia, breaking tradition, healing, chisme and more, celebrate the Latina experience, and bring their stories to a wider audience. “Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme” is an all-Latina driven stage production now in it’s second year. Committed to developing talent, CASA 0101 hosts a series of writing, acting and directing workshops where no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. It is from these workshops that Artistic Director Josefina López was able to mine the talent of the playwrights and directors featured in “Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme”. Featured works include: “How Did I Get Here” by Lauren Ballesteros; “Yo Soy Joaquina” by Maria G. Martinez; “Nuestra Senora De La Gran Pena” by Mariana Herrera; “Frankenstein is not real he is my brother in law!” By Carmelita Maldonado; “An Argument With God” by Lindsey Haley; “Trucha!” by Vilma Villela; “Las Amigas” by Andrea Gutierrez; “Chicanas, Cholas, y Chisme” by Elena Chavez Dominguez; “La Bolita” by Sylvia Chavez; “Sala de Amor y Guerra” by Elvia Rublacava Taylor; “H Male Seeking H Female” by Josefina Lopez; “Baby Talk” by Suzanne Linares; “La Mano de Dios” by Raquel Salinas; and “Quarters for Kisses” by Rosa Rodriguez.
WEST COAST PREMIERE! Ni Hao, amigos. Straight from being named Outstanding Musical at the New York International Fringe Festival, China is three white guys irreverently singing, dancing, and hysterically marching their way through five thousand occasionally misconstrued years of Chinese history in 90 minutes. One loves China, one is paranoid that China is going to overthrow the world at any minute, and the third keeps getting China confused with Japan. From the Han Dynasty to Han Solo... from Genghis Khan to Ricardo Montalban... remember, you can’t spell "Enchilada" without C.H.I.N.A.
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.
Playwright Samuel Brett Williams Derby Day explores love, family and mortality in his dark comedy set in his hometown of Hot Springs, Arkansas. In Derby Day the dysfunctional Ballard brothers are in town for their abusive, alcoholic fathers’ funeral. They find themselves at the Oaklawn Racetrack where they spent much of their childhood. They drink, cuss and fight over family secrets and wager one last bet for the chance at finally becoming a family.
THE DIFFERENT SHADES OF HUGH explores the very personal world of an artist’s creative process. Each artist is unique, but is there ever a time when that process should be altered? And does anyone have the right to try and impose that change morally, ethically, or personally?
Evan is what you would call accident-prone. Having suffered from various injuries his entire life, he's now been randomly stabbed in the shoulder.
In his apartment, his sister and his fiancée are trying to help him recover while fending off a steady stream of visitors as well as a bitter neighbor with a thing for stuffed cats. Something isn't quite adding up though, as Evan's apartment becomes a buzzing hub of secrets and lies from which no one emerges unscathed.