Money. Sex. Bad behavior….just another day in the markets. When global financial markets go radioactive, predators stand poised for a fight to the finish. Partnerships prove to be perilous and laws are meaningless in the jungle of scheming money managers, where the cleverly crafted characters of John Bunzel’s dark comedy dwell.
35 years ago, Cathy (FELICITY HUFFMAN) killed two police officers after inciting an act of anarchy. Now, she comes face to face with her parole officer, Ann (REBECCA PIDGEON), for the last time. This 70 minute, thought-provoking play comes to a head as Ann seeks a sign of true rehabilitation or at the very least regret, while Cathy bargains to be set free.
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly presents their bigger, badder, high-octane "XXL" caburleque spectacular, busting-at-the-seams with dance, magic, music and side-splitting mayhem! Directed by Sebastian Munoz and Produced by Zombie Joe.
Mario and Luigi have become so perpetually frustrated by their endless pursuit of the Princess that everything they see has started to look like a beautiful, sexy woman-- even their most dangerous enemies! This sexy burlesque romp is a send-up of the famous Mario Bros. video games. Join us to discover whether the world's most adventurous plumbers will finally rescue the Princess and consummate years of amorous toil, or be seduced along the way by their alluring enemies. Don't forget to bring a few "coins" (or dollars) for tips... If the cast collects enough coins along the way, the audience will unlock the alternate ending!!! 18 and over only!
What started as an innocent blind date has quickly turned into a dangerous obsession. For Theresa, an accomplished journalist, her life is now spiraling chaotically out of control as she experiences a violent terror that’s all too familiar.
Amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office mass shooting event in American history, the tragedy's sole survivor, John Smith, sees the face of God. Smith's modern-day revelation creates a maelstrom of disbelief among everyone he knows as he struggles to lead a better life and hold on to his new-found faith. Called a "nifty coup de théàtre" by The New York Times and "a darkly comic morality tale" by The New York Post in its original 2009 run, The Break of Noon explores our society, the media, religion and gun violence as only Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Reasons to Be Pretty) could imagine. Catch this incisive work at Santa Monica's City Garage Theatre.
Covering 70 years of Hollywood stereotypes, Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's pseudo-biographical comedy By the Way, Meet Vera Stark follows the life of a headstrong African-American actress who begins a career in the 1930s -- a time when her only shot at success lay in stealing small scenes in big Hollywood blockbusters. Seventy years later, film buffs reflect on the life and legacy of the controversial star, whose eventual fame and fortune came at the price of perpetuating dangerous stereotypes. Nottage artfully blends comedy, drama and social commentary for a thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking picture of the cultural climate that shaped Vera Stark. Clever and illuminating, this production draws on screwball films of the 1930s and uses today's fascination with celebrity and controversy to reflect on who Stark might have been if she'd lived in a different time. Catch By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at the MainStage Theatre of the Long Beach Playhouse. This show contains adult content.
Pinballing between comedic riffs and lightning-quick sleight of hand, magician John Carney will leave you laughing and wondering, 'How'd he do that!?" Carney's popular act has won more awards from Hollywood's Magic Castle than anyone in its history, and now he's ready to bring his hilarious audience participation segments and multiple character switch-ups back to the GTC Burbank stage following a sold-out run in January. You won't see any big boxes, tigers, dancing girls or lasers in Carney Magic -- just a quirky, likable guy, cracking-wise and showing off the magical comedy chops that earned him oohs and ahhs on Late Show with David Letterman. This performance is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Storybook Theatre's version of its award-winning musical is its contribution to the Cinderella mania that is hitting in Spring. There is a new Disney Cinderella in the movie theatrer; there is the Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella coming to the Ahmanson, but Storybook Theatre’s joyful Cinderella is a funny version specifically created to appeal to young children and the whole family. Complete with a loopy Fairy Godmother and puppets as the stepsisters, kids get the chance to dance with the Prince, try on the glass slipper, and join in the fun.
When Rodgers and Hammerstein, perhaps the greatest composing team in history (The Sound of Music, South Pacific), got together to adapt the enchanting fairy-tale story of Cinderella, the results were magical. A new book by five-time Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Sister Act, Xanadu) presents a delightfully romantic and hilarious take on the tale, featuring an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and everything you love about the story -- the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball -- plus some surprising new twists. Rediscover Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved songs, including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible" and "Ten Minutes Ago," in this outrageously fun, Tony-winning musical for dreamers of all ages. After watching this charming production, you'll leave the theater thinking "glass slippers are so back."
Writer-performer Steven Fales is back with his critically-acclaimed Confessions of a Mormon Boy, dissecting his Utah church upbringing and its wild ride of an aftermath, in a show the Los Angeles Times calls "an extraordinary achievement." This powerful and powerfully funny play follows Fales' journey from excommunication, through marriage, kids and divorce, to his life as a high-priced gay New York prostitute. Ultimately, though, he finds a way to reclaim his life and his children. Along with impressing celebrity fans like Judith Light, Leslie Jordan and Bruce Vilanch, Fales received an Outer Critic's Circle Award nomination and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for the off-Broadway run of the show, which has also been seen across the country and in London's West End.
A powerful family drama set in the Philadelphia Irish community of “Corktown,” a seething hotbed of pro-Irish Republican activity. Emotions run high and battle lines are drawn when family and political loyalties collide.
Breezier than a sunny day on the Cote d'Azur, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a criminally funny musical that puts the "art" back in con artist. A sparkling adaptation of the classic film comedy starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, Scoundrels mixes singing swindlers, a cockeyed competition and a score from the composer of The Full Monty into cocktail that fizzes and intoxicates. While the suave Lawrence charms wealthy women out of thousands, rough-edged Freddy uses pity to cadge meals from softies. In a battle for territory, the two crooks agree to a contest: The first to wheedle $50,000 out of a beautiful heiress wins, and the entire Riviera is his and his alone. Now Glendale Centre Theatre presents this Tony-nominated show that's sure to keep you laughing (and checking for your wallet).
Here’s something you don’t see everyday: An opera with music improvised by the cast. But that’s what you’ll encounter at The Discord Altar, the first in a series of proposed productions from OperaWorks’ ASAP, the Arts for Social Awareness Project, an ambitious undertaking seeking to raise consciousness regarding social issues. The Discord Altar examines homelessness through its small cast of characters.
David has died, succumbing to the ravages that his addictions had wreaked upon his health. A brilliant voice teacher, during his life on the skids, his students were a small group of homeless young people. Now they have gathered to memorialize him. They’re joined by one of their number who escaped poverty and went on to achieve a successful career in the mainstream; and also by David’s embittered daughter, who considers that he abandoned his family. Needless to say, not all members of the assemblage have similar memories of David.
What impact has the life and work of David had on those gathered here? How will he affect their lives and future?
On the surface, Michael and Eden are a solid pair with a bright future. When their beloved dog Jock grows unexpectedly violent - chewing through furniture, biting people, killing another dog - the strength of the couple's relationship is tested. Inadvertently drawn in as accomplices to their canine's crimes, Michael and Eden find themselves telling a series of increasingly complex lies to another couple, Nicole and Bill, whose small pup is Jock's latest casualty. But every dog will have his day, and it's only a matter of time before the truth, like a buried bone, is dug up and laid bare.
A vibrant, colorful family-friendly musical comedy, the hilarious and heart-warming internationally acclaimed DOROTHY'S ADVENTURES IN OZ, a reworking of the beloved L. Frank Baum stories, is filled with music and dance, fun special effects, laughter and love, as audiences follow Dorothy and her companions along the windy road to that mystical place where dreams really do come true and nothing is as it seems, doing battle with the vain but glorious Queen Coo-ee-oh, joining forces with a vagabond princess who is revolting (although she doesn't look it), meeting a Patchwork Girl and a Rainbow Maiden, facing such looming monsters as war, drought and mortgages, learning a great deal about the world around them, and even a little bit about themselves.
Dreamscape, a Hip-hop Theater production, depicts the death and inner life of a young woman, “Myeisha Mills.” The play is a meditation and reimagining of the night of December 28, 1998, when nineteen-year-old Tyisha Miller was shot by four Riverside Police Department officers and left unconscious bleeding in the car. Through poetry, dance and beat boxing, Dreamscape re-frames Myeisha’s death by following the trajectory and impact of the 12 bullets that struck her - each one triggering its own unique memory. Dreamscape returns to LATC following its successful run at 2014’s Encuentro Festival.