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Visionary Man  
Hudson Theatre  Visionary Man
 
“Visionary Man" is a new American musical that celebrates the true story of JB Murray and his artistic calling at age 70. In 1978, Murray - a rural subsistence farmer from Glascock County, GA - had the first of what he called his 'visions from the Holy Spirit.' Over a period of 10 years, Murrays' visions would capture the imagination of his friends, his neighbors, and ultimately an international community of art collectors, museums, and academics. The musical is a spirited look at a close-knit rural community that must come to terms with the passion, the vision, and the art of this enigmatic eccentric in their midst.
   
2 Across  
Santa Monica Playhouse 2 Across
 
A commuter train leaves San Francisco Airport at 4:15 a.m. on its way to the East Bay. A man and a woman who have nothing in common but their crossword puzzles are on that BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train. She takes crosswords (and life) very seriously; he treats everything like a game. By the time they reach East Bay their lives have changed.
   
6 Rms Riv Vu  
Sierra Madre Playhouse 6 Rms Riv Vu
 
In “6 Rms Riv Vu,” Anne Miller, a full-time mom and homemaker, and Paul Friedman, an advertising executive who would rather be writing his own projects, simultaneously show up to inspect a Manhattan apartment for rent. It has six rooms, a partial view of the Hudson River, and is rent-controlled. In other words, it’s a prime find. It’s not entirely without flaws, however. A doorknob falls off, trapping the two inside the apartment. Instead of treating each other like competitors for the same treasured piece of real estate, however, both find themselves with a swift and strong attraction to each other. It’s not illogical: both are attractive, intelligent, witty, sensitive and charming. Why not? Well, they’re both in long-term marriages to other people, and both are the parents of small children. Both have to consider how it will impact their lives and their futures if they decide to have an affair. Will they?
   
An Adult Evening With Shel Silverstein  
Repertory East Playhouse An Adult Evening With Shel Silverstein
 
He's famed for his collections of children's poems (Where the Sidewalk Ends) but in Shel Silverstein's darkly comic and decidedly adult world of Saturday Night Live-style sketches, you'll see revenge taken on the guy who invented the phrase "have a nice day," witness a tale of friendship, murder and vaudeville with only one very "meat and potatoes" line of dialogue, and watch two ladies of the night try to rhyme every few words. The author's imaginative world covers a wide range of topics, but they're all tied together by his clever and witty wordplay.
   
All's Well That Ends Well  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum All's Well That Ends Well
 
Theatricum continues its celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with the Bard’s bittersweet comedy. The beautiful but low-born Helena heals the king, winning the right to marry the man she loves – a count above her station. But no one is prepared for the severity and ruthlessness of Bertram’s rejection of Helena as his royally-decreed wife, nor for the lengths to which Helena will go in order to win his love. This summer, discover Theatricum Botanicum's “garden of theater,” a spectacular outdoor amphitheater nestled in the heart of Topanga Canyon.
   
Andronicus  
Lyric Hyperion Theatre Andronicus
 
Deliciously twisted humor gives way to unexpected poignancy in this bold take on William Shakespeare’s original horror play The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus. Reveling in the darkest corners of human nature, Andronicus is a streamlined adaptation of Shakespeare’s most violent play; the bard’s masterful dramatic structure and brutal tale of revenge have been carefully preserved.
   
Barnyard Madness with the Three Pigs  
Santa Monica Playhouse Barnyard Madness with the Three Pigs
 
Barnyard Madness with the Three Pigs is a zany 1940s Country and Western romp and toe-tapping, finger-snapping musical comedy that follows the romantic antics and show business aspirations of the singing McPig Sisters and their wolverine admirers, proving once and for all that true friendship does not depend on size, color, background, nationality or even "species." A cross between "Grand Ole Opry", "The Three Little Pigs", and drawing from all the happy moments of "Romeo & Juliet", Barnyard Madness offers humorous, yet keen, insights into the dangers of falling in with the "wrong crowd," the deceptive nature of stereotypes, and the importance of following your heart. Barnyard Madness is one of fifteen original fairy tales that are part of the Santa Monica Playhouse award-winning Family Theatre Musical Matinee Series that cut across the imaginary generation gap by providing an experience that the entire family can enjoy.
   
Bird Lives!  
Attic Theatre Bird Lives!
 
Miles Davis once said, "You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker." In this music-filled solo show directed by She's Gotta Have It star Tommy Hicks, ER's Montae Russell brings the legendary sax man -- widely considered one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time -- to dazzling life. In addition to his peerless skills on the saxophone, "Bird" was an innovator in improvisation and a founder of bebop jazz, and was known for his creative use of extended harmonic structures. Bird Lives! explores and celebrates Parker's trailblazing achievements in music.
   
Broadway Bound  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Broadway Bound
 
Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander (who starred in the original Broadway production) directs Neil Simon's hilarious, heartwarming semi-autobiographical play. Brothers Eugene and Stanley Jerome are determined to break into show business as professional comedy writers. As their parents' relationship unravels, the brothers convene in the upstairs bedroom of their Brighton Beach home to write and rehearse material. When the brothers use their real-life family situation as inspiration for a radio comedy skit, they quickly learn the complications that ensue when life informs art. A finalist for the the1987 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the recipient of four Tony nominations when it premiered on Broadway, Broadway Bound sparkles with the potent combination of Simon’s celebrated comic genius and his deep understanding of family dynamics.
   
Bulrusher  
Skylight Theatre Bulrusher
 
A multiracial orphan girl, growing up in a predominantly white California town in the 1950's, discovers an entirely new sense of self when a black girl from Alabama suddenly appears in her world. Lyrically brimming with passion and humor, Bulrusher is about how we move forward in our lives by learning from our past.
   
The Cherry Orchard  
Pacific Resident Theatre The Cherry Orchard
 
Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, his final and perhaps greatest play, is still as relevant today, with its treatment of mortgage and debt and a changing socioeconomic climate, as it was when it opened at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904. A cherry orchard, holding years of family memories within its blossoms and branches, is the pride and joy of the owners of an estate. However, it's about to be sold at auction unless delinquent property taxes are paid -- but no one seems to be willing able to grasp the gravity of the situation.
   
Cinderella  
Santa Monica Playhouse Cinderella
 
This summer, Santa Monica Playhouse presents the 30th anniversary production of the internationally-acclaimed original musical CINDERELLA. Playing for four weeks only, the beloved Rudie-DeCarlo musical offers romantics of all ages the chance to try on the glass slipper and help Cinderella find her happily-ever-after. This "innovative musical version" (DRAMA-LOGUE) of CINDERELLA features the requisite handsome prince, zany fairy godmother, silly stepsisters, a zealously well-meaning stepmother, "an enchanting Cinderella" (LA Times)
   
Dead Man's Cell Phone  
The Little Theater LA Dead Man's Cell Phone
 
Come see what happens when you answer a dead man's cell phone. Come watch as Jean learns about a man she never met.
   
The Echo One Acts 2014  
Atwater Village Theatre The Echo One Acts 2014
 
See six world premiere plays by hot American playwrights, all in a single evening. Commissioned by Chris Fields and The Echo Theater Company, this year’s festival includes What Are You Doing On The Bed by Shawna Casey, directed by Jennifer Chambers and starring Garrett Hanson and Sarah Jane Morris; “Say You, Say Me” By Lionel Richie, written by Miki Johnson, directed by Chris Fields and starring Karl Herlinger, Justin Huen, Erin Nicole Washington and Gareth Williams; As We Sleep, written by John Lavachielli, directed by Kevin Hoffer and starring Jennifer Chambers and Michael McColl; Laileen On The Way Down, written by Jen Silverman, directed by Alana Dietze and starring Jesse Fair, Dan Hagen and Carol Locatell; The Optimist, written by Brian Tanen, directed by Amanda Saunders and starring Parker Phillips and Tara Karsian; and General Sherman’s Hollow Body, written and directed by Wes Walker and starring Alana Dietz, Jeanette McMahon and Darrett Sanders.
   
Equivocation  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Equivocation
 
At once an explosive comedy of ideas and a high-stakes political thriller, this bold new work deftly reveals the cat-and-mouse games in politics and art, and the craft of learning how to speak the truth in difficult times. In London in the year 1605, a down-and-out playwright called “Shagspeare” receives a royal commission from King James to write a play promoting the government's version of the Gunpowder Plot, a recent failed attempt to blow up Parliament and the Monarchy. As Shag navigates the dangerous course between writing a lie and losing his soul — or writing the truth and losing his head — his devoted theater troupe helps him negotiate each step of the way. Winner of the 2010 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. “One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” — Variety
   
The Face In The Reeds  
Ruskin Group Theatre The Face In The Reeds
 
Passover is a celebration of freedom, it is also a quarrel about the meaning of freedom, the value of life, and the shadow of death, which symbolically “passes over” the house. During the course of the evening, conflicts emerge about the merit of faith over conversion, the truth in religion, and the nature of parental responsibility. This night is different from all other nights and of course, this being a Jewish family, it is also a comedy. We're all going to die--but first, you should eat.
   
Festival Of Living Art  
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Festival Of Living Art
 
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group is proud to bring the world's greatest paintings, sculpture and popular art to pulsating-life on stage...a vibrant, high-octane theatre-spectacular of color, motion and resurrection!
   

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