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All American Girl  
Lounge Theatre All American Girl
 
Who will save the children? All American Girl follows Katie, a bright and attractive girl committed to rescuing innocents from hardship and poverty, as she evolves into a passionate extremist. How does a seemingly ordinary American kid become radicalized? Is violence ever justified? These are some of the questions Graf asks in her newest play. “I’ve always been interested in understanding the choices people make that end up determining who they are,” she explains. “I don’t think there’s any single point that determines the road taken in life – the left turn instead of the right. This play doesn’t offer any answers, simply vantage points at which we pause and ask ‘what if?’ ” “This play scared the hell out of me when I first read it,” says Khanzadian. “This young woman starts out wanting to save the world, to do right. But painful events in her life drive her to see everything through a different lens. The point is that this can happen to anyone. It’s not that different from blowing up abortion clinics. Extremism is not exclusively Muslim. It’s human.”
   
Almost Perfect  
Santa Monica Playhouse Almost Perfect
 
Buddy falls for the perfect girl of his dreams. One small problem... he's married to Jenny. We watch his hilarious, guilt-ridden affair 'til he finally realizes his perfect dream girl is Jenny, his wife. "It's male idiocy that get savaged most by author Mayer who does such a remarkable job, in fact, that the men in the audience are laughing their heads off even as they're being gutted," says The Good Life about ALMOST PERFECT. "Highly recommended."
   
American Idiot  
MET Theatre American Idiot
 
Based on Green Day's Grammy-winning concept album of the same name, American Idiot is a high-energy, two-time Tony-winning rock opera uses the songs from the album, plus several from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown, to drive the story. Three lifelong friends -- Johnny, Will and Tunny -- are forced to choose between following their dreams or remaining in the safety of the suburbs. Popular songs featured in American Idiot include "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the title track, which was nominated for four Grammys when it was released in 2005. See the high-octane show this summer at The MET in Los Angeles. Description This show features adult content and strong language. Parental discretion is advised. The show also feature the use of strobe lights and loud rock music.
   
Armagayddon  
Second City Armagayddon
 
Now that same-sex marriage is legal, a scared straight couple is on the run to escape the gay's "evil agenda" in The Second City Hollywood's newest musical Armagayddon. With music and lyrics by Dan Wessels (composer of the hit Off-Broadway and Las Vegas show 50 Shades! The Musical), Armagayddon takes you on a journey to see who the real sinners are when it comes to marriage. With a stellar cast of Second City all-stars, including Gina Brown, Josh Callahan, Marion Dunham, Martin Garcia and Pip Lilly, you'll be eager to say "I do" to this hilarious look at gay rights and "scared straights."
   
As You Like It  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum As You Like It
 
Director Ellen Geer moves the tale of two sets of brothers — one alienated by ambition, the other estranged by envy — to the divided South of the post-Civil War era, adding traditional American folk music and dance from the period. Rosalind is forced to flee camp when her uncle Frederick, usurper of his brother’s position as a general in the Union army, threatens to have her killed. Accompanied by her cousin Celia, Rosalind disguises herself as a man for safety's sake. The disguise comes in handy when she tests the devotion of her noble admirer, Orlando, on the run from his hostile older brother. Meanwhile, the rebel camp is alive with music — banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and more. With Rosalind's wit leading the way, the forces of true love, justice and song eventually triumph.
   
Astro Boy and the God of Comics  
Sacred Fools Theater Astro Boy and the God of Comics
 
Delve into the action-packed world of Japanese manga comics and anime in a retro-sci-fi performance about the man considered the father of the genres. Through on-stage drawing, interactive video and even puppetry, Astro Boy and the God of Comics centers on Osamu Tezuka, sometimes referred to as the "Walt Disney of Japan." His most famous character, Astro Boy, came about during his country's post-war era as an embodiment of a peaceful use of nuclear energy. This riotous comic book-style adventure combines the fictional world of that crime-fighting boy robot with Tezuka's life story and the history of Japanese animation. Please note that this show explores themes of war, illness and death, and may not be suitable for children under 10.
   
August: Osage County  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum August: Osage County
 
A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. A major new play that unflinchingly — and uproariously — exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. (Mature audiences)
   
Bad Jews  
Geffen Playhouse Bad Jews
 
Daphna Feygenbaum considers herself a "real Jew" -- the most devout in her family -- while her cousin Liam is a self-described "bad Jew," complete with a shiksa girlfriend. When the two arrive in New York for their Holocaust-surviving grandfather's funeral, they instantly butt heads in a savagely funny battle royale over a cherished family heirloom. Written and developed by playwright Joshua Harmon and directed by Matt Shakman, Bad Jews comes to the Geffen Playhouse following a run as one of the most acclaimed comedies of the past New York theater season -- hailed, in fact, as "the best comedy of the season!" by The New York Times. Jewish or not, you're sure to see your own family in the midst of all the comic mayhem of Bad Jews, starring Ari Brand, Molly Ephraim, Lili Fuller and Raviv Ullman.
   
Brilliant Traces  
Attic Theatre Brilliant Traces
 
Set in the remote wilds of Alaska, Brilliant Traces explores the ways in which redemption can be found in even the loneliest of places. A solitary figure hunkered down from a raging blizzard, Henry Harry is suddenly interrupted by Rosannah, a woman in full bridal regalia who's just fled her impending marriage. These two strangers are forced by nature to share their reasons for fleeing the outside world, slowly realizing they actually share a similar sense of desperation and longing. A thought-provoking portrait of the human condition, Brilliant Traces is a production that will stay with you long after you leave the theater. Come connect with this humorous and heart-wrenching tale at the Chromolume Theatre in Los Angeles.
   
Cinderella  
Theatre West Cinderella
 
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.
   
Cinderella  
Santa Monica Playhouse Cinderella
 
This CINDERELLA is no shrinking violet. "Enchanting! She neither pines nor whines and she's no slouch with a slightly risqué put-down either, particularly within the context of Rudie and DeCarlo's trademark Gilbert & Sullivan-style comic lyrics." (LA TIMES) Proud of who she is, she'll wait forever if need be to find the one person who will love her for who she is. Ditto Prince Asgood who would give anything to be loved for himself, not the icon society claims he must be. Watch the heart-warming relationship that blooms with the assistance of a glass slipper, a feather duster and a truly magical wand.
   
Cock  
Long Beach Playhouse Cock
 
With a name like Cock, you know this play is poised to push some buttons. One of Britain's most provocative young playwrights, Mike Bartlett has flipped the script on the classic love triangle story to create a comically clever new perspective on affairs of the heart (as well as other body parts). When John takes a break from his longtime boyfriend, he's shocked to find new love in the arms of a woman. Torn between his two lovers -- neither of whom is ready to give up the fight -- John must navigate tricky emotional waters. Catch this cheeky, subversive and gritty production of Cock at the Long Beach Playhouse's Studio Theatre. This show contains adult content, language, nudity and sexual situations. Viewer discretion is advised.
   
Dead Pilots Society  
Whitefire Theatre Dead Pilots Society
 
Some of the best TV sitcom writers ever to pen a punchline bypass the Hollywood powers that be to spotlight their previously unproduced scripts in Dead Pilots Society, staged at Sherman Oaks' Whitefire Theater. A cast of more than 20 talented actors star in this trio of 30-minute comedies by acclaimed scribes Ken Levine & David Isaacs (M*A*S*H, Cheers), Richard Dresser (The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Keen Eddie) and Russ Woody (Murphy Brown, The Middle). Please see the full event description for a cast rundown.
   
Dorothy's Adventures In Oz  
Santa Monica Playhouse Dorothy's Adventures In Oz
 
Dorothy's Adventures In Oz explores the author's most oft visited themes - love, friendship and family. Audience participation allows young people of all ages to discover some valuable lessons about the importance of truth, honor and self-esteem, as they follow the escapades of Dorothy and her companions along the windy road to that mystical place where dreams really do come true and nothing is as it seems. Along the way, they will do battle with the vain but glorious Queen Coo-ee-oh, join forces with a vagabond princess who is revolting (although she doesn't look it), meet a Patchwork Girl, a Rainbow Maiden, face such looming monsters as war, drought and mortgages, learn a great deal about the world around them, and even a little bit about themselves.
   
The False Servant  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble The False Servant
 
Seduction, money and power are all on fine display in this sly 18th century romp. A young girl dresses as a man to learn more about her husband-to-be. What she discovers bends everything from gender to our most cherished notions of love.
   
Happy Days  
Boston Court Performing Arts Center Happy Days
 
Renowned director Andrei Belgrader re-examines this Samuel Beckett classic, newly relevant to a generation burdened by climate change and environmental doom. Brooke Adams plays Winnie, a woman buried up to her bosom in a mound of dirt with nothing to pass the time but the ragged contents of her bag, her nimble wit, and her husband Willie, played by Tony Shalhoub, lurking somewhere behind her. This droll, existential allegory demonstrates the vitality of the human spirit in the face of a deteriorating world.
   
The Heir Apparent  
Long Beach Performing Arts Center The Heir Apparent
 
International City Theatre presents the Los Angeles premiere of the hilarious French farce The Heir Apparent, written by Broadway playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur). An adaptation of Jean-François Regnard's 1708 masterpiece, The Heir Apparent tells the story of Eraste, who desperately wants to marry Isabelle. To do so, he must secure an inheritance from his miserable old uncle Geronte, who has bequeathed his money to distant relatives. It will be up to Eraste's resourceful servant Crispin to save the day using disguises and his quick wits. This amusing comedy of mistaken identity will be performed entirely in rhyming verse at the International City Theatre at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.
   

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