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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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!
The appearance of the Santa Ana winds spell trouble in this world-premiere play by Margaret Medina, who injects both magic and current-day drama into her Latina-led story. Angela overcame a hardscrabble background to become a successful attorney, but after a failed marriage, the only place she finds solace is in the bottle. Now in danger of losing her job, she's tasked with representing the spoiled teenage daughter of her former mentor. Despite their prickly relationship and their age difference, the two find themselves on a path to rediscovering their self-worth.
Roger and Sherry are a long-married couple who frequently have their friends Zack and Beth, and Joe and Mindy over to their home. All have been married for years. Joe and Mindy bicker quite a bit. Zack and Beth still have the hots for each other. Roger wonders why his own marriage is no longer as passionate. Sherry, involved in save-the-planet activism, devotes most of her time to her causes, and is frustrated by Roger’s lack of interest in them. One night, Roger and Sherry accidentally (honest!) find themselves at a swingers’ party. What they see there and who they meet there startle them. Will they participate? What they experience on that fateful night and in subsequent events will have unforeseen effects on their marriage. Can their love for each other and their union possibly survive? This is the third in a series of comedies about the dynamics of relationships between men and women from playwright-director Jeff Gould. They are “Troubled Waters,” “It’s Just Sex” and “Is There Sex After Marriage?”. His first two plays were strong critical and commercial successes. Gould has also been an actor and comedian and is a professional poker player.
IT’S JUST SEX is “A Comic Home Run” (Los Angeles Times), “Convulsively Funny” (Variety), “Fast-Paced and Very Funny” (New York Post) and “A Turn-On! Entertaining, Funny and Clever” (Broadway.com). A ‘Hilarious and Thought-Provoking” (Fox 11-TV) look at monogamy, infidelity, lust, trust and the boundaries of relationships. With the kids away at camp, three couples get together for an innocent cocktail party. But as the liquor flows, games are played, secrets are revealed, trust is tested, boundaries are broken and reality gets ‘swapped’ for fantasy.
Ellen Geer takes on the title role in a new production that sees Lear divide her kingdom and test the loyalty of her three sons. Shakespeare's sublime poetry infuses this towering tragedy, a tale of madness, tyranny, loyalty and love.