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The Tony Award-winning play about passion, parenthood and moments of beauty comes to Hollywood's Actors Co-op Theatres. With a mother grappling with her daughter, a composer grappling with genius and both debilitated by ailments, the obsession they share may bridge the 200 years of time that separate them. From present-day New York to 19th century Austria, from a modern musicologist to composer Ludwig van Beethoven, witness the beautiful ties that connect us across both time and space. This show is recommended for those age 14 or older.
Singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer is known for his stunning lyrics, which have won him such recognition as the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for songwriting. His newest show, The Lion, earned Scheuer the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. Here, Scheuer uses his guitar -- actually, six guitars -- to tell his own gripping coming-of-age story. It's a journey from boyhood to manhood, through good times and bad, showing the incredible healing power of music. Don't miss Scheuer's much-lauded off-Broadway hit, called "an irresistible winner" and "deeply moving" by New York Daily News, at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Will and Nicole have just bought their first home. It’s s fixer-upper, but it’s got three bedrooms and a swimming pool, and it’s south of Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. They’ve worked hard for this. Will manages a sales crew for a company that sells bug-killing chemicals. Nicole works at a child day care center with her mother-in-law. Will and Nicole have no children as yet, but Nicky wants Will to start making a baby with her, and soon. Will and Nicky are throwing a housewarming party, but have invited only members of their own family (hence the title). There’s Will’s dad Walter, an idea man who never seemed to be able to break through and make the big bucks; Andrea, Will’s half-sister, just divorced and facing the prospect of homelessness; her small daughter Chloe; Will’s stepmother Brenda, who’s had to put with a lot; and his blunt-talking grandmother Amanda. Will wants to share his pride and joy with his family. But instead of giving him validation, they’re coming to him, the successful one, with their own needs. But this is a party, Can this family possibly extract the F-U-N from dysfunction and have a good time? What happens today will impact the family for a long time to come.
They say you can't take it with you, but you can certainly leave plenty of messes behind for others to clean up after you kick the bucket. Just ask Virginia Carpolotti, a devoted widow with loving memories of her recently deceased husband. Though Virginia's love endures, her confidence in her dearly departed Ed begins to flounder as one shady character after another comes calling for debts he put in her name. Things really heat up when a mysterious $1 million ransom note appears in this delightful musical comedy -- featuring Tony-nominated Broadway vet Penny Fuller (Neil Simon's The Dinner Party) -- at The Edye at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. This show contains adult language.
Based on the beloved book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, this play tears apart everything we thought we knew about the World War II D-Day landing on the beaches of Normandy in this tender tale of love and war. England-based theatrical company Kneehigh Theatre, which wowed Wallis audiences with Brief Encounter, now returns with their grab-bag of music, puppetry and boisterousness to tell the tale of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Be transported to the sleepy village of Slapton Sands, England, 1944, where a young girl experiences soldiers occupying her family house and property, with only her cat to confide in. The show proves that even with death and destruction all around, it takes more than a world war to bring down the human spirit. You won't want to miss the production that The Times (London) calls "a wonderfully life-affirming piece of theatre ... touchingly and gloriously imaginative."
Legend has it that when Emperor Joseph II first heard Mozart's The Abduction From the Seraglio, he said, "That is too fine for my ears -- there are too many notes." To which the musical prodigy replied, "There are just as many notes as there should be." Updated to the Roaring Twenties by LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, this riotous staging marries the brilliance of Mozart's comic gem with the flair of a classic Hollywood comedy. While en route from Istanbul to Paris, two beautiful damsels in distress are held captive aboard the luxurious Orient Express by a notorious Ottoman royal. Will their faithful lovers be able to rescue them before it's too late? James Conlon conducts a brilliant ensemble of soloists, including soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, returning to the LA Opera stage for the first time since her extraordinary 2011 debut as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. Bass Morris Robinson returns as the Pasha's delightfully nefarious henchman Osmin.
This multilayered satire focuses on an actress determined to dig up the truth behind the sketchy disappearance of a celebrated 20th-century American artist, Janet Adler, who rejected life in the public eye and escaped to a house in the woods with her lover Margaret Gibb, only to die several years later under mysterious circumstances. Award-winning playwright Tim Crouch wrote, co-directs and co-stars in the U.S. premiere of Adler & Gibb at Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre, a co-commission by the Center Theatre Group with London's Royal Court Theatre that Time Out London calls an "hilarious, harrowing and maddening interrogation of the value of art." This performance is recommended for ages 16+ for mature language, graphic imagery and adult subject matter. There’s no intermission.
Return to a simpler time in Eugene O'Neill's unabashedly romantic and sweetly funny Ah, Wilderness! As the Connecticut-based Miller clan plans their traditional Fourth of July festivities, their dreamy-eyed middle child, Richard, is wrestling with cultural conventions, political uncertainty, the power of literature and the exquisite pain of young love. The memories of family life were never so delicately portrayed as in O'Neill's only comedy -- a coming-of-age love letter to a simpler time and a beautiful ensemble piece that centers on the universal nature of love. See this slice of Americana come to life from Pasadena's A Noise Within. This show is recommended for ages 12 and older.
A handful of brilliant actors and puppeteers play over 20 unforgettable characters using their ingenious stagecraft and limitless possibilities of imagination to bring this beloved story to life. Featuring colourful characters like the White Rabbit, the eccentric Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and, of course, the boisterous Queen of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland has delighted audiences young and old for generations.
The longest-running Jewish-themed musical in L.A. theater history, Author! Author! -- An Evening with Sholom Aleichem, returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse with Chris DeCarlo reprising his award-winning role as the "Yiddish Mark Twain," the man whose famed folk stories inspired Fiddler on the Roof. Dubbed warm, funny, spirited and entertaining by the Los Angeles Times in its initial run, this musical comedy tracks the author Aleichem's arrival in New York in the early 1900s to have his work produced for the American stage, and recalls his own experience as a Lower East Side immigrant, as well as his childhood and hilariously bumpy courtship with his first girlfriend. The score, written by the award-winning team of Evelyn Rudie and Ben Weisman, features such favorites as "My Ship is Coming In," "Chelm" and "Stepmother."
The KOAN Unit kicks off the new year at the Odyssey with a quintet of darkly humorous, seldom-seen short plays by Samuel Beckett: Krapp’s Last Tape; Come and Go; Footfalls; Act Without Words II; and Catastrophe.
The Whitefire Theatre hosts Billie! Backstage With Lady Day. This solo show examines the life and career of jazz legend Billie Holiday, exploring the troubles she struggled with, the people and things she loved, and her unforgettable musical career.
In a remote cabin in the wilds of Alaska, as a blizzard rages outside, a lonely figure lies sleeping under a heap of blankets. Suddenly, he is awakened by the insistent knocking of an unexpected visitor, and a distraught young woman bursts into the cabin dressed in full bridal regalia, driven up from... somewhere warm, it would seem. Exhausted, she throws herself on his mercy, but after sleeping for two days straight, her vigor—and combativeness—return. First presented by New York's prestigious Circle Repertory Company, this imaginative absurdist allegory used fantastic and often outlandish situations and characterizations to probe into the nature of modern relationships, both sexual and otherwise.
In this special dual-language version of Disney's Aladdin, the royalty in the palace of Agrabah speak Spanish, while the common folk speak English. When a rebellious princess and a delinquent street rat meet in the market place, they find something special in one another. Together, they overcome all obstacles, and with a little magic, help create a better future for Agrabah. This production is performed in both English and Spanish and is fully understandable in both languages.
Equal parts rock concert and musical theater, Dragapalooza is ready to turn North Hollywood all the way out. This over-the-top variety show brings a cast of international celebrity drag queens to the El Portal Theatre, where they'll be led by Grammy-nominated producer Chris Cox. RuPaul's Drag Race winner Sharon Needles proves why she deserved the crown, while Adore Delano serves '90s grunge realness, Courtney Act and Derrick Barry deliver pop queen perfection, and Willam, Mimi Imfurst and Trixie Mattel all slay with both lyrics and laughs. Think of it as a "live rock 'n' roll mix-tape dance party," complete with sky-high heels, mile-long lashes and onstage flair to spare.
A master of both slapstick and sophisticated wordplay, Groucho Marx is widely regarded as a cigar-wielding comic genius. Join award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante as he brings his acclaimed portrayal of the legendary comic to La Mirada for An Evening With Groucho, a laugh-filled, fast-paced performance consisting of Groucho's best one-liners and songs, including "Lydia the Tattooed Lady." Ferrante's performance as Groucho was hailed as "artful" by The New York Times. Trading ad libs with the audience throughout the show, he introduces you to an array of historical characters, including the other Marx brothers, Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo. A hit in New York, London and on PBS, enjoy this night of fun, entertainment and laughs for the whole family at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
1. Ice cream; 2. Kung fu movies; 3. Burning things; 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose; 5. Construction cranes. In Duncan MacMillan's Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Through adulthood, as the list of things worth living for grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Co-written by and starring Jonny Donahoe, this heartwarming play made waves on HBO this past December. Now, it comes to The Edye at Santa Monica's Broad Stage to explore depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.
With a stunning score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the famed lyrics of Tim Rice, the inspiring true story of Eva Perón -- the controversial first lady of Argentina -- comes to vivid life on stage. Filled with showstoppers like "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," Evita follows a peasant girl as she uses her considerable smarts to rise from the slums of Argentina to become the wife of the President and a powerful advocate for the working class. The musical's haunting score fuses dramatic chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, to create an extraordinary theatrical portrait that burns as bright as Evita herself. Don't miss Musical Theatre West's production of this modern classic.
Dog lovers of Los Angeles, rejoice! The world premiere of playwright Dominic Finocchiaro's The Found Dog Ribbon Dance features professional cuddler Norma and her quest to return a lost dog to its rightful owner. Along the way, she meets a set of oddballs and even snags a second chance at love. This romantic comedy at the Atwater Village Theatre shows attendees a little something about loneliness, the enticing yet adorable power of oxytocin, and the healing ways of Whitney Houston.
Fun Home -- winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical -- has been praised as "the best of what Broadway can do" by the Associated Press and "something of a miracle" by New York Magazine. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home tells the story of Alison at three different ages, interacting with her uniquely dysfunctional family -- her mother, brothers and brilliant, volatile father. Intimate, emotional and refreshingly honest, Fun Home captures the experience of seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Be sure to see the show Newsday calls "a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention" when it comes to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
On the heels of a critically acclaimed run, the show formerly penned as Siamese Sex Show returns to the stage with a fabulous, new makeover. Blending the dystopian social satire of Blade Runner with the pop theatricality of Lady Gaga, Future Sex, Inc. imagines a grim future where sex is a thing of the past and society's last hope is four washed-up pop stars. This hip-hop musical takes place in a world where a mysterious conglomerate named Monocorp has ginned up fears of a nonexistent sexually-transmitted disease in order to sell a "safe" virtual sex product called the Love Light. Meanwhile, in an underground speakeasy, four former pop idols struggle to overcome their differences and exact revenge against Monocorp's devious CEO. See this all-new revamped and reimagined production from director Kiff Scholl when Future Sex, Inc. takes over The Lounge Theatres. There is explicit language and adult content. There will be no late seating.
Game of Thrones: The Musical puts an absurd and hilarious comedic twist on one of TVs biggest hit shows. Premiering at Macha Theatre in West(eros) Hollywood, the play follows Ned Stark, who's thrust into a struggle for power after battling tap dancing direwolves, overcoming an inbred prince and encountering a slew of colorful and disturbing characters. Watch -- and dance along -- as Ned seeks a way to protect his family and claim the Iron Throne, or lose his head in the process. This tongue-in-cheek musical parody will have your toes tapping and your hands clapping ... provided you still have both hands.
Phantom Projects Theatre Group's astonishing and moving adaptation of the beloved young adult novel The Giver at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is a profound lesson in what it means to grow up, grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny. You'll be inspired by the story of Jonas, whose entire existence is controlled and safe. There's no war, no pain and no choices -- everyone is assigned a role and sticks to it for life. But when Jonas is chosen to become The Giver, the only person who holds the memories of real hurt and real joy, he'll learn the truth about life -- and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
This comedy traces the life of New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, who was determined to become a famous singer despite her complete lack of talent. The sweet and joyful Jenkins persevered in her '40s-era quest, bolstered by the response of amused -- yet thoroughly entertained -- audiences, until she finally made it to Carnegie Hall. Peter Quilter's Glorious! was nominated for a prestigious British theater award and has since been translated into 27 languages and performed in more than 40 countries, while Jenkins' story made it to the big screen in 2016 in Meryl Streep's film Florence Foster Jenkins. Now, this determined diva's life story is coming to the stage at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica.
After spending years in a lesbian relationship, Amy is giving up and going straight in the new dramatic comedy GOD and SEX. Convinced that straight marriage will be as easy as it looks in movies, Amy decides to marry Tim, her best friend from high school who has long been hopelessly in love with her. Both think they've finally gotten everything they wanted, but divine intervention has a few surprises in store for them. Whether you're gay or straight, spiritual or atheist, you're sure to relate to the topsy-turvy world of relationships explored in GOD and SEX at Santa Monica Playhouse. his show is recommended for mature audiences.
Winner of the 2013 Obie Award for Best New American Play, Julia Jarcho's Grimly Handsome plays out as both a crime drama and a darkly funny fairy tale, complete with wild animals lurking in the urban jungle. In a trio of interrelated segments, you'll be introduced to an intriguing young woman, a pair of distinctly creepy Christmas tree salesmen. a pair of cops after a serial killer and other creatures of the night. Santa Monica's City Garage Theatre stages this West Coast premiere of the New York Times Critics' Pick. The show features brief nudity. Parental discretion is advised.
After successful performances around the U.S., singer-songwriter Shelley Fisher's one-woman show, The Hebrew Hillbilly: Fifty Shades of Oy Vey! returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse, with a post-show reception with sparkling wine and other yummy refreshments, cookies and Fisher herself. Hear how she got her start growing up as a little Jewish girl from Memphis with big rock 'n' roll ambitions. Fisher has had success as a jazz and blues vocalist and created her own romantic-comedy cooking show, Forkplay. She even had a close encounter with the king, Elvis! Her tale is a heartwarming testament to the power of dreams, determination and finding purpose beyond the Hollywood sign. The Hebrew Hillbilly, her funny and moving musical celebration, features 17 original Memphis-inspired pop, blues and rock 'n' roll songs, which she penned with pop composers Harold Payne and Ken Hirsch. This show is recommended for ages 12 and older.
Bailey Mason has been an actress, a stand-up comic, a semi-pro skier, a practitioner in the Church of Religious Science and even a prostitute. Now, in her one-woman show, Hooked: A Lesbian Love Story, Mason explores the many ups and downs of her eventful life, discovering along the way that without the darker sides of experience we'd never know how to recognize the truly formative power of love. Following a 4.5-star rating during its previous run, this funny, engaging and thought-provoking show returns to the stage at the BrickHouse Theatre in North Hollywood. This show contains adult language and content — it is recommended for ages 15 and older.
In turn-of-the-century Milwaukee, Jack and Harry are in need of a chaperone so they can entertain their sweethearts. Enter their friend Benjamin Babberley to impersonate Harry's Aunt, a rich widow from Brazil. Hilarity ensues when Harry's Aunt actually arrives on the scene, and this musical farce of mistaken identity climaxes in a delightfully happy conclusion.
An exciting musical romp based on Charley's Aunt, featuring nostalgic favorites such as "Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)," "Aba Daba Honeymoon," "You Made Me Love You," and, of course, the title tune,
"I'm Just Wild About Harry."
Written by legendary playwright Molière, The Imaginary Invalid takes aim at both sides of the medical profession -- caretakers and their patients. As his medical debts mount, severe hypochondriac Argan concocts a scheme to marry his daughter off to a family of physicians. High comedy ensues, replete with thwarted love, dexterous wordplay, musical interludes and a healthy dose of derision towards the medical profession. This is Molière at the top of his form: a sparkling, effervescent, incisive romp that will leave you in stitches. Enjoy all the hysterical romantic triangles, double entendres and mistaken identities at Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Inspired by Barbara Park's sassy and spirited children's book series, Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School will have everyone in your family reliving those bumpy grade school days. Now that Junie B. Jones has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to teach you the ropes than her? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends will teach you how to survive and succeed in those challenging elementary school years. Catch a serious case of the grade-school giggles when this funny musical comes to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Recommended for ages five and up.
Regarded by many as Shakespeare's best work, King Lear depicts an aging monarch's descent into madness as his family and country are torn apart by the ambition and jealousy of his children. As an aging patriarch slowly loses his grip on sanity, his kingdom disintegrates in the wake of his divested power. This sweeping legend depicts the devastating consequences of pride, as King Lear's hubris and his daughters' ambitions destroy not just their own family, but an entire nation as well. See this production of the classic tragic masterpiece presented at A Noise Within in Pasadena.This play is recommended for ages 12 and older.
A new comedy from David Varriale, The Last Vig stars Burt Young (Rocky, Chinatown, The Pope of Greenwich Village) as an aging mob boss named Big Joe. Times are quickly changing and in order for Big Joe to stay in the mob game, he turns to his young hip-hop loving assistant and his old pal Jimmy "The Fixer" for help. Can Big Joe keep up with the business? Or will the juice on his $100k debt be his last vig? Find out when The Last Vig makes its world premiere at Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood.
She's escaped her violent husband and the volatile political climate of her native Haiti, but for Sula, harder times are still ahead. After she drifts ashore in Miami on an old rubber tire, her belly 11 months swollen with an unborn son, Sula finds shelter in a ramshackle apartment building filled with a ragtag group of refugees and misfits. But this temporary respite is short-lived, when Sula's husband comes hunting for her and her baby, and Sula realizes she must banish the demons of her past if she can ever hope for a brighter future. Catch the West Coast premiere of Little Children Dream of God at The Road on Magnolia in North Hollywood.
Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play Long Day's Journey Into Night is a high water mark of American theater, and now it's coming to the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles with a new production starring Alfred Molina and Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek. The story centers on the aging patriarch of a seemingly tight-knit family. James Tyrone is an Irish-American immigrant who's built a highly successful career as an actor. Over the course of a single day, he, his wife and his two grown sons air untold grievances and long-held, difficult secrets that threaten to shatter the successful image they've created for themselves. Themes of guilt, blame, memory and suffering stir to create a dysfunctional but emotionally honest portrait of a modern American family as they struggle to heal and forgive each other.
Inspired by the beloved classic Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the best musicals ever to grace the stage. In this play within a play, Don Quixote is a mad knight, a dying old man living in a world of his own imagination as he awaits his hearing in the Spanish Inquisition. Prepare to be captivated by the show's score and book, a treasure trove of some of musical theater's greatest songs, including "Impossible Dream," "Dulcinea," "It's All the Same" and the ever rousing "Man of La Mancha" with its thrilling, triumphant refrain. Celebrate the resilience of the human spirit and the power of storytelling in this production from A Noise Within.
Inspired by the beloved classic Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the best musicals ever to grace a Broadway stage. In this play within a play, Don Quixote is a mad knight, a dying old man living in a world of his own imagination as he awaits his hearing in the Spanish Inquisition. Prepare to be captivated by the show's Tony Award-winning score and book, a treasure trove of some of musical theater's greatest songs, including "Impossible Dream," "Dulcinea," "It's All the Same" and the ever rousing "Man of La Mancha" with its thrilling, triumphant refrain. Catch this blockbuster musical from La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Prostitution, piety and politics come together in Measure for Measure, one of Shakespeare's darkest -- and most delectable -- comedies. The Duke's stand-in, Angelo, terrorizes Vienna with his overly strict moral codes -- including a ban on all fornication. When he sentences a young man, Claudio, to death for impregnating his own girlfriend before marriage, Claudio's sister, Isabella, pleads for her brother's life. Charmed by her beauty, Angelo presents Isabella with a shocking proposition -- but just how far will Isabella go to save her brother's life? See this thrilling production when it takes the stage of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company's Richard Goad Theatre.
Adapted from Agatha Christie's 50th novel, A Murder Is Announced is one of the Queen of Crime's most fiendishly ingenious mysteries. Foul play starts when an innocent-looking notice appears in a village newspaper: "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th." When the villagers gather at the place specified in the paper, they come expecting a joke -- instead, they witness a brutal killing. So convoluted are the circumstances and so slight is the evidence that it takes Miss Marple, the needle-sharp detective, to come in and consult. Make your way to the Long Beach Playhouse and see if you can solve this thrilling whodunit before Miss Marple cracks the case.
It’s been one day since the murder of Lucius Grainvaile, ruining a perfectly good weekend for a small party of society’s somewhat elite at the Grainvaile Estate. Thank goodness among them is Edwin Montrose, the well-known detective! (Well, a moderately well known detective...Surely some have heard of him...Just look at his scrapbook!) Murder...Murder...Murder is a hysterical classic case of “Who done it?”, where everyone’s a suspect and the subsequent murders provide additional clues.
Frolic in the madness of Dan Goggin's hilariously funny musical comedy Nunsense, featuring dancing nuns, singing nuns, circus nuns and ... dead nuns?! Winner of four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, Nunsense has become a must-see phenomenon. Sister Julia has accidentally poisoned most of the Little Sisters of Hoboken with a tainted vichyssoise. The five surviving nuns must band together and put on a show in order to raise funds to bury their dear departed sisters. The chaotic variety show at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts - Norris Theatre in Rolling Hills Estates features crazy dance routines, solo star turns, an audience quiz and a whole bunch of comic surprises.
Take off with Peter Pan and the three Darling children as they fly off to Neverland in ENCORE's all-ages production (with actors ranging from 4 years old to adults). Encounter the cunning and evil Captain Hook, villainous pirates, a crafty crocodile and a sprightly fairy named Tinker Bell. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this whimsical adventure, not to mention the score that includes such beloved classics as "I Gotta Crow," "Neverland" and "I'm Flying." Peter Pan will soar right over the heads of some lucky audience members!
On a balmy Labor Day in the 1950s, a seductive stranger ambles into a small Kansas town while its citizens are busy preparing for their annual picnic. But when this young drifter awakens the desire of a local young woman, it ends up forever changing this tight-knit community. Now presented at the Theatre Palisades, William Inge's Pulitzer- and Tony-winning classic Picnic is about the desire to lead a more fulfilling life ... and the chances we're willing to take in order to achieve it.
Whether you're ecstatic, dreading or complacent about the upcoming presidential inauguration, you can be sure to tune out any political noise and have a good time with A Presidential Rocky. Featuring a talented cast hailing from Broadway, film and TV, this evening of pure entertainment is jam-packed with plenty of songs and laughs that'll make you forget about what's happening outside the walls of Los Angeles's Rockwell: Table & Stage. Take shelter from the current political climate, forget your troubles and surround yourself with the presence of stars from the stage and screen. This show is recommended for age 17 or older. Parental discretion is advised.
Project-based performance group Acts of Matter is proud to present rep*er*toire, their first-ever repertory performance featuring works by artistic director Rebecca Lemme. Lemme's newest work, Love Letter, is a tribute to lovelorn misfits and romantics that's set to a catchy soundtrack of classic songs from the 1950s and '60s. A celebration of community and collective humanity, this evening of art at Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica includes performances by musician/composers ISTANBUL and River Song Quintet.
The tiny Michigan town of Radio Falls has been trapped in perpetual winter for a generation. Snow and ice coat every tree branch and telephone wire, and the constant blizzard surrounding the town means there's no way in or out. The last moment of heated passion brought the town its only remaining youth: a young girl named Rose. It is up to her to save Radio Falls from the vicious curse of the Rime Witch. Using a mix of physicality, music, puppetry and projection animation, Sacred Fools Theater brings this beloved original myth to life.
Richard Strauss' opera Salome, based on Oscar Wilde's scandalous play, has dazzled audiences since its 1905 opening night, which drew the likes of Mahler and Puccini. It also created a sensation when it was first staged in LA Opera's inaugural season, and now returns to make its mark on the 21st century at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, starring Patricia Racette in the role of a lifetime. This darkly dramatic opera tells the biblical story of the disturbed temptress whose sensuous advances are rejected by the prophet John the Baptist, with tragic consequences. Strauss' lush score includes the classic "Dance of the Seven Veils." James Conlon conducts the epic, opulent score, revered worldwide as a true orchestral showpiece.
Award-winning playwrights Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux and more collaborate with director Judyann Elder (Seven Pounds, Family Matters) to tell stories that create real change for women. Part theater, part documentary, and altogether empowering, Seven is a piece starring actresses Annet Mahendru (The Blacklist, The Americans), Emily Kuroda (Gilmore Girls, East West Players) and Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who) that merges the minds of seven playwrights and seven female activists from around the world to share inspiring stories of overcoming adversity. Experience this magnificent project when it gets recorded live for future broadcast on satellite and public radio stations worldwide at The James Bridge Theater in Los Angeles.
Widower, Best Friend, Outsider, Confidant. Everyone has history. Do we disclose it? Do we learn from it? QueerWise illuminates an emotionally charged landscape from the perspective of HIV/AIDS survivors. The AIDS epidemic continues to resonate, posing a host of social justice issues that we all must face: Homophobia, Racism, Immigration Rights, Healthcare, and the Rights of Transpersons
With its sights set on appealing to youngsters and the still-young-at-heart, Snow White: A Children's Comedy is a humorous retelling of the classic story. Utilizing puppets, magic and even sword-fighting, this fast-paced adaptation breathes exciting new life into the tale of the beautiful girl who is forced to fight the powers of a Wicked Queen, her Magic Mirror and her Huntsman. Enjoy an afternoon of laughter and joy with your whole family at North Hollywood's Cupcake Theater and Snow White: A Children's Comedy. Children under the age of 3 may attend for free.
A favorite at The Met in New York, Diana Damrau is set to make a Hollywood-style splash in her LA Opera debut by tackling the roles of all four heroines in Jacques Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann, conducted by Plácido Domingo as part of a lavish production at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Tenor Vittorio Grigolo (who starred in the role at The Met) plays the real-life poet E.T.A. Hoffmann, who pines after the prima donna performing next door to his local tavern. While he waits for her show to end, he reminisces over three of his lost loves, in fanciful stories featuring a beautiful automaton, a voice from the dead and a scheming courtesan -- all performed by Damrau. Offenbach's witty libretto and compelling score have made Tales of Hoffmann popular around the world, and it's presented here in its original French with projected English translations.
Lois Weber is considered one of the most important female directors that the American film industry has ever known. The silent film actress, screenwriter, producer and director owned her own production company by 1916, an uncommon feat in her time, and directed over 100 films before her death in 1939. Susan Kurtz's Tea with Lois dives into this Hollywood wonder woman's socially conscious films in just one act. Covering pressing themes like birth control, a working age and drug addiction, she finds relevance to today's similar social issues and asks: why are they still yet to be resolved? Find out at North Hollywood's Secret Rose Theatre. This production is not recommended for audience members ages 13 and under.
Tosca, Puccini's fast-paced operatic thriller, tells the passionate yet tragic, tale of a celebrated diva. When her lover, an idealistic artist, gets tangled up in political troubles and is pursued by the corrupt chief of police, Floria Tosca prepares to do whatever it takes to save her beloved. This tragic romance ranks among the most popular operas ever, and the world's greatest divas aspire to take on this role. During the LA Opera's performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, James Conlon will conduct this revival featuring John Caird's staging and the electrifying Sondra Radvanovsky reprising her acclaimed portrayal of Tosca.
Music, merriment and adventure abound in Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's zany, gender-bending comedy of unrequited love and romantic mischief. When twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck and wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria, they're quickly caught up in a maze of mistaken identity and mismatched passions. Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man so she can enter his world. Filled with juicy comedic characters and beloved scoundrels, Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay. Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company present this lively take on the Bard's comic masterpiece at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
One of the funniest commentaries on high school life to ever hit the big screen comes to Rockwell Table & Stage in the form of The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Girls. Get to know Mean Girls protagonist Cady, the lovable newcomer made famous by a height-of-her-popularity Lindsay Lohan, and the hilariously catty girl-clique "The Plastics" in a whole new light as their story comes alive through song and dance. The ninth parody in Kate Pazakis' UMPO Series, The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Girls flirts and gossips its way into the heart of Los Feliz.
Based on interviews conducted with women from all over the world, Eve Ensler's award-winning play The Vagina Monologues is a hilarious and deeply poignant collection of stories that gives voice to a chorus of common experiences and feelings once considered taboo. The popular show, performed by a rotating cast of 26 actresses, manages to be feminist without being man-hating, entertaining without being trite, and political without being offensive. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit benefiting battered women and children in Los Angeles. See The Vagina Monologues when it makes its way to The Cupcake Theater's brand new, state-of-the-art space in North Hollywood.
In this hilarious play, Vanya and his adopted sister, Sonia, live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow. And so begins this unforgettable family reunion filled with rivalry, regret, and racket. All allusions to Chekhov are purely intentional.
A Hunger Games parody for the geek set, The Video Games is a live-action battle to the death... between beloved characters from some of the most popular video games ever made. It's a different show every night as iconic pixelated heroes and villains such as Donkey Kong, Mega Man and more compete to win the coveted title of "Player One." What's more, YOU the audience get to determine the outcome, by voting on your favorite combatant via Twitter. Hilarious and action-packed, The Video Games has entertained audiences at Long Beach Comic-Con, Nerd Con, and now comes to Flight Theatre @ The Complex in Los Angeles.
The title of War Stories is ironic. The narrative is an erotic roundelay, taking its cue from a quote from Ovid: “Every lover is a soldier.” The characters are all in their early 30s, which suggests that they’re invested in succeeding in their careers and their relationships, to varying degrees. Jen is a therapist. Her client, bad boy Jake, is having an affair with beautiful actress Chelsea, who is simultaneously the girlfriend of Sam, a writer. Sam dated Jen back in their college days.
West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of 1950s New York. This La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts production finds two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and the story has enjoyed many Broadway revivals, the latest in 2009. Written by the dream creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features the treasured songs "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America." Don't miss this iconic musical love story!
Ray, a white financial manager from an affluent neighborhood, has a loving wife and liberal family. Shatique is a black nursing student and single mom from the rough side of town. As they ride the same bus to the same gritty prison every week, they seem to be getting to know each other – until Ray reveals his shocking true purpose for taking these weekly rides. As the ties between Ray and Shatique spin into a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge and racial biases, they reach a stunning conclusion in this play the New York Times calls “a frank stare-down at racial perceptions today…an unsettling study in cultural disaffection that is likely to spark discussions afterward.”