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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.
What better way to start the new year than with a goofy, charming musical escape? Miraculously revived from the dead, four young singers killed in a car crash on the way to their first-ever big concert get to fulfill their dream and perform the show after all — even though now it’s more than 50 years later and at International City Theatre! Singing in close harmony, squabbling over the smallest intonations and executing their choreography with gentle comedic abandon, the four Plaids will keep everyone smiling and humming along to some of the great pop hits of the ’50s.
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.
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."
When Peter Pan gets back to Neverland after spending some time away, he finds the whole place turned upside down -- Captain Hook has captured Tinkerbell and Tiger Lilly, turned the Lost Boys into pirates and renamed the island Pirateland! Peter has to save the day, but he can't rescue Tink, take back the island and defeat Captain Hook all on his own. The audience is a part of the action in this all-new interactive production, where you'll cheer for the good guys, boo the bad guys and sing and dance along as you're swept away to Neverland. Adventures in Neverland is a fun-filled one-hour theatrical experience at Santa Monica's Promenade Playhouse that's a blast for the whole family. For kids ages 3+
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.
The creme de la creme of parody movies, Airplane!, comes to you LIVE on stage in a show that both satirizes and lovingly embraces the comedy classic you already know by heart. Follow the tormented former fighter pilot, Ted Striker, as he tries to win back the affections of stewardess Elaine Dickenson on the doomed flight 209. Full of the moments you love, and some new takes you might not expect, this ain't no passive theater event. Shout out lines, dance, sing and more when you join us aboard the Trans-American Flight traveling from LAX to Chicago O'Hare. Just don't eat the fish!
Broadway was rocked like it'd never been rocked before when Green Day's American Idiot arrived in 2010. Based on the band's Grammy-winning (and platinum-selling) concept album of the same name, this high-energy, 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 -- must navigate the aimless drift of suburbia in a post-9/11 world. But fear, war and drugs soon prove to be easier choices than freedom, which leads to the erosion of their friendship and dreams. With its timely-as-ever examination of the hearts of young Americans craving purpose in a cynical world, American Idiot now brings its electrifying punk rock pulse to the Cupcake Theater in North Hollywood. This show is recommended for mature audiences.
The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre deliver their sign language take on Albee's classic short play The Zoo Story and its acclaimed prequel Homelife. Together, these short plays form At Home at the Zoo, a revealing look at Peter and Ann's rocky marriage and Jerry, the volatile stranger Peter meets on a Central Park bench. The New York Times calls the play "an essential and heartening experience." The Wallis' Coy Middlebrook directs this new production featuring both deaf and hearing actors.
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."
Inspired by true events, Stephen Sachs' lively comedy paints a wry and winning portrait of Maude, an unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, who believes the artwork she bought at a thrift store for $3 is really an undiscovered Jackson Pollock masterpiece worth millions. When a renowned art expert arrives to evaluate the work, the two embark on a fiery debate over class, culture and the true meaning of authenticity. This original Fountain production, which has traveled as far as London's West End, returns for a limited engagement. Husband-and-wife acting team Jenny O'Hara (Transparent, The Mindy Project) and Nick Ullett (As the World Turns) star.
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.
Five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex and theater in Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Boops. One Betty is a dutiful wife. Another is busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love, while another needs to hit something. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from some other famous play. This brash uncompromising comedy delivers a knockout blow to a thousand boring tropes about female identity.
Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking 1970 musical comedy Company won multiple Tony Awards in both its original staging and its Broadway revivals, and it's a classic that remains as sharp as ever. Company revolves around commitment-phobic Bobby, the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Get caught up in this series of interlocking sketches, filled with relationship ups and downs, as well as Sondheim's dazzling score, including "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive." Now see why Company was nominated for 14 Tonys when it hits Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre.
Ranked as one of the most powerful women in the world by Arab Magazine, author and poet Joumana Hadad makes her way to L.A. to shatter stereotypes and share her own unique experiences as an Arab woman in Confessions of an Arab Woman. An adaptation of Hadad's book, I Killed Scheherazade, the play is a candid portrait of the author's life, following her upbringing in Lebanon to the woman she is today. See this inspiring tale of female empowerment when it makes its world premiere at Dorie Theatre - The Complex.
Julia Migenes' illustrious career ranges from her Broadway debut in the original cast of Fiddler on the Roof to her Grammy Award-winning portrayal of Carmen on film, her leading roles with the world's greatest opera companies and her acclaimed turn as Ethel Rosenberg in Angels in America. Now, this entertainment powerhouse returns to L.A.'s Odyssey Theatre with her latest one-woman show, a bio-musical of Claude Debussy (Clair de Lune), to kick off a monthlong music festival in March. Migenes also wrote this world premiere, which captures both the joys and struggles of the French composer through his actual letters, and then segues into musical selections. She'll be accompanied by pianist Manuel Arellano and directed by Oscar-nominee Peter Medak (The Ruling Class, The Krays, TV's The Wire), who also happens to be her ex-husband.
The longest-running solo show in Broadway history, Defending the Caveman is bringing its hilarious insights about the dynamics between men and women to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. A blend of stand-up comedy, lecture and therapy session, Defending the Caveman manages to stand up for the male viewpoint, while still being sympathetic to the female side of the "battle of the sexes." The wildly popular comedy was written by Rob Becker over a three-year period, during which he made an informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology. The situations are so real (and so funny) that you'll find yourself nudging your partner and friends when you recognize yourself and others in the show.
A DeLUSIONAL Affair, by Albert James Kallis, directed by Chris DeCarlo. Just when you thought your life was finally under control, Fate steps in, turns everything on its heels, and you're off on the wild ride of your life. Funny, touching, and just a little bit racy, Albert James Kallis's A DeLUSIONAL Affair will make you question everything you ever thought you knew about love, marriage, fantasy and reality and come away with a new perspective on it all.
Ovation Award-Winning Celebration Theatre presents Charles Busch’s campy noir classic, DIE MOMMIE DIE!, starring the hilarious Drew Droege (Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, Chloe, Logo’s Cocktails & Classics) as aging Hollywood star Angela Arden. Trapped in a hateful marriage with sleazy film producer Sol and desperate to find happiness with her gorgeous young lover Tony, Angela murders her husband. But when her children, Edith and Lance, discover what she’s done, they decide to take revenge! Family secrets are revealed and you’ll never see the surprise twist coming. This Greek tragedy on acid is an over-the-top comedy of Gay Hollywood proportions. You won’t want to miss this rollicking good time!
In this riveting courtroom drama, a renowned neurobiologist sues a prominent university for the right to teach theories of evolution that challenge the scientific status quo. His argument: neo-Darwinian materialist thought, like Creationism — the biblical orthodoxy it once replaced — has itself become a kind of religion: just as rigid, just as resistant to change. Might further scientific inquiry, in light of new evidence, yield different and surprising answers? Should recent discoveries, including the extensive range of highly developed fossils that suddenly appear during the Cambrian period and our modern understanding of DNA, require a reevaluation of the scientific thought behind the Darwinian theory of evolution? An inspiring and uplifting play of ideas that asks, “Are we really no more than the sum of our physical parts?”
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.
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.
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.
Based on the Academy Award® winning Miramax motion picture by the same name, FINDING NEVERLAND follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer – and the man – he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he’s been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Delighted by the boys’ hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes a play unlike any the high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It’s a tremendous risk, but as Barrie himself has discovered— when you believe, you can fly.
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.
The time is modern-day India, and 15-year-old Deepa is a hardworking student who'd make any parent proud. Her grades are perfect, she's loved by all her teachers and the future looks bright -- until she makes the one mistake that crushes everything. When that one mistake happens to be a sexual indiscretion, it gets captured onto her boyfriend's cellphone and goes viral. Deepa's aspirations thus become tossed aside as her mistake transforms from community to national outrage. In a time where traditional conservatism is being challenged, a generation must define itself in such a way that consequently becomes every parent's nightmare. Check out this bold production at L.A.'s East West Players. This play is recommended for age 13 and older for some language and frank discussions of sexuality.
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.
Award-winning film and TV director Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) helms veteran actress Annie Abbott's zany, heartfelt solo show, Giving Up Is Hard to Do. Abbott, a veteran Broadway and L.A. stage actress, has appeared in such TV shows such as Transparent, Castle, Californication, L.A. Law and The X-Files. Revealing some of the audacious steps one has to take to have a lifelong career as a working character actor, Giving Up Is Hard To Do follows what happens when Abbott finds herself suddenly widowed, and applies that same singular determination to the horrors of online dating at middle age. Coffee date by coffee date, she naively encounters an unforgettable, ruefully funny crew of oddball characters as she forges a triumphant new life, retelling every outrageous detail at Santa Monica Playhouse.
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.
Tony Award-winning stage and screen actors Al Pacino and Judith Light join forces for a powerful new drama in development at The Pasadena Playhouse. Pacino, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning star of blockbusters like Scent of a Woman, Scarface and Angels in America, takes on the role of Tennessee Williams in God Looked Away, a powerful bio-drama that offers a glimpse at the prolific playwright's turbulent life. The play follows a tortured Williams as he works to open his final production, A House Not Meant to Stand, while dealing with his internal struggles between creation and addiction, love and sex, immediate satisfaction and eternal legacy. TV and theater star Light (Transparent, Other Desert Cities) joins Pacino in God Looked Away, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman (Salome).
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.
A new version of the classic story set in depression-era Kentucky narrated by Bradley Whitford (in a special video performance) and featuring the rollicking bluegrass sounds of The Get Down Boys. Multiple award-winning 24th Street Theatre (Walking the Tightrope, Man Covets Bird) specializes in sophisticated theater with emotional depth that appeals to kids as well as adults — appropriate for ages 8+.
Music director, performer and co-creator of L.A.'s popular For the Record series, Christopher Lloyd Bratten brings his latest live project, Here Know Lies: Phoenix to the Prospect Theatre. This cabaret series is set to focus on the real and authentic in music and live arts, as a push-back against "the commodification of creativity." The talented ensemble includes featured performers Joanna Jones, Eric Krop, Maiya Sykes, Michael Thomas Grant, Alene Aroustamian, Veronica Rosa, Maceo Paisley plus special guests. Enjoy the show with small plates, main dishes and sweets available for purchase from the menu, along with cocktails, beer and wine.
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.
Told through the eyes of a little girl, Italian Bred is a hilarious and heartwarming story of growing up in the Big Apple. Created, written by and staring Candice Guardino, this family comedy is based on real-life events. Having written down everything her outspoken grandmother ever said, Guardino slips in and out of a variety of characters as she cooks up a delicious tale of growing up in Staten Island. Get a taste of NYC on the West Coast as this Off Broadway smash comes to L.A.
At this magical, hilarious and unforgettable event on the stage of the Second City Studio Theatre in Los Angeles, a father-son comedy team from the small fishing village of Nagoya in Japan will live out their lifelong dream of headlining an international variety show on American soil alongside their comedy hero: Ithamar Enriquez. Gird your loins for the feel-good spectacle of the millennium, as Jetzo & Ithamar delivers a night filled with live music, dance, physical comedy and a dash of audience interaction.
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.
LIANA AND BEN is a twisted, sexy, modern take on Faust. Our story begins with a not-so-chance encounter between a beautiful young woman and a dark, enigmatic stranger. Ben makes Liana an offer: he will keep her young and beautiful for 250 years if she can prove to him that humanity is worth saving. Now, Liana’s time is almost up and Ben demands his proof. They travel forward and backward through history in search of hope – questioning their very existence, the nature of their own mythology and the foundations of good & evil.
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.
Sometimes all you need to find your voice is a teacher who believes in you, some yellow paper and a dog. Inspiring and full of heart, Love That Dog follows one boy who finds freedom and self-expression through an unexpected art form. In the play, young Jack hates poetry; he doesn't quite understand it and his mind immediately goes blank. However, a persistent Ms. Stretchberry won't let Jack give up on the assignments. Suddenly, Jack discovers that the more he writes, the more he has something to say. Experience Love That Dog when it comes to The Broad Stage - The Edye in Santa Monica.
DVO Productions presents the world premiere of MALICIOUS BUNNY an edgy dark comedy written by Matthew A. Sprosty, directed by Bryan Fox, about a man who tells his unhappily married wife that he'll do anything for her. The wife then tests his love by asking him to perform a double homicide.
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.
Bill Bellamy, LisaRaye McCoy, Carl Payne and legendary R&B singers Ginuwine ("Pony") and Chanté Moore ("Chante's Got a Man") heat up the stage in Je'Caryous Johnson's funny, thought-provoking new relationship comedy Married But Single Too. Sharon never expected her marriage to rising R&B star Julian to be hanging on by a thread after only a year. A delayed honeymoon, a neglected anniversary and many nights apart while he performs on tour have shaken their relationship to its foundation. Despite working at it alone, Sharon will do whatever it takes to save her marriage ... until rumors of Julian's infidelity begin. Sharon gives her husband an ultimatum: Either end the tour or end their marriage. Julian's indecisiveness opens the door for Sharon's old flame, Jackson, to fill the void in her life. Is it wrong, or is she just looking out for herself? See which man she chooses when Married But Single Too hits the Long Beach Performing Arts Center's Terrace Theater.
MARRIED PEOPLE: A COMEDY examines the lives of four long-time friends who seem to be having a simultaneous (and often hysterical) mid-life marriage crisis. Group therapy brings out the secrets of two couples: Sex or lack thereof, gay children and religion are all topics of discussion. MARRIED PEOPLE: A COMEDY also puts the institution of marriage and the challenge of parenthood under a microscope, revealing the truth about how we are all navigating the rough waters of twenty-first century relationships. Friendships are tested and long held beliefs are upended. The world is changing but love, relationships, acceptance and most of all humor are a constant in this funny, touching and poignant world premiere play.
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.
Mischief and merriment await in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, the original battle of the sexes. This witty romantic comedy shows how love brings out the best and worst in all of us. Fun-loving bachelor Benedick returns from a victory at war only to find himself caught up in another battle: a war of wits and words with the acid-tongued, headstrong Beatrice. Though they've each sworn off romance, their "merry war" of clever insults reveals the growing attraction between them. Meanwhile, Benedick's fellow soldier, Claudio, is head over heels for Hero, the governor's daughter. They will soon be wed ... if the treacherous Don John doesn't ruin everything first. Passionate and blindingly funny, Much Ado About Nothing is filled with some of the most brilliant comedic repartee ever written, and now you can see the play at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse.
nspired by the works of surrealist painter René Magritte, Ordinary Objects delivers an absurdist theater performance that incorporates puppetry, projections, toys and more. But this is no mere child's play. This Strings & Things Puppet Theatre production draws on bawdy comic clichés, channeling the metaphysical and the existential.
Peppa Pig -- star of her own hit children's animated series on Nick Jr. -- is bringing her rambunctious and fun-filled stage show to the U.S. In Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig's Big Splash!, Peppa, her brother George, and the rest of her family and friends come to life as full-sized puppets in this 80-minute extravaganza at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara. Expect lots of singing, dancing, laughing, and mud puddle jumping in this fast-paced, funny performance that's perfect for preschoolers.
Walt Disney created an empire, not to mention the most magical place on earth, but even these accomplishments couldn't keep his demons at bay. The Perfect American is a fictionalized account of Walt Disney's final days, haunted by mortality, ambition and the fate of his kingdom. The whirlwind opera composed by Philip Glass features appearances by characters like Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol and Disney's family, shedding light on the price of a legacy. The Los Angeles Times raved, "this is a great American opera that needs to be seen in L.A. And it is also the only great L.A. opera." Experience the Long Beach opera yourself at Long Beach Convention Center, Terrace Theater.
The docudrama PERIPHERY is based on the February 1960 Sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, by four young college freshmen, which galvanized the civil rights movement in the United States. PERIPHERY is about those on the fringes of those sit-ins - who must choose between continuing the injustices of the past or moving forward toward a more just America. PERIPHERY focuses on ordinary citizens, particularly two families (one black & one white), forced to grapple with their beliefs about race and justice as they stand witness to an historic event that will forever change their lives.
There's plenty of adventure, laughs, songs and interactive fun in this play where a Prince becomes a frog, and the children of the audience join in dance numbers and attend a banquet at the castle with the Princess and the King and the magical fairy.
Stars cross, swords clash and hearts break in the greatest love story the world has ever known. Arguably the most famous play ever written, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is the truly timeless tale of two young lovers, kept apart by their feuding families, whose romance ends in unthinkable tragedy. A perfect story for the Valentine's season, Romeo and Juliet has been made and remade into countless works of art over the last four centuries, from ballets and operas (47 of them at last count) to major film releases and even a legendary musical (West Side Story) -- all a testament to Shakespeare's brilliant storytelling. Experience the original at the Archway Studio/Theatre in North Hollywood. This play is not suitable for those under ages 13.
Honor! Madness! Blood! Amy Brenneman (The Leftovers, Judging Amy), Jamie Harris (AMC’s Turn, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Josh Helman (X-Men:Apocalypse, Mad Max:Fury Road) head the cast of an edgy, intense and darkly comic new play by John Pollono (Small Engine Repair), directed by Obie Award-winner Jo Bonney. Set in 1855 Boston, where the slightest infraction between gentlemen is grounds for a challenge to be resolved with pistols, Rules of Seconds marks the inaugural production of The Temblors, the Latino Theater Company’s new collective of LA-based playwrights at The Los Angeles Theatre Center. When Nathaniel “Wings” Leeds is challenged to a duel by the most dangerous man in the city, he asks his estranged brother to be his second. Deep family tensions and old rivalries resurface as the brothers struggle to follow the hundreds-years-old “Code of Dueling.”
Neil Simon's Rumors is a first-rate farce packed with broad physical comedy, the great playwright's trademark wit and plenty of high-octane, door-slamming energy. It all starts when three affluent couples arrive at an upper-crust Manhattan anniversary party to discover that their host -- who happens to be the Deputy Mayor of New York -- has accidentally shot himself through the earlobe, while his wife and their staff are missing. Desperate to save the mayor's reputation, the couples go to zany lengths to keep the police and press from finding out the truth. How will it all play out? Head to the MainStage of the Long Beach Playhouse to find out for yourself. This show contains adult language.
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.
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
Based on the beloved 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film, the five-time Tony-nominated Broadway musical Sister Act tells the hilarious and uplifting tale of a '70s Vegas disco diva whose life is turned upside down when she witnesses a crime and is put into hiding in a convent. As this free-spirited soul singer shakes things up under the watchful eye of Mother Superior, teaching her fellow sisters to sing, she rediscovers her own voice in the process. Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), outrageous dancing and a moving story, this Cabrillo Music Theatre production brings the spirit of the original to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
If Frozen has been playing non-stop in your household, Glendale Centre Theatre has just the thing to get your kids out of the house for a live show. The Snow Queen also features a beautiful and magical queen who saves the day. When her sister is banished by an evil troll and the King is transformed into a reindeer, Queen Emmeline must step up to save Snowdonia and the people she loves. With the help of her new friends Willa and Kay (who are dealing with a curse of their own), the Snow Queen will do her best to restore her kingdom and family back to normal.
From the creative mind of Broadway actor, American Idol finalist and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall, Straight Outta Oz puts a new "twister" on the classic story in this family friendly musical showcase. With more than 20 original songs, this show details Hall's adventures from small-town Texas to the bright Emerald City lights of Oz Angeles. How can a Hollywood hopeful succeed in showbiz while dodging falling houses, wicked witches and the "poppyrazzi"? Find out during this production bursting with powerful musical numbers, fantastical sets, amazing choreography and a message that hits home -- no matter where that may be. Performed all over, the musical is now coming to Beverly Hills at the Saban Theatre.
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.
Your favorite princesses are back and "once upon a time" gets even more mixed up in Creating Arts Company's latest musical sequel Tangled Fairy Tales 2. An evil warrior has rescued all the villains, unleashing them back into Fairytale Land to wreak havoc on everyone's stories. Now it's up to Mulan, Cinderella, the Pacific Seas Princesses, Jasmine and more to team up with Robin Hood and Tarzan to defeat the villains and ensure happily-ever-after for all. Filled with humor, action and fun songs, this interactive musical at Santa Monica's Promenade Playhouse is sure to enchant audiences of all ages. This show is recommended for children age 3 and older.
As Leslie, Jen, Ross, Brad, Tom and Nicole gather for the season finale of “Game of Thrones,” they soon find out the ultimate travesty: that Leslie does not watch the show. Over the course of 90 minutes, the group bands together to act out all six seasons (read: spoilers) for Brad, including dashing men battling White Walkers, ravishing women riding fire-breathing dragons, the infamous Walk of Shame, and so much more!
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.
NOW IT CAN BE TOLD! Two days after the last Presidential election, President Barack Obama welcomed President-Elect Donald Trump for a 90-minute meeting at the White House, to initiate the peaceful transition of power. The future of Western Civilization depended upon the propitious conclusion of this meeting. So: What the hell exactly happened on Thursday, November 10, 2016?
You won’t learn it from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC World News, or The Wall Street Journal. You’ll have to see the new play Transition to learn the truth.
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.
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.”
You know all those family dramas that feature white people yelling at each other? Silver Linings Playbook might be one that comes to mind. White People Drinking is a world premiere political satire that pokes fun of these dinner table dramas by putting the audience at the head of one. Filled with secrets, opinions, and most importantly -- drunkenness, you'll get all the unfiltered bulls**t you roll your eyes at when watching it play on the screen, as well as gather insight into highly controversial material. Check it out for the first time at Three Clubs in Hollywood. This play is for ages 21 and older.
When Agatha Christie's brilliantly plotted courtroom whodunit first opened on Broadway in 1954, the New York Herald Tribune proclaimed that its central mystery is so thrilling "you are apt to find yourself gasping out loud." Audiences for over half a century have delighted in unraveling the mystery of this finely crafted play, and now you too can act as armchair detective when Witness for the Prosecution comes to North Hollywood's Lonny Chapman Theatre. Christie's tale centers around small-time inventor Leonard Vole, who's been arrested for the murder of the elderly widow Emily French. Vole happens to be French's principal heir, making things look bad for the defense. Then Vole's wife sends shockwaves through the courtroom by testifying as a witness -- for the prosecution! -- and the trial becomes a riveting roller coaster of suspense.