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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.
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.
April, May and June are fortyish sisters, born a year apart. They’re Jewish (although with one Gentile grandparent who made the best matzo ball soup). They’re temperamentally a bit different. April, the eldest, is the most dominant. Her marriage has crumbled beneath her husband’s infidelity. May, always conscious of being “the middle one,” has issues with her weight. June, the youngest, is a lesbian whose own partner has been wayward. The three siblings have convened to pack up the old family home after their mother has passed away. She was the parent who had been most present in the women’s lives. Their father had been an alcoholic. Mother had endured and persevered. Going through their mother’s possessions, the women come across items that will give them a shocking surprise. Everything they thought they knew about their mother and their family will be changed and impact their lives forever. How will these newly revealed developments affect their relationship with each other?
A washed-up rock star dies and goes to The Accidental Club, a version of the afterlife that must be heaven because Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse are in it. Powerhouse singer and actor Sherrie Scott plays all three musical icons in this solo musical at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, singing her own original songs about life, fame, addiction and death as her protagonist Mira tries to win Angel of the Month so she can go back to earth and do one last concert for her faithful fans.
A co-world premiere (with Williamstown Theatre Festival), Actually is a new play by Anna Ziegler, a playwright on the rise called "newly (and justly) hot" by The New York Times, who praised her "lyrical language" for its "luminous beauty." Actually looks at Amber and Tom, Princeton freshmen who find their lives irrevocably changed after spending a night together. Though they agreed to drink together and they shared a mutual attraction, is sex consensual if it isn't agreed upon? This look at gender and race politics reminds us that there are three sides to every story. See this timely new play, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
From the award-winning playwright and visionary poet Charles L. Mee, Adam & Evie brings its clever take on modern love to the City Garage at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica. In the play, Mee will explore the joys and sorrows of love with startling images and plenty of comic mishaps. Featuring a diverse cast, this special world premiere follows various complex interactions that reveal thrilling and universal heartaches.
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.
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.
Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS brings this classic tale to the stage for the first time with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, a book by Craig Lucas and direction and Tony-winning choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards. The hit musical has also won four Drama Desk Awards and four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards and two Theatre World Awards.
Anarchy Chiapas follows a Puerto Rican playwright who travels from New York to Mexico to produce her new drama. As the play approaches its opening night on New Year's Day in 1994, the production's two indigenous actors disappear, leading to a chaotic rehearsal led by thousands of local Mayans in black ski-masks. A clever play-within-a-play filled with new songs and tap dancing, Anarchy Chiapas takes the stage of Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica.
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."
Adapted from Tim Burton's celebrated film, the musical Big Fish follows the enchanting, touching story of a teller of tall tales and his son, who wants to know who his father really is. After a lifetime of spinning yarns about his epic adventures, Edward Bloom has entered his final chapter, compelling his grown son Will to embark on an adventure of his own -- to unravel his real dad from the myths he's created. Filled with magic, love, luck and crazy coincidences, this rollicking fantasy set in the American South is a tribute to the power of dreaming big. Catch Big Fish on the stage of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
The Fountain Theatre premieres the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. In the very near future, the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. As a writer interviews the former supervisor of a private prison, it becomes clear how federal policy has escalated to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion.
Torn from today’s headlines, what do you do when your enemy may be smarter than you? William Mastrosimone’s gripping drama about a terrorist who has wreaked madness and destruction on America and is about to use a news reporter to exploit just one more valuable hostage – the world’s supply of clean water. For mature audiences.
CASA 0101 Theater is proud to present “Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme’s Su Frida Kalo”, a theater festival exploring Latinas’ perspective on Frida Kahlo. Bring your girlfriends and come celebrate womyn’s herstory month with a series all new works!
“Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme” is an all-Latina driven stage production now in it’s fifth year. Committed to developing talent, CASA 0101 hosts a series of writing, acting and directing workshops where no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. It is from these workshops that instructors Claudia Duran and Lindsey Hayley were able to mine the talent of the playwrights and directors featured in “Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme”.
A Child Left Behind, a dramatic response to the LA Times' Value Added teacher ratings. While painting a compelling and powerful portrait of the daily challenges teachers face in Los Angeles, Aymie also takes a poignant look at his own experiences of trying to teach his son who was recently assessed with Asperger's Syndrome. A Child Left Behind is a teacher's personal journey of trying to be a good educator while parenting a special needs child, and learning what it takes to be taught.
Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now touring North America. This Broadway phenomenon, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse), in an adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephen, brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life. When the curtain rises at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre, you'll meet 15-year-old Christopher Boone. Christopher has an extraordinary brain -- exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, Christopher sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Recommended for ages 10 and older, due to adult language.
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?”
Set in modern-day New York City, EgoManiac reunites Scott and Olivia, soul mates and lovers who transcend time and space. A poetic blend of song, music and movement, this immersive theatrical experience explores the comic and tragic archetypes of the ego as these two try to fulfill their mutual desires and maintain their love for one another. See it at the Highways Performing Space and Gallery in Santa Monica.
The wildly popular Elephant & Piggie children's book series comes to life on the stage of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Written by the books' author, Mo Willems, this upbeat musical explores the world of best friends Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig. When these two get together, anything is possible. They might get invited to a fancy pool costume party, learn a crazy new dance or decide to spend the day skipping and playing ping-pong in silly hats. In the lively "We Are in a Play!" the dynamic duo and their delightful back-up singers, the Squirrelles, discover all the fun of starring in a play. Get ready to do the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance at this hilarious and imaginative songfest that aims to teach kids the true meaning of friendship.
When seven strangers -- a CEO woman, a businessman, an office temp, a hot girl, a musician, a maintenance man and a goth girl -- get stuck in an elevator, it's only a matter of time before they all reveal their true selves to the others. Surrounded by only four walls and each other, judgments and stereotypes begin to dissolve as they drop their guard and reveal who they really are. Blending together musical sequences and cinematic style, Elevator will take you on a comedic and emotional ride into the human psyche at The Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood.
In 1969, Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. It was an encounter that was to change his life: bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus. In this solo performance Simon McBurney traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate and shifting world of sound.
Beau Willimon, creator of Netflix's House of Cards, penned this hit play, which was also adapted into the Ryan Gosling and George Clooney film The Ides of March. In Farragut North, a hotshot press secretary gets caught up in backroom politics during the run-up to a presidential primary, spinning his life -- and the lives of others -- out of control. A powerful tale of hubris, this taut and twist-laden political thriller is set against an all-too-familiar contemporary landscape, delivering a story that will have you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy Farragut North at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. This show contains adult situations and strong language.
Our story unfolds at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time Froggy has brought along a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So Froggy tells everyone that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. The fun begins when Charlie overhears more than he should — hilarious and damaging revelations made with the belief that Charlie doesn't understand a word of English. The fact that only Charlie and the audience are in on the joke fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant.
Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. Based on what the NY Post describes as a "devilishly clever idea," the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English.
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.
Nkechi was a good Nigerian girl. She did everything right. Went to med school. Made plans. Then life happened. And plans changed. A first-generation coming-of-age journey of love, loss, and growing into adulthood, Good Grief follows Nkechi as she navigates Pennsylvania's suburbs alongside her childhood crush, her would-be-philosopher brother, and her immigrant parents. A fresh voice in American theatre, Ngozi Anyanwu makes her playwriting debut with this World premiere and leads the cast in the role of Nkechi..
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+.
Academy Award-winning actor, director, writer and activist Tim Robbins (Mystic River, The Shawshank Redemption) is also the founding director of experimental theater group The Actors' Gang, which has produced more than 100 innovative plays since its formation in 1981. Robbins' latest work as writer and director is Harlequino: On to Freedom, a genre-defying new musical at The Ivy Substation in which a group of rogue actors hijack a professor's lecture and slideshow on the classic Italian comedy form commedia dell'arte. The actors' perception of the commedia is quite different from that of the good doctor, and their conflict becomes a battle for the soul of the comedic form -- questioning the purpose of art, how history is written, what's funny (and what's not) and what it means to be free.
Long-simmering passions boil over when Dr. John Cristow takes his wife Gerda to visit friends at their manor, The Hollow, for a relaxing weekend in the English countryside. As it turns out, of course, the weekend is anything but relaxing. Cristow finds himself surrounded by his wife, his lover and an old flame, setting off a chain of events that leads to murder. Now it's up to Inspector Colquhoun and Sergeant Penny to solve the crime. The Hollow is a thrilling story of love, lust and madness, with the kind of plot twists that you'd expect from the Grand Dame of the mystery genre. Step into The Hollow at the Theatre Palisades.
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.
With Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Kathy Griffin, Phil Hartman and Lisa Kudrow among the company's alumni, The Groundlings is a premiere breeding ground for Los Angeles comedians on their way to mainstream recognition. So it's no surprise you might recognize current performer Annie Sertich from her appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, 2 Broke Girls, The Tonight Show and The Office. She's poised to jump from "hey, there's that woman again" to full-blown success. Now she's back by popular demand in her one-woman show, How to Not Kill Yourself for 30 Days..., a dark yet comedic memoir that's returning to The Groundlings Theatre. 16 and over only. Management reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone who appears younger than 16 years of age with no ticket refund or exchange.
Yvette Hall is rapidly losing her sight. As the darkness closes in and she searches for a way to cope, she meets helpful people who teach her the courage she needs to push forward. The heartfelt story boasts honesty and real truth about losing one's sight, while affirming that even in the dark you can still find hope and humor to keep you going. Acquaint yourself with darkness and the strength it takes to persevere at Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica.
Venture Into the Woods with the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production that became New York's surprise hit of this season. Unanimously lauded by critics and extended twice on Broadway, the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is now on its national tour. This witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is Into the Woods like you've never seen it before, and it's coming to the stage of the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Including dazzling songs like "Children Will Listen" and "No One Is Alone," this thrillingly clever version made Ben Brantley of The New York Times fall "head over heels." Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and the tradeoffs sometimes required to make them come true.
In the midst of the worst blizzard New York City has ever seen, a call girl named Julia makes her way to an appointment with Jeffrey, a reclusive man who made his wealth as an inventor of best-selling sex toys. At first, this is little more than a routine "trick" with some extra trimmings, complete with fake palm trees, suntan lotion and lots of margaritas -- but before long, Jeffrey and Julia are helping each other get to the roots of who they are, getting far more out of this "first date" than either of them ever expected. Called "an engaging, funny sex romp," by NY Theater Wire and "undeniably funny ... even touching," by The Stage, The Inventor and the Escort now returns to Los Angeles. Catch it at The Lounge Theatre during its 12-performance run. This show is recommended for mature audiences.
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.
This gripping, powerful and timely play by internationally acclaimed playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country’s Good) brings a fresh slant and theatrical inventiveness to the story of the American Revolution. Martin Jarvis, OBE directs five performances of Wertenbaker’s stirring, action-packed tale about the elusive nature of freedom that was a smash hit at England’s Watford Palace Theatre. Each of the five performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM), can be heard daily in China and around the world world on the Radio Beijing Network, and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
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.
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.
Those five lovable misfits from different cliques thought getting weekend detention in their high school library was as bad as their Saturday was going to get. Turns out it's the end of the world as they know it, and now five of the most beloved film characters from the '80s have barricaded themselves inside the library -- and are quite possibly the last brain, athlete, basket case, princess and criminal on Earth! But don't fret: Their teenage angst, in-depth exploration of youth culture and questionable fashion choices continue on inside the halls of New Trier High School. This brand-new musical parody from Rockwell: Table & Stage (the mad geniuses who brought you the unauthorized musical parodies of Home Alone, Mean Girls and Troop Beverly Hills) takes the John Hughes teen classic and gives it the Ally Sheedy-style makeover it never knew it needed!
What is a person to do when their Elvis act gets the ignominious ax? With a pregnant wife, a woefully empty bank account and an eviction notice coming his way any minute, Casey is left with no choice but to trade in his signature jumpsuit for sequins and start strutting his stuff around the Florida panhandle as the area's newest drag queen. A music-filled comedy about finding your true voice, this Geffen Playhouse production and west coast premiere of The Legend of Georgia McBride in Westwood will have you laughing and rooting for the underdog inside of us all.
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.
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.
Family patriarch Ben Lyons is in the hospital, dying from cancer. As his time grows short, his wife and two adult children gather at his bedside for an atypical goodbye in this "smart and funny and moving" (New York Observer) drama that The Hollywood Reporter hailed as "black comedy perfection" during its 2012 run. Ben, freed from social conventions thanks to his condition, will say anything he wishes -- salty language included. Rita, his partner in a 40-year-long loveless marriage, finds her mind drifting toward thoughts of the future. The couple's alcoholic daughter and gay son have their own issues and agendas. Written by Nicky Silver (Beautiful Child), The Lyons is now presented at the Lankershim Arts Center North Hollywood in a new production by Road Theatre Company.
Shakespeare's Macbeth is one of his most famous works -- a supernatural tale of regicide and manipulation so violent and grim that the play is rumored to be cursed. Macbeth Revisited is a bare-boned, gender-bending take on the classic play by The New American Theatre, the same group that produced last year's acclaimed Tempest Redux. This artful adaptation of Shakespeare's darkest work stars Jack Stehlin (Weeds) and is coming to The Second Stage at Sacred Fools Theatre 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.
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.
A glimpse into the life of Martha Graham, the legendary pioneer of modern dance and the fierce, witty, trailblazing feminist, who refused to let age define or confine her. An electrifying performer who danced into her 70’s and choreographed into her 90’s, she was a major artist of the twentieth century, who possessed a gift for revealing emotion and the complexities of humanity through the dances that she created. For an artist like Graham a life away from the arts feels impossible, but when is it time to say..."when?”
Monday Night Tease is L.A.'s longest running and most celebrated burlesque show, chock-full of magic, music, juggling, acrobatics and plenty of scandalous, scantly clad performers. Count on a rotating cast of local and international talent with a wide range of saucy skills. Named one of L.A.'s top burlesque shows by LA Weekly and Time Out Los Angeles, this show at Three Clubs is a perfect choice for first-timers, burlesque aficionados and birthday groups -- so long as the birthday boy or girl doesn't mind getting paddled by the cast.
George and Lennie are an unlikely pair of friends leaning on each other as they wander across the farms and fields of California looking for work. As migrant ranch hands adrift during the Great Depression, the two dream of chasing the American Dream and settling down to live "off the fatta the lan." But their plans (like all those "of mice and men") are jeopardized by hard times and the cruelties of fate. See this landmark American play, adapted from John Steinbeck's classic and controversial novel, at the Belfry Stage, Upstairs @ The Crown in North Hollywood.
A movement adaptation of John Milton’s eloquent epic poem, Paradise Lost. The innovative vision adapted by NMA co-artistic director Jones (Welsh) Talmadge and co-directed with NMA co-artistic director Laura Covelli, blends dance, acrobatics, dynamic partnering and Not Man Apart’s unique brand of physical storytelling to relate a version of this iconic tale of Adam and Eve’s Temptation and the War in Heaven.
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.
Two women set out to bake an apple pie. As they sift, roll and stir, Mama shares her recipe for life in the hopes that her daughter Dory will restart her own. Intimate, poignant and often hilarious, Pie in the Sky will leave you with a warm heart and maybe even a slice of warm pie ... the actresses will be baking one in real time at Burbank's Little Victory Theatre. The world premiere of Lawrence Thelen's comedy starts with the crust, ends with the ping of a timer and packs a whole lot of emotions and laughs in between.
During the golden age of American theatre, one man was bold enough to bring the role of Sherlock Holmes to the live stage: William Gillette, an inimitable theatrical force of legendary proportions. Postmortem's story centers on Gillette and the cast of actors from his current (which is to say, 1920s) production of Sherlock Holmes, all of whom have been invited to spend the weekend at his castle in Connecticut. But when a nighttime seance reveals a murder, everyone becomes a suspect. See if you can solve the mystery with your own sharp wits before the curtain closes on Ken Ludwig's Postmortem at the Archway Studio/Theatre in Los Angeles. This show contains some foul language and adult subject matter.
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.
A ferociously funny, complex and unnerving look at seven intelligent, articulate teens at an English prep school as they tangle with the pressures of love, sex, bullying and college entrance exams. Based on his experiences as a teacher and inspired by the 1999 Columbine shooting, playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) peels back the layers of the teenage psyche to look at the confusion, disconnect and latent savagery simmering beneath the surface.
Set against the vivid backdrop of fast horses, gritty racetracks and high-stakes betting, Pure Confidence is a daring, funny and emotionally moving look at race, dignity and humanity in the second half of the 19th century. In the leadup to the Civil War, Samuel Cato is a crafty, self-assured slave and jockey who, along with his horse, Pure Confidence, is owned by Colonel Wiley Johnson. Cato and his horse win race after race, eventually earning enough winnings for Cato to buy his and his wife's freedom. But when the Civil War begins, Cato's life and livelihood are turned upside down. Don't miss this moving story about the true meaning of freedom when it comes to the Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles.
RED HELEN rules her three grown daughters with a powerful fist. The oldest, Astrid, craves appreciation. The middle, Max, brings home money in wee bloody fistfuls. And the youngest, Bebe, has returned from her travels abroad with a fiancé, seeking her father’s approval. But the father is traveling indefinitely, their family steakhouse is in crisis, and Helen’s speech is deteriorating into manic loops. As her daughters try their best to break free, Helen pulls out all the stops to keep them in her grip. Red Helen is a dark and twisted comedy about bloody money, blood-red meat, and blood relations.
ROAR is a passionate tribute to protest, as expressed through the voices of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and other artists who've raised their voices to challenge authority through song. A musical revue in the vein of The Buddy Holly Story, ROAR stars Davitt Felder as the frontman of protest band The First Amendments and follows the group as they fight for causes of social justice with stirring folk and rock anthems. This celebration of the American spirit of protest is premiering at the Crown City Theatre in North Hollywood.
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.”
World-famous performing-arts troupe Shen Yun summons an ancient Chinese world to vibrant life via traditional music, dance and acrobatics, along with spectacular animated backdrops, historically authentic costumes and thunderous orchestral sound. Their latest exciting stage extravaganza, Experience a Divine Culture, stars a cast of 100 in a wildly colorful, exhilarating and heartfelt journey through 5,000 years of glorious civilization, now on the verge of disappearing completely. You'll see more than a dozen dance pieces, each with its own story, as well as several solo vocal and instrumental performances as part of the show Broadway World calls "extravagantly beautiful," when it arrives on stage at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Fred Kavli Theatre. The performance runs two hours and 15 minutes, including intermission. Opera or ballet performance attire is recommended.
Kurt Vonnegut's counterculture masterpiece The Sirens of Titan returns to the stage for the first time in 40 years, courtesy of L.A.'s Sacred Fools Theater. This recently rediscovered adaptation pieces together what happens when the richest man in the world loses everything. It's a visually dazzling and darkly humorous science fiction epic that blasts off on an unbelievable journey through space and time, discovering nothing short of the meaning of life.
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.
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.
Living at an emotional crossroads, her career on the rise, celebrated photographer Carrie Ann scrambles to reconnect with her passion for the work. An unexpected inspiration arrives in the form of a trend analyst who becomes determined to help her move forward, even while facing his own uncertain future.
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.
Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Streetcar Named Desire seethes with raw sexuality and grit in Scottish Ballet's contemporary dance adaptation. During a steamy summer in New Orleans' French Quarter, a vulnerable Blanche DuBois seeks shelter at the apartment of her pregnant sister Stella and Stella's husband Stanley. Fragile Blanche and temperamental Stanley immediately clash, and tensions further escalate. The story's suspenseful take on lust, desire and betrayal is one that's further enhanced by the sensuality and honesty of dance. Conceptualized by theater and film director Nancy Meckler, and choreographed by international dance star and National Dance Award (U.K.) winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Scottish Ballet's A Streetcar Named Desire is a one-of-a-kind take on an American classic. See it when it graces the stage of The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.
The Koch Brothers are infamous, super-rich, right-wing reactionaries from Wichita, Kansas. Trained in business and politics at their father's knee, and bestowed with his oil wealth and his company, Koch Industries, the brothers are litigious multibillionaires who fund ultra-right-wing causes and candidates in an attempt to shape America in their image. This play is definitely NOT about the Koch Brothers.
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.
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.
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.
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!