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The final musical collaboration by the legendary theater team of John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret and Kiss of the Spider Woman) comes to Los Angeles for a run at the Ahmanson Theatre. This surprising and inspiring story is based on the Scottsboro case from the '30s concerning nine young African-American men who were unjustly accused of a shocking crime and whose story would eventually contribute to the Civil Rights Movement. The Scottsboro Boys is told through a mix of innovative staging and piercing songs, and garnered 12 Tony Award nominations. This production is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers).
SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE – THE MUSICAL centers around Sam, a widower and single father. When Sam's son, Jonah calls into a talk radio program looking for a new mother, Sam ends up getting on the phone and laments about his lost love. Thousands of miles away in Baltimore, Annie hears the program and immediately falls in love with Sam, despite the fact that she has never met him and that she is engaged to another man. Believing they are meant to be together, Annie sets out for Seattle to meet Sam, who, meanwhile, contends with an onslaught of letters from available women equally touched by his phone call.
Shakespeare's Timon of Athens Gets Modern Adaptation
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When Lord Timon, a generous pillar of society whose patronage has allowed others to benefit, is hit with financial disaster, his "friends" refuse to provide him with any aid in Timon of Athens. This contemporary telling of William Shakespeare's work still touches on the universal truths of corruption, the monetization of human relationships, debt and deceit, and the selfishness of mankind. Shakespeare's words still resonate some 400 years later in this searing drama, which is being staged for the first time in the Los Angeles area in 15 years.
A great story, made even better! Alex Lyras stars in the Los Angeles premiere of Mike Daisy’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs in an update revised by the author that is “ethically made” and packs an even more powerful punch. Daisey’s powerful monologue examines the controversy of globalization through the rise and fall and resurrection of Apple, illuminating how Apple’s former CEO and his obsessions shape our lives. It follows the trail all the way to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPads, and shines a light on the human price we pay for our high-tech toys. “Anyone with a cell phone and a moral center should see this show.” – The New York Times
On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend almost in this delightful midwinter night's dream.
Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman star in ANNAPURNA, written by Sharr White and directed by Bart DeLorenzo. After twenty years apart, Emma tracks Ulysses to a trailer park in the middle of nowhere for a final reckoning. What unfolds is a visceral, profound and sometimes funny meditation on love and loss with the simplest of theatrical elements: two people in one room.
Generations of women in Jozanne’s family have several things in common: They’re Jamaican; they’re beautiful; and they’ve had to endure brutal acts of violence at the whims of men. Jozanne’s mother is so traumatized that she faces institutionalization for life. Jozanne herself will not remain a victim. Armed with pluck and grit, the depths of her grandmother’s love, and her own abiding Christian faith, she is determined to break the cycle of violence, victimization and despair. Along the way, she finds her own true love, discovers a way to redeem her worst tormentor, and she emerges triumphant. “Beautiful” is a true story of courage, and victory over despair.
A Noise Within stages the West Coast premiere production of The Beaux' Stratagem, one of the last raucous Restoration Era comedies, adapted by two of the 20th century's most gifted American playwrights -- Thornton Wilder (Our Town) and Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor). George Farquhar's 1707 romp follows a pair of stylish young gentlemen who flee to the countryside from their London creditors, seeking wealthy and preferably attractive maidens to marry. But the road to romance and riches is filled with plenty of comic potholes. Described by Ludwig as "classic, formal, robust and hilarious," this latest version of The Beaux' Stratagem was actually first attempted by Thornton Wilder in 1939, who put it aside to work on the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Skin of Our Teeth. In 2004, Wilder's estate found Ken Ludwig, the popular playwright of Moon Over Buffalo and other comedies, to pick up the work, and almost 70 years later, the collaboration finally hits the stage in L.A., directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott.
In a one room shack two biracial South African brothers grapple with crippling poverty and lonely isolation. Morris, the punctilious force that keeps their room tidy,is light skinned enough to pass for white, but dark skinned Zack feels imprisoned by his job at a whites-only park. When they find themselves on some dangerous new ground, the brothers must come face to face with the blood knot between them.
The Los Angeles premiere of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s hilarious comedy exploring the American mythology of happiness and success. Born and abandoned in a White Castle bathroom in Louisville, Kentucky and determined to become a “great” man, Bob takes an epic journey across America where he encounters inspiring generosity, crushing hardships, blissful happiness, stunning coincidences, wrong turns, lucky breaks, true love and heartbreaking loss.
The Kentwood Players perform Neil Simon's California Suite, a comedy told in four separate playlets. Four different parties from various cities travel to California during different time periods and stay in the same Beverly Hills Hotel suite, bringing their problems, anxieties and comic marital dilemmas with them. In "The Visitor From New York," Hannah loves living in New York, while her ex-husband, Billy, loves L.A. Can two happily divorced parents raise their only daughter while living 3000 miles apart? In "The Visitor From Philadelphia," Marvin awakens with a horrible hangover and a young woman he doesn't know beside him in bed. Moments later, Marvin's wife arrives. Can this fifteen-year marriage survive whatever it was Marvin did? In "The Visitors From London," Diana loses the Oscar to another woman and her husband to another man in the same night. This causes some inconvenient truths intrude on their marriage of convenience. And in "The Visitors From Chicago," four best friends are enjoying a dream vacation together -- until an ultra-competitive tennis match turns them into enemies.
Storybook Theatre presents its award-winning big top musical. It's the ultimate interactive play as the kids in the audience join the ringmaster, animal trainer and clown as they become the acts in the circus. Lots of songs as the kids learn that they have talents of their own when they put on their own show.
Well, now you can, thanks to "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)." ALL the comedies, ALL the tragedies, ALL the histories, and even a nod to the sonnets, all compressed neatly into a 97-minute package, performed by three actors. You'll have to see it to appreciate how they do it. It's the answer to a Shakespeare fan's prayer. For the neophyte, it's a chance to learn in one evening what all the fuss has been about regarding William Shakespeare. Given the breadth and depth of the Complete Works, not all of the Bard's plays are considered equal, and special, loving attention is given to "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet."
"I will always remember your melody! It will be imprinted on my heart like wax." - Eurydice Pulitzer Prize Nominee Sarah Ruhl uses a hauntingly unique poetic style to re-tell the classic Greek myth of Orpheus through the eyes of his new wife, Eurydice - a magical experience with gripping emotional potency.
In “Fool For Love” (1983), Eddie, a rodeo stuntman, has hunted down May,- his “forever connection,” and found her in a motel in the Mojave Desert. She’s as drawn to him as he is to her , but if it were that simple, this wouldn’t be a Sam Shepard play. They’re together, then they’re apart, they’re together, and the fire and obsession and possession never abates. Eddie can’t leave other women alone and he can’t leave May alone and now there’s a Countess, elusive, dangerous and obsessed with Eddie (but Shepard leaves her outside in her Mercedes Benz during the play).
Eddie and May have an unhinged yearning and raw sexuality that goes beyond usual aspects of attraction, and there’s a secret that is revealed. It is “Rashomon,” with each one having a different view of their shared history. There is also an Old Man who is ever present in the play, and he has another version of the story. The Old Man supplies mysteries and answers. And the “gentleman caller” Martin arrives to give May a way to be released from Eddie---maybe. Fool For Love is about romantic obsession, although that may be redundant: Romance IS obsessive. It is feisty, muscular and sexually charged.
An original dream play that links the world of women in Toulouse Lautrec's paintings to the men who loved them. Through words, movement and love the divine feminine of the past gains strength as a surreal absinthe night of drinking opens up a world that will enchant, challenge, frighten and inspire. Join an in-house group of Bootleg artists as we explore the art, performance, love, life and the women who played roles throughout it all.
A hit at last year's Hollywood Fringe Festival, the hip and happening comedy magic team of David & Leeman are back with an all-new show featuring their singular brand of sleight-of-hand and eccentric satire. Otherwise known as the Filthy Liars, the duo won Best Show at the 2012 L.A. Comedy Festival, and have sharpened their act to a razor's edge at famed venues like the Magic Castle and Meltdown Comics. Their witty interplay has been likened to the Smothers Brothers by LA Weekly, and they'll keep you laughing long after you realize they've just pulled off an amazing illusion.
I’m Not Rappaport (1985) is set in New York’s Central Park, where Midge, an African American man and Nat, a Jewish man, both elderly, meet and slowly develop a friendship. Midge has been a custodian in his building for many, many years and may face the prospect of soon losing his job. Nat, an old-school leftist who manipulates people by changing identities and affiliations as casually as most people change their clothes, decides to do something about it, despite Midge’s reservations. They’re not alone in the park. There’s a lovely young artist, Laurie, whom the men befriend. There’s Gilley, a kid with a knife running a protection racket. And there’s a far more dangerous character, The Cowboy, the drug connection to whom Laurie is deeply in debt and who plans to do Laurie great bodily harm if she can’t pay her bill. When Nat and Midge attempt to intercede on Laurie’s behalf, they are placing themselves in deadly danger. Can Nat and Midge, so very different, ever really become close friends? Who is Nat, really? (Who he says he is keeps changing.) Will Midge be evicted? Will Laurie, Nat and Midge get themselves killed?
Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad directs Joe Turner's Come and Gone from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. Part of Wilson's 10-play cycle chronicling the experience of African-Americans in the 20th century, Joe Turner's Come and Gone was a Tony nominee for Best Play in 1988. Set in the dawning days of a century without slavery, this historical drama finds Herald Loomis -- haunted by seven years on a chain gang -- in Pittsburgh searching for his wife and a new life.
KILL ME examines the fuzzy lines between belief and reality. After a horrific car accident, a young woman emerges from a coma convinced that beings from another dimension have made her immortal. Her sister and lover think she is suffering from mental illness… until the same beings start affecting them as well. Have they opened the gates of Hell upon themselves, or is it all a product of the mind? And ultimately, is there a difference?
Cabrillo Music Theatre goes Blonde in the summer of 2013 with the Thousand Oaks and Professional Regional Premiere of LEGALLY BLONDE. Based on the hit movie, LEGALLY BLONDE is now a dazzling, energetic and funny musical, nominated for seven Tony Awards. Sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Cabrillo’s brand-new production of LEGALLY BLONDE will wrap up the 2012-2013 season with a Blonde bang!
Helen's entire life has been dictated to her. She she does what society
expects of her, however resistant she may feel. She marries her boss,
whom she finds repulsive and has a baby with him. Followed by an affair
with a younger man who fuels her lust for life, she is driven to murder her
husband. She is found guilty and is executed in an electric chair. Inspired
by the real life case of executed murderess Ruth Snyder. Its 1928
Broadway premiere is considered one of the high-points of American
Tara Grammy is at the Whitefire Theatre for a limited run of her award-winning one-woman show, Mahmoud. A winner at both the New York and Toronto Fringe Festivals, this irreverent and capriciously clever performance sees Grammy slipping into the personas of an aging Iranian engineer-cum-taxi driver, a fabulously gay Spaniard and a young Iranian-Canadian girl, all trying to get through the daily grind in the big city. Over the course of an hour, their stories come together, and themes of displacement, immigration, home, and culture are explored through the connections formed with the audience and between each character.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning Thornton Wilder, THE MATCHMAKER is a charming all-American farce about love and money. Businessman and penny-pincher Horace Vandergelder is searching for a wife and obtains the help of social hurricane and matchmaker extraordinaire, Mrs. Dolly Levi (the inspiration for the Broadway musical, HELLO DOLLY!). This big-hearted comedy is complete with mistaken identities, hijinks galore and a dose of Wilder’s sage wisdom.
The award-winning Troubadour Theater Company is a free-wheeling, no holds barred, Commedia Dell'Arte flavored, slapstick driven Los Angeles-based ensemble of actors, musicians, and comedians. Their fast-paced, laugh-filled, loose adaptations of classic plays make for a unique and exciting experience for theatre-goers of any age. The "Troubies" have combined the beauty of Shakespeare's language with feats of acrobatic physicality, comic routines, and musical numbers. What makes for even more fun is the clownish, interactive style in which the performances are presented. In recent years the Troubies have put their spin on all genres of classic tales, such as Fleetwood Macbeth, Two Gentlemen of Chicago, and Frosty the Snow Manilow. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, THE MIRACLE WORKER is the true-life story of young Helen Keller, blind and deaf, and her struggle to overcome adversity with the help of an extraordinary teacher who taught her to communicate with the world. A miraculous story of determination, hope and love.
Set in London in the mid-1960s, MOdROCK tells the story of a historic culture clash, fueled by competing musical styles and fashion trends. On one side, rockers drew inspiration from Elvis and United States motorcycle culture. The mods took their cues from the latest fashion trends and favored British bands like the The Who and The Kinks. Using this vibrant time period as a backdrop, the new musical tells the story of young love lost and rediscovered through the music of the era. The brilliant choreography features modern interpretations of '60s dance styles set to the music of The Animals, Dusty Springfield, the Yardbirds, The Hollies, Petula Clark, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Zombies, Herman Hermits and more.
When a ruthless splinter group seizes power in Washington, a bureaucrat for the State Department runs off with the new regime’s top-secret Enemies List. With Department of Homeland Security agents trailing him, he finds himself trapped in a police station in a small Missouri town. His last hope for survival is in the people around him: an unsympathetic police chief, an ambivalent administrative assistant, and a fellow prisoner a motor-mouthed local who’s turned herself in for drunk driving. The North Plan is a sharp, dark, dystopian comedy set in the here and now.
ONE WHITE CROW is the story of a journalist given an unexpected assignment and asks the question: is there such a thing as after death communication? Tess O’Neill, topnotch journalist, recently lost her science-writer father to cancer. Her assignment is to profile famous television medium Judith Knight. An exclusive like this is impossible to turn down. But when Judith tells her this profile is all the idea of the spirit of Tess’s dead father, Tess enlists the help of her father’s protégé, renowned skeptic Alex Rimbaud, to help prove Judith to be a fraud. As the profile moves forward, however, Tess’s search for the truth proves to be a far more slippery and elusive process than she thought.
This radically fresh retelling of the JM Barrie classic explores the original ideas and inspirations behind the iconic fantasy of Peter Pan. Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers is a dark new retelling of the story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up. This is ‘Peter Pan’ as you have never seen it before, but how it was always meant to be told. “This dark, disturbing, yet magical adaptation based on JM Barrie’s original ideas behind Peter Pan is one of the most thrilling scripts I have read in years,” said The Blank Artistic Director Henning. “Michael Lluberes’ adaptation and Michael Matthews’ visionary direction are a perfect match. I am excited for our audiences to experience Peter Pan as they have never experienced it before.”
With hardboiled private detectives, double-crossing femme fatales, unscrupulous villains and plenty of intrigue, Play Noir returns to the Actors Workout Studio. Take a trip back to Hollywood's Golden Age with four short plays that revel in all things noir -- and are all set right here in the City of Angels. This year's thrilling show features Speak No Evil by Michael W. Moon, Desperate Desires by David Galanter, Outside Job by Hope Thompson, and The Zone Ranger by Ben Goldstein and Mac Taylor.
BETTE MIDLER proudly presents the most OUTRAGEOUSLY FUN Broadway musical: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT! This spectacular show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony Award-winning costumes, PRISCILLA features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.” The Hollywood Reporter calls PRISCILLA “funny and fabulous! Joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart!”
“The Rainmaker” focuses largely on the fate of Lizzie, who
lives on a family farm with her brothers and father in the Dust Bowl during
the Depression. She capably takes care of the men in her house, but there’s
an emptiness in her life. She has no one of her own, and she dreams of a
husband and children. A visit to her cousins, actually a failing attempt to
find a prospective mate, has left her more frustrated than ever. The
recurrent reminders that she is considered “plain” by her family and
herself do not relieve her fears of winding up as the “maiden aunt.”
The Curry farm, like all those around them, is impacted by a
withering and persistent drought. Suddenly, a charismatic stranger named
Starbuck appears, claiming that he can make the clouds come and the rains
fall. “The Rainmaker” is about love, desire and magic, and expresses
these themes so resonantly that the play has been translated into forty
languages since it premiered on Broadway in 1954.
Do you believe in love at first sight? Do you believe in soul mates? Do you believe in eternal love? By the time the final curtain falls, you'll believe. This is a true story about a "moonstruck" couple's forbidden love, the hilarity and drama from their deeply passionate Italian-Greek families, and how they spent their last day on Earth together. RAISE ME UP is Lisa Phillips Visca's joyful and touching tribute to her parents, Louis and Daphne Padula, capturing their eternal passion and the surreal ending to their classic love story. RAISE ME UP will lift your spirits and touch your soul. "An unforgettable love story with humor and heart." -- Martin Short
Lily's new boyfriend is funny, charming and a little goofy. He also happens to be the devil. That's right, the ultimate evil. In Snakeskin Suit, a new play written by J. Holtham, we find out whether or not the devil is really that bad. Does he have a nefarious plan for Lily's soul or simply to win her heart? As Lily falls deeper in love, her friends grow more concerned, forcing her to face her own inner demons ... and maybe a few outer ones as well. This intriguing new work is part of the Unknown Artists 321 Festival, which features members of Play Club West.
Set in a cell in Lebanon in the 1980s, three men are taken hostage by a group of Islamic militants. Forced to cope with the daily challenges of fear and uncertainty, the men are thrust into a dangerous emotional climate that shifts between savage fighting, gentle understanding, uproarious laughter and deep grief; an emotional roller-coaster ride through the horrors of captivity, the balm of memory and the unbreakable strength of friendships forged by dire circumstance.
Trainspotting – Disturbing. Gruesome. Funny. Mark Renton and his mates Sick Boy, Tommy and Begbie embark on a horrific journey to the heart of a world peopled by psychos, junkies and drunk Scottish fathers. Entertaining and shocking in equal measure, Harry Gibson's stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh's cult novel charts the harrowing, but at times hilarious, disintegration of their friendship as they hurtle towards self-destruction.
Wild, bawdy and ferociously playful, Joe Orton's outrageous farce, What the Butler Saw, is one of the seminal works of modern comedy. When a psychiatrist tries to seduce an aspiring secretary, his botched efforts lead to comic bedlam involving his insatiable wife, a randy bellhop, a befuddled police officer and Sir Winston Churchill. Psychiatry, religion, marriage, government, definitions of gender and even language are all targets of British playwright Orton's poison pen. His sly jokes and hilarious shenanigans will have you shaking with laughter from start to finish.
Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 play was the first American comedy about women by a woman. Set within a world of Manhattan women who are wealthy, social and privileged, along with the pink-collar women who serve and maintain them, the action and themes of this play are as relevant now as they were 77 years ago. The more things change…. Ms. Luce takes a jaundiced view of her gender, as the female friends of the uptown circle are often not content to be faithful to their own men and engage in spiteful gossip to sabotage the marriages and relationships of their purported friends.
Sweet Mary Haines believes that she has the perfect marriage. When someone in her circle lets slip that her husband has a mistress. Mary is devastated, and her wise mother gives her sage advice to preserve her marriage. Mary then proceeds to ignore her mother’s counsel, making every mistake she could possibly make. She seems set on a path to divorce, severing the ties between herself and the man she loves (and who still loves her, despite everything). Additionally, her adorable little daughter is just crushed by the turn of events. Can the Haines’ marriage possibly be saved? Will the other women in Mary’s circle find love and fulfillment? Will the nasty gossipmongers get their comeuppance? “The Women” has sex, gossip, marriage and romance. In short, it has everything that preoccupies the airwaves today. It was all upon the stage first. Men are frequently mentioned but never seen in this narrative.
Two 40-something men, who have been friends for decades but only cursorily in touch via social media over the past four years, finally get together for coffee. But their long anticipated “face to face” meeting reaps surprising consequences now that truthful and dramatic changes in each of their lives are revealed. Can this long time relationship survive?