Death, with Benefits is a dark comedy "inspired" by the terribly true story of the infamous "Killer Grannies of Santa Monica," also known as the "Black Widows." Two mature ladies bond over the awful emotional and financial situations their deceased husbands have left them. To fix their predicaments, they concoct a pernicious get rich plan: Take in sickly men, get them to sign lavish life insurance policies with the women as beneficiaries, and care for them until they pass away. The only problem is that their guests are not passing away quickly enough, so the ladies decide to speed up the process.
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This powerful musical explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting the family's story with love, sympathy, and heart.
A beautifully written play about grown children returning to the nest, and the emotional toll these extended childhoods exact on parents and grandparents. This dramatic comedy takes place at Grandie's sprawling Connecticut Victorian home where she lives with her brother, her cook/companion and her eldest daughter.The tradition of the young taking care of the old is reversed as financial hardships and marital mishaps lead grown grandchildren (of all ages) to seek recovery at Grandie's. In many countries it's fairly common for three generations to live together under one roof, but in America? How long will Grandie's well-preserved apron strings stretch?
Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem's thought-provoking and sharp play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices faced by woman of every generation.
From the comic genius of Steve Martin comes Picasso at the Lapin Agile, an imagined meeting of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in 1904 Paris. Both men, on the verge of becoming famous, discuss their process and realize that art and science may just come from the same passionate desire and exploration for "creating a new way of looking at the world."
To a town with no future comes a woman with a past. THE SPITFIRE GRILL, A Musical, is an honest, emotional musical about a young woman with an uncertain past who finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill, the only eatery in a struggling town. It is for sale but there are no takers, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. A heartfelt musical about healing the wounds of the past and finding your chosen family.
Something Rotten is your perfect introduction to the musical world of Shakespeare?! There's a Shakespearian musical? Set in 1590, Something Rotten follows two brothers trying to make a name for themselves in theatre...now if only they could get out from under the shadow of some guys named Shakespeare! Witness the absolutely crazy birth of the world's first musical ever!
A Little Night Music is a hilariously witty and heartbreakingly moving musical full of moments of adoration, regret and desire. Set in 1901 Sweden, it explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress, Desiree Armfeldt, and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik's town, the estranged lovers' passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desiree; Fredrik; Fredrick's wife, Anne; Desiree's current lover, the Count; and the Count's wife, Charlotte. Both men - as well as their jealous wives - agree to join Desiree and her family for a weekend in the country at Desiree's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises. Our new production offers an intimate and fresh take on this dramatic musical celebration of love and life featuring Stephen Sondheim's brilliant score, including his haunting masterpiece "Send in the Clowns."
Simultaneously anthropology, nostalgia, and a feel-good coming-of-age tale, "How We Got On" is for those of us who grew up back in the day and those who never knew. Set in 1988, the highly theatrical play tells the story of three African-American teens in a wealthy, Mid-Western suburb as they struggle with cultural isolation, family pressures, and the elusive adolescent task of discovering, asserting, and valuing themselves.
What's a woman to do with a runaway groom? Hatch a scheme, of course. Roping in a fantastic cast of fools, romantics, and cynics, the clever Helen pursues the crusty Bertram in a clash of wits and deception. Capturing both a fairytale essence and human complexity, Shakespeare's bittersweet comedy goes on a journey of forgiveness, hope, and love where you least expect it.
International City Theatre pays tribute to the late, great Stephen Sondheim, kicking off its 37th season with Marry Me A Little, a bittersweet musical two-hander that weaves 17 of Sondheim's lesser-known songs into a tale of love and loneliness. The story of two single strangers who unknowingly live one floor apart is told entirely through songs written early in Sondheim's career or cut from his groundbreaking Broadway musicals. A must-see for Sondheim aficionados, this smart, funny, sophisticated and moving evening is a fascinating look at the Sondheim songs that "got away."
It's the most Tony Award-nominated play in history. It stunned off-Broadway. Then it shocked Broadway. Now, Jeremy O. Harris, "a major new voice in the American theater" (Chicago Tribune), brings his "raw, revelatory, and revolutionary play" (The Daily Beast) to the Taper, in the same production that roiled New York. Directed by two-time NAACP and Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara, Slave Play is "one of the best and most provocative new works to show up in years" (The New York Times). At the MacGregor Plantation, nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems. It's an antebellum fever-dream as three interracial couples converge to rip open history at the intersection of race, love, and sexuality in 21st-century America. It's a world where the sex is as raw as the emotions, and the twists as salacious as the truth.
A USO performance from the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy when they fail to appear shortly before curtain. Thankfully, three earnest stagehands are determined to go on with the show! The Andrews Brothers is filled to the brim with 30 songs made famous by the Andrews Sisters and other top artist of the era, including: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Three Little Sisters," and "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive." Mistaken identities and madcap adventures - imagine Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in a road movie of Some Like It Hot - along with the music of an entire generation, highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II.
Storybook Theatre presents its musical version of the classic story Goldilocks And The Three Bears. There is plenty of audience participation as the children help Goldilocks in the comical forest adventure with the three bears. Goldilocks learns that bears can be people, too.
How do families stay together, even when they're kept apart? The Fountain Theatre presents Detained, a gripping new docudrama based on interviews with longtime U.S. residents held in immigration detention, and with their family members, advocates, attorneys and representatives of ICE. This compilation of true stories weaves a compelling and complicated tapestry that emphasizes the impact immigration detention has on families. Characters include a teenage foodie aspiring "chef-lebrity," a U.S. Veteran, and a mother of two who works as a roofer in New York City.
A darkly comic Tony-award winner that examines the motives of the nine notorious Americans who took their shot at the President of the United States, this wickedly subversive spectacle explores the national fixation on celebrity and its violent intersection with the American dream. Assassins is the 12th Sondheim musical mounted by East West Players in its 56-year history of producing theatre in Los Angeles.
The lasting power of Marvin's Room is a testament to the play's compassion and humor, something audiences have agreed upon since its premiere in Chicago in 1990. Since then, the work has traveled to D.C., London, L.A. and the bright lights of Broadway, not to mention the Oscar-nominated film. See this powerful production at the Actors Co-op in Hollywood.