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Witch Aug 20 - Sep 29, 2019  
Geffen Playhouse Witch
 
Witches have always captured our imagination — real and even more so, the not-so-real. Jen Silverman is a rising NYC playwright (her first book is on shelves, her first novel is coming in 2021) who tackles this always-interesting topic. Bonus: Grab a create-your-own ice cream sandwich at the local Westwood favorite, Diddy Riese.
 
   
The Lonesome West Aug 22 - Sep 15, 2019  
Little Fish Theatre The Lonesome West
 
This fiendishly funny story about a squabble between two brothers, restlessness, and plain old boredom, inspiring hilarious and thrilling homicidal behavior is directed by StageScene LA and Ovation Award-winner Stephanie Coltrin.
 
   
The Joy Luck Club Aug 23 - Oct 5, 2019  
Sierra Madre Playhouse The Joy Luck Club
 
The Joy Luck Club tells the story of four older Chinese-American women and their complex relationships with their American-born daughters. The play moves from China in the early 20th Century and San Francisco from the 1950s to the 1980s, as the eight women struggle across a seemingly unpassable chasm of culture, generation and expectations to find strength and happiness,
 
   
Beast on the Moon Aug 23 - Sep 8, 2019  
International City Theatre Beast on the Moon
 
Richard Kalinoski's haunting and poetic play about two immigrants who escape the Armenian genocide in Turkey to seek refuge in America. In 1921, an Armenian mail-order bride is shipped to Milwaukee to begin a new life with her photographer husband. As they struggle to define family amidst their grief and displacement, these kindred strangers find hope, healing, redemption and love. Winner of the American Theatre Critic’s Association Osborn Award and the Khorenatsi Medal, Armenia’s highest cultural award.
 
   
Silver Screen Sirens Aug 23  
El Cid Silver Screen Sirens
 
Live music, classic burlesque and all the glamour of the Silver Screen! Whether you are a fan of noir, comedies, romance or westerns, we’ve got a silver screen seductress for you! Join us for a trip back to the scandal and overindulgence of the 20’s and 30’s in the true city of sin- Hollywood! Join Babylon Cabaret for an evening of live music, vintage classics and original songs by Cathouse Red in our burlesque tribute to classic Hollywood and the sexy sins that built Tinsel Town! Babylon Cabaret features some of LA’s hottest performers in a uniquely vintage world of original live music, sultry singers, sexy burlesque dancers, hilarious hosts, fascinating magicians and other floor-show specialties.
 
   
The 2019 Paul Robeson Theatre Festival Aug 23 - Aug 25, 2019  
The Los Angeles Theatre Center The 2019 Paul Robeson Theatre Festival
 
The Robey Theatre Company, Los Angeles’ most-awarded African American theatre company, continues its 25th Anniversary celebration with its presentation of the Third Biennial Paul Robeson Theatre Festival. The Festival is named for its inspiration, the actor-singer-activist-humanitarian Paul Robeson (1898-1976). The Festival is curated by the Company’s Artistic Director, Ben Guillory.
 
   
Dear Yoko Aug 24  
Whitefire Theatre Dear Yoko
 
Her Asian mother and her white father divorce acrimoniously while she’s still a little girl. When the court awards her father sole custody of her younger sister, her mother Keiko flees with her two daughters to Tokyo, where she enrolls them in a Christian school. Anzu is beautiful, which Keiko recognizes. She enters Anzu in beauty contests, and Anzu lands a modeling contract at age 14. Anzu misses America and, as her teen years progress, she enters a world of wild parties and meets rock stars visiting Tokyo. She has some musical abilities and is encouraged to sing by Jon Anderson of the supergroup Yes. She records a #1 song on the Tokyo pop charts and becomes a big J-Pop teen star. Keiko attempts to keep her in Japan and reveals a shocking family secret (which won’t be revealed here; You’ll have to see the ahow). Fleeing to America, Anzu discovers her fame in Japan does not follow her here. She pursues acting and lands a leading role opposite Viggo Mortensen in the film American Yakuza. But this is a time when there are not many roles for Asian-American actresses, let alone leading roles. She sustains herself with a succession of jobs: waitress gigs, then a job as personal assistant to martial arts film star Steven Seagal. She exits after he attempts to take liberties with her. She becomes a masseuse to the stars, literally rubbing the shoulders of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest. She sings vocal tracks for the film scores of composer Hans Zimmer. Upon appearing in a television episode with Brad Garrett, he encourages her to try her hand at stand-up comedy. She continues to study acting, and her instructor, taking note of her exotic good looks, suggests that she portray Yoko Ono. Ono becomes a source of inspiration for Anzu. Ono is a multidisciplinary Asian artist who lived for years in New York. Once one of the most hated women in the world, Ono persevered to become an internationally acclaimed artist and humanitarian. Dear Yoko is the story of Anzu’s growth as a woman and an artist, in an odyssey that spans two continents and how she found in Yoko Ono an example of an extraordinary Asian woman of accomplishment who lives her life authentically.
 
   
Einstein! Aug 27  
Santa Monica Playhouse Einstein!
 
Jack Fry’s award-winning Einstein! returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse after traveling across the country and Canada, winning acclaim from New York City to Edmonton. Albert comes back from the beyond to set the record straight and tell us the real history behind his scientific breakthrough. Set in 1914 Berlin, the solo play follows young Albert Einstein as he struggles to prove his General Theory of Relativity, while his personal life — new fatherhood, a wife who won’t agree to a divorce, failing health — and society crumble around him due to the Great War. Told with humor and heart, Einstein! draws on the recent release of 15,000 documents and Fry’s three years of research to show a side of the genius that’s rarely seen. VIP tickets include a personalized badge, early entry, your choice of seating, a meet-and-greet with the star after the show and a personalized autographed program. The show is recommend for ages 10 and older. There is no late seating and no intermission.
 
   
Beetlejuice Aug 28  
El Cid Beetlejuice
 
Before Tim Burton became a Disney slave he was churning out weird little hit after weird little hit. You don’t get much weirder than his 1988 comedy masterpiece, BEETLEJUICE, starring a rabid Michael Keaton, a hysterical Catherine O’Hara, a gothed out Winona Ryder, the late great Glenn Shadix and more! And what better way to honor this classic than with a drunken reading hosted by the inimitable Frank Dietz. THE RULES: Every time one of our readers flubs a line, forgets their place, gets distracted — THEY DRINK! HOW ARE YOU INVOLVED? The audience chooses a “social word” and any time that word is read in the script, EVERYONE DRINKS. Our fans on social media vote on their favorite line from the film. We draw one at random at the beginning of the show and when we reach that line — every reader finishes whatever is in their glass! If any of our readers don’t drink, we choose a DESIGNATED DRINKER from the audience to help them along.
 
   
Self-Injurious Behavior Aug 30 - Sep 28, 2019  
Theatre 68 Self-Injurious Behavior
 
Self-Injurious Behavior is based on playwright and star, Jessica Cavanagh’s own story of loss, love and survival in dealing with her son's autism diagnosis. When severely autistic, eleven-year-old Benjamin becomes a danger to himself, his divorced mother, Summer, makes the excruciating decision to admit him to a home for special needs kids. Seeking comfort, she visits her sisters in Portland who desperately and hilariously attempt to distract her with a weekend of escapism at the local renaissance faire. Plagued by haunting dreams of her son and memories of her marriage, she is forced to face the need to let go. Resonating across audience demographics thanks to the play's bittersweet and unique blend of honesty and humor, in telling her story, Jessica Cavanagh has captured a voice that speaks to the power within us all to not only cope with our own “unimaginables” but to continue to live, making this a story not only about autism and motherhood, but about the resilience of the human spirit.
 
   
A Play Is a Poem Sep 11 - Oct 13, 2019  
Mark Taper Forum A Play Is a Poem
 
If the audience laughs it was a comedy. If the audience nods with new understanding it was a drama. If the audience both laughs and nods but can’t say why it’s funny or what they’ve understood, it might be A Play Is a Poem, the new collection of one-acts by celebrated playwright and filmmaker Ethan Coen. The hillbilly hollows of Appalachia, the executive suites of Hollywood, a New York tenement apartment, a magnolia-scented gazebo in Natchez, Mississippi — each holds a different story. Together they make for an eccentric look at life across America as only Ethan Coen (or perhaps Sam Shepard or Mark Twain) could deliver.
 
   
On Beckett Sep 13 - Oct 27, 2019  
Kirk Douglas Theatre On Beckett
 
Bill Irwin has spent a lifetime haunted by Samuel Beckett’s language. In this intimate 90-minute evening, Irwin explores a performer’s relationship to Beckett, mining the physical and verbal skills acquired in his years as a master clown and Tony Award®-winning actor. Irwin’s approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett’s work — including Waiting for Godot, Texts for Nothing, and more — allow audiences to experience the language in compelling new ways. Whether you’re encountering the Nobel Prize winner’s writing for the first time, or building on a body of Beckett knowledge, this dynamic showcase is not to be missed. Center Theatre Group is proud to present On Beckett, a new work by master clown, Tony Award-winning actor, and MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellow Bill Irwin. Critic’s Pick!
 
   
Mamma Mia! Sep 14 - Oct 20, 2019  
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Mamma Mia!
 
The unforgettable live musical spectacular Mamma Mia! has audiences coming back again and again to relive the feel-good story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and one unforgettable trip down the aisle. Young bride-to-be Sophie wants nothing more than to have her father at her wedding. But there's a small problem: She has no idea which of mom's three former boyfriends might be the guy. So Sophie invites them all to the festivities at her mother's Greek isle taverna, and mayhem ensues. The show's tale of enduring love and friendship features all the beloved hit songs by ABBA, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "The Winner Takes It All," "Take a Chance on Me" and of course, the tile tune. Don't miss Mamma Mia! when it comes to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
 
   
The Spanish Prayer Book Sep 17 - Nov 23, 2019  
The Road on Magnolia The Spanish Prayer Book
 
Moral dilemma, historical mystery, and matters of the heart converge when a committed atheist inherits a collection of rare and hauntingly beautiful illustrated Hebrew manuscripts, including a prayer book from fourteenth-century Spain, and discovers that the books, which bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, were stolen some six-hundred years after their creation from a library in 1940s Berlin.
 
   
Little Shop of Horrors Sep 17 - Oct 20, 2019  
Pasadena Playhouse Little Shop of Horrors
 
The classic boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story comes to one of the most prolific American theaters, Pasadena Playhouse. The twisted humor and catchy pop-rock score of Little Shop of Horrors capture a new audience, and Audrey II can’t wait to feed on their… applause. Yes, just their applause.
 
   
Treya's Last Dance Sep 18 - Oct 23, 2019  
Hudson Theatre Treya's Last Dance
 
Bolshy, whip-smart and with backchat to spare, Treya's living it up in London! Turns out it takes more than words to heal some wounds. Funny, messy, beautiful . . . it's life as we know it, on stage. Raucously funny and heartbreakingly tender, Treya's Last Dance is a modern-day exploration of grief, fractured pasts and hopeful futures. Award-winning Actress/Playwright Shyam Bhatt returns with her critically acclaimed one-act, one-person play. At heart, it’s a bittersweet story about the universal themes of grief, identity and sexuality, taken on with humor and poignancy.
 
   
The Surveillance Trilogy Sep 19 - Oct 13, 2019  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre The Surveillance Trilogy
 
In 1953 Los Angeles, a couple returns home to discover they are being spied upon by government informants. 2017 Havana, a doctor and his patient grapple with the debilitating effects of espionage that have nearly shuttered the U.S. Embassy. 2019 Encino, a screenwriter discovers her artificial intelligence assistant is listening in with an agenda all its own. This play reveals the past and present ways our relationships, our electronic devices, and our very lives can be spied upon — and turned against us.
 
   

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