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Attack of the Second Bananas Feb 27 - Mar 31, 2019  
Zephyr Theatre Attack of the Second Bananas
Who killed beloved stage stars Ruby Moss and Andrea Hammond? Find out as the LAPD detective on the case pieces together the clues. Attack of the Second Bananas is a comedy noir about the ultimate price of fame.
Too Much Sun Feb 28 - Apr 21, 2019  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Too Much Sun
Bart DeLorenzo directs the acclaimed off-Broadway hit play by Nicky Silver. Celebrated actress Audrey Langham reaches her breaking point while rehearsing Medea in Chicago — walking off the stage, out of the production and into her married daughter’s summer house in Cape Cod, where her unexpected and unwelcome arrival sets off a chain of events alternately hilarious and harrowing. “Critic’s Pick… An unconditional treat… Mr. Silver is a dramatist with an original and thoroughly sustained tragicomic worldview.” — Ben Brantley, The New York Times.
Home Feb 28 - Mar 31, 2019  
The Los Angeles Theatre Center Home
Writer/performer Nancy Ma’s coming-of-age tale about growing up sandwiched between two cultures. Desperately seeking approval from her Chinese Toisan immigrant family, Nancy journeys away from her home in New York City’s Chinatown in search of the American dream — only to learn that you can only find “home” when you accept where you come from.
A Room with a View Mar 1 - Mar 3, 2019  
The James Bridges Theater A Room with a View
Biting social satire and passionate romance take center stage in this world premiere adaptation of E.M. Forster’s acclaimed novel. An encounter in Florence and an offer to exchange rooms brings George Emerson to the attention of Lucy Honeychurch. Their flirtation is cut short by Lucy’s chaperone, but when they meet again back home in England, Lucy must negotiate the demands of her station with the desires of her heart.
The Twins of Gillygate Mar 1 - Mar 9, 2019  
Studio Stage The Twins of Gillygate
We find our twins on the eve of their 18th birthday in the kingdom of GillyGate. One is set to take the throne while the other sits in her tower with only a dragon to keep her company. Unbeknownst to both, a prophecy is about to unfold much to the dismay of their uncle, Lord Grimbert, who will do anything to stop a woman from taking the throne with the help of his trusty talking high horse. A musical tale woven together by a misfit traveling ensemble, this show will take you back to the Ren Faire. Full of bawdy, drunken fun mixed with some good ol' audience interaction, this show is fun for your whole family!...well maybe not your kids.
A Room With A View Mar 1 - Mar 3, 2019  
UCLA Campus A Room With A View
Biting social satire and passionate romance are set in motion when Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, and fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation.
Fifty Words Mar 1 - Apr 7, 2019  
Lounge Theatre Fifty Words
Adam and Jan are alone together for the first time in almost 10 years. Without the buffer of their nine-year-old son (who is away at his first-ever sleepover), this smoothly scripted multi-layered play reveals how closely love and hate can be linked in marriage … how with each problem experienced as parents, each subsequent layer that’s revealed shows yet another problem in their marriage. The play is an incisive close-up of the emotional battleground of contemporary relationships and the lengths to which a couple will go to save it
The Kitchen Mar 1 - Mar 9, 2019  
UCLA Campus The Kitchen
The Kitchen spans a day’s work at a chaotic London restaurant. It praises the values of teamwork while criticizing the exploitation of workers. The protagonists are the kitchen staff and food servers who waver between anger and hope for new working conditions. See it at Freud Playhouse at UCLA.
Disney's Newsies! Musical Mar 2 - Mar 31, 2019  
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Disney's Newsies!  Musical
Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Disney's Newsies! is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right. Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies! is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family. Get this special delivery at The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
James and The Giant Peach Mar 2 - Mar 31, 2019  
Pico Playhouse James and The Giant Peach
When a young orphan boards a giant peach with a band of friendly bugs, he sets out on an adventure across the sea in this original stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, James and the Giant Peach. This “pint-sized” production is perfect for young audiences, with a one-hour run time and interactive staging that will keep little critters engaged with its combination of live actors, film projection and sound effects. Come join Mrs. Glow Worm, Ms. Spider, Ladybug, Grasshopper, Earthworm and a boy named James as they face down dangers and celebrate friendship. This Creating Arts Company production at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles is perfect for children 3 and up.
Thumbelina Mar 2 - Mar 24, 2019  
Pico Playhouse Thumbelina
Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale comes alive in this magical musical adaptation. After growing from a seed into a miniature person, Thumbelina is worried that she’s too different to ever fit in. But when a fairy prince flying on a bee suddenly appears on her window ledge one day, Thumbelina’s entire world opens up. Now she’s on an adventure through an oversized world, meeting all kinds of fantastical creatures — like mother Toad and her son, a helpful swallow, Mr. Mole, Ms. Mouse and many more. Filled with pop songs that kids are bound to love, this one-hour, immersive-interactive musical is perfect for the entire family. This Creating Arts Company production at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles is perfect for children age 3 and up.
The Magic Flute Mar 2 - Mar 10, 2019  
El Portal Theatre The Magic Flute
Mozart's whimsical adventure leaps from the 1790s to the 1990s and lands in the world of vintage video games, in this inventive new production by the Pacific Opera Project. This clever twist on the classic follows Papageno, Tamino and the whole Magic Flute gang on their Mario Brothers-inspired quest, while supplying them with a new English libretto by Josh Shaw and Scott Levin. Designed for both kids and adults to enjoy, this show jumps off at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
The Old Man and the Moon Mar 2 - Mar 17, 2019  
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts The Old Man and the Moon
If a Mumford & Sons concert took the Peter Pan play out for a date in the world of The Odyssey you would find yourself in the middle of this magical self-described "play with music." Poets have written about him and parents have teased their kids about that man in the moon as they point to the sky. In The Old Man and The Old Moon, that legendary bringer of light will let the moon fall dark and chaos to consume the earth as he leaves his post to go on a quest to find his wife. Aiding the hero in this anything-but-traditional musical are comedic puppets, an indie-folk band and the use of shadows that has the nostalgia of childhood with bed sheets and flashlights. The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. comes to Los Angeles with a luminously lo-fi spectacle that elevates traditional storytelling to high art. This show is recommended for all ages.
Lackawanna Blues Mar 5 - Mar 17, 2019  
Mark Taper Forum Lackawanna Blues
A magical, musical and deeply personal work written and performed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues is a reminiscence of his 1950s childhood in a small town on the banks of Lake Erie. Santiago-Hudson takes on more than 20 colorful characters -- from would-be philosophers and petty hustlers to lost souls and abandoned lovers -- in a brilliant celebration of the eccentric boardinghouse in which he grew up. Santiago-Hudson returns to his roots in this tour de force performance with live blues music performed by composer Bill Sims Jr.
Black Super Hero Magic Mama Mar 5 - Apr 14, 2019  
Geffen Playhouse Black Super Hero Magic Mama
When Sabrina loses her 14-year-old son to a police shooting, she’s unable to face the ensuing flurry of media attention. Crippled by grief, she retreats into a fantasy world of superheroes and arch-villains that inhabit the comic book created by her son before his death. Assuming the role of The Maasai Angel rather than the expected part of the grieving mother, Sabrina battles her enemies along the way to peace. This world premiere play helmed by lauded director Robert O’Hara (Barbecue, Bootycandy, Eclipsed) is both heartbreaking and highly inventive. With unbridled imagination, Los Angeles-based playwright Inda Craig-Galván’s Black Super Hero Magic Mama gives us the hero we have been waiting for. Don’t miss this show at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Native Son: Classic Novel Comes To Life Mar 7 - Apr 28, 2019  
Kirk Douglas Theatre Native Son:  Classic Novel Comes To Life
This new theatrical adaptation of Richard Wright's seminal work brings Native Son, the classic novel about oppression, freedom and justice, bursting to life on stage as part of Block Party 2019. Bigger Thomas wants more out of life, suffocated as he is by the rat-infested world of poverty and prejudice. But his aspirations in 1930s Chicago are sidetracked when he makes a fateful decision while working for a well-to-do white family. This insightful, urgent adaptation by Nambi E. Kelley comes to Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theater as part of CTG's Block Party, courtesy of the Antaeus Theatre Company.
Rotterdam Mar 7 - Apr 28, 2019  
Kirk Douglas Theatre Rotterdam
It's meant to be a momentous New Year's 2018 in Rotterdam, as Alice has finally found the courage to come out to her parents as a lesbian -- but that bombshell's back-burnered by another big reveal. It turns out Alice's girlfriend Fiona has always identified as male and now wants to live as one, sending their relationship into a tailspin. After playing to sold out houses and critical acclaim in London, Rotterdam won the prestigious 2017 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliate theater; the first time a transgender-themed play has ever won. Playwright Jon Brittain's bittersweet comedy features flawed and hilarious characters and a story line that raises powerful questions about love and identity. See this Skylight Theatre production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City as part of Center Theatre Group's annual Block Party 2019.

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