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Leading Ladies May 31 - Jun 15, 2019  
Whittier Center Theatre Leading Ladies
 
Two down-and-out actors without the fare back to England learn of a wealthy dowager seeking her long-lost English relatives in order to leave them her fortune. It sounds like an opportunity to act and get rich, but of course, the kink in the plan is that would-be heirs are women. And so begins a couple of wild hours of madcap action as our heroes slip in and out of costume, find romance (!), and attempt to evade the ever-watchful eye of other family members who would like the fortune for themselves. This is another fast-paced farce from Ken Ludwig, author of Lend me a Tenor and The Fox on the Fairway, and is sure to deliver a rollicking good time to all.
 
   
Lend Me A Tenor May 31 - Jul 7, 2019  
Theatre Palisades Lend Me A Tenor
 
Cleveland, 1934. The local opera company is set to present Pagliacci, starring a world famous tenor. He arrives with his wife, a very jealous woman. After a huge fight with her, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers. Can he go on as planned? An angry wife, a presumed death, crazy costumes, secret sex romps, and loads of slamming doors. A delightful, farcical comedy!
 
   
La Traviata Jun 1 - Jun 22, 2019  
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion La Traviata
 
There's a reason that Verdi's tragic romance La Traviata is one of the most popular operas on the planet. Of course, there's the music, with exquisite arias like "Sempre libera" and the mournful "Addio del passato." Then there's the bittersweet love story of the beautiful, pleasure-loving yet frail courtesan Violetta (played by soprano Adela Zaharia), who unexpectedly finds true (and ultimately tragic) love with a younger man. But above all, what sets La Traviata in a league of its own is its humanity and its heart. It's a truly timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice, and in the character of Violetta, Verdi has given us one of opera's most fascinating heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth. Now LA Opera brings this iconic 1853 opera to the stage -- and you can get tickets first with this exclusive pre-sale.
 
   
The Last Five Years Jun 1 - Jul 14, 2019  
The Actors Company The Last Five Years
 
From the Ovation award-winning company that brought you One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: The Immersive Experience comes an intimate, multisensory staging of this classic love story. An emotionally powerful musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show follows Cathy, an aspiring actress, and Jamie, a budding novelist, as their story is told both backwards and forwards. Utilizing cutting edge techniques including scent design, 360° sound, curated cocktails, and an interactive pre-show experience, this re-envisioned take on a classic production allows audiences to delve into Cathy and Jamie’s complex relationship and experience their love and heartbreak while engaging all five senses.
 
   
Twelfth Night Jun 1 - Sep 28, 2019  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Twelfth Night
 
Mischief, madness and romance are in the air this summer when Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum presents Shakespeare's rollicking comedy in its magical, outdoor Topanga amphitheater. Shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, and fearing that her brother Sebastian has drowned, Viola must disguise herself as a man. She falls in love with the neighboring Duke Orsino — who loves the Lady Olivia — who loves the disguised Viola. But false appearances are the norm on this Island of Misrule, where the fool is king, the court jester is a philosopher, and hijinks among the servants are wickedly delicious.
 
   
18 Minutes of Fame Jun 2 - Jun 16, 2019  
Pico Playhouse 18 Minutes of Fame
 
Join Broadway, film and television star Barbara Minkus in a pre-NYC run as she shares an intimate show of personal moments, funny and poignant songs and her remarkable stories working with luminaries like Danny Kaye, Merv Griffin, Jerry Lewis and Charlotte Rae. While searching for fame, Minkus found the more meaningful things in life. Her story at L.A.’s Pico Playhouse showcases an exceptional journey of love, life, difficult decisions, family dynamics and more.
 
   
Indecent Jun 4 - Jul 7, 2019  
Ahmanson Theatre Indecent
 
In February 1923, audiences witnessed Broadway's first lesbian kiss at the English-language premiere of God of Vengeance, a play by Yiddish writer Sholem Asch. Days later, the NYPD Vice Squad arrested and prosecuted the entire cast on obscenity charges. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) turned this true story into the acclaimed Broadway production Indecent, which won Tony awards for lighting design and for direction by Rebecca Taichman. This critically adored play at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre confronts the challenges faced by new American immigrants as cultures clash and stoke the fires of prejudice. Don't miss this chance to experience Indecent's klezmer-inspired original score and find out why The New York Times called it "a superbly realized, remarkably powerful new play."
 
   
Loot Jun 5 - Aug 4, 2019  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Loot
 
Written by Joe Orton and directed by Bart DeLorenzo — a masterpiece of black farce, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves. Dennis works for an undertaker. Hal’s old Mum has just died. They rob the bank next door to the funeral parlour and find just the place to hide the loot. With the money hidden in Mum’s coffin, there’s no place for Mum whose body keeps re-appearing at the most inopportune times. When Inspector Truscott turns up, the already thickened plot goes topsy-turvy.
 
   
The Phantom Of The Opera Jun 6 - Jul 7, 2019  
Pantages Theatre The Phantom Of The Opera
 
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
 
   
Chrissy Meth : A Dance with the Devil and the Journey Back to Self Jun 6 - Jun 22, 2019  
Lounge Theatre Chrissy Meth :  A Dance with the Devil and the Journey Back to Self
 
In Chrissy Meth, a solo show by Crystal Bush, a motherless child, growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago, not only has to face the racially oppressive construct of her world, she also finds herself stumbling from one abusive relationship to the next, pushing her into a deep drug addition. On top of that, she is shunned and ostracized for her sexuality. Somehow, from the depths, she finds hope and begins to put the pieces back together. Through the use of song, multimedia, humor and multiple characters, she explores, questions and challenges beliefs and social mores surrounding race and sex identity while showing that it's never to late to come back and find one's self-worth.
 
   
The Mayor's Debate Of Tranquility, Nebraska Jun 6 - Jun 29, 2019  
The Complex The Mayor's Debate Of Tranquility, Nebraska
 
It’s almost election day in bucolic Tranquilty, Neb. (Pop: 16,434), and the Mayor’s race is going to be a barn burner. Watch the final three candidates face off in the final debate before the votes are cast. The carefully curated civility of small town politics gets tested as Maya Berenger, Scott Jensen and Lindsey Suarez throw down over property taxes, the downtown parking meters and building that soccer field on the north side of town. The bromides and platitudes, however, mask a secret terror that has gripped Tranquility and prevents them from even discussing what happened to the previous Mayor. “The Mayor’s Debate of Tranquility, Nebraska” is a dark, comic satire that strips the polish off of democracy and reveals a horror that prevents the town from even asking: What the F*** is happening at the gazebo in the town square?
 
   
Blackboxing Jun 6 - Jun 29, 2019  
The Complex Blackboxing
 
Travis is a neophyte actor doing his first one-man show, and he's got all the cliches of an untrained theater actor - too many cues, not knowing his lines, no cohesive theme, wanting to use fire, and annoying his stage manager Jim. Jim decides to take his revenge by sabotaging Travis's lighting and sound during the performance. But Travis isn't going down without a fight. For ages 15+
 
   
Silent Joy Jun 6 - Jun 29, 2019  
Studio Stage Silent Joy
 
Silent Joy tells the story of a girl trapped by her own demons who decides to help a kind, mute boy named Joy whose mouth is sewn shut. Together they set out on an epic journey, facing otherworldly perils, to seek revenge on the person that inflicted this abuse on Joy. In the end, the heroine must face her darkest memories to find redemption for her friend and discover the truth about herself. A modern narrative from an upcoming graphic novel that was inspired by the classic quest story, Dante's "Inferno", Silent Joy is an enthralling tale of friendship and forgiveness that at once deals with the messiness of humanity and contemplates the reasons for existence.
 
   
Uprooted: A Tale of Navigating Turbulence to Find Home Jun 7 - Jun 29, 2019  
Lounge Theatre Uprooted:  A Tale of Navigating Turbulence to Find Home
 
In Uprooted, the creatures of Vanessa Boss’ inner world take you on the flight of her life! A disturbance triggers violent weather, endangering matriarch Elda, the elder tree, the voice of Vanessa's wisdom. Elda leads Vanessa's inner fantasy creatures on a journey to remind Vanessa of her strength, but Vanessa's demons take control of the flight and her mind as she is moved again and again, facing bullies, saying unexpected goodbyes to friends, and hoping for the day to come where she’ll get to choose where home is. But is home a place or a feeling? Full of exciting adventure, triumph and heartbreak, Vanessa frees herself from the restraints of her inner demons and proclaims her power to define her own fate. Uprooted is a young woman's resilient story of growing into the strong, rooted woman she is meant to be.
 
   
The Masher Jun 7 - Jun 29, 2019  
Studio C Artists The Masher
 
Three women of wildly different backgrounds find themselves linked together in a minimum wage factory job where their button pushing has horrifying results.
 
   
The Hatmaker's Wife Jun 7 - Jul 6, 2019  
Long Beach Playhouse The Hatmaker's Wife
 
In Lauren Yee's comic fairy tale, inspired by the Jewish folktales of Sholem Aleichem, we are introduced to a young woman who moves in with her boyfriend expecting domestic bliss. Instead, she finds discomfort, displacement, and the realization that she needs more. In this witty yet deeply touching comedy, she finds assistance and guidance from the unlikeliest of sources - a wall in her new home. As the wall shares with her the magical tale of an old hatmaker and his long-suffering wife, this sweet and surreal story bends time and space to redefine the idea of family, home, and true love itself.
 
   
Hide Your FIres: Butoh Lady Macbeth Jun 7 - Jun 23, 2019  
Lounge Theatre Hide Your FIres:  Butoh Lady Macbeth
 
Hide Your Fires: Butoh Lady Macbeth brings the audience alongside the accursed spirit of Lady Macbeth to experience her nightmare of stifled ambition, unfulfilled desire, and ultimate loss. Telling the story solely through her perspective, this production fuses Japanese Butoh dance, movement, and various texts to take you inside the mind and body of one of Shakespeare's most famous villains. ADMISSION: Age 16+
 
   

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