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An Irish Christmas Dec 20 - Dec 21, 2019  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza An Irish Christmas
 
Celebrate Christmas like they do in Ireland — with glorious music, traditional dance, laughter and plenty of Celtic soul. The latest edition of An Irish Christmas, as seen on PBS, features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by Caterina Coyne (Principal dancer, Riverdance), Tyler Schwartz (World champion dancer) and Connor Reider (Principal dancer Celtic Fyre, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, The Chieftains), as well as members of the Kerry Traditional Orchestra. This annual family favorite brings a joyous and authentic international spirit to the holiday season at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum Theatre.
 
   
Jane Austen UnScripted Dec 21  
The Broad Stage Jane Austen UnScripted
 
A beloved Broad Stage tradition, Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen UnScripted features completely improvised, full-length plays in the style of one of the world’s greatest writers. Experience the company’s razor-sharp wit as the performers start with audience suggestions and deftly create a world of love-struck girls, brooding noblemen and charming cads.
 
   
Merry and Bright: Sounds of Joy Dec 21  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Merry and Bright:  Sounds of Joy
 
The OC Gay Men’s Chorus, aka MenAlive, have shared the stage with none other than Miss Liza Minnelli, so you know they know how to put on a show. And they prove it every year with their always entertaining holiday spectacular, which they’re bringing to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts this Christmas for the first time in their 19-year history.
 
   
Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 21 - Dec 22, 2019  
The WIltern Great Russian Nutcracker
 
Bringing seasonal magic - and a little Hollywood razzle-dazzle - with its 2019 Gift of Christmas tour, the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is packed with premier Russian dancers, 10 foot-tall puppets, sparkling costumes, young local dancers - and even a falling snow effect. And there's no better place to see this bright and colorful production of Tchaikovsky's classic than at the beautiful, historic art-deco palace known as L.A.'s Wiltern.
 
   
Einstein! Dec 22  
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.
 
   
Musket and the Rat Jan 3 - Jan 18, 2020  
The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts Musket and the Rat
 
Musket Cherry is a young woman who lives in a gritty, rugged, ungentrified neighborhood in Chicago. Her mom is a deadbeat alcoholic. Musket’s anchors are her beloved brother Weso, her best friend Gay Stevie, and her boyfriend Billy. Times are tough. Musket supports her family by selling heroin and comforts herself with lots of weed. Bad things happen. Weso is arrested on a trumped-up charge and killed in jail. Billy is jumped and robbed. Musket decides to set things right by arming herself. In a world where justice does not exist, maybe those who wrong her will understand her gun. Can Musket prevail over the forces arrayed against her? Profanity, one sexual situation. Leave the kids at home.
 
   
Taboo II Jan 10 - Feb 8, 2020  
Actors Workout Studio Taboo II
 
TABOO II is an evening of six short plays by six playwrights from around the U.S. Murderous impulses arise when a couple invites a friend over for dinner who has vastly different views. A teenager rants about his suicide from the afterlife. And a mother and son’s relationship gets even closer. These are just a few of the characters you’ll meet in this risqué, offensive, and often hilarious evening of adult-themed pieces. Absolutely no one under the age of 18 admitted. Show contains nudity.
 
   
Matilda the Musical Jan 11 - Jan 18, 2020  
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Matilda the Musical
 
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.
 
   
The Last Ship Jan 14 - Feb 16, 2020  
Ahmanson Theatre The Last Ship
 
The Last Ship is the heartfelt and empowering musical by multiple Grammy Award winner Sting. Featuring original music and lyrics by Sting as well as a few of his best-loved songs — “Island of Souls,” “All This Time,” and “When We Dance” — The Last Ship is coming to Los Angeles after a critically acclaimed Canadian, UK, and Irish tour. Set in the shipbuilding community in Tyne and Wear, UK, The Last Ship tells the story of a young man who returns home after 17 years at sea. Tensions between past and future flare in both his family and his town. He finds that the local shipyard, around which the community has always revolved, is closing, and no one knows what will come next, only that a half-built ship towers over the terraces of working-class homes. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as the foreman and his wife fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Sting star in this “thrilling and stirring musical” (The Guardian).
 
   
Nowhere On The Border Jan 14 - Mar 8, 2020  
The Road on Magnolia Nowhere On The Border
 
A border watch volunteer confronts a Mexican man who claims to be looking for his missing daughter. Set in a hostile wasteland between nations, NOWHERE ON THE BORDER reveals the personal dramas that drive people to cross borders both physical and emotional.
 
   
Not a Genuine Black Man Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2020  
Stephanie Feury Studio (SFS) Theatre Not a Genuine Black Man
 
The longest-running solo play in San Francisco theater history and off-Broadway hit comes to L.A. for two special performances. In 1971, the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing called San Leandro, California “a racist bastion of white supremacy.” Newsweek and CBS covered the story. The US Commission on Civil Rights conducted hearings. And then, we moved to town." So begins Brian Copeland’s legendary tale of laughter tears and sociology. As a child, he was persecuted for being black. As an adult, he was persecuted for not being “black enough”. In this powerful show presented at the Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre in Los Angeles, Brian explores how our surroundings make us who we are.
 
   
Finding Neverland Jan 16 - Jan 19, 2020  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Finding Neverland
 
Based on the Academy Award winning Miramax motion picture by the same name, FINDING NEVERLAND follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer - and the man - he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he's been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Delighted by the boys' hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes a play unlike any the high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It's a tremendous risk, but as Barrie himself has discovered- when you believe, you can fly.
 
   
It's Only A Play Jan 18 - Feb 9, 2020  
Morgan-Wixson Theatre It's Only A Play
 
Written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally (Ragtime), this backstage comedy is a satirical send-up of show business and its often-eccentric practitioners. Taking place at an opening-night party, the frazzled playwright stresses over whether his play will be a success. The irreverent farce “about the comedy of Broadway” at Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre is alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender.
 
   
John O'Hurley: A Man with Standards Jan 18  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts John O'Hurley:  A Man with Standards
 
With his chiseled face, signature silver hair and deep-voiced dulcet tones, actor-singer John O’Hurley has carved out one of the most varied careers in Hollywood. Perfect for the soap-opera scene, he starred on several of those (Santa Barbara, Y&R, GH), before moving to his signature role as Elaine’s boss J. Peterman on Seinfeld. He’s also hosted Family Feud, voiced a ton of cartoons and commercials and appeared on the very first season of Dancing With the Stars, placing second. He’s got some stories to tell, which he’ll share in cabaret with a selection of classic tunes.
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Jan 19 - Jan 20, 2020  
Fox Performing Arts Center Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
 
   
Until The Flood Jan 24 - Feb 23, 2020  
Kirk Douglas Theatre Until The Flood
 
Pulitzer Prize finalist and celebrated performer Dael Orlandersmith (Forever) explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Pulling from her extensive interviews with Missouri residents, Orlandersmith crafts a stunning theatrical experience that must be seen. The Chicago Tribune called it “palpably compassionate” and raved that it “achieves a great beauty by bringing us together rather than driving us apart.”
 
   
This Side of Crazy Jan 30 - Mar 8, 2020  
Zephyr Theatre This Side of Crazy
 
Ditty Blaylock, the most prolific singer in gospel music history, is being honored by “Gospel Music Network.” All the stars are aligning to sing Ditty’s songs on her TV special. But there is one glitch. A little hiccup. Ditty has promised a reunion of The Blaylock Sisters, her three adult daughters who were once national sensations – “little superstars for Jesus.” Rachel, the oldest sister, who lives with Ditty, is furious when she finds out that her baby sister Bethany, an atheist and lesbian, and Abigail, her middle sister, who has “anger issues” and is currently confined to a mental facility, are headed home. What the public is unaware of is that these complicated sisters have been estranged for over twenty-five years - and extreme past circumstances, including a husband left in a coma, have made reconciliation impossible. Once reunited, secrets are revealed, tempers flare and family wounds are exposed. But…the show must go on!
 
   

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