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All About Santa  
Santa Monica Playhouse All About Santa
All About Santa, a heart-warming tale of love and generosity, togetherness and friendship, with enough goodwill and cheer for all. It's holiday time at the North Pole and everyone is in a tizzy - Santa has disappeared. Is he taking a vacation? Did the sleigh run out of spirits? Can Mrs. Claus keep the home fires burning and the toy shop churning until he can be found? And to make matters worse, who should appear on the scene but the Suits - the Mad Men from Badison Avenue - ready and willing to "solve" the problem with a host of plans to make the holidays even more commercial than ever. The good North Pole folk in this heart-warming Victorian yuletide musical almost succumb to these sinister hijinks, but, with the help of the audience, love and good cheer conquers all, leaving the way clear for still another happy holiday season!
Beauty And The Beast: A Christmas Rose  
Laguna Playhouse Beauty And The Beast:  A Christmas Rose
Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairy tales and others, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together.
Blacktop Highway  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Blacktop Highway
Renowned performer John Fleck reinvents the gothic horror genre in this horrifyingly hysterical tale of taxidermy, transformation and caged creatures. Fleck continues to break new ground playing all the parts (both human and animal) in this brilliantly staged screenplay. Weaving video with theatrical movement and his remarkable vocal gymnastics, Fleck leads the audience into a darkly hilarious world of one particularly unusual family that oddly reflects an American landscape no longer able to distinguish what is “real” from a “simulation” of reality.
Blood Alley Christmas  
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Blood Alley Christmas
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly presents their All-New, Scathing and Razor-Sharp Holiday-Horror-Theater Spectacular in the Great Grand Guignol, Theatre of Cruelty and Butoh Traditions...Centering around the traumatic memoirs of a forgotten street-alley haunted by the longing, beauty and unspeakable yule-tide events of its cold, diabolical past!
Bob's Holiday Office Party  
Atwater Village Theatre Bob's Holiday Office Party
Every year, insurance agent Bob Finhead's whacked out friends and clients stop by his small-town Iowa office for their annual holiday bash. The town mayor, the sheriff, the twin farmer sisters, the stoner, the town floozy and the pastor's wife have already RSVP’d for this year's event. But Bob has dreams of a bigger life and wants to escape their narrow-minded thinking. Will he be able to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional inventor and move to the big city, or will he come to realize how much he is the heart and soul of the town? Will any of this matter once the party starts, the bickering and fighting begins, and the drinks hit the floor?
Broadway Sings Disney  
Rockwell Table and Stage Broadway Sings Disney
Bad is always better -- just take a look at any Disney villain: they've got a killer look, a devious master plan and a big, loud song-and-dance number that shows off all their evilness. And now you can revel in all the wicked delights of Disney's most iconic baddies when L.A.'s Rockwell Table & Stage presents Broadway Sings Disney. Hosted by Kate Pazakis (The Big Gay Musical) and Peter Vogt (The Goodbye Girl), this whimsical show tune showcase features some of the brightest stars from Broadway, film and TV belting out your favorite villain tunes. Whether its Ursula's voice-snatching anthem or Gaston's macho tribute to himself, you never know what deliciously evil song you'll hear next -- but you can be sure to have an awfully good time singing along.
Bus Stop  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre Bus Stop
First produced on Broadway in 1955, Bus Stop is a comedy (in the academic sense of the term). Bus Stop tells a story of a group of people thrown together by a blizzard to spend a long night snowbound at a diner/bus stop in rural Kansas. It is especially the story of Bo, a young cowboy who has grown up on an isolated ranch in Montana . The wild young man has fallen for a nightclub chanteuse named Cherie while competing in a rodeo in Kansas City. He will need to be taught a lesson in humility and lose a fight before he can win the heart of the love of his life in what has become a classic American romance.
A Carol Christmas: New Holiday Musical  
Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre A Carol Christmas: New Holiday Musical
A world premiere of a musicalized, modernized, feminized, Americanized update of Charles Dickens' beloved classic Christmas Carol comes to NoHo's Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre. This contemporary scrooge (Carol) is a woman who is a successful, driven, demanding, eccentric home-shopping network maven. Her indispensable, long-suffering, overworked assistant is also a woman. And "Tiny Tim" is a girl named Trina. This refreshing update on this holiday favorite is funny, charming and surprisingly relevant and boasts all new songs by award-winning songwriter/producer Bruce Kimmel.
A Christmas Cactus  
Little Fish Theatre A Christmas Cactus
Christmas Eve is about to get interesting for Cactus O'Riley, a sassy private eye with the holiday blues. Between dodging the affections of Deputy D.A. Stuart Windsor, trying to hold on to her assistant Fred, and considering closing her business, Cactus now has to contend with two fugitives who break in wanting her help and a deceased detective named Jake Marley who still holds secrets from the grave. Add to this merry mix Fred's mother Adelaide, who thinks the gathering is a murder mystery party. Will Cactus be able to solve the case and take a second chance on love and sleuthing?
A Christmas Carol  
A Noise Within A Christmas Carol
Scrooge and the gang are back in A Noise Within's delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition. Adapted by the company's own Geoff Elliott, this Pasadena production of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol has become a Southland fave for the entire family. As the Los Angeles Times says, "Only a die-hard humbug could remain unmoved by so charming a yuletide treat." Experience the magical journey of everyone's favorite surly miser as visits from Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future crack open his cold heart. Stick around after the show for selfies with the cast.
A Christmas Carol  
South Coast Repertory A Christmas Carol
Nineteenth-century London comes with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge (“The quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge!” according to the Daily Pilot). Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance
A Christmas Carol  
Long Beach Playhouse A Christmas Carol
This lively new adaptation of the beloved Charles Dickens Christmas story returns for a fifth year to the Long Beach Playhouse. In this timeless tale, grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge is given a second chance at becoming a loving and generous human being. Through the aid of three spirits who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taught valuable lessons about how to treat those around him. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? This dazzling tale of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season for the whole family. This show is recommended for all ages.
A Christmas Story  
Sierra Madre Playhouse A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story. The modern classic story of Ralphie Parker and his family’s most memorable Christmas.
Atwater Village Theatre Clarissant
Camelot has fallen. The heroes of the Round Table are dead and gone. The divided kingdoms turn to a reclusive princess in the barren islands of northern Scotland, the last survivor of the royal line, to take power and to lead Britain out of darkness. Her name is Clarissant. Her mother, Morgause, was King Arthur’s sister and a wicked sorceress whose power continues to choke Camelot from beyond the grave. Rather than wear the crown offered to her, Clarissant uses the magic of her ancestors to try desperately to bring back the golden days when her brothers lived to serve the great King Arthur. Is it truly her destiny to rule Britain? Or the final step in her mother’s curse?
Come From Away  
Ahmanson Theatre Come From Away
Following well-received engagements on Broadway and its premiere city Toronto, this new hit musical based on true events will launch its first-ever national tour in Seattle in October 2018! Nominated for eight Tony Awards and nine Drama Desk gongs, this is a musical that celebrates human endurance, compassion and bravery under dreadful circumstances. Written by Canadian husband and wife team Irene Snakoff and David Hein, this surprise hit is the toast of Broadway.
Cost Of Living  
Fountain Theatre Cost Of Living
In Martyna Majok’s gripping and unexpectedly funny play, John is a rich, quick-witted grad student who has cerebral palsy. Ani is an hilariously foul-mouthed quadriplegic. The people who help them, Jess and Eddie, have their own struggles to contend with. Cost of Living is a haunting, rigorously unsentimental play about the forces that bring people together and the realities of facing the world with physical disabilities. Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, as well as the Edgerton New Play Prize; the Jean Kennedy Smith Prize, John F. Kennedy Center; the Women's Invitational Prize, Ashland New Play Festival; the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding New Play; and named one of the “Best Plays of 2017” by The New York Times.
Disney's The Little Mermaid  
Westchester Playhouse Disney's The Little Mermaid
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs — including “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World” — at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Dixie's Tupperware Party  
Kirk Douglas Theatre Dixie's Tupperware Party
This hilarious off-Broadway smash returns to Los Angeles, featuring Dixie Longate, the fast-talking, gum chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party out of the living and into the 21st century. Audiences howl with laughter from her outrageously funny tales, homespun wisdom, audience participation and uses for Tupperware that you never thought possible. For anyone who has ever felt like they don’t matter, Dixie’s Tupperware Party is a southern tale of empowerment that leaves your heart a little bigger and your food a little fresher.
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues  
Crown City Theatre Company The Eight:  Reindeer Monologues
Listen to the eight reindeer dishing about the real Santa in some serious X-rated fashion! All those rumors you've heard about him and the elves? About Rudolph's little secret? About Vixen's story that was leaked to the press? All true. Yes, the reindeer finally speak up and - believe us - they do not hold back!
Electric Lodge Finks
On the verge of TV stardom, a comic meets an actress/activist, their romance blossoms—as does their risk of being blacklisted for their political activities. The House Un-American Activities Committee, tasked with exposing communist subversion, conducted hearings which lead to more than 300 directors, actors, radios personalities, and screenwriters to be boycotted by studios. Friends were turned against friends, and family. Most who were named never recovered their careers. Those who willingly testify—naming others to the committee—will be branded as "finks."
Foodies and Boobies  
El Cid Foodies and Boobies
Do you love brunch? Do you sometimes wish you could marry two of your favorite things -- food and burlesque dancers? Cherry Poppins Productions is proud to join Lili St. Byr and Ginger Lee Belle in a fearsome squad for their newest food-themed burlesque show Foodies & Boobies! Join some of L.A.'s hottest burlesque dancers for this messy and delicious burlesque extravaganza at El Cid in Los Angeles. Brunch is available for purchase.
Four Clown  
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles Four Clown
Four Clowns is a Los Angeles based, nationally touring, award winning, clown troupe dedicated to entertaining audiences and experimenting with the relationship between actors and audience all whilst shining a light on humanity. Four Clowns implements aspects of physical theatre, text, music, dance, and the shattering of the fourth wall in all their productions.
The Greatest Holiday Showman!  
Pico Playhouse The Greatest Holiday Showman!
Climb aboard the magic holiday sleigh with Elf as he takes you on a journey to discover holiday traditions from around the world in The Greatest Holiday Showman! Your mission: to learn stories and songs from holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more without the Grinch or Scrooge stopping you! This fun family-friendly show will have you singing, clapping, booing for the villains and cheering for the heroes, as it reminds us all what true holiday spirit is all about! This is a Creating Arts Company signature original mini-musical and is a one-hour, immersive and interactive show that is perfect for ages 3 and up. See The Greatest Holiday Showman! at Pico Playhouse.
The Groundlings Holiday Show  
The Groundlings Theatre The Groundlings Holiday Show
There are few better targets for humor -- scathing, loving or just plain wacky -- than the holidays. From family get-togethers to insane gift-shopping to neurotic friends, family and significant others, this season is perfect fodder for the Groundlings, L.A.'s premier comic troupe, and the beloved Groundlings Holiday Show. Groundlings alumni include Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Phil Hartman, Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin and many more who've taken their comedic chops to the world at large. The holiday-themed sketches will keep you laughing through the holidays at their home base theater in Los Angeles.
Hansel and Gretel  
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Hansel and Gretel
Enter an enchanting fairy tale world where 12-foot-tall creatures roam a fantastical forest as LA Opera presents a new production of Engelbert Humperdinck's beloved Hansel and Gretel. An opera as delicious as a gingerbread house -- and as magical as the witch who lives inside it -- Hansel and Gretel has delighted music lovers of all ages for over 100 years. With an English score that includes Humperdinck's "Evening Benediction" (Abendsegen) -- considered one of the most touching pieces of music ever composed for the stage -- this delightful take on the timeless opera is perfect for the whole family. See diva extraordinaire Susan Graham step into the wicked witch's pointy shoes at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Hughie and Krapp's Last Tape  
Geffen Playhouse Hughie and Krapp's Last Tape
This guy's been amazing in more movies and TV shows than you can count, and won a pair of Tony Awards for his skillful, searing performances in the classic American tragedies Death of a Salesman and Long Day's Journey Into Night. Now Brian Dennehy is reprising two of his most memorable and acclaimed stage roles in a powerful double bill. Dennehy first inhabits high-rolling gambler Erie, whose luck has turned with the death of his best friend Hughie. Next, Dennehy becomes Krapp, Beckett's self-absorbed leading man, who records a tape documenting his year each birthday. On his 69th, he gets caught up in listening to his archives and experiences a lifetime of regret. Dennehy won raves for his appearances in this pair of plays at the Goodman in Chicago, and now he's bringing the show to the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen in L.A.
I Am Sophie  
Pacific Resident Theatre I Am Sophie
Are you living your true self? Filled with philosophie de la vie, humor, and heartache I Am Sophie is a journey of identity. The audience becomes the confidante to Sophie Carter, formerly known as Kate Carter. When she returns to the United States after living in Paris, she has become a changed woman. Now home, to take care of her father, her loved ones meet Sophie for the first time. What follows is an existential adventure. Sophie has us all wondering, am I who I think I am?
Inspecting Carol  
Westminster Community Theatre Inspecting Carol
Catch the holiday spirit with the infectious Inspecting Carol, a madcap comedy written by Tony Award-winning director Daniel J. Sullivan. Set somewhere in the Midwest, the play follows a regional theater company gearing up for their umpteenth annual production of A Christmas Carol. With their funding about to be cut, though, they've got to convince a government inspector that they're deserving of an arts endowment -- or the show won't go on. Unbeknownst to them, however, they've mistaken a would-be actor for the inspector and are pulling out all the stops to impress the wrong guy. They've done this show so many times before, what could possibly go wrong? The answer, of course, is everything ... and then some! Punctuated by hilarious sequences of physical comedy, this entertaining show will have you laughing your way into the holidays.
It's A Wonderful Life  
Crown City Theatre Company It's A Wonderful Life
It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play takes place at KAWL, a struggling 1940s radio station that good-hearted owner Michael Anderson is barely keeping alive. He calls on some old friends (with big personalities) and some less-than-professional station employees to offer up a live radio version of Frank Capra’s touching masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life in what might sadly be the station’s last live show. But it’s the holidays, a time when miracles can happen…
It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play  
The Belfry Stage It's A Wonderful Life:  The Radio Play
It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play takes place at KAWL, a struggling 1940s radio station that good-hearted owner Michael Anderson is barely keeping alive. He calls on some old friends (with big personalities) and some less-than-professional station employees to offer up a live radio version of Frank Capra’s touching masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life in what might sadly be the station’s last live show. But it’s the holidays, a time when miracles can happen…
It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play  
Pasadena Playhouse It's A Wonderful Life:  The Radio Play
One of the all-time holiday classics comes to life onstage in a 1940s-style live radio broadcast at the Pasadena Playhouse, starring film and TV star Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory, Florence Foster Jenkins). Join Helberg as the down-on-his-luck George Bailey, whose guardian angel shows him what his beloved town of Bedford Falls would have been like had he never been born. This feel-good, nostalgic show includes vintage live commercial breaks in a live-on-stage "radio broadcast" of this timeless masterpiece that guarantees to warm your heart this holiday season.
Jane Austen's Emma The Musical  
Chance Theater Jane Austen's Emma The Musical
Jane Austen's enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical. The story revolves around Emma, a well-meaning, but disaster-prone matchmaker, who ignores her own romantic feelings while setting out to find a suitor for her friend Harriet. Her efforts go awry, of course, leading to comic complications. We invite you to fall in love again with one of Jane Austen's most adored characters, featuring an intelligent and buoyant score from Tony-nominated composer Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre).
The Legend Of Georgia McBride  
The New Vic The Legend Of Georgia McBride
In a run-down bar in the Florida Panhandle, Casey’s career as an Elvis impersonator is not going well. With his young wife now pregnant, his luck changes when he meets an aging drag queen. THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE is an uplifting music and dance-filled comedy for the holidays. (Please note: the play contains adult language.)
Macabaret : The Variety Show From Hell  
Three Clubs Macabaret :  The Variety Show From Hell
Macabaret is the variety show from hell…literally! Watch the underworld’s most evil denizens put on a performance as part of their punishment, with acts ranging from burlesque to puppetry to drag, all accompanied by a live band. Beelzebub himself will be your guide through this darkly hilarious, immersive cabaret. Just to be sure to stay on your very best behavior, or you may just find yourself a part of our cast!
The Magic of Christmas  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts The Magic of Christmas
Experience the magic of Christmas! Join us as The Young Americans transforms La Mirada Theatre into a winter wonderland, bringing holiday cheer to theatre-goers of all ages. Featuring a cast of 250 Young Americans, the theatre comes to life with state-of-the-art 45-foot digital screens, over 6,000 costumes, 30 festive scene changes and yes, it will even snow! Spectacularly created and produced, you’ll delight in dancing Santas, The Nutcracker Suite, toe-tapping penguins and your favorite Christmas songs. Huge production numbers! This is the Christmas show not to miss!
Stella Adler Theater Middle8
The path to fame is a winding, uncertain road. When is it too late to succeed and what is success? A 40-year-old father gets the band back together to take one last shot at stardom.
The Mousetrap  
Crown City Theatre Company The Mousetrap
A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. Suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish!
The Nutcracker Mini Musical  
Pico Playhouse The Nutcracker Mini Musical
Join Clara on a holiday adventure as the clock strikes midnight and the toys under the tree come to life. Learn the story of The Nutcracker as you help the Nutcracker Prince defeat the evil Mouse King, dance with the sugar-plum fairies and celebrate with sweets from around the world! This one-hour mini-musical is sure to delight everyone, from ages 3 to 103. Sing along, clap your hands and dance with the sugar-plum fairies in this all-new adaptation of a beloved holiday classic that is perfect for ages 3 and up! See it at Pico Playhouse.
Electric Lodge Oppenheimer
A man always isolated in the crowd, J. Robert Oppenheimer is chosen to lead the largest scientific undertaking ever. The task? To make sure the Allies win World War II. To make the world safe for democracy. No sacrifice is too much - not friendship, nor love, nor deep-rooted beliefs - but the way he will save the world could ultimately destroy it.
The Really Awesome Improv Show  
Second City The Really Awesome Improv Show
Fun (and appropriate) for all ages, 2yrs-200, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation, is great for the whole family. There’s a rotating cast so you’ll see a different faces and games each week. Great for birthday parties and family outings.
Remembering Boyle Heights  
Casa 0101 Theater Remembering Boyle Heights
CASA 0101 Theater is proud to present Remembering Boyle Heights, an audience participatory, immersive and a theatrical celebration. Contemporary gentrification debates unlock the early history, stories and memories of Boyle Heights, revealing the mythical and human dimensions of L.A.’s own Ellis Island of the West.
Avery Schreiber Playhouse Rope
Based on the sensational Leopold and Loeb murder of 1924 and later adapted into Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, Patrick Hamilton’s Rope paints a macabre yet wickedly humorous portrait of murder as an artform to be enjoyed by superior beings. When young men Wyndham Brandon and Charles Granillo strangle their fellow undergraduate and then throw a party around the chest in which the murdered man resides, viewers are left to wonder if the rule-making elite are indeed superior enough to get away with the perfect crime.
The Santaland Diaries  
Santa Monica Playhouse The Santaland Diaries
Craving a little splash of vodka in your Christmas cheer? Prefer watching Bad Santa over It's a Wonderful Life? Think naughty > nice? David Sedaris sympathizes. In 1992, the now-famous humorist wrote an autobiographical essay about being broke and working as an elf at the massive Macy's department store in New York. The essay was adapted into a one-man show, and it's now the funniest, most irreverent anti-holiday classic. If you need a break from a crazy family, mall madness or cloying carols, Patrick Censoplano dons the candy-cane tights for a heaping dose of (anti)holiday hilarity in The Santaland Diaries at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse. Arrive half an hour early for a little extra cheer -- your ticket includes a pre-show toast with a glass of champagne or nonalcoholic eggnog. This show is not suitable for children younger than age 15.
Scissorhands: A Musical  
Rockwell Table and Stage Scissorhands:  A Musical
They've taken on '90s film faves like Scream, Cruel Intentions and Clueless. Now Rockwell: Table & Stage cuts into the absurdity of suburban life with Scissorhands: A Musical Inspired by the Film, a show that's sure to delight fans of the original which starred Johnny Depp, Wynona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Alan Arkin. Based on Tim Burton's modern fairy tale, the quirky story follows a synthetic boy with sharp blades for hands who charms an entire neighborhood of normies. You'll appreciate the movie even more after seeing it reworked for the stage at Rockwell in Los Angeles.
Secrets and Illusions  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Secrets and Illusions
Prepare to be dazzled as master illusionist Ivan Amodei brings his acclaimed new show, Secrets and Illusions to the Thousand Oaks Civics Arts Plaza. A triple entertainment experience of magic, storytelling and audience participation, this thrilling 90-minute performance transports you to the Louvre's endless galleries, where you'll witness Amodei unravel ancient mysteries -- and maybe even the meaning of life -- within priceless works of art. Recently honored by the mayor of Beverly Hills, Calif., for his contribution to magic, this highly skilled performer's amazing technique and theatrical flair have earned him the reputation as "Entertainer to the Stars." Don't miss the show that the Boston Globe describes as "magic with a message."
She Loves Me  
Actors Co-op Theatre She Loves Me
She Loves Me tells the beloved story of two feuding shop clerks who are unaware that they are the recipients of each other's secret love letters! Based on the 1937 play Parfumerie that has inspired such films as Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail, this heartwarming musical will have you falling in love this Christmas season.
Victory Theatre Center Showpony
When the mostly white employees from a large ad agency reveal their unconscious racism through slips of the tongue and gender micro-aggressions, the tensions build as aggressions move into overt racism and misogyny. Both African-American and white women fight back as hidden agendas, alliances and liaisons rise to the surface -- in fierce and funny ways. Enjoy the world premiere of Show Pony at Burbank's Victory Theatre Center.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Medieval Family Musical  
Richard Goad Theatre Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Medieval Family Musical
The Long Beach Shakespeare Company reprises its grand holiday entertainment, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It's Christmas at Camelot, and while Queen Guinevere introduces the feast, King Arthur refuses to eat until he's been told a true tale of exceptional valor. Suddenly, in rides a giant dressed in green with a giant axe. He dares any of the knights to play a deadly game with him, and young Gawain rises to the challenge. This festive production at the LBSC's Richard Goad Theatre features music, dancing, sword-fighting and a little romantic comedy thrown in for good measure.
Sisters Three  
VS. Theatre Company Sisters Three
An off-center dramedy about family, social media, fame, and the holidays, Sisters Three pays homage to the Brontë sisters, and their brother Patrick. After a family tragedy, Charlotte has dropped out of society and joined a no-technology commune on Gondol Island. EJ and Anne are building a canoe to rescue her. As individual secrets and desires are becoming more apparent, it is threatening to tear the sisters apart.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  
Theatre West Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Storybook Theatre's fun-filled version of this famous story has lots of singing, dancing, audience participation, and a funny witch with a handsome prince. The children in the audience become the seven dwarfs who help rescue Snow White. Book by Scott Martin, lyrics by Rob Meurer, music composed by Richard Berent. directed by David P. Johnson, produced by Barbara Mallory.
South Pacific  
Rubicon Theatre South Pacific
Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece “Tales of the South Pacific,” the musical is set on an exotic island during World War II. The plot follows two love stories about seeming-opposites brought together by the circumstances of war and torn apart by prejudice and fear. In the core story, Nellie Forbush (Parks), a naïve American nurse from a small town, falls in love with Emile de Becque (Davis), a sophisticated French plantation owner with a mysterious past. In the second, Joe Cable, a Marine Lieutenant from Philadelphia finds himself drawn to Liat, a young native girl.
Theatre of NOTE Special
How could it miss? It was riding the coattails of what was at that point the most popular movie of all time. It featured appearances by cast members, including Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. It had great guest stars like Bea Arthur, Harvey Korman, Art Carney and (in holographic form) Jefferson Starship and Diahann Carroll. There was even a cartoon sequence (the first appearance of Boba Fett). The narrative involved the celebration of the Wookiee holiday Life Day (because there’s no Christmas in Space), as Chewie’s family wants to celebrate despite the intrusion of Imperial Storm Troopers. What could possibly go wrong? Everything.
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Steambath
This play presents the afterlife as a steambath, in which recently deceased souls (who may not in every case realize that they're dead) continue to obsess about the same petty concerns that obsessed them in their lives. Ultimately, they are cast into another room offstage which is represented by a dark void by God, the steambath's Puerto Rican attendant and with the help of his assistant Gottlieb. In the play, the new arrival Tandy at first refuses to accept what's happened, and when he finally does, he pleads to be allowed to return to his life. Steambath was controversial when first produced for its obscene language, its satirical take on religion and some brief nudity. Now you can catch it on the stage of the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Sugar Plum Fairy  
Skylight Theatre Sugar Plum Fairy
This offbeat and thoroughly original holiday treat offers festive cheer while engaging audiences to participate (think G-rated “Rocky Horror” fun). Appropriate for ages 8 to 80, NPR’s Sandra Tsing Loh's Sugar Plum Fairy tells the story of a 12 year-old girl who dreams of dancing the lead in The Nutcracker. Audiences are encouraged to come decked out in ugly holiday sweaters, tutus, and Hanukah hats and be prepared to join in the 75 minutes of madcap merriment. Bart De Lorenzo directs and Sandra Tsing Loh stars along with Tony Abatemarco and Shannon Holt.
Tales of King Arthur  
Atwater Village Theatre Tales of King Arthur
The heroes of the Round Table are dead and gone. The divided kingdoms turn to a reclusive princess in the barren islands of northern Scotland, the last survivor of the royal line, to take power and to lead Britain out of darkness. Her name is Clarissant. Her mother, Morgause, was King Arthur’s sister and a wicked sorceress whose power continues to choke Camelot from beyond the grave. Rather than wear the crown offered to her, Clarissant uses the magic of her ancestors to try desperately to bring back the golden days when her brothers lived to serve the great King Arthur. Is it truly her destiny to rule Britain? Or the final step in her mother’s curse?
The Tony Martini Variety Hour  
Three Clubs The Tony Martini Variety Hour
Everyone is talking about The Tony Martini Variety Hour, a monthly journey into the world of ex-Vegas lounge legend Tony Martini (local comedy favorite Mark Fite). With his misfit collection of friends, a couple of top notch musicians, and a roster of amazing A-list specialty acts that alternate each month, each performance is a thoroughly entertaining evening of variety and laughs. Tony may no longer be at the top of his game but he’s still got a fresh drink and a pocketful of ‘vitamins’ to fuel the fire in his lounge loving heart.
LOFT Ensemble-Sherman Oaks Trainwreck
Step right up! Step right up! Enter the twisted Circus of the mind. Nothing is as it seems under the big top. If you become part of the act, will you be able to tell what is real and what is an illusion? Enter at your own risk.
Trump in Space  
Second City Trump in Space
Trump in Space is Star Trek meets Avenue Q meets Trump, a musical battle of good vs. bad and ideals vs. opportunism. This original musical is an epic space adventure filled with all the sci–fi tropes we love and all the politics we love to hate. Four hundred years in the future, the fallout of the Trump administration has left humans stranded without a planet. Captain Natasha Trump, a direct descendant of President Donald J. Trump, races to find humanity a new planet because the earth blew up! Running time is one hour.
Vendetta Chrome  
The Lex Theatre Vendetta Chrome
Vendetta, a late bloomer at a Victorian girls' school, must save her friends and family from a legacy of trouble -- and it's all in the dance moves. In the West Coast premiere of Sylvan Oswald's melodrama-farce, spirited movement sequences take a female and nonbinary cast through the lightness and the darkness of today’s feminist rage. Said Variety, “Vendetta Chrome is a saucy spoof on the inane mannerisms of Victorian education for young ladies that has a pointed message.”
Waiting for Godot  
Miles Memorial Playhouse Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot is Samuel Beckett's beloved masterpiece. A "Tragi-comedy, Waiting for Godot will tickle your funny-bone and touch your heartstrings. Performed by a talented and experienced car, this production faithfully adheres to the playwright's visioning promises to be a "Godot" to be remembered!
We Should Hang Out Sometime  
Santa Monica Playhouse We Should Hang Out Sometime
Bestselling author, comic, Paralympian and YouTuber Josh Sundquist tracked down all the women he'd ever tried to date to ask why they had rejected him. He shares the results of his semi-scientific investigation (and yes, it's a true story) in this one-of-a-kind live performance that blends interactive storytelling with stand-up comedy. Hear his embarrassing tell-all live at the Santa Monica Playhouse.
Pantages Theatre Wicked
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One - born with emerald-green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
Zephyr Theatre Wink
Wink, a homeless gender questioning teenager and Dario Villanova, a former A-list actor who is now doing B movies, are both down on their luck in Los Angeles. When a synchronistic meeting connects these two souls, they quickly bond over music, art, and life’s unexpected misfortunes. Sometimes the best way forward is to stop fighting the past.
The Year Without A Santana Clause  
El Portal Theatre The Year Without A Santana Clause
Join the Troubadour Theatre Company for this year's holiday extravaganza: The Year Without a Santana Claus. Santa’s gonna need a “Black Magic Woman,” because he’s real sick with a “Corazon Espinado.” Poor Santa feels like he has “No One to Depend On,” and to make matters worse, “This Boy’s Fire” is coming in at a fever of 102. It’s no wonder the ol’ guy can’t be “Everybody’s Everything.” One thing’s for certain, Santa’s in need of a serious vacay. Maybe he’ll vacation on Mars and attend an “Interplanetary Party.” Or maybe he’ll play it “Smooth” and lay low down south in Cabo. Will the Heatmeiser tell his brother the Snowmeiser to change his “Evil Ways?” Will Santa say “Hey, Mrs. Claus, ‘Why Don’t You and I’ get together and take a snowboarding lesson?” Will the Troubies come to the rescue and save Christmas? This holiday season, bring the familia to North Hollywood’s El Portal Theatre to party and laugh “Into the Night.”
Yes, Virginia  
The Complex Yes, Virginia
The hit holiday comedy by Stan Zimmerman & Christian McLaughlin returns for a limited run December 7th to 30th on Hollywoods Theatre Row. The play stars double Emmy nominee Mindy Sterling, famous for her role as Frau Farbissina in the Austin Powers films, and Broadway and TV actress Arnetia Walker, best known for The Wiz, Dreamgirls and the NBC sitcom Nurses. Yes, Virginia is a role-reversal comedy based on Zimmermans mother and his long time housekeeper. The story centers on the relationship between Denise (Sterling), a woman living alone in suburban Detroit and Virginia (Walker), her long-time housekeeper who helped raise Denises kids during a difficult divorce. The play deals with dementia and the options currently available to aging parents.