Based on the true story of two actors who hired themselves out to the Long Beach Police Department in 1914 to entrap "social vagrants" in public restrooms, this highly theatrical tour-de-force brings to life a little known episode in Long Beach history and the history of LGBTQ rights. As these two actors become absorbed within their play-within-a-play, they explore sexual identity, institutional corruption, self-deception and the mysteries of the craft of the theatre. This timely look at another time warns of the dangers of a government infringing on the private right to love, and features nudity and adult content. Don't miss this unbelievable true story at the Long Beach Playhouse.
Take a journey through the life, loves and laughter of the world's most beloved Yiddish humorist, as you are treated to an in-depth look at the foolish philosophers, philosophical fools, comical shtetl folk and not-so-comical scoundrels that populated Sholom Aleichem's real and fantasy worlds. Aleichem Sholom, this bold and bittersweet, raucous and romantic musical comedy celebrates the great man's 102nd Yahrzeit, journeying through his loves and losses, the controversy surrounding his stories and plays, his fame and his failures, his passionate involvement in the creation of a new homeland, his travels, his travails and the tremendous joy and optimism that kept him going against all odds, and touched the hearts of millions of audiences and readers across the globe. The new musical, performed in English with just a taste of Yiddish, stars veteran performer Chris DeCarlo, who once again assays the role of the beloved author, a characterization which has been enjoyed by more than a quarter of a million audience members, and Evelyn Rudie, who has created and portrayed more than three dozen Sholom Aleichem characters in over two thousand performances to date.
This is the world premiere of a reimagined modern-day stage adaptation of the classic 1945 film, Brief Encounter. A deaf man and a hard-of-hearing woman, married to different people, meet accidentally in a New York City subway station. Their casual friendship soon develops into deeper feelings they never expected, forcing both to confront how their simmering relationship will change their lives and damage the lives of those they love forever. An unforgettable love story inspired by one of the most beloved romantic movies of all time, the play Arrival and Departure will be performed simultaneously in Spoken English, American Sign Language, and Open Captioning so that all audiences can enjoy the production.
Take a trip back to some of the sultriest locales in history for a night of live music, classic songs and titillating burlesque at the Babylon Cabaret. You'll experience the Golden Era of Hollywood, the red-light district of the French Quarter in New Orleans and the anything-goes neighborhoods of Berlin in the 1920s. With live original music, singers, burlesque dancers, magicians and other floor show specialties, this will be a night to remember at El Cid in Los Angeles.
Award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder has previously used his unique blend of character study and piano virtuosity to portray and pay homage to musical icons like George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Chopin and Tchaikovsky. Now he brings Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent a portion of his boyhood by the Maestro's side during his last years. Featuring some of the composer's greatest works, from Moonlight Sonata to his 9th and 5th Symphonies and his Pathetique Sonata, this intense, illuminating, and unforgettable journey through time will immerse you in the astounding life and genius of the famous composer. See in on stage at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
We’ve selected some of the best and most memorable pieces from our popular “RUSH” short play series for a 3 night event filled with laughter, drama and maybe some tears. Seven original, unique stories; one unforgettable night. Don’t miss it!
The Blade of Jealousy is a madcap comedy of disguise and deception in modern-day Los Angeles. Written by Henry Ong (inspired by a Spanish play by Tirso de Molina, La Celosa de si Misma (Jealous of Herself), The Blade of Jealousy comes to Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.
Leave the modern world and step back in time to the divinely decadent Kit Kat Klub of pre-war Germany, where the music is tantalizing and the drinks are plentiful. Inside the club, lives intertwine as a cabaret singer, an expat American writer and other misfits and outcasts of Weimar-era Berlin converge to escape a changing society where their kind is less than welcome and dark forces threaten to end the party forever. Led by the mysterious Emcee and charismatic singer Sally Bowles, the colorful characters of this Kander and Ebb masterpiece are eager to entertain you with beloved musical numbers, including "Don't Tell Mama," "Willkommen" and "Cabaret." Here's your chance to see Cabaret in Los Angeles, at Celebration Theatre @ The Lex.
Members of the Geer family star in Enid Bagnold's classic about three generations of a family struggling to live together. Set in the Sussex seaside in the 1950's, Mrs. St. Maugham is an eccentric who spends her days gardening, but can't make anything grow. Her precocious teenage granddaughter, Laurel, has a penchant for lighting fires while her estranged daughter, Olivia, struggles to find her place. When the mysterious Miss Madrigal is hired as household companion, family secrets and intrigue unfold in a play that is sometimes poetic, sometimes zany and sometimes like a detective story. The Chalk Garden comes to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga.
Beloved musical CINDERELLA is back for the Summer! Santa Monica Playhouse is proud to present the all time favorite Family Theatre Series fairytale, internationally-acclaimed original musical CINDERELLA. This hilarious twist on the classic fairy-tale from the award-winning team of Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo has all the makings of a perfect fairytale for today's generation: a handsome prince (who yearns to be loved for himself, not his royal position), vain stepsisters (who ultimately realize looks really aren't everything), a controlling (but genuinely well-meaning) stepmother and a refreshingly independent feisty Cinderella.
Shakespeare's searing tragedy, Coriolanus is a cautionary tale of political manipulation and revenge. Rome, a city where the one-percent rules, is led by a populist general who has nothing but contempt for the common people. Unable to reconcile his disdain for the citizens with his love of country, Coriolanus finds himself driven into the embrace of his sworn enemy. See this masterwork performed under the stars at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga.
Salem, Massachusetts, 1692. The Crucible, a classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 and the McCarthyism which gripped America in the 1950s. The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations. See this classic performed under the stars at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga.
Cooped up on maternity leave and eager for conversation, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina for coffee in their neighboring backyards. They become fast friends, quickly bonding over their shared “new mom” experience—and arousing the interest of a wealthy neighbor hoping for a similar connection. This insightful comedy takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work versus staying at home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship.
Buford Turnover might be going to heaven, but his family is going to hell in Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will? From outrageous Southern playwright Del Shores (Southern Baptist Sissies, Sordid Lives) comes this dark comedy about a dysfunctional family looking to strike it rich off of their dying father. When Buford suffers a series of strokes, his kin -- some pure-hearted, some greedy -- gather for the deathwatch. Those assembled include chief caregiver Sara Lee and her Bible-thumping sister Lurleen, sexpot Evalita and Buford's boorish only son, Orville. This fast-paced and fun play at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles is filled with comedy, tension, heartfelt moments and interesting characters.
Who was Mary Jo Kopechne? The answer to a trivia question? The woman who kept Ted Kennedy from being President? The ultimate #MeToo victim? The Death and Life of Mary Jo Kopechne imagines who this young woman was and who she could have been had she not gotten in the car with the senator. What if the two dead Kennedy brothers, JFK and RFK, had shown up to bail out their kid brother? What if Mary Jo Kopechne had the chance to confront them? And what if things had gone differently that fateful night in July of 1969, just 24 hours before man landed on the moon -- and three years before Richard Nixon inhabited the White House? A timely dramedy of magic realism and revisionist history told with wit and insight, The Death and Life of Mary Jo Kopechne comes to the Odyssey Theatre in L.A.
The Groundlings Sunday Company puts forth new sketches every week in its hilarious show Desperately Seeking Sunday. It's a fun cast brimming with new talent from the top level of L.A.'s Groundlings School.
Dreamgirls follows an all-girl black singing trio from Chicago called "The Dreams" on their rise to stardom. As The Dreams' fortunes rise (and fall), their story exposes the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry. At first, everything seems to be going great -- the Dreams are making it big and lead singer Ellie is finding love with their manager. As time goes by, personal conflicts threaten to break up the group. Experience the thrills, the heartbreak and the fantastic score of this musical titan at North Hollywood's Cupcake Theater, featuring songs such as "Steppin' to the Bad Side," "Cadillac Car" and "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going."