ake a journey through the life, loves and laughter of the world’s most beloved Yiddish humorist, as you’re 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. 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. The new musical — the fifth in the Playhouse Sholom Aleichem quintilogy — stars veteran performer Chris DeCarlo, who once again takes on the role of the beloved author. Catch Aleichem Sholom! at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.
Lissie returns to her family's land after many years. A chance encounter with an old flame conjures memories she thought she'd escaped long ago. This striking new play explores family, desire, and whether to confront the tangled past - or burn it to the ground.
Six friends head out of the city on their annual weekend retreat. With no social media, no cell phones, no internet allowed at all, this leaves them with one thing to do … look up from their screens and talk to each other. When the liquor starts flowing and the tongues loosen, no conversation is uneventful and no topic is off-limits. In these polarizing times, what does it mean to come to the table and at what cost? Will it bring us together or reveal how far apart we really are?
Maude, a 50-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park has bought a painting for a few bucks at a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions of dollars. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies from New York to Bakersfield, CA to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover. Inspired by true events, this hilarious and thought-provoking play asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Featuring Diane Cary and John Mawson.
Thar Shea' Blows! From the Salty Crew that brought you URBAN DEATH and DarkDark-RideRide!...Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly presents their Wild-New Fun & Scary Mid-Summer Deep-Sea Haunted-Maze Horror-Theatre Attraction "BEASTS FROM THE SEA!" Directed by Zombie Joe, Brandon Slezak & Denise Devin, with Musical Score by the fabulous Joseph Bishara. Featuring Audra Colino, Denise Devin, Robert L. Dobson, Jr., Sarah Durham, Jeffrey Gibson, Jasmine Ibrahem, Matthew Monaco, Brandon Slezak, Mélissa Guérin-Torres and Emma Toureau. For Ages 13 and up.
Kentwood Players proudly presents Blithe Spirit, the smash hit comedy by Noel Coward at the Westchester Playhouse. Blithe Spirit has continued to be a smash hit comedy since it first premiered on the London and Broadway stages in 1941. This hilarious supernatural farce centers on fussy, cantankerous socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric “kooky medium” Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, who makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost during the séance or afterwards. Boundless laughs and constant pandemonium ensue.
A hit comedy similar in vein to Shakespeare’s comedies of merry misadventures and mistaken identities, Boeing Boeing tells the exploits of French bachelor Bernard and his lovely female flight attendants. Three flight attendants, to be exact, from three different countries: and they all believe they’re engaged to Bernard!
In the past, Bernard has been able to juggle these women due to his detailed timetable of his fiance’s flight schedules. When the situation changes and all of the women end up at his apartment on the same day, Bernard (with help from his bewildered friend Robert) struggles to keep them from learning the truth.
Will the lying lothario be able to keep up this charade, or will a disaster occur? As they say: all’s well that ends well!
With laughter and a hopeful spirit, Bronco Billy – The Musical promises a night of fun. Based on the Warner Bros. motion picture, this original world premiere musical is a show for all ages. Set in an era when the country’s going crazy with partisan politics, civil rights being threatened and technology exploding. It’s 1979, but it could be now, as somewhere in America’s heartland Bronco Billy struggles to keep his traveling Wild West show alive. But when Billy and his ragtag troupe of misfits meet Antoinette, a Manhattan heiress on-the-run, the ride gets even wilder as she turns Billy’s world upside down. Starring as Bronco Billy is Eric B. Anthony from Broadway’s The Lion King and Mary Poppins. As Eric put it: “If you love to laugh at crazy shenanigans, this is the show for you.” Produced by Skylight Theatre Company.
Set against a backdrop of violence and injustice, Bertolt Brecht's 1944 masterpiece is a play within a play. Farmers debating the best use of their land enact a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a nobly born baby during a bloody revolution and the unconventional judge who determines their fate.
Ruby gets off the bus from Utah with “nothing but tap shoes in her suitcase and a prayer in her heart.” As fate would have it, she is immediately cast in the chorus of a Broadway show. When the theatre is forced to close, Ruby’s songwriting sailor boyfriend persuades the Captain of his ship to allow the show to move on deck. Voila! Dames at sea! When the show’s lead gets seasick, Ruby may have to go on for her. Will Ruby come back a star? Do you need to ask?
The beautiful, rolling hills of Ireland hold many stories and secrets. Set in the summer of 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa, Brian Friel’s Tony Award-winning play, loosely based on the lives of his mother and aunts, is a rich and deeply moving portrait of the everyday lives of five sisters, just as everything is on the brink of change.
Michael McKeever’s funny, passionate and poignant play takes an unflinching look at how we choose to tie the knot — or not. Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple. What isn't so perfect is that Daniel desperately longs to be married, but Mitchell doesn’t believe in it. When a life-altering event throws the couple into crisis, Mitchell must use the laws of his own heart to fight the rules of law.
Winner of the Tony Award for “Best Play” and Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” stays strikingly relevant in our times. Considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century, subsequent productions on Broadway have won three Tony awards for “Best Revival.” Burdened by financial responsibilities and living on the edge of poverty, the salesman continues to believe he is on the verge of a “big break.” What defines a successful life? Struggling to see beyond the illusions we create for ourselves, Loman, like so many, fights for acceptance to avoid being seen as a failure in the eyes of society.
West Hollywood, 1979. It’s a moment in time before cityhood, before sweeping demographic changes, before gentrification and exorbitant prices, before a decade of the tumultuous upheaval of historic events. It’s a time that’s slightly simpler and perhaps more naïve and innocent. Four disparate twenty-something individuals move into a rented West Hollywood home. There’s Brad, handsome and straight, but a six-pack away from putting the bi in bi-sexual; Ted, flamboyant but in very deep denial about his sexual orientation; Stephen, virginal and questioning where he’s headed; and a last-minute addition, Katie, Brad’s ex. The living arrangements are less awkward than they might be. Brad and Katie both know that they are over. Brad starts seeing someone new, Mimi. Katie catches the eye of Michael, a neighbor who’s a successful actor in commercials.
Musical Theatre West, Southern California’s premier musical theater company, presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Perfect for the whole family, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”
Elvis ’68 relives a historic moment in music history, leather suit and all. This stage re-creation of the crooner’s 1968 live comeback special explores a pivotal moment in the life and career of Elvis Presley. At the time, Elvis hadn’t played a live show in seven years and his popularity was fading. But what was meant to be a safe Christmas concert turned into an intimate jam session. This show features 22 of Elvis’ hits with storytelling and audience interaction.
Artistic Director Ellen Geer moves Henrik Ibsen’s powerful play from a small town in the south of Norway to a small town in the American South. It’s 1980 and a dinner party is interrupted at the home of Dr. Stockmann, the patriarch of a multi-racial family and medical officer at a popular new tourist spa. A letter brings the bad news that the water at the spa is contaminated, threatening the health of visitors and the town’s economy. Powerful people have difficult choices to make in Theatricum’s adaptation of this classic — and extraordinarily timely — struggle of the individual versus society.