Storybook Theatre's version of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale is hopping into Theatre West this Fall. As always at Storybook, there will be plenty of audience participation and singing and dancing. You can even expect audience members to join in a special version of “The Bunny Hop.” This funny version is specifically created to appeal to children and the whole family.
All Join In! the sing-a-long musical comedy extends into 2020! Originally commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Santa Monica Playhouse Family Theatre Musical Matinee series, All Join In! has audiences join Cinderella on a fun, up-lifting adventure, meeting up with her fairytale friends along the way.
The Sisters of St. Cyril’s are on a mission to prevent the closing of their convent and school. Might there be an “Almighty’ intervention to save them, in the form of a miraculous young woman named Maria? Or might God just sit this one out, leaving the Sisters to rely on their annual Christmas pageant fundraiser, which will be featuring a particularly surprising number? High adventure comedy, second to nun!
Walter “Pops” Washington is a retired New York City policeman. His wife has died and his son, “Junior,” has just been released from jail. They live in a rent-controlled apartment on Riverside Drive in New York City. Junior’s girlfriend, Lulu, and Oswaldo, a recovering addict, also spend time at the apartment. Walter has been pursuing a discrimination suit against the Police Department, because he was accidentally shot by another police officer. This is a Los Angeles premiere at the award-winning Fountain Theatre. The play won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 2015 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and the 2015 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play.
Set in the 1940s, The Bluest Eye is about the tragic life of a young 11-year-old black girl from Ohio, named Pecola Breedlove. Pecola wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Instead, she faces constant ridicule and abuse. She blames her dark skin and prays for blue eyes, sure that love will follow. With rich language and bold vision, this powerful adaptation of an American classic explores the crippling toll that a legacy of racism has taken on a community, a family, and an innocent girl.
In the future, aging and death have become annoyances of the past thanks to a process of downloading the digitized soul into another host body, or Module. This is something only the very wealthy can afford and if you are rich enough you can be anyone you desire. A comedic look at greed, the value of life – and death.
Billed as “the ultimate Southern California experience”, the irreverent stage comedy “Disrobed: Why So Clothes-Minded?”, notorious for not only featuring an entirely naked cast, but for requiring audiences attend the show au natural as well, is returning to Los Angeles for an ongoing residency at the Studio C Theatre. Ages 18+ Includes nudity
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we are borrowing it from our children. Three sisters are left to raise and care for one another after their mother dies and their father abandons them. Now adults, the sisters find themselves navigating a 21st century London that is at the precipice of both an existential and an all-too-real environmental crisis. Will the sisters succumb to despair? Or will they find a way to face the crisis head-on, embracing both the inevitability of an imperfect future and the possibility of hope? Earthquakes In London, by one of the UK’s most searing of contemporary playwrights, Mike Bartlett (Cock, King Charles III, Bull), tackles our chronic inability to act in the interest of our future generations.
A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they'll learn that to find it they'll have to look inside themselves first.
The story is taken from one of the most influential YA novels of all time (hailed upon its 1993 release as a story “well worth telling, especially by a writer of Lowry’s great skill,” by The Washington Post), and now The Giver is coming to the Westchester Playhouse, delivering its thought-provoking premise in a stunning theatrical production.
Every once in a blue moon a “Best of Sketch” show comes to town to delight audiences with its wild characters and only-seen-once-before sketch comedy genius. Come see what the brilliant cast of Groundlings and alumni unearth for this special four-week run when Groundlings Mix Tape comes to The Groundlings Theatre next month. Directed by Groundlings Michael Churven and Chris Eckert, Groundlings Mix Tape will feature a rotating cast of Groundlings and alumni, so no performance will be the same!
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.
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).
The Little Match Girl is a fantastical, heartfelt, piercing tale about love and forgiveness. This world premiere adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story reminds us of the importance of doing what's right, not what's easy.
Santa Monica Playhouse presents its acclaimed musical hit Love In Boom, the “captivating” (stagehappenings.com) garden of a thousand and one theatrical delights returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary to insure that all's well that ends as you like it. Santa Monica Mirror calls Love In Bloom “an upbeat romp.” “Delightful whimsy… a bold ambitious piece of musical theatre” says the L.A. Weekly. Magic and mayhem, fops and fairies, mistaken identity, romance and humor abound in this tongue-firmly-in-cheek evening of theatre. The eight-member cast, in the renowned Actors’ Repertory Theatre commedia-carnival style, creates a host of over thirty characters, bringing to the stage all the stuff that dreams (and musicals) are made on. “As homage to Shakespeare, master of pantomime Marcel Marceau, Commedia dell’arte and conventions of classical theater in general, it soars. And by the time the lights fade to black, you will not be able to fight the feeling that all you need is love.” UCLA Daily Bruin
Mistakes Were Made - coulda-woulda-shoulda. Dick's mistake: He let a sexy, blue-eyed winker threaten his marriage. Jeff's mistake: He turned down a dream job, then later, screamed, "You idiot!" Mel's mistake: He hired a famous money manager, now famous for stealing money. Dick's wife's mistake: She trusted him, then learned of his affair and had one too. NOBODY'S PERFECT! But mistakes can be fixed, between husbands and wives, girlfriends and boyfriends, fathers and sons. From the acclaimed team that brought you Almost Perfect, Aspirin & ELEPHANTS and A Love Affair, and reuniting Mr. Mayer with acclaimed veteran (and frequent Mayer) director Chris DeCarlo, this world premiere romantic comedy will have you laughing, crying, and running home to fix that one mistake that's been gnawing at you for years!