Hir — Bart DeLorenzo directs this darkly funny, shockingly absurd and endlessly surprising vision of a world in transition by MacArthur genius Taylor Mac. Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan with a dishonorable discharge, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage to Isaac’s father by his debilitating stroke, and with Max, Isaac's newly out transgender sibling, as her ally, Paige is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. “Top Ten Best Theater of 2015… Perhaps no play this year inspired a greater sense of awe than Taylor Mac’s audacious dive into the dysfunctional-family playpen of American theater.” — The New York Times
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?
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.
When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. Director Stephen Daldry (The Crown) returns to his landmark 1992 production An Inspector Calls, which was hailed as the theatrical event of its generation, winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards. More relevant now than ever, this is a must-see for a whole new generation of theatergoer.
Hank’s Bar is a roadside joint on a desolate highway in the middle of nowhere. Hank the barkeep (played by Kurtis Bedford) passes the time when he has no customers by perusing a porn mag while pleasuring himself. He likes the bar’s isolated location: It keeps him away from his ex-wife and kids. But Hank does have one customer this evening: Jonas (George Villas), a drifter who wants to drink, not chat. Jonas has been haunted by troubling dreams. He travels from place to place to escape his past. Into the bar strides Ruby (Kate Whitney), a sexy woman who informs them that her car has broken down nearby. Can she use the phone to call the auto club? A howling dust storm outside suggests that the three are going to remain at the bar for a while. A mysterious traveler, a horny barkeep, a sensuous woman trapped in a dive bar with an abundant supply of bourbon. Anything could happen. WFor ages 16 to Adult. Adult content, a little rough language. Leave the kids at home.hatever happens, one thing is certain: There will be hell to pay.
In this semi-autobiographical dramedy by writer/producer Anne Kenney (Outlander, Switched at Birth, Family Law), the Vaughn family’s go-to defense mechanism of sarcasm and mordant humor falls short when the aging parents hatch a not-so-funny way to avoid the retirement home.
The worldwide hit that's so far spawned two movies and a Cher album, Mamma Mia! tells the story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and one unforgettable trip down the aisle. Young bride-to-be Sophie wants nothing more than to have her father at her wedding. But there's a small problem: She has no idea which of mom's three former boyfriends might be the guy. So Sophie invites them all to the festivities at her mother's Greek isle taverna, and mayhem ensues. The show's tale of enduring love and friendship features all the beloved hit songs by ABBA, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "The Winner Takes It All," "Take a Chance on Me" and, of course, the title tune. Experience all the fun and excitement of Mamma Mia! at the Cupcake Theater in NoHo.
Cal and Beth are selling their home. They’re visited by Skip and Ellie, an engaged couple, very much in love who are eager to buy their first home. They’re joined by Mike and Liz, apparently a couple of lookie-loos who decided to drop by and take a peek at the house for sale. The three couples get to chatting and begin to marvel at just how much they have in common. WAY too much in common, in fact. So much in common that it begins to become surreal. One couple is young, one couple is middle-aged, and one couple is mature. Yet their destinies seem to be strangely linked.
You are traveling to another dimension: A dimension of sight and sound and imagination. You are entering….The Marriage Zone. The Marriage Zone is the fourth in a series of comedies exploring the dynamics of the relationships between men and women by playwright and director Jeff Gould. His previous works include Troubled Waters, Is There Sex After Marriage, and It’s Just Sex. The latter play has received productions across the globe. Gould won the Valley Theatre Award for best writer of an original play when The Marriage Zone had its world premiere in 2017. Gould has also been an actor and comedian and is a professional poker player.
A Misunderstanding — Leave all your preconceived notions at the door: this play is sure to turn them inside out. Elina de Santos directs a playful play of ideas by Matt Chait (Disinherit the Wind) that challenges our understanding of reality while asking the question, “Can two people fundamentally disagree and continue to love one another?”
The National Rifle Association is here to save the day -- through song and dance! Praise the lord and NRA-men! Ron Barkley is the head lobbyist for the NRA, and his life is real tough -- his daughter is a liberal socialist with a penchant for protests, and for some reason, the entire country is up in arms about gun control. But when Ron prays to God for divine intervention, he receives a magical gun that turns people -- into guns. Because after all, if you've got problems, the solution is always More Guns! With songs like "Good Guy With A Gun," "Everybody Do The Lobby!" and "Liberal Love," More Guns! A New Musical Comedy About the NRA! is a satire of the NRA, the "woke" left, and all those boring moderates in between. This is a show for the whole family, and by whole family we mean adults only (16+). With book, music, and lyrics by Philip Labes and Michael O'Konis, see More Guns! at The Second City in Hollywood.
A darkly hilarious tour-de-force, Natural Shocks follows a woman forced into her basement when she finds herself in the path of a tornado. Trapped there, she spills over into confession, regret, long-held secrets and giddy new love. But as the storm approaches, she becomes less and less sure where safety lies — and how best to defy the danger that awaits. Enjoy and be moved by this staged reading at Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles.
In playwright Paul Hoan Zeidler’s acclaimed World Premiere play NUDE/NAKED, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Bennett Duquesne and his daughter Addy have had their controversial work collected by major art museums all over the world. When Addy's trust funder boyfriend shoots one of Duquesne's students in their living room, photos meant to be viewed on art gallery walls or in coffee table books become plastered all over the Internet. The Duquesnes struggle to hold onto their unique, intuitive relationship while the local District Attorney pressures them to reveal more about their personal lives, and the mainstream and social media launch brutal attacks.
Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic comes to the Kentwood Players' stage with a dramatic re-imagining. The residents of the small town of Grover's Corners remain as universal and timeless as when they first appeared on stage in 1938. Whether this is your first or tenth visit to Our Town, don't miss this special opportunity to experience what's been called the Great American Play at L.A.'s Westchester Playhouse.
Harvested from over 800 short plays submitted from around the world, Little Fish Theatre uncorks its 17th season of Pick of the Vine on January 10. This perennial best-seller is a perfectly blended bouquet of nine short plays where audiences will experience Magic Moments with such flavors as: an existential crisis in the frozen foods section; a scale that tells more than your weight; and a time-traveling farmer out for some rabbit-hating revenge.
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."
Smart Love is a smart new comedy with a twist about science, family and just how far human beings will go in order to salvage love. The Wachowski household is thrown upside down when their son makes a surprise visit home from MIT with an unexpected guest. Watch the fireworks that ensue and enjoy the fallout when Smart Love comes to the stage of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice.
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.