It's springtime in Paris, 1738. Metromania, the poetry craze, is all the rage. Damis, a young, would-be poet with a serious case of verse-mania falls for a mysterious poetess from Breton. She turns out to be none other than a wealthy gentleman with a touch of the mania himself-looking to unload his sexy but dimwitted daughter-who also just happens to be cuckoo for couplets. Soon scheming servants, verbal acrobatics, and mistaken identities launch a breathless series of twists and turns in this breezy "translaptation" of a rediscovered French farce by comedic master David Ives (The Liar, Venus in Fur, All in the Timing).
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Open Fist Theatre Company presents a provocative new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream set in the Antebellum South. Intrigued by the Mechanicals' line "That would hang us every mother's son," director James Fowler has moved the action from Athens, Greece to Athens, Georgia circa 1855. There, with Shakespeare's text unchanged, we enter a world where the magic of an enslaved people plays out in the lives of those to whom they remain invisible.
Theatricum returns with its signature production, an annual event infusing Shakespeare's beautiful language with music and song to heighten the pleasure. The most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles is once again transformed into an enchanted forest inhabited by lovers both fairy and human. Shakespeare conjures a world of wonder, magic and romance where comical misunderstandings and the pain of unrequited love are resolved, and all is reconciled through midsummer night revelries and the enduring power of nature.
On the heels of his award-winning Broadway show The New One, which made its West Coast premiere on the Ahmanson stage, comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia returns to Center Theatre Group with a tale of life, death, and a highly chlorinated YMCA pool. With his unique form of comedic storytelling, Birbiglia chronicles a coming-of-middle-age story that asks the big questions: Why are we here? What's next? And what happens when the items at the doctor's office that you thought were decorative become quite useful?
A con-artist duo's latest scheme turns their world upside down, forcing them to make life-altering decisions. Alretha Thomas, the producer and writer of the smash hit play One Woman, Two Lives, is back with a new original dramedy that has a mixture of hilarity, drama, romance, and heart-wrenching moments that will have audiences clamoring for more. Starring Courtney Nichole of Tyler Perry's "Assisted Living", Jamald Gardner from "Snowfall" and "Winning Time: The Rise of the Laker's Dynasty", Melvin Ward, a series regular in the Dhar Mann Studios series and whose graced numerous stages, including the Hudson where he played Eugene and Young man in the play Periphery, and Janessa Morgan, a triple threat who acts, sings, and dances and that has appeared in many TV shows and films.
Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular...Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
Grab your corsages and start planning your prom-posals because the Tony-nominated Broadway hit The Prom is heading out on its first national tour! Directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw The Prom features music by Matthew Skylar and a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, Beguelin also penned the lyrics. Uplifting and extremely amusing with show-stopping dance numbers, this musical is about acceptance and being the star you were born to be!
What would your 18-year-old self say to your 58-year-old self if it had the opportunity? How would that person judge the life you are living? This question hangs over Lefcourt's world premiere comedy that deals with love, life, and the tinted prism of memory. Two sets of actors, representing the same couple at two different ages, meet for dinner after not seeing each other for nearly 40 years. There's a lot of water under the bridge with both having unresolved feelings about the past. Is it too late to change direction? Can they? Should they?
What if Romeo had stayed helplessly in love with Rosaline instead of Juliet? Or if Mercutio and Tybalt hadn't died...but had gotten together instead? In this Shakespearean take on the "Choose Your Own Ending" model, the audience casts votes throughout the performance to determine which course true love will take; ultimately deciding whether everybody lives or everybody dies. With eight dramatically different possible endings, this isn't the tale of star-crossed lovers that you read in high school. It's an irreverent, madcap reimagining of Shakespeare's most beloved romance.
A charming tale of companionship, coming-of-age, and the magical bond between mothers and daughters, this colorful and vibrant musical fantasy for kids 2 to 102 takes audiences on a magical adventure as everyone's most beloved young heroine journeys to find herself, her mother, and her true destiny, aided by Seven Silly Companions, a Most Magical Mirror, and You, the Audience!
Inspired by the real-life story of Robert Smalls, who escaped slavery to become an American hero, Trouble the Water navigates the rich tributaries of courage, betrayal and redemption. Freely adapted by Ellen Geer from the 2019 award-winning historical novel by Rebecca Dwight Bruff and directed by Gerald C. Rivers.
You're about to enter into another dimension; a dimension of spine-tingling, bladder-tickling twisted stories filled with secretive Martians, high-flying gremlins, ominous hitchhikers, and more terrifying tenants taking residence in...The Twylight Zone. In the tradition of Airplane and Young Frankenstein, The Theater Galaxy takes you on a comedic ride through four classic Twylight Zone episodes. Whether you're a die-hard fan of the original series or you've never heard the name Rod Serling in your life, there's fun and laughs for everyone in the 6th Dimension.
We Ain't Ever Gonna Break Up: The Hymon & Parfunkel Story is the first jukebox musical about, and featuring the songs of, a band that never existed. This original two-man folk musical parodies the tired tropes of jukebox musicals like Jersey Boys, Buddy, Mamma Mia, Beautiful, Ain't Too Proud, Tina, Always, Patsy Cline, The Cher Show...and the 12 inevitable "new" bio-musicals coming soon. Saul Hymon & Bart Parfunkel "star" in their own musical, playing themselves, their own instruments, and the dozens of other characters they meet along the way, creating a uniquely virtuosic musical farce about brotherhood, partnership and the power of collaboration...if they don't break up first.
Forty-one years after its premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre, Academy Award-winning writer Ernest Thompson (On Golden Pond) has deconstructed his script for The West Side Waltz. In the world premiere of Thompson's newly revised, music and heart-filled comedy set during the tumultuous '80s, Theatricum artistic director Ellen Geer; her sister, Melora Marshall; and daughter Willow Geer take on the roles of an aging concert pianist, her violin-playing spinster neighbor, and a would-be actress on New York's Upper West Side.