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John Leguizamo's Latin History For Morons  
Ahmanson Theatre John Leguizamo's Latin History For Morons
 
Endless critical and audience acclaim direct from Broadway. A sold-out run at The Public Theater. A record-breaking engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Latin History for Morons, the most totally unique show of the season, reveals America’s unsung heroes, throughout past and present — all unforgettably told by Tony and Emmy Award® winner John Leguizamo, one of the most incisive, insightful, and entertaining personalities onstage today. Latin History for Morons is inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son’s American history books. John Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny, frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school history project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes above and beyond his unique style at the Ahmanson Theatre.
   
The Joy Luck Club  
Sierra Madre Playhouse The Joy Luck Club
 
The Joy Luck Club tells the story of four older Chinese-American women and their complex relationships with their American-born daughters. The play moves from China in the early 20th Century and San Francisco from the 1950s to the 1980s, as the eight women struggle across a seemingly unpassable chasm of culture, generation and expectations to find strength and happiness,
   
La Boheme  
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion La Boheme
 
For the first time in 25 years, our Bohemians have moved to a new address. Staged by theatrical dynamo Barrie Kosky, this new-to-L.A. production sweeps you into the bustling cafés and hidden corners of 19th-century Paris. Follow the triumphs and toils of a band of struggling young artists as they search for love, life and laughter against impossible odds. Is this the most romantic of all operas? We think so!
   
Life In Boobs  
Second City Life In Boobs
 
The new, comedic musical, Life In Boobs, honors the milestones of women’s lives from training bras to breast cancer through comedy and the power of all original songs. Through musical numbers, scenes and monologues, it highlights the true trials and tribulations of boobs everywhere. With Books & Lyrics by Casey Christensen (The Donkey Show_), Music by celebrity vocal coach Rachael Lawrence (_Grey’s Anatomy, Glee), Conceived by Jennifer Goodman. This show will make you laugh, cry, and laugh again. It’s a show for women and men and alike. Women from all walks of life will relate to these true stories and so will the men who love them.
   
Lost-The Musical  
Whitefire Theatre Lost-The Musical
 
A musical parody of TV’s favorite cult classic show. This musical puts a humorous twist on a show that riveted us, shocked us, and entertained us throughout the years. Six seasons of episodes boiled down into 50 characters, played by 14 actors, across one night of hilarious and wacky absurdity. Lost: The Musical originally premiered in 2014 at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood. Now it’s back in Los Angeles to celebrate the 15th season of Lost!
   
Mamma Mia!  
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Mamma Mia!
 
The unforgettable live musical spectacular Mamma Mia! has audiences coming back again and again to relive the feel-good 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 tile tune. Don't miss Mamma Mia! when it comes to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
   
Miss Lilly Gets Bond  
Electric Lodge Miss Lilly Gets Bond
 
Sex, faith, and violence are all part of this intricate package of connections in Miss Lilly Gets Boned. Bekah Brunstetter imaginatively explores the tenuous and permeable boundaries that separate our civilized side from our more animalistic one, and the ways that faith can limit or uplift humanity. While a captive elephant grows ever more anxious in chains, a virginal Sunday school teacher takes a big chance, by opening her heart to the dangers of love.
   
Mistakes Were Made  
Santa Monica Playhouse Mistakes Were Made
 
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!
   
Moby Dick-Rehearsed  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Moby Dick-Rehearsed
 
Adapted from Herman Melville’s classic tale, Moby Dick – Rehearsed thrusts the audience into a hair-raising whaling voyage under the helm of Captain Ahab. The brooding one-legged fanatic is consumed by his vengeful obsession to kill the dreaded white mammoth whale … Moby Dick.
   
My Name Is Mommy  
Whitefire Theatre My Name Is Mommy
 
My Name Is Mommy is a one-woman show that celebrates the exhilaration of motherhood, balancing poetic passages with humorous detours into the modern realities of raising small children. April Wish moves forward and backward through time, exploring the pressures and the promises of parenthood. Unapologetically feminist and powerfully tender, My Name Is Mommy studies a matriarchal family’s traditions, exploring the connection between generations through Wish’s lens as both a mother and a daughter. The show follows her journey as she looks for the bits and pieces of herself she left behind when she stepped into her role as Mother — buried under mountains of toys and traditions. In this dynamic and often hilarious piece, April Wish has crafted a love letter to her daughter, Clementine, as well as to the little girl she used to be herself.
   
A Night at the Biopera  
Second City A Night at the Biopera
 
Paying homage to biographical musicals such as "Hamilton" and "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson", A Night at the Biopera is an entirely improvised 45-minute musical based off of the suggestion of a historical figure.
   
Not a Genuine Black Man  
Stephanie Feury Studio (SFS) Theatre Not a Genuine Black Man
 
The longest-running solo play in San Francisco theater history and off-Broadway hit comes to L.A. for two special performances. In 1971, the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing called San Leandro, California “a racist bastion of white supremacy.” Newsweek and CBS covered the story. The US Commission on Civil Rights conducted hearings. And then, we moved to town." So begins Brian Copeland’s legendary tale of laughter tears and sociology. As a child, he was persecuted for being black. As an adult, he was persecuted for not being “black enough”. In this powerful show presented at the Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre in Los Angeles, Brian explores how our surroundings make us who we are.
   
On Beckett  
Kirk Douglas Theatre On Beckett
 
Bill Irwin has spent a lifetime haunted by Samuel Beckett’s language. In this intimate 90-minute evening, Irwin explores a performer’s relationship to Beckett, mining the physical and verbal skills acquired in his years as a master clown and Tony Award®-winning actor. Irwin’s approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett’s work — including Waiting for Godot, Texts for Nothing, and more — allow audiences to experience the language in compelling new ways. Whether you’re encountering the Nobel Prize winner’s writing for the first time, or building on a body of Beckett knowledge, this dynamic showcase is not to be missed. Center Theatre Group is proud to present On Beckett, a new work by master clown, Tony Award-winning actor, and MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellow Bill Irwin. Critic’s Pick!
   
Othello  
Long Beach Playhouse Othello
 
In this tragic masterpiece by Shakespeare, Othello, a powerful Moorish general, elopes with the Venetian lady Desdemona, inciting his envious friend Iago to put into motion a scheme to end their nuptial happiness through the poison of false accusations, distrust, rage, and eventually murder. With powerful themes of love, jealously, race and toxic masculinity, the story of Othello is just as relevant to our culture today as when it was written over 400 years ago. Come experience the passion, terror, and pain inflicted on this exceptional marriage by politics, doubt and deep-seated betrayal.
   
A Play Is a Poem  
Mark Taper Forum A Play Is a Poem
 
If the audience laughs it was a comedy. If the audience nods with new understanding it was a drama. If the audience both laughs and nods but can’t say why it’s funny or what they’ve understood, it might be A Play Is a Poem, the new collection of one-acts by celebrated playwright and filmmaker Ethan Coen. The hillbilly hollows of Appalachia, the executive suites of Hollywood, a New York tenement apartment, a magnolia-scented gazebo in Natchez, Mississippi — each holds a different story. Together they make for an eccentric look at life across America as only Ethan Coen (or perhaps Sam Shepard or Mark Twain) could deliver.
   
Reasons To Be Pretty  
The New Collective Reasons To Be Pretty
 
Greg (Josh Eisenberg), an intelligent, socially awkward, but genuinely nice guy truly adores his girlfriend, Steph (Angeline Anderson), an endearing neurotic. Unfortunately, when she discovers how he feels about her looks, chaos ensues. All the while, Greg's best friends and co-workers, Kent (Thomas Patrick), an insatiable womanizer and his wife, Carly (Gina Comparetto), a natural beauty, traverse the murky waters of marriage and betrayal. A hopelessly romantic story about the hopefulness of romance, REASONS TO BE PRETTY is a glorious play.
   
Self-Injurious Behavior  
Theatre 68 Self-Injurious Behavior
 
Self-Injurious Behavior is based on playwright and star, Jessica Cavanagh’s own story of loss, love and survival in dealing with her son's autism diagnosis. When severely autistic, eleven-year-old Benjamin becomes a danger to himself, his divorced mother, Summer, makes the excruciating decision to admit him to a home for special needs kids. Seeking comfort, she visits her sisters in Portland who desperately and hilariously attempt to distract her with a weekend of escapism at the local renaissance faire. Plagued by haunting dreams of her son and memories of her marriage, she is forced to face the need to let go. Resonating across audience demographics thanks to the play's bittersweet and unique blend of honesty and humor, in telling her story, Jessica Cavanagh has captured a voice that speaks to the power within us all to not only cope with our own “unimaginables” but to continue to live, making this a story not only about autism and motherhood, but about the resilience of the human spirit.
   

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