Tells the story of an amnesiac, Claire, who awakens each morning as a blank slate on which her husband and teenage son must imprint the facts of her life. One morning Claire is abducted by a limping, lisping man who claims her husband wants to kill her. The play culminates in a cacophony of revelations, proving that everything is not what it appears to be.
Brimming with poetic language and indelible characters, this play about the enduring but limiting nature of love and family made Tennessee Williams a household name. The Glass Menagerie centers on an innocuous visit from a potential suitor that unsettles the sheltered Wingfield family. Matriarch Amanda fiercely protects her adult children from the harshness of others, but doesn’t realize that her own eccentricities are the biggest threat to their psychological survival. Enjoy this timeless theatrical classic, directed by Geoff Elliott at Pasadena’s A Noise Within.
Writer/performer Nancy Ma’s coming-of-age tale about growing up sandwiched between two cultures. Desperately seeking approval from her Chinese Toisan immigrant family, Nancy journeys away from her home in New York City’s Chinatown in search of the American dream — only to learn that you can only find “home” when you accept where you come from.
Over three years in the making, ÉLAN Ensemble’s inaugural production is the culmination of the company’s work, adapting Miranda July's book of short stories “No One Belongs Here More Than You.” The show breathes life into July’s quirky, lonely, odd, lovable characters in an oddly hilarious tapestry that reflects the complexity, isolation, and unexpected connectivity of life in Los Angeles.
Winner of the 2018 Elliot Norton Award, Hype Man follows a diverse hip-hop trio on the verge of making it big on national TV. When a police shooting of a black teen shakes the band to its core, the group is forced to confront questions of race, gender, privilege and when to use artistic expression as an act of social protest. See the West Coast premiere of this play at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles.
Oscar Wilde's wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This "trivial comedy for serious people" features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack's country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theatre history.
What makes us us? Nick Payne’s ingenious, time-traveling adventure weaves together three personal quests to get to the heart of the mind: a wannabe research pioneer absconds with Einstein’s brain; a newlywed fights to hang onto the memory of his love after a botched operation; and a freshly divorced neuroscientist struggles to find hope in the face of cold hard facts. Incognito features four actors giving life to a globe-hopping cast of colorful characters. Says The New York Times, “It feels right that so few should incarnate so many, since one of Mr. Payne’s implicit points here is that we’re all siblings under the skull. That philosophy means you’re likely to identify with every one of these characters, all groping for certain knowledge and all destined to be thwarted.”
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 a young orphan boards a giant peach with a band of friendly bugs, he sets out on an adventure across the sea in this original stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, James and the Giant Peach. This “pint-sized” production is perfect for young audiences, with a one-hour run time and interactive staging that will keep little critters engaged with its combination of live actors, film projection and sound effects. Come join Mrs. Glow Worm, Ms. Spider, Ladybug, Grasshopper, Earthworm and a boy named James as they face down dangers and celebrate friendship. This Creating Arts Company production at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles is perfect for children 3 and up.
Life is changing for Frank and Stella. On the night of Frank's retirement party, this once loving and simple couple find themselves pulled in different directions as the winds of change blow through Joy, Illinois. The world is not what it was. Joy is not what it was. Stella is shaken, but inspired, by her best friend becoming a liberated, sexualized, independent woman, while Frank decides to emulate his doomsday prepper friend by building an underground bunker that once was the family swimming pool. It’s as if all of them are riding the Joy Wheel, hanging on to someone else so they can stay their ground.
The Judas Kiss revolves around two pivotal moments in his life: the day when, cajoled by Bosie into an ill-fated trial, he decides to stay in England and face imprisonment, and a night when, after his release two years later, the lover for whom he risked everything betrays him again. David Hare's masterful play pulses with the ecstasy and anguish of an enamored heart.
Before it became a feature film starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, The Last Five Years began as a stirring stage musical that was hailed as one of the 10 best shows of 2001 by Time magazine. Told through inventive and heartrending songs, The Last Five Years is a two-person show that navigates the ins and outs -- and beginning and ending -- of a marriage. Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade), this Drama Desk Award winner is the story of a couple's five-year relationship, from the thrilling pangs of new love to their painful final separation. There is, however, a twist: The man retells the relationship from beginning to end, while the woman relates their story in reverse. The two characters' emotional timelines converge only once -- at their wedding in the middle of the show. See this bittersweet song cycle at North Hollywood's Cupcake Theater. This show is open to all ages, but the material is PG-13 in nature. It is not recommended for young children.
Would you consider reviewing Megan Dolan's original new play, LEMUR MOM? Every now and then a show comes along that moves me. I saw a performance of the show in November and I really feel this is one of those special shows, beautifully directed by Wendy Hammers and Megan Dolan's performance is eloquently expressive and comically superb.
In one of the best modern American farces to hit the stage, a madcap mix of mistaken identity, drug-induced confusion, lustful shenanigans and operatic impersonation will leave audiences gasping for their next breath in Lend Me a Tenor. In 1934 Ohio, the world famous tenor known as Il Stupendo has fallen to a double dose of tranquilizers. The fate of the Cleveland Grand Opera hangs in the balance. Can the company’s young go-fer succeed in impersonating the famed opera legend? And what in the world happens when the presumed deceased star wakes up and realizes the show must go on? Find out what happens next during this hilarious comedy at the Long Beach Playhouse.
In this electrifying exploration into the soul of an American icon, Tony and Olivier Award nominee Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor imagine Nat "King" Cole as he faces the final Christmastime broadcast of his groundbreaking variety show and weighs the advice of his friend Sammy Davis Jr. to "go out with a bang." Cole's hit songs, such as "Nature Boy," "It's a Good Day" and "Smile," underscore this boldly original homage to the renowned performer who struggled to break through America's color barrier in the early days of television. A feast for the eyes, ears and soul, the musical incorporates lively choreography by Broadway veteran Edgar Godineaux and dazzling tap dance steeped in politics and pizzazz created by renowned hoofer Jared Grimes.
For the misfits of Skid Row, life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth ... and an unquenchable thirst for human blood. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Then Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and drive for world-domination. Featuring an electrifying early 1960s-style score from Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Little Shop of Horrors is one of the longest running off-Broadway shows and cult films of all time. Now you can see it when it takes root at Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre.
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.