Do you love brunch? Do you sometimes wish you could marry two of your favorite things -- food and burlesque dancers? Cherry Poppins Productions is proud to join Lili St. Byr and Ginger Lee Belle in a fearsome squad for their newest food-themed burlesque show Foodies & Boobies! Join some of L.A.'s hottest burlesque dancers for this messy and delicious burlesque extravaganza at El Cid in Los Angeles. Brunch is available for purchase.
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
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.
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.
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.
Price and Sons spent the last century making a range of shoes for men, and now they're spending this century making shoes for a range of men! Based on a true story, Kinky Boots is the uplifting story of unlikely friendship, finding your passion, overcoming prejudice and recognising that underneath it all, we're not so different.
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.
Three young women (neighbors and friends) gossip and share truths while helping each other do laundry and endure a very hot day. One of these women admits that she knows her husband has been unfaithful, but she is aware of the turmoil that haunts him since his return from Vietnam. Small town stamina is evident when this woman pledges to wait out this far-reaching, lingering storm cloud. In another part of town three men beat-the-heat in the backyard of a bar as the local high school hero, recently returned after a hitch in Vietnam, details his military and amorous exploits. Laughs are shared, souls are bared and the ties of family are strengthened.
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.
SH-BOOM! Meet fledgling doo-wop singing group the Crooning Crabcakes as they prepare to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest and realize their dreams of making it to the big time. The ’60s doo-wop songs in this award-winning jukebox musical say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops” and “The Glory of Love.”
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.
In February of 2019, Coin & Ghost hits the stage with the third and final production of our inaugural season: the World Premiere of Lisa Marie Rollins' LOVE IS ANOTHER COUNTRY. Equal parts ritual, rage, and collective ask to the audience, LIAC follows the Chapman family as they navigate living as black women in a country that claims to love them.
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.
A quartet of Korean Christian girls on a mission trip to Thailand make a disturbing discovery in their hotel bathroom in Man of God, a world-premiere work from East-West Players at L.A.'s David Henry Hwang Theater. From dealing with personal betrayal to worrying how this might affect their college applications, these young women are out for blood, plotting their revenge amid the neon lights and go-go bars of Bangkok. Billed as a funny, feminist thriller, Man of God is written and directed by women.
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.
Following last summer’s sold out run at The Edye, writer/performer Barra Grant is back with her darkly hilarious mother-daughter story: the true, inside tale of Grant’s seismic relationship with her mother, Bess Myerson. A beauty queen best known as the first and only Jewish Miss America, Myerson was an accomplished pianist, television personality, New York City’s first Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, a close advisor to Mayor Ed Koch, and a national spokesperson against anti-Semitism. Then, she infamously went down in flames — with her Mafia boyfriend! — in a judge-bribing scandal known as the “Bess Mess.” If you missed Grant’s fascinating tale about being a confused ugly duckling growing up in the shadow of her spectacular mother, here’s your chance.