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Die Mommie Die  
The James Bridges Theater Die Mommie Die
 
In Die Mommie Die, Angela Arden wants to be free of her suffocating marriage to film producer Sol Sussman. What better way than poison? Distraught by her father’s death and convinced of her mother’s guilt, Edith Sussman plots to get the truth out of Angela using any means necessary. Charles Busch stars in the role he originated in this camp send-up where tongues aren’t the only thing dipped in acid! The show at The James Bridges Theater in Los Angeles features Charles Busch (Psycho Beach Party), Mark Capri (So Notorious), Willie Garson (Sex and the City), Jeffrey Self (Search Party) and Ruth Williamson (La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway), directed by Carl Andress.
   
Dorothy's Adventures In Oz  
Santa Monica Playhouse Dorothy's Adventures In Oz
 
Dorothy's Adventures In Oz. A vibrant, colorful family-friendly musical comedy, the hilarious and heart-warming internationally acclaimed DOROTHY'S ADVENTURES IN OZ, a reworking of the beloved L. Frank Baum stories, is filled with music and dance, fun special effects, laughter and love, as audiences follow Dorothy and her companions along the windy road to that mystical place where dreams really do come true and nothing is as it seems, doing battle with the vain but glorious Queen Coo-ee-oh, joining forces with a vagabond princess who is revolting (although she doesn't look it), meeting a Patchwork Girl and a Rainbow Maiden, facing such looming monsters as war, drought and mortgages, learning a great deal about the world around them, and even a little bit about themselves.
   
Dr. Nympho Vs The Sex Zombies!  
The Lex Theatre Dr. Nympho Vs The Sex Zombies!
 
Every family has issues. No issues run deeper than those of the brilliant pathologist and matriarch Dr. Nimfa Delacroix. She was a nymphomaniac in the past but now lives a “normal life” with her nuclear 21st century family. All of her demons must be confronted however, when the outbreak of a deadly STD launches in Atlanta, turning its residents into zombies that promises the end of civilization. Can Nimfa unite her family? Can she overcome her past? Can she save the world? Find out in DR. NYMPHO VS THE SEX ZOMBIES!" For Mature Audiences 18 and older.
   
The End of Sex  
Victory Theatre Center The End of Sex
 
Using cutting humor and venturing into tricky territory, The End of Sex wrestles with how sexual behavior encourages power arrangements even in consensual relations. What happens when one woman questions her own collusion with these arrangements? In this world premiere drama, it's Nancy's birthday. When her daughter and son-in-law come to take the parents out to celebrate, everything slides into decidedly tricky territory. Enjoy this show at Burbank’s Victory Theatre Center. This show is for mature audiences.
   
Exit, Pursued By a Bear  
Long Beach Playhouse Exit, Pursued By a Bear
 
If the Coen Brothers created a mashup of a Shakespearean revenge tale and an outrageous comedy, it would probably be something like Exit, Pursued By a Bear . Join Nan as she forces her abusive husband, Kyle, to watch her and her over-the-top cheerleading friend, Simon, reenact scenes from their horrible relationship as he’s tied to his La-Z-Boy. Will Nan be able to make Kyle see the painful truths of their marriage, or will she leave him to be mauled by a bear at the end of her performance piece? Come see the playwright of Silent Sky, Lauren Gunderson, as she explores the comedy, the pain, and the chance of being eaten, in this comic gem of a play at the Long Beach Playhouse’s Studio Theatre.
   
Falsettos  
Ahmanson Theatre Falsettos
 
Fresh off its Tony-nominated Broadway revival, Falsettos arrives at the Ahmanson in L.A. as "an exceptional production of a perfect musical" (The New York Times). The story revolves around a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. At times both hilarious and achingly poignant, Falsettos shines an ahead-of-its-time spotlight on the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family ... and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories. A hit when it premiered on Broadway in 1992, this always-timely show won Tony Awards for its book by James Lapine and William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and its score, also by Finn. Recommended for ages 13+ for mature themes and language.
   
Famous  
The 11:11 Famous
 
Jason Mast, the Hollywood star at the center of the new play Famous, has just been nominated for his first Oscar and is throwing a party to celebrate. Through his eyes, you’ll witness a world fueled by sex, money and power, where image is everything. The night unfolds at an adrenaline-rushed pace, ultimately revealing one of Jason’s darkest secrets. His attempt to control the outcome ignites a chain of events that pushes the boundaries of real friendship and reveals the true cost of fame. Writer-director Michael Leoni, whose previous hit, Elevator, earned raves from the Los Angeles Times and Broadway World, brings this look at the cost of fame to The 11:11. This show is recommended for ages 17 and older.
   
Flamenco Dinner Show  
El Cid Flamenco Dinner Show
 
Los Angeles landmark El Cid celebrates gorgeous Spanish-style entertainment with a flamenco dinner show and concert. You’ll be wowed by some of the best flamenco performers in the city as they bring pure and traditional flamenco dance to the stage. As the show provides a feast for your eyes, you’ll also indulge on an actual culinary feast, with a choice of three- and four-course dinner packages that all include dessert. Every show is a unique and exciting display of one of the most elegant and integral parts of Spanish culture.
   
For Better  
Theatre Unlimited For Better
 
Eric Coble’s For Better is a farcical comedy that looks at the miscommunications that happen when communications are most at our fingertips. “A modern-day farce has always been on our radar, but we were just waiting for the right one for our company.” For Better looks at the various forms of communication that are readily available to us and how it can cause more trouble than good
   
Freaky Friday  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Freaky Friday
 
When an uber-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. Masquerading as each other, they must work together to solve the mystery of how to break the spell. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another’s struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter in this heartfelt and hilarious adaptation. Based on the beloved 1972 novel and the hit Disney films, Freaky Friday features a book by Bridget Carpenter, a writer on TV faves Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, plus music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal. Catch it at Scherr Forum Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
   
Happy Days  
Mark Taper Forum Happy Days
 
Academy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway) plays Winnie in Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Happy Days. With her husband increasingly out of reach and the earth itself threatening to swallow her whole, Winnie's buoyant optimism shields her from the harsh glare of the inevitable in this absurdly funny and boundlessly compassionate portrait of the human spirit. The New York Times calls Wiest "radiant" and "heartbreaking," and now you can see her in this extraordinary Yale Repertory Theatre production of Happy Days at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
   
Hershey Felder A Paris Love Story  
Laguna Playhouse Hershey Felder A Paris Love Story
 
Virtuoso actor and pianist Hershey Felder takes us on his own personal journey as he explores the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. For decades Felder’s “Great Composer Series” has celebrated the brilliance of Beethoven, Berlin, Tchaikovsky, and more. In this glorious new production, he brings to life a visionary who proclaimed nature his religion, creating music of ravishing beauty, color and compassion. From the sweeping La mer to the evocative Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and the mystical Clair de lune, this soaring tribute will never be forgotten.
   
Hot Flashin  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Hot Flashin
 
Written by Gina Jourard, with help from Ruth Mercado, and featuring 16 original songs, including 13 written by acclaimed musician/songwriter/composer Tom Pergola, “Hot Flashin’” is a “Feel Good Musical Comedy” that tells the story of a group of five women in their “middle to later years, who have seen it all!” These female characters have grown children and limited incomes, and are working through the challenges of life in the midst of rising living costs. Somehow they each have the ability to find humor in the stressful moments they confront by their unique life situations. “Hot Flashin’” opens with five ladies dressed in extremely funny costumes – they are “Drama Mama,” “Mystery Mama,” “Earth Mama,” “Sassy Mama,” and “Survivor Mama.” Each woman gets a phone call from a Producer via his disembodied voice (think “Charlie” from “Charlie’s Angels” – a character the audience never sees), telling them they have been picked to star in a new reality television show. The premise of the TV show is to prove that “age is just a number,” and that regardless of how old you are or what you might look like, talent is still talent. The entire musical takes place within the producer’s rehearsal studio. The show offers plenty of physical comedy, funny repartee, and hysterical songs, with titles such as “Hot Flashes,” “Dump that Chump,” “My Feet Hurt” and “Boob Operation,” among them. After the audience gets to know the plights and challenges of each of the five women, the play ends with the women becoming an official singing group. During the course of the play, the audience learns that the women’s performances have been streamed live over the Internet, and they’ve become a smash. The Producer is so pleased by their talent, he scores for the women a live performance residency in Las Vegas. Learning this, the ladies are thrilled. Says the show’s director Dan Berkowitz, “Hot Flashin’ is a wonderful combination of outrageous comedy set against a backdrop of real-world situations.”
   
Inspecting Carol  
Westminster Community Theatre Inspecting Carol
 
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.
   
Invisible Tango  
Geffen Playhouse Invisible Tango
 
Magic sensation Helder Guimarães returns to the Geffen with the world premiere of his one-man show, Invisible Tango. Directed by legendary film producer and director Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, Indiana Jones, Goonies, Back to the Future), Invisible Tango explores the nature of secrets and how far we are willing to go to discover them. In the midst of the information age and our culture of over-sharing, Guimaraes challenges our interaction with the unknown and explores how we can embrace the magic of wonder and mystery.
   
Julius Weezer  
El Portal Theatre Julius Weezer
 
Have you ever wondered what really happened to Julius Caesar on the Ides of March? The Troubies have…and are warning you to “Beware the Ides of March in May!” The terrible tidings and twisted tale of corruption, betrayal, and the quest for absolute power –no, not Washington DC - it’s Rome circa 44 B.C., with Shakespeare’s story of Caesar mashed up with the funk-rock riffs of the resurgent and ubiquitous band, Weezer. This hard-driving, heart pounding, adrenaline rush of a show will feature the Troubies in all their classical glory - speaking the speech and strumming the power chords. Part circus, part improv comedy show, part rock concert - with a live band that complements and compels the Troubie cast as they wind their way through the dark and dangerous world of Julius Weezer! Enjoy the madness with the Troubies and you will be able to say: “I came, I saw, I conquered…and I rocked out!
   
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill  
The Garry Marshall Theatre Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
 
A glimpse inside Billie Holiday’s final concert approximately four months before the singer died, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is a powerful look at a legend. This intimate evening is filled with some of the most inspiring and moving songs ever written and explores the turbulent but extraordinary life of the legendary jazz singer as she struggles with racism, abuse and addiction. Featuring iconic songs like “God Bless the Child” and “Strange Fruit,” as well as several other hits, this soulful play by Lanie Robinson will take the stage at Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank.
   

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