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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley  
Long Beach Playhouse Miss Bennet:  Christmas at Pemberley
 
In this holiday sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, presented so successfully by LBP last season, we now focus on Mary, the middle sister in the Bennet household. Utilizing the same droll humor and intellectual romantic spirit as the Austen classic, enjoy a frolicking good time in this highly entertaining and warm-spirited welcome to the holiday season. As the verbal sparring and intellectual challenges abound, Mary Bennet breaks away from her past to discover the delicious possibilities introduced when an unexpected visitor appears for the holidays. Classic manners are shattered as Mary embarks on a new life of her own.
   
Monday Night Playground  
The Broadwater Monday Night Playground
 
PlayGround-LA presents Monday Night PlayGround, Los Angeles’ #1 short play staged reading series, featuring six original 10-minute plays written in just 4-1/2 days and inspired by an assigned prompt, staged by leading local professionals on second Mondays, October-March, at the Broadwater Main Stage.
   
Neil Simon's Musical Fools  
Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre Neil Simon's Musical Fools
 
A hilarious musical adaptation of the Neil Simon play, Fools, with book and lyrics by Simon, and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West (deLEARious, The People Vs Friar Laurence). In 1893 Ukraine, a young tutor arrives in Kulyenchikov after a harrowing journey — only to discover that the village is cursed, rendering every resident as dumb as a bag of rocks. Will he fall victim to the curse, or can he save himself and the village too?
   
The New One  
Ahmanson Theatre The New One
 
Mike Birbiglia has a new one. It’s called The New One. He’s made you laugh in Sleepwalk With Me (it was a play presented by Nathan Lane, then a movie, THEN a book), My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and Thank God for Jokes. (He was also really funny in that one season of Orange Is the New Black. And in Billions. And Broad City.) Now he’s at the Ahmanson telling a new story in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Lin-Manuel Miranda called The New One “as perfect a night as you’re gonna get.” Do not miss The New One. Some people say it’s his best one. (It was John Mulaney. Also Vogue.)
   
Picasso at the Lapin Agile  
Whittier Center Theatre Picasso at the Lapin Agile
 
Two geniuses walk into a bar … That is the premise of this absurdist comedy of big ideas from the pen of wild-and-crazy Steve Martin. The time is 1904, and the Lapin Agile is a Paris hang-out for artists, philosophers, and neighborhood drinkers. On this particular night, though, some big brains are going to collide and the questions of what constitutes genius and how art and science influence our everyday lives will be explored by the bar’s regulars, with some inspiration from none other than Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. You’ll laugh, you may cry and you will definitely think! See Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Whittier Center Theatre
   
punkplay  
Atwater Village Theatre punkplay
 
Mickey and Duck are two teenage boys trying to make sense of the world in the mess of 80s America. Through the music and culture of punk rock, they patch together a precarious identity, skating (literally) between the demands of an increasingly strict subculture and an authentic desire to break free from convention. A coming of age story in the form of a mixtape, punkplay is a theatrical love letter to loud music, irresponsible behavior and the beating heart of authenticity we all strive to preserve.
   
Ravenswood Manor  
The Lex Theatre Ravenswood Manor
 
Ravenswood Manor is a camp-horror-soap-opera in 12 episodes. Taking a page from the cult classic Dark Shadows, Justin Sayre’s Ravenswood Manor brings audiences the gothic and hilarious goings-on of a small New England town during the spring of 1976. Directed by Tom DeTrinis and Jessica Hanna, Ravenswood Manor is an episodic theatrical event with two new episodes of the ever-unfolding adventure premiering each week of the six-week run. With a cast of comedic heavy hitters that includes Drew Droege, Sam Pancake, Daniele Gaither, Leslie-Anne Huff, Ryan Garcia, Angela Cristanello and Justin Sayre. Plus surprise guest stars weekly! Join us this fall for the spooky, the silly, the glamour and the camp. Each week, see two back-to-back episodes starting with a recap! Drop in at any point for a hilarious, standalone story … or join us for the full arc!
   
Romeo and Juliet  
Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center Romeo and Juliet
 
The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Associate Artistic Director Gus Krieger. “The absolute highest levels of poetry, literature, and popular storytelling come together for ‘the two hours’ traffic’ of Romeo and Juliet,” says Krieger. “It’s an honor to direct what we hope will be an innovative yet faithful interpretation of this timeless text.”
   
Romeo and Juliet from Hell  
Actors Workout Studio Romeo and Juliet from Hell
 
Romeo and Juliet, dead, wake up to find themselves stuck in their Personal Hell – forced to listen to WEST SIDE STORY music for eternity. To escape, they must suffer through a production of their life story performed by the other inhabitants of Hell – Shakespeare’s dead characters – who butcher the story in hysterical ways! Recommended for ages 15 and up.
   
Salvage  
Lounge Theatre Salvage
 
“Having a dream is like running with scissors.” Harley, a singer-songwriter whose wife is expecting their first child, has decided to hang it up. On his way to pawn his guitar, he stumbles across the bar where his musical hero, Floyd Whitaker, died. Entering, he finds Johnson, the inhospitable bartender, and a single, surly customer, known as Preacher, who’s strumming the blues on an old guitar. Dueling words and songs ensue, dislodging uncomfortable truths, until an unexpected arrival turns everything on its ear.
   
Second Degree  
Studio C Artists Second Degree
 
Holly (Aunt) and Joslyn (Niece), second-degree relatives, share their intergenerational journeys of healing as SECOND DEGREE. This unique and one-of-a-kind duo invite you into their inner circle of healing, sharing intimate stories that are intense and painful telling of adversity, struggle, transformation and joy, but balanced with stunning music, heart-opening meditation and some great conversation. 16+
   
Sorry! Wrong Chimney!  
Camarillo Skyway Playhouse Sorry! Wrong Chimney!
 
David Tuttle is moonlighting as a department store Santa so that he can buy his wife a fur for Christmas. He tells her he's working late at the office, but she finds out he isn't at the office. A suspected other woman, hypnotism, the notorious Santa burglar Kris Kreigle and his gun-toting fiancee, and a confused policeman add up to a rollicking tale that is hilarious Christmas entertainment any time of year.
   
The Spanish Prayer Book  
The Road on Magnolia The Spanish Prayer Book
 
Moral dilemma, historical mystery, and matters of the heart converge when a committed atheist inherits a collection of rare and hauntingly beautiful illustrated Hebrew manuscripts, including a prayer book from fourteenth-century Spain, and discovers that the books, which bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, were stolen some six-hundred years after their creation from a library in 1940s Berlin.
   
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical  
Pantages Theatre Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
 
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn't know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMER MUSICAL's classic hits including "Love to Love You Baby," "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff," this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.
   
Supportive White Parents  
Second City Supportive White Parents
 
When an Asian girl tells her parents she doesn’t want to be a doctor anymore, she wishes on a shooting star for supportive white parents. Book and lyrics by Joy Regullano. Directed by Frank Caeti. Music by The Same and Tony Show. Musical Director is Tony Gonzalez.
   
The Thanksgiving Play  
Geffen Playhouse The Thanksgiving Play
 
Native American playwright Larissa FastHorse penned this pointed comedy on what she calls “performative wokeness,” about the well-meaning creators of a kids’ Thanksgiving pageant, who consider themselves enlightened, but who become trapped in an ever-tightening noose of political correctness while trying not to ruffle any culturally-sensitive feathers.
   
To T, or not to T?  
LA Gay and Lesbian Center To T, or not to T?
 
In a hilariously intimate reflection on taking T(estosterone) and his experiences transitioning, D’Lo shares his confusion with, and pushback to, what is expected when one passes as a cisgender, straight, man of color. Fusing stand-up comedy and storytelling, To T, or not To T? confronts D'Lo's quest to embody a beautiful masculinity that upholds his queer and feminist politic.
   

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