This new take on the classic story of the rise of the King of Scotland examines the sacrifices and consequences women face in their quest for power and recognition, as inspired by the Norse tradition against the backdrop of the Viking invasion. “On these Captains, who had the bodies of women, nature bestowed the souls of men.” – Saxo Grammaticus
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane — 24th Street Theatre, renowned for presenting sophisticated, emotionally rich and provocative theater that can be enjoyed by both adults and kids, separately or together, presents Dwayne Hartford’s stage adaptation of the novel by Kate DiCamillo. In this powerful and highly stylized story, Edward Tulane is a porcelain rabbit who must learn the meaning of love: what it is to love, what it is to lose that love and how to find the courage to love again.
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!
The National Rifle Association is here to save the day -- through song and dance! Praise the lord and NRA-men! Ron Barkley is the head lobbyist for the NRA, and his life is real tough -- his daughter is a liberal socialist with a penchant for protests, and for some reason, the entire country is up in arms about gun control. But when Ron prays to God for divine intervention, he receives a magical gun that turns people -- into guns. Because after all, if you've got problems, the solution is always More Guns! With songs like "Good Guy With A Gun," "Everybody Do The Lobby!" and "Liberal Love," More Guns! A New Musical Comedy About the NRA! is a satire of the NRA, the "woke" left, and all those boring moderates in between. This is a show for the whole family, and by whole family we mean adults only (16+). With book, music, and lyrics by Philip Labes and Michael O'Konis, see More Guns! at The Second City in Hollywood.
This new theatrical adaptation of Richard Wright's seminal work brings Native Son, the classic novel about oppression, freedom and justice, bursting to life on stage as part of Block Party 2019. Bigger Thomas wants more out of life, suffocated as he is by the rat-infested world of poverty and prejudice. But his aspirations in 1930s Chicago are sidetracked when he makes a fateful decision while working for a well-to-do white family. This insightful, urgent adaptation by Nambi E. Kelley comes to Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theater as part of CTG's Block Party, courtesy of the Antaeus Theatre Company.
If there's anything the last few years have shown us, it's that race is still an issue in America. And how couldn't it be, given our history? But we're only just now starting to face how deeply rooted and tangled the issue is for all of us. Pointing the way are brave, finger-on-the-pulse works like The Niceties. This intimate, tense drama finds a black student and a white professor — both brilliant, both liberal — meeting to discuss a paper about slavery's role in the American Revolution. But as the polite chat delves deeper, it grows increasingly fraught, building to a climax that will change both women forever. Don't miss this “barnburner of a play” (The Washington Post) at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. You must be age 12 or older to attend.
Nineteen Years Later follows the witchy and wizardry characters you know and love, 19 years after you saw them last. A satirical take on The Cursed Child, you’ll follow your beloved characters into the twists and turns of adulthood and their children as they themselves navigate through their experiences at a certain school of magical magic. Filled with laughter, tears, and more than a couple magic spells, it’s sure to be a night you’ll never forget.
As part of their 2018-2019 theme "Let Me In," about the deeply human need to be understood for who we are, Pasadena’s A Noise Within theater company presents Othello. Arguably Shakespeare’s most intimate of family tragedies, it’s the tale of the breakdown of a man who has everything — power, position and love — only to find his world decimated through intense mind games with his malicious ensign. Prescient in its searing social commentary of prejudice, betrayal and thwarted ambition, Shakespeare’s thunderous drama examines who we trust and the price we pay when we make the wrong choice.
Lovably topsy-turvy and filled with catchy tunes, The Pirates of Penzance has all the ingredients for the perfect operetta farce: a damsel in distress, sentimental pirates, an adorably dopey Major-General, and a series of delightfully absurd mix-ups. Expecting to be released from servitude on his 21st birthday, the orphaned pirate apprentice Frederic falls for the beauteous young Mabel. But due to a leap-year technicality, the poor lad soon discovers that he must be away from the love of his life and continue his apprenticeship for another 63 years. Will he ever be free? Will he win the hand of his beautiful Mabel? Find out as Glendale Centre Theatre bring this fun, fast-paced show to the stage. (And be sure to help the General sing his famous song: “I am the very model of a modern Major-General, I’ve information vegetable, animal and mineral…”)
In the award-winning Vietgone, Qui Nguyen recounted his parents' hot and hilarious courtship in a Vietnamese refugee camp in 1975. Now, six years later, Tong and Quang are building new lives in a foreign land called Arkansas. But marriage is hard-especially when she's having doubts and his first one isn't over yet. One family's history makes for a raucously funny, deeply moving take on the immigrant story, told with hip-hop style.
Revolutions/Revoluciones — A highly theatrical fever-dream that employs magical realism to tell the kaleidoscope journey of a strong and passionate woman facing an impossible tragedy. A desperate mother searches for her disappeared son amidst a totalitarian regime in an unnamed Latin American country. Produced by the Latino Theater Company in association with Mexico’s Foro Shakespeare, an independent non-profit space that generates and develops projects of direct social impact through the performing arts. Presented in Spanish with English supertitles.
The Root Beer Bandits is a musical adventure for the whole family! All ages will be treated to a good old-fashioned musical comedy with all the bells and whistles. The Root Beer Bandits tells the tale of Polly Peppercorn, the only female to ride for the Pony Express -- but as often is the case, that is her predicament, not her goal. Polly’s dream is to join the ranks of American songwriters way back in the 1860s -- territory that was mostly uncharted for women. When Polly delivers a letter to Sheriff Bailey of Sarsaparilla City, California, they discover that an outlaw named Copper Penny is scheming to steal the city’s famous root beer supply. With a trailblazing female entrepreneur named Sally Sue Tucker at her side, Polly sets things right for Sarsaparilla City and makes it clear that everyone is capable of greatness, no matter what. Original songs, colorful dance numbers, physical comedy and old-time slapstick are sure to delight all ages. With moral messages a-plenty, this 65-minute charmer is bursting with entertainment value. Yee Haw! See The Root Beer Bandits at the Garry Marshall Theatre.
It's meant to be a momentous New Year's 2018 in Rotterdam, as Alice has finally found the courage to come out to her parents as a lesbian -- but that bombshell's back-burnered by another big reveal. It turns out Alice's girlfriend Fiona has always identified as male and now wants to live as one, sending their relationship into a tailspin. After playing to sold out houses and critical acclaim in London, Rotterdam won the prestigious 2017 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliate theater; the first time a transgender-themed play has ever won. Playwright Jon Brittain's bittersweet comedy features flawed and hilarious characters and a story line that raises powerful questions about love and identity. See this Skylight Theatre production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City as part of Center Theatre Group's annual Block Party 2019.
What does it mean to love someone? What do we do when that person becomes unrecognizable? When a brother and sister start bringing their girlfriends on family vacations, a house built on secrets begins to shift. The push and pull of the ones we love gives us one of two options: resist or relent?
The Group Rep presents Agatha Christie's long-lost play The Secret of Chimneys, directed by Jules Aaron, produced by Kathleen Delaney & Kevin Hoffman, Jr. In this mystery, a cosmopolitan adventurer on a mission discovers more than he bargained for when he arrives at an English country house and finds himself in the center of a murderous international conspiracy. This sinister plot of stolen diamonds, secret oil concessions and exiled royalty unfolds under the purview of both Scotland Yard and the French Surete. Chimneys is Christie at her best: a comedy of manners laced with murder at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood!
What if you could be someone else, just for one day? This original new musical comedy sets the stage for a doppelganger switcheroo that goes way, way beyond skin-deep differences. Come laugh at how alike — and different — we truly are in this bold new look at how we look at each other. Written and directed by Dwayne Colbert, Shade can be enjoyed at the Second City Studio Theatre in Los Angeles.
World-famous performing-arts troupe Shen Yun summons an ancient Chinese world to vibrant life via traditional music, dance and acrobatics, along with spectacular animated backdrops, historically authentic costumes and thunderous orchestral sound. Their latest exciting stage extravaganza, Experience a Divine Culture, stars a cast of 100 in a wildly colorful, exhilarating and heartfelt journey through 5,000 years of glorious civilization, now on the verge of disappearing completely. You'll see more than a dozen dance pieces, each with its own story, as well as several solo vocal and instrumental performances as part of the show Broadway World calls "extravagantly beautiful," when it arrives on stage at Long Beach Performing Arts Center's Terrace Theater.