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Seventeen Seventy Fox is the true story of the Constitution as told by the heroes at Fox & Friends. Learn the true meaning of free speech, the 2nd Amendment, and Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS, BY THE WAY.
This Second City Hollywood Premium Show stars Jason Ryan Bornstein, Lauren Frost, Chase Ingrande, Derick Otto, Brendan McCay, Jessie Sherman, and Jacklyn Uweh Written and directed by David Colan Assistant director: John David DeFour Music & lyrics by Wessels Musical Director: Tony Gonzalez
You think your derriere is too big or your chest is too small? Your nose too long or your legs too short? Your waist too thick, your hair too thin, and birthdays only remind you that you're over 30 and over the hill? If so, 50 Shades of Perfect is the play for you. RAW ShortBurst® Theatre presents a one-night-only look at our constant struggle for perfection — for the Instagram body and the Brangelina face — to fit ourselves to unrealistic standards, force ourselves into an ill-fitting mold. Love me for who I am…or leave me alone! Do we dare to stay that out loud, or even think it inside? Must we forever be lemmings, following every trend the media so temptingly proffers? Join us for Linda's 50th birthday party, a celebration of the imperfections that make us unique, the scars that define us, and a discovery that perfection can be simply…what we already are. Nobody's perfect, and perhaps "good enough" really is good enough.
Ain't Too Proud is a new musical about the life and times of the Temptations, ranked the top R&B group in history by Billboard magazine in 2017. At first, the band members were just five young guys on the streets of Detroit. Then they were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. After 24 attempts, they finally scored a hit, and the rest is history — how they met, how they rose, the heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the nation fell into civil unrest. Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo, and multi-Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff bring this thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal to the stage. Ain't Too Proud includes iconic hits like "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" as well as the signature dance moves that made the "Classic Five" Temptations part of American cultural history.
WORLD PREMIERE! In 1956, a giant kaiju (monster) destroys Tokyo and sends seismic waves of fear, anger, and ignorance through generations. Facts are questioned, history is alternatively written, and modern politics is set against primal religion in this ferociously civilized cautionary tale of two nations coping with their own damaged legacies. Can humanity reckon with the monsters that rise against us, the ones that live within us all?
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling production filled with beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event in which one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Aladdin features songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies). The lyrics are by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony winner Tim Rice (The Lion King), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
In the blue collar Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn sits a rundown neighborhood institution called The Alamo, the last great American bar. The owners, Munce and Carmen, along with some of their regulars, watched, from the roof, as the World Trade Center towers fell, taking down their relatives, friends, and neighbors. Today, with an aging clientele, the place is fighting to keep its doors open and the only hope seems to be the arrival of artists/gentrifiers who are moving into the neighborhood and wanting to adopt the bar as an entertainment hangout. Bay Ridge locals and Alamo regulars don't want to surrender their bar, much less their neighborhood, to these young neo-carpetbaggers without a fight. Touching on themes of nativism, racism, and war, The Alamo paints a humorous and dramatic portrait of eight working-class Bay Ridge natives who always seem to find themselves on the front lines of change in America.
Follow the life of the beloved Yiddish storyteller as he spins tales of his loves and losses, his fame and failures, his passionate involvement in the creation of a new homeland, and the tremendous optimism that kept him going against all odds. Audiences are treated to an in-depth look at the joyous and poignant events that inspired the foolish philosophers, philosophical fools, comical shtetl folk, and not-so-comical scoundrels that populated Sholom Aleichem's world. Starring veteran performer Chris DeCarlo, who assays the role of the beloved author, a characterization which has been enjoyed by over a quarter of a million people; and Evelyn Rudie, who has created more than three dozen Sholom Aleichem characters.
Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government's treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they struggle between duty and defiance, custom and change, and family bonds and forbidden loves. George Takei leads the cast of this revival.
Tony Award nominee, and winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award (Best Solo Performance 2015), Orson Bean returns to Pacific Resident Theatre in the world premiere of Alright Then, costarring Alley Mills. The new production is being directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos (Ovation Award and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Director), and was inspired by Bean's multi-award-winning companion piece Safe at Home: An Evening With Orson Bean.
As one of America's best-known raconteurs, and an undisputed triple threat, Orson Bean has entertained several generations of audiences in all forms of media. In his latest comical and genuine extravaganza, he and Alley Mills recount a magical but unlikely meeting that changed the course of their lives forever. A funny, vivid, and synchronistic journey about two artists who beat the odds in the world of entertainment, love…and marriage.
The Hollywood Bowl celebrates one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history — Annie! This classic story of a young girl overcoming adversity features a beloved score of hits (including "Tomorrow" and "It's the Hard Knock Life") and is a delightful experience for the entire family!
It's the heartwarming "rhythm and boos" musical comedy offering a new twist on what makes a hero and how legends are made. Boo the villain and cheer the heroine in the true spirit of the American melodrama. Annie Oakley was a champion for women's rights as far back as 1898, and now she's back, coming to the aid of a single mom and her daughters struggling to find a balance between the bottom-line temptations of modern living and the comforting roots of tradition. Should Annie's Place, passed down through the generations of women in Kat's family, become the newfangled Princess Café? Is the "out with the old, in with new" mentality the right one? Should princesses replace cowgirls? Or is there a way to unite the old and the new? Audiences ages 2 to 102 help Annie, Kat, and her girls hold their own against smarmy villain Marvin Q. Moneypots and create a whole new family tradition. Birthday parties are available with every show.
He's a dark, enigmatic prince obsessed with seeking revenge for his father's death. She's a steadfast rebel who challenged the powers of the church to restore France to greatness. Iconic figures from two dramatic classics — Hamlet and Saint Joan — are brought vividly to life in two riveting, stripped-down stagings in rotating repertory by four actors from the acclaimed theater company Bedlam.
This play concerns young Americans Zack and Abby: They appear to be a perfect couple, with the perfect expatriate life in Paris — a funky bohemian apartment in up-and-coming Belleville, a stable marriage, and Zack's noble mission at Doctors Without Borders to fight pediatric AIDS. But when Abby finds Zack at home one afternoon when he's supposed to be at work, their marriage begins to show cracks, and an ordinary night unravels into a modern-day thriller. Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog's new play is a Hitchcock-style drama and makes for a captivating evening of intrigue and suspense. The cast features Drama Desk nominee Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Tony Award nominee Thomas Sadoski (Life In Pieces).
Adapted from Daniel Wallace's novel and Tim Burton's acclaimed film, and featuring spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family and The Wild Party), Big Fish is a fantastical musical that illustrates the larger-than-life anecdotes of Edward Bloom, a man nearing the end of his life. This fact has compelled his grown son Will to embark on an adventure of his own — to unravel his real dad from the myths of his tall tales. Filled with magic, love, luck, and crazy coincidences, this rollicking fantasy set in the American South is a tribute to the power of dreaming big.
Recommendation for all ages.
Show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the spot, improvise the "black version" of that film complete with its improvised soundtrack, dance numbers, DVD extras, audition reels & more.
The Black Version is a completely improvised show that started at The Groundlings Theatre in LA in 2010 to sold out crowds and great reviews. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast a "Comedic A-Team", LA Weekly says the show is "Red Hot" and "Scores more than it's share of belly laughs" while the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"!
Join the second annual Center Theatre Group Block Party and discover exceptional new theater from the past year that you may not even know you missed.
Every night, performers take the stage at over 250 theaters across Los Angeles. The abundance of talent and innovative work being produced is a theater lover's dream. To celebrate all that L.A.'s intimate theater scene has to offer, CTG is once again presenting encore productions from three outstanding companies — showcasing their remarkable work at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
The plays selected for the inaugural Block Party were Coeurage Theatre Company's production of Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins, the Echo Theater Company's production of Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, and the Fountain Theatre's production of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine and adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs.
The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in Blues in the Night, the scorching Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical. The 26 hot and torchy numbers — by icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, and more — tell of the sweet, sexy, and sorrowful experiences that three women have with a lying, cheating, snake of a man who represents all the men who do them wrong. The Wallis is honored to have Los Angeles theater luminary Sheldon Epps return to his breakout hit. Staged in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater, Blues in the Night will leave audiences energized, inspired, and ready to wail.
Twenty years after the searing hit Bordertown premiered, Pasadena Playhouse sends Los Angeles's very own Culture Clash back to the border to investigate. Reimagined, remixed, and fully reloaded, Bordertown Now is an irreverent and sometimes hilarious exploration of the regions and people at the center of one of America's most hot-button issues. Energized with new material from today's headlines and directed by Obie Award-winning Diane Rodriguez, the nation's premier Chicano-Latino performance trio continues to redefine the boundaries of theater and break down divisions between cultures.
Broadway actors, dancers and producers from Tony-Award winning and fan-favorite shows including South Pacific, The Producers, The Book of Mormon, Motown the Musical and Les Misérables have assembled the highest caliber of Los Angeles-based Broadway performers to offer Angelenos an intimate and heart-stopping taste of Broadway. The show features a live band, rotating program and special celebrity guests. The producers intend to continue the show on a weekly basis at W Hollywood.
Based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical will take you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s — where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else, family.
A Bronx Tale is directed by multi-Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and multi-Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks. Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri wrote the book, while the score is the work of multi-Academy Award winner Alan Menken and multi-Tony nominee Glenn Slater. The choreography is by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo.
Audiences adored her in her acclaimed Jamaica, Farewell," and now she's back for a one-night-only performance of her newest play for the Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Series. Self-discovery, betrayal, guilt, pleasure and love are explored based on true stories of up close and personal encounters with those very complicated members of the opposite sex. Debra Ehrhardt's colorful history of encounters with a world full of testosterone-fueled gentlemen and not-so-gentle men has given her plenty of source material from which to create a memorable evening of theater — much to her husband's lighthearted chagrin. For mature audiences only. Proceeds support the Playhouse Benefit campaign.
A silent father, an ancient tradition, and an unexpectedly important game of baseball forge bonds of lifelong friendship between two Jewish boys from "five blocks and a world apart" in this funny, poignant, timely, and timeless father-son story about recognition and acceptance of "the other."
Hilarity knows no hours! The Completely Different Late Show is an all-star extravaganza featuring Main Company Groundlings. The show is different every week, and it features the perfect blend of various sketch & improvisation styles all in one night!
Since 1992 The Groundlings Main Company, Alumni and Sunday Companies have played together every Thursday night in the all-improv explosion that has become almost as much of an institution as the Groundlings Theatre itself! Based entirely on audience suggestions, the comic daredevils invent custom-made satire and song. Each week features a new surprise guest.
16 and over only. Management reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone who appears younger than 16 years of age with no ticket refund or exchange.
Sam Shepard and Patti Smith penned this one-act play in 1970 about the conversation surrounding the battle between self-discovery and fitting into societal norms.
Curious George — that lovably inquisitive little monkey and icon of books, movies, and an Emmy Award-winning PBS TV series — comes to the stage in a delightful new musical. Every year, George eagerly awaits the only day more important than his birthday: All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day, when he helps his friend Chef Pisghetti cook and serve delicious meatballs to a hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished — lured away by Phineas T. Lightspeed and his Meatballs O'Matic 9000 machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. But his buddy George decides to enter the chef's meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest to prove they're the best. Can a determined little monkey make it all the way to Rome and win the big prize? With every swing and flip, George leads the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Italy's capital, friendship, and the "secret ingredient" to cooking!
Upon arrival you'll be greeted by Dan Chan's award winning close up magic. You'll enjoy a Chinese banquet meal followed by an unforgettable magic act by Dan and his team of performers.
Desert Rats is a dark comedy about life and crime in America's contemporary West. Estranged brothers Frank and Jesse reunite to plan a kidnapping in a squalid motel room on a hellish day in Barstow. When day turns into night and their hostage is brought out of the trunk, the siblings find their troubles have just begun.
Amir has left his Pakistani heritage behind in an attempt to make partner at his corporate law firm, but his wife, Emily, doesn't share his negative feelings about Islam — she has encouraged Amir to help with the case of a controversial imam. When they throw a dinner party for Amir's colleague Jory and her husband Isaac, the hard truths revealed lead to the unraveling of their carefully constructed lives.
The Eclectic Company Theatre is celebrating March with an exciting Eclectic Stew production of seven short plays featuring some of LA's most talented actors, writers, and directors.
Play 1: "Sara and Jimmy," from Bum Tickers, by Thomas Prosser. An ex-con thug yearns for a new life as an artist. He is drawn to Greenwich Village artist Sara, who likes to flirt with the dark side of human nature.
Play 2: "Tired of F**king Letters," from Bum Tickers, by Thomas Prosser. Ex-boxer Stormy Weathers, just released from prison, encounters his ex-wife, jazz singer and doper Carmen St. James, now married to his brother. Play 3: Love Stinks, by Paul Gulino. The shifting dynamics between Johnny, a student who wants to trade sex for higher grades, and his teacher. Play 4: March Madness, by Paul Gulino. More illicit relations between teacher and student.
Play 5: Mail, written and directed by Michael Goldstein. Gloria, an elderly woman, and her adult son David go through her life.
Will the winds blow? The rains come? The cat die? Legendary local playwright Justin Tanner fashions a new laugh-out-loud comedy that encompasses his talent for writing an equally brilliant underbelly of sadness for humankind. Once again, discover all you've come to love about a Tanner piece, including his regular cast.
What kind of tango partner are you looking for — one that will glide with you above all of life's messiness, or someone who will stay with you on the ground? It's only their first date, but Ramona and Khalil's time is already running out. Ramona has cancer. Khalil is selling his identity to a corporation. Typical relationship stuff. While they both seem set to vanish off this earth, they unexpectedly find themselves preparing to give love one more try. This warm, witty, and wise romantic comedy asserts that even in the potentially hazardous, high-stakes game of love and relationships…the risk is worth it if it means finding your favorite dancing companion.
Recommendation: ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.
Hysterical antics and complex magic are brought to life! An imaginative, exciting performer with a knack for fun, Eric Buss and company deliver magic and shenanigans in a fun and modern format!
This powerhouse Latin jazz ensemble ensures an electric start to summer 2018! Join us as we welcome back José Rizo and this supergroup previously seen at the Playboy Jazz Festival, Yoshi's, The Greek Theatre, and more!
Singer, master percussionist, and showman Louie Cruz Beltran will captivate, entertain, and amaze! Don't miss the chance to see this incomparable headliner in the intimate setting of the Curtis! The expected hot ticket of the season!
William Finn and James Lapine's groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos returned to Broadway in 2017 and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The work revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It's a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family...and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.
Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, Deep Sea Dances. Nancy is positive, that's fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn't the one she wanted?
In this charming musical adaptation of Frederick, the award-winning book by Leo Lionni, summer is quickly turning to fall and all the mice are out collecting supplies for the cold winter that lies ahead — all except for Frederick, who seems to have his head in the clouds, or so it would appear. When winter finally arrives, it is Frederick who has stored something special that helps save the day. With a foot-tapping score that adds to the fun, Frederick is a perfect introduction to musical theater for our youngest audiences.
The critically acclaimed story of Geronimo's life as a POW on the Fort Sill Indian Reservation. Starring veteran performer Rudy Ramos (The Enforcer, Defiance, Colors), helmed by respected actor and director Steve Railsback (Helter Skelter, From Here to Eternity, The X-Files), written by award-winning novelist Janelle Meraz Hooper (As Brown As I Want: The Indianhead Diaries), Geronimo focuses on the resiliency, humor, and genius of the great Apache leader, bringing him to life on stage in a dramatic recounting of a fascinating, largely forgotten chapter in American history.
"The white men will never tell the whole story. They control everything that is said about us in the newspapers and books. Even the maps favor the whites. They are dotted with each place we fought the white soldiers. Look closely. You will see: If the soldiers won, it was a battle. If we won, it was a massacre."
The haves and the have-nots come face-to-face in this Broadway hit. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), this Tony-nominated dramatic comedy finds struggling single mother Margie Walsh coming to terms with the reality that her South Boston neighborhood offers the same lack of opportunity it always has. For most people, it's a place where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills — and church bingo is a big night out on the town. Facing eviction, Margie's forced to turn to an old high school flame for help. But he's now a successful physician living in the suburbs…and Margie is way out of her element there. With a keen eye for character and an uncanny sense of humor, Good People explores the struggles, shifting loyalties, and unshakable hope that comes with having next to nothing in America.
Recommendation: ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.
The show focuses on events taking place over the course of a weekend in Berlin's elegant Grand Hotel. Through revolving doors enters a varied cast of eccentric guests of the hotel, including a ballerina afraid of her advancing years; her dashing younger lover – a baron, who is also a jewel thief; a fatally ill Jewish bookkeeper who wants to spend his last days living in luxury; and an honest businessman gone bad with his secretary, who dreams of Hollywood success (originally played by a Reprise! favorite Jane Krakowski). Fate has brought them all together, and they will find themselves interacting in surprising, musical, and thoroughly entertaining ways.
The dogs of war are unleashed, and a charismatic warrior king emerges in Shakespeare's breathtaking depiction of the Battle of Agincourt. But the events before and after the decisive victory temper the fervor of nationalism — and paint a nuanced portrait of the introspective Henry, who learns that the attributes that make an inspirational leader often come into conflict with those that make a good man.
Henry V, the history play by William Shakespeare written around 1599, tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War. The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II; Henry IV, Part 1; and Henry IV, Part 2. Audiences may know the title character from Shakespeare's earlier Henry IV plays as a wild, undisciplined lad called "Prince Harry" or "Hal."
Hershey Felder, a Steinway artist, returns to the Wallis, bringing Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the maestro's side. Featuring some of the composer's most famous works, including the "Moonlight" Sonata, the "Pathétique" Sonata, and selections from his fifth and ninth symphonies, Beethoven is a journey through time that will bring audiences closer to the essence of a genius.
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle prewar duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for best play.
The onscreen pairing of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz is at the heart of one of the most popular TV shows in history. Who would have thought that to get on the air they had to battle both a network and a sponsor who thought the show couldn't possibly succeed? I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom tells the hilarious true story behind one of America's most beloved TV comedies.
A bilingual, humorous journey in search of what it means to be "American." Two baseball players from Sinaloa, Mexico, arrive in the U.S. with big dreams...but no documents. Armed with their Tia's famous salsa recipe, the pair works day and night to make their taco truck the "Uncle Sam" of mobile restaurants. Will a contest to be "the most American food truck" at Dodger Stadium for the 4th of July prove to Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they belong?
Improv Olympic West, the Los Angeles arm of the world-famous ImprovOlympic in Chicago, presents the best improvisation west of the Windy City. There are shows every night. It's always something new, fresh...and funny!
Only persons 21 and older will be admitted into Improv Olympic shows.
World-renowned magician Ivan Amodei stars in his critically acclaimed Intimate Illusions show at the famed Beverly Wilshire at the most glamourous address in the world Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd.
A celebrity favorite, Ivan has entertained in luxury venues throughout the world. Expert sleight of hand, original and mind bending illusions all while accompanied by a concert cellist that scores the show with great classics. BroadwayWorld calls his hit show "Spectacular' " and the L.A. Times named it a "Top Pick."
Here's what you will experience:
• Witness Ivan Amodei recreate the famous story of William Tell with a surgically sharp darts and a unsuspecting volunteer from the audience • Ivan will disclose Houdini's biggest kept secret • Watch him unleash the power of the mind of a mega-savant
• A World Class magic show for only 60 guests • Set at the famed Beverly Wilshire in Ivan's private luxury suite • Décor styled after a Ralph Lauren Madison Ave Apartment • A concert cellist accompanying Ivan like the score to a great movie • Hear the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Mission Impossible, James Bond, The Pink Panther and other famous classics played live
Don't miss Ivan's witty humor and interactive style that leaves audiences wanting more!
Experience the life and music of the "Man in Black." A fun, toe-tapping trip down memory lane honoring Johnny Cash's life, music, and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his signature backing band, the Tennessee Three.
Jane Austen's enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical. The story revolves around Emma, a well-meaning but disaster-prone matchmaker who ignores her own romantic feelings while setting out to find a suitor for her friend Harriet. Her efforts go awry, of course, leading to comic complications. We invite you to fall in love again with one of Jane Austen's most adored characters, featuring an intelligent and buoyant score from Tony-nominated composer Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre).
Recommendation: Wonderful for the entire family!
What does it mean to be free? What is justice? With his play Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis creates tears in our perception of humanity. Prisoners Lucious and Angel face a cold justice system as they discuss religion and humanity during their one hour in the sun. Sixty-Six Theater Co. brings this thought-provoking prison-centered play to the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood.
Rubicon Theatre Company presents the timely and trenchant saga King Lear as the centerpiece of their 20th anniversary season. Directed by cofounder James O'Neil, the production features a 20-member cast led by acclaimed actor and company member George Ball, who has starred in previous Rubicon productions of All My Sons, Man of La Mancha, and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (appearing in New York, L.A., and international companies of the latter). Timely and trenchant, King Lear is the story of a narcissistic ruler who craves adulation, casts out those who doubt his decisions, and neglects those on the fringes of society. Considered by many to be Shakespeare's greatest masterpiece, King Lear is a haunting and epic saga of love, greed, family strife, and civil war.
Accomplished actress Lois Robbins takes us on a poignant and comic journey as one woman explores her sexual history in what ultimately becomes her coming-of-age story, L.O.V.E.R.
L.O.V.E.R. is a riff on childhood, adolescents, and, finally, adulthood from a grown-up woman's point of view. Robbins' one-act comic play first workshopped in June 2017 at the Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, New York.
Get ready to be whisked back to the golden age of television in Neil Simon's "love letter" to his early career as a TV writer alongside the likes of comedy legends Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.
It's a roller coaster ride, catapulting an unconventional 1950s writers' room into the comedy fray as they frantically attempt to please their larger-than-life boss.
Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and the Morgan-Wixson is thrilled to be celebrating the occasion with this glorious musical. Little Women follows the saga of the March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy — as they grow up in Civil War America. Jo is trying to sell her stories but publishers are not interested. Her friend, Professor Bhaer, urges her to write more from her heart. Taking his advice, Jo weaves the story of her and her sisters and their experiences into her work. The show, which brought Sutton Foster her second Tony nomination, features a stunning score by Grammy winner Jason Howland.
Book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. Directed by Anne Gesling, who helmed the sold-out hit A Winter's Tale last fall.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Live Rude Girls is an all-female sketch comedy revue that carefully considers the question of whether women can be funny, takes the paper the question was written on, tears it up, pours gasoline all over it, and uses it to start a dumpster fire protesting the defunding of Planned Parenthood. The cast fearlessly tackles topics like body shaming, street harassment, and the near-constant barrage of dick pics in this no-holds-barred satirical view on the female experience. The cast of Live Rude Girls has been described as "shrill," "prettier if they smiled," and "2/10: Would Not Bang."
This Second City Hollywood premium show was written and performed by Audrey Goodman, Robyn Heller, Darby Rae, Pia Smith, Jackie Uweh, and Andra Whipple. Directed by Nicole Williams Assistant director: Michael Busza Musical director: Darcy Kendall
The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival marks 25 years of producing well over 500 extraordinary solo performances. The longest-running annual solo festival for women in Los Angeles will take place March 29- April 1, 2018. The theme of the festival will be Legacy and Destiny.
The Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony will be held on March 29, 2018, at the Barnsdally Gallery Theatre. The Festival will commence on Friday, March 30 at 8pm and continue through Saturday, March 31, at 3pm and 8pm; and Sunday, April 1, at 3pm at the Electric Lodge.
The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival marks 25 years of producing solo performers from around the globe.
The Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony will be held in honor of exceptional women who have made laudable contributions in theater. Following the reception at 6:30pm, the festivities continue at 8pm with the recognition of retrospective honorees over the past 25 years.
The 25th Anniversary Opening Night Gala will be directed by Iona Morris and hosted by Hattie Winston and Ted Lange. There will be special live performances in addition to the awards presentations, including entertainment by Juli Kim, who will perform her dance/performance art piece The Journey, described as the journey each of us has of us has to take, seen from a distance, sweet and brief.
Winner of Drama-Logue awards for outstanding playwright and outstanding direction, A Love Affair is a hilarious, daring, and more-than-a-touch-racy comedy that takes you on the roller-coaster ride of a 38-year (and counting) marriage — the successes, the disappointments, the sex, the traumas, the traumas about sex, and the budget and the children and the adventure of casting your lot with another human being…for life. Whatever your state of affairs, A Love Affair will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart. From the team that brought you the smash hits Almost Perfect, Aspirin & ELEPHANTS, and 2 Across, A Love Affair is "FLAWLESS! This theatre just never disappoints!" (the Tolucan Times). Back by audience demand after a sold-out 2017 run.
In a time of resistance, what will you do? Buenos Aires, Argentina, and people are disappearing off the streets, but no one is talking about it. The "Dirty War" waged by the military junta against its own people is in full swing. Three generations of women in a single family face state terrorism. The Mothers of Los Desaparecidos de Argentina can teach us all how to fight tyranny. The Madres is one family's story.
The Madres hits Los Angeles with an impressive cache of accolades, including winning the Ashland New Plays Festival and the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company's Generations Contest.
In Members Only, the long-awaited sequel to the groundbreaking Blade to the Heat, 20 years have passed since the original. It's 1982 in New York City: the golden age of boxing, the dying gasp of disco, and the flowering of identity politics. Pedro Quinn is well past 40 and still fighting, not only for championships but for the right to be himself on his own terms. He even has a protégé, a female boxer who reminds him of his own youthful fights in and out of the ring. But when a detached retina threatens to end the only life he knows and old frenemies Vinal and Sarita want to make a movie about the champion he killed in the ring 20 years ago, Quinn can no longer hide from the ghosts of his past. Nor can he protect those he loves from the specter of hatred, much less the looming onslaught of what will soon be named the AIDS virus. He can hide in plain sight no more, and his biggest fight is yet to come.
Inspired by her experience of of what it means to be half African-American, half Irish-American, writer-performer Monique DeBose wrote this funny, heartwarming, and disruptive one-woman show. Familiar face and award-winning director Denise Dowse will be at the helm. Original music fuels DeBose's exploration of race, family, and identity through the lens of being mixed race.
LA native Monique DeBose is an award-winning, multi-talented playwright and jazz-R&B-pop singer-songwriter who has toured and entertained audiences throughout Europe, India, and Asia.
Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life onstage in this groundbreaking adaptation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Nambi E. Kelley, this Native Son captures the power of Wright's novel for a whole new generation.
On a frozen Minnesota lake, the ice is beginning to creak and groan. It's the end of the fishing season, and two old friends are out on the ice, angling for something big — something down there that is pure need. Something that might just swallow them whole. Nice Fish is a sublimely reflective, profound, and funny play.
This new play by Steve Nevil (writer of last year's critically acclaimed Welcome to Heretofore at the LA Fringe Festival) is a reimagining of Beckett's Waiting for Godot set in the West during the 1870s. At a campfire out on the prairie, two none-too-bright cowpokes wait for their leader Godsford and for instructions about "the plan." There's been a hanging in town, and they may or may not have been part of it — in the flurry of what happened, things are somewhat unclear to them. All they are sure about is that Godsford has told them to meet them here by the tree. Into their midst come several tumbleweed characters — all of whom may change the course of their destiny in one way or another. A comedic journey which utilizes the roots of vaudeville as well as the absurdity of Beckett, the play is in many ways an homage to the elegiac westerns of Ford and Peckinpah.
A Noise Within's most requested production returns! ANW favorites are ready to rein in the chaos of this joyfully out-of-control British farce about the auspiciously titled play-within-a-play Nothing On. Noises Off invites the audience to step backstage and meet the under-rehearsed, overworked cast and crew with a penchant for drama more personal than professional. As the production progresses, the bumbling cast brings down the house — literally!
Juliana Smithton is a respected neurologist whose life has recently begun unraveling. Her husband is leaving her, her daughter has eloped with a much older man, and she's even beginning to question her own good health. A compelling and acclaimed drama in which nothing is quite what it seems, The Other Place is an intimate mystery that blurs fact with fiction, past with present, and Juliana's perception with ever-elusive truth. An elaborately crafted theatrical work, this Outer Critics Circle Award nominee will likely keep you talking long after the curtain has closed.
Recommendation: ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.
Do not miss PaleyFest LA, the iconic TV festival produced by the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, taking place at the Dolby Theatre March 16-25. This is your annual connection to TV's hottest stars for insights, anecdotes, and scoops about your favorite shows. And this is a very special year: It's the festival's 35th anniversary. Come celebrate with us!
The PaleyFest LA 2018 lineup includes:
March 16: PaleyFest Icon Tribute to Barbra Streisand (7:30pm) March 17: FOX's The Orville (2pm) March 17: NBC's Will & Grace (7pm) March 18: Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale (2pm) March 18: HBO's Silicon Valley (7pm) March 20: CW's Supernatural (6:45pm) March 21: CBS's The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon (7:30pm) March 22: ABC's The Good Doctor (7:30pm) March 24: CBS's Mom (2pm) March 24: OWN's Queen Sugar (7pm) March 25: CW's Riverdale (2pm) March 25: Netflix's Stranger Things (7pm)
Broadway veteran Perry Ojeda relates his personal experience working with the legendary songwriting team Betty Comden & Adolph Green when he performed the leading role of "Gabey" in the 1998 Broadway revival of On the Town and reveals in his own touching words and memories how they mentored and touched his life as an actor & performing artist.
While working at a chaotic tech start-up, a woman tries to overcome her hellish anger management problem and get along with her buggy coworkers, human and otherwise. Marek Glinski breathes humor into the perils of individuals coexisting with technology.
Based on the Oscar-winning hit film, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a hilarious, outrageous, and fabulous musical road trip featuring some of the most classic dance songs of all time, including "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," and "I Love the Nightlife." Set in Australia, Priscilla follows three drag queens as they drive across the outback in a run-down old bus searching for love and fulfillment, and end up discovering what true friendship really means.
Catherine, who has inherited her deceased father's mathematical brilliance, is haunted by the fear that she also inherited his madness. Caught between a budding relationship with Hal, one of her father's former students, and the reappearance of her estranged sister Claire, Catherine finds both her world and her mind unraveling as a family mystery comes to light.
In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, which debuted on Broadway in 1959, the prospect of life insurance money from their late father offers life-changing options to the Youngers, an African-American family living in a cramped apartment on Chicago's South Side. However, competing visions of how to use the money — for the grandmother Lena, her son Walter (with wife Ruth and son Travis), and her daughter Beneatha — threaten to tear apart a family already facing a pre-civil-rights-era America.
Fun (and appropriate) for everyone from 2 to 200 years old, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation. Because there's a rotating cast, audiences see different performers and games each week.
Experience the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 90 minutes!!! The first U.S. venue to take the plunge into the world of international stand-up comedy, Santa Monica Playhouse presents rotating lineups of seasoned, honed and hilariously entertaining comics just waiting to be discovered in the U.S. You won't see anything like this outside of Edinburgh, Melbourne, Sydney, or Montreal.
Join us for complimentary cups of English tea served by your witty, well-traveled, award-winning hosts, Chris Martin (Brit) and Eric Lampaert (French), and a delicious mix of the funniest, smartest, cleverest — and often most provocative — stand-ups you'd never discover without a passport.
The second Thursday of every month, through December 2018. With a new line-up every time, make this your monthly dose of comedy! Don't miss it!
Scot Nery's Boobie Trap is an acclaimed variety show that features big names in cirque, variety, comedy, magic, and music. In it's second year of weekly shows, Scot Nery presents a hilarious cirque, magical, musical party-show like nothing you've seen before. See great comedy, stunning circus arts, jaw dropping magic and, just maybe, a guy spinning a cheeseburger atop an umbrella. Accompanied the national sensation Fire Leopard house band, this is good stuff!
In her new solo show, Tony Award-winning writer, performer, and chameleonic comedian Sarah Jones brings to life an entire cast of characters, all of whom have something to say about gender, sex work, and the times in which we are living.
Highly acclaimed and very Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner at various restaurants throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. This evening of intrigue, suspense, laughter, and murder includes a 3 course gourmet dinner with salad, choice of entree and dessert. Guests may be implicated in the crime. Audience has the opportunity to solve the mystery and win a prize.
Shine is a show for the entire family including aerial silks, hoop, Cyr wheel, contortion, acrobatics, Japanese drumming, stilt walkers, roller skating, dancing, and much, much more! Some of the renowned performers in this show are Stiltworld & KnightRollers featuring Trey Knight, master juggler Jack Kalvan and his wife and juggling partner Jeri, the drumming of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, and the amazing cirque talents of Le Petite Cirque. Come with us on a magical journey filled with colorful characters who laugh, dance, flip, fly, play, and love. As the journey unfolds you will be drawn into their world, and will share in the transformation from ordinary life into revelation and pure joy.
Significant Other, a dark comedy by Bad Jews playwright Joshua Harmon, is the story of twentysomething Jordan, who's the life of the wedding party until it dawns on him that he is "always a groomsman, never the groom."
In Six Characters in Search of a Play, riffing on Pirandello's classic title, Del Shores brings to life six one-of-a-kind characters he has met in real life that haven't quite made it into one of his plays, films, or TV shows. In 90 minutes, the audience will hear the truth behind how he collected these eccentrics and their stories as he portrays his hilarious, off-the-rails encounters with them.
As the Great Recession begins, a makeshift family of four factory workers in Detroit toil while their industry flirts with failure. With their future uncertain, Faye, Shanita, Dez, and Reggie, the foreman, must decide how they will balance their own desires, their loyalty to one another, and their survival. More than half a century after Willy Loman struggled for success, this fresh, off-Broadway play shows audiences that the quest for the American Dream endures.
Hilariously provocative, what begins as a contemporary play slowly becomes a play with music set 150 years in the future in this seductive world premiere by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly). A beloved East-meets-West musical, China's 21st-century rise, and a theater company gala collide to make mayhem — and some beautiful music. Inspired by the West's often ridiculously inauthentic portrayals of Asia, Soft Power is the first collaboration between two of America's great theater artists: Hwang and Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home).
A powerhouse cast of queer, gay, bisexual, asexual, trans, and straight performers are taking everything out of the bedroom and putting it all onto the stage! Second City Hollywood is setting out to explore the private lives of individuals as they question themselves, their relationships, and their fantasies, all leading to the point where they seek out Some F*cking Advice. Inspired in part by sex & love advice institutions such as Dr. Ruth, Loveline, and Savage Love, this original sketch comedy is performed by Paul Bianchi, Reed Brice, Camirin Farmer, Alan Masa, Lauren Michaels, Mikey Mulhearn, April Showers, and Libby Wahlmeier.
Written by the cast and Tim Paul Directed by Tim Paul Assistant director: Kathryn Hammond Musical direction by Hughie Stone Fish
Prepare yourself for some enchanted evening! Rodgers & Hammerstein's epic musical romance makes its La Mirada Theatre debut! Although well-known for its extraordinary score — "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," "Bali Ha'i," "There's Nothin' Like a Dame," and "A Wonderful Guy" — South Pacific is also a deeply felt drama. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in a foreign culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949. Don't miss it here, in all its melodic glory!
In April 2010, British Petroleum gave orders to speed up production on its colossal drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon. Despite the objections of many on the rig, safety measures were ignored or overlooked. On April 20, the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Eleven men paid the ultimate price, and thousands who call the Gulf Coast home found their lives irrevocably altered.
Combining the beautiful, macabre text of Macbeth with movement and dance, this production explores Shakespeare's brutal play of a Scottish king driven mad from his own ambitions from a different angle that's all too relevant today. In this debut show from Fearless Imp Entertainment, with CTB Productions, Lady Macbeth is a survivor of horrifying abuse, flipping the script and challenging us to end the cycle of violence perpetrated through toxic masculinity, often passed on from father to son. Headed by acclaimed director Heidi Powers, this bold new approach finally tells Lady Macbeth's story, or, more accurately, her tragedy.
The story centers on Charity's life as a dance hall hostess "with a heart of gold", determined to break out of the Fan-Dango Ballroom. She accidentally finds herself in the bedroom of an Italian film star as she starts dating the neurotic and shy Oscar. When Oscar proposes, he insists he doesn't care about Charity's profession. But in the end, he does care very much and Charity is soon back to having her toes and heart stepped on in the ballroom. But not before singing and dancing to such rousing Broadway classics as "Big Spender," "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "Where Am I Going," and "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This."
While there are plenty of entertainment venues in SoCal for children and families, there are very few for just grown ups. Teatro Martini is a new, edgy, fun, interactive experience for grown-ups that merges upscale dining with spicy, but not too spicy, entertainment for couples and groups. Grown-ups love the spicy non-stop comedy, fun interactive experience and fantastic dining. Acrobatics, world class magic, great singing and dancing for the demanding Southern California entertainment marketplace were also added. The food is grown-up gourmet, too, served in a cozy, dinner cabaret environment for just 200 people.
"Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing?" The much-loved children's book is brought to life in a colorful, captivating live musical sure to capture the attention of little ones, their mom, dad, and grandparents!
Threat is a story of a psychotherapist who tries to control a bipolar, brilliant, and dangerous maniac in order to save innocent lives but finally is forced to a make a bold choice between honoring her oath and protecting others. It asks the question of whether a psychotherapist treating a troubled student could have prevented the carnage we've seen time and time again at schools across America. Full of suspense and catharsis, Threat is a tense exploration of narcissism, risk, and self-realization.
The Keen family is dealing with the recent tragedy concerning their daughter, Dana, a navy corpsman in the Iraq War. Larry copes with a tumbler of scotch, or five; Barbara sets an extra plate setting; and Samantha, their teenage daughter, secretly uses Twitter to create a protest. Then Nasser, an Iraqi refugee, arrives at their door unannounced on Christmas Eve. As the family fights over whether or not to keep Nasser's "gift," tempers fly and secrets are revealed. Will the Keens be pulled further apart or will they find grace and redemption in this intriguing family dramedy?
Winner of the 2017 LA Fringe Festival Encore Award, Trump in Space is Star Trek meets Avenue Q meets Trump, a musical battle of good vs. bad and ideals vs. opportunism. This original musical is an epic space adventure filled with all the sci-fi tropes we love and all the politics we love to hate. Four hundred years in the future, the fallout of the Trump administration has left humans stranded in search of a new planet. We follow Captain Natasha Trump, a direct descendant from President Donald J. Trump, in her race to find humanity a new planet because due to crazy Trump s**t, the earth blew up!
Performed by Gillian Bellinger, Landon Kirksey, Jim Shipley, Scott Palmason, Nicole Pellegrino, Jessie Sherman, Mary Lou, Joy Regullano, and Rob Warner Directed by Frank Caeti Assistant director: Jenna Torrisi Written by Gillian Bellinger and Landon Kirksey Music by Tony Gonzalez and Sam Johnides Lyrics by Gillian Bellinger and Landon Kirksey
2018 is filled with divisive politics, fake news, presidential tweets, celebrity sexual harassment, and the threat of nuclear war. With all of this looming, we've grown Uncomfortably Numb. But this show will have you feeling something again...laughter!! For the first time ever at Second City Hollywood, a cast of alumni, faculty, and graduates collaborate to write an all-original sketch comedy revue.
Written and performed by Jose Acain, Michael Anastasia, Allison Bills, Kenneth Brown, Celeste Pechous, Eric Price, and Xochitl Romero Directed by Frank Caeti Assistant director: Lauren Michaels Musical director: Tony Gonzalez
Prima donna Kathleen Battle made a triumphant return to the Metropolitan Opera last year — a return capped by five encores. Her Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey chronicles the courageous quest for freedom by America's slaves. Battle draws from her own musical roots with this collection of spirituals, performed alongside the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers and narrated by Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett. Following her sold-out appearance at the Met, Battle reprises the same program in Los Angeles, choosing the Valley Performing Arts Center for its renowned acoustics.
How far will powerful men and institutions go to keep their secrets — and who pays the price when they do? Set in 1992 Massachusetts against the backdrop of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal and a toxic drinking water scandal (the latter made famous by the book and film A Civil Action), An Undivided Heart is part thriller and part spiritual mystery. A series of otherworldly visions and an unlikely encounter with a Zen priest propel Father Mike Cleary into a collision course with his archdiocese, while Lynne Callahan, a young widow, struggles to make sense of her life in a town whose water has been polluted with deadly chemicals. The two confront a universal problem: How do victims of suffering caused by others find a way to go on?
A chance meeting in an airport lounge leads to a Burmese odyssey and a search for a missing monk…and maybe love. The Victory Theatre's Maria Gobetti directs a romantic comedy by Wendy Graf (No Word in Guyanese for Me, Please Don't Ask About Becket).
The story (based on a 1933 German comedy) follows Victoria, a penniless out-of work soprano, whose life is changed when she meets a struggling gay impresario and, with his help, becomes "Victor", an overnight singing sensation in the nightclubs of Paris. But, Victor's success becomes hilariously complicated when he/she meets the love of his/her life, King Marchan, a macho Chicago gangster. King sees Victor's act and finds himself -- to his bewilderment -- attracted to the star. Needless to say, King's syntax-mangling, blonde bombshell girlfriend is not amused. More hilarity ensues.
A world premiere set in the thick of the modernist era, Waste Land is a tragicomedy that lays bare the tumultuous love between T.S. Eliot and his first wife and muse, Vivienne. As he writes the poem that would be his masterpiece, a circle of notable friends — Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, and Bertrand Russell — populate his life with witty banter, biting commentary, and moments of joy and self-doubt that inform all of their work. Waste Land is a moving investigation of Eliot's life, loves, friendships, and torments.
On a snowy night in a rural farmhouse, three siblings huddle together in the dark with a flashlight, while the audience (unseen by them) gathers closely around. Expect to be fully immersed in this beautiful, provocative, and disturbing ghost story, a memory play by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Daniel Talbott (Slipping) that Time Out Chicago calls "a work of spare and haunting power."
Gil is a loser. He works at McDonald's, lives with his ailing mother, and hasn't had a girlfriend since...ever. But that's all about to change. He's been secretly training (and drugging) a rooster to fight. And Odysseus Rex (aka Odie) is the baddest barnyard bird there is. Gil has so much faith in Odie's abilities that he bets everything on him — but victory and revenge may not yield the delicious spoils he anticipates. A fiercely comic play about cockfighting, connections, and clawing your way to the top.