What do you do when all your best friends suddenly start getting married? Forced to systematically transition from best friend to bridesman as each of his girlfriends gets married, Jordan Berman has decided it's time to start looking for a Mr. Right to call his own. This proves, however, to be a most uneasy transition. The New York Times hailed Significant Other as "an absolutely wonderful new play ... as richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring." Laugh (and wince) along as he wades through a string of workplace crushes, painfully awkward first dates and other romantic misadventures on his search for true love in this bittersweet comedy from Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews). After a successful off-Broadway and Broadway run, Significant Other takes the stage of L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse.
They've taken on '90s film faves like Scream, Cruel Intentions and Clueless. Now Rockwell: Table & Stage in Los Angeles is making waves across glasses of water everywhere with their unauthorized musical parody of the Steven Spielberg sci-fi adventure and Oscar-winning classic, Jurassic Park. Come to the fictional island where cloned dinosaurs roam free in a wildlife park. This cheeky, song-filled parody at Rockwell: Table & Stage stars L.A.-based actor-singers from TV, film and the Broadway stage.
With its hothouse emotions, lush melodies and commentary on racial tolerance, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific is both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out, but the dangers of war threaten their happy endings. The unforgettable score of this timeless musical is filled with all-time favorites like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "There is Nothing Like a Dame" and "Bali Ha'i." See for yourself why this Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning musical has melted the hearts of audiences for over 60 years at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
From Amy Herzog, the award-winning author of 4000 Miles (a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), comes Belleville, which follows a young American expat couple living in a trendy Parisian neighborhood. Their life seems lovely, but beneath the surface of Zack and Abby's enviable marriage, unrest simmers. Hailed by The New York Times as "thrillingly good," this chilling psychological drama asks unsettling questions about whether you can ever really "know" another person. Starring Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, True Blood) and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces, The Newsroom), this modern Hitchcock-style drama will keep you on the edge of your seat at The Pasadena Playhouse.
The ageless tale of Romeo and Juliet is set against the backdrop of the New York City gang warfare of the 1950's. As rival gangs battle over their turf, a boy and a girl from opposing sides fall in love and begin their tragic fight for survival. This Bernstein/Sondheim gem comes to the Glendale Centre Theatre with such well-loved songs as "Tonight," "Somewhere" and "Maria."
Whodunits -- you gotta love 'em. From the secluded locales to the cast of colorful characters in which everyone's a suspect to the final, ingenious twist, the author who did it best was Agatha Christie. One of her most famous stories, The Mousetrap, has it all. A group of strangers trapped by a snowstorm discovers that a murderer is among them, and you'll never guess who it is! The longest-running play in history, The Mousetrap has been thrilling audiences continuously since its 1952 premiere in London's West End. Now you can experience the ultimate whodunit at Crown City Theatre Company in North Hollywood.
Get carried away by the harrowing adventures of Quasimodo and Esmeralda when The Hunchback of Notre Dame swings into Fred Kavli Theatre. This epic Disney musical's all set to ring in its Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza premiere. You'll be whisked back to the perilous streets of 15th-century Paris, where wicked men in power pull the strings and heroes appear where you'd least expect them. Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, with music from the animated feature's Academy Award-nominated score, the production is enhanced with new songs by two acclaimed musical theatre legends: Alan Menken and Steven Schwartz. The theatrical production embraces the story by featuring verbatim passages from Hugo's gothic novel. Plus, in true 5-Star Theatricals fashion, you'll experience a "Broadway" quality production, with a full professional live orchestra.
This hit New York comedy is actor-comedian Brad Zimmerman's moving and hilarious story about the grit and passion required to "make it" as an artist. Zimmerman moved to New York and "temporarily" waited tables for 29 years, while pursuing his career as an actor. He has opened for Joan Rivers, Brad Garrett and George Carlin and now has his own show that's as profound and touching as it is entertaining. Watch him explore the sweet rewards that come from never giving up when My Son the Waiter ... A Jewish Tragedy comes to The Colony Theatre in Burbank.
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to the woods Snow White will go! Creating Arts Company is proud to present the classic tale of a beautiful young princess who is banished into the woods by her evil stepmother the Queen. After taking refuge in the seven dwarfs cottage, the magic mirror informs the Queen that Snow White is still the fairest of all. Outraged, the Queen decides to take matters into her own hands with a poisoned apple! Help Snow White escape the evil Queen's plan in this one-hour, interactive, immersive, cinematic experience that will thrill the whole family at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Considered by many to be the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off shines a spotlight on the hilarious backstage antics of a group of beleaguered actors attempting to perform a theatrical flop called Nothing On. This play-within-a-play is a comedic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers ... and flying sardines. Written by award-winning English novelist and playwright Michael Frayn (Copenhagen, Democracy), the comedy of errors remains a crowd-pleaser more than 35 years after its debut. Catch this joyfully out-of-control British farce at A Noise Within in Pasadena.
Daphna Feygenbaum (Jeanette Deutsch) considers herself a "real Jew" -- the most devout in her family -- while her cousin Liam (Noah James) is a self-described "bad Jew," complete with a shiksa girlfriend (Lila Hood). And stuck somewhere in the middle is Liam's brother, Jonah (Austin Rogers). When they arrive in New York for their Holocaust-surviving grandfather's funeral, they instantly butt heads in a savagely funny battle royale over a cherished family heirloom. Hailed by The Washington Post as "the funniest play of the year," Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews comes to The Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles. Jewish or not, you're sure to find something to love, and laugh at, in this riotous exercise in familial feuding.
Bad is always better -- just take a look at any Disney villain: they've got a killer look, a devious master plan and a big, loud song-and-dance number that shows off all their evilness. And now you can revel in all the wicked delights of Disney's most iconic baddies when L.A.'s Rockwell Table & Stage presents Broadway Sings Disney. Hosted by Kate Pazakis (The Big Gay Musical) and Peter Vogt (The Goodbye Girl), this whimsical show tune showcase features some of the brightest stars from Broadway, film and TV belting out your favorite villain tunes. Whether its Ursula's voice-snatching anthem or Gaston's macho tribute to himself, you never know what deliciously evil song you'll hear next -- but you can be sure to have an awfully good time singing along.
Monday, Apr. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmMonday, May. 14, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
What would you do for your family? With courage and resilience, three generations of women in a single family face a world gone mad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A divisive government is turning the country against itself. Do you keep your head down as the rhetoric flies? Do you stand up for your beliefs if they could endanger everyone you love? By the end of this powerful, award-winning play, you'll be asking yourself, "What would I do?" The Madres is being produced in 2018 by four different theaters across the nation. Come find out why. Part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, see The Madres at Los Angeles' Skylight Theatre.
In Midnight Requisition, David's three daughters have gathered to celebrate his wake -- but in the middle of planning, their long-estranged mother appears to try and make a new start with them. Long-buried hurt, anger and misunderstandings are unearthed and examined, revealing that David's life was not what everyone thought it was. Watch it all unfold at The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts in Hollywood.
Teatro Martini's sizzling dinner spectacular features an edgy combination of cabaret, comedy, music and cirque-style aerials and acrobatics. The Teatro Martini experience comes complete with a four-course meal. As you dine on your gourmet entree, you'll be captivated by an energetic show of non-stop comedy, daring acrobatic acts, live music and more. Teatro Martini's performers come from across the globe to provide you with a captivating and tantalizing getaway from the ordinary.
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:00pm)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:00pm)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open 8:00pm)
The Group Rep presents the comic thriller Deathtrap, written by Ira Levin (The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby). A successful-but-currently-stalled playwright whose recent offerings have been flops, conspires with his wife to "collaborate" with a student whose new thriller shows tremendous potential. Suspense mounts as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play. Directed by Jules Aaron and produced by Larry Eisenberg, see Deathtrap at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:30pm)Friday, May. 4, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Saturday, May. 5, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Sunday, May. 6, 2018 / 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:30pm)Friday, May. 11, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Saturday, May. 12, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)
The Keen family is dealing with a 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? This world-premiere production by the Road Theatre at NoHo's Lankershim Arts Center was a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference.
Celebrate a legend's 77th birthday at El Portal Theatre - Debbie Reynolds Mainstage in North Hollywood! This tribute to Ann-Margret includes a range of songs and performances from her early years intermixed with stories about her life. Best known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, The Cincinnati Kid and many more, Ann-Margret and Friends is an homage to a woman who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with such giants as Dean Martin, Al Hirt and Elvis Presley. Bring a birthday card and receive a special gift at the show!
Richard Wright's seminal work Native Son has been part of the cultural landscape for decades, pulling back the veil on culture and race relations. With this theatrical adaptation, the novel about oppression, freedom and justice bursts with all new life on stage. Bigger Thomas wants more out of life, suffocated as he is by the rat-infested world of poverty and prejudice. His aspirations in 1930s Chicago are sidetracked when he makes a fateful decision while working for a well-to-do white family. Don't miss this insightful, urgent adaptation by Nambi E. Kelley at Glendale's Antaeus Theatre Company.
When a shocking furniture accident claims the life of his Uncle Max, L.A. actor Doug Elling must work in his family business in Brooklyn to be confronted with not only his dysfunctional family, but what lead him to become an actor in the first place. This Miserable Productions play stars Alex Skuby (King of Queens, The Fosters), Mo Collins (Mad TV, Lady Dynamite) and more at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.
Who doesn't want to be able to fly? Who wouldn't want to buckle swashes with pirates? When it comes to having the ultimate adventures, Peter Pan knows how to do it up. And just as Peter never grows old, neither does the world of Neverland. You can return to explore its coves and jungles over and over again, especially if your guides are best-selling novelists Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and Jersey Boys playwright Rick Elice. They're the imaginative Dream Team that cooked up the smash-hit Broadway prequel Peter and the Starcatcher. This madcap music-filled adventure throws pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. It racked up a slew of Tonys on Broadway, and now you can see this enchanting coming-of-age tale at the Long Beach Playhouse in a production that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
Ever wonder where comedy stars like Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman and Lisa Kudrow got their start? At Los Angeles' own legendary comedy theater, The Groundlings! Now, the troupe presents its latest and greatest main stage show, Royal Wedding, an evening of sketches and some improvisation, always original and always hilarious.The Groundlings is full of comedic treasure: Today's comedian at Royal Wedding just may be one of tomorrow's top comedy superstars.
Theatre of Note presents the West Coast premiere of For the Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play) by Gina Femia, directed and choreographed by Rhonda Kohl. When Joy gets on the Brooklyn Scallywags and meets the star, Lizzie Lightning, she and her long-term partner Michelle find their lives turned upside down. For the Love Of asks how much you're willing to sacrifice -- or lose -- to follow your heart. This L.A. production features an all-female cast and all-female design team.
A chance meeting in an airport lounge leads to a Burmese odyssey and a search for a missing monk. And maybe love. Two strangers lost, hidden ... and found? Brea Bee and Marshall McCabe star as Jane and Alex, both on the run from loneliness and the truth. This might be their last chance to find true love -- if only they can seize it! Enjoy Unemployed Elephants at the Little Victory Theatre at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank during the final two weeks of its extended run.
Merely Players Shakespeare Co. present this production of the Bard's Much Ado About Nothing at Whitmore Lindley Theatre Center in Los Angeles. Beatrice and Benedick are adamant in their mutual dislike, while Claudio and Hero are deep in love. Their two stories take an unexpected course during a stay at Leonato's beach house.
Widely considered one of Shakespeare's greatest works, The Tempest lyricly tells the story of Prospero, an exiled duke who reigns over an enchanted island where fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance abound. He conjures a shipwreck that delivers his enemies to the island, but the plot thickens when Prospero's beloved daughter falls for the enemy's son. It's a magical tale about power, the transformative power of forgiveness, and the bond between parent and child. This great story has inspired all kinds of adaptations, from poetry and paintings to operas and films like Forbidden Planet. Let yourself be swept away by this charming production when The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Co. bring it to the stage of Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center in North Hollywood to open their 12th season.
When your famous twin sister's suicide letter instructs you to put together a makeshift wake in a Palm Springs cocktail lounge, what can you do but grant her final wish? L.A. writer Lana arrives in Palm Springs to host an evening with competing ex-lovers, surprising new flames and enough arousing confessions to raise the dead. Death Before Cocktails is a modern black comedy about love, sex and the secret concoction at the end of the tunnel. Delve into this steamy new play at Theater 68 - NOHO.
If you could go back and give advice to your younger self, what would you say? In A Love Affair, Jimmy and Alice Diamond find themselves reliving the flawed masterpiece that is their marriage as financial issues force them to clear out the attic of their Malibu home. Brimming with all the hilarious and moving moments captured from almost 40 years of marriage, A Love Affair is a daring rollercoaster ride through successes, disappointments, sex, traumas and so much more. Journey through A Love Affair at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Samantha Lavin, Key Change comes during a pivotal time for female empowerment in the entertainment industry. This powerful one-act by Catrina McHugh is the story of real women living their lives behind bars. We see the love, the heartache and the challenge that each of these women face on a daily basis as they participate in the telling of each other's stories. Key Change originally toured in male prisons throughout England before officially premiering at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then making its U.S. premiere off-Broadway. There, it received the highest accolade, The New York Times Critic's Pick. This all-female cast includes Sarah Navratil (Stargate Origins), Maryfrances Careccia (How to Get Away with Murder), Courtney Nichole (Snowfall), Bridget Garwood and Anita Davenport. See this production from The Collective Studio: Los Angeles at Secret Rose Theatre.
In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal. One of Broadway's biggest and most compelling hits in recent years, Next to Normal offers a heartbreaking, humorous and unflinchingly authentic look at a modern family struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder. Featuring original songs by Tom Kitt (American Idiot), including "Just Another Day," "You Don't Know" and "Superboy and the Invisible Girl," this emotional powerhouse of a musical addresses grief, suburban life and even ethics in modern psychiatry. Find out why The New York Times called it "much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical."
Winner of the 2017 LA Fringe Festival Encore Award, Trump in Space is Star Trek meets Avenue Q meets Trump. This original parody musical is an epic space adventure filled with all the sci-fi tropes we love and all the politics we love to hate. 400 years in the future, the fallout of the Trump administration has left humans stranded in search of a new planet because due to crazy Trump, the earth blew up! If you're tired of American politics, don't worry -- this will make you laugh about 'em. Don't miss Trump in Space at the Second City Studio Theatre in Los Angeles.
From the Declaration of Independence to Instagram, The Pursuit of Happiness Workshop Production calls attention to the modern-day cultural obsession with making happiness the ultimate goal. Are we happy? This experiential workshop production directed by our co-artistic director, Cynthia Ettinger, explores the multi-layered definition of happiness and its authenticity through the avenues in which we choose to pursue it. Our workshop productions are a unique opportunity for the curious soul to witness our creative process and all of its moments of magic and discovery which are usually only for the eyes of the cast. Come to Culver City and join us in asking questions and be our eyes and hearts as we explore a new Actors' Gang original production. "Our declaration of independence calls for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In this workshop, we are focusing on understanding the science of happiness and sharing authentic happiness. It's an invitation to exploring of our vibrancy and a deeper understanding of our own happiness. Laughter is a common language and I'm hoping this is what this workshop production will enable in each and every member of the audience." -- Cynthia Ettinger.
Peaches Christ, Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme perform the hilarious Drag Becomes Her, a drag parody of the ghoulishly entertaining A-list campfest Death Becomes Her. Witness the deliciously dark showbiz satire, with the queens in the roles they were born to play: undead Beverly Hills rivals Madeleine Ashton and Helen Sharp, originally made famous by Oscar-winning leading ladies Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep. The world's "oldest young drag queens" hit The Montalbán in Hollywood to defy natural law before your very eyes!
Diablo Cody's cult film Jennifer's Body gets a campy unauthorized musical send-up at L.A.'s El Cid. Watch a new live-action take on this darkly comical tale of a small-town cheerleader turned man-eating demon. The fiendish supernatural thriller raises even more hell on stage with an early '00s soundtrack, including, of course, Low Shoulder's "Through the Trees."
I Am Not a Comedian ... I'm Lenny Bruce stars Ronnie Marmo as the stand-up comic and social commentator, with three-time Emmy nominee Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) directing. Bruce's passionate crusades for free speech led to obscenity charges and arrests, paving the way for the honest and uncensored acts of Richard Pryor and George Carlin, among many more. Stage Scene LA calls this solo performance at NoHo's Theatre 68 "scabrously funny" and "heartbreakingly poignant."
Based on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and featuring a pop-rock score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), the joyous musical Godspell comes to Glendale Centre Theatre just in time for the Easter season. Godspell retells the story of Jesus and his disciples through a series of charming, comedic sketches and an eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, including "Day by Day," "Save the People" and "All for the Best." This rousing, joyful show and its positive message of hope and kindness has resonated with generations of audiences since it opened off-Broadway in 1971.
Now in its second year, Group Rep's Nine Winning One-Acts event comes to the stage of its theater in NoHo, featuring world-premiere plays chosen out of more than 150 entries from around the country. All nine plays will be performed as one program, and with intriguing titles like I Wish the Voice in My Head Would Stop Yelling Long Enough to Let Me Say 'I Love You', you're sure to be in for a varied and entertaining show.
The Newtown massacre in Connecticut. The Aurora shootings in Colorado. Could a psychotherapist treating the shooters have prevented the carnage? In Threat, a psychotherapist tries to control a narcissistic maniac in order to save innocent lives but is forced to a make a bold choice between honoring her oath and protecting others. Full of suspense and catharsis, Louis Felder's timely play is a tense exploration of narcissism, risk and self-realization. See the world premiere of Threat at L.A.'s Whitefire Theatre.
This witty and intimate piece invites you to spend an evening with Dorothy Parker and 14 actors in her New York apartment in 1958. The Dorothy Parker Project brings alive several of her short stories and poems, giving you an opportunity to experience the full range of this sensitive writer beyond her fabled acerbic wit and her membership in the legendary Algonquin Circle. She may dispel some rumors you've heard about her, and reveal some important things you might not have known when this new play opens at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice.
In the award-winning comic play Under the Jello Mold, Jennie Fahn revisits her very colorful character of a mother during what turned out to be the final act of her mother's life. Jennie's mother was a force to be reckoned with -- a former dancer never content to merely rehash her past, there was always a story to be embellished, always a name to drop, always a lesson to teach. Jennie learns that not only were her post-mortem instructions hid in a specific place ... her mother was also hiding a long-held secret. Enjoy this comedy about life, loss and being of sound mind and body at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away there was an epic battle between the evil Galactic Legion and the good Space League to rule the universe. Star Quest follows Young Ben Bracone, a man with big dreams to become a pilot in the Space League and help defeat the Galactic Legion and restore peace in the universe. His dream quickly becomes reality when a spaceship lands in his yard and he is whisked off by Princess Raine to find her missing battle bot which has plans that can save the universe! Come be a part of the action in this Creating Arts Company original at Pico Playhouse. Star Quest is a one-hour, immersive, interactive, mini-musical that is packed with space fact and fiction and will thrill ages 3 and up! Choose your side when you enter and get an official sticker! Become a member of the Space League to restore justice to the universe or join the evil Galactic Legion to take over and rule all the galaxies!
Larry Hankin's show How to Be Homeless camps out on the stage at the Fanatic Salon in Culver City. It's a one-of-a-kind collection of street fables, homeless rants and other stories. Hankin is best known as one of the most popular character actors in Hollywood, having appeared in everything form Breaking Bad to Seinfeld to Friends.
Most coming-of-age stories are about young adults, but for the protagonist of the new one-act solo show L.O.V.E.R, finding herself takes a little more time. Veteran actress of stage and screen Lois Robbins ("Sex and the City") wrote and stars in this dramedy, which shows one woman's journey as she recounts her entire sexual history only to discover that the most important relationship she has is with herself. Don't miss it at The Zephyr theatre in Los Angeles.
At their second annual Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Center Theatre Group is presenting encore productions from three outstanding companies. Ameryka, the second production, is a theatrical thrill ride through 250 years of history. From the American Revolution, to the struggle for civil rights, to the fight against Communism, to the present War on Terror, Ameryka weaves together unexpected events and characters connecting Poland and the United States. Critical Mass Performance Group's kaleidoscopic style of found text, heightened physicality, original music and exuberant spectacle culminates in an exhilarating theatrical journey of boundless hope.
From Black Mirror to Jurassic Park to 2001: A Space Odyssey, countless classic stories have been inspired by scientific "what-ifs." And as our gadgets get ever more shiny and smart, the storytelling possibilities are only getting more mind-blowing along with them. Young writers will be leading the way into these brave new worlds, and you can discover the most cutting-edge, science-inspired plays from these fresh voices at Caltech's MACH 33 Festival. Hosted by the Pasadena Playhouse, these staged readings present work by up-and-coming Los Angeles-area and Caltech/JPL playwrights and include post-show discussions with the authors. Prepare to have your mind blown.
Monday, Apr. 30, 2018 / 8:00pm (Reading of "Theory of Nothing")Monday, May. 7, 2018 / 8:00pm (Reading of "Out There Right Here")
When Greg crashes into a midlife crisis, he decides to adopt Sylvia, an energetic stray dog. His relationship with his wife Kate suffers for the spontaneous decision, so family and friends new and old sit him down for some counseling in this romantic comedy by A.R. Gurney, the author of Love Letters. Now the long-married empty nesters have to dig their way out of an unexpected hole, in which Kate feels like she's losing Greg's affection to his new best friend. This imaginative take on a midlife crisis leads to lots of laughs and insightful thoughts on love, marriage, jealousy and canines. Sit, stay and enjoy all the fun of Sylvia at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse.
After rumors begin to circulate about a space ship crashing in their backyard, a group of friends and family must find a way to cope with their disrupted lives. Catch this comedy at the Next Stage in Hollywood.
An affectionate tribute to the trials and tribulations of producing community theater, this fast-paced comedy goes behind the scenes of a play called Murder Most Foul, which could turn out be a real stinker if the company doesn't get their act together. From a haughty author who keeps re-writing the script to actors who keep missing their cues -- and an opening night where everything that can possibly go wrong, does -- Play On! provides plenty of backstage laughs. Catch all the fun on the stage of Theatre Palisades.
The shaken martinis, the bespoke tuxedos, the ridiculously named girls in every port -- James Bond may be a creature of habit, but one thing gets a fresh update in each 007 film: the title theme song. Join Bond, James Bond, for a night of stirring songs and stories that'll have you shook as 007 recounts his highly classified and incredibly dangerous missions in On His Majesty's Secret Cabaret. Presented at the historic El Cid in Los Angeles, this show features music direction and arrangements by Emily Rosenfield and performances by stories from Broadway, movies and TV including Jonah Platt (Wicked), Drew Seeley (Jersey Boys), Lindsay Pearce (Glee), Shelley Regner (Pitch Perfect), Molly McCook (The Ranch) and more.
Psyche on Vine is set at a gimmicky new restaurant where the staff are not only high-end servers, but also trained and licensed psychologists. Customers come there to work out their issues in a safe, comfortable atmosphere while they enjoy a hearty meal. But all hell breaks loose when the staff learns that a representative from the Oprah Winfrey Network is coming in to scout their next celebrity psychologist. With one of them getting a shot at their own TV show, the gloves are off, the daggers come out and the diners are the collateral damage. Come witness the action at the historic Three Clubs Bar in Hollywood, where the cast includes seasoned comic actors like Sean Whalen (Twister, Never Been Kissed), Sean Carrigan (The Young & the Restless, American Vandal), Cathy Shambley (The Groundlings) and more.
Brooding, compelling, funny and startling, memories unravel and dark truths are revealed in this haunting ghost story from Daniel Talbott (Slipping). 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 Daniel's beautiful, provocative and disturbing memory play," says director Chris Fields. Catch the West Coast premiere of What Happened When from The Echo Theater Company at the Atwater Village Theatre.
Happily Whatever After takes you on a journey to a magical, dangerous and surprisingly dark woods filled with classic fairytales. Very few live happily ever after as these theatrical renditions stay true to the original morality tales of wicked queens, lusty kings and their innocent victims. See bedtime stories in a different light at Hollywood's Tre Stage.
The award-winning dance company Tango Lovers presents its new production I Am Tango. With an ensemble of 24 world-renowned professional dancers, World Tango Dance champions and acclaimed musical prodigies, this thrilling dance performance presents a distinctive perspective on tango by staging its artistic evolution over time. The genre is represented by a central character named Tango who transits through different ages and cultures, evolving with the passing of the years while maintaining the essence of the music that made its mark all over the world. Through music, dance, fashion, lighting and multimedia, I Am Tango at the Alex Theatre in Los Angeles envelops your senses in the world of tango, from the golden years to contemporary times.
Set between 1864 and today, The New Colossus is an homage to the strength, resilience and dignity of the immigrants and refugees that risked their lives to find a better life. Twelve actors from all over the world are telling their ancestors' stories of migration -- from oppression to freedom -- in 12 different languages and 12 different eras. The ensemble reflects the great diversity that has defined who we are as a nation. Experience The New Colossus at The Actors' Gang Theater in Culver City.
As if the name didn't say it all! Come The Black Box Studios' Tre Stage in Hollywood and be wowed by the mightiest of women from the comic books we all know and love! Bring food and drink to enjoy during Wonder Women!
Eclectic Stew is a monthly event that brings professional writers, actors, directors, poets and musicians together to display their work. See a genre-blending assortment of small productions on stage at Eclectic Company Theatre in Valley Village.
Bustin' in and out of diamond wholesalers ain't no thang for the girl gang in Reservoir Bitches. In this new play, Jolie's got a team of some fine criminals who just can't help breaking all the rules. Check them out at Tre Stage in Hollywood.
Why did the Disneyland singer become a Hollywood dominatrix? Find out the answer to this real-life riddle and more when Hudsy Hawn (otherwise known as Brooke Wilkes) takes the stage at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. This one-woman musical memoir promises to take you on a sexy, honest and vulnerable tour into the blacks, whites (and grays) of the BDSM world. Stick around afterwards for a Q&A and after party.
Finding your own voice in the world can be confusing and consuming. Singer-songwriter and playwright Monique DeBose knows that all too well. As the child of an African-American father from the segregated South and an Irish American mother from upstate New York, she's spent most of her life trying to figure out where she fits in. With her solo production, Mulatto Math: Summing Up The Race Equation In America, she aims to figure it all out. Through original music and stories of her family's history, this mixed race woman shares her most precious, vulnerable stories of her exploration of family, race and identity. As an audience member, you get to have the experience of being a fly on the wall for some potent, very real and not altogether P.C. conversations. Regardless of your background, you'll be able to see a reflection of your own story in DeBose's. Get ready to peel away the layers when this heartfelt, funny and intimate one-woman show comes to the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.
Prepare for a funeral like you've never seen before! When billionaire playboy Bruce Calhoun dies in a freak accident, his family and friends gather to mourn his passing. But what should be a celebration of his life turns into a macabre three ring circus of hilarity and slapstick. Prepare to be part of a site-specific theatrical experience where you are a mourner. Audiences are encouraged but not required to wear funeral attire when The Bereaved comes to Generation DCD Studio in Burbank from Force of Nature Productions.
Theater by the Blind, the only blind theatre company in the country, joins forces once again with the gifted musicians with autism from Rex & Friends to present Lost in the Light -- an original stage production infused with music. Blind since birth, headstrong student Angel Taylor has always taken her sighted family's hyper-vigilance in stride with their overwhelming love and support. At the dawn of her budding journalism career, she learns about a rare opportunity to gain her vision through an experimental surgery. Along with her family, Angel grapples with the conflicting notions of seeing for the very first time or continuing to live in darkness. Catch this world premiere production at The Blue Door in Culver City.
It's 1988. In the shadow of Dodger Stadium, two men arrive with big dreams ... but no documents. ICE is a bilingual, humorous journey in search of what it means to be "American." With a love of baseball, Tia Victoria's salsa recipe and the help of a talking truck, two cousins work 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 on the 4th of July prove to Immigration, Naturalization and Customs that they truly belong? See the trenchant play at Los Angeles' 24th Street Theatre.
In Vampire Masquerade, a series of strange and frightening events occur after the theater is taken over by a clan of vampires. Bring food and drink to Hollywood's Tre Stage and enjoy a night of dark and sexy fun if you dare.
The Black Box Studios presents a touching play by resident auteur Chris Berube at Tre Stage in Hollywood. Learn about the highs and lows of becoming an Angel, the meaning of life, and the truth behind our existence. Most of all, it's a play about love affairs with the heart.
This deliriously funny Southern-fried farce finds the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas -- Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette -- teetering on the brink of disaster again. Gaynelle, frustrated and frazzled from working too many two-bit jobs, stubbornly refuses to face the fact she's turning the Big 5-0. In a misguided effort to lift her cousin's spirits, Peaches, a sassy, morturarial cosmetologist who's stuck in a romantic dry gulch, is determined to throw Gaynelle a surprise birthday party she doesn't even want. Jimmie Wy, riding high on the success of her new wedding gown boutique for big gals, Wide Bride, reluctantly agrees to help Peaches surprise Gaynelle. But it turns out the surprise is on them when, in a startling twist, the party plans shift to a hastily thrown-together family funeral instead. The hilarity escalates when Peaches' recently declared dead husband unexpectedly returns and his romantic links to each of the cousins is revealed. Catch all the chaotic fun of Rex's Exes at Newhall's Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse.