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The Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theater awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production, and design in the greater Los Angeles area. The formal ceremony is a yearly celebration of achievement and excellence and is a way for the theater community to converge for an evening of recognition, engagement, and entertainment. Los Angeles notables scheduled to be presenters are Malcolm Barrett, Alexandra Billings, Melody Butiu, Crystal Diaz, Larissa Fasthorse, Sam Harris, Russell Hornsby, Diarra Kilpatrick, Justin Kirk, Reggie Lee, Pam MacKinnon, Rose Portillo, Armin Shimerman, J.K. Simmons, and Zakiya Young.
Celebrate Valentine's Day (and the rest of February and March) with this delightful romantic comedy that blurs the lines between art and life, gay and straight. New York City's trip. theater ensemble kicks off its move to L.A. with the West Coast premiere of a unique theatrical hit production, direct from a sold-out run in Chicago — the not-so-simple story of boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets girl, and all the little things that can ruin a perfectly good dinner party.
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).
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.
When Sam witnesses an act of senseless violence on the New York City subway, he invites the victim, Kevin, back to his apartment until he can get back on his feet. But as the two young men develop an unexpected friendship, Sam's friends and family start to worry that Kevin could be dangerous — or worse, that Sam's attachment could be a symptom of a mental illness he's struggled with his entire life. Bedlam is a look at the prejudices that divide us and the craziness of trying to make connections in spite of our differences.
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: good 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.
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.
Rubicon Theatre Company presents the outrageously funny, critically acclaimed comedy Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins. The production is directed by Ovation Award winner Stephanie A. Coltrin and stars award-winning actor and Rubicon's associate artistic director Brian McDonald. Inspired by Barbra Streisand's book My Passion for Design, Tolins's one-man tour de force is described by the New York Times as "a seriously funny slice of absurdist whimsy" about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. Winner of the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Best Play, this off-Broadway sensation follows a struggling actor named Alex who winds up working for an unnamed show-business legend in her Malibu basement mall. An unlikely friendship develops between the two from which Alex learns profound lessons about himself.
A thrilling and up-to-date production of a classic show that is now more relevant than ever. The seedy glamour of the Kit Kat Club with its bawdy Emcee provide an unsettling but fitting backdrop to the story of the hard-living entertainer Sally Bowles in the decadent nightlife of Germany in the early '30s. Come hear some of the most memorable songs in musical theater history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen," and "Maybe This Time." Right this way, your table's waiting at the musical the New York Times calls "one for the ages."
LPNSImprov's monthly comedy show, Makin' a Movie, stars the rambunctious improv troupe the MaD JaCKRaTS. From show to show you will meet outrageous characters, both new and recurring, and you get to throw them into any situation with your suggestions. It's a fun-filled night sure to make you laugh!
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.
Rocky friendships, cave monsters, love, and other natural disasters on the San Andreas fault.
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.
A haunting love triangle triggers an unexpected chain of events in this poetic play. In the early stages of a new relationship, Sarah and Sam are lovers happily discovering each other. Sarah and Nate know everything about each other, best of friends since childhood and maybe something more. But when Nate shows up unannounced on Sarah's doorstep, she's left questioning what and whom she wants in this humorous and heartbreaking look at love, memory, and the decisions that alter the course of our lives.
In a not-too-distant future, nestled deep in the woods of what was once a small Midwestern town, a modest compound is home to five denim-clad sister wives and their naive husband, "Penis." When a mysterious sixth wife arrives to join the sisterly Braid, clad in scandalous acid wash and singing forbidden songs of ancient riot grrls, will she compromise the security of this pious sect? And who, if anyone, will produce a long-awaited heir from the night of The Seedling, their semiannual procreation ritual?
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.
Elliot Ortiz is a young soldier, like his pop was before him, like his abuelo before that. But despite the things they share — their love of music, their love of one another, and their experiences of war — they can't communicate, even when they desperately need to. This powerful portrait of a Puerto Rican military family by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights) is a breathtaking symphony of music, memories, and the things that mark our bodies…and our souls.
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!
Hollywood's Henderson Hotel was an affordable safe haven for artists, but the kindly owner died. His son, Gerry, hungry for money, plans to turn the hotel into condos. Vulgar and mean, Gerry pushes people's buttons for fun. He is hated by most and ends up dead in the lobby of his hotel. Suspects abound. His cheating wife is involved in the drug business. There's also her lover, a young musician with a wealthy father and a bad temper; an aged actress whose verbose nature gets her wrapped up in everyone's business; a lonely young dancer willing to make any sacrifice for her art, which leads her into her landlord's dirty clutches; an eccentric artist with a pocket full of curses; the local drug dealer, the Eminem-like Black Bobby; and a feminist poet and disgraced college professor, deeply intellectual and always drunk. These people each had personal issues with Gerry, even before the eviction notice. All had reason to kill. Then millionaire cop Lt. Black shows up with his retinue.
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?
Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who also happens to be plus-sized. Forced to explain his new relationship to friends who think that size does matter, Tom faces an impossible choice in this play by Neil LaBute.
Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall are immortalized as having one of the most romantic marriages of the 20th century. The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces the young couple as they navigate the pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Following the artistic heights of Brief Encounter and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, the Kneehigh theater company and director Emma Rice return to the Wallis with a production that combines the visuals of Chagall's paintings with the music and dance of the Russian Jewish tradition.
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.
September, 1939. On the day England enters World War II, legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud invites the young, rising Oxford don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. There, only weeks before Freud took his own life, they engage in a brain-teasing battle of wits on the subjects of love, sex, and the existence of God. Filled with humor, this deeply touching play explores the minds, hearts, and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.
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.
SAG Award winner Amy Pietz (Hit the Road, No Tomorrow, The Office, Caroline in the City) stars in the title role when L.A. Theatre Works records Neil Simon's screenplay for the 1977 Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning romantic comedy. Known as "the Goodbye Girl" because of all the live-in boyfriends who have left her, Paula McFadden and her young daughter, Lucy (Raini Rodriguez of Austin & Ally and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 1 & 2), must make room in their cramped quarters for a new roommate. But can they make room in their hearts for another man who may just walk out that door again? Each will be recorded for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download, and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM) and streaming at latw.org.
Seven-year-old orphan Pip's encounter with an escaped convict begins a series of events that will change his life forever. Some of Charles Dickens' most memorable characters are vividly brought to life in this anarchic and joyful one-man adaptation of the classic tale.
Note: This show is suitable for ages 10 and up.
In a barrio kitchen in North Philadelphia, a professor moonlights as the local soup kitchen queen, offering rice and beans to any hungry neighbor. Halfway around the world, her cousin relives his military trauma on a Hollywood film set. With the Egyptian revolution booming in the distance and local unrest erupting in Philly, these two cousins sing a defiant song of protest. But will Philly — or Egypt — listen?
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.
A wild, impudent, and blisteringly funny look at a government-run mental institution in which the wardens may be madder than the inmates. Under a veil of devilish wit and subversive humor, Harold Pinter's biting political commentary on the perils of unchecked power is as vital and pertinent today as when he first wrote it. Nike Doukas directs a fully partner-cast production.
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.
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.
From the composer and lyricist of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
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!
Humorous and heartrending, Ironbound spans 22 years in telling the story of Darja, a Polish immigrant getting by on a cleaning job, aggressive pragmatism, and sheer will. Through this wry drama, award-winning playwright Martyna Majok points out that sometimes survival is the only measure of success.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was hailed as an icon of style, grace, and strength, famous for her allure and piercing sensuality. Much has been written and said about the woman who was arguably America's most popular first lady — though one detail is usually omitted: She was human. From the creative team of Wiesenthal, award-winning playwright Tom Dugan's newest one-woman drama explores the life of America's most private public figure.
James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags — his odious aunts — and he's a very lonely little boy indeed. One day, something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden, a peach starts to grow and grow…and grow. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects, all waiting to take James on a magical adventure of enormous proportions. We invite you to crawl inside the giant peach and take a peek. Based on Roald Dahl's beloved book and featuring music by the Tony and Academy Award-winning songwriting team behind Dear Evan Hansen, Dogfight, and La La Land, this family musical takes you on an amazing voyage across the ocean.
Recommendation: Wonderful for the entire family!
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!
Booze, dive bars, piano bars, horror films, blood, bourbon, Dom DeLuise, David Bowie, darkness, and redemption. From Brooklyn, New York, actor-writer Dan Ruth presents A Life Behind Bars in association with Whitefire SoloFest. This 2016 United Solo Festival winner for Best Autobiographical Show is real, raw, and hilarious. Through gritty storytelling, Ruth shares dark comic monologues, interwoven with characters he's encountered while working and drinking in the bars and dives of pre-Rudy Giuliani NYC. A Life Behind Bars is directed by performer-producer-director Tanya Moberly.
The Whitefire SoloFest, in its sixth year, runs from January 6-March 3, and is produced by Bryan Rasmussen, Jessica Lynn Johnson, and Nancy Santiago.
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.
Moon Over Buffalo centers on Charlotte & George Hay, fading stars of the 1950s (Wendy Way and Edwin Scheibner). They are playing two plays in rep in Buffalo with five other actors. On the brink of a disastrous split caused by George's fling with a young ingénue (Haley Rade), they hear they might have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his next movie. All goes wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter and her clueless fiancé (Desiree Gillespie and Josh Breeding) and hilarious uncertainty about which play they're actually performing, caused by Charlotte's deaf old mother (Rebecca Tudor), who hates every bone in George's body. Charlotte's admirer Richard (Jack Stroud) and Roz's lovesick ex Paul (Eric Pierce) round out the cast.
The one-man show traces the tumultuous relationship of Jerry Dean, a charismatic local Greenwich Village legend, and his father, a decorated NYPD detective, their fates locked together as Jerry bobs and weaves and swerves through downtown NYC clubs, high-end whorehouses, Park Avenue brownstones, heroin dens, incarcerations in America's toughest prisons, rehab centers, iconic mental institutions (Bellevue), star friendships, run-ins with gangsters, kinky sex with supermodels, a burgeoning acting career, Hollywood hostage stand-offs, break-ups break downs, and an undying and tumultuous relationship with his father that would make Sophocles and Shakespeare blush.
PARADOX Media & Vau de Vire proudly present the ninth annual Edwardian Ball Los Angeles, and the spectacular debut of Los Angeles's first-ever Edwardian World's Faire. Born in the darkened hallows of a San Francisco nightclub, this multi-night, multicity, multimedia extravaganza has grown over the past 18 years into an internationally recognized festival of the arts, now presenting a uniquely wonderful Edwardian world with the blessing of the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.
The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, live music, riveting theater, fashion, literature, ballroom dancing, DJs, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey. Set in a romanticized, gilded and gentile Neo-Victorian and Edwardian era, a gothic and steampunk-tinged distant past intertwines with an elegantly imagined future.
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!
Based on historical events, Oh Freedom! tells the story of the greatest collaboration against racism in American history before the civil rights movement. Combining stories of the men and women who were active in the fight against slavery with songs of the period, it reminds us that it took the cooperation, conviction, and bravery of many people, both black and white, to help hundreds of enslaved people make their way to freedom.
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.
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.
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!
On the Great Plains of America in the year 1935, a young con man names Scott Robbins passes himself off as a world-famous magician to join a traveling circus and make a better life for himself. He will try not to get caught while finding love, family, and something greater in himself.
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.
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."
This high-energy musical comedy based on the hit film will have you dancing in the aisles. With Tony Award winner Alan Menken's score and the area's top talent, this is a not-to-miss.
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.
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life's biggest questions when words fail us.
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).
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!
"Three different women. Three different stories. One common denominator... HIV positive." This one-woman show sheds a light on the lives of these women, the people in their lives, public perception, and what we think we know about HIV.
In the U.S., a woman is diagnosed with HIV every 35 minutes. Sixty-one percent of those women are women of color. Yet, no one outside of the HIV/AIDS community & organizations are talking about these numbers, HIV or AIDS. It's been 30+ years since HIV/AIDS became an epidemic, yet the numbers of diagnoses in 2017 are heartbreaking.
Rahvaunia is excited about her journey with tHis Is Very IMPORTANT and being able to use her talents to spark conversation and raise awareness. Her mission is to get this piece seen by as many people and women as possible, especially women of color. Her "sisters in ethnicity" are being greatly affected by HIV/AIDS and it's time we start talking about it.
It's 2008 and Hollywood A-lister Caroline Connors (Serena Scott Thomas), having recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, braves her descent into an uncertain future while attempting to navigate her relationships with her ultra-conservative and less than politically correct husband Kevin (David Sessions) and her defiant and idealistic daughter Rachel (Laura Long).
Set in an affluent community near Silicon Valley in the months leading up to the financial crisis and the election, Two Fisted Love makes good use of its irreverent and original characters and artfully incorporates a blend of styles, ranging from, as Mr. Sessions puts it, "…a modern drawing room comedy to painfully dark conversations for mature audiences only…"
Book and Lyrics by James Still Music by Jimmy Roberts Director and Musical Director: Anne Gesling Choreographer: Eileen O'Donnell Producers: Evelyn Vizzi and Hope Wintner Meisel
Although it is the most modest toy in the nursery, the Velveteen Rabbit earns the love of a young child and learns the joys and pain of becoming "real." Margery Williams's classic book springs to magical life in this enchanting musical about love, loss, and self-esteem, with music by the composer of the smash off-Broadway revue I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. The show is recommended for children ages 3 and up.
The Velveteen Rabbit is presented by Morgan-Wixson's award-winning Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) and is part of the theater's commitment to engaging young audiences, training young talent, and supporting literacy. Read the book! See the show!
The best Tony-nominated musical nobody's ever heard of… Violet has wowed critics and audiences with its powerful story and energetic gospel, rock, country, and R&B score by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home and Caroline, or Change). Set in the Deep South during the early days of the civil rights movement, this powerful musical tells the touching story of a young woman accidentally scarred on the face as a child. Hoping that a TV evangelist can cure her, Violet embarks on a long bus ride from her sleepy North Carolina town through Memphis to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets two young soldiers who teach her about love, courage, and the true meaning of beauty.
A janitor. A software mogul. A college grad. An IRS paper-pusher. Although they live thousands of miles apart, these four people share a secret: they're recovering addicts who have found a safe haven in an online chat room. There, with liberal doses of jokes and bullying, they help each other navigate the broken terrain of their lives. But when an Iraq War veteran's tragedy spills over into their cyberhome, everything changes. In this fearless Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights), worlds virtual and real unfold onstage, challenging our notions of family, forgiveness, community, and courage.
Complete with the humor, confusion, and excitement that follows great sex, Neil LaBute's surprisingly sweet comedy brings audiences Beth and Doug, an unlikely pair who struggle to find common ground in an uncommon conundrum.