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Audiences 2 to 102 will have so much fun saving Halloween as they take a musical comedy journey with a bevy of delightful characters, learning super lessons about life, love, laughter, and sugar along the way. This charming Rudie-DeCarlo holiday classic enlists the audience's aid in helping the aptly named Candy, a sweet young girl who goes on a magical adventure to save everyone's favorite holiday for one more year.
Halloween month special: Come in costume and get two-for-one tickets for any future Family Theatre show AND on Saturday, October 31, there's free face-painting for kids and adults before the show! Birthday and tea parties, hosted by a gaily costumed member of the Absolutely Halloween company, are available in conjunction with every performance.
Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo mold the magic, romance, humor, and grandeur of this timeless tale into a production that touches the heart — and almost the fingertips — of audience members. The show is replete with ditzy sisters, a befuddled sire, a spellbinding sorceress, and a flamboyantly foppish suitor, who all inadvertently or intentionally strew more than a few thorns along Beauty and her Beast's path. Yet loves wins out, allowing all to find their happily-ever-afters and proving that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. With a glass of complimentary rosé to toast to finding your true love — or creating the love you need — this Beauty and the Beast is the perfect late-night date-night musical. And it's FREE for one night only as part of the BFF Binge Free Festival of Theatre.
Is it a boy…or is it a girl? It is definitely a Como-ette in the 1957 world of The Perry Como Show live television and what it is like for a 10-year-old. This child has taken the reins and travels into Manhattan three times a week to take her voice, personality, drama, and dance classes…all the while auditioning for everything possible. Her mother, of course, was a Rockette and still wants her 15 seconds of fame…if only through her daughter. At the age of 11, the little star gets ill and struggles with the complications and drugs of the time. There is a secret desire lurking deep in this little banana-curled, crinoline-skirted starlet and that is to be…what else…a BOY. And it's all told through comedy, tap dance, and mime. FREE for one night only!
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"!
Bono orders a pizza delivery to get back in touch with The Common Man in Richard Lucas's trippy, award-winning satire on celebrity culture wrapped in a parody of Waiting for Godot.
A man meets a ghost on the beach. Their chance at reconciliation lies in the songs that hold their memories. Russian soldiers, horse races, cockfights, and Steve Martin: all play a role in this one-man musical by Bill Berry, directed by Kelly DeSarla. Called the "Quentin Tarantino of folk music," Berry's songs are snazzy, sketchy, and sharp-witted. His latest album Awkward Stage recently contended for the Best Comedy Album Grammy.
The Brick is presented by the BFF Binge FREE Festival of Theatre — your new BFF — the second annual official Santa Monica Fringe Festival, offering over four dozen plays, workshops, and family events to delight your senses and tickle your funny bone.
Return of the UN-Holiday tradition
We just couldn't shut them up…so for the 14th straight year, accusations, rumors, and all-out attacks are (still) flying fast and furious around the toy shop. Hear the truth straight from the reindeer who know Santa best. When a doe says "no," she means "no."
Warning: This show contains FOUL-MOUTHED REINDEER and very inappropriate ADULT HUMOR! Definitely no kids or anyone who doesn't want to see the dark side of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and the North Pole!
When seven strangers — CEO Woman, Business Man, Office Temp, Hot Girl, Musician, Maintenance Man, and Goth Girl — get stuck in an elevator, it's only a matter of time before the truth comes out. When forced together and given nothing but four walls and each other, these stereotypes prove to be anything but typical. The strangers' preconceived notions and judgments are challenged at every turn as, one by one, they remove their masks and reveal their truths.
Laced with musical sequences and cinematic elements, Elevator is a comedic and emotional ride into the human psyche that asks a fundamental question: Who are people behind closed doors?
An 11:11 Experience's production of Elevator, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni, has been playing to sold-out crowds with lines wrapping around the Coast Playhouse nightly. As a matter of fact, the show's run has just been extended!
Just back from Edinburgh, where it played to standing-room-only audiences, The 730 Review hails it as "an extraordinary exploration into the world from a female perspective. An outspoken and unashamedly feminist production, portraying a female perspective on issues with a sharp, brutal honesty. From bereaved families to broken relationships, The Emotional Immune System explores moments of intense emotion, whether they be sorrow, anger, joy or anything in between. [Mary Ann] Pianka's writing crafts every monologue with a rhythmic beauty, with luscious, flowing language conveying each emotion with intricate nuance, proving deeply human and recognisable. It packs the punch of a big-hitting, established professional production."
Free for one night only as part of the Binge FREE Festival of Theatre — your new BFF — the second annual Santa Monica Fringe Festival.
Welcome to Kraszny, Russia, where corruption is the tradition, the Mayor rules, and the only thing that could go wrong would be a government inspector showing up to ask questions. To start our first season in our new home, the PNT Company brings Nikolai Gogol's uproarious comedy to life in Lance Davis's world premiere adaptation.
If you loved Barbara Minkus in Picon Pie and Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother, you'll adore her in this funny, poignant and powerful evening of theater. One of the most widely adored artists in the business, she toured as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, was Lucy in the recording of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, starred on Broadway in The Education Of HYMAN KAPLA*N, was a regular on TV's Love, American Style and Curiosity Shop, and most recently, played Off-Broadway and Los Angeles in Don't Leave It All to Your Children!
Paul Linke, best known for his role as Officer Arthur "Artie" Grossman in CHiPs and his acclaimed play and HBO special Time Flies When You're Alive, takes you on a journey about the enormity of life, the power of love, and the importance of acknowledging all those who have helped along the way. In 60 minutes, Paul will have you laughing, crying, clutching the hand of your loved one, and longing to reach for the phone to make amends. It's Time is free as part of the BFF Binge Free Festival of Theatre — the second annual Santa Monica Fringe Festival, offering over 40 plays, workshops and family-oriented events, October 16-29, all FREE, thanks to generous grants from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, Pearl and Bill Bordy, the Cotkin Family and Playhouse PALS.
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 goal of this festival is to offer a platform for celebrating the unique points of view that come from diverse talent in Los Angeles and beyond. This festival will offer performers of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to explore issues of diversity across race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity through performances, panels, and workshops.
Winner of Drama-Logue awards for outstanding playwright and outstanding direction, it's 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 generally about the adventure of casting your lot with another human being…for life.
Mrs. Warren's Profession, written by George Bernard Shaw in 1893 and first performed in London in 1902, is about a prostitute-turned-madam who attempts to come to terms with her disapproving daughter. The daughter, Cambridge-educated Vivie, lives a comfortable middle-class life shielded from her mother's source of income. Vivie envisions herself a pragmatic and open-minded 20th-century woman until she discovers that her entrepreneurial mother, Kitty, is an unapologetically successful madam. Sensibilities clash in this character-driven dramedy about the business of pleasure, the economics of necessity, and the ties that bind…or don't.
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!
The Pope of Jocelyn Hollow is a hilarious and haunting modern epic about a tyrannical matriarch presiding over her family of Southern eccentrics, a strict regime of society standards, where love and acceptance are the stuff of myths. Granddaughter Laura Pursell wakes up one day, hellbent on shattering this "normal" tradition, going to extremes to shake them all up. You can't stop time; you can't wind it back; you can claim it as your own! This candid play navigates the imperfections of the human heart, giving us all a chance to push our own reset button.
People are protesting at an unprecedented degree, female Uber drivers are taking drastic measures to protect themselves, and California might secede from the Union — if we don't get nuked first. These are just a few of the issues tackled in Second City Hollywood's latest sketch comedy revue: Purple Mountain Travesty. If that sounds too serious, don't worry, we also have plenty of dirty jokes.
This premium sketch show is written and performed by: John Ryan Benavides, Amie Dellavalle, David Danipour, Ben Kacsandi, Jamison Scala, Katie Low Strandberg, and Carrie Weisberg. Directed by Megan Grano. Assistant director: Andy Crocker. Musical direction by Hughie Stone Fish.
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.
Her work has been praised as "quirky and inventive" (Los Angeles Times), "intricate with comedic panache" (LA Theatre Review), and "riotous, surreal, wildly manic and not soon to be forgotten" (The Tolucan Times). It's performer-director-movement artist Serena Dolinsky's innovative and unusual piece of physical theater, facing head-on the various facets of loss and hope, on a personal and global level, with heart, humor, and a touch of absurdity. Presented through a series of revolving stories, Red Sand is at once nonlinear, chaotic, cathartic, and undeniably relatable. Using an evocative dreamscape of sights, sounds, and sensuality, journey through the capricious stages of loss and hope, walk on the edge of the thin line between the sensations, real or imaginary, true or false, of what frees and fetters us. Six nights only — a world premiere.
Steeped in a reverence for the NYC subway system as the new Silk Road, Sam's Tea Shack is an Ashkenazi Jewish boy's fantasy he is among his ancestors: central Asian nomads. In this malleable exchange between audience and Sam, he serves tea and snacks, talks about the neighborhood, Persian emperors, fatherhood, drugs, high school plays with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and whatever is on your mind. If you let him, he's determined to cut through the haze and light up the path between the dumpling and the knish once and for all. It's a piece about cultural identity vs. national identity. It's a comedy.
Sam cares about you. Feel free to interrupt.
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.
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 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.
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, Linda Likins, Julian W. Lucas, 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.
Spamilton, the acclaimed parody of Broadway smash Hamilton, was created by Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind Forbidden Broadway. With a cast of five, Spamilton celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster. In addition to Alessandrini, the creative team includes Gerry McIntyre (choreography), Dustin Cross (costume design), Fred Barton (musical director), and Richard Danley and Fred Barton (musical arrangements).
It's Hamlet and Lady Macbeth together onstage, two Shakespearean icons who struggle to find meaning to their existence in a modern world that refuses to see them as they were written. A romp through the peculiar minds of two of Shakespeare's greatest characters.
The Binge - Free Festival of Theatre (October 16 – 29) offers over 40 plays, workshops, and family-oriented events — all FREE, thanks to generous grants from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, Pearl and Bill Bordy, the Cotkin Family, and Playhouse PALS. BFF events fill up fast, so get now! Then visit SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com for a complete list of events.
A musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. A love letter to musical theater and the joy of collaboration. The musical received a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009.
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
Turn Me Loose is a new comedic drama about the extraordinary and explosive life of Dick Gregory — starring Tony Award winner and Scandal star Joe Morton — that shines a light on the first black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy. Gregory confronted bigotry with shockingly disarming humor, marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr., and deeply influenced comics from Richard Pryor to Chris Rock. He was a prolific writer, muckraker, provocateur, and candidate for mayor of Chicago as well as for president of the United States. He was singled out by President Obama as one of his all-time favorite comedians. Experience the comic genius of Dick Gregory and the poetic final words of his mentor, the slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers: "Turn me loose."
Note: This show contains strong language.
What if the fate of your favorite video game characters rested in your hands? Take control as they take the stage in The Video Games! Princess Zelda, Queen of the Console, is celebrating the 64th Annual Video Games and needs the audience's assistance (through social media) to ensure that this year's games are bigger, badder, and bloodier than last year's! It's a different show every night as iconic pixelated heroes and villains — such as Donkey Kong, Lara Croft, and the Master Chief — compete to win the coveted title of Player One.
The Video Games is a parody of the popular book and movie series The Hunger Games. The tributes participating in the Battle to the Death have been substituted for video game characters from all the popular video game franchises. Princess Zelda, Queen of the Console, is celebrating the 64th annual Video Games and needs the audience's assistance (through social media) to ensure that this year's games are bigger, badder, and bloodier than the year before! By voting for their favorite characters, the audience will alter the course of events throughout the performance. It's a different show every night as iconic pixelated heroes and villains, such as Donkey Kong, Lara Croft, the Master Chief, and more, compete to win the coveted title of Player One.
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.
A young woman falls in love with a total stranger she meets on the subway. After giving the man her actual beating heart, he disappears — leading this unlikely heroine on a quest to retrieve her heart. Along the way, she accidentally cracks open the hearts of others. Whimsical, quirky, and wildly original, With Love and a Major Organ pushes on the ever stranger phenomenon of physical human interaction in the age of technology. Why is it that we are ever more connected and yet we have never felt more alone? With Love and a Major Organ is an eccentric, edgy comedy about what it costs to give your heart away and what happens when you discover you actually have one.
A young woman falls in love with a total stranger she meets on the subway. After giving the man her actual beating heart, he disappears — leading this unlikely heroine on a quest to retrieve her heart, accidentally cracking open those of others she meets along the way. Whimsical, quirky, and wildly original, the play pushes on the ever-stranger phenomenon of physical human interaction in the age of technology. Why is it that we are ever more connected and yet we have never felt more alone? With Love and a Major Organ is an eccentric, edgy comedy about what it costs to give your heart away, and what happens when you discover you actually have one.