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A revival of Joseph Kesselring's infectiously funny black comedy about two little-old-lady aunts who see killing as an act of charity.
Unable to act on their feelings and forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. One of Shakespeare's great comedies, As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance, confusing gender roles, nature and politics to reflect on how bewildering — yet utterly pleasurable — life can be.
This World Premiere is a darkly satiric look at America's True #1 National Religion - Sports!
A Los Angeles Dodgers game is broadcast by a blithely detached announcer during the onset of nuclear winter. The Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan prefers to learn golf fully hooded and robed. All-American football great Conquistador O'Malley abandons the gridiron for the seductive, near-naked sport of springboard diving. The Jewish captain of the American Olympic field hockey team resists a TV producer's idea that she was inspired by an anti-Semite war hero. A sports commentator copes with gender transition. Hey, it could happen - and it actually does - in this delightfully quirky, surreal play.
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"!
Rich with mystery and metaphor, The Devil's Wife is a harrowing comedy that goes to hell. A handsome and wealthy landowner who woos three sisters isn't what he seems. But neither are they. After July 29, The Devil's Wife will run in rep with The Lost Child, an emotional thriller that follows an estranged couple as they return to their deserted cabin in the woods to pack it all up. When a storm moves in, they find themselves stranded. A mysterious child appears at their door…could this be their lost child?
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!
An evening of fictional short plays, monologues, and music that center around the iconic King of Rock 'n' Roll. From aging Elvis Impersonators to an Elvis Imitator, from a gay teenage boy growing up in small town Texas to the (apparent) invention of the famous Fried Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich, the short plays stretch the imagination of the six playwrights to include Elvis-themed pieces. The plays are intermingled with song and dance, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the legend's death.
Australian Theatre Company presents Dan Lee's funny, engaging comedy about two retired couples who have dedicated their lives to RVing around Australia. It's a comic road show that captures the unique sense of camaraderie and almost supernatural devotion to a lifestyle of perpetual circumnavigation led by the free-range baby boomers of Australia who call themselves "grey nomads."
Santa Monica Playhouse introduced the works of the iconic playwright to Los Angeles, and now they're back to commemorate the Playhouse's 57th anniversary. The Bald Soprano, a hilarious comedy of mishaps and manners, plays in tandem with The Lesson, a bizarre and darkly humorous indictment of language cum power cum bourgeois education.
Los Feliz, CA – It's the end of the world as we know it - and the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal are still stuck in that damn library! The Fuse Project and Rockwell Table & Stage are proud to present the brand new musical parody of The Last Breakfast Club.
It's musical theatre in a world which the most beloved cinema characters from the 1980's era barricade themselves inside the library because the world as we know it has ended. But don't fret, their teenage angst and in-depth exploration of youth continues inside Shermer High School.
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!
Craving a delicious gourmet meal, but also want to deal with those pesky emotional scars? Then Psyche on Vine is the place for you! It's the only restaurant of its kind where waiters are trained counselors, psychologists, and life coaches. Why spend an hour in a bleak doctor's office when you can sit back and relax as our caring staff of servers caters to your every culinary and psychological need? At Psyche on Vine, the only thing that's crazy is how much we care about customer service.
A classic dysfunctional family is the vehicle for a descent into chaos, and this viciously hilarious yet touching story addresses the age-old question, "Why are we here?" Pterodactyls suggests that our extinction is beginning not with an asteroid or an ice age, but rather with a severed connection to the ones closest to us. Nominated for various awards, including a Drama Desk award for Best Play, Pterodactyls is an unmissable adventure by the award-winning writer of The Lyons, Nicky Silver — one the freshest new playwrights of this generation.
At the intersection of satire and reality, Jerry struggles to keep moving forward in his life while haunted by the ghosts of his family's past. This fearless new comedy mercilessly seeks out and pushes any of those psychological hot buttons that aren't hidden. Be brave, and you just may enjoy a good cry while you're laughing.
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.
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."
The play is based on the 1992 film of the same name, which tells the story of aspiring disco lounge singer and diva Deloris Van Cartier, who is struggling to work her way to the top in 1970s Philadelphia. Deloris falls in love with a tough, and very married, gangster named Curtis. After witnessing him commit a murder, Deloris ends up in hiding under police protection in a convent whose parish has fallen on hard times. Though the convent lifestyle doesn't agree with her at first, Deloris finds her calling leading the choir, where she breathes new life into the dusty order, while discovering a sisterhood she's never dreamed possible.
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.
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).
Embark on a campy musical voyage led by Celine Dion impressionist Marla Mindelle as she recounts her version of the tale of the Titanic. This quick-witted theatrical company of beloved Broadway, TV, and social-media stars somehow manages to turn one of the greatest tragedies of modern times into a side-splitting, ridiculous romp. Backed by a live band and thrilling music arrangements, this uniquely immersive experience will take you down memory lane with all of your favorite Celine hits. Three Clubs also provide "Drunken Theater" libations and light bites right at your seat throughout the show.
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.
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.