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A rare departure from the playwright's darker oeuvre, this comedy is unabashedly nestled in the halcyon days of turn-of-the-century Americana; a gentle, loving, and boldly optimistic study of a deeply bonded family as they navigate the youthful indiscretions of their wayward son.
The crème de la crème of parody movies, Airplane! comes to you live onstage in a show that both satirizes and lovingly embraces the comedy classic. Follow tormented former fighter pilot Ted Striker as he tries to win back the affections of stewardess Elaine Dickenson on doomed flight 209.
Full of beloved moments and unexpected new takes, Airplane LIVE! ain't no passive theater event! Shout out lines, dance, sing, and more when you board the trans-American flight traveling from LAX to Chicago O'Hare. Just don't eat the fish!
Belgrade, 1914. Three strangers, poor, alone, and adrift, each receive a death sentence in the form of a tuberculosis diagnosis. But being young men with nothing to lose makes them the perfect recruits for The Black Hand — a secret organization looking to strike a blow in the name of Serbian nationalism. Set against the backdrop of the 20th century beginning to discover its identity — and with playwright Rajiv Joseph's signature dark humor — Archduke draws parallels to our own troubling times and asks: How (and when) does a century define itself?
Archduke is a new play from Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph, one of the most exciting playwrights of our time. Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Guards at the Taj) returns to the Taper with this world premiere that poetically traces a group of young men along their unlikely path to terrorism at the onset of World War One.
The internationally renowned team of Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière together revisit the great Indian epic Mahabharata thirty years after Brook's legendary production took world theater by storm. The devastation of war is tearing the Bharata family apart. The new king must unravel a mystery: how can he live with himself in the face of the devastation and massacres that he has caused. An immense canvas in miniature, this central section of the ancient text is timeless and contemporary, asking how we can find inner peace in a world riven with conflict.
Los Angeles is home to over 250 theatre companies, featuring an abundance of talent, diversity, and ingenuity. To celebrate the vibrant theatre of our city, we're premiering Block Party—three recent productions from local theatre companies, highlighting some of the best work our town has to offer. We will announce the three productions in the fall. Help us celebrate L.A. theatre and join the Block Party!
From the highbrow to the low, this fast-paced ride covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Molière to vaudeville, Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show. Find answers to the age-old questions "Who's on first?" and "Why did the chicken cross the road?" No joke is left untold as a talented trio deconstructs and puts back together the entire history of comedy.
Warning: The side effects of this play may include groan-worthy humor, uncontrollable laughter, and painful running gags.
Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can change the trajectory of a life, it's anyone's guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne's Olivier and Drama League-nominated hit is a charming, devastating, and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. A play that balances on the question of "what if," Constellations is, at its core, a poignant picture of "what is."
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a Tony Award-winning play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Play!
Audience advisory: This production features moments of loud music, bright lighting, and strobe effects. Please also be aware that the show contains some adult language and themes.
Just when you thought your life was finally under control, fate steps in, turns everything on its heels, and you're off on the wild ride of your life. Funny, touching, and not just a little bit racy, this hilarious and insightful comedy will make you question everything you ever thought you knew about love, marriage, sex, fantasy, and reality — and come away with a new and surprisingly uplifting perspective on it all. Helmed by award-winning director Chris DeCarlo (Climax), Albert James Kallis' delightful and biting world-premiere comedy A Delusional Affair features stage and screen personalities Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show), Rachel Galper (Turning Thirty), and Albina Katsman (Raise Me Up).
Note: This show is rated R.
This production of Charles Busch's campy noir classic, Die, Mommie, Die!, stars Drew Droege (Bright Colors and Bold Patterns) as aging Hollywood star Angela Arden. Trapped in a hateful marriage with sleazy film producer Sol and desperate to find happiness with her gorgeous young lover Tony, Angela murders her husband. But when her children, Edith and Lance, discover what she's done, they decide to take revenge. Family secrets are revealed, and you'll never see the surprise twist coming. Die, Mommie, Die! is both a Greek tragedy on acid and an over-the-top comedy of gay Hollywood proportions.
In this riveting courtroom drama, a renowned neurobiologist sues a prominent university for the right to teach theories of evolution that challenge the scientific status quo. His argument: Neo-Darwinian materialist thought, like creationism — the biblical orthodoxy it once replaced — has itself become a kind of religion, just as rigid, just as resistant to change. Might further scientific inquiry, in light of new evidence, yield different and surprising answers? Should recent discoveries, including the extensive range of highly developed fossils that suddenly appeared during the Cambrian period, and our modern understanding of DNA require a reevaluation of the scientific thought behind the Darwinian theory of evolution? This inspiring and uplifting play of ideas asks, "Are we really no more than the sum of our physical parts?"
Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Alana Dietze, Echo Theater Company's Dry Land is a haunting play about female friendship and an abortion that takes place in the locker room of a central Florida high school. Written when Spiegel was just 21 years old and still an undergraduate at Yale, the play is a deeply truthful portrait of the fears, hopes, and bonds of teenage girls — as gut-wrenching as it is funny.
The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre, the companies behind the hit revival of Spring Awakening in Los Angeles and New York, bring their sign language take to Albee's classic short play The Zoo Story (1959) and its acclaimed prequel, Homelife (2004). Together these short plays form At Home at the Zoo, the complete story of publishing executive Peter, his wife Ann, and Jerry, the volatile stranger Peter meets in the park. The Wallis' own Coy Middlebrook directs this new production featuring both deaf and hearing actors.
Oscar Levant, the brilliant, witty, pill-popping concert pianist, wakes up to find himself in the Psych Ward of Mt. Sinai Hospital. His past collides with his present, as he grapples with his demons to save his marriage and his sanity. It's a nightmarish, and sometimes hilarious journey, from addiction to redemption, as he verbally jousts with Jack Paar, is haunted by the genius of George Gershwin, and moves in with his only friend, Harpo Marx.
God Looked Away is an eye-opening glimpse into a turbulent period in the life and career of one of America's most beloved, prolific, and flawed playwrights: Tennessee Williams. Resisting the end of his career, Williams works to open his final play in Chicago while his hotel room becomes the setting of a battle between creation and addiction, love and sex, and immediate satisfaction and eternal legacy. Tony Award winners Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) and Judith Light (Transparent) star in Dotson Rader's stage adaptation of his 1985 book. Robert Allan Ackerman (Salome) directs.
Note: This production has mature content.
Nkechi was a good Nigerian girl. She did everything right. Went to med school. Made plans. Then life happened. And plans changed. A first-generation coming-of-age journey of love, loss, and growing into adulthood, Good Grief follows Nkechi as she navigates Pennsylvania's suburbs alongside her childhood crush, her would-be-philosopher brother—the king of the cul-de-sac—and her immigrant parents. A fresh voice in American theatre, Ngozi Anyanwu makes her playwriting debut with this World premiere.
Hansel and Gretel Bluegrass is the world premiere of a new version of the classic fairy tale. This update is set in Depression-era Kentucky and features Bradley Whitford of The West Wing in video performance as The Duke.
Hansel and Gretel Bluegrass is the latest production from LAb24 (Walking the Tightrope), 24th Street Theatre's resident experimental theater company dedicated to presenting provocative plays that appeal to kids while maintaining the look and emotional depth of adult theater. The show is written by Bryan Davidson and directed by Debbie Devine.
Note: Hansel and Gretel Bluegrass is recommended for ages eight and up.
An astonishing, deeply moving new drama about family, acceptance, and the power of faith from MacArthur "Genius Award"-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), featuring Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad. At the mouth of the Mississippi River, Shelah's family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof. But in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah (Rashad) must fight to survive the rising flood of life's greatest challenges in this poetic and piercing new play.
An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch… who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale. When a baker and his wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the witch next door, they embark on a quest for objects required to reverse the spell. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy, becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.
The gut-wrenching devastation of Lear encompasses more than one man's trajectory through power and hubris; it is an affecting, unflinching chronicle of a family as that family disintegrates around the mental illness of its patriarch. To add a deeply personal dimension to Shakespeare's themes of madness, frailty, and love, this production is set in a memory care facility. The show invites you to experience, in the midst of tragedy, the healing and transcendent nature of great art.
For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee's father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men's club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. At once bitingly hilarious and heartbreakingly honest, King of the Yees is an epic joyride across cultural, national, and familial borders that explores what it truly means to be a Yee.
After years of struggling at a small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, Casey realizes it's now or never for his career as an Elvis impersonator. Enter Miss Tracy Mills, a self-proclaimed grande dame of drag who guarantees Casey's life is about to get "all shook up." Matthew Lopez's hip-shakin', heartwarming tale explores what happens when one man trades in his blue suede shoes for platform pumps and discovers he ain't nothing but a drag queen.
Liana and Ben is a twisted, sexy, modern take on Faust. Its story begins with a not-so-chance encounter between a beautiful young woman and a dark, enigmatic stranger. Ben makes Liana an offer: He will keep her young and beautiful for 250 years if she can prove to him that humanity is worth saving. Deal!
Now Liana's time is almost up and Ben demands his proof. They travel forward and backward through history in search of hope — questioning their very existence, the nature of their own mythology, and the foundations of good and evil.
A story that reminds us of all we leave behind to grow up and invites us to see the world again with the fresh eyes of youth. A journey of simple beauty, Saint-Exupery's tale has a different meaning for each of us. Young and Old alike will enjoy this visually alluring masterpiece. Join us for an adventure that spans from the Sahara to Outer Space and Beyond; a place where it's never too late to rediscover your dreams.
Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical masterpiece pulls back the curtain on the Connecticut home of the Tyrone family, where deep-seated resentments and bourbon-fueled tirades cause a family to expose their darkest natures. O'Neill paints this powerful and heartrending portrait as a single day that begins like any other, only to become a night from which the Tyrones will never recover.
Regarded as one of America's most important plays, Long Day's Journey Into Night premiered in Stockholm in 1956. Its Broadway debut followed later that year. The production won the Tony Award for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play (Fredric March as James Tyrone). In 1957 the play received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A 2016 revival, starring Gabriel Byrne and Jessica Lange, was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play.
Malicious Bunny is about a man who tells his unhappily married wife that he'll do anything for her. The wife then tests his love by asking him to perform a double homicide. Matthew A. Sprosty wrote this edgy dark comedy; Bryan Fox directs. The cast includes Daniel Cordileone (Sure Thing), Jennifer Edwards (NBC's Heidi), Heidi-Marie Ferren (American Housewife), and Gabs Fonseca (Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World).
Note: Malicious Bunny contains mature content and is recommended for ages 18 and up.
Glitz. Glamour. Kidnapping. Money. Really, really small false teeth.
Welcome to the hilarious, terrifying, and surreal world of child beauty pageants. Pinky Corningfield will do anything to make sure her little angel wins the ultimate title, Supreme Queen. When Marge, a newcomer to the pageant circuit, shows up and starts grabbing all the glory, Pinky and her minions, Bob and Bobby, use some unorthodox methods in order to ensure her darling, Chevrolet, is victorious.
A comatose man reemerges into consciousness in a multilayered, multimedia theatrical event about the miraculous power of the brain to rewire and heal itself. Blending cutting-edge science with masterful storytelling, Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and L.A. Weekly Award-nominated cowriters Alex Lyras and Robert McCaskill team up with Grammy Award-nominated composer Ken Rich, visual artist Corwin Evans, and multi-Emmy Award-winning editor Peter Chakos to take the audience deep inside his memories, even as a hovering circle of family members and loved ones (all played by Lyras) divide into scheming camps over critical neurological decisions. Plasticity is a profound, often comedic tour of the collective unconscious.
The Pride is a gorgeously-drawn drama alternating between two very distinct time periods and sets of characters whose fate is written by their eras. In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia, but is secretly attracted to her colleague Oliver. In 2008, Philip lives with his boyfriend Oliver, who continually destroys their relationship with his addiction to casual sex and turns to their friend Sylvia for guidance and support. As the past and present worlds collide, The Pride's complex love triangle provides a provocative, humorous and insightful look at fidelity and forgiveness.
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 (Yellow Face, M. Butterfly). A beloved East-meets-West musical, China's 21st-century rise, and a theatre company gala collide to make mayhem—and some beautiful music. Inspired by the West's often ridiculously inauthentic portrayals of Asia, Soft Power has been commissioned as the final production of Center Theatre Group's 50th Anniversary Season at the Mark Taper Forum.
When the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem! Featuring an unforgettable score and some fun twists to a classic story every child knows and loves, this humorous adaptation is "just right" for the whole family! For ages 4 and up.
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is Russia's most famous composer and one of the greatest composers of all time, known for his beautiful lilting melodies from the ballets Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and the ferocious brilliance of his symphonic works. At the age of 53, Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique," of which he said, "Let them guess what it means..." Nine days later he was dead. To this day, how and why he died are still a mystery. The extraordinary Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis for the Los Angeles premiere of his newest work, Tchaikovsky, which unveils the life of one of the most beloved and tormented composers of all time.
From the trials of online dating to studying for his next prostate exam, baby boomer Peter Fogel mixes his signature wit with riotous relatable characters that have all come from his disastrous love life! Fogel takes his audience on a whirlwind comedic journey through 40 years of dating — and searching — and finally finding and surrendering to his soulmate on Valentine's Day!
'Til Death Do Us Part...You First! spins a heartwarming, hilarious yarn. Young or old, divorced or married — if you want to experience (again) the feeling of finding that special person who can transform your life, this show is for you!
Twelfth Night remains Artistic Director Sheldon Epps' favorite Shakespeare play, in his words, "A perfect mix of comedy, romance, beauty and mystery, and a great way to return to the tradition of the Bard on our stage as The Pasadena Playhouse enters its 100th year." One of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, Twelfth Night features mistaken identities, gender confusion and separated twins, all obstacles to be overcome on the quest for true love.
Filter's explosive and irreverent new take on this beloved romantic comedy of mistaken identity combines dynamic narrative drive with a torrent of sound and music creating one of the most accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years.
Behold, a variety show set in the raucous days of 1924 Berlin that is dedicated to presenting lively and inventive performances ranging from the absurd to the sublime! On any given night you might see burlesque, puppetry, clowns, mimes, dance troupes, solo character sketches, musical numbers, and a variety of acrobatic and other circus performers doing their thing. Hosts Gretel Heinz and Hermann Schnitzel do their best to keep the sense of the 1920s alive and roaring. The show's venue, the famous El Cid restaurant, adds to the atmosphere with its full bar, smoking patio, optional food menu, and reasonable prices — to say nothing of its 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.
Zoot Suit, one of the most exciting and spectacular shows ever created in Los Angeles, is set to ignite the city again. Luis Valdez is bringing his groundbreaking 1978 smash back to the Mark Taper Forum to celebrate Center Theatre Group's 50th Anniversary.
Zoot Suit played to packed houses in L.A. for nearly a year before becoming Broadway's first Chicano play and a major motion picture. Now the Taper stage is once again filled with a company of 25 mesmerizing actors, singers, and dancers weaving fact and fiction together as they portray the events surrounding the infamous 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder. Pulsing with heart, sly wit, and an infectious musical score featuring Lalo Guerrero's famous songs, Zoot Suit remains a thrilling theatrical experience that animates the cultural, political, and human forces that continue to shape the City of Angels.