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You think your derriere is too big or your chest is too small? Your nose too long or your legs too short? Your waist too thick, your hair too thin, and birthdays only remind you that you're over 30 and over the hill? If so, 50 Shades of Perfect is the play for you. RAW ShortBurst® Theatre presents a one-night-only look at our constant struggle for perfection — for the Instagram body and the Brangelina face — to fit ourselves to unrealistic standards, force ourselves into an ill-fitting mold. Love me for who I am…or leave me alone! Do we dare to stay that out loud, or even think it inside? Must we forever be lemmings, following every trend the media so temptingly proffers? Join us for Linda's 50th birthday party, a celebration of the imperfections that make us unique, the scars that define us, and a discovery that perfection can be simply…what we already are. Nobody's perfect, and perhaps "good enough" really is good enough.
WORLD PREMIERE! In 1956, a giant kaiju (monster) destroys Tokyo and sends seismic waves of fear, anger, and ignorance through generations. Facts are questioned, history is alternatively written, and modern politics is set against primal religion in this ferociously civilized cautionary tale of two nations coping with their own damaged legacies. Can humanity reckon with the monsters that rise against us, the ones that live within us all?
He's a dark, enigmatic prince obsessed with seeking revenge for his father's death. She's a steadfast rebel who challenged the powers of the church to restore France to greatness. Iconic figures from two dramatic classics — Hamlet and Saint Joan — are brought vividly to life in two riveting, stripped-down stagings in rotating repertory by four actors from the acclaimed theater company Bedlam.
This play concerns young Americans Zack and Abby: They appear to be a perfect couple, with the perfect expatriate life in Paris — a funky bohemian apartment in up-and-coming Belleville, a stable marriage, and Zack's noble mission at Doctors Without Borders to fight pediatric AIDS. But when Abby finds Zack at home one afternoon when he's supposed to be at work, their marriage begins to show cracks, and an ordinary night unravels into a modern-day thriller. Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog's new play is a Hitchcock-style drama and makes for a captivating evening of intrigue and suspense. The cast features Drama Desk nominee Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Tony Award nominee Thomas Sadoski (Life In Pieces).
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.
Twenty years after the searing hit Bordertown premiered, Pasadena Playhouse sends Los Angeles's very own Culture Clash back to the border to investigate. Reimagined, remixed, and fully reloaded, Bordertown Now is an irreverent and sometimes hilarious exploration of the regions and people at the center of one of America's most hot-button issues. Energized with new material from today's headlines and directed by Obie Award-winning Diane Rodriguez, the nation's premier Chicano-Latino performance trio continues to redefine the boundaries of theater and break down divisions between cultures.
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."
Desert Rats is a dark comedy about life and crime in America's contemporary West. Estranged brothers Frank and Jesse reunite to plan a kidnapping in a squalid motel room on a hellish day in Barstow. When day turns into night and their hostage is brought out of the trunk, the siblings find their troubles have just begun.
Amir has left his Pakistani heritage behind in an attempt to make partner at his corporate law firm, but his wife, Emily, doesn't share his negative feelings about Islam — she has encouraged Amir to help with the case of a controversial imam. When they throw a dinner party for Amir's colleague Jory and her husband Isaac, the hard truths revealed lead to the unraveling of their carefully constructed lives.
The Eclectic Company Theatre is celebrating March with an exciting Eclectic Stew production of seven short plays featuring some of LA's most talented actors, writers, and directors.
Play 1: "Sara and Jimmy," from Bum Tickers, by Thomas Prosser. An ex-con thug yearns for a new life as an artist. He is drawn to Greenwich Village artist Sara, who likes to flirt with the dark side of human nature.
Play 2: "Tired of F**king Letters," from Bum Tickers, by Thomas Prosser. Ex-boxer Stormy Weathers, just released from prison, encounters his ex-wife, jazz singer and doper Carmen St. James, now married to his brother. Play 3: Love Stinks, by Paul Gulino. The shifting dynamics between Johnny, a student who wants to trade sex for higher grades, and his teacher. Play 4: March Madness, by Paul Gulino. More illicit relations between teacher and student.
Play 5: Mail, written and directed by Michael Goldstein. Gloria, an elderly woman, and her adult son David go through her life.
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.
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?
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.
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."
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.
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!
What does it mean to be free? What is justice? With his play Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis creates tears in our perception of humanity. Prisoners Lucious and Angel face a cold justice system as they discuss religion and humanity during their one hour in the sun. Sixty-Six Theater Co. brings this thought-provoking prison-centered play to the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood.
Get ready to be whisked back to the golden age of television in Neil Simon's "love letter" to his early career as a TV writer alongside the likes of comedy legends Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.
It's a roller coaster ride, catapulting an unconventional 1950s writers' room into the comedy fray as they frantically attempt to please their larger-than-life boss.
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.
In a time of resistance, what will you do? Buenos Aires, Argentina, and people are disappearing off the streets, but no one is talking about it. The "Dirty War" waged by the military junta against its own people is in full swing. Three generations of women in a single family face state terrorism. The Mothers of Los Desaparecidos de Argentina can teach us all how to fight tyranny. The Madres is one family's story.
The Madres hits Los Angeles with an impressive cache of accolades, including winning the Ashland New Plays Festival and the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company's Generations Contest.
In Members Only, the long-awaited sequel to the groundbreaking Blade to the Heat, 20 years have passed since the original. It's 1982 in New York City: the golden age of boxing, the dying gasp of disco, and the flowering of identity politics. Pedro Quinn is well past 40 and still fighting, not only for championships but for the right to be himself on his own terms. He even has a protégé, a female boxer who reminds him of his own youthful fights in and out of the ring. But when a detached retina threatens to end the only life he knows and old frenemies Vinal and Sarita want to make a movie about the champion he killed in the ring 20 years ago, Quinn can no longer hide from the ghosts of his past. Nor can he protect those he loves from the specter of hatred, much less the looming onslaught of what will soon be named the AIDS virus. He can hide in plain sight no more, and his biggest fight is yet to come.
On a frozen Minnesota lake, the ice is beginning to creak and groan. It's the end of the fishing season, and two old friends are out on the ice, angling for something big — something down there that is pure need. Something that might just swallow them whole. Nice Fish is a sublimely reflective, profound, and funny play.
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!
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.
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."
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 April 2010, British Petroleum gave orders to speed up production on its colossal drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon. Despite the objections of many on the rig, safety measures were ignored or overlooked. On April 20, the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Eleven men paid the ultimate price, and thousands who call the Gulf Coast home found their lives irrevocably altered.
Threat is a story of a psychotherapist who tries to control a bipolar, brilliant, and dangerous maniac in order to save innocent lives but finally is forced to a make a bold choice between honoring her oath and protecting others. It asks the question of whether a psychotherapist treating a troubled student could have prevented the carnage we've seen time and time again at schools across America. Full of suspense and catharsis, Threat is a tense exploration of narcissism, risk, and self-realization.
The Keen family is dealing with the recent tragedy concerning their daughter, Dana, a navy corpsman in the Iraq War. Larry copes with a tumbler of scotch, or five; Barbara sets an extra plate setting; and Samantha, their teenage daughter, secretly uses Twitter to create a protest. Then Nasser, an Iraqi refugee, arrives at their door unannounced on Christmas Eve. As the family fights over whether or not to keep Nasser's "gift," tempers fly and secrets are revealed. Will the Keens be pulled further apart or will they find grace and redemption in this intriguing family dramedy?
A world premiere set in the thick of the modernist era, Waste Land is a tragicomedy that lays bare the tumultuous love between T.S. Eliot and his first wife and muse, Vivienne. As he writes the poem that would be his masterpiece, a circle of notable friends — Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, and Bertrand Russell — populate his life with witty banter, biting commentary, and moments of joy and self-doubt that inform all of their work. Waste Land is a moving investigation of Eliot's life, loves, friendships, and torments.
On a snowy night in a rural farmhouse, three siblings huddle together in the dark with a flashlight, while the audience (unseen by them) gathers closely around. Expect to be fully immersed in this beautiful, provocative, and disturbing ghost story, a memory play by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Daniel Talbott (Slipping) that Time Out Chicago calls "a work of spare and haunting power."
Gil is a loser. He works at McDonald's, lives with his ailing mother, and hasn't had a girlfriend since...ever. But that's all about to change. He's been secretly training (and drugging) a rooster to fight. And Odysseus Rex (aka Odie) is the baddest barnyard bird there is. Gil has so much faith in Odie's abilities that he bets everything on him — but victory and revenge may not yield the delicious spoils he anticipates. A fiercely comic play about cockfighting, connections, and clawing your way to the top.