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March 30, 2011

After directing a staged reading of Andy Bloch’s The Bellflower Sessions at the Hayworth Theatre and appearing in Mary Willard’s Deathtroupe and Erin Gaw’s Crooked Road, it’s time to catch up before Hollywood Fringe activities kick in.

Opening TONIGHT March 31, The Actors’ Gang re-visits Moliere’s Comic Masterpiece Tartuffe to begin its 30th Anniversary Season. Jon Kellam, who directed the 2005 version, helms this one. Thursday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Ticket prices range from $15 – $25.

The Group Rep presents Broadway’s hit thriller WAIT UNTIL DARK by Frederick Knott, directed by David Colwell, produced by Richard Alan Woody.  Friday, April 1 through Sunday, May 8; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood. Cast: Liza de Weerd, Bert Emmett, Robert Gallo, Kaylena Rose Mann, Matias Ponce, Jeff Warren, Leo Weltman, & Christopher Winfield.

Musical Theatre West opens the World Premiere of SUMMER OF LOVE from Roger Bean, the creator of THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES and LIFE COULD BE A DREAM. It features hits from The Mamas & the Papas, The Turtles, Sly & the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Many More!  Running April 1-17 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

All Skate welcomes Not From Here for its long-form improv, April 1 at 9pm, The Second City 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 90028. 323-464-8542 $10 at door or reserve seats.

Opening tonight!  The world premiere of Return from the Ashes by Brad Geagley in Theatre 40‘s Reuben Cordova Theatre housed on the Beverly Hills High School campus. When a woman returns home from a concentration camp, she learns her family doesn’t need a survivor…they need a corpse.  Stuart Howard directs. Through April 24. Also onstage at Theatre 40 is Nazi Hunter – Simon Wiesenthal, written and performed by Tom Dugan and directed by Jenny Sullivan April 4-26.

The Geffen opens The Escort this weekend, a world premiere commission from playwright Jane Anderson. Lisa Peterson directs James Eckhouse, Polly Draper, Maggie Siff and Gabriel Sunday. Contains mature language and strong sexual content. April 6 – May 8. 10886 Le Conte, Los Angeles 90024.

A Weekend with Pablo Picasso West Coast Premiere, produced by The Latino Theater Company and presented by The Alley Theatre with actor-writer Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash. Music by Bruno Louchouarn LATC, March 31-May 1‏.

Lust ‘n Rust, The Trailer Park Musical by Frank Haney, Carol Kimball & Dave Stratton opens Friday, April 1 at 8PM at the Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea, LA 90036.Rebuild Japan: A Benefit Concert at the Pasadena Playhouse – proceeds to support the American Red Cross. Produced by Patty Onagan and Ronn Goswick, Monday, April 4 at 7:30 PM. Scheduled to perform are Erich Bergen, Doug Carpenter, Davis Gaines, Julie Garnye, Adam Halpin, Cliffton Hall, Dale Kristien, Adam Pascal, Jennifer Paz, Jennifer Leigh Warren among others.

Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters hits LA Theatre Works at the Skirball Center, April 13-17, recorded for future broadcast on public radio stations, including 89.3 KPCC. Features Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm.

Burn This opens Sunday, April 3 at CTG/Mark Taper Forum, written by the recently deceased Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson. Cast: Brooks Ashmanskas, Ken Barnett, Zabryna Guevara and Adam Rothenberg. Nicholas Martin, who directed The House of Blue Leaves at the Taper in 2008, helms this.

Playwright Tom Jacobson sees two of his productions go up simultaneously at Atwater Village Theatre. Circle X presents The Chinese Massacre (Annotated) while Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA offers House of the Rising Son.

Antaeus announces its 2011 season, including The Malcontent by John Marston and The Typists by Murray Schisgal, both in April.

TeAda Productions presents the premiere of SUNOH! Tell Me, Sister, March 31-April 3 – one weekend only. Miles Memorial Playhouse 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica 90403.

McCracken Live! Named official selection for upcoming Marseille Web Fest 2011. Get info on the web series here.

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found by Fin Kennedy and directed by Nancy Keystone opens April 21 – May 29 at The Theatre at Boston Court. Cast features Brad Culver, Carolyn Ratteray, Time Winters, Valerie Spencer and Nick Mills.

Ionesco’s rarely performed The Chairs runs April 9 – May 21 at A Noise Within in Glendale. It’s the final run at the company’s longtime home before moving this fall to new digs in Pasadena. In a nod to its history, ANW Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott directs her husband and co-founder/AD Geoff Elliott and 18-year member Deborah Strang who joined the company one year after ANW was founded.

The Katselas Theatre Company (of the Beverly Hills Playhouse) presents the world premiere of Mutant Olive, written and performed by Mitch Hara and directed by Terri Hanauer, opening April 1. One actor’s exploration of childhood, speed, alcohol, sex, crashed cars, jail, DUIs, death, rehab, an out of body experience and a black cape.

The Autry National Center, home of Native Voices’ just concluded Frybread Queen has an ongoing monthly film series, What is a Western? Saturdays at 1:30 pm in the Wells Fargo Theater.

Player King Productions announces its inaugural production of Hamlet, opening Monday, April 18 at Gallery 1018 for 12 performances only, through Tuesday, May 10.

Scott Paulin directs Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class at Open Fist 6209 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90038, April 15-June 4. See website for pay-what-you-can dates.

Jon Cohn directs Samuel Brett Williams’ The Woodpecker which has been extended through Sunday, April 10 at the Studio/Stage Theatre in Los Angeles (520 N. Western Blvd.). The play was developed by the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Cherry Lane Theater, Hatchery Arts and now with Mutineer Theatre Company.

The Cripple of Inishmaan opens at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd, Culver City on April 6 at 8PM, a production of The Druid and Atlantic Theater Company. This eight-city, 14-week tour of the US is the biggest such tour undertaken by an Irish company since the 1930s. Druid was at UCLA Live in 2008 and 2009. This is not to be mistaken with The Lieutenant of Inishmore…

Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner present Carli & Doni ‘Help Save the Theatre’ at the Santa Monica Playhouse, one night only, April 8 at 8PM. Tomlin hosts her partner’s work. All proceeds benefit the Santa Monica Playhouse ‘Save the Playhouse Campaign’.

Janet Miller directs Phantom ProjectsThe Bluest Eye, an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s work by Lydia R. Diamond, April 8 – 24. Miles Memorial Playhouse 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica 90403.

ICT Long Beach continues Southern Comforts, a new comedy by Kathleen Clark directed by Jules Aaron, starring Michael Learned & Granville Van Dusen. $37-55 through April 10.

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