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Coming to a theatre near you (April 11 updated)

April 6, 2011

 Use my name for discounts to the extension of THE BIRTHDAY BOYS at Theatre Unleashed, April 22, 23, 29 & 30 – $7 tickets through their website with the code STEVE JULIAN. Not available at the door. I saw the play and recommend it. Also, TU is offering half price Early Bird tickets to JULIUS CAESAR opening next month.

EXTENDED: Green Beetle Productions extends PLAY DATES at Theatre Asylum through May 1.

EXTENDED: THE SUNSET LIMITED extending for three more performances on Saturday April 16, 23, and 30 at 5pm.  ROGUE MACHINE presents at The Lounge Theatre located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90038.  Tickets $25.  For reservations call  (323) 960-4424 or on-line.

GIRLS TALK is EXTENDING through Saturday, May 7 at the Lee Strasberg – Marilyn Monroe Theatre, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. For Tickets, call 1-800-595-4849 or visit

The Fountain Theatre extends Tennessee Williams’ HOUSE NOT MEANT TO STAND to May 22.
APRIL 12: RAIN, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, returns by popular demand to Hollywood’s historic Pantages Theatre, where they enjoyed astounding success during their special one week engagement in 2009.  RAIN will play the Pantages for eight performances only, April 12-17, 2011.  Ticket prices start at $25. 
APRIL 13: GOD OF CARNAGE opens at CTG on April 13 at the Ahmanson Theatre. Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. Grown-ups behaving badly. That’s what happens when a schoolyard scuffle leads four civilized adults to congregate in an affluent Brooklyn home. But civilization quickly crumbles as verbal sticks and stones begin to fly.
APRIL 13: LONESOME TRAVELER opens at Rubicon Theatre on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Performances continue through May 15. Ticket prices are $49 to $69, depending on the day of the week. Tickets for students are $30; $15 for groups of 12 or more students.   
APRIL 13: LA Theatre Works presents THE THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov, featuring Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt. THE THREE SISTERS artfully blends humor and heartbreak into a perennial favorite of actors and audiences alike. April 13-17.
APRIL 14: The Moth puts up Stephen Collins’ SUPER SUNDAY, directed by Jamie Wollrab. A complicated, difficult, wise-cracking Viet Nam vet turned ad executive finds his life unraveling when he discovers his wife’s interest in a younger acting class partner. Through May 15, $20. 4359 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 90029. APRIL 15: Los Angeles Master Chorale showcases next generation of singers at its famed High School Choir Festival conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, Friday, April 15 1pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
APRIL 15: McCoy Rigby present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, April 15-May 1. One of the longest running off-Broadway musicals of all time. Musical direction by David O, directed by Brian Kite. Stars Brett Ryback and Lesli Margherita.
APRIL 15: A new musical based on the New Testament, GODSPEED, opens at The Grove in Upland, Friday, April 15th, and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:29 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm through May 1st.  Tickets are $25 and $20 with senior, student and group discounts available. 
APRIL 15: Orange County’s Monkey Wrench Collective opens Phyllis Nagy’s comedy/drama DISAPPEARED Friday, April 15. Sarah Casey is a 25-year old travel agent who’s never been outside of New York. When she goes missing after leaving a seedy bar in Hell’s Kitchen, the last person to see her was a man who works in a thrift store and dresses in his client’s clothes, assuming different identities. Was Sarah killed or did she merely ‘disappear’ to escape her anonymous existence?  The play runs for sixteen performances at 204 N. Harbor, in downtown Fullerton.
APRIL 16: DramaWest mounts 5 ten-minute plays and screens two films: DON GIOVANNI, written and directed by Felix Racelis, and THE SOUND WE SEE – A Los Angeles City Symphony, written, filmed and directed by the Echo Park Film Center. Saturday, April 16 2pm at the Edendale Public Library, 2011 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. FREE. (Next door to Taix Restaurant, which provides $2.50 valet parking.) On Facebook.
APRIL 17: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts presents I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND, music of the Beatles, 7:30 PM.  Ticket prices for UPRIGHT CABARET Single Shows $45 / $35 / $25 / $15;  Series Price $114 / $90 / $66 / $39.

APRIL 17: The Fountain Theatre returns to the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre with FOREVER FLAMENCO. Each show in the series features a roster of world-class Flamenco dancers, singers and musicians drawn from the rich pool of Flamenco artists in Southern California, with additional guest artists brought from San Francisco, Albuquerque and Spain. Sunday, April 17 8pm, one show only. Barnsdall Art Park 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90027. $25-45.
APRIL 18 (Monday): Musical Theatre Guild stages LITTLE ME with Jason Graae as Noble Eddleston and Eileen Barnett and Jennifer Malenke playing Belle in her various stages of life. Also featured in leading roles are MTG company members Pamela Hamill, Joe Hart and Roy Leake, Jr., along with Lowe Taylor.  Alex Theatre in Glendale 7:30 pm.
APRIL 19, 17, 24 (Sundays) Three Rose Players presents several one acts at Crown City Theatre. Writers compete. Includes TAPS FOR PAPS by Tom Baum. St. Matthews Lutheran Church 11031 Camarillo Street, NoHo 91602.
APRIL 20: Cirque du Soleil opens QUIDAM in Long Beach, April 20-24.
APRIL 22: Circle X Theatre CoThe Chinese Massacre (Annotated) – April 22-May 28
APRIL 23: Ensemble Studio Theatre/LAHouse of the Rising Son – April 23-May 29
Both plays are by Tom Jacobson. 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles (Atwater Village) 90039. 
APRIL 22, 23: Parson’s Nose presents a free readers’ theatre THE PERILOUS STREETS OF PASADENA by Dion Boucicault, adapted by Lance Davis. “Tomorrow, Colorado Boulevard will be filled with a howling multitude, for the House of Bogaard the Banker will fall, and crush thousands, who have saved their fortunes here!” Lineage Dance Center 89 S Fair Oaks, Pasadena 91101. Fri at noon, Sat at 7pm. Seating for close to 100. FREE but contributions greatly appreciated. Live theatre for Old Town Pasadena.
APRIL 23: The Chance Theatre in Anahiem presents the award winning musical THE BOY IN THE BATHROOM, with books and music by Michael Llubere, music and additional lyrics by Joe Maloney, and directed by Oanh Nguyen.  Previews begin April 15. Runs through May 22.
APRIL 23: Actors Annie Korzen, Ron Orbach, DeeDee Rescher, and Carol Ita White will join stars Jason Alexander and Gina Hecht in the special three-week engagement of the comedy THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE by Neil Simon. Directed by Glenn Casale, the production will begin performances at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Opening is set for Saturday, April 23 at 8pm.  Performances will continue through May 15.
APRIL 26: Tuesday, April 26th, the international ballroom stage show, BURN THE FLOOR, will arrive at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre.  Tickets for BURN THE FLOOR are priced from $25 and are available at, by phone at 800-982-2787, and at the Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Blvd., open daily at 10am). 
MAY 2: ROGUE MACHINE‘s monthly Rant and Rave 8PM at The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, L.A., CA 90038.
MAY 5: Antaeus Company opens its second season of classics with John Marston’s THE MALCONTENT, directed by Liz Swain. Two full casts – JD Cullum and Bo Foxworth as Malevole; Bill Brochtrup and Mark Doerr as Pietro; John Achorn and Paul Willson as Bilioso; Ramon De Ocampo and Adrian LaTourelle as Mendoza; Laura Wernette and Jules Wilcox as Aurelia; Saundra McClain and Lynn Milgrim as Maquerelle; and Ann Noble and Devon Sorvari as Maria. Through June 19.
MAY 9: Celebrated playwrights Jordan Harrison, Jeffrey Hatcher, Moisés Kaufman, Joe Keenan, Neil LaBute, Wendy McLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright take on the red-hot subject of marriage equality, creating nine short plays for a theatrical event as magically entertaining and personally transforming as it is politically potent. Conceived and directed by Brian Shnipperand presented by Joan Stein and Stuart Ross in association with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays opens for a five-week run of Monday night performances at The Renberg Theatre, in the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles 90038 on May 9. One preview performance takes place on April 25.

MAY 10: Reprise Theatre Company is presenting KISS ME KATE May 10 –22 at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Directed by Michael Michetti. One hit song after another: Wunderbar, So In Love, Why Can’t You Behave, Too Darn Hot, From This Moment On – will all have you wanting to Brush Up Your Shakespeare.
MAY 13: I play Ernie Cusack in Neil Simon’s RUMORS at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts through June 12, directed by Frank Minano. Fri and Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm.
MAY 13: Actor/Musician Tom Peters will perform his newly composed score to the 1931 silent experimental classic film BORDERLINE with Paul Robeson. The screening will be on Friday, May 13th at 8:00 PM at Boston Court.
MAY 13: GYPSY will open Friday, May 13 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, July 3 at The Theatre of Arts Arena Stage, 1625 N. Las Palmas in Hollywood.  Preview performances are Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12.  Ticket prices are $34 general, $30 student/senior/union.  Opening Night Gala tickets are $50.  Previews are $20.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm.  
MAY 14: NO WORD IN GUYANESE FOR ME by Wendy Graf, starring Ovation-winning actress Anna Khaja at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre May 14 – June 12. The play runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sundays at 5 PM. Free Previews are May 12 and 13 and the play opens May 14.  
MAY 7: Anne of Green Gables, appropriate for ages seven and up, runs at Main Street Productions (at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga) May 7th – 22nd on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. (no performance May 8th). The matinee on May 15th will be interpreted in American Sign Language. The Playhouse also runs special weekday matinees for school children, and study guides for teachers and parents are accessible on the Theatre’s website. Tickets are $17 for General Admission, $15.00 for Seniors, and $14 for Youth.

MAY 27: Jim Leonard Jr.’s haunting drama, THE DIVINERS, will open at The Secret Rose Theater on May 27th as the inaugural production of the HumanArts Theater Company.   The play is directed by RoZsa Horvath.  Friday, May 27 through Sunday, June 19; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm, as a visiting production at the Secret Rose Theatre in the heart of the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.  Cast features William Barker, Michael Beck, Christine Cater, Lana Ford, Kristen Hansen, Mark Howard, Crystal Lott, Liza Miranda, Ben Rogers, Steven Rogers, Sharon Samples, and Gregg Strouse.
MAY 29: HAVING IT ALL, music by John Kavanaugh, book by David Goldsmith & Wendy Perelman, lyrics by David Goldsmith, conceived by Wendy Perelman, with musical direction by Greg Nabours and directed by Richard Israel is EXTENDING through Sunday, May 29 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim) in North Hollywood. 
JUNE 1, 8, 15: I play Carl, the bus driver, in William Inge’s BUS STOP at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont, directed by IVRT‘s Terre Gunkel.


JUNE 14: REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) is proud to announce preliminary program highlights for RADAR L.A., an international festival of contemporary theater running June 14–20. The festival is produced by REDCAT in collaboration with Center Theatre Group and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (New York), and a consortium including Theatre Communications Group, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Stage Alliance and the Los Angeles Theatre Center. $50 multi-event passes go on sale in April and will allow audiences to attend performances for as little as $10.
The 2011 Festival of New American Musicals extends over 16 new musicals and musical events presented in area theatres as part of their on-going programming including “Summer of Love” (April 1-17) at Musical Theatre West; “Krunk Fu Battle” (May 12-June 26); at East West Players; “Thank You, Mister Falker” (May 14-29) at the Morgan Wixson Theatre; “Moscow, Cherry Town” (May 15, 18 and 22) and “The Difficulty of Crossing A Field” (June 15-18) at Long Beach Opera; “Bash’d: A Gay Rap Musical” (opening May 26) at Celebration Theatre; “The Trouble With Words” (June) at Coureage Theatre; “Twist” (opening June 14) at Pasadena Playhouse; “Jerry Springer: The Opera” (July 1-August 7) at Chance Theatre; “Sherwood Forest” (July 25-27) at Theatre West; and Amanda McBroom at the Ford Amphitheatre (July 30).

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