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Openings & Extensions (May 20)

May 18, 2011

SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER: A Noise Within, winding down its final season in Glendale, is offering 2 for 1 tickets for Eccentricities of a Nightingale by Tennessee Williams on 5/22 at 7pm and 5/26 at 8pm AND The Chairs by Eugene Ionesco 5/20 at 8pm. Offer is subject to availability, advance reservation only, and subject to change. Receive 2 for 1 tickets using code: JULIAN at You must do this online, through ANW’s website, not through me directly. Enjoy!


SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER: Theatre Unleashed offers an all-female JULIUS CAESAR. Set in the 1940s, in a United States battered by the effects of World War II, a group of women whose male loved ones are off fighting gather in a community center and present the play as a way to help them understand and cope with the war, and the pain, suffering and loss it’s caused. Anyone who uses the code ‘stevejulian‘ when buying tickets directly through our website will pay only $7 (including processing fee). Through June 18 at Studio/Stage 520 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles.


THROUGH MAY 22: LA Theatre Works presents DRACULA, adapted by Charles Morey. In this blood-thirsty tale of unholy terror, Count Dracula (Simon Templeman) slips into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil – so he can rest between victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, Dr. Van Helsing (David Selby), can stop the carnage. Through May 22; recorded for broadcast on public radio stations, including 89.3 KPCC.


  MAY 19: In JUAN AND JOHN Roger Guenveur Smith recalls an event he witnessed on TV as a youth – the day in August 1965 that Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants repeatedly struck Los Angeles Dodgers catcher John Roseboro in the head with his bat and the bench-clearing brawl that ensued.  Marichal and Roseboro eventually reconciled their differences and Smith, in the telling of their story, poignantly draws upon the violent history of the 1960s and also of more personal memories of his parents and his childhood. Kirk Douglas Theatre. (Previews May 17, 18) $25.


MAY 20: The Lyric Theatre  at 520 N. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles concludes its 2011 season of musicals with the world premiere of iGhost, book by Doug Haverty, music by Adryan Russ, and lyrics by Russ and Haverty.  Directed by Jules Aaronperformances begin on May 13, and opening night is set for Friday, May 20 at 8:00. The limited run will continue through June 18.


MAY 20: Two small town twenty-somethings – one a party girl, the other a homebody – find their roles reversing after they move to L.A. and meet a smooth-talking local. Atwater Village Theatre (AVT) artistic directors Gates McFadden of Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA and Tim Wright of Circle X Theatre Co. are thrilled to announce the world premiere production of Between Us Chickens by Sofia Alvarez. Casey Stangl directs Amelia Alvarez, Annabelle Borke and Ben Huber in the five-week run through June 19 in AVT’s intimate cabaret space.


MAY 21: Veteran film and television actor James Handy (The Verdict, Arachnophobia, NYPD Blue, Alias, and Criminal Minds) returns to the stage for the Los Angeles premiere of “Finding The Burnett Heart,” which won every major award for its world premiere in last year’s thriving Detroit theater scene. “Finding The Burnett Heart” by playwright, Paul Elliot. Previews May 14th, 15th & 20th, with the opening of a four-week run on May 21st at the 55 seat Missing Piece Theatre 2811 W. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, CA.


MAY 21: FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE opens Saturday, May 21st and runs through June 12, 2011.  Performances are on Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm (No shows Memorial weekend May 28 & 29)Ruskin Group Theatre is located at3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405.  Tickets are $20 ($15 for students, seniors, and guild members) and can be purchased in advance by calling (310) 397-3244.  Free and convenient parking is available at the theater. 


MAY 21: Annie Potts (Designing Women) heads the cast in the World Premiere of AfterMath, Elliot Shoenman’s comedic drama about a widow trying to help her children, and herself, deal with the mess her husband left behind when he jumped into the Hudson River. A guest production at the Matrix Theatre directed by Mark L. Taylor. ELLIOT SHOENMAN (playwright) started his career as a writer on Norman Lear’s “Maude,” won an Emmy for his work as Executive Producer and show runner on “Home Improvement.”



EXTENDED through MAY 21: THE NEXT FAIRY TALE at Celebration Theatre.


MAY 22: Theatre 40 re-opens NAZI HUNTER – SIMON WIESENTHAL.


EXTENDED through May 22: THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT 2050 at The Skylight Theatre


EXTENDED through May 22: The Fountain Theatre extends Tennessee Williams’ HOUSE NOT MEANT TO STAND.


EXTENDED through May 22: THE NEXT FAIRY TALE at Celebration Theatre.


MAY 22: The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse turns up its beautifully restored Wurlizter organ for WURLITZIA! together with a Swing Band, trumpet soloist, vocalist and concert pianist, this very special event brings together Chris Gorsuch, Ken Double, Russ Peck, Laney Wilson and the Temple City High School Gold Jazz Band playing some of the best music from the golden era of swing. All this plus Charlie Chaplin’s Silent Movie Classic The Fireman on the big screen with live accompaniment. 2pm. Tickets and info.


MAY 23: The Hollywood Fringe Festival holds a pre-Fringe Town Hall. On the docket: Events, awards, tickets, promotion, visibility, and getting the most out of your Fringe experience. 7pm at Open Fist Theatre 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. The event will be recorded for those who can’t attend.


MAY 23: UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE – Edwin Sanchez’s play centers around two strong willed Latinas who discover the gift of friendship and the reward of sacrifice. A young assistant DA with a dying mother and a politically ambitious boss is forced to confront her feelings about love, death, and a clairvoyant fast food worker charged with multiple murders. The investigation takes a dramatic shift as the accused uses her psychic “gift” to manipulate the lives of everyone involved. Would you risk exposing your past to know the future? A Los Angeles premiere directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. UNDERGROUND THEATER 1312 N. Wilton Place, Los Angeles, CA 90028


MAY 23: The Jumbo Shrimp Circus presents “The Magical and Joyful Spectacle of Epoxie” to the Two Roads Theatre, 4348 Tujunga Ave. Studio City CA 91604.  Showtimes are May 23rd, 29th, 30th, June 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th at 10:30 AM. Moms, dads and grandparents are bringing their preschoolers to Tujunga Village to see Epoxie do his stuff.  The one man clown show is a 50 minute entertainment for young children (preschoolers and early elementary ages) and their care-givers. 


MAY 25: Due to popular demand, the Show at Barre Concert Series has announced a second date for Erich Bergen, on Wednesday, May 25 at 8pm.  Continuing the celebration of his first solo CD release, The Vegas Sessions, the former Jersey Boys star will also appear in concert at BARRE vt on the previously announced date of Wednesday, May 18 at 8pm.


MAY 25, 26: The Gardenia presents CAMILLE SAVIOLA. Musical director is Jerry Sternbach.  Dinner service begins at 7pm, 7066 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-467-7444. (I saw her show at Barre last fall – don’t miss this – sj)



EXTENDED through May 27: FIREHOUSE at the Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Venture Blvd., Studio City.


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 27: The Grove Theatre presents Quilters.  Scrap by scrap, piece by piece, a quilt comes together assembled by pioneer women who sew and socialize in a unique expression of folk art. Quilters, a musical with book, music and lyrics by Barbara Damashek, was nominated for the Tony Award for best musical of 1985 and has been produced in regional theaters across the country. Grove favorite, Ann Thomas, is featured as Sarah. Runs through June 12th. 


MAY 27, 28: Parson’s Nose Productions (PNP), the professional, San Gabriel Valley theater company “introducing classic theater to all ages,” will present Moliere’s 17th Century, classic comedy ,“The Middle Class Nobleman” as its final reading of the 2010-2011 season. “The Middle Class Nobleman” will be performed in an original one hour translation and adaptation by Parson’s Nose Artistic Director Lance Davis. At Lineage Dance Co, 89 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena.



MAY 27 (CHANGED TO): MAY 27: In 100 SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW, a priest who must reconcile his desires with his role in the church, a teenage boy confused about his own sexual identity, and a young woman desperate for spiritual validation, are all brought together on one fateful night in which they will discover the tenuous common ground they share. The Elephant Space 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.


EXTENDED through May 28: MUTANT OLIVE at The Beverly Hills Playhouse Research Space, 254 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets call 702-KTC-TKTS (702-582-8587). Mitch Hara (actor/writer) is a Syrian, Turkish, Lithuanian, Gypsy, Jew, born in Skokie, Illinois and raised by wolverines. 


MAY 28: San Diego Musical Theatre  stages the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical, A CHORUS LINE with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, musical direction by Don LeMaster and directed and choreographed by Robert Marra (recreating Michael Bennett’s original choreography). A CHORUS LINE will preview on Friday, May 27, 2011 and will open on Saturday, May 28 and run through Sunday, June 12 at the Lyceum Theatre at Horton Plaza, 79 Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego.


EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 29: The Good Boy is set in Pasadena in the 1960s, telling the humorous and heartwarming tale of Michael Bonnabel’s struggle to gain independence from his large, loving, and complicated family, which also happened to be led by deaf parents. Told in sign, speech, and song, Bonnabel explores the weight of the adult responsibilities the young boy must face, as well as his yearning to bond with his emotionally distant father. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street, in downtown LA. 


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. 


MAY 29: Forever Flamenco! The Fountain Theatre’s acclaimed series returns to the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre on May 29. 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.


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 1: The world premiere of David Wiener’s Extraordinary Chambers, about the consequences of one couple’s seemingly innocuous business trip to Cambodia, opens at The Geffen Playhouse and includes Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men) and Mather Zickel (Rachel Getting Married) as Mara and Carter, the couple at the center of the story. Directed by Pam MacKinnon through July 3.


JUNE 2 AND VARIOUS DATES: Can’t get to New York? L.A. Theatre Works presents a high-definition screening of Roundabout Theatre’s critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated Broadway production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Tony-nominee Brian Bedford at UCLA this June.


JUNE 3: Two women test the bonds of sisterhood in John Henry Redwood’s bittersweet comedy,The Old Settler. ICT artistic director caryn desai [sic] directs Ryan Vincent Anderson, Veralyn Jones, Tarina Pouncy and Karen Malina White in a four-week run, June 3 through June 26 at International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.


JUNE 3: LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT present the fifth and final production of their 2010-2011 season of shows, the critically-acclaimed, smash-hit musical comedy THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, written, created and directed by Roger Bean, musical direction by Brian Baker, choreography by Janet Miller and starring former and original Wonderettes, Misty Cotton, Beth Malone, Leslie Spencer and Lowe Taylor.  THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES runs through Sunday, June 19 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.


JUNE 3: The Group Repertory Theatre, under the direction of Larry Eisenberg, will bring to its stage on June 3 probably the greatest and most revered of the classic melodramas, “The Poor of New York” by Dion Boucicault.  The play runs June 3 through July 10; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm, at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.



JUNE 3-5: As a prelude to A Noise Within’s highly anticipated move to a permanent new home in Pasadena next fall for the its 20th anniversary season, the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company takes a final curtain call in its Glendale location by turning the spotlight on itself for a special “Retrospective” benefit on three dates, Friday, June 3, 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 4, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, June 5, 2 pm.  Performances highlight A Noise Within’s (ANW) 19-year history and its growth from a storefront operation to one of the region’s most acclaimed theatre companies, followed by a champagne and dessert reception featuring a silent auction and sale of signed photographs by leading photographer James Moore documenting A Noise Within’s early history.  $100. Proceeds benefit A Noise Within.


JUNE 3-10: Theatre Palisades presents the Tony Award-winning musical comedy A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM with book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Scott Martin, produced by Shirley Churgin and Andrew Frew, through July 10, at Theatre Palisades in Pacific Palisades, California.


JUNE 3-10: SEX AND EDUCATION  by Lissa Levin will have its west coast premiere at The Victory Theatre Center produced by Tom Ormeny and directed by Dan Guntzelman. Lissa Levin is an award winning playwright who has also had a great deal of success in television, serving as writer/producer on such hit shows as: the Emmy nominated MAD ABOUT YOU, CHEERS, WKRP IN CINCINNATI, FAMILY TIES, and the Showtime series BROTHERS


JUNE 3-4 ONLY: “I Eat People Like You for Breakfast!” is a serio-comic tale of friendship and betrayal, fame and perception of fame, and what it’s truly like to be a comedian. But “Breakfast” is also about growing up and how Jerry Lewis reflected both Steven’s self-absorbed ambitions as a comedian himself, as well as Steven’s unresolved issues with his own father. Santa Monica Playhouse, the Main Stage is located at1211 4th Street.


JUNE 4: Join pop culture humorist and author Charles Phoenix for a deep-fried and delicious mix and mash-up of the very best of his massive collection of flea market-found vintage Kodachrome slides. The Charles Phoenix Big Retro Slide Show, a comedy performance about mid-century Americana, comes to Wally Parks’ National Hot Rod Museum for one night only, on Saturday, June 4 at 8pm.


JUNE 4: The Colony Theatre is thrilled to present the first production of its 37th season of shows – its first ever with six productions instead of five.  The production is the West Coast Premiere of YEAR ZERO, written by Michael Golamco and directed by David Rose.  YEAR ZERO will preview on Wednesday, June 1; Thursday, June 2; and Friday, June 3 at 8:00pm and will open on Saturday, June 4 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, July 3 at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center. How do you move forward in life when you’re stuck where you are?



JUNE 4: Kicking off Theatricum’s six-play repertory season during the first weekend of June, artistic director Ellen Geer directs The Merry Wives of Windsor, opening on Saturday, June 4 at 8 pm. The next afternoon, Theatricum’s one-of-a-kind, signature production of A Midsummer Nights Dream, helmed by Melora Marshall, opens on Sunday, June 5 at 3:30 pm. Both plays will continue throughout the summer in the Theatricum‘s 299-seat outdoor amphitheater, carved into the Topanga Canyon hillside.


JUNE 4: Britain’s fab comedian, Billy Connolly, appears for one night only, Saturday June 4 at 8pm at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 N. Vine St., Hollywood 90028. $50 and $40 and premium seating. or 800-595-4849.


EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 5: THE TEMPERAMENTALS  at the Blank Theatre Company’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Wilcox) in Hollywood. Secured valet parking available.


JUNE 5: Multi-award winning Rogue Machine brings David Harrower’s critically acclaimed play Blackbird to Los Angeles for the first time. The company’s recently extended run of Small Engine Repair (CRITIC’S CHOICE-LA Times; GO– LA Weekly, CRITIC’S PICK-Backstage, Ovation RECOMMENDED) will run simultaneously with this production, in Rogue Machine’s larger space at Theatre Theater, during the first few weeks in June. With Sam Anderson and Corryn Cummins.


JUNE 7: Reprise Theatre Company presents Ray Romano Live for one performance only on Tuesday, June 7 at 8:00 pm, at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA. Tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday, May 10. For tickets, please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310/825-2101 or visit


JUNE 8: The Geffen Playhouse opens Tracy Letts’ SUPERIOR DONUTS with Gary Cole and Edi Gathegi. Superior Donuts had its world premiere in 2008 at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre before moving to New York, and the Geffen Playhouse production marks the play’s Los Angeles premiere. This is the first time a work by Letts, most well-known for his lauded drama August: Osage County, has been performed at the Geffen Playhouse. Through July 10.


IN JUNE: L.A. Theatre Works brings Roundabout Theatre’s hit Broadway production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, to audiences in HD this June, a chance to see the original company in a first-class Broadway production while it’s still running – without having to travel to NY or wait years for the national tour. Here in the Los Angeles/Orange County area, audiences will be able to see Earnest in HD at the following theaters:

  • Downtown Independent (June 9)
  • James Bridges Theater @ UCLA (June 2 & 5)
  • La Mirada Theater (June 26)
  • Mann Theatre Hollywood (June 2 & 7)


JUNE 9: After a sold-out run at the Santa Monica Playhouse, Todd Waring’s acclaimed play FIVE UNEASY PIECES is coming to the Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 16-26. The show will be staged at the Elephant Stage Works / Lillian Theater 1076 North Lillian Way, Hollywood 90038, on June 9,16, and 23 at 8 pm and for a Saturday matinee, June 11, 18, 25 at 2 pm. 


JUNE 9 AND VARIOUS DATES and locations: The team behind last year’s Fringe hit, Deicide: a Sorta Musical, presents a new ensemble created dark comedy about rivalry, regret, and cheesy children’s television. Theatre and film elements are used in Top That! to tell the story of nine former child actors attending a cast reunion party of the TV show Pancakes, Ah YES! The reunion takes on a life of its own as it transforms into a weekend of nostalgia, romance, and enlightenment.


JUNE 10: Combined Artform (Matthew Quinn, producer) has announced four special performances of Blink & You Might Miss Me, written and performed by Larry Blum and directed by Stan Zimmerman, as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, on June 10, 18, 19 and 25 at the Asylum Lab in Hollywood. The critically acclaimed solo show will continue performances on Friday evenings at 8:00 through May 27.


JUNE 10: Arthur Miller’s autobiographical play A MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS will be staged at the Ruskin Group Theatre for a limited time.  The play elegantly, and hilariously at times, depicts the way a common experience can bond people together.


JUNE 11: MARGO VEIL– Len Jenkin’s noir fantasy entertainment is a cross between a surreal radio melodrama and wacky comedy filled with music and fantasy. Margo Veil is a young actress whose strange adventures lead her into an ever-changing landscape of dream and reality. An Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Evidence Room co-production directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Through July 31.



JUNE 11: Coeurage Theatre Company is proud to present the World Premiere of Gregory Nabours’ The Trouble with Words, an exciting new song cycle for 3 men and 3 women that explores the relationships people have with words as well as with each other. Nabours’ sharp wit and distinct style are displayed with songs that range from devastating to laugh-out-loud funny. The Trouble with Words is premiering this summer as part of the Festival of New American Musicals and the Hollywood Fringe Festival.


JUNE 11: The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum opens TARTUFFE with new songs by Ellen Geer and Peter Alsop. Considered by many to be his best work, Molière’s rich comic genius is epitomized in the character of the 17th century con artist whose excessively cultured manners and religious devotion mask his true aim—to defraud a naïve gentleman, seduce his wife, marry his daughter, and steal the deed to an elegant estate. Every Friday in September, audiences are invited to feast on a French Provençal buffet dinner in the theater’s adjacent gardens at 6:30 pm, followed by an 8 pm performance. (Separate admission, or combination packages are available.) 


JUNE 11: The world premiere of a funny, touching and thought-provoking new comedy about art by Stephen Sachs is next up at the multiple award-winning Fountain Theatre. Starring veteran actors Jenny O’Hara and Nick Ullett and directed by Sachs, BAKERSFIELD MIST, opens on June 11, the first in a series of productions set to take place at regional theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network rolling world premiere.


JUNE 11: Katselas Theatre Company announces the World Premiere of A Death in Colombia by Shem Bitterman, Directed by Steve Zuckerman at The Skylight Theatre 1816 N. Vermont Ave. LA 90027. Previews begin June 3rd with the official press opening Saturday, June 11th. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. through July 10th.  Tickets are $30 or $20 for students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling 702-KTC-TKTS (702-582-8587), or online at


EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 12: Tom Jacobson’s HOUSE OF THE RISING SON at Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA in Atwater Village.


JUNE 12: The final “hard hat” day in the up-and-coming theater space in Pasadena for A Noise Within. The state-of-the-art 33,000-square-foot facility, located next to a Gold Line station, is being built in the former Stuart Pharmaceutical headquarters, a historic, mid-century modern masterpiece designed by celebrated architect Edward Durell Stone, known for landmark buildings around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and Radio City Music Hall in New York.  Reservations (required) at A Noise Within.


JUNE 12: One night only THE CASE AGAINST HAPPINESS: A ONE MAN COURTROOM DRAMA written and Performed by Howard Smith. Howard had a normal childhood and a good relationship with his parents. He grew up in Queens, New York and moved to California to attend Law School.  He’s a licensed attorney that enjoys it so much that he does stand-up. 7pm at the Santa Monica Playhouse.


JUNE 12, 13: GOOD, BAD BUT BEAUTIFUL is at the Comedy Store* on Sunday, June 12th and Monday, June 13th.  Show times: 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:30 for cocktails and appetizers. Tickets are $30, and can be purchased by calling 1-877-920-4343. The Comedy Store is located at 8433 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90069. Stay after the show and enjoy the laughter brought to you by the talented comedians who entertain at the Comedy Store. *Limited to age 21 and over.


JUNE 14: The Austin-based theatre collective Rude Mechs bring their characteristically inventive, lively and playful production, “The Method Gun,” to the Kirk Douglas Theatre through 26, 2011, as part of Center Theatre Group’s DouglasPlus.  “The Method Gun” follows the disciples of the obscure acting teacher Stella Burden long after she has mysteriously moved to South America, leaving behind her acting technique.  Her followers begin to question what they have learned and how to finish a project they have been rehearsing for nine years. 


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.


JUNE 15: The 2010-2011 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center continues with the Music Center debut of Ballet Nacional de Cuba at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for five performances only, June 23-26, 2011. The company will present the classic, “Don Quixote,” choreographed by Alicia Alonso, after Alexander Gorsky and Marius Petipa with music by Ludwig Minkus, performed live by the LA Opera Orchestra. Ballet Nacional de Cuba will also present a program of classical repertory at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, June 15-19, 2011.


JUNE 15-19: LA Theatre Works presents LOBBY HERO by Kenneth Lonergan, featuring Tate Donovan. Lobby Hero is a slice of contemporary life with the same humanity and humor that its author brought to You Can Count on Me and This Is Our Youth.


JUNE 16: Chris Isaacson and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center proudly present the premiere of Jennifer Leigh Warren in “DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER: the songs of Dame Shirley Bassey,” which will make its Los Angeles debut on June 16 at The Renberg Theatre, 1125 N. McCadden Place  in Hollywood, with acclaimed Director Richard Jay-Alexander (Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler “Kiss My Brass” Tour, Bernadette Peters) at the helm.


JUNE 17 AND VARIOUS DATES: Dirtie Blonde Productions presents Girl Band in the Men’s Room, a play by Robert A. Ford, as part of the 2nd Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival this June. Set in a men’s bathroom in 1994, the grunge-nostalgic dramedy follows four female musicians as they negotiate artistic and personal compromises on the eve of their big break in the male-dominated music industry.


JUNE 17: Ten West returns to the Hollywood Fringe Festival and Theatre of NOTE to present: INEFFABLE: a clown treatise on the mysteries of life, death, hay fever.  TEN WEST is the comedy duo of Stephen Simon and Jon Monastero under the direction of Bryan Coffee. Their show, The Understudies, played to sold out houses and was a festival favorite in last year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.



JUNE 17: The Bootleg Theater, Alicia Adams, Artistic Director, has announced the world premiere of THE INTERLOPERS by Gary Lennon, directed by Jim Fall, opening on Friday, June 17 for a limited engagement of five weeks only.  There will be two preview performances on June 15 and 16. It’s is a Romeo and Juliet story set in the transgender world of Los Angeles. 


JUNE 17: The all new production of “Les Misérables,” featuring glorious new staging and spectacular re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, will play at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, opening June 17, with previews June 14 –16, and performances continuing through July 31, 2011.


JUNE 18: Katselas Theatre Company announces the World Premiere of A Death in Colombia by Shem Bitterman, Directed by Steve Zuckerman at The Skylight Theatre 1816 N. Vermont Ave. LA 90027. Previews begin June 3rd with the official press opening Saturday, June 18th. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. through July 31st.  Tickets are $30 or $20 for students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling 702-KTC-TKTS (702-582-8587), or online at


JUNE 18-25: (Hollywood Fringe) New Perspectives Theatre Company (NPTC) makes its Hollywood debut with the acclaimed production for family audiences Steal Away: The Living History of Harriet Tubman at the 2nd Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival. Performances are Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m., June 18–25, 2011 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.


EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 19: BOOMERMANIA – The Musical about the Baby Boomers!, written and directed by Debbie Kasper & Pat Sierchio, with choreography by Edward Carignan, musical direction by Mary Ekler and produced by Michael Anthony Gremo is EXTENDING again and will now play through Sunday, June 19 at the El Portal Forum Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.


JUNE 23: The 2010-2011 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center continues with the Music Center debut of Ballet Nacional de Cuba at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for five performances only, June 23-26, 2011. The company will present the classic, “Don Quixote,” choreographed by Alicia Alonso, after Alexander Gorsky and Marius Petipa with music by Ludwig Minkus, performed live by the LA Opera Orchestra. Ballet Nacional de Cuba will also present a program of classical repertory at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, June 15-19, 2011.


 EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 26: Santa Monica Playhouse is proud to announce the extension of the West Coast premiere of Todd Susman’s LOCKED AND LOADED. The show opened on February 18 and will run through June 26 in The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.


EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 25TH: In his internationally acclaimed stage work, La Razón Blindada, Argentine-born playwright/director Aristides Vargas infuses Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel, El Quijote with Franz Kafka’s, The Truth About Sancho Panza, and testimonies by Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in the 1970s at the Rawson Prison during Argentina’s dictatorship. Two political prisoners, oppressed by physical and emotional abuse, find solace in meeting every Sunday at dusk to tell the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. 24TH Street Theatre, Los Angeles.


JUNE 26: TWIST – An American Musical is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic with a contemporary score, set in New Orleans on the eve of the Great Depression.  TWIST tells the story of a young orphan boy born of a courageous white mother and an incredibly talented black father who navigates the colorful and sometimes rough waters of street life and racial intolerance in his quest to find his family and to find love. Tamyra Gray stars.  The Pasadena Playhouse from June 14 – July 17, 2011 with the official press opening on June 26, 2011.  The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena.


EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 26: THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY announces that the critically-acclaimed, world premiere production of PURSUED BY HAPPINESS, written by Keith Huff (Broadway’s A Steady Rain; The Bird and Mr. Banks) and directed by Robin Larsen (An Infinite Ache; Tryst) is EXTENDING through SUNDAY, MAY 29, at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA.


EXTENDED through JUNE 26: at the Zephyr – David L. Ray’s world premiere play, CAUGHT, presented by Buttermilk Productions in association with Drumfish Productions, and directed by three-time Ovation Award-winner Nick DeGruccio, has extended its run one final time through Sunday, June 26. For the remainder of the run, patrons may use special codes (either NOH8  or AID4AIDS) when ordering tickets at and the production will donate 25% of the ticket price to either the NOH8 Campaign or Aid for AIDS. 


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).


JULY 13-17: LA Theatre Works presents NEW JERUSALEM by David Ives featuring Billy Crudup and Andrea Gabriel. Baruch de Spinoza is a successful merchant and would-be philosopher. But Amsterdam’s Jews have made a fateful arrangement with the city: to police their own for “unorthodox” beliefs.



JULY 15: One night only The Grove Theatre brings in ABBEY ROAD – A Tribute to the Beatles. With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road – A Tribute to the Beatles has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatle tribute acts in the world.


JULY 22: Absolute Theatre presents THE INSIDIOUS IMPACT OF ANTON, by David Hilder. Francesca is a 30-something urban dweller who knows who’s who and what’s what, and will be more than happy to tell you exactly which is which. She has it all, from the job that’s not too demanding, to the superintendent ex-boyfriend who still fixes her plumbing (so to speak), to the gay friend next door. Then she meets Anton, a mysterious stranger who keeps turning up, and the oddest things start happening. Directed by Absolute Theatre’s Artistic Director, Richard Tatum, and again co-producing with Full Circle Theatrics at El Centro Theatre.


JUNE 24-26: Sideways SmileyFace Productions and Phoenix Rising present a Special Engagement of eLove, a, with book, music, and lyrics by award-winning Wayland Pickard with additional lyrics by Sherry Netherland & Deborah Johnson, June 24 and 25 at 7:29pm, and June 26 at 2:00pm, at The Grove Theatre in Upland.



JULY 30: The San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre presents SWINGIN’ AND CROONIN’: A Night of Prima, Dino, and Bing at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. 2pm and 8pm. 626-282-1440.


SEPT 18: POOR BEHAVIOR, a new play about lust and deception, marriage and fidelity by renowned playwright Theresa Rebeck, will have its world premiere at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on September 18, as part of the Taper’s 2011 season.  Directed by Doug Hughes, previews begin September 7 and performances will continue through October 16. This dark adult comedy asks the question:  Is it adultery if they already think you’ve done it? It replaces the previously announced Rebeck play THE NOVELIST.





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