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Openings & Extensions (June 22)

June 22, 2011

June 20-23: Theatre of NOTE will facilitate four special panel discussions during the 2nd Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 20-23, 2011.  Each panel discussion will be patterned after last year’s successful forum and feature experts in the field exploring issues that impact the Los Angeles theatre community.  Admission to the Theatre of NOTE panel discussions is Pay-What-You-Can and open to the public.

 

JUNE 22: As part of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival, the Brimmer Street Theatre Company has announced Black Tie Salon, an interactive evening of parlor games and champagne cocktails, for one night only on Wednesday, June 22 at Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts, in Hollywood. 7:30pm. Attendees have the opportunity to participate in a series of carefully selected exercises designed to awaken the creative spirit and collaboratively explore visual art, writing, performance, and everything in between. M Cafe de Chaya will provide catering for the event, which is suited for 21 years of age and over.  Formal or business attire is requested.

 

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.

 

JUNE 23-25: Richard Tatum presents three encore performances of the musical GROUP. In short, “Group” is: 1 professor, 6 twenty-somethings, 3 musicians… Musical Group Therapy. Group chronicles seven strangers’ path to love and acceptance. With heartfelt wit, set to an indie-rock score, Tatum says you’re going to find your peace here. Stella Adler Theatre 6773 Hollywood Blvd $2 parking @Hollywood & Highland.

 

JUNE 23 & 26: 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. At UCLA  Thursday, June 23 @ 8 pm; and Sunday, June 26 @ 4 pm. Other screenings in the L.A. area: La Mirada Theater (June 26).

 

JUNE 23-26: 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.

 

JUNE 24: Hip-Hop Theater Festival and Prana Theatre Group in partnership with Rogue Machine and John Perrin Flynn present THE WORD BEGINS. Presented at Rogue Machine (in Theatre Theater)  5041 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90019. Mashing up spoken word, comedy and Hip-Hop, Steve Connell and Sekou Andrews deliver hyper-kinetic performances in this fresh new satire that examines the current American cultural landscape as it appears to a young white man and a young black man. Nominated for three Helen Hayes Award.

 

JUNE 24-25: The Hollywood Fringe Festival has chosen PURE SHOCK VALUE, a film made by the ensemble members of Los Angeles’ Furious Theatre Company, as the Centerpiece Feature Film of its Fringe [film] programming, a new branch of the festival this year that has sponsored a venue dedicated solely to the presentation of “fringe” film.   As the designated centerpiece of the film presentations, PURE SHOCK VALUE will receive four screenings at Artworks Theatre and Studios, 6569 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.  The screenings are on Friday, June 24 at 6:15 pm; and Saturday June 25 at 10:15pm.  The Furious-made movie stars ensemble members Nick Cernoch, James C. Leary, Vonessa Martin and Brad Price.

 

JUNE 24 & 26: Performing for the first time in three years, JUKEBOX STORIES returns with new tales and tunes, classic pieces from the past, and an expertly integrated bingo game that will have audience members vying for the Asian-est prizes this side of Chinatown! What will PRINCE GOMOLVILAS have to say about UCLA student Alexandra Wallace, the proposed all-white Akira, and, of course, his beloved sister? How will Brandon Patton look surrounded by a festival full of Asians? How could a show that’s constructed randomly by the audience be so much damn fun? National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

June 24: Monkey Wrench Collective opens provocative drama DAMNÉE MANON, SACRÉE SANDRA June 24! Two interweaving monologues on religion and sex, delivered by a languid drag queen and a devoted Catholic woman, DAMNÉE MANON, SACRÉE SANDRA examines the sacred and the profane–their similarities and differences–and how they merge and become one another. Directed by Richard Stein, the play stars Monkey Wrench regulars Jessica Lamprinos and Alexander Price.

 

JUNE 24-26: CRUMS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Fabulation) and directed by Ben Campbell.  Told through the eyes of 17-year-old Ernestine Crump, CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY is a memory play about an African-American family from the Deep South that moves to bustling Brooklyn in 1950. Continues through Sunday, June 26 at The Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. Through June 26.

 

THROUGH JUNE 25: I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell YouJennifer Jajeh was born in San Francisco. Her parents are from Ramallah. She will not have her birth certificate with her. Nor will she defend being a single woman in San Francisco with a cat, or an American wanting sushi while she watches Sex and the City in Ramallah. What she will have is a new perspective on why she’s OK with you not being OK with it.

 

THROUGH JUNE 25: FOUR CLOWNS: ROMEO & JULIET begins a limited engagement.  Performances will be held Friday June 24 @ 10:30pm and Saturday, June 25 @ 7:30pm. Performances will be held at Fringe Central, the Art/Works Theatre Mainstage, 6569 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038. Show contains graphic violence, strong sexual situations and other wanton behavior.

 

 THROUGH JUNE 25: 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. Also, naked people, musical numbers, sassy robots and the apocalypse. 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.

 

THROUGH JUNE 25: (Hollywood Fringe – family friendly show) 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 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. Harriet Tubman’s great-great grand niece making an appearance for the June 24th & 25th performances.

 

JUNE  25: 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..

 

JUNE 25: Award-Nominated Show I Do Card Tricks and I’m Funny Returns to the Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 2011. Named Close Up Magician of the Year in 2007, Jon Armstrong’s amazing close-up skills and comedy have brought him numerous awards and nominations throughout his career. This year, he is bringing his award-nominated show “I Do Card Tricks and I’m Funny” back to the Hollywood Fringe Festival for the festival’s second year at Fringe Central (ArtWorks Theater, Studio A) 6567 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles 7:30 pm.

 

JUNE 25: Grove Theater Center presents the world premiere of A BOOK BY ITS COVER by Damon Chua. Millie explores the intricate paradox of being Chinese-American in a world of ever-changing fortunes. From the same team that created Film Chinois, winner LA Ovation Award for Best World Premiere of a Play. GTC Burbank 1111-b W. Olive, Burbank, CA 91506. Through July 23.

 

SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER through June 25: $10 with code “SteveJulian” to catch Lost Moon Radio’s 2nd foray into the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Fringe Central at ArtWorks Theatre. As the top-selling production in the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Episode 10 delves into the realm of “Travel and Journeys,” exploring all the ways we get from here to there and, hopefully, back again. Fringe Central at ArtWorks Theatre, 6567 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

 

THROUGH JUNE 25: 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.

 

THROUGH JUNE 25: 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.

 

THROUGH JUNE 25: The Pallas Theatre Collective is pleased to announce that their season’s production of The Many Women of Troy, a new musical, will be a part of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival, marking the area premiere of their work at the Open Fist Theatre. This musical has been workshopped at several different universities since 2003 (including NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and the University of Maryland); this is its first full production on the west coast.

 

EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 25: Wendy Graf’s NO WORD FOR ME IN GUYANESE, a one-woman “protean performance” by Anna Khaja who portrays a gay Muslim woman. Sidewalk Theatre, 4150 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake (Burbank), CA 91505. SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND DISCOUNT OFFER THIS WEEKEND ONLY! $10 with DISCOUNT CODE “DISCOUNT”  on  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/155636 Don’t miss this Critic’s Pick hit!

 

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 1970′s 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 25-26: Sideways SmileyFace Productions and Phoenix Rising present a Special Engagement of eLove, a Musical.com/edy, 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.

 

JUNE 25 & 26: World Premiere of Interactive Children’s show “Voices from Chornobyl, Jr.” After their successful 25th Anniversary Awareness Events benefiting the Chernobyl Children’s International, this new play ventures to reach an even wider audience by introducing children 8+ to a time in history rarely discussed except in crisis. Carefully crafted and interactive, the audience learns how Katya, 9 years-old in 1986, learned about science and history so she can understand the new situation evolving around her. Fringe Central (ArtWorks Theater, Studio A) 6567 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles.  Take advantage of a “stevejulian” discount code for $5 tickets to all performances June 25 & 26 at 1pm.

 

THROUGH JUNE 26: Olga O’Farrell’s PEDESTRIAN. How would you handle a stranger…eh hem…exposing himself to you? Gross!!! And not just a flasher, but a stranger who stands for a full five minutes and…uh…well…plays with himself. Gross!!! And you sit there and watch because??? Because you’re trapped underground waiting for your train to arrive! Actor’s Circle Theatre, 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo 90046.

 

THROUGH JUNE 26: “PAINT” –  When Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns fell in love, they created their most critically valuable output of art. This award-winning play imagines their rivalry and friendship after their break-up in 1961. It is a magical story about fame, jealousy, art and betrayal. But above all else, it is a Love Story. June 23rd, 24th & 25th @ 7 PM; 26th @ 1 PM. Flight Theatre at Complex Theatres Hollywood | 6476 Santa Monica Blvd, 90038  

 THROUGH JUNE 26: The Austin-based theatre collective Rude Mechs bring their characteristically inventive, lively and playful production, “The Method Gun,” to the Kirk Douglas Theatre 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.

 

THROUGH JUNE 26: Gregory Craft’s SUPER SIDEKICK returns for the Hollywood Fringe Festival at Actor’s Circle Theatre, 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo. Saturdays and Sundays 1pm. Pay What You Can. Info & RSVP

 

THROUGH JUNE 26: The nerd-tastic storytelling show ! Death 40-Feet Tall ! returns to the Hollywood Fringe Festival for nine performances. Presented by Pam Noles, the piece made its debut at the inaugural 2010 Hollywood Fringe. 9 p.m. June 21, 24 / 5 p.m. June 20, 22 / 1 p.m. June 26 / 3 p.m. June 25.  ComedySportz LA, 733 Seward Street, Hollywood, 90038. Plentiful free street parking! $10 suggested ticket price, or Pay What You Can.

 

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.

 

JUNE 26: I’m a board member of Parson’s Nose Theater, a nonprofit company that mounts hour-long adaptations of classic works. If you haven’t seen one of our FREE shows, please find a Friday or Saturday to do so. We’re holding a fundraiser that promises to be a lot of fun. We’ll toast the past season, announce the next, drink some wine, eat pizza from Gales, sing-along with someone, and slap backs. $40. Lineage Performing Arts Center 89 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena 91105.

 

JUNE 26: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in association with Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience is thrilled to be presenting – direct from Broadway, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award-nominated production of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, directed by and starring Tony Award Nominated Best Actor Brian Bedford on SUNDAY, JUNE 26 at 2pm at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada.

 

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 www.CaughtThePlay.com and the production will donate 25% of the ticket price to either the NOH8 Campaign or Aid for AIDS.

 

THROUGH JUNE 26: Lonesome No More! Theatre presents Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, as translated by Jonathan Franzen, at the 2nd annual Hollywood Fringe Festival. Spring Awakening has six performances, including a designated press preview on June 9, throughout the duration of the Hollywood Fringe Festival at The Complex Hollywood’s Ruby Theatre.

 

JUNE 27: STANDING ON CEREMONY: The Gay Marriage Plays continues at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, The Renberg Theatre, 1125 N. McCadden Pl., Los Angeles. This evening’s cast is Jane Kaczmarek, Stephanie Faracy, Mark Moses,Cheri Oteri, Jack Plotnick, and James Patrick Stuart. Hear my conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Doug Wright, whose play ON FACEBOOK is one of the shorts of the evening. (I saw this on June 6 – wonderful! – sj)

 

JUNE 30 AND BEYOND: Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival – MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, HAMET, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST various dates at Griffith Park Old Zoo, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, LA 90027, FREE. 818-710-6306 or website. There is no seating at the site so bring a blanket or low-backed chair and dress warmly for evening performances.

 

JUNE 30: It was the Summer of 1947. Hot off the success of his smash debut ‘The Glass Menagerie,’ Tennessee Williams had written a play that would cement his legacy as America’s greatest playwright. He needed to find the perfect star to play Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” When a young unknown actor named Marlon Brando showed up to read for the role the rest, as they say, was history. This is the untold story of the most infamous audition of them all at Two Roads Theatre 4348 Tujunga Blvd., Studio City.

 

THROUGH JUNE 30 AT LEAST: An evening of plays by J.M. Barrie: Rosalind and The Old Lady Shows Her Medals – two delightful, unique and rarely produced works by the author of “Peter Pan” which mirror each other, examining the theme of unlikely love in early 1900’s England with humor, wit and poignancy. Directed by Marilyn Fox and Dana Dewes, this is the second show of their 25th season. PACIFIC RESIDENT THEATRE 703 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291

 

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 1: Mashing the 1950s with science fiction in their signature Hyper-theatrical style, Rogue Artists Ensemble creates a uniquely theatrical event using puppetry, live actors, original music and video. D is for Dog begins a six-week run at Studio/Stage in Los Angeles. Rogue Artists Ensemble differs from other theater companies in that it’s run by a collective of multi-disciplinary artists and designers rather than by actors, writers or directors. Studio/Stage is located at 520 N. Western Ave, Los Angeles 90004 (corner Western and Maple).

 

THROUGH JULY 2: The Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble  The Naked Army at the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica. The Naked Army is a premiere adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, written and directed by Matthew James Weedman. Using improvisation, clowning, music, movement, and extensive research, this is a completely re-imagined physical theatre adaptation of the classic Greek comedy.

 

JULY 2&3: On Friday, July 1st, at 8PM, eight playwrights will have until 9AM the next morning to write their plays.  In the morning, actors and directors are randomly assigned to the plays they’ll rehearse all day.  At 8PM, the show goes up in front of an audience at Sacred Fools.  (And during Saturday night’s show, 8 more writers will start the process over again for the next day!) Sacred Fools has been doing Fast & Loose since the start of its 2nd season in 1998. 8PM – completely different show each day. The Sacred Fools Theater – 660 North Heliotrope Avenue, tickets are $10 with $5 parking available right next door.

 

JULY 2-10: Building upon the success of last year’s Metro Me @Metro, Watts Village Theater Company (WVTC) in association with Watts/Century Latino Organization presents Meet Me @Metro II, a theatrical journey on Los Angeles’ Metro Rail featuring daring, site-specific performances curated by WVTC Artistic Director Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez and Associate Curator Rita Cofield from Obie Award winner Rick Burkhardt, eight innovative Long Beach and Los Angeles-based theater companies and a myriad of solo performers. Meet Me @Metro II will take place July 2–10, 2011 with performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am beginning and ending at the Watts Towers Arts Center.

 

JULY 2-OCT 2: RICHARD III opens at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Cyn Blkd., Topanga CA 90290. The outdoor amphitheater at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is terraced into the hillside of the rustic canyon.  Audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating.  Snacks are available at the Hamlet Hut, and picnickers are welcome before and after the performances.

 

JULY 4: Part II of the Santa Monica Playhouse‘s 24-month 50th Anniversary celebration will be inaugurated with a 14-day FREE FESTIVAL OF THEATRE, July 4 through 17, centered around the original musical ALL JOIN IN – commissioned for last year’s 40th Family Theatre year and back by unprecedented popular demand. Other special FREE events during the 14 days of the Festival include a FREE Enchanted Fairytale Interactive Theatre Adventure for kids 4 to 10 and their grown-ups on Monday, July 4, 10:30 to noon; and four FREE Public Workshops where participants work together to create their own mini-play: Wednesday, July 6, 6:00 to 7:30 PM for ages 6 to adult; Thursday, July 7 and Monday, July 11, 3:30 to 5:00, both for ages 6 to 15; and Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 to 7:30, for ages 18 and up.

 

JULY 5: DEADLINE to apply for Phantom Project’s 2011 Young Artist Project, an opportunity for those aged 16-23. It puts 10 strangers together with just 14 days to produce and present an original evening of theatre, music, dance, film, and much, much more. Online application here.

 

JULY 6: Rizzo 39 Productions has announced a limited engagement of Donna/Madonna at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. This new solo show, written and performed by John Paul Karliak, is directed by Tiger Reel and Matthew Craig. Karliak wants desperately to be the perfect son for his adopted mother, a doting Catholic housewife from Scranton, PA. But realizing he will never be the ideal local boy, he seeks answers from a very different source: his fashion-writing, married-to-a-British-pop-star birth mother. Through Aug. 10 at The Lounge Theatre 6201 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, 90038.

 

JULY 7-24: FCLO Music Theatre presents “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now change”, which tackles the truths and myths behind the contemporary conundrum known as the relationship. Hailed by critics as “Seinfeld set to music” and “a funny, witty escapade”, the show is intended for mature audiences.

 

EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 8: The world premiere drama FIREHOUSE by Pedro Antonio Garcia, directed by Bryan Rasmussen, extends its run for a second time!   Fridays, 8pm, at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.

 

 JULY 9: Musical Theatre West is proud to announce the professional regional premiere of THE WEDDING SINGER at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. THE WEDDING SINGER previews July 8 and runs July 9 through July 24, 2011. This production will be directed by Larry Raben (Original Cast: FOREVER PLAID, Regional: MTW’s THE ANDREWS BROTHERS [West Coast Premiere], THE PRODUCERS, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Broadway: THE PRODUCERS, MTW Directing Credits: NEVER GONNA DANCE, THE THING ABOUT MEN and I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE). THE WEDDING SINGER’s musical director is David Lamoureux, choreography by Spencer Liff. NOTE: Mary Jo Catlett will play Rosie.

 

July 9: The 2nd annual fundraising event TWENTYWONDER, A Carnival of the Mind, presented by Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) and hosted by the L.A. Derby Dolls at the Doll Factory (1910 West Temple Street) will be held on Saturday, July 9The evening will be a bursting expo of art, science, music and comedy, plus an all-star roller derby grudge match – “TwentyWonder Derby Thunder” – featuring the All-Star Teams, the LA Ri-Ettes vs. the San Diego Derby Dolls’ Wildfires. Proceeds will benefit DSALA’s efforts to support those born with Trisomy 21/Down syndrome living in greater Los Angeles. Features Ed Asner and others, plus a raffle.

 

JULY 9-10: The acclaimed Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles closes its 2010-11 Season with two matinee and two evening performances of “Totally! Our ’80’s Show,” featuring Guest Conductor Andres Cladera, Saturday July 9, 2011, 5 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday, July 10, 2011, 3 pm and 7 pm, at the Avalon Hollywood.  The all-1980’s pop music program, punctuated by compelling video clips and show-stopping choreography by Ray Leeper, both tongue-in-cheek and poignant, reflects upon this transformational and complex decade of fun and tragedy, delight and devastation.

 

JULY 9-24: Ojai’s Theater 150 presents Ann Gee Byrd and Brook Masters in Breadcrumbs, which probes the relationship between two very different women. Alida, a reclusive fiction writer who is diagnosed with dementia, must depend upon Beth, a troubled young caretaker, to complete her autobiography. In a symbiotic battle of wills, the two delve in the dark woods of Alida’s past, unearthing a secret tragedy that shatters their notions of language, loneliness, and essential self. Jessica Kubzansky directs. 316 E. Matilija Street, Ojai 93023. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 805-646-4300 or go to www.theater150.org.

 

THROUGH JULY 10: 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. 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 www.ktctickets.com

 

 THROUGH JULY 10:  LIGHTS UP ON THE FADE OUT is the all-too familiar tale of a man facing challenges in his love and family while still trying to hold on to his idealistic view of life. When Stephen finally believes he has found love with his long time friend Kristina, who has run away from her own wedding the night before, the day that begins perfectly—until Stephen has to suddenly care for his father, who is in the early stages of dementia.

 Featuring Mark Bramhall, Thomas Hildreth, James Parks and Alina Phelan at the Lillian Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way in Hollywood.

 

 

JULY 12-31: SHREK THE MUSICAL Plays 3 weeks, July 12 to 31 at the PANTAGES THEATRE. SHREKcation starts with a savings of up to $20 per Pantages tickets to see SHREK THE MUSICAL; families also have the opportunity to save up to 34% on some of L.A.’s Best Family Experiences including Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, Madame Tussauds, L.A. Zoo, Aquarium of the Pacific, Pacific Park, iFly and even enjoy the sights and sounds of Hollywood courtesy of a special offer from Starline CitySightseeing Hop-on Hop-off.  Families can also enjoy special offerings at various retail locations including American Girl Place and Build-A-Bear Workshop.

 

 

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 13-AUG 21: The Antaeus Company, L.A.’s classical theater ensemble, presents ClassicsFest 2011, its popular “summer splash” of actor-initiated workshops, readings, and special events. This year’s ClassicsFest will include readings and workshop productions of The Doctor’s Dilemma and Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw; The Lucky Chance by Aphra Behn; Twelfth Night, Othello and Macbeth by William Shakespeare; Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill; A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee (rights pending); After the Dance by Terence Rattigan; The Legend of Oedipus by Kenneth Cavander; The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder; and You Can’t Take it With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. In addition, there will be a host of late night events, a cabaret, and other special surprise events.

 

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 15-17: LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is thrilled to present a very special (and quite the hilarious!) event – the Troubadour Theater Company presenting the tragic tale of FLEETWOOD MACBETH, a spectacular mash-up of the rocking music of Fleetwood Mac and the classic tale of the Bard’s Macbeth! FLEETWOOD MACBETH will feature musical direction by Eric Heinly, choreography by Nadine Ellis and will be directed by (and will feature) Troubadour Artistic Director, Matt Walker.

 

 

JULY 15-SEPT 10: The Open Fist Theatre Company presents their third FIRST LOOK FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS, with new works written by D. Tucker Smith, Shoshana Bean, Eydie Faye, Laura Richardson, Rebecca Sue Haber, Philip William Brock, Richard Manley, Jesse Bernstein, Jim Bontempo.  The Festival is curated by Barbara Schofield, Martha Demson, Laura Richardson, and Caitlin Renée Campbell as Marketing Producer. The Festival will begin on Friday, July 15 and runs through Saturday, September 10 at The NEW Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. (former home of The Actor’s Gang) in Hollywood.  The festival is a 2 month celebration of contemporary American theatre and music. 

 

 

THROUGH JULY 16: 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.

 

EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 16: In 100 Saints You Should Know, a priest who must reconcile his desires with hisrole 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. 100 Saints You Should Know is a compelling and heartbreaking journey in search for self in a discriminatory and alienating world. The Elephant Space, 6322 Santa Monica Boulevard (just west of Vine), in

Hollywood. Street parking available.

 

THROUGH JULY 17: The Interlopers is a Romeo and Juliet story set in the transgender world of Los Angeles. Through the theme of identity, the play explores a group of unique misfits who call themselves family, and who are brave enough to challenge the obstacle course called life. Examining these singular and special people, the play follows them on their journeys to being their whole and authentic selves. World premiere at The Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Boulevard, in Los Angeles, 90057 through July 17.

 

THROUGH JULY 17: TWIST – An American Musical is a timely 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. Tickets may be purchased online, at The Pasadena Playhouse box office or by calling 626-356-7529.

 

THROUGH JULY 17: I’m Just Wild About Harry is a musical based on Brandon Thomas’s hilarious English farce “Charlie’s Aunt” first performed in 1892.  Lamb and Reilly have placed this new adaptation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin circa 1910 and added some very fun songs from the early 1900’s.  Crown City Theatre at St. Matthews Church, 11031 Camarillo St., NoHo 91602.

 

JULY 21-AUG 25 THURSDAYS: The Skirball Cultural Center presents the fifteenth annual Sunset Concerts series on six consecutive Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m., free of charge, in the Skirball’s festive outdoor courtyard. Curated by Skirball Music Director Yatrika Shah-Rais, the 2011 Sunset Concerts season features an eclectic line-up of artists representing music from around the globe: Maria de Barros (July 21), the West Coast premiere of Red Baraat (July 28), Yemen Blues (August 4), Nuriya (August 11), Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited (August 18), and Mr. Vallenato (August 25). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 (310) 440-4500.

 

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.

 

THROUGH JULY 22: BASH’D! is loosely based on the real life spike in hate crimes in Alberta, Canada during the national debate on equal marriage for gays and lesbians. Since this debate, same sex marriage has been legalized in Canada, despite the fervent protests of the religious right. In America the struggle continues. BASH’d! explores the effect of homophobic violence and the emotions associated with being any marginalized population. Though the topic is serious, the play itself is fast paced, high energy and full of laughs. Celebration Theatre.

 

JULY 22: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce the seventh and final production of National Theatre Live’s second season – broadcast live from the National’s Olivier Theatre in London, Zoë Wanamaker starring in Anton Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD, directed by Howard Davies.  THE CHERRY ORCHARD will be broadcast on FRIDAY, JULY 22 at 8pm at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada.

 

THROUGH JULY 23: The multi-award-winning NoHo Arts Center Ensemble (NoHo ACE) presents a newly revised version of the play developed by the company, DEPARTURES, written by Michael Catlin, Effie Hortis, Jim Lunsford, James J. Mellon, Duane Poole, Penelope Richards, Jed Schlanger and Mark Wyrick, and directed by James J. Mellon.  DEPARTURES will run through Saturday, July 23 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim) in North Hollywood. 

 

JULY 23 – AUG 21: The Theatre @ Boston Court presents “Heavier than…” a world premiere play by Steve Yockey, directed by Abigail Deser. This mash-up of Greek myth unfolds in the heart of a labyrinth where Aster the Minotaur contemplates turning 30 in a world that sees him as nothing more than a murderous oddity. Aster has to navigate the impending arrival of warriors out to kill him, a deceptively enticing chorus, a plotting sister, and Icarus, a sexually obsessed boy with wings, all while pining to see his estranged Mother.  Previews July 14 – 22, opens July 23 at 8 p.m. and runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. through August 21 at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor, Pasadena. Tickets: $17 previews, $27 students & seniors, $32 regular, available online at bostoncourt.org, or the box office at 626-683-6883.

 

JULY 22: The hills will be alive in Thousand Oaks as Cabrillo Music Theatre proudly announces its brand-new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, through Sunday, July 31st, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

 

JULY 24: Stogie Kenyatta’s acclaimed show about African-American artist/activist Paul Robeson. Written and performed by Jamaican born and Brooklyn bred Stogie Kenyatta. July 24 at 7:00pm; Saturday, July 30 at 8:00pm; Sunday, July 31 at 7:00pm. Santa Monica Playhouse, The Main Stage 1211 4th Street (between Wilshire & Arizona), Santa Monica, CA 90401-1391.

 

 

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.

 

THROUGH JULY 31: 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.

 

 THROUGH JULY 31: 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.. Tickets are $30 or $20 for students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling 702-KTC-TKTS (702-582-8587), or online at www.ktctickets.com

 

THROUGH JULY 31: 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.

 

 THROUGH JULY 31: The all new production of “Les Misérables,” featuring new staging and re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, will play at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.

 

EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 31: West Coast Ensemble is thrilled to announce that its smash-hit critically-acclaimed production of GYPSY, with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents, musical direction by Johanna Kent, choreography by John Todd and directed by Richard Israel, is EXTENDING through Sunday, July 31 at the Theatre of Arts Arena Stage, 1625 N. Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood.

 

AUG 4-21: FCLO Music Theatre’s third and final show of the season “Las Vegas Live, A salute to Sin City Songs and Showgirls” features the music of famous Las Vegas entertainers, from Louis and Keely to Elvis and Streisand, a marriage of classic and contemporary Vegas hits.  Also featured will be the “Skyroom” leggy chorines, “The Skygirls”. Intended for mature audiences.

 

THROUGH AUG 5: HOW TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE aka A Burning Opera, SYRUP loft LA in fashion District. 25 performances. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkbK7iGlXyM & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwGrNPLsmkY

  

 

AUG 5-7: HAIRSPRAY comes to the Hollywood Bowl, reuniting the original Tony-winning stars Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. (This is Fierstein’s Hollywood Bowl debut.)

 

AUG 6-14: South Coast Rep mounts INTO THE WOODS. Fairy tales begin “once upon a time” and end “happily ever after.”  Not so fast! After all the dreams come true in this Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece, everybody returns to the woods for a reality check.  Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame) and Rapunzel get tangled up with a bevy of other fairytale characters—and a few new ones created to add to the chaos—and discover the consequences of wishing for too much. Journey with SCR’s Summer Players into a fantastical world where traditional fairytales take on fractured new lives and teach important new lessons.

 

AUG 23-23: The Pasadena Playhouse, in association with Glynis Henderson and Jonathan Reinis, announced ENNIO, featuring Ennio Marchetto – The Living Paper Cartoon, will play an exclusive, one week only, limited engagment from August 23 – 28, 2011.

 

SEPT 9: South Coast Repertory’s 48th season begins with an adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice and will include works from some of theatre’s master craftsmen: Horton Foote’s touching The Trip to Bountiful, August Wilson’s powerful Jitney, Donald Margulies’ stimulating Sight Unseen and Suzan-Lori Park’s gripping Topdog/Underdog. The new work includes the Southland debut of Molly Smith Metzler’s comedy of class, Elemeno Pea, and the world premieres of three plays read at this year’s Pacific Playwrights Festival: Catherine Trieschmann’s pressure-cooker drama How the World Began, Steven Drukman’s family comedy The Prince of Atlantis and Octavio Solis and Adam Gwon’s emotional chamber musical, Cloudlands.

 

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.

 

SEPTEMBER 19: The award-winning Musical Theatre Guild, a company of professional performers who present concert-staged readings of seldom seen musicals, will open its 16th Anniversary 2011-2012 season with HIGH FIDELITY (September 19, 2011), FANNY (November 14, 2011), LITTLE WOMEN (February 13 and 19, 2012), A NEW BRAIN (April 16, 2012) and concludes with SHENANDOAH (June 11 and 17, 2012)  at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale.

 

SEPT 22-25: LA Theatre Works opens its 2012 season with A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen, translated by Rolf Fjelde, featuring Calista Flockhart and JoBeth Williams. Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora’s well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen’s masterpiece, in a powerful new translation, is as fresh today as when it first stormed the stages of 19th-century Europe. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

SEPT 23: LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT announce their 2011- 2012 season of shows!  For the first time ever, the company will offer its subscribers and audiences four weeks of performances this season (an additional week has been added to each run!) – with six must-see theatrical events: The 39 Steps and Noises Off; Miss Saigon and Cathy Rigby returning as Peter Pan; Life Could Be A Dream and a spectacular evening with Debby Boone reminiscing  about her mother-in-law Rosemary Clooney.

 

THROUGH OCT 1: 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.)

 

OCT 20-23: LA Theatre Works presents Completeness by Itamar Moses, featuring Mandy Siegfried. This brand new play by the author of Bach at Leipzig will be recorded to air as part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity science series, with lead funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Just how does a computer scientist romance a molecular biologist? Elliot offers to build a computer program to help Molly with her latest research project, but they discover that love just might be the winning formula – if they can only move beyond their fears and past heartbreaks. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

NOV 17-20: LA Theatre Works presents Copenhagen by Michael Frayn. How different would the world have looked had the Nazis been first to build an atomic bomb? Werner Heisenberg, one of Hitler’s lead nuclear scientists, famously and mysteriously met in Copenhagen with his colleague and mentor, Niels Bohr, one of the founders of the Manhattan Project. Michael Frayn’s Tony Award-winning drama imagines their reunion. Joined by Niels’ wife, Margrethe, these three brilliant minds converge for an encounter of atomic proportions. Copenhagen will be recorded to air as part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity science series, with lead funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

DEC 8-11: LA Theatre Works presents Buried Child by Sam Shepard, featuring Amy Madigan
An instant classic, Buried Child was the recipient of the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979. When Vince brings his girlfriend Shelly home to meet his family, it’s a curious homecoming for the son nobody seems to remember. Violence is never far from the surface as his unexpected return uncovers a deep, dark secret that triggers catastrophe. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

JAN 19-22: LA Theatre Works presents Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts, featuring Jean Smart and original off-Broadway cast member Patrick Breen. Two men in love, two parents in denial, and two friends on speed dial. Luke believes in God; Adam believes in everything else. When an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s family and friends for support… and answers. Next Fall captured the hearts and minds of Broadway, winning a 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award as Best New American Play and a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

MAR 15-18: LA Theatre Works presents Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, featuring Sarah Drew and Matthew Rhys. Set in the UK at the dawn of the ‘60s social unrest, this savage morality tale spawned the phrase “angry young man.” Jimmy Porter barely ekes out a living running a candy stall by day and playing jazz trumpet by night. Although he usually takes his frustrations out on his emotionless wife, Jimmy’s scathing tongue and self-loathing seems destined to destroy everything. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

APR 19-22: LA Theatre Works presents Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan, featuring Stacy Keach who
reprises his starring role as Richard Nixon in this look at the disgraced president’s interviews with legendary British talk show host, David Frost. Over a one week period, the former president’s desperate attempt to withstand a defacto trial of his legacy degenerates into a personal struggle with his inner demons. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

MAY 17-20: LA Theatre Works presents Opus by Michael Hollinger. Sex, drugs and chamber music! Talent and temperaments collide in this amusing and compelling behind-the-scenes look at a “high-strung” string quartet. A world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel as it prepares for a high-profile performance at the White House when its most talented member goes missing. Hiring a gifted young woman as a replacement, however, unleashes a maze of backstage maneuvering that tests loyalty, morality and the group’s very passion for music itself.  (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

JUNE 21-24: LA Theatre Works presents The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan, featuring Martin Jarvis, Ian Ogilvie and Joanne Whalley. Terence Rattigan’s 1948 masterpiece about a schoolmaster who must give up his 18 year post at an English public school. Brilliantly exploring the complexity of the human heart, it also predates Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in its scathing examination of a marriage. A contemporary of Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham, Rattigan’s wit and depth remain timeless. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

JULY 19-22: LA Theatre Works presents Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco. What do you do when everyone around you is turning into a rhinoceros?  In Eugene Ionesco’s farcical French classic that defines Theatre of the Absurd, Stanley Berenger is an unhappy clerk who faces this odd reality in his daily life. Written during the German occupation of Paris, this masterful comedy became a metaphor for conformity and culture that still resonates today. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

 

 

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