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Openings & Extensions (Aug 4)

August 4, 2011

IN SACRAMENTO  AUG 2-7 CAMELOT with Davis Gaines, Lisa O’Hare and Sean Hayden; Glenn Casale directs and Dan Mojica choreographs. AUG 9-14 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN with Beth Malone, Edward Watts and Heather Lee; Gary John La Rosa directs. AUG 16-21 I DO! I DO! With real life couple Matthew Ashford and Christina Saffran Ashford; Will Mackenzie directs. AUG 23-28 MISS SAIGON with Eric Kunze and Ma-Anne Dionisio; directed by Stafford Arima and choreographed by Bob Richard. Music Circus in Sacramento  


Ticket discount for SMALL ENGINE REPAIR – see below under Aug 27.  


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. &


AUG 5: David Maldonado’s “Noche de Pasion” – 100 Years of the Spanish Guitar takes place Friday, August 5, 2011 at 8:30 PM (doors open at 7:30 PM; grounds open at 6:30 PM). Tickets are $35 general admission. Limited VIP tickets are $100 and include a meet and greet, tapas, wine and beer and a private concert. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Ford Box Office at 323 461-3673. The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068


AUG 5-7: DIRECTOR TAKES THE STAGE, a “comedy fun-time sketch show” at The Underground Theatre 1314 N. Wilton Place, LA. Fri., Aug. 5th @ 7:30 pm; Sat., Aug. 6th @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm; Sun., Aug. 7th @ 2:00 pm. $15 for adults and $10 for students. RESERVE TICKETS BY EMAILING with the date and quantity.  Written & directed by: Natalie Casagran Lopez, Noah Prestwich, Riley Smith, Mateo Tate (LACHSA alums)


 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 5-27: Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners presents the World Premiere dramedy, COUNTER MEN written by Chuck Faerber, directed by Richard Kuhlman.  The play previews Friday, August 5 at 8pm; show runs August 6 through August 27, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.


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  “The Trouble With Words” (into AUG) at Coureage Theatre; “Jerry Springer: The Opera” (through August 14) at Chance Theatre. 


SUMMER: Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival – MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, HAMLET, 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.  


AUG 6: The Spolin Players: Making it up as they go along – featuring Fred Kaz, improv pianist, 8pm at The Lyric Hyperion Theatre Cafe, 2106 Hyperion Ave., LA 90027 (Silver Lake). 800-838-3006 with Anna Mathias and other very funny people.


AUG 6: Romeo and Juliet: Monsters in Love is a 45 minute-long adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In this family friendly adaptation, a troupe of Transylvanian monsters throw open their traveling coffin/trunks to reveal fun, beauty and humanity. With Kareem Ferguson. Actor’s Gang, on the lawn, 11 am every weekend through August. FREE. 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City 90232.


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 6-14: The City of West Hollywood and Free Shakespeare in the Park presents AS YOU LIKE IT, adapted and directed by Tony Tanner with musical direction and arrangements by David Kole.  The cast includes Tad Atkinson, John Copeland, Geryh Curtis, Noah Gillett, Rachele Gueli, Matthew Henerson, Louahn Lowe, Jill Maglione, Brandon Massey, Paul D. Masterson, Jessica Pennington, Steve Peterson and Henry Selvitelle.  Performances run Saturdays and Sundays July 9 – 31 at 6:00 PM in Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Boulevard,) and August 6 – 14 at 4:00 PM at Kings Road Park (1000 North Kings Road.)  Sunday August 7 is an 11:00 AM matinee.  Admission is free, but reservations are recommended.  Phone: 323-960-5691.  Website:


AUG 6-25: Santa Monica Playhouse announced today that Actors’ Repertory Theatre will kick off Part II of its 50th Anniversary Festival of Theatre with the world premiere musical comedy “DOLLS! – Not Your Usual Love Story,” a cheerfully mysterious, unexpectedly amorous musical unveiling of the remarkable secret life of the dolls we left behind. The feel good musical previews Saturday, July 23, opens August 6 and plays weekends through September 25, 2011.


THROUGH AUG 7: The Antaeus Company, L.A.’s classical theater ensemble, presents its 7th “summer splash” of actor-initiated workshops, readings, and special events. Audiences can choose from a veritable smorgasbord of the classics. This week: Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Caesar & Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw, After the Dance by Terence Rattigan, and Blow Out Your Candles: The Tennessee Williams Birthday Party. THE ANTAEUS COMPANY @ Deaf West Theatre 5112 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601


THROUGH AUG 7: Nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards, The Word Begins follows the hilarious and provocative journey of two men discovering the power of words to define love, faith, race and humanity in America. Mashing up theater, spoken word, comedy and Hip-Hop, Steve Connell and Sekou Andrews deliver a high-energy performance in this fresh new satire that examines the current cultural landscape.  Rogue Machine 5041 W. Pico Blvd., LA 90019.


THROUGH AUG 7: Theatre of NOTE continues the celebration of its 30th anniversary with an homage to its roots of producing original one act plays:  Pity of Things, an evening of 5 one act plays written by, Jason Grote (Kawaisoo), Phinneas Kiyomura (The Little Darling), Bill Robens (Breaking), Tommy Smith (PTSD) and Delondra Williams (Desert Aria).  Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (just North of Sunset) in Hollywood.


AUG 7 – 28: At the center of “This” is Jane (Burrows), a widow and single mom, who along with her circle of three friends, is warily approaching “middle age.”  As Jane’s long time friends — a jazz singer and carpenter struggling as new parents and an eccentric mnemonist, attempt to help Jane come to terms life without her husband, they begin to realize the unhappiness and lack of fulfillment in their own lives. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City.


EXTENDED THROUGH AUG 7 (5th and final extension): CAUGHT at the Zephyr Theatre, Regular performances are Fridays and Saturday at 8:00pm and Sundays at 7:00pm. There will no performance on Friday, July 15. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased by visiting or by calling (310) 945-5786. The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, 90046.


THROUGH AUG 7: 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 AUG 7: 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. Through Aug. 7. The Two Roads Theatre, 4348 Tujunga Blvd. in Studio City.


AUG 9: Gary Austin’s Cat Milk and Austin’s Dog Bread
Improvisational Performance Groups, both directed by Gary Austin at the Groundlings.


AUG 9-14: THE OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE (OPC) is kicking off its 14th annual Summer New Works Festival of playwrights, readings and special performances with two special performance events called “Intersections”– the first will feature a special theatrical presentation by Gangland priest Greg Boyle of his national best-selling book of urban parables, Tattoos On The Heart on Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30 pm; the second will feature a reading of a new musical – Black Sun, a collaboration between Stephen Belber and the Counting Crows front-man Adam Duritz – on Thursday, August 11 at 7:30 pm. Both will be held at Matilija Auditorium in Ojai. Tickets available online at


AUG 9-14: Week 5 of Antaeus’ ClassicsfestThe Legend of Oedipus by Kenneth Cavander, directed by Casey Stangl, The Wood Demon by Anton Chekhov, directed by Frank Dwyer and more. Details here. 5112 N. Lankershim Blvd., NoHo 91601.


THROUGH AUG 10: 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. At The Lounge Theatre 6201 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, 90038.


AUG 11: ONE NIGHT ONLY 17th annual Culver City Music Festival – The Culver City Redevelopment Agency presents 8 free concerts on Thursday evenings in the intimate courtyard of Culver City City Hall. This week: Beatles tribute band 4 Lads from Liverpool. Enjoy dozens of dining options within walking distance. Even the parking is free. Culver City City Hall Courtyard 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232


AUG 11-12: Fresh off its critically acclaimed run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, LA-based comedy group LOST MOON RADIO joins “Best of the Fringe” to remount Episode 10. Recipient of the LA Weekly’s “2011 Hollywood Fringe Award” and the Hollywood Fringe Festival’s “Best of Comedy” award. ArtWorks Theatre, 6567 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038 Thursday, August 11 at 8:30pm. Friday, August 12 at 9:30pm with FREE live band karaoke immediately following the August 12th performance.


AUG 11-13: Chris Isaacson and Upright Cabaret proudly present the West Coast debut of Broadway diva and “Saturday Night Live” alum Ana Gasteyer in Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman in a limited engagement of three shows only, August 11-13, at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Showtime is 8:30pm, with dinner and drink service beginning at 7pm. Gasteyer brings her unique comic wit and style to the stage in her new classy, brassy and sassy club act, featuring Broadway ditties, beloved (if forgotten) standards, and movie melodies.


AUG 12: Stage and television series regular Judith Chapman portrays the fragile and mercurial movie star Vivien Leigh in the Los Angeles premiere of Rick Foster’s critically acclaimed one-woman play, Vivien. Rogue Machine Theatre is located at 5041 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information and reservations call: 855-585-5185 or visit Through Sept. 4.


AUG 12: The Grove Theatre in Upland presents JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Sing out Broadway’s favorites, including “Any Dream Will Do,” “Close Every Door,” and the toe-tapping crowd favorite “Go, Go, Go Joseph.” Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat stars Richard Bermudez as Joseph and Angeline Carr as The Narrator (both seen recently in BARK!) 276 E. 9th St., Upland Through Aug 28.


AUG 13: ONE DAY ONLY  A Noise Within says farewell to Glendale at a massive “GARAGE SALE” on Saturday, August 13, 2011, 9 am to 2 pm, in its current location on Brand Boulevard in Glendale. The sale, designed literally to clean house before ANW moves to a permanent, new home in Pasadena this fall, features huge discounts on scenery, props, costumes, wigs, furniture, lighting and lighting equipment, curtains, fabric, seating and more. $2 entrance fee. 234 South Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA, 91204.


AUG 13: If you had five minutes alone with your significant other’s “other”…what would you say? To The New Girl from the former Mrs._____: Sound Advice for my Husband’s Wife or Mistress features ten different women, from all walks of life, giving advice to the “other woman (or man, in one case)” on the proper care of their former mates. Sky Pilot Theatre at TU Studios, 10943 Camarillo St., NoHo 91602. Through Sept. 8.


THROUGH AUG 14: Jerry Springer: The Opera is finally coming to Southern California. The only show in history to earn “Best Musical” from all four major British awards, Jerry Springer: The Opera is a fascinating mix of high art and low culture that is both hilarious and heart-breaking. Inspired by America’s most lurid TV talk show, this raunchy, high-energy production follows the famous talk show host as he suffers through the worst day of his career to wind up in the afterlife—and beyond. Featuring nappy fetishists, wannabe strippers and dancing Klansmen, this profane, cheeky musical has a sung-through score that ranges from pop and classical to contemporary opera. Chance Theater 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, CA 92807.


THROUGH AUG 14: Covina Center for the Performing Arts opens I DO! I DO! The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day and traces their life together over a period of 50 years, until the day they leave their house to the next pair of newlyweds.


THROUGH AUG 14: NEW EYES tells the true story of Yafit Josephson, a young woman living in Israel who joins the  Israeli army to serve heroically for her country. Upon completing her service, she moves to Los Angeles to follow her dream of becoming an actress but finds herself constantly cast only as a Middle Eastern villain.  Through August 14 at the OdysseyTheatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in West Los Angeles. 


THROUGH AUG 14: 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.


AUG 14, 21, 28: Three Sundays of Richard Hochberg’s GOOD, BAD, BUT BEAUTIFUL new musical review. Heidi Godt, Sylvia Maccalla and Carrie Stauber go mano a mano against Peggy Lee, Shirley Bassey, Vikki Carr and Eydie Gorme celebrating the best female ballads of the 1960s. The Comedy Store 8433 W. Sunset Blvd., LA 90069. Age 21, 2 drink min. 877-920-4343.


EXTENDED THROUGH AUG 15: Rogue Machine extends the LA premiere of BLACKBIRD, written by David Harrower, with Sam Anderson and Corryn Cummins. Directed by Robin Larsen. 5041 W. Pico Blvd., LA 90019. $25-30. 855-585-5185 or website.


AUG 17: Downtown Culver Citys THIRD WEDNESDAYS – From cheap margaritas to all-you-can-eat mussels to Frank Sinatra Karaoke and the sounds of ’30s New Orleans jazz, Downtown Culver City Third Wednesdays are the can’t miss events of the summer. Enjoy live entertainment under the stars; view art at the many galleries; and enjoy drink and dine specials, free samples, discounts and prize giveaways from over 30 area merchants.


AUG 17-20: Celebration Theatre is thrilled to announce the Los Angeles premiere of THE ROAR OF THE BUTTERFLY, with book, music and lyrics by Spider Saloff. An award-winning artist, Ms. Saloff also stars in this one-woman play which is produced by Matthew Oltman of Chanticleer. This limited-run production will take place Wednesday, August 17 – Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Celebration Theatre, 7051B Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.


AUG 19: Tuta Theatre West has announced their production of Stones in His Pockets, by Marie Jones, featuring two actors, Andrew Friedman and Jerry Richardson, playing 15 roles. Directed by Zeljko Djukic, Stones in His Pockets will play one preview performance on August 18 and is set to open on Friday, August 19 at 8pm. The engagement will run for five weeks only, through Saturday, September 17, 2011.  The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, 90046. To purchase tickets, visit www.plays411/stones, or call (323) 960-7822.


THROUGH AUG 20: Poison Apple is a psycho-sexy, tragic love story.  Based on true events that took place in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City, this frightening tale follows two men who are forced to confront their innermost demons and, ultimately, take unimaginable action. Of the world premiere during the Fringe, Back Stage called the play, “Ominous … harrowing … seductive.” Space 916 is located at 916 Formosa Avenue in Hollywood, 90046.  Street parking is available.


THROUGH AUG 20: WATSON: THE LAST GREAT TALE OF THE LEGENDARY SHERLOCK HOLMES – The story of a good man trapped in the shadow of a great man, Watson is a funny, moving and theatrically innovative take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s heroes and villains. Written and directed by Jaime Robledo. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m SACRED FOOLS THEATER 660 North Heliotrope Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90004


THROUGH AUG 20: Jonz Unltd. is proud to announce the July 15 world premiere of FORCE 12, an original theater production co-written and directed by Jo D. Jonz. “Force 12” is based on actual events and the imagination of its co-writer Ron Allen, a critically-acclaimed poet and playwright, who battled drug addiction and schizophrenia for years leading up to his death in late 2010. “Force 12” exposes this battle by taking the audience into the Poet’s mind to experience his internal struggle to balance and untwine schizophrenic delusions from his external reality. Electric Lodge 1416 Electric Avenue in Venice each Friday and Saturday night at 8:00pm through August 20.


 THROUGH AUG 21: Ray Abruzzo (Sopranos) leads the cast of QUAKE at Open Fist Theatre, along with Marc Aden Gray, Alex Pierce, Maxie Solters and Stephanie Terronez. Produced by Broadway actress Anjali Bhimani (Bombay Dreams, Metamorphoses) and directed by playwright Smith with Anjali Bhimani. The play is the first of three full-length world premieres to debut this summer at the Open Fist’s First Look Festival, a two-month celebration of new works.Open Fist Theatre is located at 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles. For tickets and showtimes call (323) 882-6912 or visit


THROUGH AUG 21: The World Premiere of DYSNOMIA, a fast-paced, real-life family comedy about what happens when a suburban housewife comes out of the closet to her delinquent teenaged son, her precocious daughter, her buttoned-up husband, and her wine-swilling best friend.  DYSNOMIA successfully brings to life two suburban families in crisis.  Themes of love, trust, and self fulfillment are carefully woven in through witty one-liners and perfectly flawed protagonists.  The Lounge Theatre 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038.


THROUGH 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.


THROUGH 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, or the box office at 626-683-6883.


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.


THROUGH AUG 24: 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. July 22 – August 24  Fridays and Saturdays at 8p and Sundays at 7p.  El Centro Theatre, Chaplin Stage: 804 North El Centro Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038. For tickets, directions and other information:


THROUGH 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.


AUG 26: LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is thrilled to announce the second year of its wildly successful series, TRIBUTE FRIDAYS, featuring the most authentic tribute bands around paying homage this season to Journey, Bon Jovi,  David Bowie, Queen, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones! Concert dates are Friday, August 26, 2011 at 8pm and Friday, September 9, 2011 at 8pm and Friday,  September 16 at 8pm.  The lobby bar will open for Happy Hour at 6:30pm.


AUG 26: ICT opens Noel Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES. Sparks fly when Amanda and Elyot, formerly married to each other, find themselves in adjoining hotel honeymoon suites – each  with a brand-new spouse in tow. Private Lives, Noël Coward‘s stylish, savvy comedy about the people we can’t live with – or without – opens at International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center on August 26. Low-priced previews take place on August 23, 24 and 25.


THROUGH AUG 27: Extended for the third time and in a new space, SMALL ENGINE REPAIR has moved to the Beverly Hills Playhouse 254 S. Robertson 90212. (I’ve not yet seen this but intend to – friends who have rave about it.) Starring: Josh Helman, John Pollono (playwright), Michael Redfield and Donnie Smith. There’s a $5 ticket discount, too, they tell me.  View trailer here.


THROUGH AUG 27: Gospel According to First Squad is the newest play in The War Cycle and the first to take place in the Theatre of War. On the brink of civilization in Eastern Afghanistan, deep in the deadly Korengal Valley, the men of First Squad walk the tightrope between boredom and terror everyday. As First Squad navigates the human terrain, winning hearts and minds from the Taliban, a new addition to their team threatens their mission, the populace, and their dreams of home. Gospel According to First Squad will take you on a tour of duty — as an American — that will shine a light on our mission, our morals, and asks what you will do — or won’t do — to keep your freedom. LA Theatre Ensemble at The Powerhouse Theatre 3116 2nd Street, Santa Monica CA 90405


EXTENDED THROUGH AUG 27: After winning the Hollywood Fringe Festival’s “Best Musical,” Coeurage Theatre Company extends 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 part of the Festival of New American Musicals. Actor’s Circle Theatre 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood. PAY WHAT YOU WANT.


THROUGH AUG 28: Arthur Miller’s A MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS has been extended at The Ruskin Group Theatre, Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.  Ruskin Group Theatre is located at 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405.  Tickets are $25 ($20 for students, seniors, and guild members) and can be purchased in advance by calling (310) 397-3244.  For more information please visit  Free and convenient parking is available at the theater.      


THROUGH AUG 28: The Colony Theatre is thrilled to present the second production of its 37th season of shows – its first ever with six productions instead of five!  Hal Linden & Christina Pickles will star in the classic, ON GOLDEN POND, written by Ernest Thompson and directed by Cameron Watson (Trying, Grace and Glorie).  ON GOLDEN POND will preview on Wednesday, July 27; Thursday, July 28; and Friday, July 29 at 8:00pm and will open on Saturday, July 30 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, August 28 at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center.


THROUGH AUG 28: Director BRUCE GRAY has announced his cast for AGATHA CHRISTIE’S SPIDER’S WEB, THEATRE 40’s first production of their new 2011-2012 Season.  Although the play is an original piece, Christie used three plot devices from earlier works she had written. producing a light, entertaining farce with a tale that will appeal to fans of old-school murder mysteries.  SPIDER’S WEB opens on July 28, 2011 in THEATRE 40’s Reuben Cordova Theatre located on the Beverly Hills High School Campus.


AUG 28: Israeli American Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, African American Lula Washington Dance Theatre, and multi-ethnic, interfaith Agape International Choir join together for a cross-cultural evening under the stars. Also featuring guest artists Israeli superstar Harel Skaat, making his Los Angeles debut; R&B singer Abraham McDonald, whose victory on the first-ever Oprah Show Karaoke Challenge earned him an exclusive contract with the Island Def Jam Music Group; and legendary female rapper MC Lyte, RHYTHM & ROOTS: A Benefit Concert takes place on Sunday, August 28 at 7:30 pm at the Ford Amphitheatre. All proceeds from RHYTHM & ROOTS will go to support Children Uniting Nations


THROUGH SEPT 3: 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, is 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 SEPT 4: IT MUST BE HIM at Edgemar Center for the Arts, a comedy written by Kenny Solms, who wrote for the Smothers Brothers, Carol Burnett and others. 2437 Main St., Santa Monica 90405. 310-392-7327 $34.99. A limited number of tickets will be available for each performance at a discount price of $25.00 (Use promo code “Must”)


THROUGH SEPT 4: The Pacific Resident Theatre’s BARRIE: BACK TO BACK by J.M. BARRIE. An evening of plays by J.M. Barrie: Rosalind and The Old Lady Shows Her Medals – two 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 tenderness. Directed by Marilyn Fox and Dana Dewes, this is the second show of their 25th season. Tickets are $20.00 to $30.00 with group rates available. Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 703 Venice Blvd. (four blocks west of Lincoln Blvd.) in Venice, CA 90291. One may purchase tickets on line at or at (310) 822-8392.


SEPT 8-18:  California International Theatre The Festival will take place in several  locations in Calabasas, Downtown Los Angeles and Ventura and will include distinguished international productions. The 2011 season will feature the U.S. premieres of Komitas’ 10 Commandments & Colors by MIHR Theatre from Armenia; The Cure of Everything by Contrary Company from Canada; and Roadway Closed To Pedestrians (Chaussée Interdite aux Piétons) by Macadâmes Theatre Corporal from France.  As well as Scenario: For A Non-Existent, But Possible, Instrumental Actor by Evoe Performing Artists from Germany; How We Got On – a staged reading of the 2011 Eugene O’Neil Playwright’s Prize Winning play by HBO Def Poet and renowned hip-hop playwright Idris Goodwin; Concert Under the Stars with Marjana Sadowska from Ukraine; ¡Gaytino!, written and performed by Dan Guerrero; Café Burlesqu-O!, a racy speakeasy of fiery street poetry, burlesque sketches, and musical numbers; The world premiere of El Canguro (The Kangaroo), a rainforest opera in concert, written by Cynthia Lewis Ferrell and composed by Peter Michael von der Nahmer; The Global Stage: The Theatre Movement in a Post 9/11 World – a panel discussion with international and American artists, scholars, politicians, and celebrities to be held on September 11th, 2011 (the 10th anniversary of 9/11.) The festival will also include three free staged readings and a festival wrap party.


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 9: Third Street Theatre opens William Finn’s FALSETTOS and is looking for fundraising help. 8142 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90048. On Kickstarter and Facebook.


SEPT 9: Casa 0101 Theater opens their new venue located in what is now becoming known as the “Boyle Heights Arts District,” an emerging cultural community and hot spot for artists and art lovers alike. Casa 0101 Theater, founded by award-winning writer and former Boyle Heights resident Josefina Lopez, has rehabilitated a former boxing gym into a new 5,400 square foot theater space. Located directly across the street from the new Hollenbeck Police station, at 2102 E First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033, the new 5,400 square foot theater space will be five times larger than its current home.


THROUGH 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-SEPT 14: A Noise Within announces its annual “Scholar’s Society” program, comprised of a summer literature club and two workshops that explore the historical, political, philosophical, and cultural influences of classical masterpieces presented during the company’s upcoming season.  Guest experts examine Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will, and Antony and Cleopatra; Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms; Pierre Corneille’s The Illusion (adapted by Tony Kushner), and Molière’s The Bungler.  Literature club sessions run every other week beginning Wednesday, July 20 through Wednesday, September 14, 2011, with two workshops planned for later in the season.  The majority of the sessions take place at A Noise Within‘s theatre at 234 South Brand Blvd, Glendale, with the possibility that the final sessions will be held in the company’s new 33,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art venue in Pasadena, where the 2011-12 season opens on October 29.  “Scholar’s Society” membership, which is tax deductible, is $300 per person, or $550 per couple.


SEPT 16: FYI… Nataki Garrett, who directed the West Coast premiere of Neighbors for The Matrix Theatre Company last season, will again direct when Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ highly controversial play opens the 2011-12 season at Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis.


SEPT 16: The Pasadena Playhouse opens SOUTH STREET,  the new musical by Richard Addrisi (music and lyrics; co-writer of “Never My Love” BMI #2-ranked Song of the Century) and Craig Carlisle (book; Bob Funk, Best New Play Ovation Award-nominee). Cast includes Lowe Taylor, Ezra Buzzington and Marie Eberline.


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 SEPT 25: Boomermania Productions is thrilled to announce that the West Coast Premiere of its smash-hit, brand new musical, 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 “boomin’ & movin’ ” – just down the block – to the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood!  A newly revised version of BOOMERMANIA will preview on Friday, July 29; Saturday, July 30 at 8pm; Sunday, August 1 at 3pm; Friday, August 5 at 8pm and will re-open on Saturday, August 6 at 8pm and continue through  Sunday, September 25 at the NoHo Arts Center.


SEPT 30: Direct from Broadway, John Leguizamo’s “Ghetto Klown”, directed by Fisher Stevens, opens for fifteen performances only from September 30 to October 16 at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre 1615 N. Vine Street, Hollywood. Tickets go on sale on Sunday, July 31 at 10 am at or call 800-595-4849.


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 1-16: With the success of four previous Festivals (1999, 2002, 2005, 2008), the 2011 World Festival of Sacred Music (WFSM) has established itself as one of the premiere arts festivals of Los Angeles. For 16 days and nights from October 1 through 16, 2011, WFSM fills L.A.’s historic theaters, churches, temples and public spaces with 32 performances featuring local and international artists with disciplines ranging from sacred traditional music to contemporary dance.  Of the 52 artists and groups performing, 32 are making their festival debut.  For more information on WFSM, please visit.


THROUGH  OCT 2: The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum presents the West Coast premiere of a comedy about our enduring need to belong, wherever we are and whatever the circumstances. Rose Cottages by Bill Bozzone opens on July 30 and continues through October 2, part of Theatricum’s “Outdoors and Inspired” 2011 Summer Repertory Season. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. For tickets and information, call (310) 455-3723 or visit online at


THROUGH 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.


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, 2012: 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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