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Openings & Extensions (Sept 2)

September 2, 2011

I’m doing OUR TOWN this month – and the show comes in at 2 hours WITH intermission! There’s color. There’s laughter. It moves along nicely. It’s not a plodding version of OUR TOWN. Candlelight Pavilion, an IVRT production. Wednesdays only, Sept 14, 21, 28 7:30 pm with a 2:30 matinee on the 28th. Beautiful 300-seat theater and we practically sold out our last run of BUS STOP. Frank Minano directs. IVRT at the Candlelight Pavilion 455 West Foothill Blvd. Claremont, CA 91711  (Ample free parking) For Reservations call (909) 626-1254 ext. 1.

 

One more shameless self-promotion: I’ll be a guest artist at Cypress College, playing Beverly in Tracy Letts’ AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, November 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8pm. 9200 Valley View, Cypress. 714-484-7200. $15 general admission. Mark Majarian directs.

 

PLAYWRITING CONTEST: As part of its ongoing commitment to developing the arts in Las Vegas, Off-Strip Productions has created a new contest for emerging playwrights, called THE SIN CITY NEW PLAY CONTEST. The contest is open to United States residents, and submissions will be accepted now through October 1st, 2011. The winner of the contest will receive a $250 prize, a full production in the 2012 Off-Strip Productions season at the Onyx Theatre in Las Vegas, as well as a publication and licensing contract from Original Works Publishing, the home for bold, original, innovative new plays. 

 

SEPT 3: Ghost Road Company premiere STRANGER THINGS, conceived and directed by Ronnie Clark. A man returns to his boyhood home after 20 years to be reconnected with his remaining family – but all is not as it should be. Original music by David O. Sound design by Cricket Myers. Through Sept 25 at Atwater Village Theatre 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village 90039.

 

THROUGH SEPT 4: Last chances to see the critically acclaimed SMALL ENGINE REPAIR at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, 254 S. Robertson Blvd.  Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 7pm, through September 4, 2011.  Tickets are $25.  Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com 

 

SEPT 4, 10, 19, 20: 24 HOURS ON SUNSET – an evening is 7 short plays and monologues – written and directed by Sharon Yablon, that center around Sunset Blvd.  “I have always been fascinated by this street, the fact that it goes from East LA, through Silverlake and Hollywood with all its history and old buildings, the Strip and the music history there, the strange mansions in Beverly Hills and finally out to the beach.  The characters in the plays populate different areas of Sunset, and are usually eccentric or lonely and flawed people trying to connect, people who have fallen through the cracks sort of, in Los Angeles.” For event locations and performance dates and times, click.

 

THROUGH SEPT 4: Theatre Banshee presents Enda Walsh’s black comedy The Walworth Farce. A misfit family of Irish expatriates confine themselves to their London apartment, reenacting a funny and bizarre domestic drama. When a stranger enters the scene, their daily ritual becomes stranger still. The Banshee, 3435 W. Magnolia, Burbank, through September 4.

 

THROUGH SEPT 4: 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 www.roguemachinetheatre.com. Through Sept. 4.

 

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 Covina Center for the Performing Arts presents PETER PAN, a new musical. 

 

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 www.PacificResidentTheatre.com or at (310) 822-8392.

 

SEPT 7 – OCT 9: Original cast members Usman Ally (VP), Terence Archie (Chad Deity) and Desmin Borges (Mace) get back in the ring to reprise their roles in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at the Geffen Playhouse where they’re joined by seasoned pro-wrestler Justin Leeper (The Bad Guy), actor and wrestler Timothy Talbot (Billy Heartland), and character actor Steve Valentine in the role of EKO. Written by Kristoffer Diaz. Pulitzer Prize finalist. The Geffen Playhouse 10886 LeConte, Westwood Village 90024.

 

SEPT 8, 15, 22: The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum inaugurates its second performance space with a controversial one-woman play that has become a flashpoint for opposing viewpoints about Israel’s presence in the Gaza strip. Susan Angelo directs Samara Frame in My Name is Rachel Corrie, composed from the journals, letters and emails of a 23-year-old American peace activist who died protesting the demolition of a Palestinian home in Gaza. A moderated audience talk-back will follow each performance.

 

THROUGH SEPT 8: 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. www.SKYPILOTTHEATRE.com

 

SEPT 8: East West Players presents A WIDOW OF NO IMPORTANCE. Deepa has been a widow for two years. Her only desire now is to see her daughter married so that she can die in peace. But when her recently divorced neighbor, also her son’s best friend, professes his love for her, her inner-cougar emerges to break tradition and start living again. A smart and sexy comedy about carving new paths and leaping for the stars. Through Oct 9. 120 Judge John Aiso Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

  

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: The Secret Rose Theatre announces its presentation of “She Writes – One-Acts by Women Playwrights” running September 9 to September 18.  This production includes six one-act plays by six women writers: Deanna Alisa Ableser, Kitty Felde, Tanis Galik, Kres Mersky, Jan O’Connor and Chelsea Sutton. The Secret Rose Theatre is located at 11246 Magnolia Blvd in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, CA  91601. 

 

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: RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY PLAYERS presents “Moon Over Buffalo” by Ken Ludwig. Opens Friday, September 9, 2011 and runs through September 25th. Evening performances are September 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24 (8:00 PM Curtain). Matinee performances are September 11, 17, 18, 24 (2:00 PM Curtain). Box office opens on September 2, 2011. Call Box Office for tickets: 951-686-4030

 

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.

 

SEPT 9: Celebration Theatre opens its 29th season with WHAT’S WRONG WITH ANGRY?, directed by resident director Michael Matthews.  WHAT’S WRONG WITH ANGRY? was written at a time in British history when the age of consent for homosexuals was 5 years older than heterosexuals. 7051 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038.

 

SEPT 9: 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.

 

SEPT 9: Monkey Wrench Collective is pleased to announce the third show of its 2011 season: British playwright Sam Holcroft’s 2008 drama COCKROACH. Directed by Christopher Basile, the play runs 13 performances, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m., September 9 thru October 9 at Monkey Wrench Collective, 204 N. Harbor, in downtown Fullerton. Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. begin September 25. All seats are a mere $21 general admission and $11 for students with an ID and are available on-line at http://www.monkeywrenchcollective.org or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

 

SEPT 9, 10, 11: FIREHOUSE by playwright, Pedro Antonio Garcia, directed by Bryan Rasmussen, consulting producer, Robert ‘Bobby’ Moresco (co-writer CRASH), and produced by Laura Coker at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA, will have its final encore performances, Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10 at 8pm, with a special Sunday, September 11th performance at 5pm (PDT) dedicated to the firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11.  The special Sunday, September 11th performance will also have a simultaneous broadcast, making FIREHOUSE the first 99-seat theatre to broadcast live, worldwide under AFTRA’s New Media Contract. The Whitefire Theatre is located at 13500 Ventura Boulevard Sherman Oaks 91423 

 

SEPT 10, 11, 17: The Group Rep presents a revival production of SEPTEMBER 10 written by Art Shulman, directed by Stan Mazin, Saturday, September 10 at 2pm, Sunday, September 11 at 7pm, at the and Saturday, September 17 at 2pm. In the play we see how otherwise ordinary people were affected, just after the terror of September 11th, and months later.  We follow the relationship between a husband and wife after the confession of an affair; we meet a woman who hasn’t been to church in years, a tagger, a sportswriter, a street vendor selling flags, a fireman, an evangelist, and others. Lonny Chapman Theatre 10900 Burbank Blvd.,  NoHo 91601

 

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. 

 

SEPT 11: Theatre Unleashed is proud to announce that the critically acclaimed and immensely popular Super Sidekick, the company’s first ever original musical, will return for a Main Stage run, extending off its Best of Fringe success from the ever-growing Hollywood Fringe Festival. A thematic super hero story for kids (with plenty of subtle humor for adults), the show will run Sundays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. from Sept. 11-Oct. 2 at Theatre Asylum in Hollywood. An original story by rising playwright Gregory Crafts (Friends Like These), with music by Michael Gordon Shapiro (the films The F-Zone and Home Room)

 

SEPT 12: One night only. Kicking off the 20th season of its new play development program, the Living Room Series, Hollywood’s Blank Theatre will present an all-star reading of Windows On The World by Colette Keen at 8pm at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. “This verbatim play focuses on the previously unheard perspectives of individuals who were in New York on 9/11,” says playwright Colette Keen. Joining Noah Wyle will be Academy Award nominee Virginia  Madsen (Sideways), Mark  Valley (Human Target,  Boston Legal), Nicholas Brendon (Private Practice, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Santaland Diaries at The Blank), Justina Machado (Six Feet Under, In the Heights), Perry Ojeda (Broadway and West End star), and Gale Harold (Queer as Folk, The Secret Circle). Admission is $50 for general seating, and $75 for reserved seating and a post-performance reception with the cast.  Visit www.TheBlank.com, or call (323) 661-9827. The Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard (at Highland), in Hollywood. 

 

EXTENDED THROUGH SEPT 12: 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.

 

SEPT 13: Reprise Theatre Company’s production of the classic American musical “Cabaret,” which opens the 2011-2012 Reprise season and plays September 13 to 25 (press opening September 14, 2011) at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, includes a cast of new talents as well as Broadway and West End veterans – Zach Bandler as Ernst Ludwig, Lisa O’Hare as Sally Bowles, Jeff McLean as Cliff Bradshaw, Katrina Lenk as Fräulein Kost, Mary Gordon Murray as Fräulein Schneider, Robert Picardo as Herr Schultz and Bryce Ryness as the Master of Ceremonies. The Freud Playhouse at UCLA, conveniently located in Macgowan Hall. Through Sept 25.

 

 

SEPT 14: Please join me when I play Editor Charles Webb in Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN at the Candlelight Pavilion, an IVRT production. Wednesdays only, Sept 14, 21, 28 7:30 pm with a 2:30 matinee on the 28th. Beautiful 300-seat theater and we practically sold out our last run of BUS STOP. Frank Minano directs. IVRT at the Candlelight Pavilion 455 West Foothill Blvd.
Claremont,CA91711  (Ample free parking) For Reservations call (909) 626-1254 ext. 1

  

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 15: The Los Angeles premiere of THE UNAUTHORIZED AFTERLIFE OF EUGENE O’NEILL, written by and starring James Cady, will perform as a guest production at The Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse. This limited engagement will be directed by Brian Hansen and produced by Donna Marie Barra, who collaborated on the project with Cady for the production’s world premiere run at the North 4th Art Center in Albuquerque, NM. Performances run through September 25 at The Carrie Hamilton Theatre (39 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena).

 

SEPT 15: The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, with support from the Resnick Foundation, launches a new Community Building Initiative in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of South Los Angeles, in order to address the community’s concern over deficient youth services and gang intervention.  The first phase of the initiative began at Fremont High School with a 20-week, Playwriting and Performance Residency, providing much needed after-school programming, arts education, and alternative support for probation youth.  The Unusual Suspects will present the initiative’s first culminating, community performance on September 15, 2011 at 2pm with La Flor Magica, an original play written and performed by Fremont High School students.

 

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 16-25: DJWorks Music and The Grove Theatre announce the World Premiere of TSARINA, opening September 16th at 7:29 pm. In TSARINA, which might be described as “LES MIS MEETS DR. ZHIVAGO”, the love of Nicholas and Alexandra endures in the face of political intrigue, jealousy, greed and revolution. Tickets can be purchased by calling or going to the Box Office, or by visiting The Grove’s website at http://www.grovetheatre.com. (909) 920-4343.

 

SEPT 16-18 & 23: The Last Five Years is a musical by one of the hottest composers on the musical theatre scene today, Jason Robert Brown. The story deals with the “last 5 years” of the marriage of a young couple, Jamie and Cathy. The most intriguing aspect of the play is in its design: Jamie tells their story from the beginning of their relationship to the end, while Cathy tells the story backwards from their breaking up to when they began to fall in love. Cassandra Murphy Everman and Allen Everman will be portraying Cathy and Jamie. IVRT’s The Last Five Years is being presented by the Covina Center for the Performing Arts, located at 104 N. Citrus Avenue in Covina. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to  www.covinacenter.com or call (626) 331-8133 ext. 626.

 

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 16: Sacred Fools is proud to present CarnEvil: A Gothic Horror Rock Musical, a world premiere directed and choreographed by Janet Roston. James Lynch stars as Danny, a young man with a troubled past.  When he returns to his family’s carnival after a long absence, he’s thrust into the darkness he tried to leave behind him.  An unspeakable horror is released, and he must face the long-kept secrets about himself and his family in order to save everything he cares about from doom. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Dr., Hollywood, CA 90004. Through Oct 22.

 

SEPT 17: The Colony Theatre presents the third production of its 37th season of shows – the West Coast Premiere of SHOOTING STAR, written by Steven Dietz and directed by David Rose.  Elena and Reed had a passionate love affair when they were in college. It ended badly, and they haven’t seen each other since. It’s now 25 years later, and they have an unexpected reunion while trapped in an airport… SHOOTING STAR will preview on Wednesday, September 14; Thursday, September 15; and Friday, September 16 at 8:00pm and will open on Saturday, September 17 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, October 16 at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center.

  

THROUGH SEPT 17: 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.  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.

 

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. Johanna Day, Sharon Lawrence, Reg Rogers and Christopher Evan Welch. Through October 16. This dark adult comedy asks the question: Is it adultery if they already think you’ve done it?

 

THROUGH SEPT 18: A celebrated playwright, an unknown actor.  Together they would revolutionize the American Theatre.  Kowalski is the legendary, yet untold, story of how Marlon Brando landed the role of a lifetime and Tennessee Williams found his Stanley for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. Two legendary figures.  One unforgettable night.  “A date with destiny.” The Two Roads Theatre, 4348 Tujunga Blvd. in Studio City.

 

 

THROUGH SEPT 18: 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 –at International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.

 

THROUGH SEPT 18: Rubicon Theatre Company concludes its 2010-2011 Season with the premiere of ROBERT HARLING’S STEEL MAGNOLIAS, the much-loved play that explores the bonds of friendship and community, and the power of laughter to ease the burdens of troubled times. Rubicon alums BONNIE FRANKLIN, ANGELA GOETHALS, CLARINDA ROSS, VON RAE WOOD and STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST are joined by newcomer AMY HANDELMAN under the direction of Rubicon Artistic Associate JENNY SULLIVAN. The show runs through September 18. 1006 E. Main Street (Laurel entrance) Ventura, CA.

 

SEPT 19: The announcement of the 2011 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominees has been set for Monday, September 19 at 7:00 pm.  The event will be hosted by the Falcon Theatre, which is located at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank. This year’s Ovation Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 842 South Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles. (Thanks to Ken Werther)

 

SEPT 19: Reprise Theatre Company presents An Evening With Liz Callaway.  It will have one performance only on Monday, September 19 at 8:00 pm, at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. Award-winning actress, singer, and recording artist Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along.” She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in “Baby,” and for five years, appeared as Grizabella in “Cats.” She has also starred in the original casts of “Miss Saigon,” “The Three Musketeers,”and“The Look of Love.”

 

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 20-21: One of my castmates from YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU last year premieres here new play PRINCES DON’T LIVE IN CYBERLAND at ComedySportz Theatre. Show Erika some love!

 

SEPT 22-25: LA Theatre Works opens its 2012 season with A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen, translated by Rolf Fjelde, featuring Calista Flockhart, Gregory Itzin 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: Lost Moon Radio‘s upcoming show — “Roger Wodehouse’s Androgymnasium.” This hour of original comedy and music answers the perennial question: what happens when a 70s glam rock icon gets his own BBC children’s show? The answer is a unique evening of sketches, songs and tight costumes. Café-Club Fais Do-Do / 5253 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Through Oct 29.

 

SEPT 23: Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO–hey, it’s 1980! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.Tibbie’s Center Stage 8463 Sierra Ave • Fontana, CA 92335 909-429-SHOW (7469) Through Oct 16.

 

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.

 

SEPT 24: ICT Founder and former artistic director Shashin Desai will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award when International City Theatre celebrates its 26th anniversary at Encore 2011 on September 24. Grand Ballroom of the Long Beach Convention Center, located at the intersection of Ocean Ave. and Pine in downtown Long Beach. Festivities begin at 5:30 pm. Tickets range from $175 – $250, of which a portion is tax-deductible. For more information and for reservations, call 562-436-4610.

 

THROUGH SEPT 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 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 tix.com or call 800-595-4849.

 

SEPT 30: Secret Rose Theatre premieres DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT, the fourth in the Don’t Hug Me series of musicals. The first three award-winning musicals, Don’t Hug Me, A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol, and A Don’t Hug Me County Fair are published by Samuel French and have played in over 100 cities around the U.S. and Canada. Through Nov 20. Secret Rose Theatre 11246 Magnolia Boulevard, NoHo 91601.

 

THROUGH OCT 1: Theatre of NOTE continues the celebration of its 30th anniversary with the world premiere of WONDERLUST, written by Cody Henderson and directed by Amber Skalski. WONDERLUST was work-shopped and developed in NOTEworthy, Theatre of NOTE’s ongoing staged reading and play development series. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood.

 

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: The World Premiere of PULLING LEATHER, written by Ted Ryan, directed and produced by Audrey M. Singer, runs through October 30, 2011, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, with a Sunday Matinee at 2pm, at the Actors Forum Theatre in the NoHo Arts District. In this world-premiere production, a professional rider faces a much tougher challenge than a bucking bronc when he loses his nerve in the rodeo ring. The struggle to get past that obstacle forces him to confront both romantic challenges and a deep, dark secret from his past. Through Oct 30.

 

OCT 1: This fall marks the 60th anniversary of I Love Lucy, which aired its first episode on October 15, 1951, and went on to become an American institution. It established the sitcom as TV’s dominant genre, pioneering the production of TV shows on film in front of a live audience. All 179 episodes still air regularly in the U.S. I Love Lucy® Live on Stage is staged and directed by Rick Sparks. The stage adaption and additional new material are by Kim Flagg and Rick Sparks. Greenway Court Theatre 544 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles CA 90036. Through Dec 30.

 

OCT 1: The Blank Theatre begins its 21st season with a newly revised version of Dusk Rings A Bell by Stephen Belber, directed by Daniel Henning (through November 13). This season’s shows will be presented at two different Hollywood venues:  The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (on Theatre Row), and the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Boulevard (at Highland). 

 

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 www.theatricum.com.

 

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 4: Reprise Theatre Company presents Patti LuPone “Gypsy In My Soul” for one performance only on Tuesday, October 4 at 8:00 pm, at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA. Patti LuPone author of the NY Times best-selling autobiography, Patti LuPone: A Memoir, most recently starred on Broadway in the musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

 

OCT 7: Chanson d’amour is a journey through the Great French Songbook from an American perspective.  Led by two of the most illustrious cabaret singers ever to grace the stage, Amanda McBroom and Lee Lessack, Chanson d’amour explores the works of such French composers as Jacques Brel, Michael Legrand, Charles Aznavour and Gilbert Bécaud. Ford Amphitheatre on October 7, 2011 at 8:00 PM.

 

OCT 7: Impro Theatre (Dan O’Connor, Artistic Director) announced a limited engagement of three productions in repertory which will perform at The Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse. The Pasadena premiere of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS UNSCRIPTED will be joined by the Los Angeles premieres of CHEKOV UNSCRIPTED and TWILIGHT ZONE UNSCRIPTED.  Performances begin on October 7, 2011 and will perform through November 13, 2011at The Carrie Hamilton Theatre (39 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena).

 

THROUGH OCT 9: Nine a.m. is happy hour in Jusin Tanner’s new comedy, Day Drinkers. As the family of bleary-eyed regulars descend on their dive bar and morning slouches into day, cocktail after cocktail is served, secrets are spilled and hearts are wounded… Love is in the air. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles 90025.

 

OCT 14: Cabrillo Music Theatre proudly announces its brand-new production of the hit musical, ANNIE.   ANNIE also marks the return of Sally Struthers to the Cabrillo stage, having won an Ovation Award for her recent appearance as the Fairy Godmother in CINDERELLA.  ANNIE plays until Sunday, October 23rd, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. Joining Sally Struthers in the cast are theatre veterans Norman Large (Oliver Warbucks) and Dink O’Neal (Rooster Hannigan), while Quinn Martin of Thousand Oaks plays Annie.

 

THROUGH OCT 16: 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.

 

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)

 

OCT 21-NOV 6: Wicked Lit’s productions of its Halloween-themed fare will consist of a remount of three plays that the theatre company produced as part of last year’s engagement: Charles Dickens’ The Chimes, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Unnamable and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado. Production B (October 27-November 6, 2011) will include three WICKED LIT plays that have never been staged before at Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum in Altadena: Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatcher, M.R. James’ Casting the Runes, and Mark Twain’s A Ghost Story. This is a walking show – patrons must be able to comfortably walk a minimum of 1,000 paces and climb stairs in order to experience these productions.

 

NOV 12-14: Diavolo Dance Theater, the Los Angeles based internationally renowned dance company led by artistic director Jacques Heim, will have a residency with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center as part of the 2011-2012 season, to create “Transit Space,” a new work inspired by skateboard culture — a sport and an art form invented in Southern California in the 1950s.  The Diavolo Residency is a unique co-commission for the Music Center in partnership with The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, an initiative of the Getty in collaboration with more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California.
 

 

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)

 

FEB 4: The Blank Theatre opens the West Coast premiere of The Cost of the Erection  by Jon Marans, directed by Daniel Henning (through March 18). This season’s shows will be presented at two different Hollywood venues:  The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (on Theatre Row), and the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Boulevard (at Highland). 

 

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 7: The Blank Theatre opens the world premiere of Sukie and Sue: Their Story, a comedy by Michael John LaChiusa, directed by Kirsten Sanderson (through May 20).This season’s shows will be presented at two different Hollywood venues:  The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (on Theatre Row), and the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Boulevard (at Highland). 

 

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)

 

MAY 31: The Blank Theatre’s season will conclude with The Blank’s 20th Annual Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival (through June 24). This season’s shows will be presented at two different Hollywood venues:  The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (on Theatre Row), and the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Boulevard (at Highland). 

 

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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