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Openings & Extensions (Sept 15)

September 15, 2011

I’m doing OUR TOWN this month – and the show comes in at 2 hours! There’s color. There’s laughter.  Candlelight Pavilion, an IVRT production. Wednesdays only, Sept 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.


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 TODAY at 2pm with La Flor Magica, an original play written and performed by Fremont High School students. KPCC interview about today’s show here.


DANCERS NOTE: LA STAGE Alliance has announced LA Dance Advance, an initiative to increase connections between Los Angeles area dance artists with regional and national audiences. Approximately seven to nine LA-based dance companies and choreographers will be selected for this nine-month program, which will run from October, 2011 through June, 2012. Participants will conduct self-assessments, work with a coach, attend workshops, network with their peers, develop a plan for audience growth, and apply for small implementation grants. Dance companies and choreographers interested in applying should visit to submit a letter of intent; deadline is Friday, September 16, 2011.


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. 


SEPTEMBER: Los Angeles’ very own PLAYWRIGHTS’ ARENA, the only theater dedicated to discovering, nurturing and producing new works for the stage written exclusively by Los Angles playwrights, celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season in 2012 with two premieres and 20 world-premiere Flash Theater performances.!/flashtheaterla. 


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 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 16: 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! 8pm.  The lobby bar will open for Happy Hour at 6:30pm.


SEPT 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


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 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 17-18: Parson’s Nose Productions presents a one-hour adaptation of Shakespeare’s A COMEDY OF ERRORS. With Lance Davis, Michael Manuel, Marisa Chandler, Besty Reisz, John Harnagel, Alan Brooks and Jill Rogosheske. PAY WHAT YOU WANT. Lineage Performing Arts Center 89 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena 91105. Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm. RSVP 626-403-7667


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: 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. 


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:  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.


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, 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.


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 & 25: 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!


THROUGH SEPT 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.


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 23: One night only.  It’s the return of CARLIE & DONI – the irreverent musical/comedy duo whose show, “Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner present Carlie and Doni help Save the Playhouse” played to a sell-out crowd in March of this year – back for one night only in a one-hour musical comedy extravaganza, Friday, September 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm. Santa Monica Playhouse 1211 4th St., Santa Monica 90401.


SEPT 23: The Tony award-winning romantic musical comedy, “Guys and Dolls” opens the Norris Center for the Performing Arts’ 2011-2012 season on September 23.  Bustling with gamblers, gangsters, and sassy showgirls, “Guys and Dolls” celebrates Broadway’s golden era, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest musical comedies because of its perfect blend of plot, music and lyrics.  The production will run for nine performances though October 9. 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.


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: RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY PLAYERS presents “Moon Over Buffalo” by Ken Ludwig. 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


THROUGH SEPT 25: 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 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: 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. The Carrie Hamilton Theatre (39 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena).


THROUGH SEPT 25: Reprise Theatre Company’s production of the classic American musical “Cabaret,” which opens the 2011-2012 Reprise season 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.  


THROUGH SEPT 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 (909) 920-4343.


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.


SEPT 30: Stephen Metcalfe has chosen the critically acclaimed Ruskin Group Theatre to launch the Los Angeles premiere of his play The Tragedy of the Commons. In the established routines of daily life, change is never welcome.  Yet most people bend to accommodate it.  Some cannot.  Dakin and Macy Adams live seemingly serene lives with shared memories of family and friends, and they share years of waking up to the extraordinary view that is part of their home.  But the day has come when all of this is about to change, and the fragile relationship of two people is now in ever increasing jeopardy. Ruskin Group Theatre 3000 Airport Road, Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Ample free parking)


 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.


SEPT 30: “Ghetto Klown” is the next chapter in John Leguizamo’s popular personal and professional story. It is his fifth one-man play, his third on Broadway, and follows in the uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix…a Love Story.  In Leguizamo’s trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, heating up the stage with vivid accounts of the colorful characters who have populated his life.  He takes audiences from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career and on to the sets of major motion pictures and his roles opposite some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Through Oct 16 at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre. 1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028.


SEPT 30: Fresh off their Top of the Fringe win at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe, Four Clowns will tour the nation with their original show this summer. When it’s all said and done they will return home to Los Angeles for their Homecoming Stretch in a new tightened seventy-five minute version with a fresh ending, sculpted as they traverse the country. Sacred Fools Theater 660 N. Heliotrope Los Angeles, CA 90004. Also Oct 7, 14, 21, 28.


OCT 1:  MainStreet Theatre Company opens its 2011/2012 season of professional theatre for young audiences with Honus and Me, adapted by Steven Dietz.  The play is based on the first in a series of “Baseball Card Adventure” books by author Dan Gutman about Little Leaguer Joey Stoshack. Joey lives for baseball, but isn’t a great player – in fact, he’s known as the strike out king. But magical things happen when Joey touches the famous T206 Honus Wagner – the most valuable baseball card in the world! The story brings the legendary ball player to life, and sends Joey back in time to the 1909 World Series. Runs through October 16th at Rancho Cucamonga’s Lewis Family Playhouse in the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Drive. Abigail Deser is the director.


OCT 1-2: The San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre and their Award Winning Creative Team which brought last year’s smash hit Miss Saigon to the San Gabriel Valley are mounting one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Rodgers and Hammersteins’ Flower Drum Song, over the weekend of October 1 and 2, 2011. For more information regarding tickets or SVGMT’s special Gala Dinner, call 626-282-1440 or visit:


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 TBD: 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.


THROUGH OCT 2: 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)


THROUGH OCT 2: 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.


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 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).


OCT 8: The Theatre @ Boston Court presents “The Dinosaur Within,” a West Coast Premiere play by John Walch, directed by The Theatre @ Boston Court Co-Artistic Director, Michael Michetti. The disappearance of ancient dinosaur footprints in the Australian outback triggers a series of mysterious events bringing together a forgotten movie star, an Aboriginal elder and a grieving father on an epic journey of transformation.  Main Stage at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Avenue. Through Nov 6.


THROUGH OCT 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.


THROUGH 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.


THROUGH OCT 9: 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. 120 Judge John Aiso Street Los Angeles, CA 90012


THROUGH OCT 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 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 or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.


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 12: Emma Powell’s BUSTING OUT! Opens for a limited engagement. An international hit show, sell-out crowds in Australia, an uplifting celebration of women’s breasts. “Outrageous…show that makes ordinary women feel extraordinary.” The Hayworth Theatre 2511 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90057.


OCT 13: The Antaeus Company presents PEACE IN OUR TIME through Dec. 11. This mind-bending play, poses a most intriguing and terrifying question – What if the Nazis had won the Battle of Britain? Written in 1946, the play takes place in a South London pub with a diverse cast of characters – writers and artists, young members of the resistance, working-class Brits and, of course, the occupiers – officers of the Third Reich. It presents a curious, intriguing and very unusual look at London in the 1940’s. Tickets.


OCT 14: Based on the 1942 Eudora Welty novella, The Robber Bridegroom is a comic, adult fairy tale that’s loaded with symbolism, innuendo and double entendre. It’s the story of a charming gentleman bandit, the rich plantation owner’s daughter he loves, the wicked, sex-starved stepmother who wants her dead, and an evil thief who carries his brother’s head around in a trunk – all set to an infectious Broadway/bluegrass score. International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. For reservations and information, call the ICT Box Office at (562) 436-4610 or go to Through Nov 6.


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: Third Street Theatre runs William Finn’s FALSETTOS book by James Lapine and William Finn, music and lyrics by William Finn, choreography by John Todd and musical direction by Greg Nabours. Richard Israel directs Jesse Einstein as Marvin, Richard Hellstern as Whizzer, Lani Shipman as Trina, Chip Phillips as Mendel, Major Curda as Jason, Kim Reed as Charlotte and Wendy Rosoff as Dr. Cordelia.


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.


OCT 30: The national tour of BRING IT ON comes to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Leading the cast are Taylor Louderman and Adrienne Warren.  Louderman, playing the role of Campbell, is a 20 year old newcomer from the University of Michigan. Warren, previously seen in the National Tour of Dreamgirls at the Ahmanson Theatre, portrays Danielle, a role she originated in Bring It On: The Musical’s developmental production at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Through Dec 10.


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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