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Openings & Extensions (Nov 2)

November 2, 2011

I’ll be a guest artist at Cypress College, playing Beverly in Tracy Letts’ AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20. Cypress College 9200 Valley View, Cypress. 714-484-7200. $15 general admission. Mark Majarian directs.

The actor playing Jacob Marley in A CHRISTMAS CAROL needs to miss a few performances in December so I’ll fill in for him Dec 8, 9, 10, 11 at Covina Center for the Performing Arts. 

I’ll also be directing ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. Auditions are Sat. January 7 at 10am and Mon. January 9 at 7pm – open call. Callbacks on Wed the 11th.   


NOV 1-27: The Pasadena Playhouse puts up BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY by Pearl Cleage with Robin Givens. 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.


NOV 2 – DEC 10: The Winter Play Season at [Inside] the Ford kicks off with Lonnie Carter’s OBIE award-winning The Romance of Magno Rubio in English– plus the world premiere of Ang Romansa ni Magno Rubio, a new translation into Tagalog. PAE Live! in association with Good Shepherd Ambulance Company presentsfive performances each week, three in English and two in Tagalog, with both versions directed by translator Bernardo Bernardo. The Romance of Magno Rubio opens on November 4, and Ang Romansa ni Magno Rubio follows on November 5.


NOV 3 – 6: Mad World Productions offers this world premiere production for a limited run on November 3-6, in The Ruby Theatre at The Complex in Hollywood. What happens in a casting studio when three actresses vie for the same part in a new film by a writer/director who is Hollywood’s latest rage?  In Thanks for Coming, the casting director and writer/director audition the three women and grapple over who should get the part.  Thanks for Waiting reveals what goes on in the waiting room as the actresses take their turns in the casting room.



NOV 3 – DEC 4: East West Players presents THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE, directed by Jessica Kubzansky. In association with Kaya Press and Libros Schmibros Lending Library and Bookshop. Meet George, a linguist, a master of languages, who cannot express his love for his wife–and ends up losing her. Follow this whimsical and heartbreaking look at love and language that asks, “How do we save what is dying?” Winner of the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. East West Players Theater 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012


NOV 4: Producer Jason Moyer has announced the 25th anniversary production of Jerker, or the Helping Hand: A Pornographic Elegy with Redeeming Social Value and a Hymn to the Queer Men of San Francisco in Twenty Phone Calls, Many of them Dirty at Space 916 in Hollywood, opening on Friday, November 4 and running through November 20 only. Space 916 is located at 916 Formosa Avenue in Hollywood, 90046. 


NOV 4-DEC 17: Theatre of NOTE continues the celebration of its 30th anniversary with HAVE YOU SEEN ALICE?, written by Jacqueline Wright and directed by Adrian Alex Cruz. Alice struggles against her own ennui — stuck in a complacent marriage quickly losing all sense of love and connection, she becomes drawn into a worldwide gender war. Her sanity hangs in the balance as she is forced to choose between the strained banality of her domestic life and the high wire-drama of a secret conspiracy urging her to sacrifice herself for the greater good. Theatre of NOTE 1517 N. Cahuenga (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood.


NOV 4-DEC 18: The All Roses Company has announced the world premiere production of The Animal Within, a new comedy by Ralph Tropf, directed by Lynn Stevenson, the tale of wealthy socialite Sylvia Argus, who hires a sexy young girl as a live in housekeeper. As Melody gushes about living at Sylvia’s elegant house on the beach, her youth and enthusiasm awaken Sylvia’s long-repressed attraction to women. Sylvia’s husband, Dr. Robert Argus, arrives home surprised to find an attractive young woman having moved into his house, and fears that having Melody there will disrupt his marriage. Sylvia insists that Melody stay, and that’s all it takes to bring out The Animal Within. The Elephant Space is located at 6322 Santa Monica Boulevard (just west of Vine), in Hollywood, 90038.


NOV 5: Take it from the Top Productions and Broadway Dreams will present a Broadway Master Class workshop on Saturday, November 5, at Los Angeles Theatre Center. The four-hour workshop, which is set to run from 10am – 2pm, will be taught by Broadway veterans Paul Canaan and Tyler Hanes. Broadway Master Class is an interactive workshop for performing artists to develop singing, dancing, and acting skills, taught by Broadway professionals.  Participants will learn a dance combination focusing on style and storytelling, and they may also perform an ‘audition’ song for feedback from Canaan and Hanes. There will also be a talkback session with cast members from the new musical Bring It On, which opens at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center on November 11. $65.


NOV 5: Gus The Dog Productions is thrilled to present a world premiere play, ESTHER’S MOUSTACHE, written and directed by Laurel Ollstein.  Maddie Sternberg is the author of the sexy cartoon strip “Oh My Goddess’, and is committed to proving that her life is GREAT – only a year after her father’s suicide. But things start to get complicated after her Grandmother Esther pops up uninvited at her Venice Beach bungalow with a trunk full of family photos and warm potato latkes. ESTHER’S MOUSTACHE will run through Saturday, December 17 at the Studio/Stage Theatre, 520 N. Western Blvd. in Los Angeles.


NOV 5: The Autry National Center and Sundance Institute announce today the creation of the Sundance Institute at the Autry Presents Native Filmsprogram, a new partnership that enables free public screenings of films created by emerging filmmakers from around the world with the support of the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program.  The inaugural screenings will take place on November 5 during the Autry’s American Indian Arts Marketplace weekend, which attracts over 160 American Indian contemporary artists to Los Angeles.


NOV 6 – DEC 4: Joining forces, The Bootleg Theater and Circle X Theatre Co. will embark on a FREE public play reading series for four Sunday afternoons, from November 6 thru December 4, 2011. Performances will be on Sunday afternoons, November 6-December 4 (excluding November 27) at 3:00 p.m. at The Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057.  Performances are free.  A complete listing of all the plays will be available on the Circle X Theatre Co. website, or on Bootleg Theater website,


THROUGH NOV 6: 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, Pasadena.


THROUGH NOV 6: Based on the 1942 Eudora Welty novella, The Robber Bridegroomis 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: Coeurage Theatre mounts DOUBLE FALSEHOOD, the story of Henriquez, the son of a Duke and traveling misanthrope who wreaks havoc on a small community. Impulsively, he not only rapes a young woman, Violante, but also manages to send his best friend Julio away, meanwhile wooing Julio’s fiancé Leonora for his own wife. This “double falsehood” sends the four young people on a journey of passion, grief, and madness in the wilds of the countryside. Of debatable authorship, DOUBLE FALSEHOOD was only just recently accepted into the canon of Shakespeare’s works by Arden, and is believed to be possibly based on Shakespeare’s lost play CARDENIO. Actors Circle Theatre 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo 90046.


THROUGH NOV 6: When the night is dark and stormy, or the mist is rising on the moors under a full moon; when there are macabre stirrings in the tomb, or the unearthly howling of laughter from audience members – it must be the season for THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, Charles Ludlam’s ribald sendup of gothic romance and horror, Rubicon veterans JOSEPH FUQUA and JAMIE TORCELLINI return to RTC in Ludlam’s madcap pas de deux. RUBICON THEATRE COMPANY BOX OFFICE, located at 1006 E. Main Street (Laurel entrance).



THROUGH NOV 6: 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)


THROUGH NOV 6: Lewis Family Playhouse mounts Neil Simon’s RUMORS. Directed by Zoe Bright. 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. 909-477-2752.


THROUGH 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 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 7: one night only: The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center presents a special, encore performance of the smash hit Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. The Center’s Renberg Theatre will join theaters across the nation on the same evening to showcase this outstanding collection of short plays in support of the ongoing movement for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Blvd. Free parking)


NOV 8 – DEC 8: The Open Fist Theatre Company and The Aquila Morong Studio are thrilled to announce their co-production, CRIMES OF THE HEART, written by Beth Henley and directed by John Hindman. At the core of the tragic comedy are the three Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi after Babe shoots her abusive husband. Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. 


NOV 9 – DEC 11: Alan Alda’s RADIANCE: THE PASSION OF MARIE CURIE at the Geffen Playhouse. Alda and Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan delve into the life and romance of one of the most brilliant female scientists in history. Famous for her groundbreaking research in radioactivity, Curie was the only person ever to win two Nobel Prizes in multiple sciences, but not without a struggle. For all the answers that come to her in the lab, Curie’s life is peppered with questions of how to realize the passion she has for both knowledge and love. Celebrated but then rejected by the popular press as both a woman and scientist, Curie is left to define her place in society – and history – on her own terms. The Geffen Playhouse 10886 Le Conte, Westwood 90024.


NOV 11-DEC 18: With the 2012 Armageddon fast approaching, Sherry Glaser – author and star of FAMILY SECRETS, The longest running one-woman show in Off-Broadway history – makes a triumphant return to the stage in a World Premiere One-Woman Comedy: The SECOND COMING. 

As MA, the mother of all mothers – Mother Earth herself – she awakens from a 5000 year nap to find her children on (“I told God, your Father, “watch the kids!”) Earth run amok in toxic waste, environmental collapse, false prophesies, misguided loyalties, war, greed and intolerance. The Two Roads Theatre, 4348 Tujunga Blvd. in Studio City.


THROUGH NOV 13: A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD” written by Susan Claassen and Paddy Calistro will run as a guest production at the Odyssey. Claassen has just received an O! Nomination for Lead Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Edith Head in “A Conversation with Edith Head” is “a feast of delicious behind-the-scenes stories about Hollywood’s greatest stars that provide an intimate portrait of Hollywood’s legendary costume designer.” In her six decades of costume design, Edith Head worked on over eleven hundred films; dressed the greatest stars of Hollywood; received 35 Academy Award® nominations, and won an unprecedented eight Oscars®. Edith Head’s story is as fascinating as the history of the film industry itself, filled with humor, frustration and, above all, glamour. Odyssey Theatre 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., LA 90025.


THROUGH NOV 13: HAIRSPRAY, based on the John Waters camp classic film of the same name, is the story of big dreams, big girls and big hair! Typical teenager Tracy Turnblad is obsessed with The Corny Collins Show and teen heartthrob, Link Larkin. Though rejected at the Corny Collins auditions, Tracy shows off some moves at the Sophomore Hop, where Corny Collins gives her a place on his show. Tracy is soon launched to stardom, and once on the show, changes the face of 1960s Baltimore forever. HAIRSPRAY will be directed by Larry Raben, with choreography by Lee Martino and musical direction by Dennis Castellano. Carpenter Performing Arts Center 6200 Atherton Street, on the northwest corner of the California State University, Long Beach campus. 


NOV 9-13: The Skirball Cultural Center presents the Los Angeles debut of ENGLAND, an award-winning work by British playwright Tim Crouch, in a five-night engagement beginning Wednesday, November 9 through Sunday, November 13. Created specifically for gallery spaces, the play features two actors playing a single character: a disarmingly cheerful gallery tour guide. As the tour guide addresses the audience directly, the narrative unfolds in reference to the exhibition that surrounds them.


NOV 11: The Elephant Theatre Company has announced its production of Baby Doll by Tennessee Williams, directed and designed by Joel Daavid, at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood. The cast of Baby Doll is Lulu Brud, Tony Gatto, Ronnie Marmo, and Jacque Lynn Colton among others. Baby Doll will play a limited engagement through December 18.  The Lillian Theatre is located at 1076 N. Lillian Way (just west of Vine, off Santa Monica Boulevard), in Hollywood.  Street parking is available.         


NOV 11-DEC 4: THIS IS OUR YOUTH follows forty-eight hours of three very lost young souls on Manhattan’s Upper West Side at the dawn of the Reagan Era.  Sparked by sex, drugs and a need to belong, This Is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood when many young people first go out into the world on their own, armed only with ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers.  The piece shows how they are forced to deal with the consequences of their actions and at the same time learn the value of friendship and life itself, using funny, smart and engaging dialogue.   The Circle Stage at The El Centro Theatre 804 N. El Centro Avenue, Hollywood, CA  90038.


 NOV 11-26: Parson’s Nose presents THE PERILOUS STREETS OF PASADENA. A one hour production of Boucicault’s classic 1857 melodrama, adapted by Lance Davis for Pasadena. Will Bogaard, the evil banker, succeed in destroying the good-hearted Baldwin family? Come boo and cheer with the whole family. 3 weekends only at Lineage Performing Arts Center 89 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena 91105. Tickets.


NOV 11-DEC 18: The Victory Theater Center presents the world premiere of a comedic true story about a single man’s struggle to adopt against all odds.  No one expected Johnny O’Callaghan to ever become a father. But a documentary shoot in Africa becomes a nine-month adventure during which he finds a son… and discovers himself. Who’s Your Daddy?,written and performed by Johnny O’Callaghan and directed by Tom Ormeny, opens at The Little Victory Theatre on November 11, with previews beginning November 4. The Little Victory Theatre is located at 3326 WVictory Blvd in BurbankCA 91505. For information and to purchase tickets, call 818-841-5422 or go


NOV 11-DEC 18: Sacred Fools Theater presents CRUMBLE (LAY ME DOWN, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE) by Sheila Callaghan and directed by Jeremy Aluma. It’s Christmas, and a year has passed since the untimely death of Janice’s father. Struggling to cope, Janice is holding spiteful conversations with her dolls, and Mother is suffering from panic attacks, with only her baking skills to keep her busy. In their deteriorating Apartment that incessantly begs for repairs, their only comforts are visitations from their respective celebrity crushes – Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. With the support of Justin’s affection, Janice begins to craft a plan that will mend the chasm in their lives. Meanwhile, the Apartment is developing murderous plans of its own. Sacred Fools Theater 660 N. Heliotrope Drive Los Angeles, CA 90004.


NOV 11 – JAN 15: THE ANIMAL WITHIN by Ralph Troph premieres at the Elephant Space. This comedy tells the tale of wealthy socialite Sylvia Argus, who hires a sexy young girl as a live in housekeeper. As Melody gushes about living at Sylvia’s elegant house on the beach, her youth and enthusiasm awaken Sylvia’s long-repressed attraction to women. Sylvia’s husband, Dr. Robert Argus, arrives home surprised to find an attractive young woman having moved into his house, and fears that having Melody there will disrupt his marriage. Sylvia insists that Melody stay, and that’s all it takes to bring out The Animal Within. The Elephant Space, 6322 Santa Monica Boulevard (just west of Vine), in Hollywood. Street parking available. 


NOV 12: ONE DAY ONLY 12-8pm. Experience NoHo: a FREE, multi-arts festival and celebration in the heart of the bustling NoHo Arts District, featuring live theater, dance, music, art, fashion and food. Outdoor stages will offer music and dance.  Public art stations invite patrons to create their own art, and seven gallery installations to view.  15 NoHo theatres will offer free performances, and classes.  Discounts and offerings from local restaurants and retailers.


NOV 12-DEC 17: Landry & Summers: Whatever It Is, We’re Against It. Social Political Sketch Comedy for whacked social political times. With their newest material honed from improv they have performed over the last year in Los Angeles and around the country, Landry & Summers takes you on a ride through Politics and Social Commentary to come to the hilarious conclusion that whatever it is? They are against it. Landry & Summers is Shaun Landry and Hans Summers For tickets and reservations call 323-653-6886 or http


NOV 12 – DEC 18: The Colony Theatre is thrilled to present the Los Angeles Premiere of TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT, written by Graham Greene, adapted for the stage by Giles Havergal, and directed by David Dean Bottrell.  Mild-mannered Henry Pulling leads a quiet life, but when his vigorous and eccentric Aunt Augusta suddenly appears with mysterious information about his past, Henry is drawn into an exotic international adventure. Four actors play more than 20 roles, including secret agents, thieves, and art smugglers in this exciting theatrical escapade. The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center.


THROUGH NOV 12: Sierra Madre Playhouse mounts TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Written by Christopher Sergel. Based on the novel by Harper Lee. Directed by Michael Cooper. In a small town in Alabama in 1935, the steadfastly decent and honorable lawyer Atticus Finch is called upon to defend a Black field worker falsely accused of rape. Even Atticus admits that, given the time and location of the trial, he has little chance of success in defending his client. But the prisoner is innocent, a fact that Finch is determined to demonstrate by evidence in court. Finch will do it, even if he has to face down an armed and angry lynch mob determined to see young Tom Robinson swing from a rope.Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Ample free parking behind theatre.


NOV 12-DEC 17: Landry & Summers’ WHATEVER IT IS, WE’RE AGAINST IT. Social Political Sketch Comedy for whacked social political times. With their newest material honed from improv they have performed over the last year in Los Angeles and around the country, Landry & Summers takes you on a ride through Politics and Social Commentary to come to the hilarious conclusion that whatever it is? They are against it. Bang Studio, 457 Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, CA  90036


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.


THROUGH NOV 13: 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 NOV 13: Set in Elizabethan England, Pulp Shakespeare weaves the story of a pair of murderers, their boss’s alluring wife, and a desperate knight, all brought to life by a cast of acclaimed Los Angeles Shakespearean actors.  Theatre Asylum 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA. 90038.


THROUGH NOV 13: The multi-award-winning NoHo Arts Center Ensemble (NoHo ACE) is thrilled to announce that THAT’S AMORE! AN AMERICAN ITALIAN SONGBOOK, a musical autobiographical revue at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood.  THAT’S AMORE! which stars Gilmore Rizzo, is filled with fun music, laughs, and stories about a boy growing up in an Italian-American household when music was king and so was the food! Gilmore is cousin to both legendary American-Italian singer Bobby Darin & American-Italian Jazz Flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione. NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim) in North Hollywood.

THROUGH NOV 13: The Group Rep presents the Agatha Christie mystery AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, directed by Shira Dubrovner. In this classic Agatha Christie whodunit, eight guests who have never met each other before are lured by a cryptic invitation to a deserted island and marooned, along with the two house servants. An odd cluster of statuettes — ten little soldiers — sits on the mantelpiece. A nursery rhyme embossed above them tells how each of the ten soldiers meets his death, “until there were none.” Lonny Chapman Theatre   10900 Burbank Boulevard   NoHo 91601


THROUGH NOV 13: The Group Rep presents the Agatha Christie mystery AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, directed by Shira Dubrovner. In this classic Agatha Christie whodunit, eight guests who have never met each other before are lured by a cryptic invitation to a deserted island and marooned, along with the two house servants. An odd cluster of statuettes — ten little soldiers — sits on the mantelpiece… Lonny Chapman Theatre 10900 Burbank Boulevard   NoHo 91601.


THROUGH NOV 13: The Blank Theatre begins its 21st season with a newly revised version of Dusk Rings A Bell by Stephen Belber, directed by Daniel Henning. 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). 


NOV 14: The award-winning Musical Theatre Guild, a company of professional performers who present concert-staged readings of seldom seen musicals, continues its 16th Anniversary 2011-2012 season with 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.


NOV 17: one night only – Actress, singer, comedian, clown, magician, puppeteer and ventriloquist Karen Knotts, the daughter of comedic American acting genius Don Knotts shares on life, love and growing up with a famous dad (and The Andy Griffith Show) revealing how that influenced her own life choices and her struggle for self identity. Santa Monica Playhouse, The Main Stage 1211 4th Street (between Wilshire & Arizona), Santa Monica, CA 90401-1391.



NOV 17-20: LA Theatre Works presents Copenhagen by Michael Frayn. With Alfred Molina, Jane Kaczmarek and David Krumholtz. 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 PSloan Foundation. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)


NOV 17: FORGOTTEN – “With exhilarating theatricality and haunting honesty, writer/actor Pat Kinevane’s captivating performance brings to life the forgotten voices of four characters through a unique collage of Kabuki dance and Irish storytelling. Directed by Jim Culleton. PAT KINEVANE (Playwright/Performer) has written four plays for Fishamble: The Nun’s Wood, The Plains of Enna, Forgotten and, most recently, Silent in 2010 which won the Fringe First and Herald Awards in 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His play Forgotten has been on tour to over 60 Irish venues, 8 European countries and recently to New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. The Odyssey Theatre 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., LA 90025.


NOV 17-DEC 18: Roses In December is part mystery, part memoirs and part romance. A young PhD candidate named Carolyn has been assigned the task of recruiting famously reclusive author Joel Gordon to attend Alumni Weekend. Joel repeatedly declines, but Carolyn’s tenacity engages the two of them in a series of letters that deepens into a friendship revealing a secret from Gordon’s past that may also bring to light the identity of Carolyn’s real father. Theatre 40, Beverly Hills H.S. 241 Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills 90210.


NOV 18-19: 3 performances only of SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ at the Fox Riverside Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside. The show was nominated for 5 Tony Awards and thrilled audiences on Broadway for five years, and the Original Broadway cast recording, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller” won a Grammy award.                            


NOV 18 – DEC 10: Connie Slocum (a sketch character Cantwell originated with legendary comedy trio The Nellie Olesons) is a loveable, albeit hirsute, ramshackle flashdancer who wants nothing more than to entertain an audience with her wild choreography and pageantry skills. But a nemesis from Connie’s past threatens to derail her plans by putting her beloved pussy cat, Vickie, in jeopardy. Watch Connie as she boogies to pop hits; strips off an array of spectacular outfits; Laughs, cries, hunts and fights harder than a baby sitter in a ‘70’s-era slasher film! All while never forgetting that there’s an audience to entertain and a cat she loves more than life itself! Celebration Theatre 7051B Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood 90028.


THROUGH NOV 19: 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 NOV 20: The Renegade Theatre and Film Group is proud to present Autobahn. Written by acclaimed playwright and filmmaker Neil Labute (in the Company of Men, your Friends and Neighbors), Autobahn is a provocative collection of one-act plays all set within the confines of a front seat of a car, investigating the inchoate apprehension that surrounds the steering wheel. The Renegade Theatre, 1514 North Gardner St. (at Sunset). Tickets are $20. Running time is 90 minutes with intermission. Allow time for street parking.



THROUGH NOV 20: A News of Spite opens Sally Spectre The Musical. Book, music and lyrics by David Johnson, directed by Janet Miller. A girl has a hatchet in her head. And talks. The NoHo Stages 4934 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo 91601. Info.


THROUGH NOV 20: CRE Outreach’s Theatre by the Blind puts its unique spin on Steven Dietz’s Private Eyes, a dramedy about jealousy and revenge. The play revolves around a pair of married actors whose relationship is tested when the wife becomes involved in an affair with their play’s director.  The play will be performed by an entirely blind cast, directed by Greg Shane.  Private Eyes at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica. 1404 3rd Street Promenade  Santa Monica 90401


THROUGH NOV 20: Katselas Theatre Company presents a stirring recipe of raspberry tarts, video games, and family secrets.  The May family’s daily routine helps them maintain a safe, isolated world where they can almost evade their unspeakable pain. This evening, however, their carefully balanced life may be undone.  HERMETICALLY SEALED runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 7pm through November 20, 2011.  The Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 N. Vermont, LA, 90027.  Tickets are $10-$29.99.  Reservations: 702 KTC-TKTS (702-582-8587) or online at  


THROUGH NOV 20: Rogue Machine launches its sixth world premiere production in Los Angeles.  Monkey Adored. The dog is in love with the monkey, who may be having an affair with the cat who’s smitten with the rat…and let’s not even talk about what the humans are up to.  This allegorical and uniquely staged performance utilizes actors, puppetry, and projection in a collision of the comedic and the tragic. It is a tender love story that reeks of a ribald sex farce, set in a brutally violent world where compassion and understanding might still have a chanceROGUE MACHINE is located at 5041 W. Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90019. 


 THROUGH NOV 20: Open Fist Theatre presents the Los Angeles premiere of MACHINAL, written by Sophie Treadwell and directed by Barbara Schofield. It explores “with frightening intensity the America of the 1920’s—and the nightmare nexus of capitalism, sexism, and violence in an increasingly mechanized and dehumanizing society. Inspired by the ‘crime of the century’ — the 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder and Judd Grey—the play burst upon the stage with incandescent originality—and remains today as fresh and fearsome a look at modern life as it was then.” Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.


THROUGH NOV 20: Andrew Lloyd Weber’s CATS at Candlelight Pavilion. 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont CA 91711.


THROUGH NOV 20: The West Coast Premiere of Brett Neveu’s dark dramedy 4 MURDERS offers an examination of urban isolation and the convenient yet tragic cure for such loneliness. It is a surreal discussion of images, impressions and ideas that poke through the clutter of the day-to-day. The normalcy of eating dinner, drinking tea, waiting for a bus or falling to sleep is interrupted by thoughts of mortality, and 4 MURDERS seeks to embody and physically articulate those thoughts.  If the darkness itself were physically able to converse, those conversations would be much like what is heard in 4 MURDERS;  for once we begin to speak to the darkness, our biggest fear is that the darkness may just speak back. SkyPilot Theatre at T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo st., North Hollywood CA 91602.


THROUGH NOV 20: 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 MeA 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  NOV 22: Rogue Machine presents West Coast premiere of BHUTAN by Daisy Foote. Frances Conroy wonders how she ended up here. Her mother is driving her crazy. Her aunt is stalking a married man. Her brother is in prison. She dreams of Bhutan but can barely find the kitchen door. BHUTAN runs Sundays at 7pm & Mondays at 8pm thru Monday Nov 22, 2011.  Rogue Machine is located at 5041 Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019.  Tickets are $25-30 and can be purchased through 855-585-5185. 


NOV 30: Phantom Projects mounts The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Directed by Janet Miller. Arthur Miller’s timeless tragedy of a young girl whose accusations against innocent townspeople hold an entire community hostage. Inspired by the McCarthy hearings and based on the Salem witch trials of 1692, this exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is located at 14900 La Mirada Blvd in the City of La Mirada. More info can be found at or


DEC 3: The Pennington Dance Group (PDG) teams up with the British Modern Dance Company, Yorke Dance Project (YDP), for a highly anticipated joint venture highlighting the unique and dynamic visions of these young, vivacious dance companies, on Saturday, December 3, 2011, 8:00 p.m. at the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach (Supported in part by the CSULB Department of Dance); on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at PDG’s new space, ARC Pasadena. 1158 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA  91106


THROUGH DEC 4: House of Gold – A dark, kaleidoscopic comedy about childhood in America. Inspired by the unsolved murder of six-year old JonBenét Ramsey, House of Gold is a hilarious, yet scathing critique of our culture, revealing dark truths about our values, and, ultimately, about ourselves. Written by Gregory Moss and directed by Gates McFadden who says, “I’m working closely with an animator, Drew Christie, whose work inspires me and with whom I’ve always wanted to collaborate. The show incorporates his distinctive animation and cartoons, as well as video, projections, and a lot of fun choreography.” Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village 90039. Some PWYC.


THROUGH DEC 4: As World War I breaks out on the continent, British and American soldiers gather at the West family’s eccentric household in Ireland. Old loves collide and new loves emerge as dearly held notions of loyalty, family and sexual identity come under fire. Broken spirits, gay and straight, find peace in Frank McGuines’ extraordinary and humorous drama of loves during wartime. DOLLY WEST’S KITCHEN at Theatre Banshee 3435 W. Magnolia, Burbank 91505.


THROUGH DEC 4: The Zephyr Theatre has announced the world premiere production of Moses Supposes, a  new comedy by Ellen Melaver, starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Karen Black, along with David Proval (The Sopranos, The Shawshank Redemption), and directed by Lee Sankowich. Cookie and Marvin Green’s adult children, Cece and Raymond, have returned to their Southern Jewish home to throw their parents a 35th wedding anniversary party. But everyone has chosen this same weekend to reveal their own surprises, and the ensuing  mishegas turns the celebration upside down. There are non-stop laughs as the Green family discovers that after 35 years, maybe they don’t know each other quite as well as they thought they did. Zephyr Theatre 7456 Melrose, LA 90046.


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)


THROUGH DEC 10: 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.


DEC 11: The Global Theatre Project in association with Amnesty International presents  ESPECIALLY NOW-Create the World Together. The Global Theatre Project invites you to participate in a provocative celebration, a fundraiser rich with experiences.  You will leave inspired to take action!   LA Theatre CenterinhistoricaldowntownLA.


THROUGH DEC 11: The Antaeus Company presents PEACE IN OUR TIME. 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.


THROUGH DEC 16: A Noise Within inaugurates its new theater in Pasadena with Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL. Through Dec. 16. Directed by co-founder and co-artistic director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott. A Noise Within 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107.


THROUGH DEC 18: 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’Haraand 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 DEC 18: Crown City Theatre opens John Patrick Stanley’s DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA. The play revolves around the dilapidated lives of Danny and Roberta, two tortured strangers who meet by chance at a dive bar in the Bronx.  Danny, an emotionally unstable, street brawling truck driver, and Roberta, a self-loathing, troubled woman, collide in a morbidly humorous, violent and vulgar fairy tale about a frightening and ultimately fascinating relationship. 11031 Camarillo, NoHo 91602.


THROUGH DEC 18: The Matrix Theatre mounts a multi-ethnic production of Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS. The casting process was far from color blind. “We’ve cast this play in a very deliberate way,” he explains. Producer Joe Stern says, “The Kellers are a mixed race family—Joe Keller is black (Alex Morris), Kate Keller is white (Anne Gee Byrd), and son Chris is bi-racial (A.KMurtadha). The Deevers are Asian with Linda Park as Ann Deever and James Hiroyuki Liao as George. Meanwhile, the neighbor families, the Baylisses (Anita Barone and Taylor Nichols) and the Lubeys (Maritxell Carrero and Arman Vasquez) are white and Latino respectively. The Matrix Theatre 7657 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046.


THROUGH DEC 18: WAY TO HEAVEN– Inspired by the true story of the elaborate deception that took place at the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1944 Germany. In order to mislead the international Red Cross inspectors, the Nazis constructed a fake village to quell extermination rumors. Written by Spain’s Juan Mayorga, translated by David Johnston and directed by Ron Sossi. ODYSSEY THEATRE 2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025-5621.


THROUGH DEC 30: 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.


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)


JAN 26-FEB 5: Sally Struthers in Always Patsy Cline with Christa Jackson at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. More than just a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically in 1963 the show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger (played by Struthers). Seger befreinded Cline (played by Christa Jackson) in a Texas honey-tonk in 1961 and continued correspondence with Cline until her death. Directed by Frank Minano. 104 N. Citrus, Covina 91723.


FEB 2 – MAR 11: Table for Two Productions presents Private Lives at GTC Burbank. Noel Coward’s Private Lives follows the saga of perpetually dueling lovers Amanda and Elyot, two divorcees who unwittingly book adjoining rooms while honeymooning with their new spouses. They soon realize the folly of their new marriages and impulsively flee together to Paris, only to be caught days later by their jilted spouses. This stylish, savvy and still-timely comedy is loaded with pointed barbs about modern romance and the people we can’t live with—or without. 1111-B West Olive Ave, Burbank CA, 91506. Private Lives is a Guest Production at GTC Burbank. For more information on GTC Burbank, go to


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)


THROUGH MAY 12: Le Salon de Musiques’ Second Annual Season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Fifth Floor. (I went to a few last season and these intimate concerts are amazing, as is the champagne and food.) All concerts are held from 4 – 6 pm one Sunday of every month beginning October 16, 2011 through May 20, 2012.  Composers for this season range from Brahms, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann to Tchaikovsky, Grieg ,Bax, Myaskovsky and Arensky. Full details here. Facebook.


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 byTerence Rattigan, featuring Martin JarvisIan 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)



2 Comments leave one →
  1. George Gray permalink
    November 2, 2011 9:02 am

    Join the club. Just closed my 5-week stint as Beverly with Charlotte’s C.A.S.T. What a great role. Will you stick around for curtain call?

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