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Openings & Extensions (Nov 24)

November 24, 2011

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 4, 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 7pm on Wed the 11th.   

   

NOV 25 – DEC 24: THIS WONDERFUL LIFE Written by Steve Murray, directed by Peter Amster and starring James Leaming. re the hope and humor of Frank Capra’s adored Classic Christmas film It’s A Wonderful Life in this delightful re-imagining. The virtuosic James Leaming portrays George Bailey, Clarence the Angel, Mary, Old Man Potter, and thirty more of Bedford Falls’ finest citizens. George comes to realize that life really is worth living and that the actions of one person do make a difference in the world. Make this heartwarming family experience a part of your holiday tradition this season. Laguna Playhouse Moulton Theater 606 Laguna Cyn Rd., Laguna Beach 92651.

 

NOV 26 – DEC 18: The Blank Theatre’s production of  “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris, this year will star Paolo Andino and once again be directed by Michael Matthews. “Santaland” is an outrageously funny solo play by NPR’s well-loved humorist David Sedaris, about his experiences as an unemployed writer who takes a job as a Christmas elf at Macy’s in New York City.  At first, the job is simply humiliating, but once thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, David (or, as his alter ego is known, Crumpet the Elf) becomes battle weary and bitter, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the parents and children alike. All tickets are $30 and may be purchased by visiting www.TheBlank.com or by calling (323) 661-9827. The Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard, on the corner of Hollywood and Highland.

 

NOV 26 – DEC 27: Tinker’s Toy Shop is a family-run store that is feeling the pains of low sales. They are at the point of closing their doors- that is, until they answer a newspaper ad from Santa Claus himself, who is looking for toy makers to help with the huge supply of toys needed for his annual visit. The entire staff works hard to meet the strict criteria to be one of Santa’s chosen stores. By the end of the show, the family learns that Christmas is not just about gifts; it’s about love and understanding. Every year, the Candlelight Pavilion produces a new Christmas Show that has been specifically written for them. For 2011, Santa’s Christmas Wish was written by Candlelight Pavilion Artistic Director John LaLonde. Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711. Parking is available surrounding the theater.

 

 THROUGH NOV 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.

 

THROUGH NOV 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. 20% discount tickets availableBFAS20 and is best available seating and subject to availability.  The offer cannot apply on previously purchased tickets.  Restoration and service fees will also apply.

 

 

THROUGH NOV 27: Artists at Play is extending their run of the Los Angeles premiere of Ching Chong Chinaman through November 27, 2011.  Written by Lauren Yee and directed by Peter J. Kuo, the irreverent comedy will have four additional performances: Sunday, November 20 at 7pm; Friday, November 25 at 8pm; Saturday, November 26 at 8pm; and Sunday, November 27 at 3pm. Ching Chong Chinaman introduces us to the all-American Wong family while turning every cliché about Asian Americans (and Americans) on its head. The Actors Company located at 916a N Formosa Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Tickets may be purchased at http://bit.ly/AAPCCC.

 

 NOV 29: ONE NIGHT ONLY – Ghost Road is presenting a staged reading of a new Polish play, “Pantofelnik’s Suitcase” next Tuesday at the Atwater Village Theatre at 8pm.  It’s a beautifully written piece, by Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk’s, based in part on the true story of a Frenchman who discovers his father’s suitcase in a Holocaust exhibit in a Paris museum. Directed by Ghost Road Artistic Director Katharine Noon, this reading is sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.  The reading will run approximately one hour, followed a reception for the playwright. It’s free and no reservations are required. Atwater Village Theatre 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village 90039.

 

NOV 30: ONE NIGHT ONLY 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  ww.PhantomProjects.com or www.LaMiradaTheatre.com

 

NOV 30 – JAN 29: Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, WICKED will return to its Los Angeles home, the Pantages Theatre, for a strictly-limited engagement this holiday season running November 30, 2011 – January 29, 2012.  When it first played the Pantages in 2005, it broke box office records and sold out in record time.  WICKED returned two years later to begin an extended engagement that would go on to run two years, becoming one of the longest-running Broadway musicals in L.A. history. Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda and Mamie Parris as Elphaba with Liz McCartney as Madame Morrible and Mark Jacoby as The Wizard.  PANTAGES THEATRE 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

DEC 1: ONE NIGHT ONLY – Carlie and Doni are two best friends who met in 2005 at Los Angeles Community College Theater Academy. They quickly realized it wasn’t for them and dropped out. Carlie moved in with Doni and they decided to form a musical/comedy act, writing silly songs and sketches on their own time. One day in 2007 Carlie’s mom convinced Carlie to sign them up for an open mic at the Comedy Store. They weren’t sure how their straight girl/lesbian musical duo would go over. It went better than they expected. Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage 1211 4th Street (between Wilshire & Arizona), Santa Monica, CA 90401-1391. http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com or call 1-(310)-394-9779 x1.

 

DEC 1: ONE NIGHT ONLY  – Voyage across the oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers and discover a vast, hidden world beneath the waves. The presentation is the first of the National Geographic Live series co-sponsored by The Broad Stage. Using his camera to communicate, Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater telling the oceans’ stories. His images celebrate the mystery of the depths, and offer portraits of creatures so intimate they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio. The evening begins at 7:30pm and will be followed immediately by a book signing in the lobby. The Broad Stage is located at 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

 

Dec. 1, 2, 3 & 8, 9, 10 & 15, 16, 17: This Runway Auction of 60 gowns on 60 models will be constructed from stolen, found and recyclable materials created with the theme of all things Bootleg. There will be three runway shows within the evening of 20 dresses per track. Each dress will be for sale throughout the three week silent auction.  At the end of the three week run the highest bidder will own the dress they have been stalking and just in time to wear it for this years’ holiday party.  All proceed from the auction will go towards Bootleg Theater’s 2012 season. Info here. Bootleg Theater  2220 Beverly Blvd., LA 90057.

 

THROUGH DEC 1: Lonesome No More! Theatre presents Nicholas Rudall’s 2002 translation of Woyzeck by Georg Büchner at Yeaheavy, a new home for the arts in Los Angeles located in East Hollywood. Woyzeck is the story of a young soldier shouldering overwhelming burdens – a young wife, an infant child, and an entire army of men determined to bully him to madness. In an attempt to cushion his meager wages, Woyzeck voluntarily subjects himself to the paid experiments of a demented Doctor who requires him to subside solely upon hopes of scientific revelation and a strict diet consisting exclusively of peas. Performances at 655 N. Berendo Street, Los Angeles

 

DEC 2: ONE NIGHT ONLY –  talent to the theatre in this one-man show that goes beyond the stories, feature films and documentaries and digs into the soul of the man loved and respected by millions. Directed by filmmaker, manager and veteran theatre artist Tony Spires, ALI shares his quiet moments, his intimate feelings as well as his public triumphs. Outspoken and larger-than-life, Ali is also a sensitive, thoughtful and oftentimes comical man who loves humanity and champions world peace. ALI: The Man. The Myth. The People’s Champion.  Santa Monica Playhouse, The Main Stage  1211 4th Street (between Wilshire & Arizona), Santa Monica, CA 90401-1391.

 

 

DEC 2 – 17: The Grove Theatre in Upland presents “A Wonderful Life – A Radio-on-Stage Show”, starring a Grove favorite, Ken DeShan as George Bailey.  Everyone’s favorite holiday movie comes to the stage in this unique re-telling of a Christmas classic. It’s Christmas Eve – at a run-down radio station in middle America – a small group of radio performers are presenting Frank Capra’s holiday fable. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at live radio theatre and re-visit this heart-warming story about the value of every human life. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. (909) 920-4343, or by visiting The Grove’s website at http://www.grovetheatre.com.

 

 

DEC 2 – 17: One of the most beloved and treasured films of all time, nothing reflects the joy, soul and celebration of the holiday season more than Frank Capra’s sentimental classic It’s A Wonderful Life. Now, Theatre Unleashed is pleased to bring this heart-warming tale to the stage with It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The show takes place at KAWL, a struggling 1940s radio station that good-hearted owner Michael Anderson is barely keeping alive. He calls on some old friends (with big personalities) and some less-than-professional station employees to offer up the touching masterpiece in what might sadly be the station’s last live show. But it is the holidays, a time when miracles can happen… The Missing Piece Theatre  2811 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

 

DEC 2 – 18: Monkey Wrench Collective is proud to announce the troupe’s last production in its Fullerton space as it regularly begins producing theater in Los Angeles. MWC will open the US Premiere of THEATRE UNCUT in Fullerton, Friday Dec. 2, while its critically-acclaimed LA production of Sam Holcroft’s COCKROACH continues at the Hudson Guild. All performances are at Monkey Wrench Collective, 204 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA. 92832. Seats are a mere $21 general admission and $10 for students and are available at http://www.monkeywrenchcollective.org and at http://www.brownpapertickets.com
A limited number of half-price tickets for each show are also available through Goldstar.com

 

DEC 2 – 18: Now in its fourth year, producer Jason Moyer has announced a limited engagement of gay apparel: A Christmas Carol, at Space 916 in Hollywood, opening on Friday, December 2 and running through December 18 only. gay apparel: A Christmas Carol follows Scrooge, the world famous fashion designer who created the line S & M with his partner Jacob Marley.  Following Marley’s death, Scrooge’s life has spiraled into a dark and dreary abyss. Then, one Christmas eve, Scrooge learns that life is about more than what you have; it is about the people with whom you share it. gay apparel is the story of Scrooge’s coldness and anger, and ultimately, a tale about the healing power of love and redemption.  And … it has ghosts … and they’re gay. Tickets at www.jasonmoyerpresents.com or by calling (323) 418-2583. Space 916 is located at 916 Formosa Avenue in Hollywood, 90046. 

 

DEC 3 ORIENTATION: Center Theatre Group (CTG) is now accepting submissions for the 2012 Richard E. Sherwood Award. The Sherwood Award is an annual $10,000 fund to support Los Angeles artists. The award is presented each year at the Ovation Awards ceremony produced by L.A. Stage Alliance. CTG urges early career artists who have resided in Los Angeles for at least six months; who have produced/collaborated on at least one production in Los Angeles; and who are innovative, adventurous and inclined to push boundaries to submit an application.  www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Sherwood or by emailing Sherwood@CenterTheatreGroup.org.

 

 DEC 3 and 10,11: 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 3: Harbor is a new work from rising playwright/director Jon Cellini. The story centers on Jules, (Thornton Brown) a single mother, who must wrestle with the return of her ex-husband (Lillard) following the death of her father. It plays Thurs, Fri and Sat at 8pm, Tix are $24.00 & Preferred Seating is $34.00 for all performances. Group and Senior rates are available. The Victory Theatre Center is located at 3326 W. Victory Blvd., one block east of Hollywood Way in Burbank. For  reservations 818.841.5421.

 

DEC 3 & 10: The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s seasonal favorite, Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols, which has sold out for the past two years, expands to two Saturday matinees December 3 and 10, 2011, 2 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Cherished holiday carols such as Joy to the World, The First Noel, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and others – sung to perfection by 115 members of the Chorale under Music Director Grant Gershon’s baton – set a joyful mood, enhanced by John Rutter’s thrilling three-movement Gloria. 213-972-7282 or http://www.lamc.org.

 

DEC 4 & 11: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus shares music from around the globe at its popular annual Winter Concert December 4 and 11, 2011, 7 PM, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The chorus performs works by Sir David Willcocks, Gustav Host and Andrew Carter, as well as folk songs, sacred and secular compositions from Hungary, Germany and Camaroon; lullabies from Holland and Philippines; lively carols from France, England and Catalonia; and the moving Hebrew prayer setting of L’dor vador. Pasadena Presbyterian Church 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101. For tickets and information, call (626) 793-4231 or visit http://www.lachildrenschorus.org.

 

THROUGH DEC 4:  Direct from Ireland – The West Coast Premiere of an Odyssey Theatre and Fishamble Theatre Company co-production of writer/performer Pat Kinevan’s FORGOTTEN at the Odyssey Theatre 2055 S Sepulveda Blvd., LA 90025.

  

THROUGH DEC 4: L.A. Theatre Works has been invited to bring Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons‘ riveting historical drama, Top Secret: The Battle for The Pentagon Papers, to China for two weeks of performances. Multiple award-winning director Stephen Sachs directs a cast of stage, screen and television veterans including Henry Clarke, JD Cullum, James Gleason, Nicholas Hormann, Amy Pietz, Russell Soder, Josh Stamberg, Peter Van Norden, Steve Vinovich and Tom Virtue. In conjunction with scheduled performances in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Beijing, L.A. Theatre Works, accompanied by author and former Voice of America Director Geoffrey Cowan, will offer workshops, and lead panel discussions with participation from China’s leading law and journalism schools, as well as with the general public. L.A. Theatre Works’ China Tour is produced and managed by Ping Pong Productions, whose mission is to promote cultural diplomacy through the performing arts. For more information, visit www.pingpongarts.org.

 

THROUGH 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.

  

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: 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, www.circlextheatre.org or on Bootleg Theater website, www.bootlegtheater.org.

  

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: East West Players presents THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE, directed by Jessica Kubzansky with music from Bruno Louchouarn. 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

 

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 6 – 21: The Christmas Present at Sacred Fools Theater (U.S. PREMIERE!) Colin can’t bear the thought of another Christmas alone so he hires some company. Unfortunately, the girl who turns up is not the goddess he was hoping for. Can this mismatched couple get through the holidays without killing each other? In the spirit of “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s A Wonderful Life,” The Christmas Present is a heartwarming tale of a hooker, a hotel room and some holiday magic. Making its American premiere at Sacred Fools Theater and named by Benedict Nightingale (London Times) as a “Top Five Theatre Pick”, this quirky comedy is presented for nine festive performances up to Christmas Eve. Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, 90004.

 

THROUGH  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. 

 

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)

 

DEC 9-10: M & P Productions has announced a rare Hollywood appearance by the legendary Mack & Poppy, one of the nation’s most celebrated lounge acts, in their new holiday show, It’s Christmas! (and lesser holidays celebrated by Heathens). Set for two nights only, Mack & Poppy will sashay into Hollywood’s M Bar for some holiday fun and frolic on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 at 10pm. M Bar is located at 1253 Vine Street, in the Fountain and Vine Plaza, in Hollywood.  Valet parking is available.

 

Dec 9 – 17: LOST MOON RADIO, LA’s underground comedy darling, is back with an all-new sketch and music show December 9-17 at Café-Club Fais Do-Do. The group turns its comedy chops to the theme of Laws & Outlaws; every stop from the halls of power to the halls of the penitentiary will be visited in this evening of sketches and songs from the group recently named “Best of Comedy” at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Saturday performances are followed by Live-Band Karaoke with The Moon Units, featuring a set list of over 200 songs. 5253 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016. For tickets and more information go to http://www.lostmoonradio.com.

 

DEC 9 – 18: Roger Bean’s WINTER WONDERETTES with Misty Cotton (Broadway: Miss Saigon), Bets Malone (Off Broadway: The Marvelous Wonderettes(Original Cast), Julie Dixon Jackson (Regional: Side Show, L.A. The Marvelous Wonderettes) and Lowe Taylor (Off Broadway: The Marvelous Wonderettes) starring, respectively, as Missy, Suzy, Betty Jean, and Cindy Lou. In addition Ms. Cotton, Ms. Dixon Jackson and Ms. Malone appear on the WINTER WONDERETTES soundtrack CD, produced by Steele Spring Productions. Carpenter Performing Arts Center 6200 E. Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815.

 

DEC 9-30: After several successful runs in New York City, The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever! is ready to come to the West Coast, headed by accomplished writer/director Paul Storiale and featuring a cast of 20 of L.A.’s strongest comedic theatre actors. The show runs from Dec. 9-30 on select dates at the legendary Avery Schreiber Theatre. 11050 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

 

 

DEC 9 – JAN 15: The Group Rep presents Sam and Bella Spewack’s deliciously dark comedy MY THREE ANGELS, directed by Larry Eisenberg. Ticket purchase/Info:  www.thegrouprep.com or (818) 763-5990.  Lonny Chapman Theatre at 10900 Burbank Boulevard, NoHo 91601

 

DEC 10: ONE NIGHT ONLY David Burnham in A Broadway Holiday comes to Rubicon Theatre Company on December 10 for one night only at 7pm. Seating is limited; tickets may be purchased in person through the Rubicon Theatre Company box office, located at 1006 E. Main Street (Laurel entrance). To charge by phone, call (805) 667-2900, or visit Rubicon online at www.rubicontheatre.org.

 

DEC 10 – 11: The Theatre @ Boston Court announces PLAY/ground, the annual New Play Festival at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA. Literary Managers Aaron Henne and Emilie Beck, in concert with Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti, have selected five plays to be presented as staged readings in the Marjorie Branson Performance Space. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, with a special emphasis on nurturing playwrights and new play development, which are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting. This year’s lineup includes “Everything You Touch” by Sheila Callaghan, “Egyptian Song” by James Christy Jr., “The Golden Dragon” by Roland Schimmelpfennig, “Cassiopeia” by David Wiener and “Seven Spots on the Sun” by Martin Zimmerman.

 

THROUGH 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.

 

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.

 

THROUGH 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.

 

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: 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.

 

THROUGH DEC 11: Paul Millet of Wicked Lit fame co-directs with Bettina Zacar SMOKE AND MIRRORS, a theatrical magic show with a life-size rabbit, written and performed by Albie Selznick. Santa Monica Playhouse 1211 Fourth Street, Santa Monica 90401.

 

DEC 12: ONE NIGHT ONLY – The people of the small town of Painted Post, Massachusetts have got plenty of reasons to believe. It is 1945, and not only has the town lost many of its young men in the war, but now a vision of the Virgin Mary has appeared in the window above the sickbed of a comatose young girl. So what if the girl’s mother charges admission to pray at her bedside and witness the vision? And when the girl suddenly awakens after five years, she is pregnant. Could it be yet another miracle — or just one of her mother’s hoaxes? This is the starting place for the new musical The Angel of Painted Post, which will kick off the 2011-12 Concert Reading Series for the Academy for New Musical Theatre. Lonny Chapman Theatre on Burbank Blvd.,

 

DEC 12 – 14: Celebration Theatre is thrilled to announce the return of acclaimed solo performer JEFFREY SOLOMON in his Off-Broadway smash hit, SANTA CLAUS IS COMING OUT and to be produced for Celebration Theatre by Artistic Director John Michael Beck. SANTA CLAUS IS COMING OUT will be presented on Monday, December 12, Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14 all at 8pm at Celebration Theatre, 7051B Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.

 

DEC 13 & JAN 15: The Collaborators in HD – A blistering new play from John Hodge, writer of Trainspotting. Moscow in 1938 is a dangerous place to have a sense of humor – even more so a sense of freedom. Novelist Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama. Presented by LA Theatre Works at James Bridges Theater 235 Charles Young Dr., LA 90095.

 

DEC 14: The Group Rep and Double Grande present ALL GEMS: Song Treasures written and performed by composers Deborah Johnson & Wayland Pickard from their catalogue of original tunes from musical theatre to country, culled from 7 musicals, film and TV.  The pair entertains world-wide with their headline act, Double Grandé.  Wednesday, December 14, 8:00pm, Tickets: $20. Ticket Purchase/Info:  www.thegrouprep.com or (818) 763-5990. Lonny Chapman Theatre 10900 Burbank Boulevard, NoHo 91601.

 

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.

 

DEC 17: ONE NIGHT ONLY – La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is thrilled to present a holiday tradition for the whole family, POSADA MEXICANA: A MEXICAN HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR – Featuring Costa De Oro Ballet Folklórico with Mariachi Mexicanísimo on December 17,2011 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY! POSADA MEXICANA will perform at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada.

 

THROUGH DEC 17: 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  at the Studio/Stage Theatre, 520 N. Western Blvd. in Los Angeles.

 

THROUGH 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

 

THROUGH DEC 17: Multi-award winning Rogue Machine launches their popular seasonal offering of original short plays.  SHORTS & SWEETS includes DOG IS DEAD by Henry Murray, BREEDERS by Kevin Armento, I MIGHT DO by Marja Lewis-Ryan, and BIT OF A BLOW by Lynn Lobban. SHORTS & SWEETS runs Friday and Saturday nights at 10:30pm, November 11th through December 17, 2011 (no performances 11/25 & 11/26).  ROGUE MACHINE is located at 5041 W. Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90019. Tickets are $15.  Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at http://roguemachinetheatre.com   

  

THROUGH DEC 17: Love Sick is a graphic tale which follows one woman’s dark and comic quest for revenge. When Emily’s happily ever after comes crashing down, she embarks on a journey of seduction, power, coercion and self-discovery which quickly descends into a riddled web of mysterious and alluring encounters. Playwright Kristina Poe wrote Love Sick, her first play, as a member of LAByrinth Theater Company in New York City. Theatre Asylum 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038

 

THROUGH DEC 17: Due to ongoing popular demand, the Elephant Theatre Company’s smash hit world premiere production of Love Sick by Kristina Poe, directed by David Fofi, will re-open at Elephant Stages/Theatre Asylum for 12 performances only, beginning Friday, November 18 at 8pm. Theatre Asylum is next door to the Elephant Space, where the show completed its original run on November 5. Tickets may be purchased by calling (877) 369-9112 or by reserving online at www.elephanttheatrecompany.com.

 

THROUGH 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.

 

THROUGH 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 www.landryandsummers.com For tickets and reservations call 323-653-6886 or httphttp://www.bangstudio.com/shows/Landry-Summers.

 

DEC 18: One night only. The sixteenth annual Dale and Bill Christmas Concert At the Grove Theatre will be held on December 18th at 3:00 pm. This exciting, fun-filled concert features Dale Kristien who starred as Christine in Phantom of the Opera, and Bill Hutton, who played the original Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Broadway. Santa’s there, too, and invites kids onto the stage. (909) 920-4343, or by visiting The Grove box office or website at http://www.grovetheatre.com. The Grove Theatre is located at 276 E. Ninth Street, Upland, CA 91786.

 

 DEC 18: ONE NIGHT ONLY –The Los Angeles Master Chorale wraps its holiday programming with a “traditional” concert version of Handel’s Messiah at 7 pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

 

THROUGH DEC 18: STOP KISS – A story of a friendship that over time turns into something more. What can happen after the moment of a first kiss? A comic drama written by Diana Son and directed by Ken Barnett and Larry Biederman. Lounge Theatre is located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90038 (at El Centro, one block east of Vine).  For reservations, please call (800) 838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com  For more information about group sales or questions: (310) 440-0221.

 

THROUGH 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.

 

THROUGH DEC 18: A Noise Within, the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, continues its inaugural season in its new state-of-the-art Pasadena venue with DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS by EUGENE O’NEILL, directed by Dámaso Rodriguez. A “Pay What You Can” date is Thursday, November 17. A NOISE WITHIN is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107.

 

THROUGH DEC 18: “The Night Watcher,” written and performed by Woodard and directed by Daniel Sullivan, continues through December 18.  A best friend, advisor, confidant and sage to the many young people for whom she is an auntie or a godmother, Charlayne Woodard pays homage in “The Night Watcher” to the life-enhancing intimacy that can exist between children and the loving extended family of “other” adults who are not related. Told with penetrating grace and candor, Woodard beautifully weaves together stories of the ordinary and extraordinary ways she has mentored the children in her life. Kirk Douglas Theatre 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City 90232.

 

THROUGH DEC 18: “The Night Watcher,” written and performed by Woodard, will be directed by her frequent collaborator, Daniel Sullivan. A best friend, advisor, confidant and sage to the many young people for whom she is an auntie or a godmother, Charlayne Woodard pays homage in “The Night Watcher” to the life-enhancing intimacy that can exist between children and the loving extended family of “other” adults who are not related. Told with penetrating grace and candor, Woodard beautifully weaves together stories of the ordinary and extraordinary ways she has mentored the children in her life. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

 

THROUGH  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 DEC 18: 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 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 towww.thevictorytheatrecenter.org.

 

THROUGH DEC 18: Monkey Wrench Collective’s acclaimed production of Sam Holcroft’s COCKROACH comes to LA in a co-production with the Hudson Theatres. This US Premiere has finished its critically-acclaimed run in Orange County. A detention hall in a normal modern day high school. A teacher who believes in the ability of education to save lives tries to teach biology while a long and bloody war rages closer and closer to home. Like a cockroach, only the best adapted will survive, but can they hold on to their humanity? All performances are at the Hudson Guild Theater at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles CA. 90038. www.Monkeywrenchcollective.org

 

THROUGH DEC 18: The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project moves and extends Last Summer at Bluefish Cove written by Jane Chambers. After a successful two weekend run, the show moves to The Lounge 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood 90038. Last Summer at Bluefish Cove is the story of a dissatisfied straight woman who leaves her husband to spend some quiet time by herself and who unwittingly and naively wanders into the midst of a group of seven lesbians at the beginning of their annual beachside vacation. She falls in love with the charming leading character who, unknown to her, is dying of cancer.

 

THROUGH 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.

 

THROUGH DEC 18: 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.        

THROUGH 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 DEC 18: 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 http://www.ktctickets.com  

 

THROUGH 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.

  

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 27: Chance Theater mounts ANNE OF GREEN GABLES ), a delightful musical adaptation of the classic novel about Anne Shirley, a red-haired, wide eyed orphan girl who’s penchant for getting into trouble changes her life and the lives of all those around her. Returning for its 8th annual production is The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (November 29 – December 23), an outrageous adult look at life as one of Santa’s reindeer after a controversy breaks out at the North Pole. 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, CA 92807. Box Office: (714) 777-3033. www.chancetheater.com

 

DEC 28 – JAN 1: They may look like cuddly little Muppets, but these Henson Alternative puppets have a wicked sense of humor. In fact, they’re Stuffed and Unstrung, a live, outrageous, comedy-variety show for adults that returns to the Irvine Barclay Theatre December 28 through January 1. Host Patrick Bristow and six superb comedians/puppeteers improvise songs and sketches based on suggestions from the audience to create a one-of-a-kind show that can be enjoyed two different ways. Watch the action onstage, or view the live puppet feed projected on screens overhead. It’s double the fun. Each show also features re-creations of Jim Henson classics that first aired on the Ed Sullivan Show and launched the Henson phenomenon. The Irvine Barclay 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612  (949) 854-4646 www.thebarclay.org

 

THROUGH DEC 30 & extended from JAN 11 – FEB 26: 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.

 

DEC 31: ONE NIGHT ONLY  Santa Monica Playhouse Associate Director Serena Dolinsky announced today the Playhouse New Year’s Eve extravaganza for 2011, “THE ANNUAL ALL-NEW ONE-TIME-ONLY NEW YEAR’S EVE REVUE!” will be presented for two performances only on Saturday, December 31 at 6:00 pm & 9:30 pm. In addition to the on-stage merriment, the New Year’s Eve show offers a complete complimentary buffet supper, champagne, sparkling cider, hats, noisemakers, favors and special surprises all included in the price of admission.

 

JAN 15: The all-new, live show “MythBusters: Behind the Myths,” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” makes its debutat Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on January 15th 2012 for one performance only.  Tickets are on sale beginning Friday, November 11th at 10:00 am through Ticketmaster by calling 866-448-7849or online at ticketmaster.com. The show is on a 28-city national tour that begins in Modesto, California on January 6, 2012.

 

THROUGH  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. 

 

JAN 18: ONE NIGHT ONLY – The all-new, live show “MythBusters: Behind the Myths,” starring  Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” makes its debut at the Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, on Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30pm for one performance only.  Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.

 

FEB 10-26: 3-D Theatricals opens 2012 with THE SOUND OF MUSIC, followed by A CHORUS LINE (May 11-27), AVE Q (June 13-29), I LOVE A PIANO (Sep 7-23) and HAIRSPRAY (Oct 12-28). PLUMMER AUDITORIUM is located at 201 E. Chapman Ave. in Fullerton.  Parking is free in the structure across the street.

 

 

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 22 – FEB 19: The cast has been set for the critically-acclaimed Ebony Repertory Theatre production of Lorraine Hansberry’s American classic “A Raisin in the Sun,” playing at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Joining the cast from the Ebony Repertory Theatre production is Kim Staunton, who has been cast in the role of Lena Younger. Other cast members include (in alphabetical order) Kenya Alexander, Keith Arthur Bolden, Brandon David Brown, Kevin Carroll, Jason Dirden, Deidrie Henry, Amad Jackson, Scott Mosenson, Bechir Sylvain and Ellis E. Williams. Phylicia Rashad will reprise her direction of the play that Frank Rich of The New York Times said (in 1983) “. . . changed American theatre forever.”

 

JAN 24 – FEB 19: The Pasadena Playhouse announced the full cast and creative team for ART at The Pasadena Playhouse. ART, by Yasmina Reza stars Tony Award-nominee Roger Bart, Academy Award-nominee Michael O’Keefe and Emmy Award-winner Bradley Whitford and will be directed by nine-time Emmy Award-winner David Lee. ART is the acclaimed international hit from playwright Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage). 39 S. El Molino, Pasadena 91101.

 

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.

 

JAN 27: Chance Theatre in Anaheim opens its 2012 season. The West Coast Premiere of the edgy musical love story Rooms, a rock romance opens the season January 27 – March 4, 2012. The Southern California Premiere of the dark comedy Reborning occupies the second slot of the year April 20 – May 20. The modern musical version of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story runs June 29 – August 5. The Orange County Premiere of the post-apocalyptic comedy Boom closes the season September 21 – October 21. For the holidays, the Chance will present two of its popular productions: the ninth annual staging of The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (November 26 – December 22) and the return of the audience favorite Little Women – The Broadway Musical (November 16 – December 23).

 

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 www.gtc.org.

 

FEB 3 -12: Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH makes its Thousand Oaks premiere at the Civic Arts Plaza. Directed by and starring original Broadway star Jason Edwards, RING OF FIRE opens on Friday, February 3rd, 2012, and plays until Sunday, February 12th, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.  Louis B. Robin, Cash’s longtime friend and estate manager, is lending his time and rich history to Cabrillo’s production. Cabrillo Music Theatre at (805) 497-8613. 

 

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). 

 

FEB 5 – MAR 25: Santa Monica Playhouse is proud to announce the World Premiere of J-Powers’s Pentagon Papers in the 40th anniversary year of the Watergate break-in. For the first time on stage, the hidden history of the Vietnam War that destroyed more than one president is dramatized. Santa Monica Playhouse, currently celebrating the second half of its 50th Anniversary of continuous theatrical service to the community is located at 1211 4th Street Santa Monica, CA. For reservations and information go to http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com or call 310-394-9779 ext. 1.

 

FEB 28 – MAR 7: Hershey Felder will return to The Pasadena Playhouse with a special presentation of the world premiere of LINCOLN – AN AMERICAN STORY for Actor and Symphony Orchestra which will be performed in front of a 45-piece orchestra, preceded by his tour-de-force works, MONSIEUR CHOPIN – the love story of Frédéric Chopin and the authoress George Sand, featuring Chopin’s most beautiful piano music, and MAESTRO: LEONARD BERNSTEIN – the hit production that has played nationwide. All three works are written and performed by Hershey Felder and directed by Joel Zwick. Pasadena Playhouse 39 S. El Molino, Pasadena 91101. Tickets are available 24 hours online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

 

MAR 1: The Antaeus Company, L.A.’s classical theater ensemble, opens its three play season for 2012.
Productions will include The Seagull by Anton Chekhov (March 1-April 15), Macbeth by William Shakespeare (July 12-August 26), and You Can’t Take It With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (October 11-November 25). The first season under the leadership of newly appointed interim artistic directors Tony Amendola, Rob Nagle and John Sloan will continue the company’s focus on great ensemble pieces.

 

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)

 

APR 21 2012: Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA members), conducted by Artistic Director E. Jason Armstrong, set sail aboard the luxurious Crystal Serenity for Crystal Cruises’ highly anticipated 2012 “Film and Theatre Experiences of Discovery” theme cruise from Los Angeles to New York through the Transcanal Passage April 21 to May 8, 2012. For more information on this Film and Theatre Cruise and to make reservations, please contact Deborah Deming at Frosch Classic Cruise & Travel (800) 688-8500 or (818) 936-2000.

 

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 14 – 24: The 3rd annual Hollywood Fringe Festival.

November 15- Venue Registration Open

February 1- Participant Registration Open

April 1- Registration Deadline for Guide Inclusion

June 7-12- Fringe Previews

June 13- Fringe Opening Night Gala

June 14-24- Third Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival

June 24- Fringe Award Ceremony

 

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)

 

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