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Openings & Extensions (Jan 25)

January 25, 2012

I’m directing ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts Feb 24 – Mar 18. Tickets here.

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 Directors Lab West Steering Committee has announced the dates for the 13th annual Directors Lab West. The 2012 Lab will take place May 19-26 in residence at Pasadena Playhouse. The Lab will continue its tradition of bringing together dedicated theatre directors, choreographers and master artists for a week of intense discussions and exploration of the art form. Attendance is by application only, and there is no cost to participate in the Lab. Applications and further information may be found Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, March 30 at 5:00pm.


JAN 10 – 29: 47 Plays in 18 Days – Winterfest at Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, 3269 Casitas Ave.,  Atwater Village 90039.    

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 25 – FEB 26: Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy “Clybourne Park” opens next Wednesday, January 25 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.  “Clybourne Park” reunites the entire original Playrwights Horizons’ off-Broadway cast along with original director Pam MacKinnon for the Los Angeles run which continues through February 26. (Previews began Wednesday, January 11)., the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628-2772.


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).


JAN 27 – FEB 12: Casa 0101 welcomes The King of the Desert 2102 E. 1st St., Los Angeles 90033.


JAN 27 – FEB 19: Here’s your chance to see this 2009 Tony Award-winner for Best Play in a more intimate setting! In Yasmina Reza’s savagely caustic comedy, a playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the evening progresses and the rum flows, it quickly deteriorates into a finger-pointing, fur-flying, hilarious brawl, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at300 E. Ocean Boulevard in Long BeachCA 90802. For reservations and information, call the ICT Box Office at 562436-4610 or go


JAN 27 – MAR 4: She longs to see every room in the world. He longs to stay in his. ROOMS a rock romance begins in late 1970’s Glasgow where Monica, an ambitious singer/songwriter meets Ian, a reclusive rocker. The two quickly become entangled creatively and romantically. Their music takes them first to London and ultimately to New York City, where they discover the vibrant new music scene and create an intimate partnership, their love deepening while their personalities drive them apart. The Chance Theatre 5552 East La Palma Avenue  Anaheim, CA 92807-2108


JAN 27 – MAR 4: A four time Tony Award nominee and two-time Academy Award winning playwright, Martin McDonagh will have his work, The Lonesome West, presented in Los Angeles for a limited run at the critically acclaimed Ruskin Group Theatre. An idealistic and flawed young man stumbles into the lurid world of two brothers, who are locked in an endless cycle of petty grudges.  He puts his life on the line in an effort to get them to reconcile. Is there hope for the brothers…in this comedy of unexpected proportions? 3000 Airport Road, Santa Monica, CA 90405. 


JAN 28 – 29:  1485 AD. God is woefully upset with mankind, and sends an all too eager “Death” to bring “Everyman” to Judgment. Completely surprised, he pleads for time to put his “Book of Reckoning” in order. Whom can he convince to go with him to plead his cause? Family? Friends? A wonderful beginning to a New Year, recalling our own Mortality, Faith, and Hope. Parson’s Nose Reader’s Theater Productions are always free, but you may click below for

Pay What You Will Reservations Donations always graciously accepted. Parson’s Nose Productions is in residence at the Lineage Performing Arts Center, conveniently located in beautiful old-town Pasadena.


THROUGH JAN 28: Sixth Avenue is thrilled to present the Los Angeles Premiere of NERVE, written by Adam Szymkowicz, choreography by Laura Harrison and directed by Michael Matthews (Take Me Out, What’s Wrong With Angry) and starring Anna Rubley and Adam Silver. First dates suck. Elliot has never had an online date before–at least not one that showed up. Susan has had far too many but would prefer not to discuss them. When they arrange to meet in a bar one night, all their flaws are revealed along with a surging desperation that may or may not be love. The El Centro Theatre – Chaplin Stage, 804 N. El Centro Ave., Hollywood.


JAN 28 – FEB 12:    Sleeping Beauty: The Time Traveler, with book by Janet Stanford, Lyrics by Andrea Dodd and Music by Deborah Wicks-La Puma, makes its West Coast premiere at MainStreet Theatre Company.  The musical, geared to girls and boys ages 5 and up, updates the Sleeping Beauty story by sending a modern-day 5th grader who is obsessed with the Nintendo game “Zelda” back in time to the age of Charlemagne, where he meets a young Princess Aurora. Aurora longs to be a knight and go off on adventures, and doesn’t understand why her parents have never let her leave the castle walls. An intimate, 536-seat venue, the Lewis Family Playhouse is the crown jewel of the three-acre, 89,000-square foot Victoria Gardens Cultural Center.


JAN 28 – 29: Parson’s Nose Productions (PNP), the professional, Pasadena theater company “introducing classic theater to all ages,” will present the witty and touching 15th Century classic “Everyman” as its fifth offering of the 2011-2012 season. “Everyman” will be performed by Parson’s Nose Artistic Director Lance Davis in an original, 50 minute adaptation by Mr. Davis, directed by company member Michael Faulkner, with music by local artist Tom Peters. Lineage Performing Arts Center in Old Town Pasadena, 89 South Fair Oaks Avenue, 91105. PayWhatYouWish, but reservations suggested. or call 626-403-7667


JAN 28 – MAR 4: Coeurage Theatre mounts Lanford Wilson’s BALM IN GILEAD. Balm in Gilead, was inspired by conversations overheard in an Upper Broadway cafe frequented by “the riff raffs, the bums, the petty thieves, the scum, the lost, the desperate, the dispossessed, the cool.” The play was made famous by Steppenwolf Theatre, in a production directed by John Malkovich. The cast featured Gary Sinise, Laurie Metcalf, and Tom Irwin, among others. Balm in Gilead was the first Off-Off-Broadway to be published and commercially produced. It utilizes overlapping dialogue, simultaneous scenes, and a loosely structured plot enacted by a cast of 24 characters. The Actor’s Circle Theatre, 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046. April 14 – May 20. This production will honor the running time suggested by “the two hours traffic of our stage.” With a cast dressed in Italian Renaissance costume, but far removed from a museum piece, it aims to give audiences a new notion of “traditional” Shakespeare. Directed by Artistic Director Jeremy Lelliott.   June 8 – July 18. Last season Coeurage mounted Double Falsehood, a play controversially attributed to William Shakespeare. For their main stage entry into the Hollywood Fringe Festival, they will produce a play known to be written by Mark Twain. Published in 2003, and adapted by David Ives for a Broadway production in 2007, Is He Dead? tells the story of an impoverished painter in 1840’s France who fakes his own death in order to escape his debts, then dresses as a woman to cover the trick. Associate Artistic Director Ryan Wagner directs.  August 3 – September 9. Stephen Sondheim’s provocative musical about successful and failed assassins of Presidents of the United States. Originally produced Off-Broadway, Assassins was supposed to receive its Broadway debut in 2011, but that production was put on hold due to the events of September 11th. Directed by Julianne Donelle, this production of Assassins will arrive right in the thick of election season.  September 29 – October 28. THE WEST COAST PREMIERE of Sean Graney’s hit play. Originally produced by The Hypocrites theatre company, The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide received a transfer to New York after a wildly successful run in Chicago. A truly dark comedy, the play is literally the suicide note of a ten year old, which his classmates are forced to act out. Director Joe Calarco was a cast member of the original production.


JAN 28 – MAR 4: Racquel Lehrman and Theatre Planners have announced they will present the world premiere of Expecting to Fly by Michael Hyman, directed by Kiff Scholl, for a limited engagement at the Elephant Space in Hollywood. Expecting to Fly is a dark and sometimes humorous journey through the young minds and memories of Jared and his former lover, Sean. As the two men look back on their time together, they try to come to terms with what they lost, and experience that one last perfect kiss, to set each other free.  6322 Santa Monica Boulevard (one block west of Vine), in Hollywood.  Street parking is available.


JAN 28 – MAR 4: Coeurage Theatre mounts Lanford Wilson’s BALM IN GILEAD, the Actor’s Circle Theatre 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo 90046.  


JAN 28 – MAR 11: Director Laurie Woolery and dramaturg Luis Alfaro team up on an explosive tale of humor and heartache in a changing Mexico. TheWest Coast premiere of El Nogalar (“The Pecan Orchard”) by Tanya Saracho. When the Galvan family returns home to Mexico after years in the U.S., they must come to terms with encroaching drug cartels, economic upheaval and a new class order. Inspired by The Cherry Orchard, Saracho makes Chekhov’s classic story her own, instilling it with a thrilling sense of immediacy.  The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029. (323) 663-1525 or 


JAN 29-31: OCBTheatre presents Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years at Marquee 15 dinner theatre, 9022 Pulsar Ct , Suite H, Corona 92883.


THROUGH JAN 29: The Rubicon Theatre opens its 2012 season with Ted Neeley (Jesus Christ Superstar). Backed by a little (five-piece) band of big talents, Ted takes us back to his Texas roots with a winsome bit of backwoods blues and country, performs highlights from rock-and-roll musicals such as Tommy, Hair, Sgt. Pepper’s… andSuperstar, sings excerpts from his film scores for Robert Altman and others, and premieres new, never-before-heard pop compositions. Followed by Nazi Hunter – Simon Wiesenthal – February 18 – March 11, 2012; Hello! My Baby – March 24 – April 15, 2012; Gem Of the Ocean – May 19 – June 10, 2012; and Private Lives –  September 8 – September 30, 2012. or call the box office at 805.667.2900. 1006 East Main Street in Ventura.


THROUGH JAN 29: DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Crown City Theatre with Juliet Landau, whose performance was brilliant IMHO, and Matthew J. Williamson. 11031 Camarillo Street, North Hollywood, CA 91602 (Just west of the Lankershim/Vineland intersection… Located on the campus of St. Matthew’s Church)


THROUGH 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


JAN 29 – MAR 25: Finding Fossils tells the story of an estranged father and his gay son in the wake of the death of a family member.  The two meet up at the family’s cabin over the July 4th weekend and explore their rocky past, attempt to find common ground in their grief and determine what the future holds for each of them. In the end the ties between father and son are too powerful to deny. The play is a journey that at times is sorrowful, yet also funny, entertaining and deliciously human. The Road Theatre Company at the HISTORIC LANKERSHIM ARTS CENTER 5108 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA  91602


THROUGH FEB 1: Jason Mitchell’s THE BOYS UPSTAIRS will receive its West Coast debut in workshop form at Los Angeles’s Celebration Theatre January 24th through February 1st as part of CT: TUESDAYS, a workshop series featuring talk-backs with the playwright, director, and actors.  Celebration Theatre is located at 7051 B Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles.


FEB 2: In advance of Tutu Day, the Pantages will host a contest January 26 – February 1 on its official Facebook page,  First, fans will be invited to upload a photo of them wearing a tutu.  Next, our Facebook community will cast votes on which photo they like the best, and the one with the most votes at the end of the contest will be awarded two free tickets to the first performance of BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL along with a gift bag and a poster signed by the entire cast.  Wear A Tutu, Get Free Tickets  — On Thursday morning, February 2nd, we will be giving away 22 pairs of tickets at the Pantages!  To get a free pair of tickets, one must be one of the first 22 people in line at the Pantages Box Office wearing a tutu.  Prize tickets will be distributed after the box office opens at 10am. 



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 2 – MAR 11: Short Eyes by Miguel Piñero, directed by Julian Acosta, has been given an extension for six more weeks at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. The show with Matt Jaeger reopen February 2 and run through March 11. 514 S. Spring St., LA 90014.


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 3 – 19: Set in the Golden Age of Hollywood , Sharon Michaels’ timeless whodunit SIDETRACKED  directed by Ray A. Rochelle, finds five passengers waiting to board the train at L.A.’s Union Station – and each of them has a motive for the murder that’s just been discovered.  This gripping dramedy pays homage to an earlier era while still feeling fresh and modern, with nods to film noir, Bogart and Bergman, and Fred and Ginger, too.   Tickets: $20-$25.  Buy Tickets/Info:  or (323) 960-7724.  Macha Theatre, 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood 90069.


FEB 3 – 25: The life of the Buddha in his own words — the evolution of his thought, his triumphs, and the rarely portrayed tragedy at the end of his life. John CReilly directs the West Coast premiere of Evan Brenner’s moving and enlightening one-man play, Buddha: Triumph & Tragedy In The Life Of The Great Sage. BOOTLEG THEATER 2220 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90057 HOW: 800-838-3006 or


FEB 3 – MAR 11: Fresh on the heels of its World Premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, YOURS, ISABEL a new play by Christy Hall receives its American Premiere at Actors Co-op’s Crossley Terrace Theatre. Hall wrote YOURS, ISABEL after being asked to read over 100 pages of actual letters written between a husband and wife during World War II.  The letters were given to Ms. Hall by a relative of the title character who thought they would make a good play.  The relative had transcribed all the letters into a Word document and placed them on a CD. Actors Co-op’s Crossley Theatres are located at 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, on the campus of Hollywood Presbyterian Church  (323) 462-8460 ext. 300 or reserve online at


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 4 – MAR 4: The Colony Theatre is thrilled to present the fifth production of its 37th season of shows, the Pulitzer Prize nominee, OLD WICKED SONGS, written by Jon Marans and directed by Stephanie Vlahos. Stephen is a young, brilliant American pianist who has come to Vienna with the hope of regaining his shattered confidence. His teacher is a lonely, eccentric, elderly professor with a shadowy past. As the glorious music of Robert Schumann floods the professor’s studio, the past collides with the present, deep secrets are revealed, and the men slowly discover they have more in common than just the music they love. The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center. http://www.ColonyTheatre.Org


THROUGH FEB 5: LONESOME TRAVELER – “Tom Dooley,” “Goodnight Irene,” “Puff, the Magic Dragon” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “This Land is Your Land.” These songs remind us of a time when music brought us all together; when it changed us. Lonesome Traveler takes us from the backwoods of Appalachia to the nightclubs of New York and San Francisco; from the mid 1920s to the mid 1960s. Experience the music that made history and the history that made music. This is a journey down the rivers and streams of American Folk music, while presenting a revealing perspective of the roots forever embedded in our culture. Laguna Playhouse 606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651


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 or call 310-394-9779 ext. 1.


FEB 7 – 25: “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn,” starring Jake Ehrenreich, returns to Gindi Auditorium at American Jewish University.  The show played to sold out houses last February – and is returning to Los Angeles by popular demand.  Ehrenreich has given more than 2,000 performances of the show – including eighteen months off- Broadway – sharing with audiences all over North America, with warmth and humor, the laughter and the tears of growing up the first American born child of Polish Holocaust survivors.  Gindi Auditorium at American Jewish University


FEB 9 – MAR 11: THREE YEAR SWIM CLUB is inspired by the true life story of Soichi Sakamoto, who trained the youth of Maui to swim in the plantation irrigation ditches on their path to becoming Olympic champions. Set on the island of Maui in the 1930’s, this heartwarming play becomes transcendent as the art of hula becomes the metaphor for competitive swimming. In association with Honolulu Theatre for Youth. East West Players Theater 120 Judge John Aiso Street Los Angeles, CA 90012


FEB 10 – MAR 17: The Lyric Theatre on N. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, Dorrie Braun, Founder and Executive Director, JC Gafford, Artistic Director, has announced a season of four plays for 2012, which will kick off February 10 with a new production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange, followed by two world premieres, Jupiter Zoom by Callie Kimball, andFeedback by Jane Miller, and concluding with Aftershocks by Doug Haverty. visit


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.


FEB 10 – APR 1: The Group Rep presents Joanna McClelland Glass’ IF WE ARE WOMEN, directed by Sherry Netherland, produced by Richard Alan Woody. In this insightful drama with comedy, a writer approaching middle age, her illiterate mother, her Jewish mother-in-law, and her daughter find themselves emotionally stranded as they weigh the choices each of them have made as women. Cast: Jacque Lynn Colton, Marcia Loring, Annie Mackay, & Lisa McGee-Mann.   Friday Night Ladies Night tickets 1/2 price for ladies. or (818) 763-5990.   Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Boulevard, NoHo 91601.


FEB 10 – APR 1: The Secret Rose Theatre presents Art Shulman’s NOT ONE MORE FOOT OF LAND! Based on a true story, the play chronicles the life of Cherokee leader Major Ridge.  Ridge risked his life to save his people. But was he a savior or a traitor?  February 10 – April 1, 2012.  Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2pm.  Admission: $22; Seniors: $17; Students: $10.  Tickets/ reservations or 818-782-4254. Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Boulevard, NoHo 91601


FEB 10 – APR 8: Just in time for Valentines, Day, Two Roads Theatre is thrilled to announce the return of its smash-hit comedy, IT’S JUST SEX, prior to its Off-Broadway production this Fall.  IT’S JUST SEX is written by Jeff Gould and directed by Rick Shaw.  IT’S JUST SEX will open on Friday, February 10 and continue through Sunday, April 8 at the Two Roads Theatre, 4348 Tujunga Blvd. Avenue in Studio City.


 THROUGH FEB 11: Adults need lessons too…and what easier way to learn, then by live illustration through fairy tales?  Fairy Tale Theatre 18 & Over The Matrix Theatre 7657 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046-7488 (323) 852-1445. For reservations call: 


FEB 11 – 26: Musical Theatre West season opener of MAN OF LA MANCHA previews on February 10 and opens February 11th for 14 performances at the beautiful Carpenter Performing Arts Center located at 6200 Atherton Street, on the northwest corner of the California State University, Long Beach campus. Davis Gaines and Lesli Margherita Stafford.


THROUGH FEB 12: LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT are thrilled to present the third show of their 2011-2012 season with the Los Angeles regional theatre premiere production of THE 39 STEPS, adapted by Patrick Barlow (based on the Alfred Hitchcock film) and directed by Jessica Kubzansky.  The cast of THE 39 STEPS will feature Troubadour Theater Company’s Matt Walker, Andrew Borba, Dana Green and David McBean.  THE 39 STEPS  at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.


THROUGH FEB 12: Two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner sizzles as Molly Ivins, the brassy Texan reporter whose liberal journalism skyrocketed her to the national stage. From writing Elvis Presley’s New York Times obituary to becoming the most widely-read self-proclaimed “pain in the ass to whatever powers come to be,” Ivins, often described as a modern-day Mark Twain, made rabid fans and enemies alike with her sharp-tongued humor and unabashed political criticism. This acclaimed show captures the redheaded reporter’s indomitable character by weaving personal anecdotes with her colorful take on national politics. RED HOT PATRIOT Geffen Playhouse 10886 Le Conte, LA 90024


THROUGH FEB 12: This world premiere production of Kathryn Graf’s new play is 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 come undone. HERMETICALLY SEALED THE SKYLIGHT THEATRE 1816 N Vermont, LA, 90027 702 KTC-TKTS (702-582-8587) or online at


FEB 15 – MAR 18: Bess Rous completes the already starpacked cast of The Jacksonian, taking on the role of Rosy Perch, Susan and Bill Perch’s daughter. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley, this eerie world-premiere is set in a seedy motel in Jackson, Mississippi circa 1964 and features four-time Oscar nominee and Broadway vet Ed Harris (who appeared at the Geffen Playhouse in Wrecks) as Bill Perch, a dentist with ambiguous morality who goes to the Jacksonian Motel to bury his secrets. Also stars Bill Pullman, Amy Madigan and Glenne Headley. The Geffen Playhouse 310-208-5454 or online at


FEB 17-18: The Giver (Laguna Playhouse Theatre For New Generation Production) Written by Eric Coble from the book by Lois Lowry, Directed by Donna Inglima. 606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651.


FEB 17 – 19: Fresh off their Top of the Fringe win at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe, Four Clowns toured the nation with their original show in the Summer of 2011. And now that it’s all said and done they are back home preparing for a run at their most prestigious venue yet, South Coast Repertory.


FEB 17 – APR 7: The Group Rep presents Lee Blessing’s COBB, directed by Gregg T. Daniel, produced by Richard Alan Woody.  The legendary ballplayer, Ty Cobb, set records in the teens and ‘20s, but was probably the most despised player of his time.  The play explores the nature of successful men and the influences of their upbringing that drive or defeat them. February 17 – April 7.  Runs weekends in rep with IF WE ARE WOMEN. or (818) 763-5990.  Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Boulevard, NoHo 91601.


THROUGH FEB 18: Do gay men become their mothers?   Celebration Theatre presents in association with Billy Miller the second show of its 2011-2012 Season, Leslie Jordan starring in the World Premiere of FRUIT FLY, written and performed by Leslie Jordan and directed by David Galligan.   Celebration Theatre, 7051B Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood.


FEB 18 – 19: Dennis Hensley’s The MisMatch Game, the show the Los Angeles Times calls “witty, ribald… an adventure in Surrealist era-bending.” The perennial L.A. cult favorite returns to the Center’s Renberg Theatre for another comic free-for-all. Producer and host Dennis “Gene Rayburn” Hensley will be joined onstage by a panel of film, TV and theater stars — some of Hollywood’s fastest, most creative and unhinged comic minds. Once again, Hensley & Company are generously donating the run’s entire proceeds to benefit the wide array of free and low-cost services at the Gay & Lesbian Center The Village at Ed Gould Plaza 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. Tickets available at or call 323-860-7300



THROUGH  FEB 19: The Echo Theater Company has announced it will present the Los Angeles premiere of God’s Ear, a play by Jenny Schwartz, directed by Rory Kozoll. In God’s Ear, a couple suffers a tragic accident, and their grief propels them into a fantastical world where the Tooth Fairy sings, their flight attendant is a cross dresser, and GI Joe offers family counseling. It’s a lyrically absurd journey of love, loss, and laughter. The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, 90046.  Street parking is available.


THROUGH 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.”


THROUGH FEB 19: 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


THROUGH FEB 21: MASKS is a buddy dramedy about two men growing up in the juvenile justice system, struggling to make it to manhood, battling with their past to shed their masks as they deal with crucial life issues that young people face.  Written and performed by playwrights, Terryl Daluz and Mann Alfonso, MASKS won an NAACP Theatre Award in 2008 for Best Playwright -Local at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. January 20 – February 21.  Admission: $12 – $20.  Tickets:  or (818) 358-3453. J.E.T. Studios at 5126 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo 91601.


THROUGH FEB 21: MASKS is a buddy dramedy about two men growing up in the juvenile justice system, struggling to make it to manhood, battling with their past to shed their masks as they deal with crucial life issues that young people face.  Written and performed by playwrights, Terryl Daluz and Mann Alfonso, MASKS won an NAACP Theatre Award in 2008 for Best Playwright -Local at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. January 20 – February 21.  Begining March, the play runs the last Tuesday of the month. Admission: $12 – $20.  Tickets:  or (818) 358-3453.J.E.T. Studios at 5126 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo 91601. 


FEB 23: ONE NIGHT ONLY… Reprise Theatre Company presents “Seth Rudetsky’s Deconstructing Broadway,” a night of musical theatre stand-up comedy. Tickets are $50 and go on sale to the public on January 17. For tickets, please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310/825-2101 or visit


FEB 24 – MAR 4: Fairy Tales – Cinderella and Hansel & Gretel (Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre Production). Laguna Playhouse.


THROUGH FEB 25: Sacred Fools brings to the stage Sir Richard of Gloucester’s unwavering quest to wrest the royal throne from its rightful heirs. Just how far will Richard go, and what horrors will he visit on his land and family in his obsessive quest for the crown? Ben Rock, director of Baal(named as one of L.A. Weekly critic Steven Leigh Morris’ “Favorite Things” in L.A. theater for 2010) now focuses on Shakespeare’s dark masterpiece tale of sin and corruption; twisted, hacked, and reborn for 2012.  Sacred Fools Theater, (660 N. Heliotrope Drive Los Angeles, CA 90004) or call the box office at 310.281.8337


FEB 25: The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center welcomes rising comedy star Debbie Praver to the Renberg Theatre for The Egg McMuffin of Comedy, a one-night-only performance of hilarious stand-up comedy. The special show takes place Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m.  Net proceeds benefit the Center’s wide array of free and low-cost services. the Gay & Lesbian Center The Village at Ed Gould Plaza 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. Tickets available at or call 323-860-7300


 THROUGH FEB 26: Furious Theatre’s No Good Deed  world premiere of a gritty and savagely humorous live-on-stage action adventure that is part theater and part graphic novel. In Furious Theatre Company’s bold exploration of the way junk news and media hype thwart the best efforts of real life heroes, no good deed goes unpunished when teen illustrator Josh Jackson transforms into a superhero – only to face mortal consequences for his actions in an epic battle of good vs. evil. (Mature audiences). [Inside] the Ford 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA  90068. Written by Matt Pelfrey. Original graphic illustrations by Ben Matsuya. Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez.


THROUGH FEB 26Written, directed and performed by Raymond J. Barry, “Awake in a World That Encourages Sleep” will perform at the Electric Lodge in Venice. Starring Raymond J. Barry from “Justified”, Joseph Culp from “Mad Men,” and Tacey Adams, “Awake in a World That Encourages Sleep” first premièred at Theatre for the New City in New York to rave reviews. Tickets are $25.00 general, $18.00 seniors, $15.00 students and can be purchased at  


THROUGH  FEB 26: City Garage, resident company at Track 16, Bergamot Station, under the patronage of Tom Patchett, is proud to announce the West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute’s Filthy Talk for Troubled Times. LaBute, known for his biting portrayals of misogynistic and deceitful men, subtitles the work “scenes of intolerance.” City Garage, working with LaBute, is presenting the play in the entirely new setting of an opening at a high-end art gallery. In this provocative conception by director Frédérique Michel, featuring the paintings of Cameron Jordan, the art objects on display are naked females, but the drunk male patrons remain just as conflicted, angry, and baffled as ever by the eternal mystery of women. This special project is a collaboration with the Robert Berman Gallery, running in conjunction with its show featuring the work of photographer Gerald Slota and the prose of Neil LaBute,  Home.Sweet.Home. The shows will run together in January 2012, with the exhibition scheduled January 7, through January 29 and the play continuing through February 26th.


FEB 28 – MAR 4:  Leading the cast of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT are Arthur Rowan as King Arthur and Brittany Woodrow as The Lady of the Lake with Michael J. Berry (Patsy), Adam Grabau (Sir Lancelot, The French Taunter, King Ni, Tim the Enchanter), Jacob L. Smith (Sir Galahad, Black Knight, Father), Kasidy Devlin (Sir Robin), Thomas DeMarcus (Mayor, Dennis’ Mother, Sir Bedevere, Concorde), James David Larson (Not Dead Fred, Prince Herbert) and Joe Beuerlein (Historian, Minstrel, Brother Maynard, French Guard). For tickets or more information about Monty Python’s SPAMALOT’s Los Angeles engagement, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s official website,


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


THROUGH FEB 29: Ted Neeley, best known as the star of the Norman Jewison film of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” as well as the Broadway and National Tours, returns to the Rubican Theatre to debut his new concert, “Ted Neeley and The Little Big Band,” an up-close-and-personal musical event which previews January 20, opens January 21, and continues for a limited run through January 29 in Rubicon’s intimate 190-seat home in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. Rubicon Box Office at 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 :


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 SKaufman and Moss Hart (October 11-November 25). The first season under the leadership of newly appointed interim artistic directors Tony AmendolaRob Nagle and John Sloan will continue the company’s focus on great ensemble pieces.


MAR 3: George Clooney joins the cast of “8” for a benefit performance one night only at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Rob Reiner directs.


MAR 13 – APRIL 18: Sister’s Easter Catechism – Will my bunny go to heaven? Written by Maripat Donovan, Directed by  Mark Silvia. Sister answers age old questions of the Easter season like “Why isn’t Easter on the same day every year like Christmas?”, and “Will my bunny go to Heaven?”. Part pageant, and wHOLY hysterical, this latest of the sinfully funny Late Nite Catechism series unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, eggs, baskets, bonnets, and, of course, those yummy Peeps. Laguna Playhouse.


MAR 14 – APR 22: Academy Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award nominee James Cromwell (who will play Pozzo), Hugo Armstrong (Lucky) and LJ Benet (Boy) will join the previously announced prominent Beckett actors Alan Mandell and Barry McGovern in the classic tragicomedy “Waiting for Godot” opening at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum March 21, 2012.  Written by Samuel Beckett and directed by Michael Arabian, “Waiting for Godot” begins previews March 14; performances will continue through April 22.


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.


APRIL 24 – MAY 20: Tickled Pink – WORLD PREMIERE Written by Martin Bergman and Rita Rudner, Directed by  Martin Bergman, Featuring Rita Rudner. Mindy Solomon absolutely has to leave Miami. Florida is bad for her head and her hair! Dreaming of a dancing career on Broadway, she moves to New York, but events soon force her to rethink her grand plan. Laguna Playhouse.


THROUGH MAY 12Le 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 hereFacebook.


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). 


MAY 31 – JUNE 24: Mrs. Honey B’s Guide to the Good Life. Written by Maripat Donovan

and directed by Mark Silvia. This new adventure channels Maripat’s critically acclaimed comedic skills into Mrs. Honey Buczkowski, a 30 year veteran teacher of home economics and health at Richard Nixon High School in Dixon, Illinois. Fresh out of retirement due to her adjustable rate mortgage, Mrs. Honey B. is thrilled to bring her domestic genius to the local adult education center. Whether you’re a crackerjack house cleaner or a domestically challenged slop, Mrs. Honey B knows how to unleash the domestic engineer in all of us. Laguna Playhouse.



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)


SEP 5 – NOV 25: THE BOOK OF MORMON comes to the Pantages. 



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