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Openings & Extensions (Feb 29)

February 29, 2012

I directed ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts through Mar 18. Tickets here. With Mary Chalon and Jill Rogosheske Engels (both from Twin Peaks) and Roy Abrahmson (Weeds).

If you follow the sustainable food movement or simply care about what you eat, I invite you to follow Felicia’s URBANSCHMURBAN blog. She writes it with her crunchy sister, Ana, who recently relocated to Oregon.

Fringe 2012 registration is upon us and everyone is welcome to join the adventure.  Hollywood Fringe registration opens today with a deadline of April 1 to make it into the printed guide. The festival itself runs from June 14-24 with a week of press previews preceding it.  Check out this article for all festival dates and deadlines. 

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 at: www.directorslabwest.com. Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, March 30 at 5:00pm.

     

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 : www.rubicontheatre.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 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 2 – APR 1: Impro Theatre (Dan O’Connor, Artistic Director) announced a limited five-week engagement of their highly-acclaimed production of JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED which will make its Pasadena premiere in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse. JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED will be directed by Dan O’Connor and Paul Rogan and is produced by Dan O’Connor and Impro Theatre. Performances begin on March 2, 2012, and will perform through April 1, 2012, with an official press opening on March, 3, 2012, at The Carrie Hamilton Theatre (39 S. El Molino Avenue. www.ImproTheatre.com.

 

MAR 2 – APR 15: A rare combination of unprecedented originality and blinding talent,THE DROWSY CHAPERONE boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained. If you’ve ever sat in a dark theatre and thought, “Dear Lord in heaven please let it be good,” this is the show for you! It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love. www.candlelightpavilion.com in Claremont.

 

 MAR 2-4: The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center proudly announces the return of the celebrated monologist/singer/actor-actress Miss Coco Peru in a special encore presentation of last spring’s smash hit, There Comes a Time. Written and performed by the multiple-award winner Clinton Leupp (aka Miss Coco), the cabaret-style evening of stories, songs, video and hilarity plays for one weekend only at the Center’s Renberg Theatre: March 2, 3, and 4, 2012. These will be the final Los Angeles performances. Net proceeds benefit the Center. www.fla.vor.us/renberg or call 323-860-7300.

 

MAR 3 – MAY 13: A Noise Within (ANW) showcases the considerable capabilities of its new state-of-the-art Pasadena venue with a towering production of Shakespeare’s ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, directed by ANW Producing Artistic Directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott, with Susan Angelo subbing for Jeanie Hackett who left due to a family illness. Original music by composer Laura Karpman. This seminal tragedy is based on larger-than-life figures caught up in an empire-shattering dance of lust, love, politics and war. A “Pay What You Can” date, which allows patrons to purchase tickets for what they can afford, is Thursday, March 1. A Noise Within 3352 East Foothill Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107 http://www.ANoiseWithin.org

 

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 3 – 18: Native Voices at the Autry, the country’s only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to presenting and developing the work of Native American playwrights, presents two riveting full-length, one-man plays, WALKING ON TURTLE ISLAND and GHOSTLANDS OF AN URBAN NDN, written by and starring acclaimed actor and storyteller ROBERT OWENS-GREYGRASS (Lakota*) in repertory. http://www.NativeVoicesattheAutry.org

 

MAR 4 – 27: Player King Productions has announced the Los Angeles premiere of Coronado by acclaimed mystery writer Dennis Lehane, directed by Drew Shirley. Coronado is the only play written by mystery writer Dennis Lehane (perhaps best known for the screenplays for Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island). The Holding Company is located at 3215 Beverly Boulevard, in Los Angeles, 90026. Entrance is through the alley. www.playerkingproductions.com

 

THROUGH MAR 4: The Laguna Playhouse is pleased to present two stage adaptations of award-winning and highly popular children’s stories in February beginning with The Giver(February 17-18, 2012) immediately followed by Hansel & Gretel and Cinderella (February 24 – March 4, 2012). 606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651 www.lagunaplayhouse.com

 

THROUGH MAR 4: The award-winning Chalk Repertory Theatre returns to Hollywood Forever Cemetery to open its 2012 Season with the West Coast Premiere of SLITHER by Carson Kreitzer directed by Casey Stangl in the Masonic Lodge. Intertwining like snakes, the tales of four women illuminate the ever-shifting relationship between women, power, and religion.  Through the love and survival of a carnival snake dancer, a preacher’s wife, a Cretan priestess, and Eve, the mother of us all, Kreitzer gives a fresh look at the cultural relationship between snakes and women, and the beauty within us all. http://www.ChalkRep.com or by calling 877-435-9849.

 

THROUGH 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. Coeurage Theatre Company introduces alternative mobile playbill to Balm in Gilead audiences. Patrons at the box office will be given a choice between a paper program or scanning a QR code with their smartphone (or entering a URL into their mobile web browser) to view a digital version of the program. 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.

 

THROUGH 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

 

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

 

THROUGH 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 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. 

 

THROUGH MAR 4: 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).

 

THROUGH  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, www.BroadwayLA.org.

 

THROUGH 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 8 – APR 14: Launching its 5th year, Theatre Unleashed is proud to present the WEST COAST PREMIERE of The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, running Thursday-Saturday from March 8-April 14 at Studio/Stage in Los Angeles.  Nerdy social outcast Peter Parker takes on an alter ego as he attempts to defeat a dastardly collection of terrifying villains and perhaps his biggest nemesis of all…himself in this clever original musical. (818) 849-4039 OR  www.theatreunleashed.com.

 

MAR 9: ONE NIGHT ONLY: Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years comes to The Grove on March 9th. An emotionally powerful and intimate musical is a contemporary song-cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up… or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. The Last Five Years is directed by Nancy Gettinger and stars Amanda Kalkanis as Cathy and James Ellis as Jamie. The Grove Theatre, 276 E 9th Street, Upland, CA 91786. http://www.grovetheatre.com.

 

 

MAR 9 – APR 1: I was lucky enough to catch Culture Clash’s AMERICAN NIGHT: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSE at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It opens at the Kirk Douglas Theatre – I loved it up there and can’t wait to see it here – sj. www.centertheatregroup.org.

 

MAR 9 – MAY 26: Celebration Theatre is thrilled to announce that the third show of its 2011-2012 Season, THE COLOR PURPLE, book by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, musical direction by Gregory Nabours, choreography by Janet Roston and directed by Michael Matthews.  THE COLOR PURPLE will open on Friday, March 9 and will perform through Saturday, May 26 at Celebration Theatre, 7051B Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood. (323) 957-1884 – or visit www.celebrationtheatre.com

 

THROUGH MAR 9: In the Hooker’s Duffle Bag. They say that comedy comes from tragedy. We should know, because our lives are miserable as fuck. In the New Year, our resolution isn’t to change or even become better people, but to bring our addictions and obsessions to the stage for you to see…and laugh at. Come out to see “In the Hooker’s Duffle Bag,” a night of slapstick, satire, absurdity, surrealism and violent classic cartoon characters that will fill you with the cathartic joy of laughing at other people and their problems. Theatre Asylum Lab 1078 Lillian Way (@ Santa Monica Blvd.) Hollywood, CA 90038. brownpapertickets.com/event/218103

 

MAR 9, 11: Brian Stokes Mitchell performs on The Broad Stage at 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA  90401 www.thebroadstage.com

 

MAR 10: Television and movie legend William Shatner will bring his one man show SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT (www.shatnersworld.com) to the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles for one performance only on March 10 at 8pm.  Tickets go on sale February 4th at 10:00 a.m. The show comes to L.A. direct from Broadway, where it will play a three week run at the  Music Box Theatre from February 14 – March 4.

 

MAR 10 – APR 8: CRE Outreach’s Theatre by the Blind puts its unique spin on Steven Dietz’s Private Eyes, a multi-layered comedy of suspicion.  The play will be performed by an entirely blind cast, directed by Greg Shane. During rehearsals, the blind actors achieve a sense of accomplishment while adapting to new situations – – working through physical and emotional challenges, and in the process also learn to trust one another on stage.  With the use of floor textures and sound cues from one another, the actors independently navigate the set with precision, and recite lines originally learned through tape recordings and Braille translation.  www.creoutreach.org or (310) 902-8220 Promenade Playhouse   1404 3rd Street Promenade   Santa Monica 90401.

 

MAR 11 – APR 1: South Coast Repertory is reviving Donald Margulies’ Sight Unseen, an SCR-commissioned play that had its world premiere here 20 seasons ago. It will run March 11- April 1 on the Julianne Argyros Stage.  The OBIE Award winner will be directed by SCR Founding Artistic Director David Emmes. South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the Folino Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  Parking is available off Anton Blvd. on Park Center Drive. www.scr.org.

 

 THROUGH MAR 11: Nazi Hunter – Simon Wiesenthal. Tom Dugan’s one-man show brings the wisdom, courage and humor of the renowned Wiesenthal, who pledged his life to seeing justice served in the wake of the Holocaust.  Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre Company (805) 667-2900. Or visit Rubicon online at www.rubicontheatre.org.

 

THROUGH MAR 11: DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, which opened Oct 21, continues with another extension at Crown City Theatre Co., 11031 Camarillo St., NoHo (at St. Matthews Church), with Juliet Landau and Matthew J. Williamson, directed by John McNaughton. www.crowncitytheatre.com. 818-605-5685.

 

THROUGH 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 www.eastwestplayers.org

 

THROUGH MAR 11: Little Beast Theatre Company is thrilled to present the Los Angeles Premiere of MINE, written by Bekah Brunstetter and directed by Dep Kirkland and starring Sam Daly, Adam Harrington and Kieren Van Den Blink. MINE is a universal coming of age around 30-ish story that takes place in Manhattan. The Elephant Lab Theatre 6322 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90038. https://www.plays411.net/mine or by phone at 323-960-7788.

 

THROUGH 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 www.ActorsCo-op.org.

 

THROUGH MAR 11: BRILLIANT TRACES takes the audience on an unforgettable emotional journey. In a remote cabin in the wilds of Alaska a lonely figure lies sleeping under a heap of blankets as a blizzard rages outside. Suddenly, a distraught young woman who has fled her impending marriage, bursts into the cabin dressed in full bridal regalia. Thrown together in the confines of the snowbound cabin, these two strangers share their reasons for fleeing the world they knew only to find the desperation and longing they both have in common. The Lounge 2 Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. http://billianttracesplay.com

 

THROUGH 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.

 

THROUGH 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 514 S. Spring St., LA 90014.

 

THROUGH MAR 11: Director Laurie Woolery and dramaturg Luis Alfaro team up on an explosive tale of humor and heartache in a changing Mexico. The West 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 www.FountainTheatre.com 

 

MAR 11: The American Premiere of Christy Hall’s new play, YOURS, ISABEL directed by Marianne Savell opened Friday, February 3 at Actors Co-op, fresh on the heels of its World Premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. The opening night performance was preceded by a dedication ceremony for the newly renamed David Schall Theatre.  Scholar Dr. Dale Bruner, representing First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, blessed the theatre and the new awning was unveiled in front of a crowd of over 100 patrons.  David Schall, who passed away in 2003, was one of the co-founders of Actors Co-op and responsible for the theatre company’s rise among intimate theatres in the Los Angeles area.  For reservations call (323) 462-8460 ext. 300 or reserve online at www.ActorsCo-op.orgActors Co-op is located at 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.

 

 

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. http://www.centertheatregroup.org/

 

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)

 

MAR 16 – APR 29: A story so searing that the playwright stipulated it not be performed for 25 years following his death, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT by Eugene O’Neill comes to Actors Co-op’s Crossley Theatre. 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, one block north of Hollywood Boulevard, just off the Gower Street exit of the 101 Hollywood Freeway.  Free, well-lit parking is available on Carlos Street (½ block east of Gower). For reservations call (323) 462-8460 ext. 300 or reserve online at www.ActorsCo-op.org.

 

THROUGH 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 www.LyricTheatreLA.com.

 

MAR 17 – MAY 19: A Noise Within presents THE ILLUSION by PIERRE CORNEILLE, adapted by TONY KUSHNER and directed by Casey Stangl. The cast includes Nick Ullett (Pridamant), Jeff Doba (Amanuensis and Geronte), Deborah Strang (Alcandre), Graham Hamilton (Calisto/Clindor/Theogenes), Devon Sorvari (Melibea/Isabelle/Hippolyta), Abby Craden (Elicia/Lyse/Clarina), Freddy Douglas (Pleribo/Adraste/Florilame) and Alan Blumenfeld (Matamore).
3352 East Foothill Blvd.,  Pasadena, CA 91107 www.anoisewithin.org 
 

 

MAR 18: Forever Flamenco! – Emilio Ochando, currently a soloist in the Montreal production of Don Juan with dancer/choreographers Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez, returns to the Barnsdall for an exciting evening of clasico español and flamenco dance along with an electrifying line-up of musicians and dancers, including the US stage debut of cantaor Guillermo Gonzalez direct from Sevilla. Gallery Theatre Barnsdall Art Park 4800 Hollywood Blvd.. Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Hollywood Blvd and Vermont Ave)
(323) 663-1525 or www.FountainTheatre.com

 

MAR 18: One day only: John Reilly and Friends in Concert – Renowned actor and musicianJohn CReilly performs classic songs from the roots of folk and country music with friends Becky Stark and Tom Brosseau, celebrating their recent record releases on Third Man Records and benefitting The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. 310-455-2322 or www.theatricum.com.

 

THROUGH MAR 18: Wealthy Susu Ziegler has purchased an exclusive Manhattan raw space apartment overlooking the Hudson. She hopes to have her architect husband design this tricky space, but with their marriage virtually on the rocks, she forces him to compete against a younger, hotshot architect.  This sexy, funny tale is told in a heightened theatrical style, compressing and playing with time and space and ultimately examines what makes marriages work. Or not work.  The Blank Theatre 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038

 

THROUGH 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 www.geffenplayhouse.com

 

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

 

MAR 21 – APR 22: WAITING FOR GODOT at the Mark Taper Forum with prominent Beckett actors Alan Mandell (who will play Estragon) and Barry McGovern (Vladimir), Academy Award-nominee James Cromwell (Pozzo), Hugo Armstrong (Lucky) and LJ Benet (Boy). 

 

MAR 23 – APR 15: The Who’s Tommy – DOMA Theatre Company opens its 2012 season of musical theater with an electrifying revival of the Tony Award-winning rock opera. Based on The Who’s classic 1969 double album, Tommy is the exhilarating story of a deaf, dumb, and blind boy who transcends the cruelty of the world around him to find enlightenment. Pete Townsend’s musical masterpiece, filled with iconic hit songs like “Pinball Wizard;” “See Me, Feel Me;” “Acid Queen” and more, is a tribute to hope, healing and the human spirit. DOMA Theatre Co. @ The MET Theatre 1089 N. Oxford Ave. Los Angeles CA 90029 www.domatheatre.com

 

THROUGH MAR 24: THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, are thrilled to announce that their critically-acclaimed (LA Times CRITICS’ CHOICE!), smash-hit, Los Angeles premiere of THE WATER’S EDGE, written by Theresa Rebeck (“Smash,” Broadway’s Seminar; Bad Dates, Mauritius) and directed by Sam Anderson (“Lost,” Blackbird). Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. 866-506-1248 or www.RoadTheatre.org.

 

THROUGH MAR 24Theatre of NOTE kicks off its 2012 season with the world premiere of FIGURE 8 — Seven Deadly Sins Plays written by Phinneas Kiyomura and directed by Jerry Kernion and Phinneas Kiyomura. FIGURE 8 was work-shopped and developed in NOTEworthy, Theatre of NOTE’s ongoing staged reading and play development series. (323) 856-8611 or visit www.theatreofnote.com

 

THROUGH MAR 25: The Theatre @ Boston Court and Theatre Movement Bazaar present “The Treatment,” a world premiere adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s short story titled “Ward 6.” Who draws the line between sanity and insanity? In this new work of visceral, movement-based storytelling, a complacent doctor’s worldview is upended when he befriends a philosophizing madman in a remote and neglected mental hospital. Chekhov’s investigation of people in positions of power and those they hold captive ignites with intense physicality fused with ironic humor, dance and song. Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor, Pasadena. Online at bostoncourt.org or the box office at 626-683-6883.

 

THROUGH MAR 25: Katselas Theatre Company announces two new projects opening in tandem on February 24th and 25th.  The World Premiere of SPECIAL DELIVERY, and THE YELLOW HOUSE, both impassioned explorations into past events that formed the lives of two men. Scheduled at the same theater complex where KTC’s world premiere of HERMETICALLY SEALED (CRITIC’S CHOICE-LA Times, GO-LA Weekly, RECOMMENDED-Ovation) is enjoying a nearly four month run, SPECIAL DELIVERY and THE YELLOW HOUSE will share a joint opening weekend and then audiences will have the opportunity to see both productions on separate nights. For reservations call: 702 KTC-TKTS (702-582-8587) or online at ktctickets.com. THE SKYLIGHT THEATRE 1816 N Vermont, LA, 90027

 

MAR 25: One day only. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts continues its 2011-12 Programs for Young Audiences series with ArtsPower’s national tour of Are You My Mother?, an enchanting musical about Baby Bird’s courageous adventure. This 55-minute, original musical based on P.D. Eastman’s endearing children’s classic is recommended for audiences ages 4 and up. Performances are Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  www.lamiradatheatre.com or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. The theatre is located at 14900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada, CA. Parking is free. 

 

MAR 25 – APR 28: Circle X Theatre Co. examines the stretch marks in the American dream with a world premiere comedy written and directed by Leo Geter. What do a porn star, a stripper and a soldier have in common with a Christian, a Muslim and a Mormon? They all want to get Naked Before God at [Inside]the Ford (recommended for mature audiences 17+). Naked Before God is the third and final production in the 2011-12 Season at [Inside] the Ford, a three-play curated series of new works from three L.A.-based theater companies that is supported by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Ford Theatre Foundation. [Insidethe Ford is located in the Ford Theatres complex at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. EastHollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. On-site, non-stacked parking is free. For reservations and information, call the Ford Theatres Box Office at 3234613673 (323-GO-1-FORD) or go to www.fordtheatres.org.

 

THROUGH 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 www.SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com or call 310-394-9779 ext. 1.

 

THROUGH MAR 25: 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.

 

THROUGH 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.

 

MAR 27 – APR 8: MAMA MIA! At the Pantages Theatre www.BroadwayLA.org.

 

MAR 28 – APRIL 11: Edna Turnblad turns up in IVRT’s production of HAIRSPRAY! At the Candlelight Pavilion, a 300-seat dinner theater. “Good Morning Baltimore,” “Welcome to the Sixties,” “You Can’t Stop the Beat” and many more. Frank Minano as Edna. Also with Vonetta Mixson. 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont 91711. www.ivrt.org or 909-626-1254 x1.

 

MAR 30 – APR 28: Feedback tells the tale of Holly, who, to cope with the loss of her mother, spends her inheritance on a PR firm that specializes in rebranding people. Holly’s entire life is put under a microscope by a hard-nosed professional and a freewheeling eccentric who dissect every facet of her appearance, behavior, and relationships, to create a new and improved version of herself. But, as the firm’s techniques grow increasingly bizarre, will there be any room for the old Holly inside the new? 520 N. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, 90036. Street parking is available. www.LyricTheatreLA.com.   

 

MAR 30 – APR 15: 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: www.plays411.com/sidetracked  or (323) 960-7724.  Macha Theatre, 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood 90069.

 

 THROUGH MAR 31: “Orange Flower Water” is about two married couples with children,  who live seemingly happy lives until two of them begin a passionate affair. Penned by Six Feet Under writer Craig Wright, “Orange Flower Water” is a dark, funny, and ultimately life-affirming examination of the cruelties people inflict on the ones they love or once loved in order to stay alive. With Jonathan Tucker. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/194873 www.moththeatre.com 

 

 THROUGH APR 1: Classical Theatre Lab and the City of West Hollywood present the West Coast premiere of Neil Armfield’s and Geoffrey Rush’s translation of  “Exit the King,” the tragicomedy written by Eugene Ionesco at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park, West Hollywood.  Michael Matthys directs. <http://www.classicaltheatrelab.org> “It seems fitting that we stage this play about the inevitability of death in Fiesta Hall,” continued Matthys. “The building is scheduled for demolition after this production.”

 

THROUGH APR 1: THE FALL TO EARTH – JoBeth Williams stars in Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson’s harrowing yet often hilarious new work exploring the treacherous terrain of parent/child relationships in the midst of an unusual crisis. By the same team responsible for last year’s multiple award-winning Four Places, directed by Robin Larsen with Deborah Puette and Ann Nobel. Roxanne Hart co-produces.  Odyssey Theatre 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., LA 90025 www.odysseytheatre.com

 

THROUGH APR 1: 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 www.thebuddhaplay.com

 

THROUGH 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. www.thegrouprep.com or (818) 763-5990.   Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Boulevard, NoHo 91601.

 

THROUGH 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 www.secretrose.com or 818-782-4254. Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Boulevard, NoHo 91601

 

THROUGH 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.

 

 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). 

 

THROUGH 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.  www.thegrouprep.com or (818) 763-5990.  Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Boulevard, NoHo 91601.

 

APR 11 – MAY 13:  Acclaimed stage and screen actor Jon Tenney, last seen at the Geffen Playhouse in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow and best known as Agent Fritz Howard on the Emmy Award winning crime series The Closer, takes on the role of Mike Dillon in the Geffen Playhouse production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People. Tenney joins the previously announced Jane Kaczmarek (Broadway’s Lost in Yonkers and television’s Malcolm in the Middle), in this West Coast premiere helmed by prominent local director Matt Shakman who is also the artistic director of LA’s Black Dahlia theater. 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood Village 90024. For more information, http://www.geffenplayhouse.com/goodevents.

 

APR 17 – MAY 19: Danai Gurira’s powerful new play, “The Convert,” which was commissioned by Center Theatre Group, will be presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The entire cast from McCarter Theatre Center will continue on to the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The cast includes (in alphabetical order) Pascale Armand, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Zainab Jah, Kevin Mambo, LeRoy McClain, Warner Joseph Miller and Harold Surratt. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. www.CenterTheatreGroup.org

 

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 20 – 29: Will a small pea hidden below twenty mattresses cause the Princess a sleepless night? Will the Evil Queen keep two lovebirds apart?  These and other questions get answered in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s all-new production of the fairy tale musical, perfect for the entire family, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS.  Southern California theatre favorite Bets Malone (The Marvelous Wonderettes) leads the cast as Princess Winnifred.  At the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.  www.cabrillomusictheatre.com.

 

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.

 

APR 24 – MAY 20: The Pasadena Playhouse mounts THE HEIRESS. The production will star Richard Chamberlain in the role of “Dr. Austin Sloper,” Heather Tom as his daughter “Catherine Sloper” and Julia Duffy as Dr. Sloper’s sister “Lavinia Penniman.” THE HEIRESS by Ruth and Augustus Goetz (suggested by the Henry James novel Washington Square), will be directed by Dámaso Rodriguez. 39 S. El Molino, Pasadena 91105. www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.

 

 

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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