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Openings & Extensions (April 18)

April 18, 2012

My play ALTARCATIONS premieres at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Fridays at 5p and Sundays at 4p, June 8-24. Read about the show and make a tax deductible contribution through the Pasadena Arts Council’s 501(C)(3) EMERGE program here. Thank you!


After a 6-week hiatus, I am no doubt missing some openings and extensions. If I have missed yours, feel free to send it to (Calendar-type listings are the easiest for me to draw from.)


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.


APR 20 – 29: Twenty years after the devastating turmoil that followed a failed conviction of the officers in the Rodney King trial, Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 explores the shades of that loss. Commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum at the Skylight Theatre.


APR 20 – 29: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.


 APR 20 – MAY 6: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts.


APR 20 – MAY 13: THE IMAGINARY LIFE OF THE STREET SWEEPER, AUGUST G. At Casa 0101 Theater Main Stage 2102 E. 1st St., LA 90033.


APR 20 – MAY 13: Playwrights’ Arena and the Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) in association with PAE Live! is presenting the World Premiere of  MICHAEL PREMSRIRAT’S  The Girl Most Likely To.


APR 21 – MAY 6: Parson’s Nose adapts Chekhov’s THE BOOR & A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL. Lineage Performing Arts Center in Old Town Pasadena. 9 shows over 3 weekends.


THROUGH 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.  Written by Samuel Beckett and directed by Michael Arabian.


THROUGH 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).  


THROUGH APR 28: Circle X Theatre Company’s Naked Before God at [Inside]the Ford  2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl


THROUGH 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.   


THROUGH 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


MAY 1 – 24: MODIGLIANI, The Open Fist Theatre Company’s co-production with Amedeo Production, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.


THROUGH MAY 6: The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center presents the first Los Angeles production in 20 years of Ira Levin’s classic comedy-thriller, Deathtrap. One of the longest-running plays in Broadway history, the Tony Award Best Play nominee comes to the Center’s Davidson/Valentini Theatre for a six-week run. Net proceeds from the play will benefit the entire array of the Center’s free and low-cost programs and services. The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Davidson/Valentini Theatre (50-seat black box theatre) The Village at Ed Gould Plaza 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood  (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Blvd. Free parking) 


MAY 11 – 27: Three Roses Players and Venice Sky Productions proudly present LOVE STRUCK, an evening of one acts about LOVE … Lost love, found love, dangerous love and

just plain silly love! Written by Dale Griffiths Stamos and Directed by Maggie Grant. Beverly Hills Playhouse 254 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA  90211


MAY 11 – 12: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts.


MAY 11 – JUN 16: The Lyric Theatre Foundation presents AFTERSHOCKS by Doug Haverty and directed by JC Gafford. 520 N. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, 90036. Street parking is available. For more information onAftershocks, and the Lyric Theatre, visit


THROUGH MAY 12: Bella Vita Entertainment in association with the Whitefire Theatre (which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary) are proud to present a world premiere play, SLOW DANCE IN MIDTOWN, written and directed by Elizabeth Sarnoff (“Lost,” “Deadwod,” Alcatraz”) and stars Don Swayze, Meredith Scott Lynn, Nick Stabile and Tricia Small.  SLOW DANCE IN MIDTOWN will preview on Tuesday, April 3; Wednesday, April 4 & Thursday, April 5 at 8pm and will open on Friday, April 6 and run through Saturday, May 12 at the Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. 


THROUGH MAY 13: BILLY ELLIOTT at the Pantages Theatre.


THROUGH MAY 13:  Acclaimed stage and screen actor Jon Tenney 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,


MAY 16 – JUN 10: East West Players (EWP), the nation’s largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work and the longest-running professional theatre of color in the country, concludes its 46th Anniversary season, themed Languages of Love, with Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, directed by Tim Dang and choreographed by Reggie Lee.


THROUGH 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


THROUGH 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.


 THROUGH 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 


THROUGH MAY 27: THE BUNGLER at A Noise Within, Pasadena.





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.


THROUGH JUNE 3:  Award-winning director Bart DeLorenzo returns to the Odyssey to direct an exuberant and burlesque-spirited version of Anton Chekhov’sIvanov, the story of a once idealistic man turned apathetic from a life going terribly, terribly wrong. ODYSSEY THEATRE 2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025-5621



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. 


JUNE 21-24: LA Theatre Works presents The Browning Version by Terence 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)


JUNE 3 – JULY 15: Musical Theatre West is proud to announce that it will close its 59th consecutive season with the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT.  MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT will be helmed by Musical Theatre West’s Artistic Director Steven Glaudini (MTW’s ANNIE, THE PRODUCERS).


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


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