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Maria Elena Ramirez, Gene Gillette and Adam Langdon in  The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time.                                                   Photo: Joan Marcus

Ahmanson Theatre: Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los  Angeles (213/628-2777) www.taperahmanson.com  The Golden Anniversary season continues five decades of extraordinary theatre bursting with award wining new plays, musicals, beloved classics.   Tony and Olivier Award-winning best play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the longest running play on Broadway in the past 10 years. The play tells the story of an exceptional 15 year old boy, although brilliant, is ill equipped to interpret everyday life.  When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit leading to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.   Aug. 2-Sept. 10.

Upcoming:  Matthew Bourne/New Adventures production of “The Red Shoes,” based on the film and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy-tale, the role of Victoria Page, the girl who dreams of being a great dancer was created by New Adventures leading lady Ashley Shaw in a career defining performance. Cordelia Braithwaite, a rising star, will also perform and has received praise for her interpretation.  Sept. 15-Oct. 1.


Atwater Village Theatre: 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village (323/882-6912) www.openfirst.org  Open Fist Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Walking to Buchenwald. On a trip to Europe two couples learn what it means to be American in a world that no longer admires the US.  Guinea pigs playing cricket, dead bodies that talk and an unexpected trip to to a concentration camp lead to shocking yet poignant conclusions.  Sept. 9-Oct. 14. The Echo Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Fixed, the story of Miracles Malacanang, a ladyboy masseuse working in the infamous Malacanang Massage Parlor in Los Angeles’s historic Filipino-town.  When Miracles’ forbidden love affair sparks tensions between the city’s hottest political family, two families must come together to understand the power of desire, identity and honor, Sept. 17-Oct 22.

Barnum Hall:  Santa Monica High School, 600 Olympic Bl., Santa Monica Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: 1345 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles (213/250-9995) www.bobbakermarionettes.com Marionettes from all over the globe entertain in an in-the-round performance of waltzing rag dolls and madcap musical instruments, also special holiday shows.  Tuesdays thru Fridays 10:30 AM, Saturdays and Sundays 2:30 PM.  Presenting Hooray L.A. along with a series of evening programs celebrating the hidden histories of Los Angeles.

Broad Stage: 1310 11th St., Santa Monica (310/434-3200) www.thebroadstage.com       An Intimate Evening with Josh Groban, internationally renowned singer, songwriter and actor, kicks off the 10th season.  All ticket holders will enjoy a complimentary pre-show reception.  VIP ticket holders include post-show dinner under the stars and meet and greet opportunity. Sept. 14.

 Cabrillo Music Theatre: Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Bl., Thousand Oaks (805/449-2787)  www.cabrillomusictheatre.com 

Celebration Theatre @Lex Theatre: 6760 Lexington Ave., Los Angeles (323/957-1884) www.celebrationtheatre.com   Extended… Straight from the world of the almost Best Picture winner, La La Land, So Long Boulder City is comedian Jimmy Fowlie’s take on Emma Stone’s one woman show within a movie that played to a barely sold house.  A tale of determination, ambition, crushed dreams and Hollywood triumphs. Thru Aug. 19. Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad On Craigslist, an absurd must-see comedy .  After a devastating break-up, Walt innocently places an ad on Craigslist for a new roommate.  When Tilda Swinton shows up at his door and insists on moving in to “study”  him for her next gig movie role, things get hysterically chaotic. Aug. 10-31. One night only, August 15, Sonata 1962, inspired by history and dedicated to the parents of LGBT children who, though love and ignorance, destroyed the relationships — and sometimes the children they were trying to save.   Upcoming:  The View Upstairs, a gripping, heartfelt and provocative new musical that pulls you inside the world of historic 70s  New Orleans bar, The Upstairs Lounge.  This forgotten community comes to life when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the abandoned space, setting off an exhilarating journey of seduction and self exploration that Entertainment Weekly calls “a moving homage to LGBT culture, past and present,” filled with beautiful love songs.  Sept. 22-Oct. 2.  Priscilla Queen of the Desert, opens February 2018; Cabaret opens May 2018.

Chance Theatre:  5522 E La Palma Ave., Anaheim (888/455-4212)  www.ChanceTheater.com  in a word concerns the two year anniversary of Fiona’s son’s disappearance and she still cant come to terms with reality.   This is a emotional and comedic look at how tragedy can distort of speech and reality, ordinary words and turns of phrase take on new meanings.  Surreal, funny and potent, in a word explores the complexity of language and how it can impact the ways we see and feel about the world around us.   Sept. 8-Oct. 8.

Colony Theatre: 555 N. Third St., Burbank (855/448-7469) ww.Playhouseinfo.com    MagicMania, an immersive four-day, five performance festival of magic featuring a rotating roster of more than 25 world class master magicians and outstanding variety acts. www.MagicManiaLA.com,  Aug. 17-20.    I Enjoy Being a Girl…On Broadway, humorous, uplifting and inspiring, brings writer, performer and dancer Mark C. Reis for a solo show, Sept. 14-17. Sondheim’s A Little Night Music will be performed in a concert reading by actors and singers from the Broadway and Los Angeles musical world, Sept. 21-24.  An Evening with Fritz Coleman shares his hilarious, insightful take on growing up and growing older, Oct. 9-22.

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Davidson/Valentini Theatre: LGBT Center, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood (323/860-7300) www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre

Doheny Mansion:  Pompeian Room, 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles (213/477-2929)  www.DaCamera.org    Check website for concerts in this splendid setting.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion: Los Angeles Music Center, 135 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Eclectic Company Theatre:  5312 Laurel Canyon Bl., Valley Village (818/508-3003)  www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org    Shakespeare Salons held the last Tuesday of every month. Participants perform their favorite Shakespearean piece or alternatively, a piece inspired by Shakespeare.  Shakespearean monologues, scenes, poems, songs, remembrances and personal interpretations of all kinds are welcome.  To perform, fill out the form on the Eclectic Company Theatre website.

Edgemar Center for the Arts: 2437 Main St., Santa Monica,(310/392-7327) www.edgemarcenter,org    Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, a story of a romance between an unlikely couple in a rough Bronx neighborhood. He is a self loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents.  As their initial reserve begins to melt the possibility of a genuine relationship begins to emerge — the first for both of them.  July 1- Sept. 10.

Electric Lodge: 1416 Electric Ave., Venice (818/760-0408) www.lawtf.org

Fountain Theatre:  5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles (323/663-1525)  www.fountaintheatre.com  Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the unhealed worlds of New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward continue to fester.  In this powerful, funny and moving mother-daughter story, a 14 year old runaway embarks on a journey to pick through the wreckage of what used to be her life in Runaway Home. Sept. 16-Nov. 5. The Fountain Theatre at the Caminito Theatre, Los Angeles City College, 855 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles presents the world premiere of Freddy, set in Greenwich Village in 1964 and based on a true story, Freddy fuses theater, music, dance and video to capture the explosive spirit of a passionate artist and a turbulent era, Sept. 27-Oct. 14.

Geffen Playhouse Audrey Skirball Theatre:  10886  Le Conte Ave., Westwood,  (310/208-5454)  www.geffenplayhouse.org   Rita Wilson, joined by guest songwriters performing and telling the stories behind their songs, brings her vocal and songwriting talents in Liner Notes, performed in a cabaret setting.  Sept. 7-17.

Getty Villa:  Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theatre, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades (310/440-7300) www.getty.edu/visit Euripides’s Iphigenia in Aulis is reimagined in this ancient tale of power and sacrifice.  The Greek army lies stagnant on the shores of Aulis and King Agamemnon is faced with a heart-wrenching decision.  In return for the winds that would carry his army to victory over Troy, the goddess Artemis has demanded the unthinkable: the sacrifice of the king’s own daughter. Sept. 7-30.

Grand Performances: 300-350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (parking: 3515 S. Olive St. — public transportation available)   www.grandperformances.org Always free all summer long, a variety of performances Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Check website for specifics.

Greenway Court Theatre: 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles (323/944-2165) www.greenwaycourtheatre.org/emilie  Coeurage Theatre Company, LA’s Pay What You Want Theatre Company, presents Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight.  Passionate.  Brilliant.  Defiant.  Tonight, 18th century scientific genius Emilie du Chatelet is back and determined to answer her unresolved question: Love or philosophy, heart or head?  In this highly theatrical, fast, funny and sexy rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, the French physicist and mathematician defends her legacies — both scientific and romantic –and the groundbreaking work for which she was denounced until after her death. Aug. 25-Sept. 17.

Greystone Mansion: Greystone Park, 905 Loma Vista Driver, Beverly Hills (310/364-3606) www.theatre40.org  The Manor, a fictionalization based on real events with the actual historical characters given new names. The  Manor depicts momentous changes in the fortunes of the fabulously wealthy MacAlister Family (the fictional surrogates of the oil-rich Doheny Family.) Family patriarch and mining tycoon Charles makes an illegal if well intention-ed loan to Senator Albert Winston (a stand in for Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall).  Both men face imminent disgrace and worse in the oncoming Teapot Dome bribery scandal which will engulf the Warren Harding administration.  A scion of the MacAlister family faces violent death.  Who is to blame? Katherine Bates is the playwright and one of the featured actors. July 30-Aug. 30.

Grove Theatre Center (GTC): 1100 West Clark Ave., Burbank.  (571/232-8894) www.blackbirdplay.com  Award-winning Blackbird, inspired in part by the crimes of sex offender Toby Studebaker, depicts a young woman meeting a middle aged man 15 years after being sexually abused by him when she was 12 years old.  Aug. 19-Sept. 17.

Hudson Theatre: 6539 Santa Monica B., Hollywood (323/960-4443) www.2centstheatre.com  Honky Tonk Laundry, a new musical.  Move over Thelma and Louise!  When Lana Mae Hopkins, owner and proprietress of the Wish Washy Washateria hires Katie Lane Murphy to help out in the Laundromat, they soon find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds and cheatin’ hearts.  Take a ride to Nashville heaven as you watch these two country angels join forces to turn their good ol’ Laundromat into a boot-scootin’ honky tonk exacting a touch of revenge against those that done ’em wrong.  Aug. 5-Sept. 17.

James Bridges Theater: UCLA Campus, Melnitz  Hall, 235 Charles E. Young Drive,  Westwood (310/827-0889)  www.LATW.org  “The Play’s the Thing” radio theater series.  Set in Washington, D.C. on the brink of U.S. involvement in World War II. Lillian Hellman’s Watch on the Rhine, a suspenseful drama, is a timely reminder to keep our eyes open, to remain vigilant and involved. As clouds of war gather in Europe, a leader in the German resistance and his family arrive in Washington and stay at the home of his wife’s wealthy mother who like most Americans at that time, is unaware of the storm brewing in Europe.  Oct.12-15.

Kirk Douglas Theatre: 9820 Washington Bl. Culver City (213/628-2772) www.centertheatregroup.com  Big Night is the night of the Oscars and a working actor turned Oscar nominee knows that his life is about to change — he just doesn’t know how profoundly.  His transgender nephew has plans for his speech, his young agent has plans for his future, his unstoppable mother has plans for the catering and his partner is nowhere to be found.  Master satirist Paul Rudnick blends a deep humanity with a honed sense of hilarity in this powerful and funny play about family and fame, the personal and the political, and the drive to stand up and speak out.  Sept. 10-Oct. 8. Spamilton celebrates and satirizes the Broadway blockbuster with its versatile cast of five.  Nov. 5-Dec. 31.

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LA County Arboretum: 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626/793-7172) www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org   The Pasadena POPS jazz up the stage with an evening devoted to one of America’s most beloved musical icons for Gershwin & Friends on August 19 in the beautiful outdoor setting. Michael Feinstein conducts.

Laguna Playhouse:  606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach (949/497-2787) ww.lagunaplayhouse.com  Tony nominated rock and roll musical, A Night With Janis Joplin, a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences –icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith who inspired one of rock and roll’s greatest legends,  Aug. 20-Sept.10.  Upcoming: Twelve Angry Men, Oct. 4-22.

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La Jolla Playhouse: 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla (858/550-1010)  www.LaJollaPlayhouse.org  www.secondcity.com  Four world premieres upcoming:  Escape to Margaritaville, Untitled Donna Summer Project, At the Old Place, Wild Goose Dreams.

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La Mirada Theatre: 14900 La Mirada Bl., La Mirada (562/944-9801) www.lamiradatheatre.com American Idol’s Frenchie  Davis stars in  the multi award winning musical, Ain’t Misbehavin.  The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 30s comes to life  in a brand new look at this smash three time Tony winning musical revue.  Join five sensational performers on a journey through the timeless music of Thomas “Fats” Waller.  Sept. 16-Oct. 8.  Multiple Grammy Award-Winner Tony Bennett, one night only, Oct 12.

Leo S. Bing Theater: Los Angeles Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles. (213/485-6873). Free chamber music series. Sundays at 4 p.m.

Long Beach Performing Arts Center – International City Theatre: 300 East Ocean Bl., Long Beach  (562/436-4610)  www.internationalcitytheatre.org   Silent Sky, a celestial romance and true story of discovery, this riveting new play explores the life and career of Henrietta Swan Leavitt as she fearlessly asserts herself in the male dominated world of early astronomy. Hired by the Harvard observatory as a human computer  in the mid 1800s to catalog the stars, her story plays out against a landscape of early feminism and universe revealing science.  Aug. 25-Sept. 10.  Home, Samm-Art Williams’ brilliantly inventive, lyrically expressive play deals joyfully with the coming of age of a young black man from rural South Carolina.  Oct. 20-Nov. 5

Los Angeles Theatre Center’s Robey Theatre:  514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles ((213/489-7402) www.robeytheatrecompany.org  Paul Robeson Theatre Festival presents Harlem to Central Avenue, Aug. 25-27, includes  a Gala reception welcoming by co-founders Danny Glover and Ben Guillory, formal announcements of upcoming events, presentation of awards and the rehearsed reading of a new play, Birdland Blues.  Also A Conversation: Playwriting – The Creative Process, performances of a program of short plays and A Conversation: The Rehearsal Process.  The Latino Theatre Company’s  2017 Encuentro de las Americas presents an international festival featuring Latinx and Latin American companies and artists from across the hemisphere.  Thirteen productions will run in repertory in five spaces, Oct. 29-Nov. 19. (866/811-4111).

Lounge Theatre: 6201 Santa Monica Bl., Hollywood (917/407-3346) www.iamatheatre.com   Two world premieres running in repertory: Sinner’s Laundry a sci-fi comedy that explores the divinity in all of us and the power of redemption in the darkest of times. In Until We Were Light a father’s moment of rage results in a terrible accident  splintering the relationship with his family forever.  Years later his estranged son tests the limits of forgiveness when he commits his own unspeakable tragedy. Oct. 20-Nov. 19.

Magicopolis: Abracadabra Theatre, 1418 4th St., Santa Monica (310/451-2241). Fast paced, colorful, magic and illusion shows for the whole family in a theater setting. Ongoing.


Mark Taper Forum: Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles (213/628-2772) www.taperahmanson.com     Phylicia Rashad return to the Taper in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s piercing new play,  Head of Passes. Family and friends are gathering to celebrate a birthday under the leaky roof of her home.  But an unwanted birthday party and unrelenting rains are only the first challenges in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job in which unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. Sept. 13-Oct. 22.

McCadden Place Theatre: 1157 N. McCadden place, Los Angeles (323/960-4451) www.plays411.com/becominghuman

Microsolft Theatre: 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles (213/763-6030) www.microsofttheater.com  Puerto Rican singer and one of the biggest Latin urban acts, Nicky Jam, returns with his show, El Ganador, Aug. 12. Check their website for additional information on upcoming events.

Morgan Wixson Theatre: 2627 Pico Bl., Santa Monica (310/828-7519) www.morganwixson.org  

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center: 4718 W Washington Bl, Los Angeles (323/964-9766) www.ebonyrep.org

Odyssey Theatre:  2055 S. Sepulveda Bl., West Los Angeles (310/477-2055) www.OdysseyTheatre.com   Arsenic and Old Lace, a classic comedy in which two murderous aunts see their killing as an act of charity.  Good, macabre fun, Aug. 19-Oct. 8. Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, a funny, sad, lyrical and highly original coming of age story featuring an iPhone belonging to a troubled teenager as the narrator, offering a fresh and unique perspective on human interaction and relationships. Sept. 16-Oct. 8.  Conor McPherson’s visceral version of Strindberg’s The Dance of Death, a biting black comedy. On an isolated island, military captain Edgar and his wife Alice, a former actress, live a bitter life, their marriage soured by hatred.  As their 25th anniversary approaches, the two face off in a fierce battle of wills.  When Alice’s cousin arrives, he is quickly ensnared in the couple’s wicked game.  A deliciously dark, relentlessly brutal and fiercely funny funny look at love everlasting.  Sept. 23-Nov. 19.  The Red Dress,  set in Berlin and based on a  true story, explores the intersection of politics and art during the years between the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of Fascism, Oct. 28-Nov. 19.

Old Globe: 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, San Diego (619/23-GLOBE) www.TheOldGlobe.org Free Monday Night Film Screenings presented in conjunction with the 2017 Summer Shakespeare Festival June 26-Aug. 28.  Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes on the powers that be–swashbuckling fun. Extended to Sept. 10.

Old Zoo:  Griffith Park, Los Angeles (818/710-6306) www.iscla.org   This summer the Free Shakespeare Festival presents Two Gentlemen of Verona. Regimen change is coming to a decadent Vienna: the Duke’s gone AWOL and in his place sits a joyless man determined to take back the city.  His first order of business is executing a man whose only crime is love. This dark comedy is one of Shakespeare’s most modern plays, full of eccentric characters and wild surprises.  July 29-Sept. 3.

Pacific Amphitheatre: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa (714/755-5799) www.pacificsymphony.org  SummerFest series: this year’s movie under the stars spotlights John Williams classic score to Jurassic Park as the blockbuster movie is shown on the big screen, Aug. 19.  The series concludes Sept. 9  with the Tchaikovsky Spectacular bursting with fireworks for the 1812 Overture, Sept. 9.

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Pantages Theatre: 6233 Hollywood Bl., Hollywood (800/982-2787)  www.HollywoodPantages.com    Upcoming:  Hamilton, the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score than blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then as told by America now.  Tickets range from $85-$225 with a select number of premium seats available for all performances and increased pricing during the holidays. It is advised that all purchases be made through an authorized Hollywood Pantages Theatre ticket source: either the Hollywood Pantages Theatre box office or Ticketmaster.com.

An American in Paris,  Finding Neverland, Hedwig and the Angry inch, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I and back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon.

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Pacific Amphitheatre: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa (714/755-5799)  www.PacificSymphony.org Pacific Symphony Summerfest makes its grand debut at OC Fair’s Pacific Amphitheatre — kicking off a whole new era on sensational summer music in the great outdoors.  Inaugural year features:  Jurassic Park — the movie — will be shown on the big screen with score performed live, Aug. 19.  Tchaikovsky Spectacular with cannons and fireworks for the 1812 Overture, Sept. 9 in a farewell to summer.

Pan-Andreas Theatre:  5119 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles (323/962-6207) www.ProofDoubtCloser.com   On The Twentieth Century, the story of a producer who tries to sign a big star to his Broadway show while on a train ride between Chicago and New York. A musical with action, romance, fast paced dialogue and a dash of slapstick.   Aug. 4-27.

Pasadena Playhouse:  39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena  (626/356-7529)

Boise Holmes, Thomas Hobson, Tracy Nicole Chapman and Armando Reinaldo Yearwood, Jr. in Shout Sister Shout!            Photo: Jim Cox

www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org  This wonderfully uplifting, high energy show will leave you smiling.  The last show in which longtime creative director Sheldon Epps will be involved after many years of bringing fabulous shows to the Playhouse.  Shout Sister Shout! tells the story about the life and music of legendary gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe whose hits include “Down By the Riverside,” “This Train,” and “Strange Things Happen Every Day.”  Tharpe, known as The Godmother of Rock & Roll, was a trailblazer in the history of American music and influenced some of the greatest Rock & Roll and R&B singers of all time including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner and Johnny Cash.  July 26-Aug. 20.

Renberg Theatre: Los Angeles LGBT Center, 1125 N McCadden Place, Hollywood (323/860-7300)  www.lagbtcenter.org  One night only concert by Tony Award winning singer/songwriter/actor Levi Kreis in his show Broadway at the Keys will feature him at the piano delivering renditions of songs from Broadway hits.  Aug 19.

Redcat : 631 W 2nd St., Los Angeles (213/237-2800) www.redcat.org/festival/new-original-works-festival-2017  The 14th Annual New Original Works Festival transforms the theater into a vital laboratory for the creation of new contemporary performances,  a shared evening of dance, theater and multimedia work. Aug. 10-12.

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Renee &  Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater: 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa (714/740-2000 or 714/556-2787 or 714/755-5799) www.scfta.org or www.pacificsymphony.org  Home of Pacific  Symphony.

Free public tours of the center Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Telephone first.

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Road on Lankershim:  5108 Lankershim Bl., North Hollywood   (818/761-8838) www.RoadTheatre.org  

Royce Hall:  UCLA campus, Westwood (310/825-2101) www.cap.ucla.edu

Rubicon Theatre: 1006 E. Main St., Ventura (805/667-2900) www.rubicontheatre.org     The Theme for the upcoming season will be “Stories That Matter,” focusing on stories that embrace diversity and focus on our shared humanity.   Four actors play 21 characters in interwoven stories, some of which are based on true events,  that examine the extent to which our identities and or choices are governed by the complex and delicate mechanisms of the brain.  Incognito, a moving and deeply profound play seeks to make sense of he relationship between the physical and metaphysical.  Sept. 13-Oct. 1.


Santa Monica Playhouse:  1211 4th St., Santa Monica (310/394-9779 ext. 1)  www.santamonicaplayhouse.org

Sierra Madre Playhouse: 87 W Sierra Madre Bl., Sierra Madre (626/355-4318) www.sierramadreplayhouse.org Till Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism, an interactive comedy.  Aubrey Manning is back as the irrepressible Sister! After teaching countless students about the saints, venial sins, limbo and more, Sister is now offering up hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites, including her own wacky version of the Newlywed Game.  Classroom participation is a must, so bring alo9ng your sweetie and you sense of humor for a session with the country’s feistiest couples counselor, Sept. 22-Oct 1.

Skirball Cultural Center: 2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500) www.skirball.org  Free Thursday sunset concerts coincide with the Skirball’s latest exhibition, Paul Simon: Words & Music, on view through September 3. The new season draws inspiration from Paul Simon’s pioneering efforts to bring world music to pp audiences while building bridges across cultures.  The lineup of boundary-pushing artists ranges from contemporary American folk musicians and the leading lady of Afro-Cuban jazz to bluesy Caribbean roots pioneers, an Anglo-Nigerian electropop ensemble and a multi-generational Afro-Venezuelan song, drum and dance collective. July 27-Aug. 31.   Ibgibio Sound Machine, Aug. 3. Delgres, Aug. 10.  Explore the rich and exhilarating connections between Jewish and Cuban music.  Sharing Andalusian, Arabic, Roma, Sephardic and North African ancestry, award-winning trumpeter David Buchbinder and Grammy nominated Cuban pianist Hilario Duran team up with a global ensemble of jazz greats in David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana, Aug. 24. The contemporary Cuban music scene features singer-composer Dayme Arocena combining Santerian chant, rhythmic complexity, fluid jazz styling and a nuanced Afro-Cuban soulfulness, Aug. 17.

Skylight Theatre: 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles (866/811-4111) www.australiantheatrecompany.org World premiere of Grey Nomad, a funny, engaging comedy about two retired couples who have dedicated their lives to RVing around Australia. It’s a comic road show that captures the unique sense of camaraderie and almost supernatural devotion to a lifestyle of perpetual circumnavigation led by the free range baby boomers of Australia who call themselves “grey nomads.” Sept. 11-Oct. 8.

South Coast Repertory: 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa (714/708-5555) www.scr.org  Upcoming:  Once tells the story of a Dublin street musician about to abandon his dream when a beautiful woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.  Winner of eight Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for Best musical Theatre Album, Sept. 2-30. Curve of Departure, a warm and surprisingly funny family drama, Sept. 24-Oct. 15. Gem of the Ocean, by August Wilson, a mystical story of liberty, justice and redemption, Oct. 14-Nov. 11.  For young audiences, Ella Enchanted: The Musical, delightful music and plenty of girl power in this modern and musical Cinderella story, Oct. 27-Nov. 12.  The traditional A Christmas Carol, Nov. 24-Dec. 24.   Sugar Plum Fairy, filled with ambition, rivalry and pre-teen angst, Sandra Tsing Loh’s play is a hilarious tale of life’s crushing blows, a comic assault on Christmas sentiment.  Dec. 3-24.

Staples Center: 1111 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles (213/ 742-7100) www.staplescenter.com/events   Check website for all upcoming sports events, concerts and special events.

Stella Adler Theatre: 6773 Hollywood Bl., Los Angeles www.plays411.net/shortandsweet The second annual Short+Sweet Festival features a new selection of 10-12 plays each  week  with the audience and judges picking those which go into the finals.  July 20-Aug. 27.

The Actors Gang Theatre:  9070 Venice Bl., Culver City (310/838-4264) www.theactorsgang.com 

The Autry: Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way (323/667-2000) www.TheAutry.org  Native Voices at the Autry is the only Equity theatre company devoted exclusively to developing  and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations playwrights.

The Braid:  2912 Colorado Bl., #102, Santa Monica (800/838-3006) www.jewishwomenstheatre.org  Annie Korzen, Seinfeld’s Doris Klompus, knows that the world would be a better place if everyone would just do what she says and she has very specific plans for her future and for everyone else’s in Annie Korzen Famous Actress.  This perennial bit player, highly opinionated woman, exasperated mother and mortified daughter knows exactly what she wants out of life — until life proves her wrong.  An evening of laughs, tears, music and constructive criticism as Annie learns that it’s only when she lets go and gives up control that things fall into place. Opens July 13 for 6 weeks.

The Commissary at Culver Studios: 9336 Washington Bl., Culver City www.thepopuptheater.com A classic dysfunctional family is the vehicle for a descent into chaos, and this viciously hilarious yet touching story addresses the classic question: “Why Are we here?” The award-winning Pterodactyls suggests that our extinction is beginning not with an asteroid or an ice age but rather with a severed connection to the ones closest to us.  Sept. 1-24

The Road on Magnolia: 10747 Magnolia Bl., N. Hollywood. Inside the NoHo Senior Arts Colony, North Hollywood,  (866/811-4111)    www.RoadTheatre.org  World premiere of Stupid Kid.  After 14 years in prison for a crime he swears he did not commit, Chick returns home to find his flat-broke family under the thumb of his dangerous Unclemike.  A rollicking Gothic Western tale of a family isolated by shame, Stupid Kid explores power, guilt and the limits of maternal love. Sept. 22-Nov. 12.

The Secret Rose Theatre: 11246 Magnolia Bl.,  North Hollywood (323/960-7784) www.Plays411.com/marriagezone  The Marriage Zone  is the fourth in a series of comedies exploring the dynamics of the relationships between men and women. In this show, three couples discover that they have way too much in common.  Extended though Sept. 24.

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Theatre 40: Reuben Cordova Theatre, Beverly Hills High school campus, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills (310/364-0535) www.theatre40.org  In Vino Veritas two middle aged couples under the influence of a tribal truth serum, share an unpredictable and hilarious night of unbridled honesty and stretches the bounds of their friendship forever.  Sept. 1-Oct 15.  Upcoming:  The wit of Oscar Wilde meets the cunning of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when Wilde brings his dear friend Lillie Langtry to Baker Street in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Nov. 16-Dec. 17.


Theatre of Note:  1517 N. Cahuenga B., Hollywood.  (323/856-8611) www.theatreofnote.com  In Welcome to the White Room, we discover Ms. White, Mr. Paine and Jennings shortly after they have arrived in a completely white room, following their journey within as they attempt to figure out exactly what they are meant to do.  Aug. 17-Sept. 16. Late Night one acts production of Alternative Acts, an evening of 7 one-acts including: Out to Breakfast, Benefits of a Gauntlet, Sandwich, Mr. Picman, Youniverse, VladFather and Transitions.  Alternative Acts is a delightful mixtape of one-acts all written under the same titular theme, Aug. 25-Sept. 16.

Theatre West:  3333 Cahuenga Bl. West, Los Angeles (323/81-7977) www.theatrewest.org

Twenty Fourth (24th) Street Theatre: 1117 West 24th St., Los Angeles (213/745-6516) www.24thstreet.org  La Razon Blindada (Armored Reason), a sublimely witty and provocative play by Argentine playwright Aristides Vargas (in Spanish with English supertitles). Two political prisoners  committed to solitary confinement are allowed to interact with one another for one hour a week.  As they entertain each other with stories of Don Quixote and his squire, we witness the power of theater to transport them and us into the realm of the imagination, despite repressive conditions.  Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice.  Sept. 9-Oct. 15.

Union Center of the Arts David Henry Hwang Theater: 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles (213/625-7000) www.eastwestplayers.org  East West Players and The Roibey Theater Company announce the revival of Philip Kan Gotanda’s Yohen featuring Danny Glover and June Angela.  In Japanese pottery, the term yohen refers to unpredictable changes that take place in the kiln.  An interracial couple struggles to maintain their 37 year marriage after the husband retires from the US Army.  The dramatic change in routine prompts questions about life, love and aging as the couple attempts to repair what’s broken and decide what is worth saving. Oct. 26-Nov. 19.

VS Theatre: 5453 W. Pico Bl., Los Angeles www.evenbrite.com Nocturne is the story of one man’s journey of redemption in a gut wrenching yet hauntingly lyrical meditation on guilt and grief. July 22-Aug. 13.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts: 9390 N. Santa Monica Bl., Beverly Hills (310/746-4000)  www.thewallis.org   The multi-talented Hershey Felder  portrays famed composer Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky and combines a piano concert, a one man show and political theater.   Felder creates a performance that both entertains and makes audiences think.  Exquisite music, artistically thoughtful images, amusing characters and the life story of a composer most people have heard but probably know little about in Our Great Tchaikovsky.  Extended thru Aug. 13. L.A. Theatre Works Celebrates the Pursuit of Justice, a one-night only fundraising event, Sept. 27.  The evening’s honoree is famed attorney E.Randol Schoenberg, who successfully litigated the return of five Gustav Klimt paintings from the Austrian government to the rightful heirs.  The evening will include a performance of LATW’s 2016-17 acclaimed national touring production of Judgement at Nuremberg followed by a discussion about the pursuit of justice then and now with Mr. Schoenberg and Geoffrey Cowan, Chair of the USC Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.  The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and conclude with a dessert reception. Upcoming:  Dorrance Dance honors tap dance’s unique and powerful history  in a new and dynamic context Oct. 12-14.   Pianist Jonathan Bliss, Oct. 8.  Harlem Quartet: Game-Changers, Oct. 15.  Kyle Riabko: Richard Rodgers Re-imagined, Nov. 10-11.  Violinist Sarah Chang and pianist Julio Elizalde, Jan. 6, 2018.


Walt Disney Concert Hall - Photo: Grant Mudford

Walt Disney Concert Hall – Photo: Grant Mudford

Walt Disney Concert Hall: 151 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213/972-7288) www.wdch.com The Frank Gehry designed home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of both the City of Angels and its world-class orchestra under the direction of  maestro Gustavo Dudamel and features the works of the world’s musical greats featuring Classical, World Music, Jazz, Songbook and the Master Chorale. The Philharmonic is also committed to the presentation of music of our time as well as offering its exhilarating Green Umbrella concerts which presents the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group devoted exclusively to compositions on the cutting edge of the repertoire and attract leading composers and performers of contemporary music. Chamber music is another integral part of this world-class orchestra’s repertoire.

California Philharmonic’s 14th consecutive summer season features Shakespeare in Love on August 13 and World’s Best Marches, August 20.  Each concert begins at 2:00 pm and is preceded by the ever-popular intimate Talks with the Maestro lecture series at 1:00 pm.

Guided and self-guided tours of the concert hall are available to the public (213/972-4399).


Wells Fargo Theatre:  Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/667-2000)  www.NativeVoicesattheAutry.org  Native Voices at the Autry continues its vital role as the country’s only equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing the work of Native American playwrights.

Whitfire Theatre: 13500 Ventura Bl., Sherman Oaks (800/838-3006)  www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3053655  Five time nominee and winner of the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival Solo Performance and more awards, Under The Jello Mold is Jennie Fahn’s solo show bout how she dealt with her very colorful character of a mother during what turned out to be the final act of her mother’s life.  Jerrie’s mother was a force to be reckoned with — a former dancer never content to merely rehash her past, there was always a story to be embellished, always a name to drop, and always a lesson to teach.  Told in anecdotes, characters, and song the show is full of laughs and a lot of heart.  Sept. 9-Nov. 12.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Topanga Canyon (310/455-3723)  www.theatricum.com  In a beautiful, rustic outdoor setting, Theatricum Botanicum rises up and speaks out with a summer line-up of socially conscious classic and contemporary plays, music and performance.  This season offers five main-stage productions in rotating repertory as well as a host of satellite events, June through October. The plays range from Renaissance Italy to ancient Greece to 1950s and modern-day America dealing with our inability to reach out and embrace those who might be different from us.  The plays include:  Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Midsummer Night’s Dream, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities and Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind, a scathingly funny backstage drama about interracial politics by African American playwright Alice Childress follows an integrated theater company in rehearsal for a “progressive” anti-lynching drama.   The play within a play, entitled Chaos in Belleville marks the first opportunity for gifted African American actress Wiletta Mayer to play a leading lady  on Broadway.  But what compromises must she make to succeed, July 29-Sept. 30. The Theatricum Botanicum’s salon series offers music and performance outdoors under the California oaks in its intimate S.Mark Taper Foundation Pavilion.

Zepher Theatre: 7456 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles (323/451-2813) www.Plays411.com/ballyards  Ball Yard probes America’s fascination with sports, July 29-Aug. 27.