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Theatre, Concerts & Opera


The baseball game in Falsettos.                       Photo: Joan Marcus

Ahmanson Theatre: Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N. Grand, Los Angeles (213/972-4400) www.CenterTheatreGroup.org  Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man, his wife, lover, about to be Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door.  It is a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family…a a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.  Nominated for five 2017 Tony Awards. April 16-May 19.

Upcoming:  Indecent is a deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance” — a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture and by others as an act of traitorous libel.  Indecent follows the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.  June 5-July 7.


A Noise Within:  3352 East Foothill Bl., Pasadena (626/356-3100) www.anoisewithin.org   All 2018-19 offerings feature characters who are outliers — people who have blazed their own trail but nevertheless struggle for acknowledgement and acceptance.  Let Me In is not about physical space but about the deeply human passion to be understood for who we are.  These include Othello, The Glass Menagerie and Argonautika.

Atwater Village Theatre: 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village (323/882-6912) www.estlosangeles.org/2019-one-acts  Moving On: The 2019 Once Acts, five new short plays by Los Angeles playwrights. Included: Rock Logic, Smiling Cat Candy Heart, The Cold Place, Signing-Off and Possible Deranged Lunatic, April 26-28.  Anna in the Tropics, Nilo Cruz’s poignant and poetic 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play captures 1929 Florida at a time when cigars were still rolled by hand and lectors were employed to educate and entertain the immigrant workers.  The arrival of a new lector is cause for celebration but when he reads Anna Karenina to the cigar rollers, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove a volatile combination.   April 26-June 8.

Barnum Hall:  Santa Monica High School, 600 Olympic Bl., Santa Monica  www.smsymphony.org/concerts Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra free concerts:

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.

Boston Court Pasadena:  70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena (626/683-6801)  www.BostonCourtPasadena.org

Broad Stage: 1310 11th St., Santa Monica (310/434-3200) www.thebroadstage.com  The Reduced Shakespeare Company weaves all of the Bard’s famous characters, greatest lines and speeches into a brand new Shakespearean smorgasbord.  William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) is a comic misadventure that will feel strangely familiar yet excitingly new, April 5-6.

 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  Pinky Coningfield has always dreamed of her daughter winning the Supreme Queen contest, so when a newcomer to the child pageant circuit shows up with her daughter and starts grabbing all the glory, Pinky will stop at nothing to get the crown.   Feb. 15-March 31.

Chance Theatre:  5522 E La Palma Ave., Anaheim (888/455-4212)  www.ChanceTheater.com    Skylight...on a bitterly cold London evening a schoolteacher receives an unexpected visit from her former lover whose wife recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires, April 19-May 19. Upcoming: Tigers Be Still, this ferociously funny play centers around a woman who recently earned a degree in art therapy only to find herself moving back in with her family where she has plenty to deal with, May 3-June 2.

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

Descanso Gardens:  (818/949-4200)  www.descansogardens.org Savor the best of the season on select evenings with some of the coolist jazz artists in the Southland.  Featuring both polished performers and a mix of jazz styles, Thursdays, June 6-July 25, 6-7:30. Ensemble Shakespeare Theater  presents a fully immersive theater production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Follow the cast through the Gardens as fighting lovers, dancing fairies and a bewildered donkey lead you on a adventure filled with laughter and love.  7-8:30p.m., Aug. 16-17 & 23-24. Bring a picnic.  Advance registration required.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion: Los Angeles Music Center, 135 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles.  The opera season, headed by Placido Domingo and conducted by James Conlon continues with a production of Penella’s El Gato Montes: The Wildcat, March 27-May 4.  The final presentation is a revival of La Traviata June 1-22.

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.

El Portal Theatre:  11206 Weddington St.,  North Hollywood www.troubie.com The Troubadour Theater Company is back and taking a stab at their latest hilarious world premiere musical comedy event with Julius Weezer.  The terrible tidings and twisted tale of corruption, betrayal, and the quest for absolute power — no, not Washington DC — it’s Rome circa 44 B.C,, with Shakesp0eare’s story of Caesar mashed up with the funk-rock riffs of the resurgent and ubiquitous band, Weezer.  May 10-May 19.

Edgemar Center for the Arts: 2437 Main St., Santa Monica,(310/392-7327) www.edgemarcenter,org

Fountain Theatre:  5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles (323/663-1525)  www.fountaintheatre.com 

Freud Playhouse: UCLA campus, Macgowan Hall, 245 Charles E. Young Dr., East, Westwood (866-811-4111) www.reprise2.org

Geffen Playhouse & Audrey Skirball Theatre:  10886  Le Conte Ave., Westwood,  (310/208-5454)  www.geffenplayhouse.org   Both heartbreaking and highly inventive, the world premiere production of Black Super Hero Magic Mama gives us the hero we have been waiting for.  When a woman loses her 14 year old son to a police shooting, she is unable to face the ensuing flurry of media attention.  She retreats into a fantasy world of superheroes and arch villains that inhabit the comic book created by her son before his death. Assuming the role of the Maasal Angel rather than the expected part of grieving mother, she battled her enemies along the way to peace.   March 5-April 14.

Greenway Court Theatre:  544 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles (323/380-8843)  www.iamatheatre.com Five plays are conceived, written, rehearsed and performed for a live audience within a 23-hour period in One Day Plays,  April 28.

Hudson Theatre: 6539 Santa Monica Bl., Hollywood (323/481-6890) www.italiancomedyclub.com/mbgiw In  My Big Gay Italian Wedding, one Catholic mother insists the couple have a religious ceremony followed by a reception in the city’s fanciest Italian wedding and that the mother of the other partner fly in from Florida to attend the wedding who still refuses to talk to her gay son.   The biggest challenge may come from a spurned ex-lover who threatens to scuttled the proceedings by revealing a nasty secret about her ex-partner.  Will love conquer all and celebrate the marriage of two men deeply in love?  March 8-31.

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: In Oslo, a Norwegian social scientist and his diplomat wife are determined to try a new tactic to break the long standing deadlock of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in 1993.  When the political becomes personal, relationships are forged that offer a chance to alter the course of history.  April 12-14.

Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center: 110 East Broadway, Glendale (818/506-1983) www.Antaeus.org  

A selection of Block Party participants at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.    Photo: Luke Fontana

Kirk Douglas Theatre: 9820 Washington Bl. Culver City (213/628-2772) www.centertheatregroup.com Three local productions have been chosen for the third annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre remounting Theatre of Note’s For the Love Of (or the roller derby play), Skylight Theatre Company’s Rotterdam. Antaeus Theatre Company’s Native Son is set in  19302 Chicago where a longing for social justice ignites a palpable rage within protagonist Bigger Thomas.  This is a gripping adaptation of the classic Richard Wright novel and focuses on the inner working of Thomas’s mind as events violently and irrevocably seal his fate.  Each production will have a two week run with 12 performances.  March 7-April 28.

Upcoming:  Dana H tells the real-life story of  the playwright Lucas Hnath’s own mother.   A nondenominational hospice chaplain, Dana had stared death in the face on countless occasions but when she helped a mentally ill ex-convict turn his life around she suddenly found her own life hanging in the balance.  The story recounts the harrowing five month odyssey as she was help captive by  traveled with and eventually escaped her unstable captor.  May 26-June 23.


Laguna Playhouse: 606606 Laguna Canyon Dr., Laguna Beach (949/497-27870) www.lagunaplayhouse.com   In a bustling London train station free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly plants a kiss on the neck of mid-70s British butcher, Alex.  When she turns up in his shop a few days later, she sets the suspicious man’s world reeling.  As Alex is drawn into Georgie’s anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain and undeniably richer.   Peeling away the many layers of everyday relationships with subtle humor and quiet poeticism, Heisenberg brings to poignant theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection, March 27-April 14.   Be transported back to the sound and vibe of a 1970’s concert experience with  Tapestry, The Carol King Songbook.  This show not only performs songs from the record breaking Grammy winning album of the same name but also Carole’s follow up hits that continued throughout the 70s.  April 17-21.

La Jolla Playhouse: 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla (858/550-1010)  www.LaJollaPlayhouse.org  www.secondcity.com    Diana, a world premiere musical about the legendary princess, Feb. 19-April 7. World premieres upcoming:  Escape to Margaritaville, At the Old Place.

La Mirada Theatre: 14900 La Mirada Bl., La Mirada (562/994-9801) www.lamiradatheatre.com   The

Singing in the Rain with Michael Starr, Kimberly Immanuel and Brandon Burks at the La Mirada Theatre..                           Photo:  Austin Bauman

tap-happiest show ever, Singin’ In The Rain, based on the movie, features knock-em-dead dance routines, hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit parade score of Hollywood standards…the perfect entertainment for any fan of the Golden Age of movie musicals. Fabulous dance routines, hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit parade score of Hollywood standards. April 19-May 12.

Lake Street Community Center:   1227  N. Lake St., Los Angeles (800/838-3006) www.rabbithole2cents.bpt.me A family that has everything one could want has a life shattering accident which turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart.  A stunning journey though grief, the search for comfort and the rebirth of hope.  Feb. 8-March 10.

Lankershim Arts Center: 5108 Lankershim Bl., North Hollywood (323/944-2165) www.coeurage.org/slaughtercity  Coeurage Theatre Company, L.A’s Pay What You Want theatre company.

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.

Lex Theatre:(Celebration Theatre)  6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood (323/957-1884)  www.celebrationtheatre.com Courage Theatre Company, LA’s Pay What You Want theatre company. Dr. Nympho vs. The Sex Zombies, a rock musical for the next sexual revolution, the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival award winning burlesque rock musical, April 26-May 26.

Long Beach Performing Arts Center – International City Theatre  & Terrace Theatre: 300 East Ocean Bl., Long Beach  (562/436-4610)  www.internationalcitytheatre.org 

The cast of Birdland Blue at Los Angeles Theater Center.  Photo: Ian Foxx

Los Angeles Theatre Center: 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles (866-811-4111) www.thelatc.org  At Broadway and 52nd St., in New York City, the nightclub Birdland was the legendary center of the jazz world where the glitterati of Broadway, Hollywood and the sports world regularly fill its 500 seats.  In August, 1959, the biggest star in jazz was Miles Davis, who earlier that year recorded Kind of Blue, regarded then and now as the most innovative and best jazz album of all time.  The Miles Davis Sextet, as constituted that summer, was regarded as the most outstanding jazz combo ever.  Birdland Blue is a behind the scenes look at Miles and the major issues surrounding him on one evening  that August.  Birdland Blues is the first show in The Robey Theatre Company’s 25th Anniversary season. April 4-May 12.

Lounge Theatre: 6201 Santa Monica Bl., Hollywood (800/838-3006) www.iamatheatre.com
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

Chris Thomas King on the guitar and Ruben Santiago-Hudson in Lackawanna Blues.                                   Photo: Craig Schwartz

Ave., downtown Los Angeles (213/628-2772) www.taperahmanson.com   The Golden Anniversary season continues five decades of extraordinary theatre bursting with award wining new plays, musicals, beloved classics.  A magical, musical, and deeply personal work written and performed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues is a reminiscence of his 1950s childhood in a small town on the banks of Lake Erie.  Santiago-Hudson takes on more than 20 colorful characters — from would be philosophers and petty hustlers to lost souls and abandoned lovers — in a brilliant celebration of the eccentric boardinghouse he grew up in.  He returns to his roots in this tour de force performance with live blues music by composer Bill Sims Jr., performed by Grammy Award winning blues guitarist, composer and actor Chris Thomas King. March 5-April 21.

Center theatre group offers free tickets for theatergoers 25 years old and younger, available for the First Review of all Center Theatre Group Productions at the Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre.  Tickets  free at the box office.  A $5 ticket handling fee for phone or online reservations.

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Luckman Fine Arts Complex:  California State University Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles www.luckmanarats.org   Los Angeles Dance Festival features top talent in the dance scene where they are featured onstage around the world, in theaters and in feature films, TV shows, music videos, commercials and concert tours. April 12-14.

McCadden Theatre:  1157  McCadden Place, Hollywood (800/838-3006) www.brownpapertickets.com/event/419014  Funny, profound and provocative, this adventurous road trip through memories conjures up the choices we make that shape our lives forever — and the friendships that hold us up when we can’t walk on our own in The Lost Virginity Tour. April 12-May 5.

Microsolft Theatre: 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles (213/763-6030) www.microsofttheater.com     Check their website for information on upcoming events.

Miles Memorial Playhouse:   1130 Lincoln B., Santa Monica  (323/821-2449) www.wcjt.org A Jewish divorce lawyer in his 60s has never had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. He feel the need to get one now before his grandson has his bar mitzvah.   He  must now reconnect with the faith of his ancestors.  The rabbi finds her faith challenged at the same time that he is rediscovering his spiritual roots in Bar Mitzvah Boy.  March 21-May 12.

Morgan Wixson Theatre: 2627 Pico Bl., Santa Monica (310/828-7519) www.morganwixson.org Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, an infamous mystery that brings ten strangers together under a growing sense of dread and unfaltering tension. The classic whodunit from the Queen of Crime based on her book which is one of the best selling novels ever.  Marooned at a lonely resort, each guest has a dark secret to hide and all fear dark shadows from their wicked past. Isolated and trapped one by one they start to die.  A deeply suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end.  May 4-24.

Musco Center for the Arts:  Chapman University, 415 North Glassell, Orange (844/626-8726)   www.muscocenter.org  April 17 only, Alan Cumming Legal Immigrant,  actor, writer, singer, style icon, activist and all around Renaissance man is a one-man cabaret of powerful songs and stories, anecdotes and social commentary written with the hope to change negative rhetoric around immigration.  He uses his own journey to obtaining American citizenship in 2008 to remind audiences that American is a country shaped by its rich diversity.  Heartbeat of Mexico, May 23-26; Jesse & Joy, May 23; Alicia Villarreal, May 25; Lupillo Rivera with Mariachi, May 26.  Free events: Heartbeat of Mexico, Ballet Folklorico celebration, May 25 and Outdoor Festival, May 26.

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

New Vic:  33 W Victoria St., Santa Barbara (805/965-5400) www.etcsb.org     In Everything is Illuminated, a young Jewish-American writer, travels to Ukraine to seek out the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. He hires a randy young Ukrainian tour guide who takes him on a hilarious road trip in search of the woman’s village as they confront haunting memories along the way, April 11-28. A socially awkward young man asks his neighbor, a sidelined Broadway dancer, to teach him enough dance moves so he can survive an appearance at an awards dinner in Dancing Lessons, a touching romantic comedy, June 13-30.

Odyssey Theatre:  2055 S. Sepulveda Bl., West Los Angeles (310/477-2055) www.OdysseyTheatre.com  In the sultry streets of New Orleans, passions flare and cultures collide in Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire.  Blanche DuBois, a fading relic of the Old South, searches for refuge at her sister’s home, only to collide with reality in the form of Stanley Kowalski, her brutish brother in law. May 23-July 7.

Pantages Theatre: 6233 Hollywood Bl., Hollywood (800/982-2787)  www.HollywoodPantages.com  

Pasadena Playhouse:  39 South El Molina Ave.,  Pasadena (626/356-7529)  www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org  Nia Vardalos reprises her role in Tiny Beautiful Things focusing on the endangered art of listening to and really hearing and responding to other people. It works beautifully as a sustained theatrical exercise in empathy, a deeply reciprocal relationship between show and its audience according to the New York Times. The story is about an anonymous online advice columnist to whom thousands of people have turned for words of wisdom, honesty and hope.  At first unsure of herself she finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and real problems of her readers creating a beloved column about the monstrous beauty, endless dark and glimmering light at the heart of being human.  April 10-May 5.

Renberg Theatre: 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood (323/860-7300)  http://www.lagbtcenter.org/theatre Miss Coco Peru (aka Clinton Leupp,) loves to reminisce and she is very good at it.  In Have You Heard? Coco performs some of her favorite monologues and songs spanning her long career as well as some new stuff. Experience the trailblazing Queen who elevated drag whilst still wearing sensible heels. April 26-28.

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    At the Table is a comedy that begs the question: what happens when those with privilege are pushed to the periphery and a marginalized minority suddenly finds its voice amplified. Six friends head out of the city on their annual weekend retreat.  With no social media, no cell phones, no internet allowed, this leaves them  with the one option of taking to each other.   In these polarizing times, what does it mean to come to the table and at what cost?  Will it bring us together or reveal how far apart we really are.   May 11-July 7. 

Road on Magnolia: 10747 Magnolia Bl., North Hollywood (818/761-8838) www.RoadTheatre.org  Friends with Guns asks can instant kinship between two liberal married couples survive a closet full of guns?  This new dark comedy explores the complicated issue of gun proliferation when two young liberal couples are forced to confront their assumptions about who should own a gun and why. This play explores the question of what we can compartmentalize…and what we can’t.  It examines what happens when guns enter the conversation and pulls the curtain back on liberals with guns. Extended through May 11.

Rubicon Theatre: 1006 E. Main St., Ventura (805/667-2900) www.rubicontheatre.org Rubicon Theater continues the company’s 21st “Coming of Age” season with the World Premiere of Women Beyond Borders, a play inspired by and loosely based on the remarkable journey of Lorraine Serena and a dynamic group of California-based artists who founded the non-profit Women Beyond Borders.  They sent miniature boxes to curators and friends in to other countries with the goal of encouraging dialogue, collaboration and community among women and honoring creativity. April 27-June 2.  Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues starring Amanda McBroom, a potpourri of favorite songs from various productions, June 8-9.


Santa Monica Playhouse:  1211 4th St., Santa Monica (310/394-9779 ext. 1)  www.santamonicaplayhouse.org     A story of three couples…one is young, one is middle aged and the other is mature…yet their destinies seemed to be strangely linked.  As they get to chatting they begin to marvel at just how much they have in common…way too much, in fact in The Marriage Zone, extended through  June 2. This is the fourth in a series of comedies exploring the dynamics of the relationships between men and  women.  In  Mistakes Were Made — coulda-woulda-shoulda is schadenfreude at its finest and people’s enjoyment of other people’s mistakes. Mistakes can be fixed between husbands and wives, girlfriends and boyfriends, fathers and sons….letting a sexy woman threaten a marriage, turning down a dream job,  hiring the wrong money manager and having an affair for spite.  This premiere romantic comedy will have you laughing, crying and racing to fix that one mistake that’s been gnawing at you for years.   May 5-June 30.

Son of  Semele Theater:  3301 Beverly Bl., Los Angeles (213/351-3507)  www.artful.ly/son-of-semele-ensemble   Sand Moon,. a new drama asks “What does it mean to love someone? What do we  do when that person becomes unrecognizable?  When a brother and sister start bringing their girlfriends on family vacations, a house built on secrets begins to shift.  The push and pull of the ones we love gives us one of two options:  resist or relent.”  April 19-28.

Staples Center: 1111 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles (213/ 742-7100) www.staplescenter.com/events 

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 Road on Magnolia: 10747 Magnolia Bl., North Hollywood (818-761-8838) www.roadtheatre.org

The Soraya:  18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge  (818/677-3000) www.thesoraya@csun.edu The tap-happiest show ever, Singin’ In The Rain, based on the movie, features knock-em-dead dance routines, hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit parade score of Hollywood standards…the perfect entertainment for any fan of the Golden Age of movie musicals. April 12-14.


Theatre 40: Reuben Cordova Theatre, Beverly Hills High school campus, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills (310/364-0535) www.theatre40.org    The Sound of Murder includes an illicit affair and a plan for murder.  A wildly successful author of children’s books actually hates children and pretty much anyone else.  He is petty, cruel, vindictive and treats his unloved wife life a slave.  He also refuses to have children with her.  The wife, however has found some solace in the arms of her lover but her husband won’t grant a divorce which would damage his professionally with the parents of his juvenile fans.  March 14-April 14.  Upcoming:  Homeward L.A. 2019, a program consisting of 11 monologues based on stories  by people who have experienced homelessness, April 28, 2:00 pm.  Proceeds go to Midnight Mission.  A Bad Year for Tomatoes, an uproarious comedy about the best laid plans…fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous actress leases a house in the tiny Vermont hamlet of Beaver Haven and settles down to writer her autobiography.  She is successful in turning aside the offers pressed on her by her long time agent but dealing with her nosy, omnipresent neighbors is a different matter.  In an attempt to shoo them away and gain some privacy, she invents a mad, homicidal sister — who is kept locked in an upstairs room, but who occasionally escapes long enough to scare off uninvited visitors.   The ruse works well at first until complications arise,  May 16-June 16.


Theatre 68: 5112 Lankershim Bl., North Hollywood (818/760-0408)  http://www.lawtf.org  The 26th annual Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival.  The overall theme is I, Woman.  The event will honor five women of exceptional achievement and contribution to the world of theatre. March 22-24.

Theatre of Note:  1517 N. Cahuenga Bl., Hollywood.  (323/856-8611) www.theatreofnote.com  www.theatrewest.org  

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Kavli Theatre: 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard,  Thousand Oaks (800/745-3000) www.5startheatricals.com 

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis): 9390 N. Santa Monica Bl., Beverly Hills (310/746-4000)  www.thewallis.org  Malpaso Dance Company, Cuba’s hottest contemporary dance company, March 28-30. The Los Angeles premiere of Renee Taylor’s My Life On A Diet, the Academy Award Nominated and Emmy Award winning Writer/Actress looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway…and just as many fad diets, April 5-14; An evening with Deadwood brings the cast and crew to a special one night only event, April 23.   The Tetzlaff Trio performs Schumann and Dvorak, April 26.  Black Beauty gallops into the Annenberg with a story of hope, friendship and courage, April 26-May 5. This retelling blends storytelling, music and puppetry, offering fun and adventure for fans of the book, the UK’s classic TV show and those brand new to the tale. This production is recommended for family with children ages 5 and older.  Hershey Felder returns with A Paris Love Story, featuring the music of Claude Debussy.   Doubling as a playwright and performer, Felder takes audiences on his own personal journey as he explores the life and music of this Impressionist composer bringing to life a visionary who proclaimed nature his religion and romance his milieu, May 24-June 9.  Jacob Jonas The Company, mixes  contemporary ballet, break-dance and acrobatic movement, an intimate studio show comprised entirely of world premiere works, May 10-11, 2019;


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.

Los Angeles Master Chorale presents Great Opera and Film Choruses.  In addition to opera-chorus classics, a slate of today’s most exciting film music from the top composers in the business including the music from Get Out and Us, Captain Marvel, Star Wars  and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.   May 4 and 5.

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


Wells Fargo Theatre:  Autry Museum of the American West, 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.

Wende Museum of the Cold War:10808 Culver Bl., Culver City  info@wendemuseum.org   Free concerts but RSVP at their website.