Comfortable New Yr! Listed here are a few of the exhibits opening in our native theatres this month:
“A Misunderstanding” Depart all of your preconceived notions on the door. This play is certain to show them inside out. A playful play of concepts that challenges our understanding of actuality whereas asking the query can two individuals basically disagree and proceed to like each other?
Written by Matt Chait and directed by Elina de Santos, it runs Jan. four by means of Feb. three on the Complicated (Ruby Theatre) in Hollywood. For tickets, name (323) 960-4418 or go to www.performs411.com/misunderstanding.
“Desert Rats” Estranged brothers Frank and Jesse reunite to plan a kidnapping in a squalid motel room on a hellish day in Barstow. When day turns into night time and their hostage is introduced out of the trunk, the siblings discover their troubles have simply begun.
Written by Nate Rufus Edelman and directed by Angie Scott, it runs Jan. 5 by way of Jan. 20 on the Los Angeles Theatre Middle in Los Angeles. For tickets, name (866) 811-4111 or go to www.thelatc.org.
“Eternally Brooklyn” is the story of Melvin Kaplofkis, a younger man rising up in Brooklyn within the 1950s who emerges within the 1960s as Mel King, The King of Brooklyn. Younger Mel entertains his household and buddies by telling jokes and tales, however The Mob doesn’t need Mel to go away Brooklyn behind.
Written and directed by Mark Wesley Curran, it runs Jan. 5 by way of Feb. 9 on the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. For tickets, name (800) 838-3006 or go to www.brownpapertickets,.com/occasion/3613939.
“Bat Out of Hell – the Musical” is a romantic journey about rebellious youth and passionate love, set towards the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic metropolis adrift from the mainland.
Written by Jim Steinman, with music by Jim Steinman, and directed by Jay Scheib, it runs Jan. eight by means of Feb. 2 on the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets, name (213) 972-4400 or go to www.AhmansonTheatre.org.
“Jocasta: A Motherf**king Tragedy” a lady who believes she will see the longer term helps Jocasta when she is woke up from a dream right into a literal nightmare, discovering her husband Oedipus can also be her son.
Written and directed by Brian Weir, it runs Jan. 11 via Feb. 10 on the Broadwater Major Stage in Hollywood. For tickets, name (310) 281-8341 or go to www.ghostroad.org.
“Our City” The residents of the small city of Grover’s Corners stay as common and timeless as once they first appeared on stage in 1938.
Written by Thornton Wilder and directed by Stanley Brown, it runs Jan. 11 by means of Feb. 16 on the Westchester Playhouse in Westchester. For tickets, name (310) 645-5156 or go to www.kentwoodplayers.org.
“The Twelfth Night time or What You Will” A heroine is shipped out as an emissary to the Countess Olivia who’s mourning the demise of her brother.
Written by Williams Shakespeare and directed by Sabrina Lloyd, it runs Jan. 11 via Feb. 17 on the Theatre Palisades Pierson Playhouse in Pacific Palisades. For tickets, name (310) 454-1970 or go to www.theatrepalisades.com.
“1776 the Musical” A deadlocked Congress trying to undertake the Declaration of Independence is boiling over in heated confrontations.
Written by Peter Stone, based mostly on an idea by Sherman Edwards, with music by Sherman Edwards, and directed by Glenn Casale, it runs Jan. 12 by means of Feb. three on the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada. For tickets, name (562) 944-9801 or go to www.lamiradatheatre.com.
“The Diary of Anne Frank” A younger Jewish woman, pressured to cover for almost two years to flee Nazi persecution, is an important a part of how we keep in mind one of many darkest durations of our human historical past.
Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and newly tailored by Wendy Kesselman, and directed by Stan Zimmerman, it runs Jan. 12 by way of Feb. 24 on the Complicated Dorie Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets,.com/occasion/3921444.
“Stockholm” Meet the couple who’re the right group. Right now, it’s his birthday and she or he’s going to provide him all his presents, treats and surprises, however truly their relationship is unravelling.
Written by Bryony Lavery and directed by Kim Rubenstein, it runs Jan. 12 by way of Jan. 28 on the Pico Playhouse in West Los Angeles. For tickets, go to www.stockholmla.brownpapertickets,.com.
“Driving Miss Daisy” is concerning the decades-long relationship between a strong-willed, well-to-do Jewish lady and her black chauffeur within the Jim Crow south.
Written by Alfred Uhry and directed by Michael Bloom, it runs Jan. 13 by way of Jan. 27 on the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Seashore. For tickets, name (949) 497-2787 or go to www.lagunaplayhouse.com.
“The Empty Nesters” As an alternative of seeing a limitless horizon filled with recent prospects, one half of the couple faces an empty chasm whereas the opposite begins to marvel if freedom is simply a lack of strong footing.
Written by Garret Jon Groenveld and directed by Richard Seyd, it runs Jan. 17 by way of Feb. 17 on the Zephyr Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets, go to www.EmptyNestersPlay.com.
“It Is Achieved” A mysterious traveler, a sexy barkeep and a sensuous lady are trapped in a dive bar with an plentiful provide of bourbon. Something might occur.
Written by Alex Goldberg and directed by Jeff G. Rack, it runs Jan. 17 by way of Feb. 19 on the Theatre 40, within the Reuben Cordova Theatre in Beverly Hills. For tickets, name (310) 364-0535 or go to www.theatre40.org.
“Sensible Traces” A runaway bride and an oil rig employee have each run away from circumstances too troublesome to endure. Over the subsequent few days they could uncover that they’re kindred spirits.
Written by Cindy Lou Johnson and directed by Kiff Scholl, it runs Jan. 18 by means of Feb. 10 on the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. For tickets, name (440) 465-8878 or go to www.our.present/brillianttraces.
“Dying Home” On the night time a death-house chaplain should hand over the reins to the assured younger pastor set to switch him, the lads encounter an enigmatic inmate who challenges their convictions and modifications their lives eternally.
Written by Jason Karasev and directed by Michael Peretzian, it runs Jan. 18 by means of March 10 on the Street on Lankershim in North Hollywood. For tickets, name (818) 761-8838 or go to www.roadtheatre.org.
“Final Name” The Vaughn household’s go-to protection mechanism of sarcasm and mordant humor falls brief when the getting older mother and father hatch a not-so-funny approach to keep away from the retirement residence.
Written by Anne Kenney and directed by Lane Allison, it runs Jan. 18 by means of Feb. 23 on the Atwater Village Theatre in Atwater. For tickets, name (323) 882-6912 or go to www.openfist.org.
“Aleichem Sholom” follows the lifetime of the beloved Yiddish story-teller and his mespoche, and the large pleasure and optimism that stored him going towards all odds.
Written by Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie, with music by Ben Weisman, Emery Bernauer, Evelyn Rudie and Sholom Aleichem, and directed by Arthur R. Tompkins, it runs Jan. 19 by means of Feb. 24 on the Santa Monica Playhouse in Santa Monica. For tickets, name (310_ 394-9779 Ext. 1 or go to www.santamonicaplayhouse.com/aleichem-sholom.html.
“Hir” is a dysfunctional household dramedy for a brand new period: a extremely smart, heartfelt and deeply, darkly humorous portrayal of a household in disaster through which home abuse, the trauma of struggle and the acceptance of gender neutrality are illustrated in an almost absurd, emotionally gripping, intensely actual dynamic.
Written by Taylor Mac and directed by Bart DeLorenzo, it runs Jan. 19 by means of March 17 on the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets, name (310) 477-2055 Ext. 2 or go to www.OdysseyTheatre.com.
“The Marriage Zone” Three couples get to chatting and start to marvel at simply how a lot they’ve in widespread. Means an excessive amount of in widespread, in truth – a lot in widespread that it begins to develop into surreal.
Written and directed by Jeff Gould, it runs Jan. 19 via March 31 on the Santa Monica Playhouse in Santa Monica. For tickets, name (800) 838-3006 or go to www.brownpapertickets,.com/occasion/3919605.
“Rod Serling’s Tales from the Zone” consists of stage variations of two basic episodes of his best-loved TV collection: “Mr. Garrity and the Graves” and “Will the Actual Martian Please Stand Up?”
Written by Rod Serling, tailored by Jeff G. Rack, and directed by Jeff G. Rack and Charlie Mount, it runs Jan. 21 by means of Feb. 17 on the Theatre Forty, within the Reuben Cordova Theatre in Beverly Hills. For tickets, name (310) 364-0535 or go to www.theatre40.org.
“An Inspector Calls” set in 1912, about Inspector Goole and his sudden arrival on the affluent Birling household residence, shattering their peaceable banquet by his investigations into the demise of a younger lady.
Written by J.B. Priestley and directed by Stephen Daldry, it runs Jan. 22 via Feb. 10 on the Wallis Annenberg Middle for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. For tickets, name (310) 746-4000 or go to www.TheWallis.org/Inspector.
“The Cripple of Inishmaan” is about on the small Aran Island group of Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) off the Western Coast of Eire in 1934, the place the inhabitants are excited to study of a Hollywood movie crew’s arrival in neighboring Inishmore (Inis Mór) to make a documentary about life on the islands.
Written by Martin McDonagh and directed by Steven Robman, it runs Jan. 24 via March 11 on the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Middle in Glendale. For tickets, name (818) 506-1983 or go to www.Antaeus.org.
“Paradise” Two outsiders, a gifted Yemeni-American teenager at a poorly rated highschool within the South Bronx and her disillusioned biology instructor, type an unlikely scientific partnership within the hope of securing her a scholarship.
Written by Laura Maria Censabella and directed by Vicangelo Bulluck, it runs Jan. 26 by way of Feb. 17 on the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets, name (323) 960-7724 or go to www.Performs411.com/Paradise.
“The P.O.W. and the Woman” Torn between familial obligation and an opportunity at love and happiness, can Sarah’s new relationship with Paul survive? Can John ever overcome the traumas of incarceration, torture and abandonment?
Written by Katrina Wooden and directed by Hint Oakley, it runs Jan. 26 via Feb. 16 on the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood. For tickets, name (800) 838-3006 or go to www.brownpapertickets,.com/occasion/3742908.
“S.O.S.” explores how political opportunists and financial techniques have fed off and brought benefit of an increase in our sense of private isolation and the way we’d discover a method again to belonging to one another and the world we inhabit.
Written by numerous well-known writers, and directed by Madeleine Dahm, it runs Jan. 31 by way of Feb. 10 on the Circle X Theatre in Atwater Village. For tickets, name (310) 746-4000 or go to www.TheWallis.org/SOS.
Take pleasure in life extra – see a present tonight!
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