BY STEVE ZALL AND SID FISH
Listed here are a few of the exhibits you’ll be able to see in our native theaters this month:
“The Significance of Being Earnest” options two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, every with a rigorously hidden double life. However when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a person named Ernest to flee to the town, he promptly travels to Jack’s nation property to pose because the fictional determine himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and probably the most well-known purse in theatre historical past. Written by Oscar Wilde, and directed by Michael Marchak, it runs February 1 by way of March 31 on the Crown Metropolis Theatre Firm in North Hollywood. For tickets name 818-605-5685 or go to www.crowncitytheatre.com.
“Too Heavy for Your Pocket” In rural Tennessee on the peak of the Civil Rights Motion, two younger African-American couples wrestle to know justice, love, and their very own obligations. It superbly explores the sacrifices and tolls within the struggle for freedom and equality which might be positioned, not solely on the fighters, however the individuals they love. Written by Jiréh Breon Holder, and directed by Michael Shepperd, it runs February 1 via March 2 on the Black Field Theater area of the Broadwater Theater Complicated in Los Angeles. For tickets go to www.sacredfools.org.
“Unintentional Dying of an Anarchist” a madman, who invades a police station interrogation room the place an anarchist accused of bombing a railway station has just lately “by chance” fallen out of a window. Donning numerous disguises and voices, the madman manipulates policemen right into a truth-inducing hysteria. Written by Dario Fo, and directed by Will Thomas McFadden, it runs February 2 via March 9 on the Actors’ Gang Theatre at Ivy Substation in Culver Metropolis. For tickets name 310-838-4264 or go to www.TheActorsGang.com.
“Heisenberg” Candy, attractive and filled with surprises, the story follows two strangers whose lives intersect in a bustling London practice station. Free-spirited Georgie, an American in her 40s, unexpectedly crops a kiss on the neck of Alex, an Irish butcher in his 70s. She doesn’t actually know why. Or does she? When Georgie turns up in Alex’s store a couple of days later, filled with contradictions, his typical life turns into chaotic, unsure and undeniably richer. Peeling away the various layers of on a regular basis relationships with delicate humor and quiet poeticism, this story brings to poignant theatrical life the unsure and typically comical sparring match that’s human connection. Written by Simon Stephens, and directed by Katharine Farmer, it runs February 2 by means of February 17 on the Rubicon Theatre Firm in Ventura. For tickets name 805-667-2900 or go to www.rubicontheatre.org.
“Two Trains Operating” It’s 1969 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, the place the regulars of Memphis Lee’s restaurant wrestle to deal with the turbulence of a world that’s quickly altering round them. With compassion, humor and an outstanding sense of place and time, it paints a vivid portrait of on a regular basis lives within the shadow of nice occasions. Written by August Wilson, and directed by Michele Shay, it runs February 2 by means of March three on the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets name 855-326-9945 or go to www.augustwilsonstwotrainsrunning.eventbrite.com.
“Whoopsie-Doopsie!” a unusual comedy a few in style, sensible, handsome man whose world is turned the wrong way up when his girlfriend delivers unwelcomed info. Written and directed by Artwork Shulman, it runs February 2 via March three on the Upstairs on the Group Rep within the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood. For tickets name 818-763-5990 or go to www.thegrouprep.com.
“Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider” is a hilarious tackle parenting, faith, most cancers, feminism and even her iconic characters’ place in right now’s trendy panorama. It’s a night of laughter with one among comedy’s most indelible, indestructible voices. Written and directed by Julia Sweeney, it runs February 5 via February 10 on the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater on the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. For tickets name 310-208-5454 or go to www.geffenplayhouse.org.
“Ragtime: The Musical” begins with an unforgettable sweeping, nine-minute opening quantity during which all strata of society of the early twentieth century are launched: immigrant Jews of their ghetto, profitable wealthy Protestants, and African People. The fictional characters – pianist Coalhouse Walker Jr., his youngster’s mom Sarah – who has develop into a part of a revered household headed by the white Father and Mom – and a Latvian immigrant Tateh, are ultimately joined by a parade of historic figures — Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, Emma Goldman and even Harry Houdini – on this a lot appreciated and well-remembered musical. Written by Terrence McNally, with music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and directed by David Lee, it runs February 5 via March three on the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena. For tickets name 626-356-7529 or go to www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.
“Witness Uganda” follows Griffin, a New York Metropolis-based American volunteer, as he arrives in Uganda to assist construct a village faculty and escape his church’s condemnation of his sexuality. When he falls into a sophisticated relationship with a gaggle of destitute, orphaned youngsters, he finds himself pushed by a mission that may change his and their lives perpetually. From the rolling hills of the Ugandan countryside to a stifling condominium in New York Metropolis, from a joyous celebration of African youth to a terrifying abduction eight,000 miles away, it explores the query, “is altering the world even attainable?” Written by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, with music by Matt Gould, and directed by Griffin Matthews, it runs February 5 via February 24 on the Wallis Annenberg Middle for Performing Arts Lovelace Studio Theater in Beverly Hills. For tickets name 310-746-4000 or go to www.TheWallis.org/Witness.
“The Mountaintop” takes place on the night time of April three, 1968. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has simply given one among his most impassioned and well-known speeches to help sanitation staff throughout an intense strike in Memphis. Often known as his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, he spoke as if he knew what may occur the subsequent day. It’s a darkish night time, and lighting and thunder crack the sky. Room 306, the Lorraine Motel. Tonight, it’s simply one other stopover motel for Dr. King. Tomorrow, it turns into the scene of certainly one of our nation’s biggest losses. Water stains pockmark the partitions. Shiny orange and fading brown sixties décor accent the room. The carpet is the colour of bile. Dr. King, drained and hungry, needs cigarettes and occasional. However principally he’s weary. Written by Katori Corridor, and directed by Gregg T. Daniel, it runs February 6 via March 10 on the Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank. For tickets name 818-955-8101 or go to www.garrymarshalltheatre.org.
“Man of God” A hidden discovery in a lodge toilet modifications the lives of 4 Korean Christian women on a mission journey to Thailand. Samantha is harm that somebody she trusted might betray her. Jen is frightened about how this may have an effect on her school purposes. Kyung-Hwa thinks everybody ought to modify their expectations. Mimi’s out for blood. Amid the neon lights and go-go bars in Bangkok, the women plot revenge on this humorous, feminist thriller. Written by Anna Moench, and directed by Jesca Prudencio, it runs February 7 by way of February 24 on the David Henry Hwang Theater in Los Angeles. For tickets name 213-625-7000 or go to www.eastwestplayers.org.
“1776 The Musical” the electrifying musical concerning the founding of America. That includes an exciting forged, this Tony Award-winning smash begins with a deadlocked Congress. Its makes an attempt to undertake the Declaration of Independence are boiling over in heated confrontations. Sound acquainted? Spoiler alert: by the night of July 2nd, the 2 sides are nonetheless miles aside! Written by Peter Stone, with music by Sherman Edwards, and directed by Glenn Casale, it runs February eight by means of February 10 on the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Middle for the Performing Arts in Northridge. For tickets name 818-677-3000 or go to www.TheSoraya.org.
“Anna Karenina” an upside-down telling of Tolstoy’s basic story, this eight-person dramatic occasion is a fast-paced examination of affection, adultery and marriage. Written by Helen Edmundson, tailored from the novel by Leo Tolstoy, and directed by Heather Chesley, it runs February eight by way of March 17 on the Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre in Hollywood. For tickets name 323-462-8460 or go to www.ActorsCo-op.org.
“Miss America’s Ugly Daughter: Bess Myerson & Me” is an interesting account of rising up a confused ugly duckling within the shadow of a spectacular mom. A clumsy, chubby child with frizzy hair, buck tooth and no apparent expertise, Barra was magnificence queen Myerson’s solely baby. The primary and solely Jewish Miss America, Myerson was well-known — an completed pianist, tv character, New York Metropolis’s first Commissioner of Shopper Affairs, an in depth advisor to Mayor Ed Koch, and a nationwide spokesperson towards anti-Semitism — till she turned notorious, falling in love with the fallacious man and taking place together with her Mafia boyfriend in a judge-bribing scandal. Within the play, Barra takes us on the journey of her life: a feisty wrestle as she tries to slot in at college, meet the correct man, discover a profession and forge her personal place within the universe. However Bess (voiced off stage by Piper) is ever-present, fixated on “enhancing” Barra by molding her right into a model of herself. Written by Barra Grant, with music by Mark Adler, and directed by Eve Brandstein, it runs February eight by means of March 24 on the Greenway Courtroom Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets name 323-285-2078 or go to www.MissAmericasUglyDaughter.com.
“Airport Encounters: Brace for Impression!” is a comedic anthology of inter-connected vignettes centered round a central hub that take a tough and hysterical take a look at human behaviors and the issues we face, all in actual time as each weary and excited passengers move via an airport and onto their subsequent journey. That includes particular person tales of the eclectic however all too acquainted passengers written by a group of prime writers, the tales comprise a much bigger image, a full present in itself, making for a very distinctive theatrical expertise from Neo Ensemble Theatre. Written by Elayne Heilveil, Mark Harvey Levine, Scott Mullen, Beth Polsky, Jessica Rowe and Rom Watson, and directed by June Carryl, David Bickford, Valerie Gould, Joe Ochman, Richard Pierce, Matthew Singletary and Lauren Smerkanich, it runs February 9 by means of February 24 on the Lounge Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets go to www.neoensembletheatre.org.
“Demise of a Salesman” is a haunting and shifting portrait of a person whose perception in, and pursuit of, the American dream ends in tatters. Written by Arthur Miller, and directed by Joseph Hanreddy, it runs February 9 via February 24 on the New Vic in Santa Barbara. For tickets name 805-965-5400 or go to www.etcsb.org.
“The Servant of Two Masters” Lombardi’s son Silvio loves Clarice, however her father, Pantalone, has promised her to the rich dung service provider Federigo Rasponi, who is basically Beatrice Aretusi disguised as a person looking for her lover, the tango instructor Florindo, to allow them to run off and open a dance studio in Brooklyn. It’s difficult. Written by Carlo Goldoni, and directed by Lance Davis, it runs February 9 via March 10 on the Parson’s Nostril Theater in Pasadena. For tickets name 626-403-7667 or go to www.parsonsnose.com.
“Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole” imagines Nat “King” Cole as he faces the ultimate Christmastime broadcast of his groundbreaking selection present and weighs the recommendation of his pal Sammy Davis Jr. to “exit with a bang.” Cole’s hit songs, reminiscent of “Nature Boy,” “It’s a Good Day” and “Smile,” underscore this boldly unique homage to the famend performer who struggled to interrupt by way of America’s colour barrier within the early days of tv. Written by Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor, and directed by Patricia McGregor, it runs February 13 by means of March 17 on the Gil Cates Theater on the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. For tickets name 310-208-5454 or go to www.geffenplayhouse.org.
“Born to Win” Pinky Corningfield has all the time dreamed of her daughter profitable the “Supreme Queen.” So when Marge, a newcomer to the kid pageant circuit, exhibits up together with her daughter and begins grabbing all of the glory, Pinky will cease at nothing to get the crown. Written by Matthew Wilkas and Mark Setlock, and directed by Michael Matthews, it runs February 15 via March 31 on the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets name 323-957-1884 or go to www.celebrationtheatre.com.
“A Gentleman’s Information to Love and Homicide” is the knock-’em-dead, uproarious romp full of unforgettable music and continuous laughs. When the low born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom within the lofty D’Ysquith household, he figures his probabilities of outliving his predecessors are slight and units off down a much more murderous path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting family members with out being caught and turn out to be the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of affection? This enjoyable musical follows him on his adventures that may change the course of his future. Written by Robert L. Freedman, with music by Steve Lutvaki, lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steve Lutvaki, and directed by Peggy Hickey, it runs February 15 by way of March three on the Cerritos Middle for the Performing Arts in Cerritos. For tickets name 562-916-8500 or go to www.Cerritoscenter.com.
“The Pleasure Wheel” Life is altering for Frank and Stella. On the night time of Frank’s retirement celebration, this as soon as loving and easy couple discover themselves pulled in several instructions because the winds of change blow by means of Pleasure, Illinois. The world shouldn’t be what it was. Pleasure is just not what it was. Stella is shaken, however impressed, by her greatest good friend turning into a liberated, sexualized, unbiased lady, whereas Frank decides to emulate his doomsday prepper pal by constructing an underground bunker that when was the household swimming pool. It’s as if all of them are driving the Pleasure Wheel, hanging on to another person to allow them to keep their floor. Written by Ian McRae, and directed by Jason Alexander, it runs February 15 by means of March 24 on the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica. For tickets name 310-397-3244 or go to www.ruskingrouptheatre.com.
“America Adjoining” In pursuit of the American Dream, six pregnant Filipina ladies danger every little thing. Confined to a one-bedroom one-bath unit in East Hollywood, they do their greatest to beat fears of jail and deportation in order that their youngsters can have a greater life. Playwright Boni B. Alvarez examines the promise of US Citizenship asking, “How far would we go to provide our youngsters a greater future?” Written by Boni B. Alvarez, and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera, it runs February 16 by means of March 24 on the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets name 213-761-7061 or go to www.SkylightTix.org.
“Life Might Be a Dream” SH-BOOM! Meet fledgling doo-wop singing group the Crooning Crabcakes as they put together to enter the Huge Whopper Radio contest and understand their goals of creating it to the large time. The ’60s doo-wop songs on this award-winning jukebox musical say all of it: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Keep,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops” and “The Glory of Love.” Written by Roger Bean, with music by Invoice Wolfe, and directed by Jamie Torcellini, it runs February 22 via March 10 on the Worldwide Metropolis Theatre in Lengthy Seashore. For tickets name 562-436-4610 or go to www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.
“Hype Man” A hip-hop trio – frontman, hype man and beat maker – is on the verge of creating it massive on nationwide TV when a police capturing of a black teen shakes the band to its core, forcing them to confront questions of race, gender, privilege and when to make use of inventive expression as an act of social protest. Written by Idris Goodwin, and directed by Deena Selenow, it runs February 23 via April 14 on the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets name 323-663-1525 or go to www.FountainTheatre.com.
“The Judas Kiss” In spring of 1895, Oscar Wilde was bigger than life. His masterpiece, The Significance of Being Earnest, was successful within the West Finish and he was the toast of London. But by summer time he was serving two years in jail for gross indecency. Punished for “the love that dare not converse its identify,” Wilde remained dedicated to his beloved, Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas. This story revolves round two pivotal moments in his life: the day when, cajoled by Bosie into an ill-fated trial, he decides to remain in England and face imprisonment, and an evening when, after his launch two years later, the lover for whom he risked the whole lot betrays him once more. Written by David Hare, and directed by Michael Michetti, it runs February 23 via March 24 on the Boston Courtroom in Pasadena. For tickets name 626-683-6801 or go to www.BostonCourtPasadena.org.
“Tuesdays with Morrie” Mitch Albom, on his commencement day from Brandeis College, guarantees to remain in contact together with his beloved sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz. Mitch will get busy with life and doesn’t maintain his promise. At first, he’s a jazz pianist, however abandons that profession when he turns into profitable as a sports activities journalist and sportscaster. One night time, he sees Morrie on ABC-TV’s Nightline with Ted Koppel. Morrie’s joie de vivre within the face of his challenges from Lou Gehrig’s Illness captivates the Nightline viewers. Mitch re-connects with Morrie, flying in to see him finally each Tuesday (therefore this play’s title). Within the time that Morrie has left, he’ll equip Mitch for his life forward. Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, and directed by L. Flint Esquerra, it runs February 23 via March 31 on the Sierra Madre Playhouse in Sierra Madre. For tickets name 626-355-4318 or go to www.sierramadreplayhouse.org.
“Blues within the Night time” The 26 scorching and torchy numbers – by icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and extra – inform of the candy, attractive and sorrowful experiences that three ladies have with the mendacity, dishonest, snake of a person, who represents the lads who do them mistaken. Written and directed by Sheldon Epps, with music by Abdul Hamid Royal, it runs February 24 by means of March 10 on the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Seashore. For tickets name 949-497-2787 or go to www.lagunaplayhouse.com.
“A Bundle of Hassle” An inventor’s life crumbles when his estranged, precocious eight year-old daughter involves reside with him. She unravels this charming curmudgeon’s residence, work, and coronary heart. Written by Ruth Hale, tailored by James Citadel Stevens, and directed by James Citadel Stevens, it runs via February 2 on the Glendale Centre Theatre in Glendale. For tickets name 818-244-8481 or go to www.glendalecentretheatre.com.
“Soul Crushing Disco Ball” Killer Kisses, STD Clinics, Marriage…DIVORCE. Typically ladies trigger males “numerous ache,” so when a school-yard rumor spreads that one feminine scholar has dedicated manslaughter, two third-grade boys be a part of forces to cease the bleeding by forming a friendship that spans three many years value of debacles by the hands of the other intercourse. It’s true. Being a greatest pal is usually a soul-crushing job, however one which additionally comes with shocking advantages. Written by Travis Perkins and Chambers Stevens, and directed by Chambers Stevens, it runs via February three on the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets name 323-960-7822 or go to www.performs411.com/discoball.
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Road” follows Sweeney Todd as he settles right into a barber store, above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie store, and plots revenge on the lecherous decide who wronged Todd and his household. The barber’s unusual alliance with the pie-maker appears to offer the right answer to their issues. The themes in Sweeney—energy, abuse of energy, revenge and duty—proceed to resonate with 21st-century audiences. Written by Stephen Sondheim, with music by Stephen Sondheim, and directed by Kent Nicholson, it runs by means of February 16 on the Segerstrom Stage at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. For tickets name 714-708-5555 or go to www.scr.org.
“Nude/Bare” Pulitzer Prize profitable photographer Bennett Duquesne and his daughter Addy have had their controversial work collected by main artwork museums everywhere in the world. When Addy’s belief funder boyfriend shoots considered one of Duquesne’s college students of their front room, pictures meant to be seen on artwork gallery partitions or in espresso desk books develop into plastered everywhere in the Web. The Duquesnes wrestle to carry onto their distinctive, intuitive relationship whereas the native District Lawyer pressures them to disclose extra about their private lives, and the mainstream and social media launch brutal assaults. Written and directed by Paul Hoan Zeidler, it runs by way of February 17 on the McCadden Place Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets name 310-204-4883 .
“Sensible Love” is a up to date comedy with a scientific twist. The Wachowski family is turned the wrong way up when their son makes a shock go to house, from MIT, with an sudden visitor. How far will human beings go with a purpose to salvage love? Written by Brian Letscher, and directed by Elina de Santos, it runs via February 24 on the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice. For tickets name 310-822-8392 or go to www.pacificresidenttheatre.com.
“Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star” is 2 one-act performs the place three younger ladies who’re neighbors and associates share drinks and arduous truths about life, love, and marriage whereas doing laundry on a very popular day. In one other a part of city three males beat-the-heat within the yard of a bar because the native highschool hero, just lately returned after a hitch in Vietnam, particulars his army and amorous exploits. Laughs are shared, souls are bared. Written by James McLure, and directed by Barbara Brownell, it runs via March three on the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood. For tickets name 818-763-5990 or go to www.thegrouprep.com.
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