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23 Apr

Events > HOLDING THE MAN

Image courtesy of Australian Theatre Company.

Writer, actor and activist Timothy Conigrave’s best-selling memoir is one of Australia’s great love stories. The stage version by Tommy Murphy captures all its special magic, a celebration that speaks across generations, sexual preference and cultures.

The course of teenage love rarely runs smooth, but it is a white-water adventure if you are a gay boy in an all-boys school in 1970s Melbourne with a crush on the captain of the football team. Despite the odds, Tim and John fall in love and for fifteen years their relationship survives everything life throws at it — the separations, the discriminations, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses — until the only problem love can’t solve threatens to part them.

The Australian Theatre Company presents the Los Angeles premiere with an all-Australian cast, directed by veteran Hollywood acting coach Larry Moss.

“Tim’s story is funny, harrowing, honest and universal,” says Moss. “Like some of us, he discovers too late that he is loved. By the time he finds out he had it, he can no longer get it back.”

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $34.99

Thematic content includes: Love, Sex

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 05/10/2014 to 06/29/2014
Thursdays: 8pm
Fridays: 8pm
Saturdays: 8pm
Sundays: 3pm

Two preview performances take place on Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9.

The Matrix Theatre: 323-960-7735 MAP

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7657 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
90046
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7657 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
90046
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23 Apr

Events > A Delicate Balance

Image courtesy of A Delicate Balance.

Two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Susan Sullivan (Castle, Dharma & Greg, Falcon Crest) and David Selby (Dark Shadows, Falcon Crest) head the cast of Edward Albee’s searing work, directed by Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award-winner Robin Larsen.

Agnes and Tobias’ suburban lives are shaken when they find themselves hosting unexpected houseguests — who plan to stay indefinitely. This stylish, daring and profoundly touching social comedy is full of memorable Albee bits, bountiful bursts of colorful invective and lacerating repartee.

“Albee is concerned with the human condition,” says Larsen. “That existential dread that we all deal with on a daily basis. Human relationships are so tenuous, even those with our closest family and friends — at the end of the day, we are alone. A Delicate Balance explores the unsettling side of what it means to be human.”

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $30.00

Opening night: $45 and includes a gala reception with the actors. There will be pay-what-you-can (minimum $10) performances on Thursday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 21
Thematic content includes: Love, Highbrow, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 05/03/2014 to 06/15/2014
Wednesdays: 8:00 pm
Thursdays: 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 8:00 pm
Sundays: 2:00 pm

Odyssey Theatre: 310-477-2055 MAP

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Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
90025
310-477-2055

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Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
90025
310-477-2055

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310-477-2055
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23 Apr

Events > FAT PIG

Image courtesy of FAT PIG.

Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you tolerate before taking a stand to defend the woman you love? Neil LaBute’s award-winning, stingingly witty romance about love in the modern age of body image and peer pressure tells the story of Tom, a young career guy who hits it off with Helen, a bright, sexy woman who happens to be plus-sized. As he reluctantly finds himself falling in love, Tom’s colleagues are brutal in their assessment of his new mate. LaBute probes our carb-counting, extreme makeover nation by asking tough questions. How much has our relentless pursuit of beauty turned us into an uglier species?

“People might look at the title and think it’s going to be about one thing, but it turns out – in the end – to ultimately be about something quite different,” explains LaBute. “It’s a study in weakness — particularly the weakness of this man who falls in love with someone, and then doesn’t have the backbone, the spine to live up to those convictions.”

“Despite the title of the play, it’s Tom’s story,” asserts director Alexis Jacknow, who recently worked as LaBute’s associate director on L.A. Theatre Works’ production of Reasons to be Happy. “It’s about being able to claim your own happiness in the face of societal pressure. It speaks to everyone.” Jacknow adds, “I am thrilled to be able to collaborate with Neil again on Fat Pig. He has been so lovely about answering my questions and giving me permission to use certain parts of the new text at my discretion.”

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $30

Previews: $15
Thematic content includes: Love, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 04/26/2014 to 06/01/2014
Wednesdays: 8:00 pm
Thursdays: 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8pm
Saturdays: 8pm
Sundays: 7pm

Thursday, April 24 only (preview) at 8pm.

Hudson Mainstage Theater : 323-960-7788 MAP

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Hudson Mainstage Theater
6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90038
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6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90038
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19 Apr

Events > SILENT WITNESSES

Image courtesy of: Rick Friesen, photographer.

Writer/performer Stephanie Satie gives voice to four extraordinary women in her award-winning solo play. How do cataclysmic events affect personal lives?

Based on interviews and conversations with child survivors of the Holocaust, Silent Witnesses paints an uplifting portrait of human resilience shaped through the eyes of children and infused with the wisdom of the adults they’ve become. Winner of the Women in Arts and Media Coalition Collaboration Award.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $30

Seniors $25, Students $20
Thematic content includes: Redemption, Dance/ Movement, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 05/10/2014 to 05/10/2014
Wednesdays: 8:00 pm
Thursdays: 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 7pm

One night only Saturday, May 10 at 8 PM.

OdysseyTheatre: 310-477-2055 MAP

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OdysseyTheatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90025
310-477-2055

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310-477-2055 ext. 2

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OdysseyTheatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90025
310-477-2055

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16 Apr

Events > Sjalusi

Image courtesy of ”Jealousy”.

Deaf West Theatre brings Teater Manu, Norway’s professional sign language theater company, to the U.S. for the first time with a black comedy about three women living on different floors of the same luxurious high-rise. Although they have never met, the trio is inter-connected by their secrets, a man and a feisty email conversation. It’s a story as truthful as life, love and jealousy itself, filled with forbidden emotions, desire and passion.

Teater Manu first staged Sjalusi in 2009 for Clin d’Oeil, Europe’s largest cultural festival for deaf people held in Reims, France, and for Culture Days for Deaf People in Oslo. In order to make the production accessible to an American audience, Deaf West sent a team of ASL Masters to Norway to translate the play into an International Sign Language/American Sign Language hybrid. The actors will be voiced in English.

“Most people don’t realize that not all sign languages are alike,” says Deaf West artistic director David J. Kurs. “Because of our facility with body language and non-manual expression, an area that deaf actors truly excel at, we’re able to learn other sign languages quickly. I’m grateful for opportunities for cross-cultural learning and exchange that allow us to expand our understanding of deaf people and their place in other cultures.”

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $30

Students with valid ID: $25
Thematic content includes: Love, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 04/17/2014 to 05/04/2014
Wednesdays: 8:00 pm
Thursdays: 8pm
Fridays: 8pm
Saturdays: 2pm & 8pm
Sundays: 2pm

[Inside] the Ford: 818-762-2998 MAP

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[Inside] the Ford
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Los Angeles, CA
90068
818-762-2998

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[Inside] the Ford
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Los Angeles, CA
90068
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10 Apr

> An evening of traditional French cabaret in the heart of LA

Image courtesy of Jeremy Schoen.

Cabaret Versatile is back at First & Hope American Bistro!

Following the tradition of the legendary Moulin Rouge in Paris, Cabaret Versatile is the ONLY authentic French cabaret troupe in California and the winner of the Best Variety and Cabaret Show at the 2012 Fringe Festival.

Get ready for an evening of glamour, feathers and “joie de vivre”.

From the spectacular French Cancan to the refined sexiness of French Burlesque, let the dancers, singers and acrobat take you for a spin in their unique world of French folie!

Start the evening with la “French touche”, an opening act featuring a different guest artist from month to month.
Our sponsors Calmada Boutique Hotel & Duverger Macarons will offer 2 lucky members of our audience the chance to win some “très chic” prizes…

Come and join our charming “demoiselles” in the intimacy of the beautiful Fedora Bar, jewel of the First&Hope supper club in Downtown friday april 18th.

PRE-SHOW : 8.30PM – SHOW : 9.00PM
BOOK YOUR TICKETS IN PRESALE WHILE THEY LAST!

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $20

Thematic content includes: Singing, Dance/ Movement

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 04/18/2014 to 04/18/2014
Wednesdays: 8:00 pm
Thursdays: 8pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 2pm & 8pm
Sundays: 2pm

First & Hope : (213) 617-8555 MAP

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First & Hope
710 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA
90012
(213) 617-8555

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916-849-5589

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First & Hope
710 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA
90012
(213) 617-8555

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916-849-5589

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First & Hope
710 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA
90012
(213) 617-8555

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916-849-5589
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10 Apr

Events > Pray to Ball

Image courtesy of Pray to Ball.

Seldom in American culture has this controversial subject been brought to the stage. Amir Abdullah’s distinctive play ignites a passionate conversation on contemporary attitudes and prejudices toward religious choices. The Skylight Theatre Company, committed to the development of new works that resonate with Los Angeles’ richly diverse population, presents their second World Premiere production during this 2014 inaugural season.

As the NBA draft approaches, two Superstar college basketball players and the controversial world of Islam collide in this face-off between life long friends. Beyond money, fame, and flesh…a look at living in America today.

“Timing is right, in the world, for this project and particularly for this generation. Choosing faith, as we become adults in this insta-tweet culture of celebrity and media, brings new kinds of challenges. The stigma of Islam becomes the focus here, but the story clearly poses questions needing to be considered by all of us, regardless our own beliefs.” – Bill Mendieta, Director

Amir Abdullah (Playwright) launches his first full-length play at the Skylight Theatre as a result of being chosen (from hundreds of submissions) for one of the award winning company’s noted development programs. He describes the virtual absence of Islam from the American artistic narrative as becoming the inspiration for this play.

“As an American-born Orthodox Muslim, I have struggled with my identity and faith, through my art. Some argue that being an artist is un-Islamic or unstable. Perhaps that’s the reason for a virtual absence of Islam from the American artistic narrative,” says playwright Amir Abdullah.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $34.00

$30-$34
Thematic content includes: Redemption

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 04/26/2014 to 05/25/2014
Wednesdays: 8:00 pm
Thursdays: 8pm
Fridays: 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 8:00 pm
Sundays: 2:00 pm

Sunday performances conclude with a moderated discussion amongst the audience focusing on specific themes inherent to the production.

The Skylight Theatre Complex: 213-761-7061 MAP

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1816 1/2 N. Vermont
Los Angeles, CA
90027
213-761-7061

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The Skylight Theatre Complex
1816 1/2 N. Vermont
Los Angeles, CA
90027
213-761-7061

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213-761-7061
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1 Apr

Events > Turning Thirty

Image courtesy of Turning Thirty.

“A must-see for any age!” raves Chris Knopf, past president of Writers’ Guild of America, West. “Guarantees laughs! She’s done it again!” hails playwright Jerry Mayer (Aspirin & ELEPHANTS, Almost Perfect, Dietrich & Chevalier, etc). From the team that brought you the 2013 hit Raise Me Up (“Outstanding!” American Radio Network; “Timeless as romance itself!” LA Weekly), it’s a world premiere romantic comedy about mothers, daughters, and the profound effect they have on each other and the men in their lives. An obstacle course of weddings, Porsches, trust fund deadlines, biological clock time-bombs, and life-changing peanut butter frozen yogurt, Turning Thirty illuminates modern-day romance in all its unexpected glory, with the passion and pain of finding, losing, and finding once again your one and only true love.

Written by Lisa Phillips Visca, author of Raise Me Up, Sophia; adapted screenplay Turning Thirty, suspense thriller Climax, screwball farce Fishin’ Musicians. Reality show Love Match is in negotiations with tennis legend Ivan Lendl. The film version of her play Raise Me Up is in development with MRJ Films, directed by Vince Marcello. Directed by Chris DeCarlo, whose most recent projects include Arnold Schulman’s Sleeping Ugly, LA Times Critic’s Choice Aspirin & ELEPHANTS and Last of the Knotts, and the world premiere Lisa Phillips Visca’s Raise Me Up.

Featuring a stellar cast of stage and screen personalities that includes includes Max Bunzel (Don’t Trust the B- in Apartment 23; NCIS: Los Angeles); Patrick Censoplano (Fame; Gettin’ In – Seven Arts Pictures): Dennis Michael* (Two Minute Warning – Universal; Raid on Entebbe – 20th Century Fox); Mary Ann Pianka (Gossip Girl, Life on Earth); Evelyn Rudie* (Funny, You Don’t Look Like A Grandmother; Raise Me Up); Terasa Sciortino* (Kontrast; Josh Brolin and Vincent Riverside’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap); Elisa Surmont* (Shattered Illusions; Hollywood Revisited – National Tour); With special appearances by Mike DiGirolamo (Three Sisters – Steppenwolf; The Best Thanksgiving Ever), Kelley Dorney* (Toy Story: The Musical; Twice Charmed – Walt Disney Theatre), Carly Reeves (Charlie Wilson’s War; Larry Crowne).

Turning Thirty – the ultimate year; the ultimate love story.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $29.00

Students, Teachers, Seniors, Military $22.50. Groups of 8+ $17.50. Under 12 $15. $20 previews April 19,20,27,28 (may not be combined with any other offer or discount). Mention ThomasHamptonReviews & get $5.00 off each ticket!
Thematic content includes: Redemption, Love, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 05/03/2014 to 06/29/2014
Wednesdays: 8:00 pm
Thursdays: 8pm
Fridays: 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Previews are April 19-20 and April 27-28, same times as above

Santa Monica Playhouse - The Other Space: 310-394-9779 MAP

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Santa Monica Playhouse - The Other Space
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA
90401
310-394-9779

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Santa Monica Playhouse - The Other Space
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA
90401
310-394-9779

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31 Mar

Macro Review > Thomas Hampton Reviews ORPHEUS, four larks in downtown Los Angeles

Image courtesy of Eugene Lee.

Junkyard opera provocateurs four larks exude rich sonic, textile, and luminous textures in ORPHEUS, now extended through April 6, 2014.

ORPHEUS carefully constructs temporal, ephemeral beauty for their audience in seventy minutes of operatic moments. Stellar ensemble work and art direction, not the gods, hawk magical realism nightly, curated for an audience prepared for Orpheus’ journey with a luscious maze that you enter with the purchase of a ticket, revealing the theater’s location.

Upon arrival to the second floor of a Fashion District adjacent warehouse, your surroundings transform as bolts of racked fabric give way to tabletop chandeliers and trees plucked from last night’s dreamscape. You worm your way through a tranquil labyrinth of muslin, candle, and found objects. These totemic items prepare you for your journey deep into the underworld.

In addition to the phenomenon of their spectacle, four larks clarifies the Orpheus tale to posit this question: Is the tedium of endless stagnation in the underworld any different than the difficulties of our lives here on Earth?

The skill with which four larks inches you towards this realization is immense. Their attention to light and shadow thrown around the house, and ability to create soundscapes and visual trickery to engage the senses is both unique and phenomenal in it’s quality and power.

Unlike Orpheus, as doomed as Sisyphus to repeat his treck to Hades and back with the same tragic consequences, we, the living, have the choice and opportunity to change course.

You can support four larks by purchasing music from their performances on bandcamp.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00

20.00- discount ticket for students etc
Thematic content includes: Live Music, Site Specific

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 03/26/2014 to 04/06/2014
Tuesdays: 8:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 8:30pm
Sundays: 8:30pm

Special LATE NIGHT show Sat, April 5, 10:45pm.

Secret Location • #dtla: 310-993-2329 MAP

ADDITIONAL INFO

Secret Location • #dtla
provided upon booking
Los Angeles, CA
90011
310-993-2329

ADDITIONAL INFO

Secret Location • #dtla
provided upon booking
Los Angeles, CA
90011
310-993-2329

ADDITIONAL INFO

Secret Location • #dtla
provided upon booking
Los Angeles, CA
90011
310-993-2329

Secret Location • #dtla: 310-993-2329 MAP




29 Mar

Events > Orpheus

Image courtesy of Eugene Lee.

Four Larks’ Orpheus is an immersive theatre event staged in a secret location in downtown Los Angeles. A dozen performer-musicians will lead you through a mythic maze and across an electric desert, in this physically-charged lyrical tone poem. Four Larks creates a “thrilling theatrical bricolage,” leaping from Ovid to Virgil, with a melody from Monteverdi and a rhyme from Rilke, to resurrect this myth embedded in our cultural memory.

Four Larks’ wildly inventive orchestration fuses ancient traditions and modern avant-pop with an acoustic soundscape created by folk and classical instruments, found objects, and otherworldly vocals. This exuberant ensemble of actor-musicians brings together some of Melbourne and Los Angeles’ most exciting new voices.

You can support four larks by purchasing music from their performances on bandcamp.

Read Thomas Hampton’s review of ORPHEUS.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00

20.00- discount ticket for students etc
Thematic content includes: Live Music, Site Specific

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 03/26/2014 to 04/06/2014
Tuesdays: 8:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 8:30pm
Sundays: 8:30pm

Special LATE NIGHT show Sat, April 5, 10:45pm.

Secret Location • #dtla: 310-993-2329 MAP

ADDITIONAL INFO

Secret Location • #dtla
provided upon booking
Los Angeles, CA
90011
310-993-2329

ADDITIONAL INFO

Secret Location • #dtla
provided upon booking
Los Angeles, CA
90011
310-993-2329

ADDITIONAL INFO

Secret Location • #dtla
provided upon booking
Los Angeles, CA
90011
310-993-2329

Secret Location • #dtla: 310-993-2329 MAP




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