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(Most recently updated: July 19, 2018)

July 21 – Aug. 19 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
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World premiere of Mayakovsky and Stalin — The newest work from legendary poet-playwright Murray Mednick is a dramatic character study incorporating historical footage and photos to explore two distantly connected relationships: that of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his wife Nadya, and of Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and his married lover and “muse” Lilyana Brik. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038; $25; (323) 960-4443; www.plays411.com/stalin

July 21 – Sept. 2 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
Side by Side by Sondheim
— The sophistication, wit, insight, heart and genius of Broadway’s most innovative and influential artist is at the center of this tribute to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. A musical treat, Side by Side features a dazzling array of songs from landmark shows that revolutionized the art of musical theater with their masterful craft and astounding creativity, including Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle and Pacific Overtures — as well as songs from the classics Sondheim wrote with musical theater giants Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers such as West Side Story, Gypsy and Do I Hear a Waltz? Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $30-$35; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.co

July 26 – Aug. 23 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
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What Happened When  Echo Theater Company’s West Coast premiere of Daniel Talbott’s haunting ghost story returns with a different set of ensemble members. On a snowy night in a rural farmhouse, three siblings (Ian Bamberg, Joey Stromberg and Libby Woodbridge) huddle together in the dark with a flashlight, while the audience (unseen by them) gathers closely around. Expect to be fully immersed in this beautiful, provocative and disturbing memory play. (The production’s April run featured Randall Clute, Ellen Neary and Chris Stack; the show will reopen for a third run at the end of September with Randall Clute, Matthew Gallenstein, and, at alternate performances, Kenzie Caplan and Mara Klein.) The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

July 27 – Aug. 25 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
Under Milk Wood —  Intensely beautiful, poignant and sublimely funny, this “play for voices” by the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas recounts the dreams, gossip and waking hours of the sleepy, Welsh seaside town of Llareggub — a name that seems innocent enough until you read it backwards. Unforgettable characters such as Captain Cat, Myfanwy Price, the Reverend Ely Jenkins, Organ Morgan, Polly Garter and Dai Bread populate this odd place, and their affectionate charm and humor still captivate and entertain 65 years after it was written. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

July 28 – Sept. 30 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
Haiti
— A rare revival of William DuBois’ historical melodrama about the 1802 overthrow of the colonial Haitian government by Toussaint L’Ouverture. Subtitled “A drama of the black Napoleon,” Haiti was presented in 1938 by the Negro Theatre Unit of the Federal Theatre Project in a radical and controversial production that featured white and black actors performing together onstage at the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$38.50; (310) 455-3723;
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Aug. 5 – Sept 23 (Sunday mornings @ 10:30 a.m.):
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Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts
Sunday mornings mean fun for families at Theatricum Botanicum’s magical outdoor amphitheater-in-the-woods, with a different musical guest every week. Aug 5: Steve Eulberg and Erin Mae Rogers; Aug. 26: LoveBug & Me; Sept. 9: Masanga Marimba Ensemble; Sept. 16: Peter Alsop; Sept. 23: Rhythm Child. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10 *Please note: all performances begin at 10:30 a.m.; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.:
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Downtown Culver City Tropical Staycation & Spiked Tropical Punch Tasting” — Downtown Culver City is the perfect place to get away without any of the stress of traveling. Party and play in a neighborhood that always feels like a vacation, especially on the Third Wednesday of August. Say “Aloha” to summer, which means hello and good-bye, with samples of spiked tropical punch (non-alcoholic samples available for the under-21 set), live music and more. Look for the balloons between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to identify participating restaurants, bars and retail outlets. Check in at any one to get your “Third Wednesday Passport” — then get it stamped each time you sample a tasty treat. Make your way over to the Kirk Douglas Theatre, enjoying live music in the streets along the way. There, you can turn in your passport to be entered in a raffle to win summertime prizes (no purchase necessary). Don’t let summer pass you by without a ‘staycation’ in Culver City’s Downtown area, Southern California’s best kept secret with its wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries, and unique restaurants opening on to tree-lined streets. Take advantage of Downtown’s universal valet parking system: drop your car off at any of our convenient locations, then pick it up at another. Free parking is also available for up to one hour in any of Downtown’s three municipal parking structures. Or just leave your car at home — Uber or Lyft downtown, or take the Metro’s Expo line to the Culver City Station. Downtown Culver City (south of the 10 Freeway and east of the 405, between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds and Duquesne Ave.); FREE; www.downtownculvercity.com.

Aug. 18 – Sept. 23 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m., Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
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World premiere
of Jews, Christians and Screwing Stalin — Took A Cab Productions and the world famous Improv comedy club present an outrageous comedy, inspired by a true story, about family dysfunction, atonement and matzo balls. On the eve of Rosh Hashanah in 1967, Joey brings his pregnant, Christian fiancé home to meet the radical communist bubby who raised him. Minka Grazonsky is tough as nails — and why not? Her brother was the first president of Stalin’s Soviet Union. When Joey’s alcoholic father shows up at the table, alliances are challenged and new beginnings forged… maybe. Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046; $35; (323) 960-4412; www.Plays411.com/Matzoballs.

Aug. 24 – Sept. 9, 2018 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
The Glass Menagerie — The iconic American classic that launched the career of American playwright Tennessee Williams, this autobiographical “memory play” captures the fragility and stifled yearning of characters clinging to hope against the harsh realities of a rapidly changing world. Confined to a tiny St. Louis apartment on the eve of World War II, the Wingfield family struggles to find beauty amid the rough circumstances that surround them. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Sept. 1 – Oct. 7 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
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World premiere
of Infidel A suspense thriller that explores religious superstition and terrorism in the name of Islam versus unscrupulous Western imperialism and war mongering. When an American anthropologist is kidnapped in Baghdad by seemingly ruthless fundamentalists, an exchange of ideas with his captors evolves into a spiritual quest for the meaning of faith. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423; $20-$35; (323) 960-7738 or www.WhitefireTheatre.com

Sept. 7 – Sept. 28 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.)
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Under the Oaks — Theatricum Botanicum’s salon series offers music and performance outdoors under the California oaks in its intimate S. Mark Taper Foundation Pavilion. Friday, Sept. 7: The Pacific Trio (Chamber music with pianist Edith Orloff, violinist Roger Wilkie and cellist John Walz); Friday, Sept. 14: Rolf Kent’s The Concert Goes Awry(an evening with the Golden Globe and emmy-nominated film and television composer); Friday, Sept. 21: Blacklisted (a one of a kind evening celebrating labor leader musicians like like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger who society once sought to silence); Friday, Sept. 28: Composers Collective (an evening of world premiere chamber music from some of Hollywood’s most prominent composers living in and around Topanga) Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $25; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Sept. 8 – Oct. 28 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere
of Old Clown Wanted — Inspired by Federico Fellini’s 1970 clown picture ‘The Clowns,” three aging clowns compete for a job in this absurdly comic look at man’s fear of uselessness in society by Romanian-Fremch playwright Matei Visniec. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $30-$35; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Sept. 9 – Oct. 14 (Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
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Los Angeles premiere of “BLACK!” — In this dynamic, funny and deeply truthful performance, actor, playwright and storyteller Michael Washington Brown shatters stereotypes, playing out the life stories of four men from around the world (America, England, Jamaica and Africa), each of whom is black — but who each has a very different perspective on what that means. “Pulls no punches… shocking, funny and enraging… highly recommended” — Chicago Sun Times. Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046; $25; (800) 838-3006; www.blackonemanshow.brownpapertickets.com

Sept. 14 – Oct. 21 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
Southern California premiere of All Night Long —  Playwright John O’Keefe’s outrageously funny, surreal sit-com about 18 hours in the life of an all-American nuclear family. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

Sept. 15 – Oct. 21 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Gloria — A razor-sharp, darkly comic drama about ambition, office warfare and pecking orders. In this explosive Pulitzer Prize finalist by MacArthur “genius” Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the only thing that matters is style, status and selling out to the highest bidder. “A whip-smart satire… A sharp-toothed comic drama with a whole lot to say” — The New York Times. “Sharply entertaining” — Time Out. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Sept. 20 – Oct. 28 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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World premiere of U.K. Underdog Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (START) in association with Pacific Resident Theatre presents writer/performer Steve Spiro’s funny, refreshing and highly theatrical solo show, based on true events. A young Jewish boy in London transforms himself, through sheer force of will (and plenty of chutzpah) from bullied underdog to martial artist, boxer and community leader. All profits from the production will be donated to anti-bullying and animal rescue organizations. Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046; $25; (323) 960-7788; www.plays411.com/ukunderdog

Sept. 27 – Oct. 18 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
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What Happened When — On a snowy night in a rural farmhouse, three siblings huddle together in the dark with a flashlight, while the audience (unseen by them) gathers closely around. Expect to be fully immersed in this beautiful, provocative and disturbing ghost story/memory play by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s Daniel Talbott (Slipping) that Stage Raw calls “a moving, indelible experience.” The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Saturday, Oct. 6 @ 2 p.m.:
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The Woody Guthrie Story
A tribute to the songwriter, folklorist and labor leader who was also a longtime Theatricum friend. The spirit of Woody Guthrie is brought to life through his own words and music in this signature event performed by members of the Geer family and their friends. Cinematographer Haskell Wexler will be honored in memoriam with the second annual Will Geer Humanitarian Award.. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $35; (310) 455-3723;
www.theatricum.com

Sunday, Oct. 7 @ 4 p.m.:
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Inara George and Friends in Concert
— Homegrown Topangan and acclaimed singer/songwriter, Inara George returns to Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum for her annual concert that benefits the theater’s educational programming. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $35; (310) 455-3723;
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Oct. 18 – Nov. 18 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m):
Los Angeles premiere
of Radiant Vermin — A vicious satire flecked with horror. How far are we willing to go to satisfy our materialistic desires? In this outrageous comedy with a killer heart, acclaimed British playwright and provocateur Philip Ridley turns his attention to two of the defining social conversations of our time: home ownership, and homelessness. Ollie and Jill want to tell you about their dream home — but some of the things they did to get it… well, you might find them shocking. Presented by L.A.’s hottest new theater company, Door Number 3. A visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $30-$35; (310) 477-2055 x2;
www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Oct. 19 – Nov. 4, 2018 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
A Splintered Soul Alan L. Brooks’ gripping drama about war refugees haunted by the death of their loved ones — and by memories of the things they had to do to survive. It’s 1947 in San Francisco, home to a group of resettled Holocaust survivors from Poland whose very existence depended on blurring the lines between right and wrong. How can these splintered souls adapt to a new life in a new land, where all the rules have changed? International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Oct 20 – Dec 16 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Cost of Living Two disabled characters and two caretakers make up the cast of Martyna Majok’s gripping and surprisingly funny play. But which is which? John, who has cerebral palsy, is a rich, bratty grad student; Ani, a double amputee, is a hilariously foul-mouthed North Jersey terror. The people who help them, Eddie and Jess, have different problems. Cost of Living, which could have been an identity play about people with disabilities, is thus so much greater: a play about disabilities with people. Winner of the Edgerton New Play Prize; the Jean Kennedy Smith Prize, John F. Kennedy Center; the Women’s Invitational Prize, Ashland New Play Festival; and named one of the ‘Best Plays of 2017’ by The New York Times. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Oct. 25 – Dec. 10 (Opens on Thursday, Oct. 25 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m. – previews begin Oct. 18):
The Little Foxes — Cameron Watson, who helmed Antaeus’ 2017 multiple award-winning revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, returns to direct another epic drama about a Southern family in crisis. In a small Alabama town circa 1900, members of a decaying family battle society and one another for their continued place of prominence and authority amid changing times and the encroachment of outside forces. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $30-$34; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
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Theatricum BOO-tanicum — Unique outdoor theater garden Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum with the company’s 8th annual Halloween extravaganza. Wander Theatricum’s wooded grounds in the heart of rustic Topanga Canyon, where the stage and sets are converted into a frightening maze and haunted house. Enjoy delicious food and spooky drinks; actors telling ghost stories; pumpkin and face painting; game booths; performances by Creative PlayGround, Peter Alsop, comedy improv group Off the Grid; and more. Come on down… if you dare. Perfect for ghosts and goblins of all ages. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $15; Children 5 and under Free; (310) 455-2322; www.theatricum.com

Friday, Nov. 2 from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
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Dia de los Muertos
— Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday at 24th Street Theatre’s free annual block party with music, dance, homemade tamales and other “antojitos Latin Americanos,” facepainting, crafts booths — and a graveyard where families can make their own altars for their departed loved ones. The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a procession from the corner of 24th Street and Magnolia to the festivities at 24th Street Theatre. Bring a flashlight!. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; FREE; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

Thursday, Dec. 6 @ 6 p.m.:
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Culver City Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
— Celebrate the season of goodwill at this annual event. See Santa Claus as he makes a very special visit all the way from the North Pole. There will be hot cider, hot cocoa, cookies and other festive treats to make everyone feel merry; performances by local choirs; and appearances by the Mayor and city council members. Culver City makes this holiday celebration “green” and energy efficient, lighting a beautiful 22-foot artificial Rocky Mountain pine tree with over 7,500 warm-white LED lights. Stay afterwards for dinner at one of Downtown Culver City’s many restaurants, or take a stroll down the boulevards. Culver City’s downtown area is Southern California’s best kept secret, featuring a wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries, and unique restaurants opening on to tree-lined streets. Parking is free in municipal structures for up to one hour or valet parking is available at four convenient Downtown locations.. Town Plaza, Downtown Culver City (intersection of Culver Blvd. and Van Buren Pl., next to Culver Hotel & Pacific Theaters); FREE; www.downtownculvercity.com

Monday, Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.:
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59th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
— Bring the whole family to Los Angeles’ biggest, Emmy Award-winning holiday show at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of L.A. celebrate the season during this free three-hour extravaganza, a decades-old tradition, beloved by Angelenos. Even the parking underneath The Music Center is free. The entire three hours will be broadcast live on PBS Socal. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012; FREE; (213) 972-3099;
www.HolidayCelebration.org

 

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