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(Most recently updated: January 23, 2023)

Jan. 28 – March 4, 2023 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m.& Sundays @ 3 p.m., plus Friday, March 3 @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of And If I Don’t Behave Then What
If I resist, if I cross that line, if I don’t conform …what then? Open Fist Theatre Company presents the of the 2021 Eurdram English-language Committee Award-winning And If I Don’t Behave Then What by Berlin-based, Serbian playwright Iva Brdar, a provocative, explosively funny and moving exploration of how “being good” can shape our lives. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $10-$20; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

Feb. 8 – March 25, 2023 (Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays @ 7 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays @ 5 p.m.; previews Feb. 1 – Feb. 4)
Unfinished Women Cry In No Man’s Land While A Bird Dies In A Gilded Cage
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Camden Repertory Theater celebrates Black History Month with an immersive production of Aishah Rahman’s rarely produced underground classic, boasting a live jazz band and presented in Camden Rep’s unique venue — a typical New Jersey row house with only 20 seats. On March 12, 1955, the same day that virtuoso jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker is dying in the plush boudoir of his wealthy European patroness, the spirited teenagers in the Hide-a-Wee Home for Unwed Mothers (the “unfinished women”) must decide whether to keep their babies or put them up for adoption. The Bird is trapped in lost dreams of the past, while the young women look to the possibilities of the future. Mixing poetry and live music into a rich tapestry of longing and love, Unfinished Women possesses a rare and haunting lyricism not soon forgotten. Camden Repertory Theater, 445 Mechanic St., Camden, NJ 08104; $20; (856) 438-8430; www.camdenrep.com.

Feb. 11 – March 12, 2023 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; select Thursdays @ 7:30 p.m.; previews Feb. 5–Feb. 10; no Saturday matinee on Feb. 11):
Much Ado About Nothing
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Sworn to a life solo, Beatrice and Benedict are each determined to evade Cupid’s quiver of arrows, employing against one another rapier wit to defend against what everyone else already knows—that they are hopelessly, desperately in love! Romp, romance, and potential catastrophe collide in William Shakespeare’s fast-moving and irresistibly hilarious comedy. Guillermo Cienfuegos directs. A Noise Within, 3352 E Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107; (626) 353-3100; www.anoisewithin.org

Feb. 17 – March 5, 2023 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Feb. 15 & Thursday, Feb. 16 @ 8 p.m.):
tick, tick…BOOM!
International City Theatre
opens its 2023 “Embracing the Future” season with a pop/rock musical by Jonathan Larson about the courage it takes to follow your dreams. Exhilarating, funny and moving, this semi-autobiographical work about an aspiring composer trying to write the great American musical before time passes him by offers a revealing look at the man who would go on to posthumously receive three Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for his groundbreaking musical, Rent. International City Theatre, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Feb. 18 – April 2, 2023 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.)
West Coast premiere of The Lifespan of a Fact
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What’s more important: writing the truth, or telling a good story? Based on the nonfiction book named “Best of the Year” by the Huffington Post, this highly entertaining, very funny new play follows young intern Jim Fingal, whose first assignment at an elite New York magazine is to fact check an essay written by a highly celebrated and cantankerous author. What Jim finds turns his world upside down. Thought-provoking, with zinging one-liners, The Lifespan of a Fact explodes into a hilarious slugfest between “facts” and “truth,” making it hard to imagine a play ever being more timely. Simon Levy directs. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com.

Feb. 24 – April 16, 2023 (Fridays, Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Yaacobi & Leidental
Friendship, betrayal, intrigue and angst are the raw materials of this funny and provocative satirical romp with songs about a love triangle gone wrong, an early work by Hanoch Levin, Israel’s most prolific and controversial playwright. Even as one laughs at the antics of the brash Yaacobi, the insecure Leidental and the not-as-sweet-as-she-looks Ruth Shahash, there are unavoidable moments of recognition that remind us of our shared human frailty, an understanding of desire and suffering. Newly translated from Hebrew by Naaman Tamuz. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25-$40; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Feb. 25 – April 2, 2023 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.):
Let Me In
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Life takes a surprising turn for the bride’s best friend and the intended groom when a wedding becomes a funeral in the premiere of this dark-ish comedy about love and loss that’s (most probably) based on true events. Theatre 68 Arts Complex, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601; $35; www.theatre68artscomplex.com

March 3 – April 3, 2023 (Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Sept. Feb. 26-March 2):
Love and Information
What does it mean to be human? The digital age has given humanity access to radical equality, effortless connection and unprecedented intimacy. It has also served as a driver of detachment, alienation and unbridled anger. Boundary-pushing playwright Caryl Churchill examines these ideas and more through a kaleidoscope of scenes that reflect on the way we communicate in the 21st century. Eight Antaeus actors play dozens of unique characters from around the planet, each asking the biggest questions in this deep, funny, sexy and engaging work. Antaeus Theatre Company at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $40; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

March 4 – March 26, 2023 (every Saturday @ 8 p.m. & Sunday @ 7 p.m.; plus Friday, March 19 @t 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 19 @ 2 p.m.; Sunday, March 26 @ 2 p.m.):
To the Bone
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Open Fist Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed dark comedy about family, baseball and genetics gets a four-week remount. It’s been 20 years since the Red Sox lost their chance at the pennant when a Yankees fan ran onto the field and voided the final out, but the Dugan sisters are still mad about it. Kelly and Maureen live on the south shore of Boston, where they were known as “hard girls” back in the glory days of high school. Now they’re readying the house for a meeting with the daughter Kelly gave up for adoption back when she was 17. But when Geneva shows up, things don’t go exactly as expected. Theatre 68 Arts Complex, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601; $35; www.theatre68artscomplex.com

March 7 April 11, 2023 (Tuesdays @ 8 p.m.):
Mutant Olive 2.0
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Writer/performer Mitch Hara returns to L.A. with a newer and even more outrageous version of his hilarious, heart-wrenching, multiple award-winning signature play. Father and son forgiveness is at the core of Hara’s manic, brave, tour-de-force performance as Adam Astra, an actor whose past seems to constantly seep into his present. Set during what turns out to be a truly cringe-worthy audition, Astra relays tales of his soul-sucking childhood, monstrous substance abuse, rampant sex, crashed cars, an out of body experience and a black cape — even as he tries out for his dream role in Hamilton: Unplugged. Hudson Theatres, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038; $20; www.onstage411.com/mutant

March 18 – April 24, 2023 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
California premiere of The Thin Place
Can we talk with the dead? Communicate with loved ones we’ve lost? In this mesmerizing new play by Obie Award-winning playwright Lucas Hnath, Linda promises that we can. If you listen — really listen — she can take you to the “thin place,” the fragile boundary between our world and the next. Perhaps it’s merely a cunning illusion that awakens our deepest desires… but then again, so is this spine-tingling play. The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

March 24 – May 28, 2023 (Fridays, Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Picnic
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents William Inge’s sensual, passionate and delightfully funny classic, directed by John Farmanesh-Bocca with an all Black American cast. On a balmy Labor Day in the American Heartland, neighbors are getting ready for the annual picnic. But when a young drifter comes into town and stirs up the emotions of small-town beauty Madge Owens, friendships are pushed to the limits. Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

April 1 – April 23, 2023 (Thursdays @ 7:30 p.m.; Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews March 26–March 31; no Saturday matinee on April 1):
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Set in a South American prison cell in a country under authoritarian rule, two polar opposites discover that love may spring in the most unlikely of places. Poignant and chilling, funny and sensual, Manuel Puig’s pinnacle creation runs the thrilling gamut of fantasy, danger, and finally—eternal hope. A Noise Within, 3352 E Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107; (626) 353-3100; www.anoisewithin.org

April 28 – May 14, 2023 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, April 26 & Thursday, April 27 @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Under the Skin
Lou needs a kidney. Yesterday. His daughter Raina’s got one to spare, but she’s also got issues. (Plenty of these.) Like, how come the sonofabitch had sex with so many women who weren’t her mother? Time leaps backward, forward and sideways. Secrets get aired and truths revealed in this lively, unpredictable comedy by Michael Hollinger (Opus, Ghost-Writer) that asks what we owe our parents and our children. International City Theatre, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

April 29 – May 28, 2023 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; previews April 20–April 28):
World premiere of Whittier Boulevard
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The world premiere of an original, ensemble-devised work from L.A.’s Latino Theater Company. Employing its trademark blend of comedy, drama, music, dance and theatrical magic, the company takes us to Los Angeles, 2042. Years of fires, torrential rain, anarchy and bloodshed have led to a totalitarian city-state where the elderly disappear, their stories forgotten. On the eve of her 75th birthday, faded Chicana starlet Veronica Del Rio enlists the help of her loud-mouth nurse, a kind-hearted police-man fan and a down-on-his-luck poet. Will Veronica find love before it’s too late? Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center (The LATC), 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (213) 4890994; www.latinotheaterco.org

May 13 – June 4, 2023 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; select Thursdays @ 7:30 p.m.; previews May 7 –May 12; no Saturday matinee on April 1):
The Book of Will
A Noise Within
presents a love letter to William Shakespeare and a life in the theater by Lauren Gunderson. In this unforgettable but true story of love, loss, and laughter, the year is 1619—three years after the death of William Shakespeare. Hit hard by the death of their friend and mentor, two of his colleagues become passionately determined to immortalize his work in what is to become the first printed collection of his plays. They’ll just have to borrow, beg and band together to get it done. A Noise Within, 3352 E Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107; (626) 353-3100; www.anoisewithin.org

May 18 – June 12, 2023 (opens Thursday, May 18 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 3 p.m.; previews May 14-17):
World premiere of The Bottoming Process
IAMA Theatre Company and the Los Angeles LGBT Center present a dark comedy written by Nicholas Pilapil, directed by fellow Filipinx American artist Rodney To, and starring Lucille Lortel Award-winning, multiple Drama Desk Award nominated actor George Salazar (Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief). Two writers meet at WeWork and fall in love — or something like it. One is a famed novelist, and the other is a nobody who’s mostly funny on Twitter. One is nearing middle age, and the other is flailing through their twenties. One is White, and the other is definitely Not. As they mate, date and cohabitate, they grapple with issues of race, sex, power and the model minority myth, all to find out who’s really on top. Los Angeles LGBT Center, 1125 N McCadden Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90028; $35; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

June 9 – June 25, 2023 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, June 7 & Thursday, June 8 @ 8 p.m.):
Into the Breeches!
“We Can Do It!” So said Rosie the Riveter, and so say the women of Long Beach in Into the Breeches!, a vibrant new comedy by George Brant. It’s 1942, and the leading men of the local theater company in Long Beach, CA are fighting overseas. With “The Show Must Go On!” as their battle cry, a band of passionate, yet inexperienced, performers rally together to produce the theater’s season opener: an all-female version of Shakespeare’s ambitious Henry IV and Henry V. Will their production be a victory on the home front, or a target for rotten tomatoes? A hilarious and moving story about what happens when we’re all in it together. International City Theatre, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

June 16 – July 17, 2023 (Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews June 11-15):
The Tempest
Antaeus Theatre Company
presents Shakespeare’s final fantasy-romance, directed by Nike Doukas (The Hothouse). Delve into Shakespeare’s world of magical beings, magnificent storms, grandest love and epic betrayal. Classically trained actors, iconic words — seen and heard as never before. Antaeus Theatre Company at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $40; (818) 506-1983;
www.Antaeus.org

July 15 – Aug. 21, 2023 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Crabs in a Bucket
Bernardo Cubría’s funny, playful, existentialist endeavor exploring how communities can be their own worst enemies. Amargo and Pootz are two bitter crabs living in a shucking bucket. They spend their days talking chit about the crabs that got out, the ones who couldn’t take it, and the losers who still live among them. When a new crab arrives filled with hope and change, they are faced with who they once were and their incessant dream of getting the shuck out. Alana Dietze directs. The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; 310-307-3753;
www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Aug. 25 – Sept. 10, 2023 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Aug. 23 & Thursday, Aug. 24 @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Exit Wounds
International City Theatre
presents a story of healing, hope and compassion by Los Angeles playwright Wendy Graf (All American Girl, No Word in Guyanese for Me, Closely Related Keys). The Gold Medallion winner of the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative, Exit Wounds looks behind the “ripped from the headlines” sensationalist story of a horrific tragedy to explore its effect on three generations of the perpetrator’s family. How do you find redemption when someone you love has committed a terrible crime? Can the families of the evildoers ever live a normal life again, or are they forever defined by the actions of one member? International City Theatre, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Sept. 16 – Oct. 23, 2023 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of How It’s Gon’ Be
The Echo Theater Company
presents a poetic exploration of missed connections and feelings to great to speak aloud by JuCoby Johnson. With adulthood looming in the distance, Jahaan and his friends enjoy the last precious moments of summer vacation. When Jahaan’s father returns after a year away, the world stops spinning for a moment — and lines are drawn in the sand. Ahmed Best directs. The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; 310-307-3753;
www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Oct. 20 – Nov. 5, 2023 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Oct. 18 & Thursday, Oct. 19 @ 8 p.m.):
Deathtrap
Just in time for Halloween, International City Theatre presents Ira Levin’s Tony-nominated, gasp-inducing comedy thriller. Sidney Bruhl is a playwright desperately in need of a hit. Just in time, a former student sends him the manuscript of his first play, a murder mystery called Deathtrap. Sidney smells a hit… but he’s never been that fond of sharing credit. “Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy… Suspend your disbelief and be delighted. Scream a little, it’s good for you.” – Cue magazine. Jamie Torcellini directs. International City Theatre, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Friday, Dec. 1 & Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023 @ 7:30 p.m.:
La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin
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L.A.’s Latino Theater Company returns to Downtown L.A.’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels with La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin, the company’s signature holiday pageant that has taken place annually since 2002. Featuring over 100 actors, singers and indigenous Aztec dancers as well as children and seniors from the community, La Virgen is the City of L.A.’s largest theatrical holiday production. Join the tens of thousands who have become transfixed by the story of Juan Diego, a simple peasant to whom the Virgin Mary appeared on four occasions in the mountains of Tepeyac near Mexico City in 1531. Adapted for the stage by Evelina Fernández from the mid-16th century text The Nican Mopohua and performed in Spanish with English subtitles, the pageant has been covered by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles HOY, Univision and Fox News among many others.  Latino Theater Company at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; FREE (premium seating available for $45); (213) 4890994;
www.latinotheaterco.org

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