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Most recently updated: June 14, 2024

 

June 14 – June 30, 2024 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, June 12 & Thursday, June 13 @ 8 p.m.):
The Outsider
International City Theatre
presents The Outsider, Paul Slade Smith’s timely and hilarious political satire about a flawed candidate who seems destined to fail. Ned Newly is terrified of public speaking, and his poll numbers are impressively bad. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things a bit differently. Sure, Ned might possibly be the worst candidate to ever run for office — but what if that’s exactly what the public is looking for? International City Theatre, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Thursday, June 20 @ 8 p.m.:
Comedy Night at the Odyssey
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See some of the best comics in the country drop by and perform on the third Thursday of every month in this series curated by writer, actor, and comedian Kevin Flynn. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

June 22 – Oct. 4, 2024 (check online or call for rotating repertory performance schedule):
Wendys Peter Pan
Calling all young-at-heart: Theatricum Botanicum has transformed its uniquely beautiful outdoor amphitheater into the imaginary isle of Neverland for this magical “retelling” of the 1904 play by J.M. Barrie. Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $15-$60; (310) 455-3723; theatricum.com

June 29 – July 14, 2024 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Dance at the Odyssey Summer 2024 Mini-Fest
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Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s ongoing dance series has established West L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre as the go-to place to view contemporary dance. This summer, the series presents first looks at new work by cutting-edge choreographers over the course of three weekends. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

July 6 – August 25, 2024 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; select Wednesdays):
Design for Living
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Bart DeLorenzo directs this lesser-known gem by Noël Coward, a witty and charming romantic comedy that was banned in 1930s London for its risqué content and bawdy themes. Otto loves Gilda. But… so does Leo. Gilda loves Otto… but she also loves Leo. Filled with Coward’s scintillating dialogue, Design for Living is an emotional, dramatic, hilarious and scandalous love triangle. Or as the threesome’s longtime friend Ernest Friedman calls it, “a three-sided, erotic hotch-potch.” It’s a revolving door of passion, treachery and never-ending champagne. Can love prevail against the norms of society? Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25-$40; (310) 477-2055 x2;
OdysseyTheatre.com

July 12  Aug. 17, 2024 (Bauhaus Weimar (Part 1): Fridays @ 8 p.m. & Saturdays @ 3 p.m.; Bauhaus Dessau & Bauhaus Berlin (Part 2): Saturdays @ 8 p.m. & Sundays @ 3 p.m.)
World premiere of The Bauhaus Project
Open Fist Theatre Company presents a world premiere theatrical event, written by
 Tom Jacobson in two binge-worthy parts (Part 1: Bauhaus Weimer and Part 2: Bauhaus Dessau and Bauhaus Berlin) highlighting the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism in Germany and its effect on the arts. In this provocative play-within-a-play, five Southern California art students re-enact the history of the famous Bauhaus School, using their respective disciplines of environmental design, music, fine art, graphic design and theater to recreate the dramatic history in real time. Each of the students portrays multiple historic Bauhaus figures, many of whom later fled to the U.S. or died in concentration camps, Audience members can choose to view the entire Bauhaus Project over the course of two evenings (any Friday and any Saturday at 8 p.m.); two matinees (any Saturday and any Sunday at 4 p.m.); or on a single Saturday, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (The history is sequential, so it is not advised to view the parts out of order.) Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $25-$35; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

July 13 – Oct. 13, 2024 (check online or call for rotating repertory performance schedule):
Tartuffe: Born Again
Translator/adaptor Freyda Thomas puts a contemporary spin on the original French play by Molière in this hilarious satire about greed, corruption and hypocrisy. Written wholly in exquisite modern verse and set in a religious television studio in Baton Rouge, Tartuffe is recast as a deposed televangelist who takes advantage of his naïve and gullible host to rook him and his family of their money and property. Directed by Melora MarshallWill Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $15-$60; (310) 455-3723; theatricum.com

July 20 – Aug. 26, 2024 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Dido of Idaho
In this offbeat romantic comedy by Abby Rosebrock, Nora, a lovelorn musicologist with a drinking problem, is poised to steal the husband of a former Miss Idaho (runner-up). When the extramarital hijinks go brutally awry, Nora flees to the Rocky Mountains, tracks down her estranged mother’s partner, and weasels her way into their wholesome domestic existence. But in her bid for life-saving help, Nora risks losing the only family she’s ever had—this time, forever. Abigail Deser directs. The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com 

July 26 – Aug. 18, 2024 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; previews July 19 & July 20)
World premiere of Crevasse 
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Son of Semele Ensemble and The Victory Theatre present a new play written by Tom Jacobson, directed by Matthew McCray, and starring Leo Marks and Ann Noble. In 1938 Leni Riefenstahl went to Hollywood to find American distribution for her award-winning film, Olympia. Only one studio head would meet with her: Walt Disney. An astonishing true story of betrayal, Nazi propaganda and cartoons. The Victory Theatre Center, 3326 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505; $24-$34; (818) 841-5422; www.thevictorytheatrecenter.org

Aug. 17 – Sept. 8, 2024 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 3 p.m.; previews Aug. 10-Aug. 16):
World premiere of Happy Fall: A Queer Stunt Spectacular
Rogue Artists Ensemble joins forces with the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the American Contemporary Theater Festival to present a unique, highly interactive theatrical experience featuring life-size puppets, special effects and death-defying physical acts. Based on true-life stories and direct testimonies, Happy Fall follows a queer, closeted stuntman’s journey to discover himself in a world of faux masculinity, illuminating issues of racial and cultural identity in Hollywood. Renberg Theatre in the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, 1125 N McCadden Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90028; (213) 259-3738; RogueArtists.org

Aug. 23 – Sept. 8, 2024 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Aug. 21 & Thursday, Aug. 22 @ 8 p.m.):
The Double V
In 1942, sparked by a letter to the editor from James G. Thompson of Wichita, Kansas, The Pittsburgh Courier kicked off the “Double V” campaign. International City Theatre presents a historical drama by Carole Eglash-Kosoff about the first Black civil rights movement in the U.S., which used the popular “V for Victory” motto to call for triumph not only in World War II, but also in the fight for racial equality in the military and across the United States. International City Theatre, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Aug. 24 – Oct. 19, 2024 (check online or call for rotating repertory performance schedule):
The Hispanic / Latino / Latina / Latinx / Latiné Vote
In this touching, powerful, laugh-out-loud funny election year satire, Bernardo Cubría (Crabs in a Bucket, The Play You Want, The Giant Void In My Soul) introduces us to university professor Paola Aguilar, who desperately needs money for… well, she’ll tell you. So when THE political party offers her a substantial paycheck to help them understand the “Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx/Latiné Vote,” she reluctantly takes the job. Can she help these political strategists understand all of the nuances of her community to save the election? Or will her own journey ultimately be more important than who controls the White House? 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $15-$60; (310) 455-3723;
theatricum.com

Aug. 31 – Sept. 29, 2024 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; previews Aug. 29 & Aug. 30):
World premiere of God Will Do The Rest
Artists at Play in association with Latino Theater Company presents a new play by Nicholas Pilapil about the Filipino American immigrant experience. Connie, a 40-something former teen mom who’s been estranged from her family for nearly two decades, returns to her childhood home after her divorce. But her homecoming collides with the 70th birthday of her glamorously overbearing mom, triggering an eruption of hidden truths and concealed secrets. God Will Do The Rest reveals the intricate measures Filipino Americans will undertake — not excluding Santo Niño prayers, karaoke sessions and chicken adobo! — as they navigate the complexities of balancing their lives with love and duty to family. Fran de Leon directs. The Los Angeles Theatre Center (The LATC), 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $10-$48; (213) 489-0994; www.latinotheaterco.org

Sept. 6 – Sept. 27, 2024 (Every Friday in Sept. @ 7:30 p.m. plus Thursday, Sept. 12):
Under the Oaks Salon Series
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Theatricum Botanicum’s annual salon series offers musical evenings outdoors under the California oaks. Friday, Sept. 6; Thursday, Sept 12; & Friday, Sept. 13: Under the Oaks CLASSICAL. Friday, Sept. 20: Under the Oaks COMPOSERS’ SERIES. Friday, Sept. 27: Under the Oaks CABARET: A Tribute to Bob Dylan. Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $25; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Sept. 7 – Sept. 29, 2024 (Thursdays and Fridays @ 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m. (no Saturday matinee on Sept. 7; dark Thursday, Sept. 12; previews Sept. 1 – Sept. 6):
The Skin of Our Teeth
Launching the company’s 2024-25 “True Grit” season, A Noise Within co-artistic directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott co-direct the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder. Set in 20th century New Jersey and the Ice Age. Wilder’s ambitious, funny, wildly unruly story of humankind told through the lives of the Antrobus family uses humor, history and mythology to highlight humanity’s drive to carry on. A Noise Within, 3352 E Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107; $29 & up; (626) 356-3100; www.anoisewithin.org

Oct. 18 – Nov. 3, 2024 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Oct. 16 & Thursday, Oct. 17 @ 8 p.m.):
Murder on the Links
Something’s afoul on the private golf course at Merlinville-Sur-Mer. In a hilarious new adaptation by Steven Dietz of Agatha Christie most intricate “whodunit,” detective Hercule Poirot receives an urgent letter from Paul Renauld, summoning him to France. But when he arrives, Poirot finds he’s too late — M. Renauld now lies dead, face down in a grave on the edge of the golf course he was building. Certain facts do not add up… and when a second body is found, it’s been stabbed in a seemingly impossible way. International City Theatre, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Oct. 19 – Nov. 10, 2024 (Thursdays & Fridays @ 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m. (no matinee on Saturday, Oct. 19; previews Oct. 13-Oct. 18):
The Piano Lesson

On the heels of critically acclaimed A Noise Within productions of Gem of the Ocean, Seven Guitars, Radio Golf and King Hedley II, director Gregg T. Daniel returns to helm the third play in August Wilson’s extraordinary “American Century Cycle.” In 1936 Pittsburgh, Berniece battles with her brother, Boy Willie, to save a treasured family heirloom: a piano decorated with images of their African ancestors carved by their enslaved grandfather. While one sees an important history worth preserving, the other sees the key to unlocking a brighter future. In Wilson’s enthralling prose, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play weaves together elements of history and spirituality, creating a haunting story about reckoning with a complicated past. A Noise Within, 3352 E Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107; $29 & up; (626) 356-3100; www.anoisewithin.org

Oct. 24– Nov. 10 (Schedule TBA)
Encuentro 2024
Latino Theater Company presents a 10th-anniversary celebration of its historic National Encuentro Latina/o/x theater festival, offering performances, curated parties, workshops, panels and live music from companies across the U.S and Puerto Rico. The Los Angeles Theatre Center (The LATC), 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; (213) 489-0994;
www.latinotheaterco.org

Dec. 1 – Dec. 23, 2024:
A Christmas Carol
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A Noise Within’s uniquely faithful, delightfully festive, musically merry stage adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel has become a Los Angeles tradition with its innovative staging, whimsical costumes, original music and boundless good cheer. A Noise Within, 3352 E Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107; (626) 356-3100; www.anoisewithin.org

Friday, Dec. 6 & Saturday, Dec. 7, 2024 (Friday @ 7 p.m. & Saturday @ 6 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); on-site parking $10; (213) 489-0994www.latinotheaterco.org

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2024 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.:
Holiday Family Faire 
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Celebrate the holidays at the beautiful, outdoor Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, where carolers,singing madrigals and other performers roam the grounds, Theatricum company members tell winter holiday stories from a variety of traditions. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to take family photos. An artisan marketplace will offer holiday gifts and crafts, and festive food and drink will be available for purchase. Caroling with Theatricum company members and a special performance (TBA) will begin immediately after the Faire, at 5 p.m. (available with Faire admission for an additional $20, or separate admission: $25). Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

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