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May 17 – May 19 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
DIE MOMMIE DIECharles Busch stars in the role he originated in this camp send-up where tongues aren’t the only thing dipped in acid! Angela Arden wants to be free of her suffocating marriage to film producer Sol Sussman.  What better way than poison? Distraught by her father’s death and convinced of her mother’s guilt, Edith Sussman plots to get the truth out of Angela using any means necessary. Each of the four performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and Wondery.com; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works @ the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; $15-$60; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

May 23 – June 23 (Thursday, May 23 @ 8 p.m., then Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
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This joyfully irreverent black comedy by 2017 Humanitas Play LA award-winner Sigrid Gilmer entwines issues of identity with pop culture icons to tell a truly unique mother-daughter story. Sterling Milburn’s mother is dying and Sterling is falling apart. She attempts to keep it together by rewriting the past with the help of two titans of the American theater and the world’s greatest heavy metal band — but Sterling’s mother refuses to follow the script. A love letter to those who shape our lives, hold us together and break our hearts. IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $30; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

May 25 – June 30 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
World premiere of Shooting Star – A Revealing New Musical A semi-autobiographical musical love story by Florian Klein (a.k.a. gay porn star Hans Berlin), with music by Thomas Zaufke and lyrics by Erik Ransom, about identity, family and — above all else — love. Struggling Hollywood actor Taylor rockets to stardom as adult film performer Taylor “TNT” Trent, and we are introduced to the real people behind the scenes of this taboo (and fascinating) industry — a family of lovable misfits whose profession is making our wildest fantasies come alive. Hudson Theatre Mainstage, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90038, $35; (323) 960-7787 or  www.Plays411.com/Star.

May 25 – July 7 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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A Streetcar Named Desire
— In the sultry streets of New Orleans, passions flare and cultures collide in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Blanche DuBois, a fading relic of the Old South, searches for refuge at her sister’s home, only to collide with reality in the form of Stanley Kowalski, her brutish brother-in-law. Presented by Dance On Productions (2016’s acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth) in a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

June 1– Sept. 29 (check online or call for a performance schedule):
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Will Geer’s
Theatricum Botanicum 2019 Summer Season* — The summer season of five mainstage productions kicks off on June 1 with Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy of mistaken identities, gender bending, twins lost at sea, love unrequited and love triumphant. Opening June 2: Theatricum’s signature production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Opening June 8: a turn-of-the-century acting troupe touring a production of King Lear works between performances to create a play from Melville’s epic novel in Moby Dick–Rehearsed by Orson Welles. Opening June 22: a new adaptation, by Ellen Geer, of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Opening July 13: The Skin of Our Teeth, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical tribute to the indestructibility of the American nuclear family; opening Aug. 17: Real life husband and wife Alan Blumenfeld and Kathrine James star in D.L Colburn’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning The Gin Game. All productions perform in repertory through Sept. 29 at Theatricum’s spectacular outdoor venue in the heart of Topanga — check online or call for a performance schedule. Other programming includes Re-PETE Celebration 2019: The Songs and Spirit of Pete Seeger (April 6); the 21st annual MOMentum Place on May 12 (Mother’s Day); Family Fun Days with Creative PlayGround and Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts on Sunday mornings; a Family Barn Dance on July 4; the annual Under the Oaks salon series on Friday nights in September; comedy improv from Off the Grid; Theatricum BOO-tanicum in Oct.; and more. Patrons are welcome to arrive early and picnic before a performance. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com  (*Season productions and events also listed individually below.)

June 1 – Sept. 28 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
*Twelfth Night
William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy of mistaken identities, gender bending, twins lost at sea, love unrequited and love triumphant performed in Theatricum Botanicum’s one-of-a-kind outdoor Topanga setting. Original music by Marshall McDaniel lends the Bard’s beloved words a refreshing new sound. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

June 2 – Sept. 2 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
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*A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Theatricum brings back its signature production, an audience favorite with a set design unrivaled by any other theater – because it’s the real thing. The most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles is once again transformed into an enchanted forest inhabited by lovers both fairy and human. Shakespeare conjures a world of wonder, magic and romance where comical misunderstandings and the pain of unrequited love are resolved, and all is reconciled through midsummer night revelries and the enduring power of nature. *Pre-performance buffet dinner served in the gardens with costumed fairies on Thursdays in Augusr – advance purchase required. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723;
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June 2– Oct. 20 (8 Sundays & 2 Saturdays @ 11 a.m.):
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*Creative PlayGround Inspired by the play of children, a deeply shared love of literature and the desire to encourage young audiences to build and embrace their own creativity, Creative PlayGround adapts favorite stories from the pantheon of children’s literature for the stage. Then, the actors invite their young audiences on stage to participate in the fun. Ages 2 and up. Sun. June 2: Aesop’s Fables; Sun., June 9: Ferdinand the Bull; Sun., June 16 (Father’s Day):The Legends of King Arthur; Sun., June 23: The Velveteen Rabbit; Sun., June 30: Three Tales by Hans Christian Andersen; Sat. July 20: Three Tales by Hans Christian Andersen; Sat. Aug. 17: The Legends of King Arthur; Sun., Oct. 6: Aesop’s Fables; Sun., Oct 13: Ferdinand the Bull; Sun., Oct 20: The Velveteen Rabbi. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $9 (kids under 2 free); All performances begin at 11 a.m.; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

June 8 – Aug. 10 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
Loot
A bank heist, a corpse and a crazy cast of characters. Joe Orton’s darkly comic masterpiece continues to shock and delight over five decades later. Two young friends, Hal and Dennis, rob a bank next to a funeral parlor… and what safer place to hide the money than in the coffin of Hal’s recently deceased Mum? But with the coffin full up, there’s no room for the corpse, which keeps reappearing at the most inopportune times — especially when the police inspector comes calling. Nothing is safe from Orton’s savage wit, whose targets include religion, social attitudes towards death, police brutality and corruption, and everything in between. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

June 8 – Sept. 29 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
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*Moby Dick–Rehearsed
In Orson Welles’ ingenious adaptation of the famous novel by Herman Melville, a Shakespearean acting troupe works between performances of King Lear to create a play about Moby Dick. As the actors take up their new roles, the theater is transformed from a bare stage into the yardarms, sails, masts and deck of a ship hunting the great white whale. The actors provide the action-packed adventure — and the audience’s imagination provides the ocean, period costumes and the whale. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

June 14 – June 30 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
World premiere of Bestseller — A new comedy by internationally acclaimed playwright Peter Quilter (Glorious, End of the Rainbow) about writers, how they write, the stories they tell and the secrets they keep. When three young novelists arrive at an isolated cottage for a writer’s retreat, their hilarious and compelling books suddenly come to life. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

June 16 – July 22 (Sundays @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m., Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
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U.S. premiere of Anne, A New Play  — In this never-before-seen adaptation by Nick Blaemire of a new play by Dutch playwrights Jessica Durlacher and Leon de Winter, 13 year-old Anne Frank imagines her life as a young woman — safe in a post-war world. When she meets a publisher who expresses interest in her story, Anne looks back on the two years she spent hidden away with her family during the Nazi regime. This innovative production eschews traditional sets and costumes to place the audience and actors on the same dramatic plane as the characters — all real people under real circumstances — fighting for their lives, sanity and dreams of the future. Suitable for ages 8 and up.  Muesum of Tolerance, 9786 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035; $20-$40; (310) 772-2505; www.museumoftolerance.com

June 21 – Aug. 4 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.)
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Miss America’s Ugly Daughter
— Following critically acclaimed, sold out runs, first in 2018 and again earlier this year,  writer/performer Barra Grant returns once more with her darkly hilarious mother-daughter story: the true, inside tale of Grant’s seismic relationship with her mother, Bess Myerson. A beauty queen best known as the first and only Jewish Miss America, Myerson was an accomplished pianist, television personality, New York City’s first Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, a close advisor to Mayor Ed Koch, and a national spokesperson against anti-Semitism. Then, she infamously went down in flames — with her Mafia boyfriend! — in a judge-bribing scandal known as the “Bess Mess.” If you missed Grant’s fascinating tale about being a confused ugly duckling growing up in the shadow of her spectacular mother, here’s your chance. Edgemar Center for the Arts, 437 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405; $20-$40; (323) 285-2078; MissAmericasUglyDaughter.com

June 22 – Sept. 28 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
*An Enemy of the People
Theatricum resets Henrik Ibsen‘s powerful play in a small town in South Carolina in the 1980s. Powerful people have difficult choices to make in Ellen Geer’s free adaptation of this classic — and extraordinarily timely — struggle between the interests of the individual and the welfare of society in the face of environmental disaster. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

June 28 – June 30 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Hedda Gabler
— Henrik Ibsen created one of literature’s most compelling characters in the beautiful and enigmatic Hedda, a woman who finds herself trapped and suffocated in her marriage to an academic. Hedda’s desperate dissatisfaction leads to questionable moral choices in this startling portrait of a woman hell-bent on destruction. Translated by Doug Hughes, directed by Debbie Devine. Each of the four performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and Wondery.com; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works @ the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; $15-$65; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

Thursday, July 4 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.:
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Family Barn Dance
— Celebrate the 4th at Theatricum with a family hoe-down. Activities include a barn dance, live music, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, family games and more. Barbeque and fixin’s, beer and wine available for purchase. Folk and country fun! Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; single tickets: $8-$22, family 4-pack: $50 (advance purchase only) (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

July 6 – Sept. 15 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m., 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m., Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere
of Scraps — A provocative mash up of poetry, realism and expressionism by Geraldine Inoa, inaugural recipient of the Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission. Inspired by the literal word to describe what was left to feed slaves, Scraps explores the spontaneous anger and residual grief experienced by four black teenagers whose friend was shot by a white police officer. “A playwright to watch… melds various styles… in service of her own sharp vision.” —The New York Times; A passionate new voice screaming to be heard.” — Time Out New York. The Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046; $35; Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 852-1445; www.MatrixTheatre.com

July 11 – Aug. 26 (opens Thursday, July 11 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
The Caucasian Chalk Circle — Bertolt Brecht’s satiric comedy of war, love and justice. Deep in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, a humble kitchen maid named Grusha risks her life to rescue an abandoned baby from civil war. But when the child’s aristocratic mother returns to claim him, the entire social order of a corrupt and violent world is put on trial. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

July 13 – Aug. 18 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Pass Over — Antoinette Nwandu’s provocative mashup of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga is a rare piece of politically charged theater by a bold new American voice. Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner — talking smack, passing the time, and hoping that today a miracle will come. Emotional and lyrical, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they’ve yet to find. 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 13 – Sept 1 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m. ):
California premiere of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo Hannah is two weeks away from becoming a board-certified neurologist when she receives a strange package from her grandmother, who may—or may not—have just ended her life in a most flamboyant fashion. The mystery leads Hannah and her family on a surreal, funny, heartbreaking adventure back to their roots in South and North Korea and the forbidden Demilitarized Zone that divides them. Wildly theatrical, Jiehae Park’s startling new comedy twists together creation myths and family histories to explore what it means to walk the edge between cultures. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

July 13 – Sept. 29 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
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*The Skin of Our Teeth — The story of humankind told through the lives of the Antrobus family, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a whirlwind of modernity and antiquity, an inspiring piece of Americana that uses humor, history and mythology to highlight humanity’s drive to carry on. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Wednesday, July 17 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.:
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Downtown Culver City’s
Third Wednesday SummerTini Tasting’— Downtown Culver City invites you to escape the summer heat with a neighborhood-wide ‘SummerTini Tasting’ on the Third Wednesday of July. Look for the balloons between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Culver City’s downtown area to find participating businesses. Check in at any one to pick up your “Third Wednesday Passport” — then get it stamped each time you cool off with a SummerTini (virgin ‘SummerTea-ni’ options available for all ages). Make your way over to the Actors’ Gang theater at the Ivy Substation in Media Park, 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). Summertime is the best season to explore Downtown Culver City with its wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries and unique restaurants opening onto 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. 17 – Sept. 29 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
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*The Gin Game
Real life husband and wife Alan Blumenfeld and Kathrine James star in D.L Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. The irascible Martin Weller and self-righteous Fonsia Dorsey share a mutual love of gin rummy. As they play, they reveal secrets that get used against each other – and the game becomes a metaphor for their lives. Directed by Chirstian Lebano and presented in partnership with the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $38(310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.:
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Downtown Culver City
Tropical Staycation and 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 too), live music and more. Look for the balloons between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to identify participating restaurants, bars and shops. 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. 23 – Sept. 8 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
Beast On The Moon Richard Kalinoski’s haunting and poetic play about two immigrants who escape the Armenian genocide in Turkey to seek refuge in America. In 1921, an Armenian mail-order bride is shipped to Milwaukee to begin a new life with her photographer husband. As they struggle to define family amidst their grief and displacement, these kindred strangers find hope, healing, redemption and love. Winner of the American Theatre Critic’s Association Osborn Award and the Khorenatsi Medal, Armenia’s highest cultural award. 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. 6 – Sept. 27 (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. 6 at 8 p.m.: Theatricum Unmasked — Theatricum alumni gather to share personal stories from the theater’s over 40-year history; Friday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.: McDaniel Brothers in Concert Multi-instrumentalist composers and performers Kellen and Marshall McDaniel will perform their latest genre-defying musical creations;Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.: Crazy Ladies — In Katherine Griffith’s fast-paced, provocative solo “symphony of insanity,” the veteran actress plays 17 different “crazy ladies” in a world gone mad; Friday, Sept. 27 from 5 p.m.–11 p.m.: One Act Marathon — Theatricum company members perform readings of one-acts by Shaw, Chekhov, Oates, Ionesco and more. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $25; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Sept. 7 – Oct. 20 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Handjob — When a gay writer hires a man to work as a “shirtless cleaner,” misogyny, homophobia, and racism bubble to the surface. Chris Fields directs Erik Patterson’s (One of the Nice Ones) dark comedy exploring the deepest sensitivities in our culture — with unexpected Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Oct. 18 – Nov. 3 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Lanie Robertson’s play with music treats the audience to one last performance by the legendary Billie Holiday. In 1959 in a seedy Philadelphia bar, just four months before her death at age 44, the iconic singer takes us on a journey through the highs and lows of her tumultuous life, interspersed with stunning renditions of her beloved repertoire. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Saturday, Oct. 26 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 9
th 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

Saturday, 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 13th annual free 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 5:45 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. 5 @ 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.

 

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