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Drama

Center Theatre Group - Los Angeles - Presents:
Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

4/19/2016 - 5/15/2016 (next performance: Tuesday, 5/3/2016)

From Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) comes an explosively powerful new play set against the backdrop of the Civil War. Father Comes Home From The Wars mixes music, contemporary wit, and epic theatricality to tell a timeless story about the struggle to hold on to who we are and what we love in a country that forces us to fight battles we didn’t choose for ourselves.

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Diversionary Theatre Productions - San Diego - Presents:
The Boy Who Danced on Air

5/5/2016 - 6/12/2016 (next performance: Thursday, 5/5/2016)

World Premiere! This brave and compelling new musical reveals the clandestine yet persistent tradition in Afghanistan of Bacha Bazi, where wealthy men purchase boys from poor families, train them as dancers, and parade them at parties as their property.

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Coachella Valley Repertory - Rancho Mirage - Presents:
4000 Miles

4/20/2016 - 5/8/2016 (next performance: Wednesday, 5/4/2016)

4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world. Finalist! 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Winner! 2012 Obie Award, Best New Play Winner! 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award Winner! Time Magazine‘s #1 Play or Musical of 2012

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San Diego Repertory Theatre - San Diego - Presents:
‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’

4/21/2016 - 5/15/2016 (next performance: Wednesday, 5/4/2016)

Written by Gina Gionfriddo Directed by Sam Woodhouse Girlfriends Catherine and Gwen chose dramatically different paths after grad school. Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic. Gwen became a homemaker. Decades later, when Catherine returns home to live with her ailing mother, each woman covets the other’s life.

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Write Act Repertory - North Hollywood - Presents:
Joe & Marilyn: A Love Story

4/23/2016 - 5/22/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

The passion-filled two-character play by Willard Manus offers insight into a famously tragic romance between Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. DiMaggio and Monroe remained devoted to each other until the latter's death in 1962. From that time on, DiMaggio had half a dozen roses delivered three times a week to her Westwood gravesite. JOE & MARILYN was developed at the Actors Studio.

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Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble - Santa Monica - Presents:
The SuperHero and his Charming Wife

4/15/2016 - 5/15/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble Premieres an Epic Tale of Heroes, Villains, Witches and Wives A wonderfully absurd and deeply philosophical hero story dramatized in the world of the graphic novel, the premiere of The SuperHero and his Charming Wife is an entertaining wild journey into our fear of the unknown.

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Flagship Ensemble and The West - Santa Monica - Presents:
Second Skin

4/24/2016 - 5/15/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

A ghost story about redemption, told on beaches up and down the West Coast. A Words in the World production, presented by Flagship Ensemble and The West.

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Theatre of NOTE - Hollywood - Presents:
Phrazzled

4/14/2016 - 5/8/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

PHRAZZLED is set in the space adjacent to a TV production’s writers’ room, as their assistants juggle their daily, rote tasks and face the challenge of a blank page as they attempt to create the key that will open the door to that room. PHRAZZLED looks at life from two different viewpoints, and asks the more universal question: Who is telling the story of your life? And, can they write?

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MALIBU PLAYHOUSE - Malibu - Presents:
The Pavilion

4/28/2016 - 5/22/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

The Pavilion written by Craig Wright, the creator and executive producer of new dramatic series, Greenleaf, the first original series produced by Oprah Winfrey, which will begin airing in June. He is also Emmy nominated and WGA award-winning writer of “Six Feet Under” & “Lost."

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City Garage - Santa Monica - Presents:
Othello/Desdemona

4/15/2016 - 5/15/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

World premiere of Charles Duncombe's post-modern take on the classic Shakespeare text looks at questions of identity and racial politics in the USA of today.

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A Noise Within - Pasadena - Presents:
Six Characters in Search of an Author

3/27/2016 - 5/14/2016 (next performance: Saturday, 5/7/2016)

Six Characters poses the questions: “When do characters become more real than the actors? And where does the line between fact and fiction really lie?” The fourth wall comes down between actors and audience in this well-known display of theatrical sleight of hand. The San Francisco Chronicle said of the piece, “A mesmerizing mash-up. Suspenseful … and sexy.”

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A Noise Within - Pasadena - Presents:
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

2/14/2016 - 5/8/2016 (next performance: Sunday, 5/8/2016)

The world’s most famous love story…the perfect introduction to the world’s greatest playwright for people of all ages! When Romeo and Juliet fall in love, feuding families forbid the marriage—so they wed in secret. Just before their wedding night, Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin in a duel, and in the morning he must flee should he ever return, his death is assured.

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North Coast Repertory Theatre - Solana Beach - Presents:
Holocaust Remembrance Day Reading: The Soap Myth

Monday, 5/2/2016

A young investigative reporter finds herself caught between numerous versions of the same story. Free admission.

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Lamb's Players Theatre - Coronado - Presents:
Dinner With Marlene

4/22/2016 - 5/29/2016 (next performance: Tuesday, 5/3/2016)

A magical new play about an actual dinner party in 1938 Paris, with singer, movie star Marlene Dietrich and a fascinating assortment of artists, writers and socialites, as Europe is coming apart at the seams.

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California Repertory Company - Long Beach - Presents:
Cool Dip

4/22/2016 - 5/7/2016 (next performance: Tuesday, 5/3/2016)

A Cool Dip offers glimpses into the lives of Abebe, a young Ethiopian man with a passion for the unlikely combination of Christianity and ecology, and the family that houses him during his college studies in Maryland.

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The Old Globe - San Diego - Presents:
Constellations

4/9/2016 - 5/8/2016 (next performance: Tuesday, 5/3/2016)

Old Globe favorite Richard Seer returns to direct this exciting new play that The New York Times called “Sexy. Sophisticated. Gorgeous. This story of parallel universes is universal in every sense of the word.”

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Chance Theater - Anaheim - Presents:
The Big Meal

4/21/2016 - 5/22/2016 (next performance: Wednesday, 5/4/2016)

The Southern California premiere of a play by award-winning playwright Dan LeFranc that tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family.

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Robey Theatre Company - Los Angeles - Presents:
No Place to Be Somebody

4/22/2016 - 5/8/2016 (next performance: Thursday, 5/5/2016)

The Pulitzer Prize winning drama. A Black entrepreneur defies the white Mafia in New York City.

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Jami Gertz in Association with Homeboy Industries and The Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts - Los Angeles - Presents:
Fighting Shadows

4/16/2016 - 5/8/2016 (next performance: Thursday, 5/5/2016)

FIGHTING SHADOWS is a one-man show co-written and performed by Richard Cabral, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work on the ABC series “American Crime.” Richard grew up in East Los Angeles, where he was first incarcerated at the age of 13. Cabral spent the next twelve years involved in gang life and in and out prison.

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Independent Shakespeare Company - Los Angeles - Presents:
Othello

3/26/2016 - 5/7/2016 (next performance: Thursday, 5/5/2016)

Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC), presenters of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival announce a translation of Shakespeare’s great treatise on alienation, OTHELLO, directed by Independent Shakespeare Co.’s Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma.

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San Luis Obispo Little Theatre - San Luis Obispo - Presents:
Wit at SLO Little Theatre

4/29/2016 - 5/15/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

SLO Little Theatre presents WIT by Margaret Edson, the story of an English professor whose cancer diagnosis causes her to reassess her life in a way that is transformative for both her and her audience.

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TMD Productions - Studio City - Presents:
Electricity

4/22/2016 - 5/22/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

TMD PRODUCTIONS is thrilled to present the World Premiere of ELECTRICITY, written by Terry Ray, produced by Michael Darner and directed by Steven Rosenbaum. ELECTRICITY will preview on Thursday, April 21 at 8pm will open on Friday, April 22 at 8pm and run through Sunday, May 22 at the Two Roads Theatre, 4348 Tujunga Blvd. in Studio City.

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Four Clowns - Los Angeles - Presents:
Lunatics & Actors

4/29/2016 - 5/28/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

Enter the unsettling world of a 19th Century Parisian clinic where a strange experiment is about to unfold. YOU could become the next subject of the evening's scientific demonstration. Once the electro-shock therapy begins, there's no telling what will happen next…

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The Echo Theater Company - Los Angeles - Presents:
Dry Land

4/9/2016 - 5/15/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

Ester is a swimmer trying to stay afloat. Amy is curled up on the locker room floor. The Echo Theater Company presents the West Coast premiere of a riveting new play that has critics and audiences across the U.S. abuzz. Set in the locker room of a central Florida high school, this tale of female friendship, abortion and resiliency by newcomer Ruby Rae Spiegel opens on April 9.

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Dezart Performs - Palm Springs - Presents:
The Outgoing Tide

4/22/2016 - 5/8/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

Dezart Performs presents the award-winning drama by Bruce Graham, April 22- May 8 in downtown Palm Springs.

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Skylight Theatre - Los Angeles - Presents:
The End Times

4/16/2016 - 5/15/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

Award winning Skylight Theatre Company and Playwrights’ Arena present the World Premiere of The End Times written by Jesse Mu-En Shao and Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. Skylight Theatre Company and Playwrights’ Arena invite you to enter the world of a religious cult. Dare to ask the questions you haven't asked and discover the truth that shatter your beliefs. Who do you turn to then?

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Breakdown Services and Performing Arts Live.com - Originating from Los Angeles - Presents:
State of the Arts Radio Series

1/14/2016 - 1/26/2017 (next performance: Thursday, 5/5/2016)

Presented by Breakdown Services and sponsored in part by Performing Arts Live for its fourth, critically acclaimed broadcast year, State of the Arts is hosted by Los Angeles theatre professionals Michael Sterling & Paul Stroili whose astute, entertaining, and slightly irreverent personalities have made them internet sensations!

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New Threads Theatre Company - Riverside - Presents:
New Threads Theatre Company Presents-Dead Man's Crime

Saturday, 5/7/2016

New Threads Theatre Company Proudly Presents as part of their New Works Development Program a staged reading of Dead Man's Crimes by Frank Mihelich featuring Terrence Coleman and Ethan Park.

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The Porters of Hellsgate - North Hollywood - Presents:
The Henry VI Trilogy

4/29/2016 - 6/5/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

The Porters will present Parts 1 and 2 of the trilogy together in a single, comprehensive play, with each part streamlined to a single act. This brisk adaptation will then be performed in rotating repertory with Henry VI Part 3. The ensemble cast includes critically acclaimed company members as well as exceptional artists new to the Porters

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The Road Theatre Company - North Hollywood - Presents:
Birder

4/29/2016 - 6/19/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

Two exceptional plays, one extraordinary playwright, THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, in association with CENTER THEATRE GROUP announce the fourth show of its 2015-2016 - 25th Anniversary Season, the World Premiere of BIRDER, written by Julie Marie Myatt and directed by Dan Bonnell.

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Zombie Joe - North Hollywood - Presents:
URBAN DEATH

4/29/2016 - 5/28/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

Zombie Joe's Underground's fun, frightening and freaky signature horror production...

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Gothic Tales - Los Angeles - Presents:
The Turn Of The Screw

4/22/2016 - 5/7/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/6/2016)

A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor to care for two orphaned children. Are the specters haunting them real, or a product of her imagination? This gothic tale of suspense and repressed sexuality, lit entirely by the audience holding flashlights, is certain to give you chills!

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La Jolla Playhouse - La Jolla - Presents:
Hollywood

5/10/2016 - 6/5/2016 (next performance: Tuesday, 5/10/2016)

Based on the true story of William Desmond Taylor’s unsolved murder, Hollywood is a noir thriller set in the Golden Age of movies by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro.

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Treehouse Productions - West Hollywood - Presents:
Next Fall

5/12/2016 - 5/22/2016 (next performance: Thursday, 5/12/2016)

Geoffrey Nauffts' NEXT FALL takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play's central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, NEXT FALL goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to "believe" and what it might cost us not to.

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The Road Theatre Company - North Hollywood - Presents:
John Is A Father

5/12/2016 - 7/9/2016 (next performance: Thursday, 5/12/2016)

Recovering alcoholic John Owens was estranged from his family for decades before his son, a Marine, was killed in Afghanistan. Now, six years later, he receives an invitation to meet his widowed daughter-in-law and his grandson for the first time.

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Kentwood Players - Los Angeles - Presents:
Clybourne Park

5/13/2016 - 6/18/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/13/2016)

Kentwood Players presents “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris from May 13 through June 18, 2016 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045. The production directed by George L. Rametta and produced by Lauren A. Jarvis by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. Inc.

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Collaborative Artists Enesemble - North Hollywood - Presents:
City of Dreadful Night

5/13/2016 - 6/12/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/13/2016)

The dark and gritty world of the postwar 1940’s combined with Edward Hopper’s city paintings set the scene for Don Nigro’s play, City of Dreadful Night. Not a spoof or an ironic homage, Nigro has crafted a hard-boiled immersion into the shadowy, troubled, yet strangely beautiful world of classic Film Noir.

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Lamplighters Community Theatre - La Mesa - Presents:
Chapter Two

5/13/2016 - 6/12/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/13/2016)

Neil Simon is the definition of a theatrical legend, unparalleled in his ability to make audiences laugh and cry. His mastery of evoking both emotions is fully apparent in "Chapter Two."

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The Old Globe - San Diego - Presents:
Camp David

5/13/2016 - 6/19/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/13/2016)

Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright (The Looming Tower, HBO’s Going Clear) brings us a riveting and moving story filled with humor, insight, and surprises, as three very different men, each devoutly committed to his faith, find that peace is possible and that hope is always the better choice.

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La Jolla Playhouse - La Jolla - Presents:
Innovation Night 2016

Tuesday, 5/17/2016

One of the La Jolla Playhouse's biggest networking nights and fundraisers, come out and enjoy dinner and drinks, an innovation gallery, and a world-premiere play!

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San Luis Obispo Little Theatre - San Luis Obispo - Presents:
Death and the Maiden at SLO Little Theatre

5/20/2016 - 5/21/2016 (next performance: Friday, 5/20/2016)

SLO Little Theatre’s Ubu’s Other Shoe Staged Reading series presents Ariel Dorfman’s DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, a drama that explores the aftereffects of psychological damage of people in a country emerging from totalitarian dictatorship.

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New Fortune Theatre Company - La Jolla - Presents:
The Hobnob

Sunday, 5/22/2016

New Fortune Theatre's gala extravaganza! One night only! Sea-side sunset, open bar, private concerts, fine art auction, raffle for free tickets to plays and concerts around San Diego, and more...

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The Old Globe - San Diego - Presents:
tokyo fish story

5/28/2016 - 6/26/2016 (next performance: Saturday, 5/28/2016)

Kimber Lee’s beautiful play will take audiences into the mind of the chef-as-artist and bring to vibrant life the sheer exhilaration of creating bite-sized masterpieces. tokyo fish story is a gorgeous meditation on work, legacy, and the art of perfection.

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Community Actors Theatre - San Diego - Presents:
"Weeds of Sloth"

6/3/2016 - 6/19/2016 (next performance: Friday, 6/3/2016)

“Weeds of Sloth” by Mark Bowen, directed by Jennie Hamilton, is CAT's Season Opening Production. When a girl suffering from memory loss begins seeing apparitions from the past, she confronts her overprotective older sister, who clearly knows more about the events leading up to her present condition than she's willing to let on... and the result is a shocking revelation about a blocked out past.

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San Luis Obispo Little Theatre - San Luis Obispo - Presents:
Bye, Bye Birdie at SLO Little Theatre

6/3/2016 - 7/2/2016 (next performance: Friday, 6/3/2016)

SLO Little Theatre presents the Tony Award winning musical satire of the 1950’s, BYE, BYE BIRDIE.

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