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South Coast Repertory - Costa Mesa - Presents:
Venus in Fur

10/5/2014 - 10/26/2014 (next performance: Tuesday, 10/21/2014)

“The script is brilliant! The acting is brilliant! VENUS IN FUR is one seductively brilliant play and is one of our FEATURED events. GO!” - Performing Arts LIVE by David Ives directed by Casey Stangl Auditioning for the stage version of a 19th century erotic novel, Vanda mysteriously becomes her character. But will the power play for sexual dominance be limited to the stage?

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Center Theater Group - Los Angeles - Presents:
The Trip to Bountiful

9/17/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Tuesday, 10/21/2014)

“THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL is one trip you MUST take! We don’t get to see this caliber of acting in Los Angeles that often. It’s a privilege to witness this all-star cast at work. Tony Award winning Cicely Tyson received one of the loudest and longest standing ovations that I can recall at the Ahmanson....

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Center Theatre Group - Culver City - Presents:

10/16/2014 - 10/26/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 10/23/2014)

Harlem, Père Lachaise Cemetery, rock ’n’ roll, Jim Morrison, Richard Wright, poetry and ghosts. Celebrated playwright/performer Dael Orlandersmith returns to the Douglas for a limited world premiere run of her newest play, Forever, prior to its New York debut. "Dael Orlandersmith is impressive!" - Performing Arts LIVE

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Odyssey & New American Theatre - Los Angeles - Presents:

10/24/2014 - 12/14/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

Three of L.A.’s most venerable artistic directors come together when Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (Ron Sossi, artistic director) and The New American Theatre (Jack Stehlin, artistic director) present a bold new production of Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by Rogue Machine artistic director John Perrin Flynn.

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Geffen Playhouse - Los Angeles - Presents:
Choir Boy

9/16/2014 - 10/26/2014 (next performance: Tuesday, 10/21/2014)

The Geffen Playhouse presents the West Coast premiere of Choir Boy, by MacArthur Fellow, Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Trip Cullman, which opens September 26 in the Gil Cates Theatre at the Geffen Playhouse.

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The Old Globe - San Diego - Presents:
The Royale

10/4/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Tuesday, 10/21/2014)

Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out.

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Cygnet Theatre - San Diego - Presents:
Fool for Love

9/24/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Wednesday, 10/22/2014)

By Sam Shepard Directed by Sean Murray Passionate, Sexy, Intense "Sam Shepard's purest and most beautiful play." New York Daily News

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Cygnet Theatre - San Diego - Presents:
True West

9/25/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 10/23/2014)

By Sam Shepard Directed by Sean Murray Ultimate Sibling Rivalry Austin simply wants to focus on finishing his screenplay. But when his petty-thief of a brother, Lee, barges into a meeting with a producer and hijacks Austin's script, it sets off a sibling war to rival Cain and Abel as both brothers struggle for identity.

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Los Angeles LGBT Center - Hollywood - Presents:
The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?

9/17/2014 - 11/23/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

The Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center at the Los Angeles LGBT Center presents Edward Albee's celebrated play "The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?"

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San Luis Obispo Little Theatre - San Luis Obispo - Presents:
Staged Reading of "Frost/Nixon"

10/21/2014 - 10/22/2014 (next performance: Tuesday, 10/21/2014)

SLO Little Theatre’s Ubu’s Other Shoe Staged Reading series presents Peter Morgan’s award-winning play, FROST/NIXON, October 21-22, Tuesday & Wed. at 7 pm at the SLO Little Theatre, 888 Morro Street in San Luis Obispo. Tickets at or call (805) 786-2440.

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The Laguna Playhouse - Laguna Beach - Presents:
The Year of Magical Thinking

10/11/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Wednesday, 10/22/2014)

Linda Purl starring in The Year of Magical Thinking Based on Joan Didion’s National Book Award winning memoir, THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING is a remarkable story of journey, loss and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. This play is a tribute to an extraordinary marriage and a love letter to Didion’s daughter.

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The Laguna Playhouse - Laguna Beach - Presents:
The Year of Magical Thinking

10/8/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Wednesday, 10/22/2014)

Based on Joan Didion’s Nation Book Award-winning memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking is the remarkable story of loss, journey, and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. Starring Linda Purl, the New York Times calls the play “moving and elegiac.”

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The Antaeus Company - North Hollywood - Presents:
Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White

10/9/2014 - 12/7/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 10/23/2014)

As the great war rages in Europe, two lovers risk their lives for the right to marry. Set in 1918 on South Carolina’s Gullah Coast, Wedding Band is the profoundly poignant and affecting story of Julia and Herman who yearn to be together as husband and wife, but are held apart by society's mores and laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Gregg T. Daniel directs a fully partner-cast revival.

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Stage Door Repertory Theatre - Anaheim - Presents:

10/11/2014 - 11/1/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

Milo Tindle and Andrew Wyke have something in common - Andrew's wife. In an attempt to find a way out of this, without costing Andrew a fortune in alimony, he suggests that Milo pretend to rob his house, and then let him claim the insurance on the stolen property. The plot thickens in a deadly serious and seriously twisted game, with dangerous consequences.

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STAGEStheatre - Fullerton - Presents:

10/3/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

Accomplice begins as your typical English thriller, set in a country house, as a sex-starved wife and her lover plan to murder her stuffy husband. The husband is... Well, we'd love to tell you more, but the fun of a mystery is in letting it's secrets be revealed in due time...

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Little Fish Theatre - San Pedro - Presents:
Ghost in the Meadow

9/26/2014 - 10/25/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

Fans of old fashioned ghost stories will enjoy this creepy thriller by Joe Simonelli. When two sisters relocate from Manhattan to an old farm house in upstate New York, they soon realize that they may not be alone in the house. An old boyfriend drops in to visit, and when the strange occurrences continue he calls on the services of a psychic colleague to try to quell the restless spirits.

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The Zephyr Theatre - West Hollywood - Presents:
LOW HANGING FRUIT World Premiere Drama

9/11/2014 - 10/26/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

The Zephyr Theatre presents the world premiere of “Low Hanging Fruit” written by Robin Bradford, directed by Lee Sankowich. The play centers around four homeless women, all combat vets of Iraq/Afghanistan. Without support from society, the women face their toughest battles trying to make their way on the mean streets of LA's Skid Row.

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The Road Theatre - North Hollywood - Presents:
Melissa Arctic

9/26/2014 - 11/15/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

MELISSA ARCTIC is Craig Wright’s re-imagining of The Winter's Tale, where romance and joy are resurrected from grief through the redemptive power of art. Set against the backdrop of small town Minnesotan life, the lives of barber Leonard Mattson (Leontes) his wife Mina (Hermione), and their childhood friend and successful industrialist Paul (Polixenes) are forever changed when jealousy and suspicion arise and a series of coincidences occur. Original music and lyrics by Wright add a unique dimension to this story of tragedy and rebirth.

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Zombie Joe - North Hollywood - Presents:
URBAN DEATH TOUR OF TERROR Haunted Theatre Attraction

10/10/2014 - 11/1/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

An all-new labyrinth of terror rises from the catacombs... Urban Death Tour of Terror Maze AND Show!

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The Road Theatre - North Hollywood - Presents:
Smoke and Mirrors

9/5/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

Back by popular demand, the theatrical magic show “Smoke and Mirrors” returns to NoHo with new illusions, more drama and audience favorite acts of mind-bending entertainment. Fresh from this year’s NYC preview, the heartfelt comic drama hailed as "Critic's Choice" in the Los Angeles Times and a “GO!” in the LA Weekly, is set for its limited local run through Nov. 2.

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The Curtis Theatre - Brea - Presents:
War of the Worlds: The Radio Play

10/17/2014 - 10/26/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

Be there for an on-stage adaptation of the science fiction broadcast that caused nationwide hysteria in 1938. The Curtis is transformed into the hustle and bustle of CBS radio studios to recreate the true-life masterpiece. Runs October 17-26.

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STAGEStheatre - Fullerton - Presents:
Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earthx

10/11/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Saturday, 10/25/2014)

After history professor John Oldman unexpectedly resigns from the university, his startled colleagues impulsively invite themselves to his home, pressing him for an explanation. But they're shocked to hear his reason for premature retirement. Tempers rise and emotions flow as John's fellow professors attempt to poke holes in his story, a tale that's as impossible to disprove as it is to verify.

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Creating Arts Company - Santa Monica - Presents:
Sleeping Beauty

9/27/2014 - 11/9/2014 (next performance: Saturday, 10/25/2014)

Creating Arts Company is proud to bring to life another beloved Princess tale! When the King and Queen are blessed with a lovely baby girl, Princess Aurora, an evil sorceress cast a spell on the newborn Princess.

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TPC PLAY, LLC - West Hollywood - Presents:
The Penis Chronicles

11/6/2014 - 12/14/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 11/6/2014)

A revealing perspective on the male psyche exploring the complex masculine experience. Eight distinctively different New York men of various ages and backgrounds deliver monologues and share their insights, challenges and uncertainties with regard to their masculinity and sexuality, uncovering the emotional barriers that every man confronts on his journey.

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USC School of Dramatic Arts - Los Angeles - Presents:
The Dream of the Burning Boy

10/23/2014 - 10/26/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 10/23/2014)

By David West Read. Directed by Edward Edwards. A high school overachiever suddenly dies, exposing a secret that could destroy those left behind. Searing yet surprisingly funny, The Dream of the Burning Boy is about finding the strength to move on and the courage to live without regret.

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Vanguard University - Costa Mesa - Presents:

10/24/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

A Contemporary Drama presents stunning imagery and breathtaking storytelling By Mary Zimmerman Directed by Susan K. Berkompas

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

4/3/2014 - 12/18/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 10/23/2014)

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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The Rainbow Theatre Co. in assn. with Edgemar Center for the Arts - Santa Monica - Presents:
Train to Zakopane

10/9/2014 - 12/14/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 10/23/2014)

A true story of love and hate. It’s been said that the other side of love is hate. But is it possible that the other side of hate is love?

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bree valle - San Luis Obispo - Presents:

10/23/2014 - 11/2/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 10/23/2014)

The vampire hunt is on! Experience the Halloween tradition that drips with suspense-and even more blood. This celebrated gothic fright-fest is jam-packed with plenty of thrills and chills to keep you on the edge of your seat. The play is adapted by William McNulty from Bran Stoker's "Dracula" and is directed by bree valle. Audience Advisory: Strobe lighting, fog effects and gun shots.

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Independent Shakespeare Co. - Los Angeles - Presents:
Doctor Faustus

10/23/2014 - 11/23/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 10/23/2014)

Doctor Faustus is Christopher Marlowe’s tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil and spends the next 25 years getting everything his heart desires...only to find it wasn't what he wanted after all.

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The Costa Mesa Playhouse - Costa Mesa - Presents:
The Haunting of Hill House

10/24/2014 - 11/16/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

In the spirit of Halloween, the Costa Mesa Playhouse presents the classic gothic horror play, The Haunting of Hill House. October 24 - November 16.

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Macha Theatre/Films - West Hollywood - Presents:
Garbo's Cuban Lover

10/18/2014 - 11/9/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

Screenwriter Mercedes De Acosta has affairs with both Garbo and Dietrich. Macha Theatre/Films will present the expanded, re-imagined production of the critically acclaimed play “Garbo’s Cuban Lover.”

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The Actors' Co-op - Los Angeles - Presents:
The Diviners

10/17/2014 - 11/23/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

This Depression-era fable weaves the humorous, beautiful, and tragic into the story of a disturbed young boy and his friendship with a conflicted preacher in southern Indiana.  A powerfully theatrical journey, both touching and compelling by one of Los Angeles’ most acclaimed playwrights.

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Zombie Joe - North Hollywood - Presents:

10/12/2014 - 11/16/2014 (next performance: Sunday, 10/26/2014)

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Proudly presents the seasonal-sensation of Adam Neubauer's dark and daring sexy-comedy-Thriller, "PIECES"

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Actors Co-op - Hollywood - Presents:
The Mystery of Edwin Drood

9/19/2014 - 10/26/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/24/2014)

Actors Co-op announces its first show in its 2014-2015 season (and 23rd year of producing theatrical excellence in Los Angeles!) with an immersive and environmental production of the five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Whodunit,” THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD

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Skylight Theatre and Open Fist Theatre - Los Angeles - Presents:
Reasons to Live

10/25/2014 - 11/30/2014 (next performance: Saturday, 10/25/2014)

At the Silverstein wedding, crazy is relative. Jane's groom has gone missing. Her sister Emily’s “life partner” may be just a one-night stand. Her brother lives upstairs in his pajamas selling something suspicious—and Mom tries to rally the troops by singing show tunes. But, when a surprise arrives, the family may just find the meaning they’ve been desperately seeking.

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Wayne Scott/ LifeHouse Productions - Redlands - Presents:
Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

10/25/2014 - 11/16/2014 (next performance: Saturday, 10/25/2014)

The world-renowned sleuth returns in a new dramatic telling of the most famous and admired detective story ever written. The supremely rational Sherlock Holmes is thrust into an atmosphere of lonely moors, ancient secrets, deadly threats, and ghostly apparitions. Can Sherlock find the science behind the “supernatural” menace?

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New Fortune Theatre Company - San Diego - Presents:

10/25/2014 - 11/9/2014 (next performance: Saturday, 10/25/2014)

New Fortune Theatre Company announces its company launch and inaugural production of HENRY V by William Shakespeare.

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New Fortune Theatre Company - San Diego - Presents:
Dorian Gray

Monday, 10/27/2014

An original adaptation for stage by Richard Baird, from the story by Oscar Wilde.

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New Fortune Theatre Company - San Diego - Presents:
Cellar Door

Tuesday, 10/28/2014

By Matt Thompson, a World Premiere reading Cellar Door. The two most beautiful words in the English language.

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Whitmore Eclectic - Los Angeles - Presents:
'Night, Mother

10/30/2014 - 12/14/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 10/30/2014)

The issue of suicide has always been complicated and controversial. Celebrating the 6th Anniversary of Whitmore Eclectic, Aliah Whitmore directs Sylva Kelegian and Lisa Richards in a revival of Marsha Norman’s eloquent, darkly humorous, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama ’night, Mother. The opening is set for Nov. 1 at The Lost Studio on La Brea Ave.

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Santa Monica Playhouse - Santa Monica - Presents:

Thursday, 10/30/2014

A trauma therapy session involving Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Juliet Capulet, Ophelia, Titania? Director Stewart McGill’s new staging blends powerful dramatic encounters, movement and sound as the women relive their experiences and share their journeys.

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Art Alive - San Diego - Presents:
Water by the Spoonful

10/31/2014 - 11/9/2014 (next performance: Friday, 10/31/2014)

A young Iraqi war vet struggling to readjust to life crashes into conflict with his estranged mother and her online chat room for recovering crack addicts. Haunting secrets are exposed as the familiar boundaries of family and community morph across time and cyberspace in this mesmerizing 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

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Tony Lo Bianco - Los Angeles - Presents:
The Little Flower

11/2/2014 - 11/3/2014 (next performance: Sunday, 11/2/2014)

The Little Flower is an educational, inspirational and comedic one-man show, set in the 1945 City Hall office of Fiorello H. La Guardia, during his final day as three-term mayor of New York City. The Little Flower presents a historic look into the life and career of Mayor LaGuardia - a courageous and flamboyant personality, who read comics to the children during a newspaper strike,...

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Pasadena Playhouse - Pasadena - Presents:
Stop Kiss

11/4/2014 - 11/30/2014 (next performance: Tuesday, 11/4/2014)

November 4 - 30, 2014 STOP KISS By Diana Son Starring Sharon Leal and Angela Lin With John Sloan, Brandon Scott, Amanda Carlin and Jeff De Serrano Directed by Seema Sueko

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The Broad Stage - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - Santa Monica - Presents:
King Lear

11/4/2014 - 11/16/2014 (next performance: Tuesday, 11/4/2014)

Produced by the brilliant and daring Shakespeare’s Globe, this King Lear will leave you breathless with its style, wit, and gusto.

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Whittier College - Whittier - Presents:
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

11/5/2014 - 11/9/2014 (next performance: Wednesday, 11/5/2014)

"Daring and dazzling! The most ambitious American play of our time: an epic that ranges from earth to heaven focuses on politics, sex and religion transports us to Washington, the Kremlin, the South Bronx, Salt Lake City and Antarctica deals with Jews, Mormons, WASPs, blacks switches between realism and fantasy, from the tragedy of AIDS to the camp comedy of drag queens to the death or at leas

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California Repertory Company - Long Beach - Presents:
The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

11/6/2014 - 12/6/2014 (next performance: Thursday, 11/6/2014)

A culture-saturated Manhattan housewife’s nervous breakdown is interrupted by a worldly old friend in Busch’s cheeky satire of philosophy and art.

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Cal State University Fullerton - Fullerton - Presents:

11/7/2014 - 11/23/2014 (next performance: Friday, 11/7/2014)

If the law is of such a nature that it requires you to be an agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law.” So wrote a young Henry David Thoreau in 1849 after he put his belief into action and refused to pay taxes in protest of US involvement in the Mexican War…and that’s how Thoreau’s daring led to a night in jail.

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Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA - Culver City - Presents:
Ronnie Burkett’s Theatre of Marionettes: The Daisy Theatre

11/11/2014 - 11/16/2014 (next performance: Tuesday, 11/11/2014)

Animated by renowned puppeteer provocateur Ronnie Burkett, a company of cleverly idiosyncratic marionettes stage a wildly different and daring performance each night, blending improvisation, variety acts and music.

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Little Fish Theatre - San Pedro - Presents:
Bus Stop by William Inge

11/14/2014 - 12/13/2014 (next performance: Friday, 11/14/2014)

Set in 1955, a blustery winter storm has hit the Midwest, and a busload of travelers from Kansas City must stop and spend the night at a small diner outside of Topeka, Kansas. Two young lovers, Cherie and Bo play out their courtship and discover that part of the journey is not knowing where you are headed. Bus Stop is an American classic.

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Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA - Los Angeles - Presents:
Robert Wilson, Michael Baryshnikov, Willem Dafoe: The Old Woman

11/14/2014 - 11/15/2014 (next performance: Friday, 11/14/2014)

A brilliant, slyly political story based on an obscure work of 1930s Russian literature, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe, directed by the singular Robert Wilson.

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The Poolhouse Project - San Diego - Presents:
The Poolhouse Project is accepting submissions of new works

Friday, 11/14/2014

"Splash-Works!" New Plays Program WRITE A PLAY! Professionals will evaluate your entry, and if you're one of the winners your play will receive a production, as a staged reading. There are 4 scheduled for 2015. WHO MAY SUBMIT Californians (native to San Diego) over the age of 18 as of June 1, 2014. WHEN Entries must be received no later than November 14, 2014 and be in .doc form only.

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College of the Canyons - Santa Clarita - Presents:
The Illusion

11/14/2014 - 11/23/2014 (next performance: Friday, 11/14/2014)

Pulitzer Prize winner and National Medal of Honor recipient Tony Kushner brings his sophisticated style and breathtaking language to the French Baroque's most powerful romance.

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RLS Productions - West Hollywood - Presents:

11/15/2014 - 12/27/2014 (next performance: Saturday, 11/15/2014)

Matt can no longer stomach his job, no matter what it pays. And when he concocts a business plan that will earn him millions while helping those in need, he believes he’s discovered his new career. So why does everyone think this venture’s even viler than the last? A blend of humor, Hendrix, and hard-core porn, DIRTY explores whether there’s any place for philanthropy in this cutthroat country called home.

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