LA Stage Insider 030922

LA Stage Insider 030922
LA Stage Insider 030922

Welcome to Julio Martinez‘s LA Stage Insider for the week of March 9, 2022 – a look at Los Angeles theatre news, premieres, and more.

NEWS

Matthew Walker
Matthew Walker

Prior to making its debut in New York City, The Revue,” a parody of cinema and theater classics that pokes fun at the very fact that “not everything should be a musical,” will premiere at the Colony Theatre in Burbank on Mar 17. The production is conceived and produced by Emmy-Award Winning composer Jim Dooley, directed by and starring Troubadour Theater Company Founder Matt Walker, with choreography by Suzanne Jolie.  Further announced cast members include Rick Batalla, Katie DeShan, Tiffany Daniels, Isaac Robinson-Smith and Travis Leland. “The Revue” reinvents the modern musical by blending comedy with new “dynamic plot” format, assuring that no audience will actually see the same story twice.Tickets are available now. The show is currently scheduled for a limited run through Mar 27. Updated information and tickets at www.TheRevueMusical.com 

PREMIERES

Valenzuela and Fernandez
Valenzuela and Fernandez

Latino Theatre Company (LTC) returns to in-person performance in 2022, offering four world premieres and a West Coast premiere. The full 2022 Season is as follows: LTC and Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy (LACC)  present “Melancholia,”directed by José Luis Valenzuela (Mar 24-Apr 2 at the Caminito Theatre on the campus of L.A.C.C.); the premiere of “She,” a coming-of-age drama by L.A.-based playwright Marlow Wyatt, set in the 1970s (May 6-June 5 in the Lupe Ontiveros Cinema Center at L.A.T.C.); the premiere of “Sleep with the Angels,”a new comedy with a dollop of magical realism from LTC resident playwright Evelina Fernández(May 27-June 26 in the Tom Bradley Theater at L.A.T.C.); Spain’s Kulunka Teatro returns to L.A.T.C. for two weeks with André & Dorine (Presented by the LTC, June 8-June 19 in the Lupe Ontiveros Cinema Center at L.A.T.C.); the West Coast premiere of “(Un)Documents,” in which award-winning actor and poet Jesús I. Valles takes us on a journey across both sides of a river with two names, directed by Rudy Ramirez. (Oct 14-Nov 20 in the Lupe Ontiveros Cinema Center L.A.T.C.); the premiere of “Whittier Boulevard,” an original, LTC ensemble-devised work that employs “the troupe’s trademark blend of comedy, drama, music, dance and theatrical magic” (Fall dates TBA); the premiere of  “Desert Stories for Lost Girls,” a dark comedy steeped in mysticism by Lily Rushing, presented in collaboration with Native Voices at the Autry (Fall dates TBA); and LTC 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 been a  Los Angeles holiday tradition since 2002 (Dec 2 & 3). 

As a punctuation to its 2022 Season, LTC’s playwright commissioning initiative, Circle of Imaginistas, pairs established Latina/o/x playwrights with early/mid-career Latina/o/x playwrights to create a canon of new work, presenting public readings of plays currently in development by duos: Luis Alfaro and Diana Burbano;Evelina Fernández and Israel López Reyes; Rickerby Hinds and Miranda GonzalezOliver Mayerand Joel Ulloa; and Karen Zacarías and Marisela Treviño Orta. (Fall dates TBA.) For more information about the Latino Theater Company and the 2022 Season, call 213-489-0994 or go to www.latinotheaterco.org.

Ben Guillory
Ben Guillory

Robey Theatre Company is offering the premiere of “A Heated Discussion,”by Levy Lee Simon, based on an idea by Ben Guillory, wherein a trio of Orishas (entities of the spirit world), dismayed and enraged at the state of the world today, convenes the spirits of famous departed Black iconic figures. Cast includes Toni-Ann Hampton, David Bollar, Ayonna Michelle, Tiffany Coty, LaShada Jackson, Kimberly Bailey, Rosie Lee Hooks, Quonta Beasley, Rogelio Douglas III, Alex W.S.T. Chumley, Kyle Sparks, Julio Hanson, Garret Davis, Vanja Renee and Guillory, who also directs. Robey Theatre performs at L.A.T.C. in the intimate Theatre Four, 514 S. Spring St. Opens Apr 9 running through May 15. For reservations and more information call (213) 489-7402. Online Ticketing: : http://therobeytheatrecompany.org or email office@therobeytheatrecompany.org

READINGS AROUND TOWN

Five new plays developed in Antaeus Theatre Companys Playwrights Lab have been selected to receive Lab Results readings, Apr 1-4. The Antaeus Playwrights Lab is an ongoing program for mid-career writers that incubates new works that provide compelling roles for actors and creates a nurturing and supportive artistic community. The scheduled works include: “Speakeasy” by Khari Wyatt; “HERe” by Aja Houston; “Ghost Bicycle” bySean Abley; “Killer” by Steve Apostolina; and “Circle Forward”byDeb Hiett. Performances are atKiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Broadway in Glendale.  For more information: call (818) 506-1983 or go to www.Antaeus.org.

Sierra Madre Playhouse continues its Off the Page series of free, in-person staged play readings with “Outside Mullingar,” written by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Christina Harris, focusing on Anthony (played by Scott Harris) and Rosemary (played by Mary O’Malley), two introverted misfits straddling 40. Plays Mar 21 at 7pm. Admission is free and reservations are not necessary. For information, call (626) 355-4318 or go to the website at http://sierramadreplayhouse.org

SOLO MOJO

Amy Simon
Amy Simon

The Zephyr Theatre is hosting She’s History!,  a play about women who make and made history, written and performed by Amy Simon, directed by Richard Kuhlman and Mark Travis. Presented In honor of Women’s History Month and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 1920 when women won the right to vote. Plays Sunday, Mar 20 at 2pm.  The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. For tickets, go here.   

On March 11 at 2pm,  Arts in Review welcomes Fritz Coleman (the honor Mayor of Toluca Lake), discussing his March 20 comedy concert at NoHo’s El Portal Theatre, as a fundraiser for Toluca Lake’s Chamber of Commerce. For more information go to www.elportaltheatre.com

Arts in Review, celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area, airs on KPFK (90.7fm) on Fridays (2-2:30pm), streamed live around the world in real time over www.kpfk.org.

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Fritz Coleman

Julio Martinez
Author: Julio Martinez

Julio pens the weekly LA stage INSIDER column, he is a recurring contributor to Written By (the monthly publication of the Writer’s Guild of America) and is TeleVision columnist for Latin Heat Entertainment. An active journalist for over 30 years, his articles, column and features have appeared in Los Angeles Times Magazine, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, L.A. Weekly, Backstage West, Westways Magazine, and Drama-Logue, among others. Earlier, Julio worked for 20 years as a professional musician, working with Al Jarreau, Diana Kral and others.