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LA Stage Insider 031622

Welcome to Julio Martinez‘s LA Stage Insider for the week of March 16, 2022 – a look at Los Angeles theatre news, premieres, and more.

NEWS

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JoBeth Williams

Rubicon Theatre of Ventura announces the Company’s 2022 -2023 “Welcome Home” Mainstage Season, beginning with a pre-season production of the Pulitzer Prize winning dramedy, The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn, starring JoBeth Williams and Joe Spano, helmed by Jenny Sullivan (Mar 16-Apr 3). Rubicon is the first stop on a national tour. The “Welcome Home” season officially begins with Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith, opening on the 30th anniversary of the L.A. riots, April 29, 1992, starring Chris Butler, directed by Butler and Jenny Sullivan (Apr 29– May 15). The season continues with: 1978 Tony winner,’ Ain’t Misbehavin’, a musical tribute to Fats Waller, book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr. (June 11-26); the romantic comedy, Almost Maine by John Cariani, directed by Stephanie A. Coltrin (Sep 10-25); Tony-winning musical, In the Heights, concept, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado (Oct 29-Nov 13): the premiere of A Lonesome Traveler Christmas, conceived and written by George Grove and James O’Neil, with music by various artists, musical direction by Scott Anthony, directed by James O’Neil (Oct 29-Nov 13); and the Southern California premiere of The Realistic Joneses, exploring “what is said, what is unsaid, and the role that denial plays in helping us navigate life’s chaos,” by Will Eno, starring Conor Lovett, Joe Spano and Faline England, directed by Judy Hegarty-Lovett Jan 29-Feb 12, 2023). To purchase single show ticket or season tickets for the company’s 2022-2023, call the Rubicon Box Office at (805) 667-2900 or visit www.rubicontheatre.org.

PREMIERES

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Elise Walters

The Sherry Theater is hosting premiere of Widower In Paradise!, “a comedic cross between a dating competition and a true crime murder investigation,”  written and directed by Hiro Kosgaard. Stars Tenn Buick, Megan Colburn, Maggie Mae Fish, Kate Lý Johnston, L.V. Marcos, Jill Nigh, Caiti Wiggins and Max Zumstein. Runs Mar 27-Apr 10 at the Sherry Theater, 11052 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. For tickets, go here.  For additional information, please call 518-966-2562.

Write Act Rep is premiering a new musical, The Path To Catherine, the twisted road that led a teenage princess to become one of the world’s most powerful female monarchs, Catherine the Great, created by Patricia Zehentmayr (Book and Lyrics) and Jan Roper (Music), performed from Mar 27 to May 1 at the Brickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood. Cast features Elise Walters, Jessica Reiner-Harris, Robyn Roth and Martha Thatcher, directed by Joanna Syiek. For tickets and further information, go to:  https://thepathtocatherine.bpt.me

AROUND TOWN

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Tim Robbins

The Actor’s Gang is presenting Can’t Pay? Don’t Pay! Based on the book by Nobel Laureate Dario Fo and Franca Rame, translated by Cam Dever, questioning “why, in a world of bailed-out banks and overpriced prescription drugs, theft is only a crime when it is committed by those truly in need.” Producer is Artistic Director Tim Robbins. Cast features Kaili Hollister, Lynde Hauk, Steven M. Porter, Jeremie Longka, Luis Quintana and Stephanie Galindo, directed by Bob Turton. Opens Mar 19 at The Actors’ Gang Theater at the Ivy Substation in Culver City, running through Apr 24. For tickets and further information, go here.    

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble artistic directorRon Sossiexplores some of the many states of human awareness with an evening of short “mind excursions” by Harold Pinterwith Robert Cooverand Hermann Hesse. Collectively titled Wakings!, the metaphysical adventure begins Apr 23, with performances continuing through June 5. Features a five-person ensemble, including Ron BottittaDiana CignoniKristina Ladegaard, C.J. O’toole  and Darrel Larsen, directed by Artistic Director Ron Sossi.The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 SSepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles. For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 or go to OdysseyTheatre.com

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Eileen T’Kaye

International City Theatre in Long Beachpresents A Doll’s House, Part 2, Obie-Award winning playwright Lucas Hnath’s 2017 comedicand modern 90-minute “sequel” to Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 classic.Cast features Jennifer Shelton, Eileen T’Kaye, Scott Roberts and Nicolette Ellis, directed by Trevor Biship-Gillespiedirects this stand-alone continuation (no need to know the original) for an Apr 15 opening at ICT’s home in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Performances continue through May 1. To purchase tickets and for more information, including up-to-date Covid-19 safety protocols, call (562) 436-4610 or go to www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.

SOLO MOJO

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Ty Fance

Story Salon returns to live performances, featuring solo artists Ty Fance, Russ Shane, Avid Kaufman, Ellen Switkiss, Mike Lambert, Dan Tirman, Colette Rosario, Al Underwood and Suzanne Weerts, hosted by founder Beverly Mickens. Mar 16 (7:30pm) at The Art Parlor, 5302 Laurel Canyon in North Hollwood.  For tickets, go here. 

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.

On March 25,  Arts in Review welcomes actress singer/Eileen Barnett of Musical Theatre Guild and director Beatrice Casagran of Ophelia’s Jump Theater. 

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