Wizards And Fools
Halloween is autumn’s most anticipated festivity, and look to Wizards and Fools for a way to celebrate the occasion theater-style. Presented by Actors Forum Theater, the play is multidimensional as a storyteller-driven family drama with plenty of laughs plus magic show antics, dance and song. Brandon Scott, deemed a “wizard of laughter and illusion,” is the mastermind of this ode to Hallow’s Eve piece. To add to the spirited fun, audiences are invited to the NoHo speakeasy for a pre-show reception. The play runs from September 25 to October 25, just under a week before All Hallow’s Eve.
Awake And Sing
A New York treasure makes its way to LA. Awake and Sing – a tugger of the heart – addresses poverty at its gut-wrenching dire point with elements of the American Dream. Three generations of the Bergers are depicted in the Depression-era drama by acclaimed playwright Clifford Odets. After the performance, guests are invited for a treat of wine with the cast. Catch the tearjerker tale of the Bergers from the Bronx in Awake and Sing, from October 26 to November 29.
Pasadena – a cultural arts mecca of LA county – is proud to play host the witty, fem-strong comedy, Real Women Have Curves. Set just about 10 miles away in East Los Angeles, the story centers around five full-figured female dreaming of a fanciful life away from blue collar existence. Audiences applaud this saucy Cinderella story. Filled with raucous humor, celebration of the curvaceous woman body and positivity despite everyday struggle, Curves undoubtedly wins the audience over – just as the 2002 feature film did. The audacious comedy written by Josefina Lopez and directed by Seema Sueko runs from September 8 to October 4.
Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S El Molino Ave Pasadena, CA, USA, +1 626 356 7529
Audiences in the 1970s were captivated by Love Story, the bittersweet big screen drama depicting love’s triumph and trial of young lovers Jenny and Oliver. Nowadays, playing on the hardwood play stage is Love Letters, a modern reinterpretation of Love Story, starring the dazzling acting duo who portrayed Jenny and Oliver, Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neill. In Love Letters, Melissa and Andrew endure an intimate 50-year bond that is tested by marriages and family with other people. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills plays host of the two-character play that runs from October 13 to 25.
Sherlock Holmes – beloved as a classic book series, feature film franchise and TV series (Elementary) – is also looked upon fondly as a play. An adaptation of Sherlock Holmes playing at Hollywood’s Ricardo Montalban Theater sheds insight on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character- Sherlock – detective and man. Taking creative freedom from Doyle, writer Greg Kramer gives Sherlock even more new life. Comedic actor David Arquette tests his live acting chops as the titled character. The play, directed by Andrew Shaver, is set for a very limited run at the Montalban, from October 15-18.
Ricardo Montalban Theater, 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 871 2420
Family tumult and togetherness shapes Appropriate, a captivating drama centered around the Lafayettes. After coming to terms with their father’s passing, three adult children battle amongst themselves over inheritance and finding their own individual purpose in the family. Stirring performances and the disheveled stage set symbolic of family chaos are particularly of note here. Directed by Eric Ting and written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the play makes a run at Mark Taper Forum September 23-October 12.
Mark Taper Forum, 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 972-7353
Guards at the Taj
At Geffen Playhouse is the west coast premiere of Guards at the Taj, an intricately crafted tale of comedy and tragedy meshed together. Two modest security guards in Taj Mahal are the principle characters in the story that delves in absurdity of perfection in a complicated world. Under the direction of Giovanna Sardelli and scripted by Rajiv Joseph, the play has garnered bicoastal praise by Los Angeles Times and New York Magazine.
Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 208 2028
Miserable With An Ocean View
Sexual identity and family conflict are examined in Miserable With An Ocean View. Despite the morose title, the play is filled with laugh-out-loud moments. A gay man feels compelled to come out of the closet to his aging mother after a whole childhood of silence. Under solid direction of Jim Fall, the play is rather timely, given the growing dialogue about homosexuality and identity in society. Scripted by Howard Skora, Miserable With An Ocean View has been playing at The Whitefire Theater since mid-summer, and will continue until October 10.
Premiering in the latter part of the autumn season is tender, heartwarming comedy Outside Mullingar. Irish love blooms along with the heather in the countryside for Rosemary and Anthony, a seemingly unlikely pair to come together at first. Steeped in Irish tradition, romance is interwoven with rural Midlands culture.Written by heavily prized (Pulitzer, Tony and Academy Award) playwright John Patrick Shanley of Doubt fame, Outside Mullingar is a must for the discerning LA theater goer this fall. Catch the play at Gil Cates Theater, from November 10 to December 20, 2015.
Straight White Men
To get audiences ready for the Christmas season is Straight White Men. While not an over-the-top holiday production, the story unravels during Christmas, an often reflective time for people. Such is the case with Ed and his three sons who contemplate their sense of identity and worth as family members and white men in American society. Written and directed by Young Jean Lee, the play runs at Kirk Douglas Theater, from November 20 to December 20.