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This staging of Harold Pinter's classic drama features Marco Barricelli, Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, and Stratford Festival star Scott Wentworth. In an undisturbed English seaside town, the inhabitants of a ramshackle boarding house react to the arrival of two unsettling strangers. Where do the mysterious Goldberg and McCann come from? Who sent them? And why do they keep asking about the sole boarder, piano player Stanley? As the party guests, including flighty Lula and flirty landlady Meg, gather for Stanley's birthday, the desperate pianist is forced to confront a surreal interrogation. Seething with mystery, danger, and sudden humor, this play is signature Pinter.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
When seven strangers — CEO Woman, Business Man, Office Temp, Hot Girl, Musician, Maintenance Man, and Goth Girl — get stuck in an elevator, it's only a matter of time before the truth comes out. When forced together and given nothing but four walls and each other, these stereotypes prove to be anything but typical. The strangers' preconceived notions and judgments are challenged at every turn as, one by one, they remove their masks and reveal their truths.
Laced with musical sequences and cinematic elements, Elevator is a comedic and emotional ride into the human psyche that asks a fundamental question: Who are people behind closed doors?
An 11:11 Experience's production of Elevator, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni, has been playing to sold-out crowds with lines wrapping around the Coast Playhouse nightly. As a matter of fact, the show's run has just been extended!
An evening of fictional short plays, monologues, and music that center around the iconic King of Rock 'n' Roll. From aging Elvis Impersonators to an Elvis Imitator, from a gay teenage boy growing up in small town Texas to the (apparent) invention of the famous Fried Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich, the short plays stretch the imagination of the six playwrights to include Elvis-themed pieces. The plays are intermingled with song and dance, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the legend's death.
John Douglas Thompson returns to the Geary to take on one of theater's most iconic roles: Hamlet. Two seasons ago, Thompson dazzled Geary audiences in the virtuoso one-man show Satchmo at the Waldorf. Now, to kick off the 2017-18 season, Thompson comes back to San Francisco to take on, for the first time one, of Shakespeare's most complex and heartbreaking characters. In the story of a man who wakes up to find his world upended and his closest friends unworthy of trust, Shakespeare shows us how quickly change can happen — how an orderly kingdom ruled by a loving king can, in one stroke, become unrecognizable.
How much of our identity is created by our minds and our memories? Award-winning playwright Nick Payne (Constellations) explores this question in the Southern California premiere of his dazzling new play about what it means to be human. Four actors play 21 characters in interwoven stories (some based on true events) that examine the extent to which our identities and choices are governed by the complex and delicate mechanisms of the brain. Payne's moving and deeply profound play seeks to make sense of the relationship between the physical and metaphysical.
Santa Monica Playhouse introduced the works of the iconic playwright to Los Angeles, and now they're back to commemorate the Playhouse's 57th anniversary. The Bald Soprano, a hilarious comedy of mishaps and manners, plays in tandem with The Lesson, a bizarre and darkly humorous indictment of language cum power cum bourgeois education.
As the Greek army lies stagnant on the silent shores of Aulis, King Agamemnon is faced with a harrowing decision. In return for the winds that would carry his army to victory over Troy, the goddess Artemis has demanded the impossible: the sacrifice of the king's own daughter, Iphigenia.
Humorous and heartrending, Ironbound spans 22 years in telling the story of Darja, a Polish immigrant getting by on a cleaning job, aggressive pragmatism, and sheer will. Through this wry drama, award-winning playwright Martyna Majok points out that sometimes survival is the only measure of success.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was hailed as an icon of style, grace, and strength, famous for her allure and piercing sensuality. Much has been written and said about the woman who was arguably America's most popular first lady — though one detail is usually omitted: She was human. From the creative team of Wiesenthal, award-winning playwright Tom Dugan's newest one-woman drama explores the life of America's most private public figure.
Diversionary Theatre is producing the San Diego premiere of Well and the San Diego revival of 2.5 Minute Ride, both by Tony Award winner Lisa Kron. The two plays are being presented for the first time in repertory.
2.5 Minute Ride, an inventive solo show, is a roller-coaster adventure through the playwright's family album, focusing on her relationship with her father, a Holocaust survivor. It swirls through three disparate yet strikingly resonant experiences: a trip to Auschwitz, a Brooklyn wedding, and an annual outing to an Ohio amusement park. A disarming story about the ties that bind a family emerges, as does a compelling portrait of an honorable man.
Well is a pioneering Broadway comedy that begins as a reverent study of the playwright's chronically ill mom and her extraordinary ability to heal a racially divided community despite her inability to make herself well. But when the playwright's carefully crafted characters start having opinions of their own, theatrical hell breaks loose and threatens to unravel the entire story. This uproariously funny and magical memoir reveals that the way we heal ourselves is not always the best medicine for those we love.
Mrs. Warren's Profession, written by George Bernard Shaw in 1893 and first performed in London in 1902, is about a prostitute-turned-madam who attempts to come to terms with her disapproving daughter. The daughter, Cambridge-educated Vivie, lives a comfortable middle-class life shielded from her mother's source of income. Vivie envisions herself a pragmatic and open-minded 20th-century woman until she discovers that her entrepreneurial mother, Kitty, is an unapologetically successful madam. Sensibilities clash in this character-driven dramedy about the business of pleasure, the economics of necessity, and the ties that bind…or don't.
Based on historical events, Oh Freedom! tells the story of the greatest collaboration against racism in American history before the civil rights movement. Combining stories of the men and women who were active in the fight against slavery with songs of the period, it reminds us that it took the cooperation, conviction, and bravery of many people, both black and white, to help hundreds of enslaved people make their way to freedom.
In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, which debuted on Broadway in 1959, the prospect of life insurance money from their late father offers life-changing options to the Youngers, an African-American family living in a cramped apartment on Chicago's South Side. However, competing visions of how to use the money — for the grandmother Lena, her son Walter (with wife Ruth and son Travis), and her daughter Beneatha — threaten to tear apart a family already facing a pre-civil-rights-era America.
Richard II Richard has been king his entire life. Now, his cousin Henry Bolingbroke is seeking Richard's crown, England is in turmoil, and all his subjects seem to be siding with Bolingbroke. Faced with losing everything that defined him, Richard must finally learn what it means to be a human being and not just a king.
Henry IV Henry Bolingbroke has been king eight years, and still finds himself haunted by the death of Richard. His nobles have begun a rebellion, led by the young and fiery warrior Henry "Hotspur" Percy. Moreover, his own son Hal has run away and taken up with the drunken thief Sir John Falstaff. As the rebellion intensifies, Hal must choose whether to abandon his royal duties in favor of the affection and friendship he's found with Falstaff, or to abandon his friends and embrace his destiny as the future Henry V.
A celestial romance and true story of discovery, this riveting new play explores the life and career of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) as she fearlessly asserts herself in the male-dominated world of early astronomy. Hired by the Harvard Observatory as a human "computer" to catalog the stars, Henrietta's story plays out against a landscape of early feminism and universe-revealing science, reminding us all of what we can achieve when we allow curiosity and wonder into our lives.
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life's biggest questions when words fail us.
On a weeklong silent retreat in the woods, six wildly disparate souls looking for answers find that staying quiet doesn't necessarily bring inner peace. The acclaimed new comedy from Drama Desk Award-winning playwright Bess Wohl, Small Mouth Sounds is a wickedly sharp look at reflection and self-discovery. Under the eye of an unseen guru, these six have gathered to get away from it all. But as they listen to their leader's ruminations (and try to hook up while struggling to meditate without snacks), they learn that silence can indeed be golden. It can also be funny, frustrating, erotic, comforting, and profoundly passive-aggressive.
In a Louisiana army camp in 1944, Capt. Taylor, the white commanding officer, has a problem. He commands a black company whose sergeant has been murdered. He is worried the murderer may be a white officer or the local Klan. A black captain, Richard Davenport, is assigned to investigate.
Joey (Andy Hoff) and Denny (R.J. DeBard) are Chicago cops and lifelong friends. After being passed over for detective promotions the third time in a row, it's obvious that Denny's aversion to following protocol, Joey's drinking problem, and dual formal reprimands from the department are stonewalling their careers. When a domestic disturbance call takes a twisted turn, a severe lapse in judgement begins to unravel their trust and loyalty. Told entirely by the two characters, this story rips, seamlessly, between individual recounting and live action. It's increasingly apparent, however, that the two sides of their story don't add up.
Adapter Mike Poulton has given the theater a bold, fast-paced dramatization that deftly transforms Charles Dickens' epic story into a taut political thriller. His A Tale of Two Cities gives a new sense of urgency to the intertwined fates of two men during the bloody, turbulent time of the French Revolution.
The original A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The book depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same period.
Theatricum's summer season at its spectacular outdoor venue in the heart of Topanga kicks off with William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Also on the mainstage: Theatricum's signature production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (opening June 4); Sir Peter Hall's adaption of George Orwell's Animal Farm, with music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian Mitchell (opening June 17); Other Desert Cities, the Pulitzer Prize finalist by Jon Robin Baitz about unruly family politics (opening July 8); and Trouble in Mind by pioneering African-American playwright, author, and actor Alice Childress (opening July 29). Theatricum performs each of the plays in repertory through October 1 using a single company of actors — making it possible to see all five plays in a single summer weekend. Come early and picnic before a performance.
Billy, the only deaf child in a family that could hear, was raised inside the family's fiercely idiosyncratic and politically incorrect cocoon. Though his family attempts to raise him like a normal child — training him to read lips instead of learning sign language — Billy adapts brilliantly to his family's unconventional ways without truly feeling what it's like to be heard. It's not until Billy meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he is finally introduced to the deaf community that his family sheltered him from his entire life. As Billy tries to find his identity among his true family, his interactions with the deaf community reveal that they are the ones who truly understand how important it is for him to be understood.
Turn Me Loose is a new comedic drama about the extraordinary and explosive life of Dick Gregory — starring Tony Award winner and Scandal star Joe Morton — that shines a light on the first black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy. Gregory confronted bigotry with shockingly disarming humor, marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr., and deeply influenced comics from Richard Pryor to Chris Rock. He was a prolific writer, muckraker, provocateur, and candidate for mayor of Chicago as well as for president of the United States. He was singled out by President Obama as one of his all-time favorite comedians. Experience the comic genius of Dick Gregory and the poetic final words of his mentor, the slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers: "Turn me loose."
Note: This show contains strong language.
What if the fate of your favorite video game characters rested in your hands? Take control as they take the stage in The Video Games! Princess Zelda, Queen of the Console, is celebrating the 64th Annual Video Games and needs the audience's assistance (through social media) to ensure that this year's games are bigger, badder, and bloodier than last year's! It's a different show every night as iconic pixelated heroes and villains — such as Donkey Kong, Lara Croft, and the Master Chief — compete to win the coveted title of Player One.
Powerful and poignant, heartfelt and humorous, it's a special one-night-only engagement of film, television, and stage personality Stogie Kenyatta's NAACP Award-winning solo show about African-American artist and activist Paul Robeson, memorializing a great American hero. Robeson — internationally renowned actor, recording artist, concert singer, football player, all-American athlete, and Phi Beta Kappa Society laureate at Rutgers University — was witness to the artistic wonders of the Harlem Renaissance and the jazz-bebop era, the horrors of the slave trade, the shame of the Holocaust, McCarthyism, blacklists, racism, and oppression. His life's work celebrates our common humanity as he fought globally for social justice.