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Spending her days caring for her ailing mother, Lucha yearns to break her monotonous routine. Here's a wild idea: an all-girl mariachi band! But it's the 1970s, and girls can't be mariachis...or can they? As Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives, and bring Mom along for the ride, they wonder, "Will the band come together?" American Mariachi is a heartwarming world premiere comedy about family, progress, and the freedom to dream big. Its vibrant live music may just send your heart soaring and put a bounce in your step.
This World Premiere is a darkly satiric look at America's True #1 National Religion - Sports!
A Los Angeles Dodgers game is broadcast by a blithely detached announcer during the onset of nuclear winter. The Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan prefers to learn golf fully hooded and robed. All-American football great Conquistador O'Malley abandons the gridiron for the seductive, near-naked sport of springboard diving. The Jewish captain of the American Olympic field hockey team resists a TV producer's idea that she was inspired by an anti-Semite war hero. A sports commentator copes with gender transition. Hey, it could happen - and it actually does - in this delightfully quirky, surreal play.
Celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed musical revue continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in the City's North Beach district with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats! Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Kim Kardashian, Vladimir Putin, Frozen, Iggy Azalea, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Governor Jerry Brown, Nicki Minaj, The Royal Family, Game of Thrones, Miley Cyrus, Orange is the New Black, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kim Jong-un & the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
Benny & Joon is a world premiere musical based on the offbeat 1990s romcom of the same title. As Joon's sole caretaker, auto mechanic Benny makes sure his eccentric sister lives a comfortable, safe, and predictable life. But when Sam shows up, his off-kilter take on the world — full of classic films, Buster Keaton, and an oddball approach to domestic life — turns everything upside down. With unforgettable characters and a beguiling and tuneful score, Benny & Joon explores what happens when we step out of our comfort zones and take a leap toward love.
It's the night of the Oscars, and a working actor-turned-Oscar nominee knows that his life is about to change — he just doesn't know how profoundly. His transgender nephew has plans for his speech, his young agent has plans for his future, his unstoppable mother has plans for the catering, and his partner is nowhere to be found. Obie-winning playwright and master satirist Paul Rudnick blends deep humanity with hilarity in this play about family and fame, the personal and the political, and the drive to stand up and speak out.
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.
Join the second annual Center Theatre Group Block Party and discover exceptional new theater from the past year that you may not even know you missed.
Every night, performers take the stage at over 250 theaters across Los Angeles. The abundance of talent and innovative work being produced is a theater lover's dream. To celebrate all that L.A.'s intimate theater scene has to offer, CTG is once again presenting encore productions from three outstanding companies — showcasing their remarkable work at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
The plays selected for the inaugural Block Party were Coeurage Theatre Company's production of Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins, the Echo Theater Company's production of Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, and the Fountain Theatre's production of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine and adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs.
Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown. She heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother's best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della's cakes are legendary, even earning her a spot as a contestant on the Great American Baking Show. Della is overjoyed at Jen's request — until she realizes there's not just one bride but two, forcing her to reexamine some of her deeply held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family, and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.
Note: This show contains adult language and content.
A Noise Within's delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns. Families love the inspirational story of Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge — the perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season.
Producing artistic directors Geoff Elliott (who adapted the play directly from the Charles Dickens' novella) and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott codirect this masterpiece about the redemptive and transformative power of love. In this production, Dickens' poignant tale is matched by evocative original music by composer Ego Plum.
Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and deliciously spooky ghosts, this version of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff, stays true to the heart of Charles Dickens' timeless story of redemption and brings a playful sensibility to his rich language.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a Tony Award-winning play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of 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.
Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Play!
Audience advisory: This production features moments of loud music, bright lighting, and strobe effects. Please also be aware that the show contains some adult language and themes.
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.
A medley of the Bard's greatest hits! Come see San Jose Youth Shakespeare's talented young actors performing many of Shakespeare's most famous and iconic roles and scenes.
A dramatic Christian comedy about a newlywed couple named Shane and Olivia McQueen. Fresh off their honeymoon, they begin to face opposition. They don't recognize that they are being attacked by outside forces that have one goal in mind: to destroy their covenant.
Located in downtown San Francisco, The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show is the United States's largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show. Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. But beware! The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself a prime suspect.
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!
From Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) comes an explosively powerful and lyrical new play set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. In this epic take on the Odyssey, Southern slave Hero faces a terrible choice: earn his freedom by fighting for the Confederacy alongside his master or stay home with the woman and family he loves but remain a slave. This poignant and music-infused journey mixes contemporary wit, folk ballads, and classical traditions to tell a timeless story of freedom, heroism, and belonging. By turns comic and heartbreaking, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) is a mythic journey through the American soul from one of our most accomplished contemporary playwrights.
The Fisher King movie on stage to honor Robin Williams and raise money for charity.
Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall are immortalized as having one of the most romantic marriages of the 20th century. The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces the young couple as they navigate the pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Following the artistic heights of Brief Encounter and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, the Kneehigh theater company and director Emma Rice return to the Wallis with a production that combines the visuals of Chagall's paintings with the music and dance of the Russian Jewish tradition.
Sitting bedside at Memorial Sloan Kettering has never been so entertaining. While their ailing mothers share a hospital room, Karla and Don discover truth in the old cliché that opposites attract…and repel…and attract.
Revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic, family saga. Packed with unforgettable characters, theatrical masterstrokes, and world famous lines, Hamlet is one of the greatest plays ever written. The Prince of Denmark comes home from college to find his father dead, his mother remarried to his uncle, and a spine-chilling apparition roaming the palace grounds. Accompanied by a cast featuring some of the United States's finest classical actors, Barry Edelstein returns to the outdoor stage to bring Shakespeare's exhilarating tragedy to life under the San Diego stars.
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.
An astonishing, deeply moving new drama about family, acceptance, and the power of faith from MacArthur "Genius Award"-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), featuring Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad. At the mouth of the Mississippi River, Shelah's family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof. But in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah (Rashad) must fight to survive the rising flood of life's greatest challenges in this poetic and piercing new play.
A classic tale goes rogue in Vesturport's bold new twist on the world's most infamous outlaw. Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. In writer David Farr (The Night Manager) and acclaimed directors Gisli Örn Gardarsson and Selma Björnsdóttir's reimagining, Robin and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it's never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. When wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good.
Note: This show is suitable for ages 10 and up.
In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly kisses mid-70s British butcher Alex and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she really attracted to him, or is there a longer con on the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie's anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer. In this play, Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts a comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting, as well as the conventions of modern-day playwriting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg was a hit on Broadway from one of contemporary theater's most original voices.
The dogs of war are unleashed, and a charismatic warrior king emerges in Shakespeare's breathtaking depiction of the Battle of Agincourt. But the events before and after the decisive victory temper the fervor of nationalism — and paint a nuanced portrait of the introspective Henry, who learns that the attributes that make an inspirational leader often come into conflict with those that make a good man.
Henry V, the history play by William Shakespeare written around 1599, tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War. The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II; Henry IV, Part 1; and Henry IV, Part 2. Audiences may know the title character from Shakespeare's earlier Henry IV plays as a wild, undisciplined lad called "Prince Harry" or "Hal."
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle prewar duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for best play.
The literary genius behind Lemony Snicket brings his relentlessly mischievous style to a new play for adults. Sarah's father is dead, her mother is in hysterics, and the new rabbi totally bungled the funeral. To further the absurdity, the ghost of a rabbit hops into her life, pushing her to confront her deepest issues. Fantastical and wise as well as hilarious and sobering, Imaginary Comforts celebrates ordinary people trying to make sense out of life in the midst of endless comedic chaos.
Oscar Wilde's wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This "trivial comedy for serious people" features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack's country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues, embodied by whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theater history.
Today is the two-year anniversary of Fiona's son's disappearance, and still, nothing makes sense to her — not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.
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.
Inventive comic genius Ken Ludwig, whose Baskerville brought Sherlock Holmes to the Globe, is back with a brand-new Globe-commissioned world premiere comedy about another icon: Robin Hood! Packed with thrills, romance, laughs, and great characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, Robin Hood! tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes-on the powers that be. So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two — you won't want to miss a moment of the swashbuckling fun!
Sheila and her sister Abigail work for their mother's small family business. Sheila's job used to be a source of joy and exhilaration; now she's questioning everything. But when you're an assassin, being uninspired means getting sloppy, and getting sloppy means getting killed. Kill Local, by UC San Diego M.F.A. playwriting graduate Mat Smart, is a pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge, and trying to get unstuck — especially when your life is dedicated to ending others'.
Note: This show contains adult language and content.
In this hilarious, musical take on the afterlife, los muertitos — the dead — can't wait to get back to earth on Día de los Muertos — and La Muerte can't wait to finally have a day to relax! But when one soul isn't ready to go back, everyone's holiday is in danger!
This sublimely witty and provocative play, written and directed by Argentine playwright Arístides Vargas, was triply inspired by the classic novel Don Quixote by Cervantes, The Truth About Sancho Panza by Franz Kafka, and testimonies from Chico Vargas and other political prisoners held in Rawson Prison during Argentina's "Dirty War" of the 1970s. Jesus Castaños Chima and Tony Durán reprise their roles as political prisoners who are allowed to interact with one another for one hour a week — but must remain in their chairs and never stand. As they entertain each other with stories of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, we witness the power of theater to transport them, and us, into the realm of the imagination, despite repressive conditions and even as we remain bound to our seats.
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.
The Madwoman of Chaillot is a two-act play, a poetic satire by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux. It was written in 1943 and first performed in 1945, after his death. The story concerns an eccentric woman (Countess Aurelia), her coterie of eccentric friends who live in Paris, and her struggles against the straitlaced authority figures who want to drill oil wells and destroy the City of Light, the center of culture. Stephanie Shroyer, who recently gave A Noise Within audiences a comic You Never Can Tell (spring 2016) and a dark The Maids (fall 2016), directs the production.
"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce." The famous observation by Karl Marx provides the inspiration for Stanford Repertory Theater's 2017 summer festival, The Many Faces of Farce, directed by SRT associate artistic director Alex Johnson. Combining raucous performances of Anton Chekhov's classic farces The Bear, The Proposal, and The Anniversary, with a cutting-edge piece based off Vsevolod Meyerhold's 33 Swoons, SRT offers a summer of hilarity and relevance. When each day brings new nonsense from the Oval Office, SRT focuses on the point where political disaster and the joy of humor collide.
Marlene tells a true story. In May 1960, Marlene Dietrich returned to Germany to perform on stage for the first time since fleeing the Hitler regime in 1939. The play is set in Dietrich's dressing room at Berlin's Titania Palast theater, where she is trying to decide whether she should go through with the recital. Threats have been made on her life by Nazi sympathizers who still resent her for having spent much of World War II entertaining American soldiers on the front lines. In their eyes, she is a turncoat, a traitor, and should be killed.
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.
An evening of five world premiere short plays by female writers that explore the treatment of women in today's political climate: yajū, written and directed by Mary Laws; Sherry and Vince, written by Charlotte Miller and directed by Tara Karsian; At Dawn, written by Calamity West and directed by Ahmed Best; Violet, written by Jacqueline Wright and directed by Teagan Rose; and Do You See, written and directed by Sharon Yablon.
A Noise Within's most requested production returns! ANW favorites are ready to rein in the chaos of this joyfully out-of-control British farce about the auspiciously titled play-within-a-play Nothing On. Noises Off invites the audience to step backstage and meet the under-rehearsed, overworked cast and crew with a penchant for drama more personal than professional. As the production progresses, the bumbling cast brings down the house — literally!
A classic dysfunctional family is the vehicle for a descent into chaos, and this viciously hilarious yet touching story addresses the age-old question, "Why are we here?" Pterodactyls suggests that our extinction is beginning not with an asteroid or an ice age, but rather with a severed connection to the ones closest to us. Nominated for various awards, including a Drama Desk award for Best Play, Pterodactyls is an unmissable adventure by the award-winning writer of The Lyons, Nicky Silver — one the freshest new playwrights of this generation.
At the intersection of satire and reality, Jerry struggles to keep moving forward in his life while haunted by the ghosts of his family's past. This fearless new comedy mercilessly seeks out and pushes any of those psychological hot buttons that aren't hidden. Be brave, and you just may enjoy a good cry while you're laughing.
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.
Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the unhealed wounds of New Orleans's Lower Ninth Ward continue to fester. In this powerful, funny, and deeply moving mother-daughter story, 14-year-old runaway Kali (Camille Spirlin of ABC's American Koko, Fox TV's Rosewood, and Nickelodeon's Marvin Marvin) embarks on a journey to pick through the wreckage of what used to be her life, rhyming, stealing, and scamming her way through the still-destroyed neighborhood. While the rest of the country's attention drifts, the community's residents are left to repair the damage from the inside out. As their attempts at renewal leave a path of destruction in their wake, Kali bears witness to what the floodwaters left behind.
The teeth of the hurricane shook the plunging Bonito from stem to stern each time the dripping bow uprooted the gray, hurtling seas. The caking salt on Bob Sherman's cheeks had long ago begun to eat into his bronze skin. But a dangerous sea was only the beginning of the forces Sherman was soon to encounter. Ruthless pirates, smugglers, revolutionaries, treachery, and unbounded corruption were close at hand.
Yet there is a force even more powerful than a raging sea — the force of a beautiful woman's unconditional love. Will Bob Sherman have the good fortune to add that force to his willpower to help him overcome these overwhelming odds?
In her new solo show, Tony Award-winning writer, performer, and chameleonic comedian Sarah Jones brings to life an entire cast of characters, all of whom have something to say about gender, sex work, and the times in which we are living.
Significant Other, a dark comedy by Bad Jews playwright Joshua Harmon, is the story of twentysomething Jordan, who's the life of the wedding party until it dawns on him that he is "always a groomsman, never the groom."
As the Great Recession begins, a makeshift family of four factory workers in Detroit toil while their industry flirts with failure. With their future uncertain, Faye, Shanita, Dez, and Reggie, the foreman, must decide how they will balance their own desires, their loyalty to one another, and their survival. More than half a century after Willy Loman struggled for success, this fresh, off-Broadway play shows audiences that the quest for the American Dream endures.
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.
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.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a sweeping and deeply moving theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel of the same title. The epic story of three generations of Afghan women and their remarkable resilience, Splendid Suns is set in the war-torn neighborhoods of 1990s Kabul. When battle upends her family, beautiful Laila seeks shelter first in the home and then in the arms of her older neighbor. Soon she forges an extraordinary and unlikely friendship with Mariam, her new husband's first wife. Summoning the strength to defy a tyrannical society, the two women seek hope and the promise of a better future. Adapted for the theater by acclaimed Irish-Indian playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, this play takes the Old Globe stage in a new production featuring music from renowned composer David Coulter.
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.
When a reclusive librarian discovers a 113-year-overdue book in the night slot, curiosity compels him to pursue the borrower. His search for answers leads to a worldwide whirlwind journey, during which he discovers instead the great mysteries of humanity. Glen Berger's Underneath the Lintel reminds viewers that the joy is in the journey itself.
A hit off-Broadway and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Vietgone is a modern twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. In this irreverent new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave a war-torn country for an eye-opening journey across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America. A vibrant mash-up of pop culture references, audacious dialogue, and an action-packed road trip that instantaneously moves from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama, Vietgone played to sold-out houses at 2016's Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York's Manhattan Theatre Club. This sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, with hip-hop and Motown rhythms, rolls into A.C.T.'s Strand Theater in an all-new production.
A protean comedy with shattering consequences. When Schiller and Arjay take Schiller's parents to Europe, both couples learn what it means to be American in a world that no longer admires the U.S. Guinea pigs playing cricket, dead bodies that talk and an unexpected trip to a concentration camp lead to a shocking yet poignant conclusion.
A janitor. A software mogul. A college grad. An IRS paper-pusher. Although they live thousands of miles apart, these four people share a secret: they're recovering addicts who have found a safe haven in an online chat room. There, with liberal doses of jokes and bullying, they help each other navigate the broken terrain of their lives. But when an Iraq War veteran's tragedy spills over into their cyberhome, everything changes. In this fearless Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights), worlds virtual and real unfold onstage, challenging our notions of family, forgiveness, community, and courage.
Complete with the humor, confusion, and excitement that follows great sex, Neil LaBute's surprisingly sweet comedy brings audiences Beth and Doug, an unlikely pair who struggle to find common ground in an uncommon conundrum.
A North Korean defector who has left her family behind and a lonely South Korean father start an unlikely online romance as they each attempt to allay their fears and alienation in this inventive, lyrical, and darkly humorous piece directed by Tony Award-nominated and Drama Desk-winning Leigh Silverman (Violet).
A North Korean defector who has left her family behind and a lonely South Korean father start an unlikely online romance as they each attempt to allay their fears and alienation in this inventive, lyrical, and darkly humorous piece directed by Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning Leigh Silverman (Violet, Chinglish).
It seems that hardly a day goes by without the media confronting us with yet another unspeakable act. Kirsten Greenidge's Zenith navigates this world of ours by teasing out the complex and interwoven threads of a life that ends shockingly. Daring in structure and rich in detail, the play makes viewers question whether they can ever truly fathom another human being.