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The New Play Reading Festival presents readings of exciting new works-in-progress that are in keeping with Boston Court's mission, which urges artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, with a special emphasis on works that are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting.
Annie Korzen, best known for her role as the Seinfeld parents' obnoxious Boca Vista neighbor, has written and will perform an original show about her hectic, eclectic, and electric life on the big and small screens. Producers from Jane the Virgin to Brooklyn Nine-Nine call Korzen in when they need someone who can get a laugh on one line. Jill Soloway, creator of the Emmy-winning Transparent, says, "Annie Korzen is a force of nature — hilarious, brilliant, and a true inspiration." An evening of laughs, tears, music and more!
Unable to act on their feelings and forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. One of Shakespeare's great comedies, As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance, confusing gender roles, nature and politics to reflect on how bewildering — yet utterly pleasurable — life can be.
Show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the spot, improvise the "black version" of that film complete with its improvised soundtrack, dance numbers, DVD extras, audition reels & more.
The Black Version is a completely improvised show that started at The Groundlings Theatre in LA in 2010 to sold out crowds and great reviews. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast a "Comedic A-Team", LA Weekly says the show is "Red Hot" and "Scores more than it's share of belly laughs" while the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"!
Seventeen years ago, Donald walked in on his mother in bed with someone other than his father. Whatever he saw that day was so devastating that his psyche refused to see another thing from that moment on. At 35, the hysterically blind Donald visits New York City's best shrink, Bob Schneiderman, Donald's last-ditch hope before throwing in life's towel. However, the doctor's highly unorthodox remedy includes an affair with Schneiderman's younger, beautiful wife, Bridget. There's only one caveat: Bridget can never find out Donald is blind.
Written by David Williamson, the most produced playwright in the history of Australian theater, this razor-sharp work centers on Susy, an attractive young woman who, after losing her job, accuses her boss of sexual harassment. A mediator is called in to find out the truth — only to discover that the truth is not so easy to find.
Rich with mystery and metaphor, The Devil's Wife is a harrowing comedy that goes to hell. A handsome and wealthy landowner who woos three sisters isn't what he seems. But neither are they. After July 29, The Devil's Wife will run in rep with The Lost Child, an emotional thriller that follows an estranged couple as they return to their deserted cabin in the woods to pack it all up. When a storm moves in, they find themselves stranded. A mysterious child appears at their door…could this be their lost child?
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.
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.
It's Only Lipstick is acclaimed actress Claudia DiMartino's inspiring, heartwarming and hysterical story of surviving the dysfunction of an Italian-American family in Brooklyn to weathering the instability of being a marketing executive in the beauty industry in corporate America. A hit of the 2017 SoloFest, where it made its one-night-only premiere, It's Only Lipstick also takes patrons though a surprising and dramatic event that led DiMartino to her destiny and the belief that it's never too late to go after your dreams.
Los Feliz, CA – It's the end of the world as we know it - and the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal are still stuck in that damn library! The Fuse Project and Rockwell Table & Stage are proud to present the brand new musical parody of The Last Breakfast Club.
It's musical theatre in a world which the most beloved cinema characters from the 1980's era barricade themselves inside the library because the world as we know it has ended. But don't fret, their teenage angst and in-depth exploration of youth continues inside Shermer High School.
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.
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!
Craving a delicious gourmet meal, but also want to deal with those pesky emotional scars? Then Psyche on Vine is the place for you! It's the only restaurant of its kind where waiters are trained counselors, psychologists, and life coaches. Why spend an hour in a bleak doctor's office when you can sit back and relax as our caring staff of servers caters to your every culinary and psychological need? At Psyche on Vine, the only thing that's crazy is how much we care about customer service.
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.
Fun (and appropriate) for everyone from 2 to 200 years old, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation. Because there's a rotating cast, audiences see different performers and games each week.
Scot Nery's Boobie Trap is an acclaimed variety show that features big names in cirque, variety, comedy, magic, and music. In it's second year of weekly shows, Scot Nery presents a hilarious cirque, magical, musical party-show like nothing you've seen before. See great comedy, stunning circus arts, jaw dropping magic and, just maybe, a guy spinning a cheeseburger atop an umbrella. Accompanied the national sensation Fire Leopard house band, this is good stuff!
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."
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.
Spamilton, the acclaimed parody of Broadway smash Hamilton, was created by Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind Forbidden Broadway. With a cast of five, Spamilton celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster. In addition to Alessandrini, the creative team includes Gerry McIntyre (choreography), Dustin Cross (costume design), Fred Barton (musical director), and Richard Danley and Fred Barton (musical arrangements).
Embark on a campy musical voyage led by Celine Dion impressionist Marla Mindelle as she recounts her version of the tale of the Titanic. This quick-witted theatrical company of beloved Broadway, TV, and social-media stars somehow manages to turn one of the greatest tragedies of modern times into a side-splitting, ridiculous romp. Backed by a live band and thrilling music arrangements, this uniquely immersive experience will take you down memory lane with all of your favorite Celine hits. Three Clubs also provide "Drunken Theater" libations and light bites right at your seat throughout the show.
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.
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.