El Nino

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WINNER BEST SEASON 2017 - OVATION AWARD

Rogue Machine kicks off their 2018 season with Justin Tanner's new play El Niño, directed by his long time collaborator Lisa James with French Stewart and John Perrin Flynn producing.

“Our four new plays are about the haunted, about how we see ourselves and how we survive in a world that is increasingly nonsensical," says Artistic Director John Perrin Flynn. "One of Rogue Machine's most important missions is to offer visionary playwrights a professional platform and we are honored to do just that, by presenting four important world premieres from established playwrights."

Will the winds blow? The rains come? The cat die? Legendary local playwright Justin Tanner fashions a new laugh-out-loud comedy that encompasses his talent for writing an equally brilliant underbelly of sadness for humankind. Once again discover all you've come to love about a Tanner piece, including his regular cast.

Justin Tanner is a Los Angeles playwright with over twenty produced plays to his credit. His first play, Changing Channels, was named one of the “best of the year” by the LA Times, produced by Jon Lawrence Rivera at The Second Stage Theater in Hollywood. He then partnered with Diana Gibson and Andy Daley at Hollywood's CAST Theatre where he wrote eleven plays, including the long running hits Zombie Attack! Teen Girl, Pot Mom and Heartbreak Help, working with such notable actors as French Stewart, Mark Ruffalo, Laurie Metcalf, Pamela Adlon, John Glover and Fred Willard. Justin's plays Space Therapy, Voice Lessons, and Day Drinkers all received Ovation Award nominations for Best Play. In addition to his work in theatre, Justin wrote for multi-award winning television series My So-Called Life (with Claire Danes and Jared Leto) and Gilmore Girls. His pilot Silver Lake was produced by Aaron Spelling.

Director Lisa James is a multi-award winner for her work on Heartstopper (LA Weekly Award), Palladium is Moving (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award), Lynn Siefert's Litte Egypt, Wendy Macleod's The Water Children (LADCC nomination and Garland Awards), Justin Tanner's Bitter Women (LADCC Award), Bold Girls, and The Visible Horse (LADCC and Garland Awards). World Premieres include Beth Henley's Tight Pants, Billy Aaronson's The News, ASCAP/Disney presentation Scream (music by David Foster), Justin Tanner's Oklahomo! and Little Egypt The Musical (music/lyrics Gregg Lee Henry) at both the Matrix Theatre (LA) and the Acorn Theatre (NYC), Dying is Easy Comedy is Hard at Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA and NYC, and End Days at the Odyssey Theatre. West Coast premieres include Smoke by Kim Davies at Rogue Machine (LA Weekly – GO!) and Punk Rock for the Odyssey Theatre (Ovation Recommended). Lisa is currently developing a new musical, That Was Then.

Ensemble cast includes Melissa Denton (Andrea), Maile Flanagan (Colleen), Danielle Kennedy (June), Joe Keyes (Kevin), Jonathan Palmer (Todd), and Nick Ullett (Harvey).

Production team includes John Iacovelli (Scenic Design), Brian Gale (Lighting Design), Christopher Moscatiello (Sound Design), and Halei Parker (Costume Design).

EL NIÑO runs Saturdays and Mondays at 8:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm through April 2, 2018 (PAY WHAT YOU CAN  at the door $5 up on Monday, March 5th, first come basis; no performances on March 19th). Rogue Machine is located in The Met, 1089 N Oxford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029. Tickets are $40. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com

Reviews

Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

In his long overdue dark comedy El Nino, LA's own theatrical free spirit Justin Tanner returns at the top of his game. This kind of writing would make any actor willing to take a chance, beyond selling tampons on TV or singing about bright golden hazes on the meadow, shit his or her pants to assay and this could not be more evident than with the stable of gifted Tannerites who would crawl through the desert—or even park at Santa Monica Blvd. and Oxford—to say the words written by Tanner.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue

Yeah, funny. Often hilarious. But more, very human and troubling and complex and very moving. Like much good drama, this play in many ways revealed important facets of the characters, rendering them equal parts disturbing yet also very human. In fact their humanity was so perfectly on point I often felt like an invisible voyeur in their lives.

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Sidelined for a number of years by his own bouts with Colleen's ills, Justin Tanner is at long last back on our L.A. stages. Not only that but, as El Niño makes hilariously clear, he is back with a vengeance.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


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Tanner's touch has long been recognized by performers with comic expertise. Some members of the El Niño ensemble have worked with him for over thirty years. It shows. The direction by Lisa James is confident and bold. Recommended

sweet - Gray Palmer - StageRaw - ...read full review


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Storms of laughter drench Justin Tanner's 'El Niño. - Critics' Choice

sweet - Daryl Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


Joan Alperin

Extremely funny, inspiring, and just plain brilliant. El Niño, directed perfectly by Lisa James, is a 'Must See' for anyone who likes to laugh, appreciates great writing, or just wants to watch six actors do some very fine work.

sweet - Joan Alperin - LA Beat - ...read full review


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Sharp writing from Justin Tanner and spot on performances from a talented cast make Rogue Machine's new season premier, El Niño, a must see theatrical event.

sweet - Peter Foldy - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


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Impossible to deny the comic genius of Justin Tanner. The hilarious, familiarity-bred venom that the veteran Los Angeles playwright's bickering but ultimately big-hearted suburban California misfits reflexively spew at one another has proved to be the stage's most prodigious laugh generator since Neil Simon.

sweet - Bill Raden; LA Weekly - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

In his long overdue dark comedy El Nino, LA's own theatrical free spirit Justin Tanner returns at the top of his game. This kind of writing would make any actor willing to take a chance, beyond selling tampons on TV or singing about bright golden hazes on the meadow, shit his or her pants to assay and this could not be more evident than with the stable of gifted Tannerites who would crawl through the desert—or even park at Santa Monica Blvd. and Oxford—to say the words written by Tanner.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue

Yeah, funny. Often hilarious. But more, very human and troubling and complex and very moving. Like much good drama, this play in many ways revealed important facets of the characters, rendering them equal parts disturbing yet also very human. In fact their humanity was so perfectly on point I often felt like an invisible voyeur in their lives.

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Sidelined for a number of years by his own bouts with Colleen's ills, Justin Tanner is at long last back on our L.A. stages. Not only that but, as El Niño makes hilariously clear, he is back with a vengeance.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


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Tanner's touch has long been recognized by performers with comic expertise. Some members of the El Niño ensemble have worked with him for over thirty years. It shows. The direction by Lisa James is confident and bold. Recommended

sweet - Gray Palmer - StageRaw - ...read full review


Avatar

Storms of laughter drench Justin Tanner's 'El Niño. - Critics' Choice

sweet - Daryl Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


Joan Alperin

Extremely funny, inspiring, and just plain brilliant. El Niño, directed perfectly by Lisa James, is a 'Must See' for anyone who likes to laugh, appreciates great writing, or just wants to watch six actors do some very fine work.

sweet - Joan Alperin - LA Beat - ...read full review


Avatar

Sharp writing from Justin Tanner and spot on performances from a talented cast make Rogue Machine's new season premier, El Niño, a must see theatrical event.

sweet - Peter Foldy - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


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Impossible to deny the comic genius of Justin Tanner. The hilarious, familiarity-bred venom that the veteran Los Angeles playwright's bickering but ultimately big-hearted suburban California misfits reflexively spew at one another has proved to be the stage's most prodigious laugh generator since Neil Simon.

sweet - Bill Raden; LA Weekly - ...read full review