Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – November 4 - 10, 2019


Theatrical shows, Musicals, Staged Readings, Solo Shows, LGBTQ Theatre, and MORE, now registered on the Better Lemons calendar!

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Saint Joan

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For The Loyal

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The Manor

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Seven

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Wild at Hart

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Niki Haris and Donna De Lory

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Santasia: A Holiday Comedy

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The Legend of Georgia McBride

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The World is My Home: The Life of Paul Robison

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Big Queer Convo: 50 Years of Queer Theatre

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A Night in _____ Shorts

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Hot Tragic Dead Thing

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Enerjoyce: Evolution of a Pisces Baby Boomer

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Hot off the Press: Staged Readings at the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival

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Bunny the Elf LIVE!

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The Man Who Came to Dinner

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A Twisted Christmas Carol

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Little Black Dress: The Musical

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Growing Gills to Drown in the Desert

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Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – October 28 - November 3, 2019

Theatrical shows, Musicals, Solo Shows, Panto, Live Radio Shows, Improv Sketch, and MORE, now registered on the Better Lemons calendar!

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Legally Blonde

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

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Nothing Ever Goes On Here

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Mamma Mia

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Waiting for Waiting for Godot

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Eight Nights

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Uncle Vanya

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MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: A Live Musical Radio Show

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Chris Mann: From Gershwin to Gaga – A Holiday Special Celebrating the Legendary Tony Bennett

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A Christmas Carole King

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PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL: A PIRATES’ CHRISTMAS

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Saint Joan: Fundraiser celebrating the Downtown Women’s Center

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Mental Hell Sketch Show

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Musket and the Rat

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My Name is Mommy

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A Twisted Christmas Carol

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Anita Berber is dead

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StoryTime

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HOLLYWOODN'T

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Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – October 21 -27, 2019

Theatrical shows, Musicals, Improv, Workshops, and MORE, now registered on the Better Lemons calendar!

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Skypilot One Act Festival

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The Goodbye Girl

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Tuesday Night Comics

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Dickens UnScripted by Impro Theatre at North Coast Rep

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How to Produce a Hollywood Fringe Show taught by Matthew Quinn

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Celebrity Autobiography

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Champ and His Four Women

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Eight Nights

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#HASH(TAG) AMERICA

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ORWELL'S 1984

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Elijah

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Film Maudit 2.0 - Highways Performance Space & Gallery

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Mope - Film Maudit 2.0 Film Festival

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Lake Michigan Monster - Film Maudit 2.0 Film Festival

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DOLLHOUSE: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity from American Popular Culture - Film Maudit 2.0 Film Festival

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Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway - Film Maudit 2.0 Film Festival

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Flesh City - Film Maudit 2.0 Film Festival

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HAPPY FACE - Film Maudit 2.0 Film Festival

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Sushi Girl Screening with Cast & Crew - Film Maudit 2.0 Film Festival

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Macbeth

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Troy

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WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT LOVE

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THE BOOK THAT WON'T CLOSE (Confessions of A Love Addict)

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WAR OF THE WORLDS

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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O2

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The 7 Stages of Grieving

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THE BEST MAN

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Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – September 30 - October 6, 2019

Theatrical shows, Film Festivals, Musicals, and Interactive/Immersive Escape Rooms NOW registered on the Better Lemons calendar!
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Short & Sweet Film Festival

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Short & Sweet Hollywood Dance Festival

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Short & Sweet Hollywood Latino

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Short & Sweet Hollywood LGBTQ+ LIVE!

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Constantinople

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San Fernando Valley Master Chorale: Grand Finale - Popular Musical & Opera Show-stoppers

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The Abuelas

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The Art of Dining

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The Manitou House

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The Sunshine Boys

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A Christmas Carol

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Second City’s fourth annual "2019 Diversity in Comedy Festival"

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Silent Sky

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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Ravenswood Manor

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Dear Jerry Seinfeld

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What if: A Musical Parody

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Key Largo

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The Thanksgiving Play

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Sisters in Law

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The Legend of Little Girl Blue

FRANKENSTEIN - WORLD PREMIERE

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THE SÉANCE

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THE FUN HOUSE

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THE HEX ROOM

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THE PSYCH WARD

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PunkPlay

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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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Fruition

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Matilda

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The Lion in Winter

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The Santaland Diaries

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Lemon Butter: Best of L.A.'s Theatre Adjacent Restaurants and Bars - September Edition

Lemon Butter is a bi-monthly column featuring choice restaurants, lounges, Happy Hours, and other spots where hospitality is offered, that are convenient to theatre venues throughout Los Angeles. For distances and times given traffic and parking are not factored in. Where available, contact all hospitality venues for valet or parking information and/or reservations.

This month's Lemon Butter covers just a few restaurants and theatres on the Westside in Beverly Hills, Malibu, and Santa Monica!

CHEZ JAY

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu - The Jay Dog at Chez Jay The Backyard, Santa Monica, California, August 13, 2019.

Perfect for pre or after dinner theatre, and nearest the Santa Monica Playhouse and Morgan-Wixson Theatre is Chez Jay.

Owned by Michael Anderson and operated by his son General Manager Chris Anderson, the Historical Landmark in Santa Monica on Ocean Avenue recently opened The Backyard, featuring al fresco dining by the ocean and under the stars.

Designed by Chris Anderson and Nataly Lopez, The Backyard is a comfortable, open space–much like your own backyard–and features picnic tables, couches, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, wine barrels, hanging vintage lanterns, string lights, and a protective canopy from the noon-day sun, and is fenced in where it abuts Santa Monica’s Tongva Park.

Chef "Memo" Guillermo De Arcos G, having been in the kitchen at Chez Jay, now a landmark restaurant in Santa Monica of over 27 years, recently introduced the new Good Eats menu at The Backyard with starters such as the Peppercorn Maple Bacon, Grilled Street Corn, Southwest Steak Nachos, Truffle Fries, Kimchi Guacamole, Rhode Island Calamari, Shrimp Ceviche Bites, and Baked Clams.

There are also salads, such as the Crispy Calamari Salad, prepared with fried calamari, frisée, romaine radicchio, tomatoes, pickled red onion, and French Dijon vinaigrette, The Cobb Salad served with grilled chicken, romaine, bacon, egg, blue cheese, tomato, avocado, and lemon honey vinaigrette, or the NY Steak Salad prepared with Angus New York Strip, arugula, mixed greens, blue cheese, cranberries, walnuts, pickled onions and balsamic vinaigrette.

The Mains features seafood selections such as the Mahi Mahi Sandwich of grilled filet of Mahi Mahi, lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar sauce on a toasted bun, or the Fish & Chips with Allagash beer-battered cod and french fries. There is also the Chez Burger of a ½ pound Angus beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion, served on a toasted bun. There is also the Steak Au Poivre Sandwich with a Peppered Angus NY Steak, cream of horseradish, picked cabbage, arugula on sourdough, Memo's amazing Jay Dog prepared with a grilled 10 inch Wagyu hot dog, tomato, pickles, onions, relish, peppers and mustard on split-top brioche, or the appropriately named Mike’s Melt, in honor of Michael Anderson, prepared with a pressed ½ pound Angus beef patty, melted cheddar, and caramelized onions on rye, and–a personal favorite–the Crispy Chicken Sandwich of fried chicken, house coleslaw, apple, frisée, chipotle aioli, and pickles on a toasted bun.

To finish, you can choose the ultimate comfort food! Chef Memo’s Fried Oreos are crisply fried with a batter, remaining soft and sweet inside. A most decadent dessert!

Cocktails are served at the bar, exclusive to Chez Jay's The Backyard, such as the  Hotel California of Bombay Sapphire, grapefruit, lemon and rosemary, the Chevy To The Levy comprised of mezcal, pineapple, Ramazzotti Rosato, lemon and sage, The Juan Margarita spicy margarita prepared with Casamigos Tequila, jalapeño, cucumber, cilantro and lime, a Pimm’s Cup made of Pimm’s, cucumber, mint, ginger, and lemon, the Dark & Stormy prepared with Gosling’s Rum, ginger beer, and lime, the Never Old Fashioned with Slow & Low Rock and Rye Whiskey, orange peel, Luxardo Maraschino Cherry and bitters, or the Tecate Michelada made with veteran Chez Jay Bartender Petter Wichman’s Wickie’s Bloody Good Mix, and lime with a Tajin rim. Wines by the glass are offered, including the Cupcake Prosecco, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Ferrari Chardonnay, Bev Rose, Meiomi Pinot Noir, and the Josh Cabernet. Their beer selections are the Allagash White, Heineken, Santa Monica 310, or Angel City IPA, Palmia Light, Tecate, Angel City Pilsner, Golden Road Wolf Pup, Corona, Bud Light and Angry Orchard.

The Backyard at Chez Jay is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm to 10pm, every Friday from 4pm to 11pm, and every Saturday from 12 noon to 11pm, and every Sunday from 12 noon to 8pm.

The Good Eats menu at The Backyard ranges from $6 to $16, with beer, wine and custom cocktails from $7 - $14. Happy Hour specials at Chez Jay are every Monday through Friday from 4-6:30pm., with dinner starting at 5:30 pm.

CHEZ JAY - 1657 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401 - 310.395.1741

Distance to the Santa Monica Playhouse  - (0.9 miles, 5 min. drive)

Shows to look for at the Santa Monica Playhouse on Better Lemons' Calendar:

(IM)Perfect
Absolutely Halloween
Binge Free Festival
Binge Fringe Free Festival
Love in Bloom
Magic Monday

Distance to the Morgan-Wixson Theatre   - (2.3 miles, 7 min. drive)

 


DUKE'S MALIBU

Nearest to Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum and the Malibu Playhouse is Dukes's Malibu.

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu - The Crab Cakes at Duke's Malibu by the beach, Malibu, California, August 17, 2019

Named after Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, Hawaii's Olympic Gold Medalist in surfing, Duke's Malibu is a Hawaiian themed restaurant situated on the Pacific Coast Highway with pristine and open views of the Pacific Ocean. The expansive restaurant features a central bar and the Barefoot Bar, which also includes seating at an outside patio.

Inside, through picture windows, the booths overlook the pristine and open views of the Pacific Ocean. On weekends, Happy Hour is in the central and Barefoot bar for those who are awaiting the dinner seating crossover, which begins at 4pm.

To start, there's Crab Cakes of lump crab, old bay seasoning, preserved lemon, Meyer lemon remoulade, or Korean sticky ribs, a Lobster Mac 'n Cheese with creamy white cheddar and ditalini pasta, Crab Wontons with crab meat, cream cheese, macadamia nuts, mustard plum sauce, or the Crispy Coconut Shrimp with Lilikoi chili water for dipping. For salads, there is the Rocket with arugula, Maui onion, bacon, roasted beets, goat cheese, and white balsamic vinaigrette and the Maui Farm Salad of local greens, marinated hearts of palm, pickled mango, Pohole fern, Maui onions, and miso lime dressing.

For the main course, there's the Seafood Hot Pot filled with lobster, shrimp, mussels, fresh fish, coconut cilantro broth, oyster mushrooms, peanuts, served with Jasmine rice, the Furikake Ahi Steak with fire-grilled sashimi-grade ahi, chili oil, truffle unagi glaze, shiitake mushroom, black bean-peanut charred bok choy, served with coconut bamboo rice. The Fish Tacos are with grilled fish, corn tortillas from La Chapalita, tomatillo sauce, cabbage, pico de gallo, queso fresco, and chips, and the Roasted Tristan da Cunha Lobster Tails, which are the “world’s only sustainable lobster tail”, are served with herbed Jasmine farro rice, roasted asparagus, and drawn butter. The Steamed Alaskan King Crab Legs are available in two sizes, served with herbed Jasmine farro rice, broccolini, and drawn butter, and in addition to all this, there are daily fish specials.

For land lovers, there's a Prime Sirloin from the Double R Signature Ranch, with miso brown butter, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, and broccolini, the Roasted Huli Chicken –an all natural half chicken seasoned with a garlic shoyu marinade and served with horseradish mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, snap peas & summer squash, and the Chef's Cheeseburger of 1/2 lb Angus chuck, brisket & hanger grind, white aged cheddar, bacon dijon aioli, Maui onion jam, heirloom tomato, mixed greens, brioche bun, and served with fries. They also have a vegan option, which is the Lilikoi Glazed Tofu with charred bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, sesame grilled asparagus, served with jasmine rice.

Happy "Aloha" Hour provides items that range from $6 to $15 in the Barefoot Bar, with lunch in the main dining from $8 to $19, and for dinner, from $8 - $18 for starters and $16 to $51 for entrees.

DUKE'S MALIBU - 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265 - 310.317.0777

Distance to Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum - (9.7 miles, 15 minute drive)

Distance to the Malibu Playhouse - (11.6 miles, 15 minute drive)


Photo by Monique A. LeBleu - Vinoteca Wine Bar at the Four Season Beverly Hills, California, August 23, 2019.

VINOTECA

Nearest to The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Beverly Hills Playhouse is Vinoteca.

Adjacent to the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Vinoteca is a standalone dining and drinking destination and great for Happy Hour.

Vinoteca's bar and outdoor patio accommodate hotel guests, locals, and movers and shakers of the entertainment world, featuring all of the hospitality and amenities that you would expect from a Four Seasons Hotel.

Chef de Cuisine Luca Moriconi’s menu at Vinoteca provides easily shareable bar bites, crisp pizza breads, hot wings, fried stuffed olives, oysters on the half shell, and a variety of wines, beers, and cocktails.

Happy Hour at Vinoteca features a special food item and specialty drink, and are offered for every day of the workweek.

Mondays start with $1 Oysters and $10 rosé. Tuesdays they have $1 Spicy Chicken Wings and $5 bottled beer. The market oysters are often Pacific or Pacific Northwest, which couple well with the rosé or a nice brut. Served with a creamy Gorgonzola dipping sauce, the Spicy Chicken Wings are a beautiful sweet-spicy mix that pair well with a cool, crisp beer.

On Wednesdays they offer 50% off of Wine Bottles selected by Sommelier David Gary which is served with a complimentary Cheese Plate for each bottle ordered. On Thursdays, Chef Moriconi features selected Pasta and a glass of Prosecco for $7 each, and on Friday's they offer M&M – a crisp Pizzetta Margherita and a Margarita each for $7.

Should you choose to expand on your meal, either before or after the theatre, there is also the fine dining option of the adjacent Culina.

Outside of the Happy Hour specials at Vinoteca, bar bites, pastas, pizza, and panini's range from $9 to $24.

VINOTECA - 300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048 - 310.860.4000

Distance to The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - (0.7 miles, 4 min. drive)

Shows to look for at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Better Lemons' Calendar:

LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE

Distance to the Beverly Hills Playhouse  (1 mile, 6 min. drive)



Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – September 23 - 29, 2019

Theatrical shows, Film Festivals, and Musicals NOW registered on the Better Lemons calendar!

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Short & Sweet Film Festival

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The Outsider

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Operation Ajax

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Absolutely Halloween

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You Don't Know My Life!

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Do Us Part

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The Surveillance Triogy

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Mono/Poly

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Cock

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Living After

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My Favorite Suicide

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(IM)PERFEKT

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LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE

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The Italian in Me

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Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – September 16 - 22, 2019

Theatrical shows, Film Festivals, Fringe Festivals, Dance, and Shakespeare NOW registered on the Better Lemons calendar!

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Rooftop Screams at the Montalban

The Addams Family

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Evil Dead

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Hocus Pocus

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Dawn of the Dead

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The Mummy

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Ghostbusters

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Beetlejuice

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Get Out

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Coco

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Theatrical Festivals, Shows, and Dance Performances

Gem of the Ocean

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Driving Wilde

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To Dad With Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen

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Charlotte Stay Close

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My Name is Mommy

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Jack and the Giant

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Fools

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Fertile

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Yoga Play

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Titus Andronicus

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Tonoccus McClain: Living A Why Not Life

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Buried Child

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The Chinese Lady

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Little Shop of Horrors

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Measure for Measure

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I Never Saw Another

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The Music Man

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Never is Now

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Miss Lilly Gets Boned

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The Dumb Waiter

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Barrymore

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Romeo and Juliet

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HalfTruths, Full Plate

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Milkcrate Monologues Vol. 1

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TST Sum Poetry

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Conversations 'Bout the Girls

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Art is Useless When You're Being Mauled by a Bear

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Fourth Annual Binge Fringe Festival of FREE Theatre

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Masoch and Desade

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4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane

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Peter & the Wolf Presented by LA Youth Ballet

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Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – September 9 - 15, 2019

Theatrical shows and Staged Readings NOW registered on the Better Lemons calendar!

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Through A Magicians Eyes: Starring Blaise
Serra

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House Of Me

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The Music Of Brian Gallagher

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Thelma Houston: From Sunshower To Motown

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In Trousers

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Sight Unseen

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Aleichem Sholom! The wit and wisdom of Sholom Aleichem

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The Pack

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The Three Musketeers At North Coast Rep Theater School

Sh

More Guns!

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Opening Night: The Improvised Musical

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The Really Awesome Improv Show

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Canuck As F*ck

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Life In Boobs

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All My Sons

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Omniscope: Dance And Architecture Show

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Supportive White Parents

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To T, Or Not To T

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Steve Grand: The Pink Champagne Tour

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The Nosotros 49th Annual Golden Eagle Awards at The Montalbán Theatre

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Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – September 2 - 8, 2019

Theatrical shows and Staged Readings NOW registered on the Better Lemons calendar!

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Marilyn Monroe: The Last Interview

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Love in Bloom

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The Edgar Allan Show

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The Mystery Of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful

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Night of the Living Dead

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Little Women

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Tyrus

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Pit of Goblins

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Representative Misbehavior

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I Dig Rock and Roll Music

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Poker at the Pantages

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A Kid Like Jake

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Never Ever Land

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Red Thread

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Second Saturday Series

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Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – August 26, 2019 - September 1, 2019

Theatrical shows and Staged Readings NOW registered on the Better Lemons calendar!

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Life In Boobs

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The Mismatch Game

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The Solid Life of Sugar Water

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SAUGERTIES

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Yellow Face, Off The Page series of staged readings at Sierra Madre Playhouse

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Tuesday Night Comics at North Coast Rep

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Corina, From Lap Dance to Sundance

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SnoWhite

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Wake Up Little Susy

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The Joy Luck Club

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Deadly

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Arther Miller's Death of A Salesman

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The Queen's Fool

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In Circles

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Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – June 18 - 25, 2019

Theatrical shows registered on the Better Lemons calendar!
For more shows visit our Calendar. For shows with a LemonMeter rating, visit our LemonMeter page.

PEACH BOY - A Musical Staged Reading

“The Group Rep presents a musical staged reading of PEACH BOY, based on a 200-year-old favorite fairy tale character Momotaro, book and lyrics by Tony Pinizzotto, music by Phil Luna, directed by Hisato Masuyama. PEACH BOY is a timeless tale of love, adventure, and coming-of-age; crafted to excite as it restores your faith in never being told you’re too old to dream.”

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StoryTime

“The Group Rep presents StoryTime, a story salon produced by Patricia Willson, featuring fresh, live personal stories as entertainment - - an evening of joy, sadness, and a touch of comedy on Sunday, July 14 at 7:00 pm, at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood, CA, at the edge of the NoHo Theatre & Arts District.”

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Tuesday Night Comics at North Coast Rep

“Tuesday Night Comics is arguably the funniest night of comedy in San Diego. Mark Christopher Lawrence taps into his extensive list of talented comedian friends and shares the North Coast Rep stage with them. The show is comprised of talent from all over the country with late-night television credits as well as credits from Comedy Central, HBO, SHOWTIME, ETC…RATED R.”

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Two Naked Angels

“Two Naked Angels - A Pair of Thought Provoking One-Act Plays
LOST VOICES – Three Women live ordinary lives. Behind their eyes lurks a secret each has kept buried in the deepest part of their souls until today. Today they can no longer hide their voices. Today, 7.6 Billion peoples lives hang in the balance and these three women don’t even know it.”

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We Should Hang Out Sometime

“'Experience an interactive evening with Josh Sundquist, featuring a live performance of the hilarious storytelling and comedy that has earned him over 200 million views online. Bestselling author, comic, and Paralympian Josh Sundquist tracked down all the girls he'd ever tried to date to ask why they rejected him. He shares the results of his semiscientific investigation (and yes, it's a true story) in this one-of-a-kind live performance that blends interactive storytelling with standup comedy. From a disastrous mini-golf date involving a backward prosthetic foot to a misguided 'grand gesture' at a Miss America pageant, it’s a story about looking for love—or at least a girlfriend—in all the wrong places. ”

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Accidental Joy

“Joy Perkins, a 40-year old disgruntled underachiever, has resigned herself to a life of regret and unfulfilled potential. But when world-famous guru, Niev Lapel, comes to town, Joy is determined to take one final stab at getting what she deserves and becomes a guru herself. Laden with adult language and situations, catchy original songs, and four or five murders, Accidental Joy: A New Musical, is a visionary, third-eye-opening dark comedy that speaks to the central role we play in forging our own destinies.
The Montalbán is proud to partner with Infinity Grove Entertainment to present Los Angeles audiences with a special opportunity to experience an enhanced workshop production of Accidental Joy: A New Musical, coming to the theatre for one-night-only on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Book by Marcus Terrell Smith, music by Robbie McDonald, and lyrics by both, Accidental Joy is a dark comedy musical about one woman’s incredible journey to find the guru within, and the four or five hilarious murders that follow her along the way...Deviating from the standard theater development process, Accidental Joy invites audiences to take part in a completely unique and entertaining workshop production experience using minimal sets and costumes. While these presentations of new shows are usually done for small focus groups, Accidental Joy is changing the trend in LA fashion.”

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Sum Comedy - The Set Off

“Who has the funniest set in LA?
Come check out 7 comedians compete to be The Set Off Champ!
7 minute sets, 7 Comedians, 7 minutes to crack up the audience.
Special Guest Headliner Every Night!”

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Towne Street Theatre's TST Summer Series Presents: Nights of Sum Poetry!

“Towne Street Theatre's TST Summer Series Presents: Nights of Sum Poetry! We are calling all spoken word artists, writers, rappers, and wordsmiths of LA who are looking to perform and share their truths and narratives to push the culture. The showcase will consist of spoken word theatre performance themed Push The Culture followed by an open mic, available to audience members who would like to perform!”

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TST Literary Series: The Awakening of LA Muse

“Our next Literary Series selection is The Awakening of La Muse by S.R. Strickland...Excerpts from the novel will be performed by professional actors. The Awakening of La Muse is about Muse, a sixteen-year-old American slave, driven by a secret that nurtures her spirit but binds her to a crippling silence, is petrified when she travels with her owners to Europe. The journey sweeps her from the rocky dirt roads of a plantation to the elegant avenues of Paris. In 1855, she escapes but soon learns a French bounty hunter is in pursuit. When the day of reckoning arrives, she battles for the right to liberty. A short talkback with the author immediately following the performance.”

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Reflections On A Lifetime in Theater - Nicole Cassesso & Damien Lorton

“For the first time ever, One More Productions co-founders, Damien Lorton and Nicole Cassesso will take the stage together to share colorful stories and songs from a lifetime spent in the theater...Nicole is the co-founder and Executive Director of One More Productions [and] has produced over 60 award-winning theatrical productions and special events, including co-creating and co-writing the audience favorite, The Holiday Gem...You probably recognize Damien as the voice of The GEM, Damien has been the Artistic Director of One More Productions for the past 15 years...”

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Two Noble Kinsmen

“The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company presents William Shakespeares The Two Noble Kinsmen, directed by Will Block. Kinsmen offers a simple, poignant message in the most gloriously messy wrapper: be good to each other says Block. Shakespeare and Fletcher channel Chaucer's original work to tremendous effect, declaring Stop. Look around. Reach out...The Two Noble Kinsmen will be the Porters twenty-ninth production along the road to completing Shakespeare's canon.”

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Double Falsehood

“The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company presents Double Falsehood by Lewis Theobald, adapted from Cardenio, the lost play of Shakespeare and Fletcher, directed by Thomas Bigley...'Double Falsehood' is produced with the Porters ambition of crossing every "t" and dotting every "i" along the road to completing Shakespeare's canon.”

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Vote for Murder!

“A New Immersive Game Experience! Solve and collect clues, perform tasks, commit murders, save your fellow classmates, and interrogate suspects to find which candidate is trying to steamroll their peers on their way to the top. Are you in cahoots with a killer? Or is your candidate the next victim? This is a sandbox-style immersive experience co-operative game (RPG) inspired by Clue, Mafia, and other party games.”

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Bad Hamlet

“Coin & Ghost, LA’s theatrical home for remixed mythologies, is thrilled to announce its second season: MYTH-REMEMBERED. The emerging theatre company will launch its season with the World Premiere of Bad Hamlet, an irreverent, interactive, and inventive play that places Shakespeare’s masterpiece directly up against the many interpretations of it, whether accurate, misremembered, or re-invented entirely. Devised by the ensemble and directed by Rob Adler.”

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Permanent Collection

“Staged reading of a play. Written by Thomas Gibbons. Directed by Barbara Schofield. Sterling North, the new Black director of the Morris Foundation precipitates turmoil when he insists that the Foundation museum display its stored artworks of African origin with greater prominence and in greater quantity, dismissing those who oppose him as racist. He is even prepared to go to court to challenge the will of the museum’s founder, Alfred Morris, to pursue the objective of promoting the exposure of North’s beloved African artists. Nothing is as simple as it looks. Was Morris a racist? Who decides who should see art? Who decides what we can see? Who has that right? Can a museum itself be a unified work of art? Should the last will and testament of a private collector be sacrosanct?”

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Beauty and the Beast - Gem Theatre

“Spend the holidays at home at The GEM and step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!...The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will doomed for all eternity. This “tale as old as time” is filled with fun for the whole family; with spectacular music, costumes, sets and grand production numbers. Be our guest and experience the magic of this timeless fairytale!”

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Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder

“”The American Dream has come to dominate the culture of this continent, but is it the only dream worth pursuing? Are there other dreams that might promote our success and survival better? Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder explores this through the lens of a single figure of the Wild West, the legendary Lakota warrior Crazy Horse, who finds himself fleeing the Indian agency in 1877 even after his pivotal victory at Little Bighorn and the destruction of General Custer. Portraying other characters in his life with a feather, shawl, or war bonnet, this thoughtful hero takes the audience on a vision quest, gathering clues from his past to unlock a future for his people. Winner of a Kansas City Fringe award & a Best of Kansas City award, this solo show is written & performed by Sam Wright and directed by Nicholas Collett.”

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TST Variety Show

“Looking for a fun night out at the theatre? The TST Variety Show is the place for you! Singing, Dancing, Sketch and Audience Interaction.
About this Event TST presents a Variety Show like NO other! Singing – Check, Sketch – Check, Dancing – Check, Audience Interaction - Check
It's Spectacular! It's Amazing! It's Incredible! It's the TST Variety Show Night - One Night ONLY.”

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The Last Days of Don Juan

“The Classical Theatre Lab’s production of The Last Days of Don Juan is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division.
The Last Days of Don Juan is the earliest known dramatic appearance of literature’s most famous (or infamous) romantic rogue. He is possibly the first of the red hot lovers. The Seducer from Seville goes from place to place, city to city, town to town, village to village, deceiving, deflowering, despoiling and devastating beautiful maiden after beautiful maiden. He is aided and abetted in his adventures by his loyal servant Catalina, who time and again helps Don Juan escape angry pursuers...This libertine lord of lust finds his fortunes begin to change after he slays the angry father of one of his conquests in a sword fight. Not long after, Don Juan finds himself opposed by supernatural forces that seek to punish him for his wicked, wicked ways. Can he seek repentance and find forgiveness in time?”

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Caucasian Chalk Circle

“Bertolt Brecht's satiric comedy of war, love and justice. Deep in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, a humble kitchen maid named Grusha risks her life to rescue an abandoned baby from civil war. But when the child’s aristocratic mother returns to claim him, the entire social order of a corrupt and violent world is put on trial.”

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Conversations About the GIRLS! Yes, those GIRLS! - TST Summer Series

“As part of the Towne Street Theatre Summer Series, we are proud to present this wonderful play written and directed by Sonia Jackson
Conversations ‘Bout the Girls, a fresh, inspiring performance piece, is about the relationship women have with their breasts. It brings into view the mysterious, sometimes misunderstood, and often controversial realm of women’s bodies and body images. Only 2 days so be sure to see it while its up! Great way to spend a summer night or afternoon, in the heart of Hollywood!”

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You're A Grand Old Rag

“Immigration and What it Means to Be an American
As seen through the works of the Theatre’s original
Yankee Doodle Dandy and iconic Patriot.”

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MAMMA MIA!

“Get swept away by the infectious music, uplifting story, and dazzling dance numbers that have made MAMMA MIA! a worldwide phenomenon. As wedding festivities commence on an idyllic Greek island, a young bride-to-be schemes to discover the identity of her father among three men from her mother’s past. With so many of ABBA’s timeless hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance,” “Money, Money, Money,” and “SOS,” this story of love and friendship is an unforgettable musical experience that will leave you dancing in the aisles! ”

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Shirley Valentine

“Known by many as the hit 1989 film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti. Our heroine is an ordinary English housewife. As she prepares chips and egg for dinner, she ruminates on her life and tells the wall about her husband, her children, her past, and an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece to search for romance and adventure.”

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Beyond Glory

“Set against the backdrops of the Vietnam War, World War II and the Korean War, Beyond Glory tells the stirring, emotional, and heroic true stories of eight recipients of America’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor, told by one actor. Beyond Glory gathers these men together in the present to look back on the defining moments of their lives and to examine the meaning of courage, duty, and ultimately, humility. ”

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APPLE SEASON

“APPLE SEASON is produced by Moving Arts as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ) and Riverside Theatre (IA). Mr. Anthony and E. M. Lewis are long time collaborators, he has directed three premiere productions of E. M. Lewis’ work, plus two “Car Plays” and a one-act for the Samuel French Ten Minute Play Festival in New York...Lissie returns to her family's land after many years. A chance encounter with an old flame conjures memories she thought she'd escaped long ago. This striking new play explores family, desire, and whether to confront the tangled past -- or burn it to the ground."

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GOOD ENOUGH

“GOOD ENOUGH is the true journey of world renown author and story teller Ted McGrath. Playing 15 characters, McGrath takes us on an emotional roller coaster ride through addiction as he sabotages his family, his career and ultimately his life in the attempt to answer one question burning inside him his entire life: AM I GOOD ENOUGH? Now, having reclaimed his life and at the pinnacle of success, McGrath’s play asks each of us that same question: Are you 'Good Enough?'”

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Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward

“BLITHE SPIRIT has continued to be a smash hit comedy since it first premiered on the London and Broadway stages in 1941. This hilarious supernatural farce centers on fussy, cantankerous socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric “kooky medium” Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, who makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost during the séance or afterwards. Boundless laughs and constant pandemonium ensue.”

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These Streets

“'These Streets' is a new play with original music, including musical performances. It’s 1961 at the height of the folk music scene in Greenwich Village. Eve Wilson moves to New York City with dreams of becoming a singer/songwriter. She stumbles upon the local open mic scene, where she meets other aspiring artists Ben Phillips, a talented singer and bartender struggling with stage fright, and Nancy Tate a writer who falls for Ben, proving to perhaps be the challenge he needs. She also meets folk singer Dennis McKinley. When she meets Dennis sparks fly until his new found career success creates tensions between them. Dennis then must rediscover who he is and what it is that matters to him most.”

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Twelfth Night

“A beloved Los Angeles tradition, the Festival is freewheeling, inclusive and a bit anarchic. It's an entire summer of mainstage performances, pre-show family events including workshops, a slate of extraordinary opening acts and diverting community events. Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy great theater in a great city. All free, all summer long. TWELFTH NIGHT. A cloud hangs over the country of Illyria as Countess Olivia mourns and Duke Orsino pines. But when Viola (a young woman with a big secret) washes onshore, it soon becomes clear that you can’t keep the human spirit down for long. Music, dance, and lovable misfits abound in one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time, all set against the backdrop of the jazz era.”

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Pericles

“A summer season of free performances like no other! A beloved Los Angeles tradition, the Festival is freewheeling, inclusive and a bit anarchic. It's an entire summer of mainstage performances, pre-show family events including workshops, a slate of extraordinary opening acts and diverting community events. Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy great theater in a great city. All free, all summer long. PERICLES. Love is lost and found again in one of Shakespeare’s most spellbinding plays. The young Pericles sets out for adventure, but gets more than he bargains for. 25 years later, it’s his daughter’s turn to sail the high seas as she seeks to unravel the mystery of her birth. PERICLES is an epic tale, spanning continents and decades, complete with knights-errant, greek gods, pirates...and more than a little magic.”

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The Peter Sprague Trio at North Coast Rep

“Back by popular demand, the Peter Sprague jazz trio explores songs that resonate with the boomers. They start with The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, James Taylor, and Cream, and then for balance they play “Georgia” or add Cole Porter. The vibe is contagious and the sound pulls you in.”

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Swiped The Musical

“'SWIPED “APPily Ever After' is a modern day love story about about the life of Polly, a meticulous planner that finds herself manifesting her very first relationship using online dating apps, and all the confusion, fear, and strangeness that comes along with it. Yes, it’s a comedy, and maybe we can even call it a contemporary fairytale, but really it’s story that every 21st century human being with dreams and goals and passions can relate to. Our main character, Polly, is just that 21st century human being. After Polly’s parents split up when she was nine years old, she decided that the only way she could control her destiny was to meticulously plan out every aspect of her life, but when her boss asks her to bring her boyfriend to the company mixer she realizes the one thing that she never meticulously planned for was a relationship. This is a girl that micromanaged and manifested her sleepovers, her line position in the nutcracker, her role in student government, and even the class senior prank. I mean who wouldn’t love to see 100 micro-pigs running down the halls of a high school on ditch day? Not anybody we’d like to know. How did she miss planning for a relationship? All of Polly’s dreams had come true and now it was time for her to find….ahem…. love…… the one thing that it’s kind of starting to look like she might have been avoiding this whole time. Do Polly’s master planning and manifesting skills find her the relationship that she’s set out to have? Come see SWIPED “APPily Ever After” to find out!”

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Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – June 3 - 17, 2019

Theatrical shows registered on the Better Lemons calendar!
For more shows visit our Calendar. For shows with a LemonMeter rating, visit our LemonMeter page.

Maud//The Madness

“THE ONLY NON-ORIGINAL SOLO PERFORMANCE AT HFF19. After the suicide of his father, a young man, living alone in Victorian England, struggles to find purpose in life through a passionate romance with Maud, ultimately learning that his feelings of loneliness and violent tendencies are inescapable. ”

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CANCELLED

“Hollywood Fringe Festival and the Actor’s Company present CANCELLED, a hilarious new show created and directed by Frankie Ryan Maclaughlin. Staying relevant is a full-time job in the year of our lord 2019, and the last thing you want to be is #Cancelled. A washed up child star. An up-and-coming music producer. An “influencer-by-accident”. What do they have in common? An internet scandal big enough to break them.
CANCELLED is an energetic, fresh take on the #cancelculture dominating today’s headlines. Why do we love a good, shocking, pearl-clutching scandal? Social media, sizzling hot takes, exposed past mistakes, and the dire need to #haveitall, when combined, cook up a lethal recipe- how far would you be willing to go to “make it?” Our show examines our dumpster-fire, can’t look away, schadenfreude-esque fascination with watching stars and influencers we love fall from grace- all in the blink of an eye. CANCELLED tells the tale of three young celebs - an influencer who has it all, a rapper who had it all, and a new girl who wants it all - what will it take to get them #cancelled ?”

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Shiva For Anne Frank

“Rachel’s solo show celebrates Jewish identity, girlhood, community mourning, life, and begs the question of whether or not one Jewish comedian can and should make Anne Frank’s death about herself.”

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Walking on Eggshells in Stilettos

“Walking On Eggshells In Stilettos written & performed by Ann-Marie Lariccia & directed and developed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, is one woman’s dark comedy that edutains audiences about bipolar disorder, dysfunctional relationships, depression, child abuse, and substance abuse. Using multiple characters, multimedia, and physical comedy, we journey with Ann Marie as she steps out of negative patterns and into her own power, self love and some sexy stilettos!”

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By The Light of the Moon

“'By the Light of the Moon' makes its world premiere this June at the Broadwater Theatre as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. We find Lila, a young British woman, alone in a hospital for the criminally insane in 1928. Abandoned by her family, society, and her only friend in the asylum, she is forced to face her deepest secrets and the dark reality of the events leading up to her imprisonment. Confronting her circumstances with levity, innocence, and a strong sense of denial, Lila takes us on a journey full of playful poetry and vivid trauma until she's forced to confront the reality of her fate. 'By the Light of the Moon' presents us with questions about gender, mental health and the institutional suppression of the female voice.”

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An American Video Store

“Taking place over 3 pivotal moments in the history of the American Video Store, our intimate story of clerks and customers examines the rise and fall of a cultural phenomenon that defined a generation.”

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SIGNS W/ JONATHAN DAVID

“Jonathan David has been playing for deaf ears. Born to Deaf parents with severe substance and mental health issues, David takes us through his first hand account of his and his parents upbringing, his own troubles with addiction, and his own continuing recovery. SIGNS is a hilarious and insightful look at the external and internal forces that shape who we are. Spoken word performance with American Sign Language Interpreter.”

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Cave Girl The Musical

“Cave Girl The Musical tells the story of Gloria, a woman who leaves her life behind to live in a cave where she thinks she can finally be free. As a last-ditch effort to stay in the cave, Gloria attempts to disappear into a musical. When the music fades and the true villain is revealed, she is faced with the one thing she has been trying to avoid, the truth. McCarthy imagines, "the different path my life could have taken had I not found the road to sobriety and happiness. I hope to endear people who struggle with addiction or mental health issues to audiences who might not otherwise understand." The show-within-a-show and parody musical tropes are reinvented as this allegory for alcoholism and suicide slams head-first into one woman's addiction to denial.”

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The Book of Briarshire

“Good Shows is proud to present The Book of Briarshire, running for five performances in the 2019 season of The Hollywood Fringe Festival from Saturday, June 8th through Sunday, June 30th. Written by and starring Kelly Moore, directed by Colleen Doyle, and produced by Conor Hanney, The Book of Briarshire is an epic medieval fantasy comedy, where kickass women rule. With an almost entirely female ensemble cast, Briarshire subverts the fantasy genre, packed with both action and laughs. Our heroine Ylva (played by Moore) wants nothing more than to become a knight and live up to her father’s legacy, so she quests to slay The Dragon (played by Lindsey Mallard) along with her clueless sister Skittles (played by Emily Bolcik) who frequently breaks into unsolicited/undesired freestyle raps. Along the way, they encounter magic, soldiers, elves, and even... a cobbler.”

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Nancy F***ing Reagan

“David is trying to turn 50 graciously, and his best friend Maggie has even organized a Palm Springs weekend for a few friends. But the death of the former First Lady that same week provokes David’s festering anger, reminding him how the unchecked AIDS epidemic diminished his life and left him single for so many years. Gently cajoled by his friends to let go of the past, David struggles, sometimes comically, to embrace the future but not forget his history.”

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POCKETMON! A Parody Musical

“Grab ahold of your Pocketballs! The Bardic Bastards return to the Hollywood Fringe after the success of their critically derided production “The Midnight Menagerie” with Pocketmon! an adult parody musical. Hilariously funny and heartwarmingly nostalgic, Pocketmon is a 90 minute special journey into the dark and zany world of Soot Snag’em as he attempts to battle his way to the RobLo League. Supported by his fiercely loyal friends and facing off against the homicidal Team Sprocket, he’ll learn that it takes more than a strong Pocketmon to defeat the Special Three and earn the title of Pocketmon master.”

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Very Good Actor: An Acting Seminar

“Series: 'The Five Emotions' An Instagram legend with upwards of four hundred followers, Adam Blodgett (of @verygoodactor) can teach anyone to act—with “The Note,” the landmark Very Good Actor method—using a Single Constructive Note.
This Seminar Series, 'The Five Emotions,' will dedicate one show to each of the five human emotions:
JUNE 7: 'Sad'
JUNE 14: 'Fear'
JUNE 21: 'Glad'
JUNE 27: 'A Sour Mood'
JUNE 29: 'Love'”

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Vixen DeVille ReVealed

“Burlesque, Circus, Magic, Comedy and a few home truths. British actress, Cat LaCohie reveals the truth behind her Burlesque persona, Vixen DeVille, inviting you on the journey to discovering YOUR own inner Vixen.
Embrace the freedom to express yourself, BE yourself, CELEBRATE yourself, the GOOD, the BAD and THE WOBBLY!! A show guaranteed to leave you entertained and inspired.”

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APOLLO 11 - The Immersive Live Show

“APOLLO 11 — The Immersive Live Show invites audiences to go on an epic journey to the Moon and back. The story of the 400,000 individuals it took to accomplish this mission is told through the eyes of Ben, a retired NASA Aerospace Engineer, as he recounts those heady days to his granddaughter Sydney, who finds her eyes turning away from her smartphone and up to the sky as she dreams about the endless possibilities of space. This celebration of one of mankind’s greatest achievements takes audiences of all ages on the ride of a lifetime and inspires future generations to imagine what comes next. Staged in a groundbreaking, purpose-built venue, APOLLO 11 is a truly immersive live show performed by 20 actors under 40,000 square feet of stunning 360° video projection and brought to life by world-class theatre design, a full orchestral score and life-size rockets.”

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Twelfth Night

“Mischief, madness and romance are in the air this summer when Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum presents Shakespeare's rollicking comedy in its magical, outdoor Topanga amphitheater. Shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, and fearing that her brother Sebastian has drowned, Viola must disguise herself as a man. She falls in love with the neighboring Duke Orsino — who loves the Lady Olivia — who loves the disguised Viola. But false appearances are the norm on this Island of Misrule, where the fool is king, the court jester is a philosopher, and hijinks among the servants are wickedly delicious. Original music by composer Marshall McDaniel lends the familiar words and songs a refreshing new sound, lifting Shakespeare’s elevated language to even greater heights.”

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Moby Dick - Rehearsed

“In Orson Welles’ ingenious adaptation of the famous novel by Herman Melville, a Shakespearean acting troupe works between performances of King Lear to create a play about Moby Dick. As the actors take up their new roles, the theater is transformed from a bare stage into the yardarms, sails, masts and deck of a ship hunting the great white whale. The actors provide the action-packed adventure, and the audience's imagination provides the ocean, period costumes — and the whale.”

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Sexual Misadventures of a Straight White Male: A Privilege Story

“Sexual Misadventures of a Straight White Male: A Privilege Story is the male response to #MeToo, bro. And like, it’s totally true. Ross is on this quest to be a real man, so he goes to the Man Make Machine to learn to be a man. Like, I don’t know bro, sounds like every other story that’s out there.”

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Hell's Kitty: The Musical

“An exciting new creative collaboration between independent film and independent theater begins this June at Fringe Festival with an adaptation of the indie cult classic comedy horror film Hell’s Kitty! The Los Angeles theatre company New Musicals Inc. (NMI) and the entertainment production company Smart Media have teamed up to present HELL’S KITTY: The Musical is a comedy, horror musical based on the original award- winning Hell’s Kitty web-series, comic book, and movie. There’s even a musical exorcism of a cat sung mostly in Latin, with “Exorcismus Feline,” and the theme song from the film sung in ensemble humorously titled “My Pussy’s Possessed.”
Unlike the movie, the musical is more of an unrequited love story involving a lonely, struggling writer, who blames his cat for his lack of inspiration, not knowing that his cat is possessed by someone from his past. The musical like the movie, which attracted horror fans and cat lovers alike, with its uncanny array of iconic cult figures from classic eighties horror films, hopes to develop the story line further by adding new musical performances, and expanding off of what began in the film with Dale Midkiff (Pet Sematary) performing a parody of Frank N’ Furter in drag. This time, however, the actors will really be singing!”

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Magic Monday

“Spring into magic when Albie Selznick returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse with his trademark Magic Monday beginning April 1. Every Monday evening through the end of August will see a new and different lineup of world-class, award-winning magicians and outstanding variety acts. Get ready for an unforgettable season of show-stopping feats — including sleight of hand, interactive parlor magic and mind-blowing illusions. Recommended for ages 6 and up.”

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Bushwick

“It’s mid-morning in February, Obama-era, in the northeastern section of Brooklyn known as “Bushwick”. We settle in the living room of an old warehouse style apartment where Skip, Beatrix, and Byron are on the hunt for the perfect subletter. Little do they know that the events of the previous night, a muddy haze in the form of a hangover, are gonna throw a wrench in all their plans. 'Bushwick,' a 60 minute one-act, is an Obama-era love letter to the millennial whose constant struggle with #yolo and #fomo becomes a crippling factor in the ever-evolving need to make meaning."

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An Enemy of the People

“Theatricum Botanicum resets Henrik Ibsen's powerful play in a small town in South Carolina in the 1980s. Powerful people have difficult choices to make in Ellen Geer’s free adaptation of this classic — and extraordinarily timely — struggle between the interests of the individual and the welfare of society.”

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The Skin of Our Teeth

“The story of humankind told through the lives of the Antrobus family. Set in 20th century New Jersey and the Ice Age, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a whirlwind of modernity and antiquity. As relevant today as its original production in 1942, this inspiring piece of Americana uses humor, history, and mythology to highlight humanity’s drive to carry on.”

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Rant & Rave

“Rogue Machine's Most Popular Event - Every 2nd Monday. Six local writers, one topic, and a time limit. It’s an evening of cathartic thinking by some of the most dangerous minds in the city...From Emmy winning and Oscar-nominated sitcom writer and EP Dan O'Shannon (Modern Family, Cheers, Frasier), to NASA scientist/playwright Kevin Delin, to actor/dog-wrangler Jack Sundmacher, to actor/author Mary Alexandra Stiefvater, STEAL welcomes four Rant & Rave virgins. Plus, a chance to see host Ron Bottitta roast one of the show producers, Betsy Zajko, and a budding therapist who happens to be his son, Daniel Jordan Booth.”

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The Gin Game

“Real life husband and wife Alan Blumenfeld and Kathrine James star in D.L Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. The irascible Martin Weller and self-righteous Fonsia Dorsey share a mutual love of gin rummy. As they play, they reveal secrets that get used against each other – and the game becomes a metaphor for their lives.”

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Tommy's Room

“It’s 2008 and childhood friends, Pete and Tommy, are sophomores at the Nile Christian University. Tommy is an athlete; Pete is a nerd. But despite their differences in personality and interests, they still find ways to keep their friendship alive. But for how long? One afternoon when Pete drops by Tommy’s room, hidden truths come to light, deep dark secrets are revealed. Their reality turns upside down. Will their friendship survive the day? Will they survive? This is one afternoon that will never be forgotten.”

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Garrett Clayton: It Takes Three

“"It Takes Three" is a celebratory night of cabaret, music, and dancing. Through the hits of Broadway, pop, and some of your favorite divas, "Hairspray Live!" star Garrett Clayton and special guests Ashley Argota and Desi Dennis-Dylan tell tales of their friendship, navigating Hollywood, and their own personal awakenings — peppered with fan kicks and jazz hands!”

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Another Roll of the Dice at North Coast Repertory Theatre

“North Coast Repertory Theatre is capping its highly successful Season 37 with the World Premiere of ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE, a rollicking musical reuniting songwriter Frank Loesser and author Damon Runyon, creators of the legendary Guys and Dolls. In Dice, three classic Runyon stories are intertwined with hits from the Loesser songbook, including “Heart and Soul,” “I Hear Music,” “Two Sleepy People,” and “Let’s Get Lost,” performed by iconic Runyonesque characters. Audiences who may be familiar with Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide from "Guys and Dolls" will delight in meeting some of their colleagues-in-crime from Runyonland: Joey Uptown, Baseball Hattie, Tobias the Terrible, singer Georgia St George and the much-in-demand safecracker, Touch Feely. Don’t take a gamble – get your winning ticket now and be among the first to witness the birth of a sure-fire classic.”

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Tenderly at North Coast Repertory Theatre

“North Coast Repertory Theatre presents: Tenderly- The Rosemary Clooney Musical. Tenderly is based on the life of Rosemary Clooney, who was hailed as America’s favorite girl singer. In this exhilarating and inspiring new musical biography, it offers a fresh, personal and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. We learn both the story of her successes on film, radio and TV, as well as her personal struggles. The show features many of her signature hits, including “Hey There (you with the stars in your eyes),” “Tenderly,” and “Come On-A My House.” Indulge yourself in a musical that will leave you cheering at her triumphant comeback and singing these unforgettable songs.”

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Rock Around the Clock/ Rumble on the Docks

“This Saturday and Sunday, for Father’s Day weekend, Arena Cinelounge Sunset will present FREE screenings of Rock Around the Clock and Rumble on the Docks. Both films feature the band Freddie Bell and The Bellboys. Arena Cinelounge owner Christian Meoli pays tribute to the memory of his late father, Jerry Mayo (one of the Bellboys), by offering free screenings of these movies this weekend.”

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Mount Wilson Observatory's "Songs of the Spheres"

“Mount Wilson Observatory—the scientific marvel above Pasadena, atop Mount Wilson—is pleased to announce the third date in its Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome six-month series, to take place on Sunday, July 7, 2019. The performances are presented inside the iconic vaulted dome of the 100-inch telescope. A season of musical adventures thoughtfully curated by Artistic Director Cécilia Tsan are offered on the first Sunday of each month through October with two shows per date.”

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Wait Until Dark

“New York, 1966 – In this exciting new take on Frederick Knott's suspenseful drama, a young blind woman is manipulated by ruthless con men as they search for a mysterious doll. Trapped in her basement apartment, she learns that her blindness can be her best defense if she can only Wait Until Dark. The original Broadway production starred Lee Remick and ran for 373 performances."

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

“Shakespeare on the Deck’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is back and this time features an LGBTQIA focused storyline. This electrifying production will transport you from the deck into the vibrant club “DRØM,” where four runaway lovers go to meet, gender-defying fairies dispute, and a group of hard-working women rehearse a play. Amongst these unlikely groups runs a mischievous Puck, armed with a wicked sense of humour and love “potion” capable of making anyone fall for the first person they set eyes upon. What could go wrong?”

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Ladies

“They were pioneers who tried to accomplish something no one had ever done before with no path, no road map, and no rules. And, in the short term, they failed spectacularly. Ladies is a fictional account of the birth of The Blue Stocking Society, the world’s first major feminist movement in 1750’s London, told through a modern lens. The ladies’ ambitious goals soon create scandal in London society and conflicts amongst themselves, escalating into a tangled knot of electric and jagged relationships. These women are emboldened by their righteous cause and burdened by being revolutionaries far ahead of their time. This deliciously funny and irreverent world premiere examines the humanity and passion of these trailblazing ladies, and inspires us to carry on the work they began. AGE & CONTENT GUIDELINES: Please note that this production contains nudity, adult content, and profanity, and is recommended for ages 15+.”

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Chrysalis

“The women who brought you ECHOES present CHRYSALIS , a collection of monologues, personal essays, and short sketches written and performed by a diverse cast of femme-identifying folks, directed by Sara Tomko. Chrysalis takes a deep dive into the transitory state of life from the femme-identifying perspective. The women involved were challenged to examine their lives and let the audience in on vulnerable aspects of their personal journeys. Chrysalis showcases the different struggles of transition while honoring the beauty in our bodies, our self-growth and discovery.”

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Lear/Loman

“Willy Loman crashes into King Lear’s tattered home in Purgatory where they examine the harsh realities of their lives. In this strange dwelling between Heaven and Hell, Lear has frequent and upsetting delusions of his Earthly life, while Loman watches the serious damage he caused his family in life and after his death. Is it too late to learn and to inspire change in those they love? [ 2Cents Theatre Group’s 2019 Best of INK @Fringe ]”

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TST Presents Sum Comedy The Set Off

“TST Presents Sum Comedy The Set Off. Who has the funniest set in LA? Come check out 7 comedians compete to be The Set Off Champ! 7 minute sets, 7 Comedians, 7 minutes to crack up the audience. Special Guest Headliner Every Night!”

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Scraps

“Set in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, three months after the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer, Scraps is a provocative mash up of poetry, realism and expressionism that chronicles the effects of his death on his family and friends.”

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Forgetting not Forgotten

“It is a multimedia, multiple character story that centers around an aspiring young performer named Petal as she takes on the role of caregiver after her mother’s diagnosis with a mental illness. Petal’s life is abruptly interrupted yet again when her neighborhood becomes gentrified and Petal and her mother have to leave their family home. The circumstances, battles and situations the Petal goes through is a rites of passage to understanding life.”

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15th Anniversary Hearts of the Arts Fundraiser Gala

“Join us for an evening of savory excellence in celebration of 15 years of live theater from One More Productions! The evening’s festivities will kick off with a Silent Auction, accompanied by delicious tray passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne. You’ll then be escorted into the theater for an intimate dining experience on the stage of The GEM. While dining, guests will be treated to a private concert by renowned Jazz diva, Debbi Ebert. Ebert is truly entertainment personified. Her repertoire is a wonderful blend of classic jazz standards; a dash of blues, a sprinkle of pop – the perfect recipe for any musical appetite. All proceeds raised from this special event go directly back into the theater to allow The GEM to remain a home for the arts.”

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A Walk in the Woods at North Coast Repertory Theatre

“NOW EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND! What really goes on behind the scenes of tense arms negotiations between powerful nations? Set in the midst of the Cold War, Lee Blessing’s gripping play, A WALK IN THE WOODS, is especially relevant today. With talks seemingly at an impasse, the American and Soviet negotiators agree to meet informally while strolling through the peaceful forest. Their revealing and absorbing conversations, laced with warmth and humor, evolve through debate and discord, exploring unexpected and uncharted territory. Nominated for a Pulitzer and a Tony Award, Blessing’s dramatic comedy was inspired by historic conversations between negotiators Paul H. Nitze and Yuli A Kvitsinsky who left the official 1982 Geneva sessions for an unofficial “walk in the woods.” For those yearning for a more enlightened world, this play is shrewdly observant and resonates with the ring of political truth.”

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The Comedy of Errors at North Coast Rep Theatre School

“The Theatre School @ North Coast Rep presents for FREE at three different outdoor venues in three different cities William Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus and his servant, Dromio, both of Syracuse arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their long lost twins, who go by the same names! When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession. Fast-paced comedy fun for all ages.”

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The Favorite

““THE FAVORITE” is a dark comedy about the Holmes siblings who have just lost their mother and are cleaning out their parents' garage for the very last time. Shelby and Megan are competitive sisters with polar opposite world views; their adopted African American brother, Dylan is prone to having lively conversations with inanimate objects. They all have unresolved conflicts that get unpacked along with the mountains of boxes, bags and crates. As the family goes through the endless pile of their parents' accumulated treasures and junk, they relive childhood milestones and touchstones, both joyous and traumatic. Things take an unexpected turn when they uncover a painting that was painted by their mother. She has left a note saying that the painting should go to her favorite child, without specifying which one of them that is. Old wounds are exposed and generously doused in salt until the afternoon comes to a climax when Shelby's husband, Ethan makes a shocking discovery in a dusty old trunk.”

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Divalicioius! A Celebration of Women in Jazz

“One More Productions is thrilled to welcome back for the 3rd year in a row, the incomparable, Debbi Ebert, in her cabaret, DIVALICIOUS! A Celebration of Women in Jazz! This is the second of four performances in the 2019 Cabaret Series. Debbi Ebert is entertainment personified. Her repertoire is a genius blend of classic jazz standards, a dash of blues, a sprinkle of pop – the perfect recipe for any musical appetite. With her blend of musical styles and sultry stage personality, she dazzles in a variety of musical environments from concert halls to Big Bands to a classic jazzy combo. She is truly in a spotlight all her own! Tickets are $25 for general admission. This is an onstage seating event.”

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Ideation at North Coast Repertory Theatre

“Aaron Loeb brings a dark comic edge to this psychological suspense thriller, in which a group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. As the lines between right and wrong are blurred, these characters must navigate the cognitive dissonances and moral dilemmas to decide for themselves if everything is, as it really seems. Andrew Barnicle directs a cast of NCRT’s best.”

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JOAN OF ART: A Weekend filled with an Iconic Play, an Iconic Actor's Son and Some Terrific Art

One of my most favorite lines ever written in a play comes from Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire. The line is... Sometimes- there's God-so quickly and it is uttered by the character Blanche Dubois who believes a man that she recently met is going to rescue her from the hell that is her life.

Now who hasn't felt that at one time or another. That some miracle will happen that will save their life or change the events of their life. But to say it in such a poetic way, well only someone of Mister Williams talent could do that.

The team behind 2016's acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams rarely-seen Kingdom of Earth, is back - this time, with Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.

Jack Heller directs actress Susan Priver, (who played the down on her luck show girl Myrtle in Kingdom of Heaven and LA Weekly award-winning The Lover by Harold Pinter) as Blanche DuBois and Max E. Williams (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and numerous productions with Elephant Theatre Company) as Stanley Kowalski in a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre presented by Dance On Productions in association with Linda Toliver and Gary Guidinger.

Passions flare and cultures collide in the sultry streets of New Orleans beginning May 25, with performances continuing though July 7.

Often regarded as among the finest plays of the 20th century, Streetcar is considered by many to be Williams' greatest work. The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche is pushed over the edge by Stanley, her sexy and brutal brother-in-law.

The play launched the careers of Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden and solidified the position of Williams as one of the most important young playwrights of his generation.

I know come this Saturday evening May 25th at 8pm I will be at The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd, West Los Angeles to once again see this extraordinary play. For reservations and information call 310-477-2055 or go to Odysseytheatre.com.

Speaking of Brando on Sunday May 26th at the Santa Monica Playhouse I'll be seeing WILD SON: THE TESTIMONY OF CHRISTIAN BRANDO. Set under the white glare of Hollywood and Celebrity WILD SON: THE TESTIMONY OF CHRISTIAN BRANDO tells the story of Marlon Brando's troubled headline making son in his own words. The story is populated by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Anjelica Huston and Robert Blake along with several others.

Most importantly it is the story of father and son. The final performance is this Sunday so run don't walk to get tickets.

To purchase go to WildSon.brownpapertickets.com. The show starts at 5:30.

Now for something different, WE RISE.

This is a ten day pop up immersive experience that brings together LA'S diverse community to explore our collecive power to live lives of purpose and engagement. Through powerful programming, performances, immersive workshops and a world class art exhibition, they seek to embolden individuals and families to find help, reach out to help others and demand systemic change in order to address the critical need for early intervention, treatment and care for mental wellbeing.

WE RISE believes that their collective imagination is at the heart of all social change, dreaming of how to transcend the systems and cultural norms that do not serve us. Envisioning what is possible when everyone feels a sense of belonging, connection, meaning and purpose is the first step toward creating new realities, we can manifest a future where mental health and communities are at the center of well being.

The event is located at 1262 Palmetto Street Los Angeles. The event is free and open to the public. The show starts at 10:00 AM Saturday and run through Monday, May 27th at 10pm. For more information go to WeRise.LA

Whatever you decide to do this weekend people, make it a fun one.