My regular readers may have noticed that I haven’t had a column the past couple of weeks

I’ve been dealing with “life’s little issues.” My July schedule, however, is loaded with enticing theatrical productions! Let me give you a sneak peek at the “Openings” I’ll be attending, in case you want to catch any of them early in their runs.

Summer Shorts

An evening of ten original, one-act, ten-minute, comedic plays, directed by Bryan Rasmussen. Presented by a cast of twenty four actors, on a whacky variety of subjects… these wildly hilarious evenings have become a tradition at The Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Always quirky, entertaining, and well performed… thunderous non-stop laughter is guaranteed! Opening July 1st and running on Tuesday nights through July 22nd. To book seats, go to www.brownpapertickets.com or www.goldstar.com.

Without Annette
(also at the Whitefire Theatre)

Billed as a “risky, funny, fast-paced comedy, set in an improv class,” it features two separate casts on alternating Thursday nights. Written by Hope Juber and Jeff Doucette, this one promises “a unique hybrid of scripted and improv performance,” and boasts cast members from the Groundlings, Second City, the Spolin Players, and Shplotz! (among others). Sounds like fun! A double cast production, there will be two opening nights, July 10th and July 17th, (one for each cast) and will run through October 2nd. To book seats for this one, go to www.plays411.com or call (323) 960-5773.

Always… Patsy Cline

Based on the life and career of legendary country music star, Patsy Cline, this popular show has received RAVE REVIEWS in previous runs around the country. Written and directed originally by Ted Swindley; starring Carter Calvert as Patsy; and Sally Struthers as her devoted friend Louise; their reviews have been stellar. BroadwayWorld wrote: “Two dynamic performers who explode onto the stage and take you on a country-coaster ride.” Accompanied by a five-piece onstage band, we will be “wowed” by such familiar tunes as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” and many others. This sounds like a highly entertaining and nostalgic show! I’ll tell you all about it after I see it. So why not put on your favorite cowboy boots, and go sing along with twenty two of Patsy’s HITS while learning about her remarkable life? Running July 11th through August 3rd, Thursdays through Sundays at the gorgeous El Portal Theatre in NOHO. For tickets, call (818) 508-4200, or (866) 811-4111, or go to www.elportaltheatre.com.

A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning, highly revered drama is opening locally at Lonny Chapman Theatre on July 25th and running through September 7th. Just hearing the lead characters’ names… “Blanche Du Bois” and “Stanley Kowalski”… vividly brings to memory the poignantly passionate and gut-wrenching storyline of this emotionally driven, disturbingly hypnotic masterpiece. Directed here by L. Flint Esquerra, the cast of fourteen actors in the play must be thrilled to take on these rich and infamous roles. Diedra Celeste Miranda, a fine actress, portrays the role of the emotionally fragile Blanche, and Daniel Kamon plays the “rough around the edges” Stanley. I look forward to this one. The last time I saw it, it was brilliantly offered at Deaf West Theatre, featuring deaf actors and their translators. Amazing!

To book seats for this classic play, call (763) 5990, or go to www.thegrouprep.com.

As you see, I’ll be pretty busy in July! I do hope you will get out and support some of these promising productions. Of course, I will tell you all about them as I see them…


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