Now mid-January, the curtain is going up again all over town, and I’m booked to review a half dozen new productions. I can’t wait! I do hope you’ll “Mark Your Calendars,” and catch some of these promising offerings. I also hope you’ll add “supporting L.A. theatre” to your 2012 resolution list! We have an abundant wealth of talent in Los Angeles … artists who depend on and grow from our support and attendance. Of course some theatrical offerings are more worthy than others, but all represent creative dreams, dedication, and hard work, by countless hopeful artists. See you at the theatre!
A world premiere written by Vanessa Cate. The press release promises … “Love. Lust. Betrayal. Murder.” in this 1940’s film noir inspired thriller. A cast of nine, decked out in vintage 1940’s costumes, spin the story of a private eye’s diligent search for the killer of Hollywood’s leading lady. Opening Jan. 13 at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre. For early booking, call (818) 202-4120.
The Water’s Edge
Written by Theresa Rebeck, and directed by the highly respected actor Sam Anderson. Billed as “a searing family drama about loss, grief, and revenge … with a shocking twist” … it is sure to be spellbinding! The productions at this theatre are always unique, thought provoking, and expertly presented. Opening Jan. 20 at The Road Theatre. For early booking, call (877) 369-9112.
Written by Ty De Martino, and running in rep at The Road Theatre with The Water’s Edge. An estranged father and his gay son reunite, due to the death of a family member. Hashing over their rocky past, the undeniable ties between a sibling and a parent reawaken. It is billed as “sorrowful, yet funny, entertaining, and deliciously human.” Opening Sunday, Jan. 29, at The Road Theatre. For early booking, call (866) 811-4111.
An acclaimed international hit written by Yasmina Reza, and starring three successful and recognizable actors … I look forward to this one! When one of this trio of best friends, purchases a costly and controversial painting, it spurs debate and conflict between them … that threatens to destroy their friendship. Opening Jan. 24 at The Pasadena Playhouse. For early booking, call (626) 921-1161.
Written by Sharon Michaels. Set in Hollywood’s Golden Age, this film noir “whodunit” focuses on five boarding train passengers at L.A.’s Union Station … all potential suspects in a murder. Billed as a “gripping dramedy” paying homage to an earlier era … while still feeling modern … each passenger just happens to have a motive for the murder. Opening Feb. 3 at Macha Theatre. For early booking, call (323) 960-7724.
If We Are Women
Written by Joanna McClelland Glass’. We peer into the unique bond of three generations of women … their failures and successes … while pondering the subjects of race, class, non-traditional families, and inner happiness … seen through the lens of “modern” women. This one will run weekends, in rep with Lee Blessing’s Cobb, a chronicle on the personal life of 1930’s baseball legend Ty Cobb. Women opens Feb. 10. Cobb opens Feb. 17. For early booking to either of these plays, call (818) 763-5990.
So, it looks like I’m going to be pretty busy in the next few weeks. I hope you’ll keep up on my column, and see the plays that interest you. It’s a whole new world to ponder … every time the lights go down in a theatre.
“If We Are Women” is playing at the Lonny Chapman Theatre from February 17-April 7.
On a different note….
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to finally clean out your closets … and you have men’s or women’s vintage clothing, costume jewelry, or accessories, to unload … I’m your gal! As the 28 year long owner of “Hubba Hubba!”, I purchase 1930’s thru’ 1960’s wearables to stock in the shop. They must be in good condition and reasonably priced. Give me a call and we’ll talk!
(818) 845-0636. Have a great 2012!