This Week in LA Theatre

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By Julio Martinez

IN THE NEWS


  • For those performers who would like to be included in this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival and the printed Festival guide, the deadline is April 1. This is also the deadline to apply to be an #hff18 intern. The HFF Town Hall2: Marketing Meeting is scheduled for Apr 3 at the Assistance League Playhouse.
  • 2017 LADCC Award-winner Alex Alpharaoh will appear in his award-winning WET: A DACAmented Journey, the story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except one: on paper. One night only at Skylight Theatre on Apr 5. Produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA.
  • Artists Rise Up Los Angeles offers American Spring, an afternoon of spoken word and storytelling benefiting the East Los Angeles Women’s Shelter. It is presented in association with We The People (Sacred Fools Theater Company’s reading series) in response to the current Administration in the White House. Apr 14 at the Atwater Village Theatre.

PREMIERES


  • REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts, presents the New York theater ensemble, The Wooster Group, in the premiere of A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique), an encounter with one of the great figures of the 20th century avant-garde theater, iconic Polish stage director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990), through live performance, music, and video. Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte; dramaturgy by Kantor’s daughter, Dorota Krakowska. Plays Apr 5-15.
  • International City Theatre is presenting the West Coast premiere of South Korean playwright Hansol Jung’s Cardboard Piano, “confronting the religious and cultural roots of intolerance,” as well as “the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love.” Directed by ICT Artistic Director caryn desai. Opens May 4 at International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.

AROUND TOWN


  • Next up for L.A. Theatre Works: Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize- and Obie Award-winning drama, wherein a successful Muslim American attorney’s charmed life in post-9/11 Manhattan is put in jeopardy at a dinner party when the guests’ ideals of culture, marriage, career, and family collide. Brian Kite directs; Hari Dhillon, who reprises the role of Amir he created in New York, is joined by Behzad Dabu, Emily Swallow, and Geoffrey Arend. There will be five live performances, recorded for future radio broadcast at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater. Opens Apr 19.
  • Theatre 68 is once again extending its Critics Choice production of I Am Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce, about the life and death of the most controversial comedian of all time. Written by and starring Ronnie Marmo; directed by Joe Mantegna. Plays through May 13, which will be its 100th performance.
  • Hero Theatre announced that actor Adam Rodriguez (Criminal Minds) will host The Super Sabado Show, a live comedy event, on Apr 14 at the Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles, taking a look at the United States’ support of Puerto Rico, post-Hurricane Maria. Directed by Hero’s Artistic Director Elisa Bocanegra. The evening includes live music by The Super Sabado Band, led by musicians Tylana Renga and Gabriel Tenorio. Writers include Justin Bonilla, Migdalia Cruz, Pulitzer-winner Quiara Alegria Hudes, Levi MacDougal, Mary Grace Maloney, Steve Park and Kelly Coffield Park, Michael Sturgis and Annie Weisman. Ticket sales benefit Hero Theatre’s efforts in Puerto Rico that include a new education program for children and youth affected by the hurricane.
  • Sporting the tagline “Five Shows Enter, Three Shows Leave,” Sacred Fools Theatre is winding up its 13th season of Serial Killers. After offering a regular season featuring over three dozen different serials, the Serial Killers playoffs are set to begin Apr 7 in the Black Box at the Broadwater Theater Complex in Hollywood. Each serial’s story is told episodically, with another installment each week. Two finalists will get to finish telling their tales and one will emerge the winner by audience vote. (The first two weeks of this year’s playoffs will begin in the smaller Black Box Theater; later rounds will be featured as Sacred Fools’ final mainstage show of its 21st season.)
  • Actor/magician Albie Selznick returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse for Magic Monday, a new weekly lineup of world-class, award-winning magicians and outstanding variety acts, hosted by Selznick. Opens May 7 with a lineup that includes Pop Haydn, David Kovac, Michael Rayner and Steven Himmel.

THE THING IS…


Writer/performer Alex Alpharaoh discusses WET: A DACamented Journey, having a special Apr 5 presentation at Skylight Theatre.

The Night Forlorn (or, Waitin’ for Godsford), written by Steve Nevil, directed by Arden Teresa Lewis, plays through Apr 22 at Theatre West.

Julio Martinez hosts Arts in Review, celebrating the best in live theatre and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area, airing Fridays (2 to 2:30 pm) on KPFK 90.7FM. On April 23, Josefina López and Claudia Duran are confirmed to appear to discuss Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme VI: Stand Up! Shout Out!, playing through April 15 at Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights.

 

An Interview with CTG’s Sherwood Award Winner, Mat Diafos Sweeney

“I think LA theatre is at its best when it’s reaching across forms and reinventing its relationship to a live audience, and at its worst when it’s trying to fit an existing mold or production model that made sense in New York a century ago. LA is the future- our garden is wilder, vaster, and more diverse so it should be tended differently.”

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Julio Martinez

Julio Martinez

Julio pens the weekly LA STAGE Insider column for @ This Stage Magazine, as well as the monthly LA STAGE History column. He is a recurring contributor to Written By (the monthly publication of the Writer’s Guild of America) and is the TeleVision columnist for Latin Heat Entertainment. On air, he hosts the weekly Arts in Review program for KPFK 90.7 FM. An active journalist for over 30 years, Julio’s articles and reviews have appeared in Los Angeles Times Magazine, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, L.A. Weekly, Stage Raw, Backstage West, Westways Magazine, and Drama-Logue Magazine, among others.