This Week in LA Theatre

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By Julio Martinez

IN THE NEWS


  • Ovation Award-winning Rogue Machine will be leaving the Met Theatre at the end of September to take up residency at Electric Lodge, located at 1416 Electric Avenue in Venice. Current productions at the Met include Mexican Day, written by Tom Jacobson, running through July 22; and 100 Aprils, by Leslie Ayvazian, running through July 23. Rogue’s 2018 scheduling will continue at Electric Lodge with Tony Morten-Smith’s Oppenheimer in October (date TBA) and Joe Gilford’s Finks in November (date TBA). Rogue Machine will produce one additional project in 2018, written by two young African American playwrights in their 20s (title and date TBA), directed by Sean Kevin Terry. This production will have a short run at Electric Lodge and then move to the Watts Village Theatre for an additional run, due to a previous scheduling conflict at Electric Lodge. Rogue will take up permanent residency at Electric Lodge in early spring, 2019.
  • Antaeus Theatre Company announces four modern classics by American, Irish, British, and German playwrights for its 2018-19 season at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale, beginning with Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, helmed by Cameron Watson (Oct. 25-Dec 10).  The season continues with The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh, directed by Steven Robman (Jan 24-Mar 11, 2019); a rare revival of Diana of Dobson’s, a comedy by Cicely Hamilton that was the unexpected hit of the 1908 London theater season, directed by Casey Stangl (Apr 18- Jun 3, 2019); and Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, translation by Alistair Beaton, directed by Stephanie Shroyer (Jul 11-Aug 26, 2019).
  • Skylight Theatre in Hollywood continues its production of Hostage, a fact-based drama by Michelle Kholos Brooks, based on true events that occurred during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, when Barbara Timm (portrayed by Tracie Lockwood), flew to Tehran to try to gain the release of the youngest captive, her 19-year-old son, from student revolutionists at the American Embassy.  The real Barbara Timm will be a special guest for the Skylight’s July 14 post-show discussion, Beyond Conversation, speaking about her “unauthorized” meeting with her son and the armed revolutionists who were holding him in solitary confinement. The production, directed by Elina DeSantos, continues at the Skylight through Jul 22.

PREMIERES


  • La Vie Theatre, in association with The Pico, will present the Los Angeles premiere of the one-woman show, I Am Sophie, a journey of self-discovery written and performed by Corinne Shor, directed by Susan Angelo. Opens Aug 17 at The Pico in West Los Angeles.
  • Theatre of NOTE continues it 2018 season with the West Coast premiere of Marian, Or the True Tale of Robin Hood, “a gender-bending, patriarchy-smashing” comic new take on the classic Robin Hood myth, written by Adam Szymkowicz, directed by Christopher Johnson. Opens Aug 23.

AROUND TOWN


  • The Wallis presents Celebrity Autobiography, the show where celebrities act out other celebrities’ memoirs, created by Eugene Pack and developed by Pack and Dayle Reyfel. The all-star cast includes Pack, Reyfel, Laraine Newman, Sherri Shepherd, Jennifer Tilly, Steven Weber, Fred Willard, and some surprises. Plays two shows on Jul 21 in the Sorting Room at the Lovelace Studio Theater.
  • Catherine Hickland’s Comedy Hypnosis and Other Mind Amazements, combining comedy with hypnosis, is being presented on the Debbie Reynolds MainStage at the El Portal Theatre in NoHo on Jul 28. Hickland’s special guest will be mentalist Jon Stetson. Jul 28 only.
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum announces the New York-based SITI Company’s production of Euripides’ Bacchae, the 13th annual outdoor theatrical production in the Getty Villa’s Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater. Directed by Anne Bogart, the company’s co-artistic director, the production, marking SITI Company’s third appearance at the Getty Villa, features Aaron Poochigian’s new translation of the classic Greek tragedy. Sep 6-29.
  • After Hours Theatre Company announces that its uniquely immersive theatrical experience, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, adapted by Dale Wasserman and based on the novel by Ken Kesey, is extending through Jul 22 at SIX01 Studio in Burbank. Jonathan Muñoz-Prouix directs.

AFTER FRINGE


  • Kamakshi Hart’s one-woman show, Wild at Hart: A Tale of Trauma & Triumph, directed Jessica Lynn Johnson, has been honored with the Fringe Festival’s Encore Producer’s Award and will have an additional performance Jul 21 at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.

THE THING IS…


Playwright Molly Smith Metzler, director Lindsay Allbaugh, and cast members discuss Cry it Out, a new play that takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood. Opens Jul 14 at Echo Theatre in Atwater village.

 

Julio Martinez hosts Arts in Review, celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area. Airs Fridays (2-2:30 pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). This week: actors Carl Weintraub and Laurie O’Brien discuss BackStory, a recurring storytelling evening at the Victory Center in Burbank.

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.