This Week in LA Theatre

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Written By Julio Martinez

  • Antaeus Theatre Company kicks off its 2019-20 season at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale with two new plays that will run in repertory this fall,  following up with two classical works in 2020. Opening the season is the West Coast premiere of The Abuelas by Stephanie Alison Walker, directed by Andi Chapman (Oct 11), followed by the premiere of Eight Nights by Jennifer Maisel, directed by Emily Chase (Nov 8). The two plays will perform in repertory, sharing a single set, the first time the company will offer full productions of plays developed in its Antaeus Playwrights Lab. The New Year will see Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure (Feb 21, 2020) running February through April; and The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan (June 26), taking the June through August slot. In addition to these fully staged productions, Antaeus will continue programming in its Black Box space. Lab Results: The Antaeus Playwrights Lab Festival will feature six new plays chosen from the Lab for two readings each over the course of two weekends in January; and Classic Sundays will continue monthly staged readings of material curated by company members.
  • Additional casting has been announced for the Hollywood Bowl’s upcoming production of Into the Woods, including Skylar Astin as the Baker; Olivier-nominated Sierra Boggess (Cinderella); Chris Carmack (Rapunzel’s Prince); Tony-winner Anthony Crivello (Mysterious Man); Two-time Tony-winner Sutton Foster (the Baker’s wife); Cheyenne Jackson (Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf); and Hailey Kilgore (Rapunzel). Also stars Gaten Matarazzo (Jack), Patina Miller (Witch), Shanice Williams (Little Red Riding Hood) and the voice of Whoopi Goldberg (the Giant). Additional casting will be announced at a later date. Directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom, conducted by Kevin Stites, who will also serve as musical director. Plays July 26, 27, 28 at The Hollywood Bowl.


  • Pasadena Playhouse reveals casting is complete for the Los Angeles premiere of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Good Boysset in 1988 at a private prep school – involving a model student in the mold of his father, a disturbing video tape, and the privileged family that is faced with difficult choices. Stars Betsy Brandt, Ben Ahlers, James Carpinello, Toks Olagundoye, Dylan Arnold and Annamarie Kasper, directed by Carolyn Canter. Opens June 30.


  • Overtone Industries presents a revival of one its very first shows, Katy Cruel: A Play with Songs, an intense slice of life that takes place during the American Revolutionary War where we see the beginnings of America. Libretto and music by O-Lan Jones and Kathleen Cramer, directed by Jones, with music director Brents Canyon. Cast includes Michael Bonnabel, Michael Cassady, Liz Eldridge, Michael Harris, Abe Martell, Andi Morrow, Molly Pease and Jessica Sade Ward. Plays June 8 and 9 at a rustic farm in Shadow Hills near Burbank.
  • After Hours Theatre Company presents Janel Parrish and Scott Porter starring in The Last Five Years, the musical journey of two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Book, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, directed by Kari Hayter. Opens June 7 at The Actor’s Company in West Hollywood.
  • Crimson Square Theatre Company, in association with Beverly Hills Playhouse and Cheshire Moon Inc., are presenting Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize winning, Dinner With Friends, focusing on the social meeting of two couples, who have been friends for years, tempered by the potential breakup of one of the couples. Features Samantha Sloyan, Jay Huguley, Chris Devlin and Tania Gonzalez, directed by Michael Yavnieli. Opens June 14 at Beverly Hills Playhouse.
  • Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum continues its 2019 summer repertory season with a new version of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, freely adapted by artistic director Ellen Geer, co-directed by Geer and Melora Marshall. Opens June 22 on Theatricum’s outdoor stage in Topanga. The production will perform in repertory on the main stage with currently running productions.


  • Multi-talented Pamela Shaw, is bringing her Naughty with a Banda cabaret-type one-woman performance, inspired by the children’s story Matilda by Roald Dahl (and its recent revamp on Broadway), backed by a live band led by Bill Schneider. Plays June 30 & July 1 at Greenway Court Theatre.
  • The Cooper Company and Catalina Jazz Club are presenting Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen, surveying his career on Broadway, two performances only, July 19 and 20 at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood.


  • Director Guillermo Cienfuegos & actress Jasmine St. Clair explain Rogue Machine’s Rolling World Premiere of David Jacobi’s Ready Steady Yeti Go, running at The Electric Lodge in Venice, through Aug 11.

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.