This Week in LA Theatre

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Written by Julio Martinez

Image credit: The 27th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards held at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on January 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)


  • REDCAT, CalArts downtown center for contemporary arts, announces its Winter/Spring 2020 Season of theater and dance, including performance artist Miwa Matreyek’s, Infinitely Yours (Jan 16-18); noveliat, poet and short fiction writer John Keene, reading from his works (Jan 24); singer/composer Jacqueline Bobak’s Dada Divas (Feb 08); Herb Alpert Award winner poet and social activist Cecilia Vicuña (Mar 3); REDCAT’s quarterly program of new works, Studio: Spring 2020 (Mar 8 & 9);  Miguel Gutierrez Sadonna (Apr 17 & 18);  Ahamefule J. Oluo’s comical musical portrait of his mother, Susan Apr 23-25); Dahlak Brathwaite’s Try/Step/Trip (May 21-23); Dohee Lee’s ritual theater experience, MU/巫: 9 Goddesses  (June 5 & 6).   


  • Casting is now complete for The Fountain Theatre’s premiere of Human Interest Story, a timely drama about homelessness, celebrity worship and the assault on American journalism, written and directed by company co-artistic director Stephen Sachs.  Actors Rob Nagle and Tanya Alexander will head the cast as newspaper columnist Andy Kramer and laid-off elementary school teacher Betty Frazier. The supporting ensemble includes Richard AzurdiaAleisha ForceJames HarperMatt Kirkwood and Tarina Pouncy. Opens Feb 15.


  • As the third show of its 2019-2020 season, La Mirada Theatre will present the 1941 dark comedy, Arsenic And Old Lace, combining murder and mayhem with zany humor, written by Joseph Kesselring.  The Cast features Carol Mansell, Lynn Milgrim, Jamison Jones, James Lancaster, Ty Mayberry, Ed F. Martin, Rachel Seiferth, Matthew Grondin, Michael Thomas-Visgar, Mike Genovese,” Nick McKenna and Time Winters, directed by Casey Stangl. Opens Jan 25.
  • The 37th season of the Verdi Chorus, directed by Anne Marie Ketchum, and the Sahm Family Foundation present The Fox Singer in Songs of Fantasy, featuring  arias, duets and ensembles from the world of opera and mid-century American musical theater, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Bernstein’s Peter Pan and Candide, and more, accompanied by Laraine Ann Madden. One night only at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, February 1.
  • The Wallis and Mark Cortale present An Evening With Christine Ebersol, the two-time Tony Award-winning star performing music from the American Songbook, Broadway and more, in the Wallis’s Bram Goldsmith Theater in Beverly Hills. With music direction by Larry Yurman and special guest Scott Frankel, the evening is directed by Scott Wittman. Plays Feb 28.
  • Pasadena Playhouse has completed casting for The Father, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, that comes to the Playhouse Feb 5-Mar 1. The production stars previously announced Alfred Molina. He will be joined by Sue Cremin, Michael Manuel, Pia Shah, Hugo Armstrong and Lisa Renee Pitts. Opens Feb 6.


  • The Los Angeles Philharmonic in downtown L.A. will be hosting New Year’s Eve with Kristin Chenoweth, the Tony and Emmy winner performing material drawn from throughout her career including music from her new album, For the Girls. Guests include Shoshana Bean and Cheyenne Jackson. Plays Dec 31.
  • The Laguna Playhouse ends the year with New Year’s Eve With Hershey Felder, presenting a special one-night-only performance, featuring music of Elvis, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, and so much more! Plays Dec 31, 3pm and 7pm.
  • Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents the Santa Monica Playhouse’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza for 2019,  The Annual All-New One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue, featuring  company members Tiffany Haile, Adya Mohanty, Joseph Perez, Berkeley Sanjay and Raeva Vasisht and Graham Silbert (who also co-directs), directed by Arthur R. Tompkins. Words and music are by Evelyn Rudie, Matthew Wrather and Emery Bernauer. Plays Dec 31 at 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm.


  •  A look back at The Fountain Theatre’s 2019 Season.

Julio Martinez hosts Arts in Review, celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area, airing on KPFK (90.7fm) on Fridays 2-2:30pm, streamed live around the world in real time over   On December 27, Arts in Review celebrates the year 2019 in a special one-hour broadcast (2 to 3pm) 


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.