This Week in LA Theatre

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Written by Julio Martinez

Image credit: The LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

 

  • The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) marks 27 years of producing well over 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe.  The longest-running Annual Solo Festival for women in Los Angeles, LAWTF will take place March 26- March 29, 2020 at Theatre 68 in NoHo with the overall theme of 2020 Vision! The event begins with a Champagne GALA and Awards Ceremony hosted by Hattie Winston and Starletta DuPois, and directed by Denise DowseThe event will honor five women of exceptional achievement and contribution to the world of theatre: Diahann Carroll. Paula Donnelly, Akuyoe Graham and Rose Portillo.  During Mar 27,29, the LAWTF will spotlight theatre works by Heather Dowling, Ashley Wilkerson, Cynthia Lee, Miriam Reed, Niara Hardister, Crystal Bush, Jannica Olin, Sharon Nyree Williams and others.

 

  • Hundredth Monkey Productions presents the premiere of Worst-Case Scenario, an apocalyptic romantic comedy, written by D.M. Conte, directed by Shana Betz. Stars C. Thomas Howell, Jacy King, Toni Torres and Pierre Adeli. Opens Mar 14 at Hudson Backstage Theatre in Hollywood. 
  • Echo Theatre Company is presenting the premiere of Poor Clare, based on the real story of St Clare of Assisi, a play about what happens when your eyes are opened to the injustice of the world around you, and you can’t look away. Written by Chiara Atik, the cast includes Kari Lee Cartwright, Martica De Cardenas, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Ann Noble, Robert Stoccardo, Michael Sturgis and Donna Zadeh, directed by Alana Dietze.  Opens Mar 14 in Atwater Village Theatre. 
  • Write Act Repertory is presenting the premiere of Show Me A Hero, the love story between Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci and Greek freedom-fighter Alexander Panagoulis, written by Willard Manus. Stars Ilia Volok, Lisa Robins and Rico Simonini, directed by Daniel E. Keough. Already opened, runs through Mar 29 at Write Act Rep’s Brickhouse Theatre in NoHo. 
  • Theatre 40 is presenting the Los Angeles premiere of Incident At Our Lady Of Perpetual Help, the story of the O’Sheas, a cash-challenged, Irish-Catholic family just trying to get through 1973, written by Katie Forgette. Opens May 14 At Theatre 40.  The cast includes Alison Blanchard, Lucia Camon, Ivy Khan, Maria Spassoff and Roger Weiss, directed by Ann Hearn Tobolowsky. Opens May 14 in the Reuben Cordova Theatre on the campus of Beverly Hills High School.
  • Geffen Theatre announces the full cast of the West Coast premiere of Bernhardt/Hamlet, written by Theresa Rebeck, starring Diane Venora as Sarah Bernhardt and featuring Nick Boraine, Alan Cox, Isaiah Johnson, Shyla Lefner, Raymond McAnally, Levenix Riddle, Paul David Story, Lucas Verbrugghe and Grace Yoo, directed by Sarna Lapine. Play Apr 7-May 10. 

 

  • Laguna Playhouse announces the casting of comics Rita Rudner and Paul Rodriguez to in Neil Simon’s 1963 hit comedy, Barefoot In The Park. written by Neil Simon, focusing on a young couple attempting to adjust to married life in their too expensive, run-down New York walk-up while being bombarded by colorful relatives and neighbors. The cast also includes Lily Gibson, Nick Tag, John Massey and Thomas Silcott, directed by Michael Matthews. Opens Mar 1.
  • The sixth production of A Noise Within’s 2019-2020 Season will be Alice in Wonderland by Eva Le Gallienne & Florida Friebus.  Cast includes Erika Soto as Alice, Susan Angelo, as well as Bert Emmett, Rafael Golsdstein, Julanne Chidi Hill, Kasey Mahaffy, Justin Lawrence Barnes and Gabriel Leyva, directed by Stephanie Shroyer.  Opens Mar 7 at A Noise Within in Pasadena.
  • Hero Theatre is presenting a revival of Tea, a tale of women, immigration and survival, written by Velina Hasu Houston and first produced in 1982. Stars Lisa Dring, Jully Lee, Andrea Lwin, Rosie Narasaki and Jane Park Smith, directed by Rebecca Wear. Opens Apr 16 at the Atwater Village Theatre.
  • Center Theatre Group is presenting The Antipodes by Annie Baker, a play about people telling stories about telling stories, following nine characters thrown together in an undefined writers’ room, directed by Machel Ross (based on the original direction by Lila Neugebauer). Opens Apr 1 at the Mark Taper Forum.

 

  • Off My Head Storytelling, hosted by Ty France, presents its latest assemblage of solo storytellers, including Steve Skrovan, Katsy Chappell, Pat Willson, Valentine Soposky, Jeffery Berke and Dan Tirman.  Plays Feb 27.

 

 

  • Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which made its debut on Broadway in December, is having its West Coast premiere at Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian college in Azusa, produced by Theatre Arts Dept. Chair, Jill Brennan-Lincoln, directed by Oanh Nguyen. Having opened Feb 13, the production is running through Feb 29. 

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 www.kpfk.org.   

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.