The Theater Scene

Send your postings to mail@ttcla.org

To list a show (and have an email sent to our mailing list), email us a 5-10 line text blurb.

Seen any good theater lately? Send us your review. The review must be signed and the reviewer should have no connection to the theater or show reviewed. Postings will be at the discretion of TTCLA.

To post listings immediately, see our TTCLA Bulletin Board.

Little Fish Theatre Presents a Staged Reading of Links Feb 12th in San Pedro

Little Fish Theatre presents a staged reading of the original play "Links" by Paul Ali on Sunday Feb 12th, at 2 pm Directed by John Russell and produced by Victor Reinhardt, this charming original one-act play is about links, both overt and hidden. Jerome and Edgar, two friends from very different backgrounds, meet every Saturday on the links. They drive some balls, play a round of golf and love to have intense conversations about the mysteries of the universe in all its infiniteness. As the play unfolds, we observe more links, those between Jerome and his traditional Latina grandmother, and those between Edgar Gurshansky and his grandmother, younger sister, and wife. Each family knows of the other only through their common link, Jerome and Edgar. But as the story develops, we find that there are more links than meet the eye. The cast includes Charles Bates, Carmen Guo Bill Strongin Susie McCarthy, Liz Reinhardt, and Holly Baker-Kreiswirth. Admission is $5 and reservations can be made by calling 310-512-6030 (mention "Links," and leave your name & number). The Little Fish Theatre is located on the corner of 8th and Centre St (777 Centre St) in downtown San Pedro. The entrance and free parking are accessed through the alley between 7th & 8th Streets. See www.littlefishtheatre.org/ for more info. 

Kentwood Players Presents 45 Seconds from Broadway Jan 13 thru Feb 18 in Westchester

The Kentwood Players will open the Los Angeles area premiere of Neil Simon’s heartwarming and honest comedy, 45 Seconds from Broadway, at the Westchester Playhouse on January 13, 2006. From America's master of contemporary Broadway comedy, Neil Simon's play invites us behind the scenes in the entertainment world, in the Edison Café, fondly nicknamed the “Polish Tea Room,” where Broadway theatre personalities gather and schmooze. Great acting roles abound and home truths are revealed as Neil Simon continues to explore the more difficult aspects of life with sparkling wit and heart. The cast includes CeCe Baxter, Trenekia Daniels, Craig Johnson, Ira Gewant, Vic Helford, Chris Roberts, Alice Eldridge, Bruce Schroffel, Julie E. Frankel, Liz Laird, and Jack Winnick as “Mickey Fox.” 45 Seconds from Broadway is directed by Gail Bernardi and produced by Calia Mintzer and Lori A. Marple-Pereslete. It runs from January 13 through February 18, 2006, at the Westchester Playhouse. Performances begin at 8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2:00 PM on Sundays. Tickets are $16.00. There is a $2.00 discount for seniors and students. Call (310) 645-5156 for reservations Tuesday through Saturday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Visa and MasterCard accepted. The Westchester Playhouse is located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester Blvd. at 8301 Hindry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045. For group ticket sales of 15 tickets or more, please contact Calia Mintzer, (323) 837-3609. For information on current and future productions and auditions, please visit our website www.kentwoodplayers.org.

Kentwood Players opens the timeless children’s classic Pinocchio Dec 3 in Westchester

Kentwood Players presents the timeless children’s classic, “Pinocchio,” for three Saturdays only. The Kentwood Players will open its new children’s theatre production of Blanche Marvin’s inventive and immensely enjoyable “Pinocchio” at the Westchester Playhouse on December 3, 2005. Not the Disney classic, this “Pinocchio” harvests laughter, warmth, and meaning from the original characters created by Carlo Collodi. Four talented actors create the fantasy and family fun about a wooden marionette that longs to be a boy, but seems to go about it in all the wrong ways. That is, of course, until the Blue Fairy intervenes. “Pinocchio” will prove to be both entertaining and educational for young and old alike. “Pinocchio” is directed by Sheldon Metz and produced by Shellee James. Catherine Rahm has composed the original music. The cast includes Jerad Callen, Drew Fitzsimmons, Vada Foster, and Daniel Tennant, with a special guest appearance by the man of the season. It runs Saturdays only from December 3 through December 17, 2005, at the Westchester Playhouse. Performances begin at 2:00 PM and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $7.00. Call (310) 645-5156 for reservations Tuesday through Saturday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Visa and MasterCard accepted. The Westchester Playhouse is located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester Blvd. at 8301 Hindry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045. For information on current and future productions and auditions, please visit our website www.kentwoodplayers.org.

Write Act Repertory Company's world premiere of The Devil's Bride Nov 11 in Hollywood

Write Act Repertory Company presents an Elizabethan fantasy, The Devil's Bride — a world premiere sequel to William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The Devil's Bride will run from November 11 through 19, 2005 and December 1 through 10, 2005, Thursday – Sat at 8 PM with a special benefit performance on *Sunday December 11, 2005 AT 6 PM. The wonderfully refurbished Write Act Theater and outdoor patio reception area, at Saint Stephens Episcopal Church campus, is located at 6128 Yucca, two blocks east of the famous Capitol Records building, near Gower and Franklin, off the 101. Free ample parking is located in the lower church parking lot at 6125 Carlos Ave, one block away. The theater is air-conditioned and heated. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Concessions available. Written by Joan Silsby. Directed by Jim Blanchette. Costume Design by Jackie DiGiovanni. Produced by John Lant and Write Act Repertory. Tickets are $20, with Senior, Student, Group and Union discounts available. Tickets may be purchased at (323) 769-6231. For further information please check our website at www.writeactrep.org or contact Michelle Tolan at 213-841-6561. 

Kentwood Players opens Meredith Willson’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown Nov 4 in Westchester

Kentwood Players presents Meredith Willson’s tour de force musical comedy The Unsinkable Molly Brown November 4 through December 17, 2005. Miners, brawls, pretty girls, love, romance, maritime disasters, and Meredith Willson music and lyrics – The Unsinkable Molly Brown is a comedic yet honest commentary on the classes and the human spirit of the Colorado settlers at the turn of the 20th century. This grand musical is a tour de force with rousing and sentimental songs and dances reminiscent of the times. The show stars Elizabeth A. Bouton and Rocky Miller as Molly and Leadville Johnny Brown. Joining them are a cast of talented singers, dancers, and actors. The show is directed and choreographed by Victoria Miller and produced by Ben Lupejkis and Patricia Butler. Brian Murphy directs the live band. The Unsinkable Molly Brown runs from November 4 through December 17, 2005, at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Performances begin at 8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2:00 PM on Sundays. Tickets are $17.00. There is a $2.00 discount for seniors and students. Call (310) 645-5156 for reservations Tuesday through Saturday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Visa and MasterCard accepted. For information on current and future productions and auditions, please visit our website www.kentwoodplayers.org.

Hollywood Civic Light Opera's Hollywood! Hollywood! plays 9/30-10/28 in Hollywood

Hollywood Civic Light Opera's musical "Hollywood! Hollywood!" written by Lou Briggs plays Thursday, September 29 through Friday, October 28, 2005. "Hollywood! Hollywood!" is a modern story of five "Hollywood hopefuls," an ex-Chippendale dancer, one slightly faded from the limelight making a comeback movie star, and a successful publisher/movie producer, with a chorus of tomorrow's stars, seeking their success goals, personal and professional. Regular performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, with two additional, special Sunday performances at 6 pm, October 16 and 23, 2005. The show is performed at the wonderfully refurbished, air-conditioned Write Act Repertory Theater on the Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church campus, located at 6128 Yucca Avenue (Two blocks east of the famous Capitol Records building, near Gower and Hollywood Blvd., off the 101) Free parking is located at the lower church parking lot, one block away, 6125 Carlos Ave. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Tickets may be purchased at (323) 769-6212 and may be ordered online by submitting an e-mail with name, number of tickets, and date you wish to attend to hollywood_clo@yahoo.com. All tickets are confirmed, and we will call you back only if there is a problem. Tickets are $20 General, with a $15 Senior, Student, Group, and Union rate.

Twisted, Spooky, Creepy: An evening of one-acts in the spirit of Halloween opens Fri 10/14 at The Gardner Stages in Hollywood

Twisted, Spooky, Creepy: An evening of one-acts in the spirit of Halloween. Friday & Saturday nights, 8:00 pm, October 14 – 29, 2005. The Gardner Stages, 1501 N. Gardner St. (at Sunset Blvd.), Hollywood, CA. Tickets: $15. Reservations: 310.445.9255. Directed by: Tony Torrisi and Stephen Alan Carver. Featuring Daryl Hogue, Eric Jorgenson, Holly Baker-Kreiswirth, Steven Korbar, Jared Krichevsky, John Mann, Patrick Vest, Annie Vest, Bill Wolski, E. Lesley Youngblood. Costume Design: Diana Mann.

Frankie & Johnny opens Fri 9/30 at Little Fish in San Pedro

Little Fish Theatre Co. presents  FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIRE DE LUNE By Terrence McNally This bittersweet comedy combines poignancy and laughter as it traces the unlikely romance that develops between an unlikely pair.  Directed by Travis Terry, Frankie and Johnny stars John Ross  Clark and Michelle Lyn Ross. The production opens Friday,  September 30 and runs through October 22. "In an age when making love can kill you, Frankie and Johnny is the story of two people who, in the course of one  intimate evening, face each other through their emotional  armor, fear and not so stellar histories." says director  Terry, "It's the story of two people who find each other  through the pain and the isolation of the modern world.  It's a story told through laughter and tears, hope and  despair. You'll find yourself leaving the theater wishing  you had your own Frankie or Johnny, or going home to pull  close the Frankie and Johnny waiting there for you." FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIRE DE LUNE  plays every Friday and Saturday night  September 30 through October 22 at 8pm,  and Sunday, October 16 at 7pm.  The Little Fish Theatre is located on the corner of  8th and Centre St (777 Centre St) in downtown San Pedro.  The entrance and free parking is accessed through the  alley between 7th & 8th Streets. Tickets are $20 for opening night champagne reception on September 30,  $15 general admission and $12 Seniors/Students.  For information and reservations call 310.512.6030 or go  on-line to www.littlefishtheatre.org.

Kentwood Players opens Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky Sept 9 in Westchester.

The Kentwood Players will open its new production of Moss Hart’s delightful and satirical 1948 comedy, "Light Up the Sky" at the Westchester Playhouse on September 9, 2005. It is directed by Kathleen Chapin and produced by De Cotter and Susan Weisbarth. The cast includes Ben Lupejkis, Maria Pavone, Michael Allen, Jared Callen, Gail Bernardi, Phil Apoian, Geoffrey Jons, Victoria Herrmann, Chris Roberts and Jack Coppack. A laugh-filled and scathing “theatrical valentine,” Light Up the Sky exposes the shenanigans of theatrical power brokers on opening night. Self-congratulatory posturing by the producer, star, and director—all new, strange and a little frightening to the novice playwright—makes way to backbiting, due to a tepid—almost hostile—reception from the opening night audience. Everybody’s fair game, making good targets for the slings, arrows, sticks, and stones hurled from all corners, except the now overwhelmed playwright, who is shocked, dismayed and disillusioned beyond his naiveté. Bruised and battered, redemption comes for all in a hilarious finale when the surprisingly good notices come in. The era of good feeling begins anew, led by the now battle-hardened playwright. Light Up the Sky runs from September 9 through October 15, 2005, at the Westchester Playhouse. Performances begin at 8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2:00 PM on Sundays. Tickets are $15.00. There is a $2.00 discount for seniors and students. Call (310) 645-5156 for reservations Tuesday through Saturday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Visa and MasterCard accepted. The Westchester Playhouse is located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester Blvd. at 8301 Hindry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045. For group ticket sales of 15 tickets or more, please contact Calia Mintzer, (323) 837-3609. For information on current and future productions and auditions, please visit our website www.kentwoodplayers.org.