Byline: - Evan Henerson
We don't officially flip the season calendar page until Sept. 22, but the fall theater season - better known as the embarrassment-of-riches season - has been well under way since Labor Day Labor Day, holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on the first Monday in September to honor the laborer. It was inaugurated by the Knights of Labor in 1882 and made a national holiday by the U.S. Congress in 1894. .
For pity's sake, Meryl Streep Noun 1. Meryl Streep - United States film actress (born in 1949)
Streep is actually going to take the stage tonight as part of UCLA's ``Theater of the New Ear'' double bill. Even if she reads recipes for garlic chicken - and since Charlie Kaufman (``Adaptation'') has written the play in question, she very well might - it would probably be worth watching.
Craving more stars? We'll get Brenda Fricker and John Goodman Not to be confused with Johnny Goodman (TV producer), Johnny Goodman, or John C. Goodman.
John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is a Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning American actor, perhaps best known for his roles on the television series Roseanne (in the Geffen's revival of ``Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,'' opening Nov. 16), Isabelle Huppert Isabelle Anne Huppert (French IPA: [iza'bɛl y'pɛʀ]) (born March 16, 1955, Paris) is a French actress. She was raised in Ville d'Avray, a western suburb of Paris. (``4.48 Psychose'' at UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
UCLA University Center for Learning Assistance (Illinois State University)
UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX , Oct. 5), Ed Begley Jr. (``Romance,'' Mark Taper Forum The Mark Taper Forum is a small thrust stage with 745 seats at the Los Angeles Music Center built by Welton Beckett and Associates. It has presented innovative plays since 1967. The world premiere of Angels In America was produced here. , Oct. 9) and Sally Kellerman (part of an all- star ensemble taking on Michael John LaChiusa's ``The Wild Party'' at the Blank, Oct. 11). Tony Award winner Sutton Foster Sutton Foster (born March 18 1975) is a Tony Award winning American actress, singer, and dancer. Her brother Hunter Foster is also a Tony-nominated actor, singer and writer. Biography
Foster was born in Statesboro, Georgia and raised in Troy, Michigan. will be part of ``The Drowsy drows·y
adj. drows·i·er, drows·i·est
1. Dull with sleepiness; sluggish.
2. Produced or characterized by sleepiness.
3. Inducing sleepiness; soporific. Chaperone's'' pre-Broadway engagement at the Ahmanson, and Mark Rylance will bow out of his tenure with the Globe Shakespeare Company during a touring visit in ``Measure for Measure,'' Nov. 9)
I'm looking forward to - finally! - a new work from NoHo's Deaf West (``Open Window,'' Oct. 14), even if I'll have to drive to Pasadena to see it. And, speaking of drives, I'll certainly trek to the Evidence Room to see the reunion of ``Irma Vep'' funnymen Tony Abatemarco and John Fleck
John Fleck (born May 7, 1951) is an American actor. As well as guest roles - including Silik on the television series and several characters on - he starred as Gecko on the television in ``She Stoops to Comedy'' (Saturday).
On the ``making the old new again'' front, I wouldn't miss Geoff Elliott's Iago in A Noise Within's ``Othello'' (Sept. 23), the same company's rendering of Ibsen's ``The Master Builder'' (Nov. 4) or East West Players' take on ``Equus'' (Oct. 26).
And yes, it's probably time to see whether Sandra Tsing Loh can get through an entire solo performance without talking about her over-ballyhooed professional run-ins with KCRW KCRW Kansas City Roller Warriors (women's roller derby league; Kansas City, Missouri) . Her latest, ``Mother on Fire,'' plays the 24th Street Theatre starting Oct. 1.
Nine Parts of Desire, Brentwood Theatre, through Oct. 16, $35-$64; (310) 208-5454, www.geffenplayhouse.com.
Theater of the New Ear, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, through Friday, $38-$60; (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.
Flipzoids, Lee Strasberg Noun 1. Lee Strasberg - United States actor and film director (born in Austria) who was a leader in developing method acting in the United States (1901-1982)
Israel Strassberg, Strasberg Theatre Institute, Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , through Oct. 9; (323) 960-7745, www.plays411.com.
Make Love Not War, Playwrights' Arena at Moving Arts (Hyperion Space), Silver Lake, through Oct. 15, $15; (213) 485-1631, www.playwrightsarena.org.
Tight Quarters, Whitefire Theatre, Sherman Oaks, through Oct. 30, $22-$25; (323) 960-4410, www.plays411.com.
Big Pharma, Hudson Guild Hudson Guild is a multi-service, multi-generational, community-based organization rooted in and primarily focused on the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. It was founded in 1895. Theatre, Hollywood, through Oct. 23; $20, (323) 960-7774, www.plays411.com.
She Stoops to Comedy, Evidence Room, Los Angeles, through Oct. 23, $15-$20; (213) 381-7118, www.evidenceroom.com.
On the Town, Reprise re·prise
a. A repetition of a phrase or verse.
b. A return to an original theme.
2. A recurrence or resumption of an action.
tr.v. !, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, through Oct 2, $20-$65; (310) 825-2101, www.reprise.org.
Gorey Stories Sacred Fools Theater, Hollywood, through Oct. 31, $20; (310) 281-8337. www.sacredfools.org.
How I Learned to Drive How I Learned to Drive is a play by Paula Vogel. It premiered at the Vineyard Theatre on March 16, 1997 and won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The story follows the strained, sexual relationship between Li'l Bit and her aunt's husband, Uncle Peck, from her , Pilot Light Theatre, Hollywood, through Oct. 30, $20; (323) 960-4418. www.plays411.com.
The Witching Hour witch´ing hour
n. 1. The middle of the night, especially midnight. MET Theatre, Hollywood, through Oct. 31, $13; (323) 957-1152, www.theMETtheatre.com.
Othello, A Noise Within, Glendale, through Dec. 8, $26-$45; (818) 240-0910, Ext. 1, www.anoisewithin.org.
Crawl, Fade to White, Theatre of NOTE, Hollywood, through Nov. 5, $15-$20; (323) 856-8611, www.theatreofnote.com.
Barbra's Wedding, Falcon Theatre, Burbank, through Oct. 9, $30-$37.50; (818) 955-8101, www.falcontheatre.com.
Teetering on the Edge Working Stage, West Hollywood West Hollywood
A community of southern California northeast of Beverly Hills. It is mainly residential. Population: 36,600. , through Oct. 30, $15; (323) 960-7753, www.plays411.com.
Serial Killers, Sacred Fools Theater, Hollywood, through Oct. 22, $10; (310) 281-8337, www.sacredfools.org.
Von Lutz, Lillian Theatre, Hollywood, through Oct. 30, $20-$25; (866) 811-4111, www.theatermania.com.
All Wear Bowlers, Kirk Douglas Theatre The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located in Culver City, California and in 2004, was acquired by the famed Center Theatre Group. The theatre is the most intimate of the groups 3 stages and seats 317 patrons at max occupancy. , Culver City, through Oct. 28, $20-$40; (213) 628-2772, www.taperahmanson.com.
Preludes and Fugues See
When It Rains Pilot Light Theatre, Hollywood, through Nov. 6, $20; (323) 960-4418, www.plays411.com.
The Foreigner La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, La Mirada, through Oct. 16, $32-$40; (562) 944-9801, www.lamiradatheatre.com.
Bunbury, Road Theatre Company, North Hollywood, through Dec. 4, $20; (866) 811-4111, www.roadtheatre.org.
Before I Disappear, Avery Schreiber Theatre, North Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $25; (866) 811-4111, www.theatermania.com.
Mother on Fire, 24th Street Theatre, Los Angeles, through Nov. 6, $15-$25; (800) 838-3006, www.24thstreet.org.
Annie, Pantages Theatre, through Oct. 16, $25-$68; (213) 365-3500, www.BroadwayLA.org.
4.48 Psychose, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, through Oct. 9, $40-$50; (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.
How to Feel Safe in the Suburbs, Los Angeles Theatre Center, L.A., through Oct. 20, $15; (866) 811-4111. www.edgefest.org.
American Standard Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Oct. 20, $12; (866) 811-4111. www.edgefest.org.
When It Comes to Women, Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles, through Nov. 13, $25; (310) 477-2055, www.odysseytheatre.com.
Hurricane Season 2005 Eclectic Company Theatre, North Hollywood, through Oct. 23, $15; (818) 508-3003, www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org.
Requiem for a Heavyweight Theatre West, Los Angeles, through Dec. 17, $20; (323) 851-7977, www.theatrewest.org.
Kookamonga Falls Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Oct 22, $15; (866) 811-4111. www.edgefest.org.
More Than Naked Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Oct. 23, $12; (866) 811-4111. www.edgefest.org.
Slut Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Oct. 23, $16; (866) 811-4111, www.edgefest.theatermania.com.
Picnic, A Noise Within, Glendale, through Nov. 27. $26-$45; (818) 240-0910, Ext. 1, www.anoisewithin.org.
Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake), Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Nov. 6, $15; (866) 811-4111, www.movingarts.org.
Romance, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, through Nov. 13, $42-$55; (213) 628-2772, www.taperahmanson.com.
Blackbird, MET Theatre, Hollywood, through Nov. 11, $10; (323) 957-1152. www.theMETtheatre.com.
The Wild Party, Hudson Mainstage, Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $25-$40; (323) 661-9827, www.theblank.com.
Chronicles, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, through Oct. 16, $28-$35; (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.
The Twilight Zone - Live on Stage Theatre West, Los Angeles, through Nov. 26, $10; (323) 851-7977. www.theatrewest.org.
Love in the DMZ (DeMilitarized Zone) A middle ground between an organization's trusted internal network and an untrusted, external network such as the Internet. Also called a "perimeter network," the DMZ is a subnetwork (subnet) that may sit between firewalls or off one leg of a : A Play in Letters, Actors Workout Studio, North Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $24; (818) 506-3903. www.actorsworkout.com.
Old Times, El Portal Theatre, North Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $25-$30; (800) 880-2588.
Open Window, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, through Nov. 20, $37-$47; (626) 356-7529, www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.
Shrinks Hudson Backstage Theatre, Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $20; (323) 960-1055, www.plays411.com.
The Tragottis, Theatre East, Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $20; (323) 957-5782. www.theatreeast.com.
Romantic Comedy, GGC GGC Girl Guides of Canada
GGC Greenwood Genetic Center (South Carolina)
GGC Gwasanaeth Gwaed Cymru (Welsh Blood Service)
GGC Generalized Goppa Code
GGC Grosvenor Gallery Company Theatre, Hollywood, through Dec. 17, $20; (800) 595-4849, www.tix.com.
Arlecchino, Servant of Two Masters A Servant to Two Masters (Arlecchino servitore di due padroni) is a comedy by the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni written in 1753.
This play begins with the character Beatrice, who has traveled to Venice disguised as her dead brother in search of the man who , Freud Playhouse, UCLA through Oct. 23, $38-$55; (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.
The Last Night of the Last Tsar, Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood, through Nov. 27. $25; (323) 960-7745, www.plays411.com.
At the Beach House, The Lost Studio, Los Angeles, through Nov. 27, $20; (323) 960-7721, www.plays411.com.
Betty's Summer Vacation Betty's Summer Vacation is a play by Christopher Durang
In many ways, this play was a “comeback” hit for Durang. His career flourished in the late seventies and early eighties with off-Broadway smashes like The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Sister Mary Ignatius , Electric Lodge, Venice, through Nov. 27, $20; (310) 578-2228, www.workshop360.com.
Loveswell, Two Roads Theatre, Studio City, through Nov. 20, $15; (818) 342-4707, www.loveswell.com.
Stage Directions Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles, through Dec. 18, $22.50-$25; (310) 477-2055, www.odysseytheatre.com.
Mother Courage and Her Children Mother Courage and Her Children (German: Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder) was a play written in 1939 by the German dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) with significant contributions from his mistress at the time, Margarete Steffin. , Theatre (at) Boston Court, Pasadena, through Nov. 27, $30; (626) 683-6883, www.bostoncourt.org.
Biro, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, through Oct. 30, $28-$35; (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.
Equus, East West Players, Los Angeles, through Nov. 20, $35-$40; (213) 625-7000, www.eastwestplayers.org.
J.O.B., the Hip-Hopera, Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood, $30; (323) 465-4446, www.sableandbatalion.com.
Harvest, Playwrights' Arena, Los Angeles, through Nov. 20, $20; (213) 485-1631, www.playwrightsarena.org.
The Grand Tour, Colony Theatre, Burbank, through Dec. 4, $35-$45; (818) 558-7000, www.colonytheatre.org.
Charley's Aunt, International City Theatre, Long Beach, through Nov. 27, $32-$42; (562) 436-4610, www.ictlongbeach.com.
The Master Builder, A Noise Within, Glendale, through Dec. 11, $26-$45; (818) 240-0910, Ext. 1, www.anoisewithin.org.
Acts of Desire, Fountain Theatre, Hollywood, through Dec. 11, $25; (323) 663-1525, www.fountaintheatre.com.
Measure for Measure, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, through Nov. 26, $42-$62; (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.
Pump Boys and Dinettes Pump Boys and Dinettes is a musical written by a performance group of the same name. The performance group, "Pump Boys and Dinettes" consists of John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. , El Portal Theatre, North Hollywood, through Nov. 20, $35-$45; (818) 508-0281, www.elportaltheatre.com.
The Merchant of Venice Beach, Pilot Light Theatre, Hollywood, through Dec. 18, $20; (323) 960-4418. www.plays411.com.
Macbeth MET Theatre, Hollywood, through Dec. 14, $10; (323) 957-1152. www.theMETtheatre.com.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Geffen Playhouse, Westwood, through Dec. 18, $47-$69; (310) 208-5454, www.geffenplayhouse.com.
I Feel Like Going On Pilot Light Theatre, Hollywood, through Dec. 18, $20; (323) 960-4418. www.plays411.com.
Kacey at Home Globe Playhouse, West Hollywood, through Dec. 31, $25; (323) 960-5521. www.plays411.com.
The Drowsy Chaperone chaperone /chap·er·one/ (shap´er-on) someone or something that accompanies and oversees another.
molecular chaperone , Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, through Dec. 24, $40-$90; (213) 628-2772, www.taperahmanson.com.
Nov. 18 My Buddy Bill, Geffen Playhouse, Westwood, through Dec. 18, $42-$69; (310) 208-5454, www.geffenplayhouse.com.
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Culver City, through Dec. 18, $20-$40; (213) 628-2772, www.taperahmanson.com.
White Christmas, Pantages Theatre, through Jan. 1. $20-$87; (213) 365-3500, www.BroadwayLA.org.
Evan Henerson, (818) 713-3651
(1) SANDRA TSING LOH IN `MOTHER ON FIRE' OCT. 1
(2) `ALL WEAR BOWLERS' SEPT. 28
(3) `THE DROWSY CHAPERONE' NOV. 18