September 2017

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JoBeth Williams, Halley Feiffer, Jason Butler Harner and Eileen T’Kaye in the West Coast Premiere of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City” at the Geffen Playhouse. Photo by Chris Whitaker.


  • By Deborah Behrens
  • Photo Courtesy of Geffen Playhouse

Sitting bedside at Memorial Sloan Kettering has never been so entertaining. While their ailing mothers share a hospital room, young stand-up comic Karla and middle-aged millionaire Don discover truth in the old cliché that opposites attract…and repel…and attract. Raise your thermometer for the west coast premiere of Halley Feiffer’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Of New York City at the Geffen Playhouse.

Directed by Trip Cullman (Six Degrees of Separation, Significant Other, Barcelona), this new production marks the fifth collaboration between Feiffer and Cullman. It’s also the first time the playwright (I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them) and actor (The Front Page, The House of Blue Leaves) has appeared in one of her own plays. Feiffer stars as Karla, with Jason Butler Harner (Netflix’s Ozark, The Crucible, The Glass Menagerie) as Don, Eileen T’Kaye (Coney Island Christmas, The Rehearsal) as Geena and JoBeth Williams (The Quality of Life, Other Desert Cities) as Marcie.

“Under Trip Cullman’s perceptive direction, Halley Feiffer’s distinct voice is on fine display throughout, in all its uniquely unsettling glory.”  – TheaterMania

Plays September 5th – October 8th. For more information, click here.


The Red Shoes plays September 15th-October 1st at Ahmanson Theatre


  • By Deborah Behrens
  • Photo Courtesy of CTG

Center Theatre Group and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center present the American premiere of the Matthew Bourne/New Adventures production, The Red Shoes, at the Ahmanson Theatre. A beloved fairy tale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.

Bourne’s magical new adaptation of the legendary 1948 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film reunites him with his Sleeping Beauty collaborators and is set to a new score using the music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann (Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Psycho).

In this quintessential backstage drama, Victoria Page is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov, urges to her to forget everything but ballet, Victoria falls for the charming young composer Julian Craster. Eventually she must choose between her art or romance, a decision that results in serious consequences.

Plays September 15 – October 1. For more information, click here.

Ain’t Misbehavin’!

Ain’t Misbehavin’ plays September 15th-October 8th at La Mirada Theatre

Ain’t Misbehavin’!

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of La Mirada Theatre

Get ready Los Angeles, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is coming to the La Mirada Theatre and the joint will surely be jumping big time.  This Tony-award winning musical brings the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s to life in a vibrant style when the uptown Manhattan nightclubs like The Cotton Club and The Savoy Ballroom and their swinging, rowdy music and performers were all the rage… and the piano players in dives along New York’s Lenox Avenue were banging out the new beat known as swing that changed the course of music forever.

The cast of five sensational performers (including American Idol’s Frenchie Davis) take you on a rollicking hi-energy journey featuring the classic popular music of Thomas “Fats” Waller.  So many memorable hit songs – more than twenty numbers – to sing-along to including Honeysuckle Rose, This Joint is Jumping, I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, I Can’t Give You Anything Love Baby, Black and Blue and of course Ain’t Misbehavin.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a truly timeless musical – it originally opened on Broadway in May of 1978 and starred Neil Carter who won a Tony for her performance that year.  This revival at La Mirada is directed and staged by Ken Page who was a performer in the original Broadway production.

Plays September 15th – October 8th. To purchase tickets, click here.


Head of Passes plays September 13th-October 22nd at Mark Taper Forum (pictured L-R: top, cast members J. Bernard Calloway, James Carpenter, John Earl Jelks, Kyle Beltran; bottom, cast members Francois Battiste, Jacqueline Williams, Phylicia Rashad and Alana Arenas) (photo: Tarell Alvin McCraney)


  • By Deborah Behrens
  • Photo Courtesy of CTG

Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad (Raisin in the Sun) returns to the Mark Taper Forum as the matriarch Shelah in Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney’s (Moonlight) new play, Head of Passes. Directed by Tina Landau (SpongeBob SquarePants, Superior Donuts), this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job takes place in Shelah’s old house at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi River. Family and friends gather under a leaky roof on a stormy night to celebrate her birthday but unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love.

Rashad last acted on the Taper stage in the 2003 world premiere of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean and recently directed a critically lauded revival of Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the Taper last fall. MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient McCraney is no stranger to LA audiences with two award-winning Fountain Theater productions from his Brother/Sister Plays trilogy — In the Red and Brown Water and The Brothers Size.

“If Phylicia Rashad had not already taken us on formidable journeys through the world of August Wilson and so many other formidable dramas, it would be tempting to call Shelah…the role of a lifetime.”  Linda Winer, Newsday

Plays September 13th–October 22nd. For more information, click here.

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