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HEISENBERG!

Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker star in Heisenberg at the Mark Taper Forum now through August 6th.

HEISENBERG!

  • By Deborah Behrens
  • Photo Courtesy of CTG

“Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt…for my money, are the sexiest couple on a New York stage. A soaring, suspenseful, thrilling and wondrously stealthy play.”  – Ben Brantley, NY Times

Center Theatre Group brings Manhattan Theatre Club’s acclaimed production of Heisenberg by Tony Award winner Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) to the Mark Taper Forum starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Mary-Louise Parker (Proof, Weeds) and Denis Arndt (The Night Alive, Basic Instinct) directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, How I Learned to Drive) as part of CTG’s 50th Anniversary Season.

Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, 40ish Georgie spots seventy-something Alex and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game. The play’s title comes from the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which Georgie reduces to: “If you watch something closely enough you realize you have no possible way of telling where it’s going or how fast it’s getting there.”

“Stephens…does nothing less than alchemy here. He captures new love and old love at the same time, hope and fear, the new world and the old. He’s turned the simplest of tales—boy meets girl—into an unexpectedly rich thing with just two chairs, two tables and two actors.” – Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

Plays June 28-August 6. For more information, click here.

More Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia at the Hollywood Bowl on July 28th, 29th & 30th

More Mamma Mia!

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo Courtesy of L.A. Philharmonic

ABBA! Is there anyone that doesn’t know this Swedish pop group and their legendary music? Formed in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, ABBA became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music. Topping charts worldwide from 1974–1982, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. The Broadway musical Mamma Mia! is based on the songs of ABBA, was written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, and takes its title from the group’s 1975 chart-topper. The show has been seen by more than 60 million people around the world and ran for 14 years on Broadway, playing a whopping 5,758 performances from 2001–2015.

This month the Hollywood Bowl is presenting Mamma Mia! as its annual staged musical, directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall. Corbin Bleu and Lea DeLaria are set to star, with more TBA. Telling the simple tale of a young bride’s desire to be walked down the aisle by the father she doesn’t know, the show includes many of ABBA’s biggest hits including “Super Trouper,” “Lay All Your Love on Me,” “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Thank You for the Music,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Voulez-Vous,” “SOS,” and more. I promise you’ll be singing and dancing all the way home!

For tickets and more details on casting, click here.

The Elevator Club!

Elevator is now playing at the Coast Playhouse (Photo Max Feldman)

The Elevator Club!

  • By Rebekah Rejniak
  • Photo By Max Feldman

Best described as The Breakfast Club in an elevator, Elevator is uplifting, fun, introspective and witty. The usual lineup of societal archetypes are all accounted for in this production: Hot Girl, Stressed CEO Woman, Goth Girl, Office Temp/Fat Girl, Type-A-Business Man, Maintenance Man, Musician, and all are not what they seem.

It’s a typical, awkward, mildly irritating elevator ride where simple habits are amplified in the closeness of quarters, until – you guessed it – the elevator breaks, rendering all within its steel walls prisoner. While the entire ensemble dazzles, it is David Abed who simply slays as a stereotypical bro meets businessman with shocking depth, and Erica Katzin steals the show as the invisible “Fat Girl” cliché – who had the audience snort-giggling alongside her just a bit too loud in the audience.

Written and directed by Michael Leoni (The Playground) the cast includes, Devon Werkheiser (Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide), William Stanford Davis (Ray Donovan), Deborah Vancelette (FX’s Terriers), David Abed (Blue Man Group), Erica Katzin, Karsen Rigby, and Kristina St. Peter.

Elevator has been extended past its original one-month run for an additional three months. Check it out at the Coast Playhouse, (located at 8325 Santa Monica Blvd.) in West Hollywood on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.

For more details, click here.

OTHER DESERT CITIES!

Other Desert Cities opens July 8th at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

OTHER DESERT CITIES!

  • By Deborah Behrens
  • Photo Courtesy of production

The manicured life of retired Republican actor-turned-politician Lyman and his impeccable wife Polly is upended when relatives arrive at their Palm Springs home for Christmas — including politically liberal daughter Brooke who’s about to publish a tell-all memoir. Sound familiar? Head to Topanga Canyon for Jon Robin Baitz’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominated play Other Desert Cities opening July 8 at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum.

Theatricum’s production will be a true family affair, featuring founder Will Geer’s daughters Ellen Geer (Polly) and Melora Marshall (Silda) as well as granddaughter Willow Geer (Brooke). Rounding out the cast are Mark Bramhall (Lyman) and Rafael Goldstein (Trip). The play’s title refers to a roadside sign on the eastbound I-10 that directs drivers to exit at Palm Springs or head on to “other desert cities.”

Theatricum is best known for its productions that frame contemporary social issues through the lens of theater and has been an oasis for theatergoers for over 40 years, presenting Shakespeare and the classics in repertory in its scenic outdoor amphitheater. Other Desert Cities runs in repertory with The Merchant of VeniceA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Animal Farm and Trouble in Mind as part of Theatricum’s 2017 “Rising Up” summer season.

Plays July 8 through October 1. For more information, click here.

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