SONDHEIM UNSCRIPTED

The improvisational geniuses who call themselves Impro Theatre are back at the Falcon with another of their surefire crowd-pleasers, Sondheim UnScripted, confectioning a fabulously original “Stephen Sondheim musical” each and every time they take the stage.
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SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME

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Frank MacGuinness may have written Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me back in the early 1990s, but the Irish playwright’s seriocomedic look at three Westerners held hostage somewhere in the Middle East remains, nearly a quarter century later, as timely as today’s headlines, as San Pedro’s Little Fish Theatre imaginatively directed revival makes clear.
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SHREK THE MUSICAL

The big green ogre known throughout the world as Shrek comes to magical musical life under the Vista stars as Moonlight Stage Production offers San Diego-area audiences a supremely crowd-pleasing staging of the multiple Tony-nominated Broadway hit Shrek The Musical.

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CAFÉ SOCIETY

Zaniness reigns supreme in Peter Lefcourt’s screwball Café Society, now getting a terrifically performed, imaginatively directed, cleverly designed World Premiere at West L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre, the ever so “Westside” laughfest marred only by a jarring 11th-hour tonal shift that bears rethinking.
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FENCES

International City Theatre revives August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize/Tony Award-winning Fences to stunning effect in a production sure to win universal acclaim for its director, its two extraordinary stars, its equally stellar supporting cast, and indeed everyone involved in this most powerful of stagings.
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IN THE HEIGHTS

Candlelight Pavilion tops everything it’s done over the past year—and that includes Evita, The Producers, Spamalot, and last month’s Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat—with a sensational mid-summer staging of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’s In The Heights.
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LUKA’S ROOM

Leave it to Rob Mersola, the playwright who gave audiences Backseats & Bathroom Stalls and Dirty Filthy Love Story, to subvert the teenage coming-of-age tale in the most outrageously unexpected of ways in Luka’s Room, the latest Rogue Machine World Premiere and sure to be one of this summer’s most buzzed-about productions.
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PATTERNS

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Topnotch lead performances and a “plus ça change” fascination make James Reach’s Patterns, the stage adaptation of a Rod Serling screenplay set in the dog-eat-dog world of 1950s American big business, worth a look-see at Beverly Hills’ Theatre 40 despite an overlong running time and a so-so supporting cast.

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