DEATHTRAP

Thrills and chills and gasp-worthy plot twists galore highlight the topnotch revival of Ira Levin’s Broadway suspense classic Deathtrap now exciting and delighting audiences on the proscenium stage of the historic Sierra Madre Playhouse.
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THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY

The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey, James Lecesne’s hilarious, touching stage adaptation of his 2008 novel has arrived as a guest production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre only months after generating plenty of well-earned off-Broadway buzz for its author-performer.
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THE KILL-OR-DIES

Ovation Award-winning playwright Meghan Brown is back with the intriguingly titled The Kill-Or-Dies, a darkly comedic edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing from its first surprise twist all the way up to its gratifyingly unpredictable finish.
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DNA

The attempt by a group of high-school students to cover up the not-quite-accidental death of a bullied classmate makes for dramatic fireworks and multiple unexpected turns in Dennis Kelly’s twisted black comedy DNA, a largely impressive first production from Red Cup Theatre Company.
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BOOTY CANDY

Growing up gay and black serves as the point of departure for Robert O’Hara’s hilarious, daring, provocative bunch of one-acts collectively titled Booty Candy, the latest from Celebration Theatre and the first in their spiffy new LGBT Center-adjacent digs at Hollywood’s Lex Theatre.
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ABUNDANCE

Imagine a big-screen Technicolor Western Epic told as if women had run the studios with a contemporary indie sensibility back in Hollywood’s Golden Era and you’ll get an idea of Beth Henley’s Abundance, the Crimes Of The Heart scribe’s look back at a quarter-century of Wyoming history in a play now celebrating its 25th-anniversary with a pitch-perfect South Coast Repertory revival.
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SCOTT AND HEM

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway spend an evening together in a place called The Garden Of Allah in Mark St. Germain’s Scott And Hem, an enjoyable bit of Hollywood nostalgia now getting a terrifically acted Falcon Theatre production under the snappy direction of Falcon favorite Dimitri Toscas.
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A BRIGHT NEW BOISE

A man undergoing a crisis of faith attempts to reconnect with the teenage son he gave up for adoption eighteen years ago in Samuel D. Hunter’s dark, gritty tragicomedy A Bright New Boise, now getting an electric Orange County production at Chance Theater.
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