ASHES TO ASHES

A divorced couple must spend 16 days, 21 hours, and 32 minutes in each other’s company or forfeit the $955,000,000 they’ve been bequeathed in Ashes To Ashes, Debby Bolsky’s entertaining, mostly successful screwball romcom, a World Premiere guest production at the Odyssey.
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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY

Both George Bailey and the actor playing him live across the land learn lessons about life, love, community, and Christmas in Jim Martyka’s doubly delightful, two-times touching It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, back for another December at Theatre Unleashed.
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BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

Inspired direction and a pitch-perfect cast make barebones blackbox magic this week only at Silver Lake’s Lyric Hyperion Theatre in the 1963 Neil Simon romcom classic Barefoot In The Park.
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THE TRAGEDY

Whether you find The Tragedy, D.G. Watson’s twisty-turny tale of three young Hollywood talent managers in search of the stroke of genius that will save their floundering business a piece of theatrical brilliance or a hallucinogenic hot mess may depend on how many shrooms you’ve consumed before lights-up. In either case, this often outrageously funny Ammunition Theatre Company World Premiere is like nothing else now playing on L.A. theater stages.
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THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

Radio superstar Sheridan Whiteside is at it again, terrorizing the Ohio Stanleys, fomenting family rebellions, and scheming to get his own egomaniacal way in Actors Co-op’s pitch-perfect revival of the 1939 George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart screwball classic The Man Who Came To Dinner.
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SINNER’S LAUNDRY

No playwright could ask for a better cast or finer production design than IAMA Theatre Company has given John Lavelle’s Sinner’s Laundry. Audiences, on the other hand, may find themselves leaving the Lounge Theatre clueless to the message, meaning, or simple raison d’être of Lavelle’s World Premiere absurdist existentialist comedy. I certainly did.
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WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN

Fans of Sarah Ruhl’s particular brand of whimsy, magical realism, and romance will fall especially hard for With Love And A Major Organ, Julia Lederer’s quirky, charming romcom now getting a playwright’s-dream West Coast Premiere at The Theatre @ Boston Court.
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THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT

A cabal of super-wealthy corporate execs conspire to drill for oil deep under the cafés and museums and monuments of Paris, environmental consequences be damned, in Jean Giraudoux’s The Madwoman Of Chaillot, the latest bit of theatrical alchemy from A Noise Within.
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