EXIT STRATEGY

A longtime teacher’s unexpected reaction to the impending closure/demolition of the beleaguered Chicago inner city school she has for decades called home serves as catalyst to Exit Strategy, playwright Ike Holter and the L.A. LGBT Center’s gripping, gut-punching follow-up to their 2015 critical/box-office smash Hit The Wall, and one of Fall 2017’s must-see productions.
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THE VIEW UPSTAIRS

The thirty-four gay bar patrons who lost their lives in the 1973 arson attack on New Orleans’ UpStairs Lounge deserve far better than Max Vernon’s corny, clichéd The View UpStairs, now getting its West Coast Premiere at Celebration Theatre, and so do its crème-de-la-crème cast and creative team.
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HEARTBREAK HELP

Four fabulous females feud, fuss, fight, and forge unlikely bonds as women on a weekend self-improvement quest in Stan Zimmerman’s terrifically performed 21st-anniversary revival of Justin Tanner’s laugh-packed Heartbreak Help.
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LEVI KREIS BROADWAY AT THE KEYS TOUR

San Francisco, (Seattle-adjacent) Everett, Nashville, and Lexington, KY are about to be treated to the same musical thrills and emotional chills that local audiences experienced last night at L.A.’s Renberg Theatre when Levi Kreis’s Broadway At The Keys Tour came to town.
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HONKY TONK LAUNDRY

SoCal musical theater stars Bets Malone and Misty Cotton bring their considerable comedic gifts and some of the best pipes in town to Honky Tonk Laundry, the latest jukebox-musical treat from Roger Bean, the Marvelous Wonderettes creator in down-home country music mode this time round.
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DEAD BOYS

An über-macho 20something and his not-nearly-so-manly former schoolmate find themselves possibly the only two people left alive on earth in Dead Boys, Matthew Scott Montgomery’s funny, touching, romantic, edge-of-your-seat hour-long look at racism, homophobia, and the apocalypse now.
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LES BLANCS

Mid-20th-century colonial Africa serves as a metaphor for the then ongoing American civil rights movement in Lorraine Hansberry’s rarely produced posthumous epic Les Blancs, a Rogue Machine revival that transcends the play’s inherent didacticism to electrifying effect.
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DOGFIGHT

It’s taken five years for Dogfight, the Louise Lortel Award-winning Outstanding Musical of 2012, to finally make it to Los Angeles proper, and praise be the gods of L.A. musical theater, Dogfight’s Hudson Mainstage debut is (to quote from one of the show’s best songs) “Nothing Short Of Wonderful.”
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