WHAT HAPPENED WHEN

Pitch-perfect casting makes a world of difference in the return engagement of Daniel Talbott’s haunting memory play What Happened When, an Echo Theater Company midweek gem.
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CRY IT OUT

You don’t have to be a stay-at-home nursing mom to fall in love with Molly Smith Metzler’s Cry It Out, but if you are, this one’s especially for you, and it’s about time.
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ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

A deaf New York film professor and a hearing-impaired bookkeeper fall head over heels into adulterous love in Arrival & Departure, playwright Stephen Sachs’ 21st-century updating of Noel Coward’s über-romantic cinematic classic Brief Encounter, a compelling, excitingly staged, terrifically acted Fountain Theatre World Premiere whose script could still use some work.
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jackbenny

The singing, songwriting twins known professionally as jackbenny (and individually as Jack and Benny Lipson) have set up monthly residency at Silver Lake’s Lyric Hyperion Café, guaranteeing audiences two hours a month of original music, laughter, an occasional cover, and a guest artist (or two or three) to spice up the already savory mix.
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THE HUMANS

Laughter and fears go hand in hand at Thanksgiving dinner in Stephen Karam’s justifiably honored Best Play Tony-winner The Humans, now playing at the Ahmanson with its Tony-winning stars Jayne Howdyshell and Reed Birney (and all but one of its original Broadway ensemble members) intact.
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MEXICAN DAY

Following the hallucinogenic surrealism of Plunge and the real-time fireworks of Tar, playwright Tom Jacobson concludes his mammoth Bimini Bath Trilogy with no less than an old-fashioned 1940s-style screwball comedy (with dramatic overtones) called Mexican Day, like its predecessors an enthralling, enlightening look at 20th-century L.A. history.
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PLUNGE


Long-buried secrets of power, passion, and perversion propel Plunge, the first installment of Tom Jacobson’s concurrently running Bimini Baths Trilogy, as provocative a World Premiere play as you’re likely to experience any time soon.
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TAR

L.A.’s fabled Bimini Hot Springs and Sanitarium (1903-1956) provide the backdrop for Tom Jacobson’s The Ballad of Bimini Baths trilogy, the prolific Angelino playwright’s most ambitious project to date, and if the Playwrights’ Arena World Premiere Tar is any indication of what Plunge and Mexican Day hold in store, audiences are in for an exhilarating, elucidating three-part treat.
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