WHITE GUY ON THE BUS

With racism once again being given permission to rear its hideous head in today’s post-Obama America, the time could not be riper for Bruce Graham’s riveting, conversation-provoking White Guy On The Bus to make its Los Angeles debut at The Road On Magnolia.
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STAY TUNED

Polish it may lack but laughs there are aplenty in Stay Tuned, Ryan Paul James’ amusing mash-up of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Orson Welles’ War Of The Worlds, Theatre 68’s holiday gift to North Hollywood and beyond.
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I’M JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY

I’m Just Wild About Harry, Gary Lamb and William A. Reilly’s Americanized musicalization of Brandon Thomas’s classic 1892 British farce Charley’s Aunt, is back for the holidays with an all new cast but the same proven blend of gender-bending screwball fun and frolic, early 20th-century song hits, and happily-ever-after romance that have made it a crowd-pleasing Crown City hit not once but twice.
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SNOWED INN

Love complications ensue when four couples find themselves stuck together under one roof in David Ewing’s overlong, only intermittently amusing romantic sitcom Snowed Inn, now getting its World Premiere engagement at NoHo’s El Portal Theatre.
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A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS

NYPD’s John McClane is back in town to foil dastardly Hans Gruber’s armed band of Teutonic terrorists’ plan to steal $640 million in bearer bonds from L.A.’s towering Nakatomi Plaza as Theatre Unleashed reprises last December’s A Very Die Hard Christmas, Josh Carson’s hit musical spoof of a certain Bruce Willis holiday classic.
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A TELENOVELA CHRISTMAS CAROL

Imagine a bunch of East L.A. or Boyle Heights vecinos getting together to put on a Christmas show for friends and family and what you’ve got is A Telenovela Christmas Carol, Force Of Nature Productions’ unpolished but entertaining adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic Mexican soap opera-style.
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HAIRSPRAY

Hairspray is back in town, and just in time to provide an honest-to-goodness live alternative to NBC’s upcoming Hairspray Live. More importantly, thanks to some sparkling lead and featured performances, Cupcake Theater’s mid-sized revival proves a surefire crowd pleaser for audiences from nine to ninety.
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URINETOWN

Annie, Cabaret, Dreamgirls, Grease, Hair, Mame, Pippin, Rent. One-word-titled Broadway smashes go all the way back to the birth of the modern American musical. (Showboat or Oklahoma!, you take your pick.) Still, there’s never quite been a modern American musical like Urinetown, proof positive of which can be marveled at in director Kari Hayter’s exhilarating intimate-stage revival, the latest from L.A.’s “Pay What You Want” Coeurage Theatre Company.
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