CLAUDIO QUEST

Innovative musical theater triple-threats Drew Fornarola and Marshall Pailet pay affectionate, nostalgic tribute to mid-1980s video games in Claudio Quest, a delightfully tuneful Chance Theater West Coast Premiere with particular appeal to Mario Bros. franchise fans.
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THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF MEAN GURLZ

Mean Gurlz rule from now through mid-April as Rockwell Table & Stage’s UMPO series returns with The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Mean Gurlz, a tasty musical treat whether you’re a die-hard fan of a certain Lindsay Lohan movie smash or simply show up at Los Feliz’s trendiest cabaret for a dozen-and-a-half pop hits performed by some of SoCal’s most exciting young vocal stars.
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PLASTICITY

40something David Rosely lies comatose as his identical twin Grant and fiancée Kate find themselves in head-to-head combat over his right to live or die. If this sounds more like a Lifetime Original Movie than the year’s most spectacular one-man tour-de-force, think again. Solo-performance star Alex Lyras and his co-writing partner Robert McCaskill are back in Hollywood with their latest collaboration, the absolutely thrilling Plasticity, the very definition of must-see theater.
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VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

Vanya, Sonia, and Masha Hardwick, Christopher Durang’s hilariously squabbling siblings, are back (along with Masha’s sexy boy toy Spike), and hallelujah for that, as Santa Monica’s Edgemar Center For The Arts gives the 2013 Best Play Tony Award winner Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike a 99-seat staging well worth its back-for-2017 extension.
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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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THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE

Only the lonely populate The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that Dominic Finocchiaro’s wondrous World Premiere is anywhere near a downer. On the contrary, the latest from Echo Theater Company is precisely the kind of play you’ll want to tell all your romcom-loving friends (and just about anyone else in search of smart, funny, heartstrings-tugging, feel-good new theater) not to miss.
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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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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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