IRONBOUND

A dark cloud may seem to follow Polish immigrant Darja across New Jersey, but that doesn’t stop Marin Ireland from lighting up the stage like nobody’s business in the West Coast Premiere of Martyna Majok’s astringently funny, surprisingly affecting Ironbound, now getting a superb West Coast Premiere with its original off-Broadway leading lady joining it for its five-week visit to L.A.
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KINKY BOOTS

The 2013 Tony–winning Best Musical Kinky Boots is back in town at Orange County’s Segerstrom Center For The Arts, crowd-pleasing, transformative, and packing enough emotional punch to bring even the hardest-hearted theatergoer to tears and cheers.
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SISTER ACT

The hills round Simi are alive with the sound of singing nuns as the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center treats audiences to the Broadway crowd-pleaser Sister Act, one of SVPAC’s best productions ever.
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ELLIOT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE

Three generations of Marines serving in three different wars have their stories told in four distinct voices in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, the first in Quiara Alegría Hudes’s acclaimed “Elliot Trilogy” now making a lyrically told, gorgeously staged, superbly acted Kirk Douglas Theatre debut.
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DESSA ROSE

A black slave and her white mistress become the unlikeliest of allies in the pre-Civil War South in Chromolume Theatre’s impressively sung Los Angeles premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s gorgeously scored, problematically scripted Dessa Rose.
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PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Pasadena Playhouse is throwing a beach party and you’re invited to share the stage with the players as the audaciously talented young Chicago troupe known as The Hypocrites treat L.A. audiences to the fun-in-the-sun extravaganza that is their take on Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates Of Penzance.
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RAGTIME

Immigrants told to leave the U.S. and return to the “cesspools” from which they came. Blacks denied their basic civil rights. Wealthy whites still imagining an America in which neither of the aforementioned groups existed. If this sounds more like the stuff of today’s headlines than a twenty-year-old Broadway musical set over a hundred years in the past, all the more reason to celebrate the stirring big-stage revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Ragtime now earning standing ovations at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre.
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NOTHING IS THE SAME

Nothing Is The Same from the moment four 1941 Hawaiian preteens witness the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor one sunny December morning in the latest audience-pleasing entry in Sierra Madre Playhouse’s annual Field Trip Series, staged on school days to local kids and on weekends to general audiences of all ages.
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