The L.A. Theatre Digest: Feb. 9–15

Los Angeles News   The L.A. Theatre Digest: Feb. 9–15
 
The Wooster Group, Forever Plaid!, and The Little Prince all come to Los Angeles.
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Small Theatre Closure
The building that housed Working Stage Theater has shut its doors. Located on Gardner Street off of Sunset in West Hollywood, the building is being torn down for development. The space also housed Turbine Arts Collective for the past four years. Working Stage has started the process of finding a new home.

The Wooster Group to Come to Los Angeles
The Town Hall Affair, featuring Maura Tierney and based on the film Town Bloody Hall (Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker), will be leaving the Performing Garage in NYC and headed to REDCAT in downtown L.A. on March 22. The production is based on the 1971 Town Hall meeting in NYC focusing on women’s liberation that turned into a rowdy debate. Visit TheWoosterGroup.org for more information.

All The Way West Productions Celebrates Black History Month
Periphery by Ed Simpson is set at the now famous Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth’s lunch counter. The production focuses on the events in February 1960, when four black college students staged a sit-in during the rise of the Civil Rights movement. Directed by Lorey Hayes. Running through February 26 at the Hudson Theatre. Visit www.HudsonTheatre.com for more information.

Agathie Christie at The Group Rep Extended
Witness for the Prosecution has been extended to March 26. In it a celebrated attorney is enlisted to defend a man accused of murder whose alibi rests solely on the testimony of his wife—who is called upon to be the titular participant in the trial. Visit www.TheGroupRep.com for details.

Casting Workshop Crack Down
After a year-long investigation, the Los Angeles City Attorney has announced cases against five prominent acting workshop studios and 25 individuals, citing violations of the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act. The act is a state labor law designed to protect aspiring actors from pay-to-play workshop scams. The first casualty of these actions is The Actor’s Key, which has closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7.

Coming Soon to the Los Angeles Area:
Forever Plaid
Written by Stuart Ross
Directed and staged by Scott Dreier and Kurtis Simmons
February 15–March 5
International City Theatre
330 E. Seaside Way in Long Beach
The story of four young men who, with their shared love of music, decide to become their idols—The Four Freshmen, The Hi-Lo’s, and the Crew Cuts. Together they become the group Forever Plaid, singing their way through the classics of the 1950s.
Visit www.ictlongbeach.org

The Little Prince
Adapted by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
Directed by Darryl B. Hovis and featuring Ned Liebl, James McHale, Angela Griswold, and Aaron McGee
February 17–March 5
Chance Theater
Bette Aitken Theatre Arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim
Based on the story by Saint-Exupery that allows us to see the world through the eyes of an innocent child once again. From the far off reaches of outer space to the dunes of the Sahara, we’re reminded of the things we leave behind and lose in order to grow up.
Visit www.ChanceTheater.com

Liana & Ben
Written by Susan Rubin
Directed by Mark Bringelson
February 16–March 26
Circle X Theatre Company
The Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave in Los Angeles
This modern twisted version of Faust sees Liana buying her youth and beauty for 250 years from Ben as long as she can prove that humanity is worth saving. As the contract comes to an end, the two bounce through time searching for hope, examining good and evil, and the nature of their own existence.
Visit www.CircleXTheatre.org

Closing Soon in the Los Angeles Area:
The Last Vig
Written by David Varriale
Featuring Burt Young
Through February 19
Zephyr Theatre
Academy Award-nominated Burt Young (Rocky) stars in this world premiere comedy. As the last of his kind, an aging mob-boss, struggles to stay in the business he no longer knows or recognizes.
Call (323) 960-7712 for tickets.

The Lion
Written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer
Directed by Sean Daniels
Through February 19
Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Ave. in Los Angeles
This Drama Desk Award-winning musical is comprised of Scheuer and six guitars. It’s the story of his life, his family, and his close call with death told through the strumming of guitar strings and songs.Visit www.GeffenPlayHouse.org

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