BFA HATCHES NEW SEASON:
Opening the '96 season at the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (BFA), is Louis Santiero's comedy The Rooster and the Egg (El Huevo del Gallo), running Feb. 20 through Mar. 31, starring DramaLogue Award-winner James Victor and TV actress Angie Estrada.
El Huevo del Gallo addresses the issues of changing family values, as a young woman having trouble conceiving makes an interesting choice for a surrogate mother: her own.
Productions at BFA run alternate weeks in English and Spanish. The rest of the '96 Season includes: The Night of Hernan Cortez (La Noche de Hernan Cortes)a historical play by Vicente Lenero (May 17-June 16); and House of Spirits (La Casa de los Espiritus) based on the international bestseller by Isabel Allende, adapted by Margarita Galban and Lina Montalvo, and starring Carmen Zapata (Sept. 25-Nov. 3).
El Huevo del Gallo plays in BFA's Little Theatre at 421 North Avenue 19. Tickets range from $18-48. For Tickets or more information about BFA and its season, call (213) 225-4044.
ALL MALE PREMIERE:
Moon and Stars Productions in association with the Stella Adler Theatre presents the world premiere of Just Men, by Gary Goldstein.
Just Men is set in a West Hollywood living room that belongs to a young gay television writer, whose father makes an unexpected weekend visit. The politically incorrect father and son are forced to confront each other's differences, and humorously debate the issues surrounding family duty, societal pressures and being or having a gay child.
Just Men stars Robert Mandan (Chester Tate from "Soap") and Woody Brown (The Accused), and runs at The Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., from Feb. 22-Mar. 31. For tickets or more information, call (213) 466-1767.
JEWISH FEMALES ONSTAGE:
The West Coast premiere of YENTA UNPLUGGED!Stories and songs straight from the mouth . . . written and performed by Annie Korzen, is currently spewing straight through March 9, at the West Coast Ensemble in Hollywood.
The one-woman show chronicles the coming of age experiences of Jewish womanhood from the Bronx to Beverly Hills, through songs and stories about courtship, career, family and friendship.
YENTA gossips Saturdays and Sundays at the Lex Theatre in Hollywood; tickets are $12. For tickets or more information, call (213) 871-1052.
The Yiddish Trojan Women, a new play by Carole Braverman, will be presented as a staged reading by the West Coast Jewish Theatre (W.C.J.T)., in Brentwood on Feb. 13. The play has been produced in New York and London, and received the Plays on Stage Award from London Weekend Television.
Barbara Bain stars as Devorah, the matriarchal grandmother of three: Brenda, a stand-up comic, Abby, a radical labor activist, and Tess, a professor of Ancient Mythology, who takes a married lover. The comic drama reveals how self-absorption corrupts the choices we make in the conduct of our lives, all the while meshing the events of eras past with the immediate present.
A portion of the proceeds for the reading will support fully mounted productions of W.C.J.T. planned for the fall of '96. The Yiddish Trojan Women, will be performed at University Synagogue in Brentwood, 11960 Sunset Boulevard, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and are available though Theatix (213)466-1767.
If you're one of those who can't let go of the '80's, have plenty of pop culture spoon-fed to you at LA's Hudson Theatre, where Charlene Tilton, Eve Plumb and Jill Whelan star in the West Coast premiere of Cereal! by Scott King, a comic soap opera filled with battling sisters, transvestite cops, sex-crazed teens and endless '80's television references.
Cereal! opened at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY in 1989, and then moved to Off-Broadway's One Dream Theatre, where it enjoyed an intermittent 2 year run. The show promises to stay crispy at least through Feb. 24, at the Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. In Hollywood. For tickets and more information, call (213) 660-8587.
Also at the Hudson: Pot Roast by Laurel Ollstein, and Strindberg's The Stronger and Jean Genet's The Maids.
A TIME PIECE AND GUERNICA:
The Open Fist Theatre Company and Taboo Theatre are presenting an evening of two one-acts by award-winning playwrights; the World Premiere of A Time Piece by Neal Bell, and the West Coast premiere of Guernica by Daniel O'Brien, currently playing through Mar. 9 at The Open Fist Theatre in Hollywood.
Neal Bell was a winner of the New Plays Program, hosted by Playwright Horizons in NYC, and supported by Steven Speilberg' Amblin Entertainment. A Time Piece follows a young man who jumps between his past and future looking for truth and ways to heal the void left by his dead father.
Guernica premiered at and won the 1991 Actor's Theatre of Louisville 10 Minute Play Festival. The title character is lost in a world where she must choose between her husband and alter ego, with comic and provocative results.
Tickets to the evening are $10, and can be reserved by phoning (213) 882 6912.