The L.A. Theatre Digest: January 26-February 1

News   The L.A. Theatre Digest: January 26-February 1
The Normal Heart will play L.A.’s Chromolume, and registration is now open for the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Hollywood Fringe opens registration.
Registration for the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival opens February 2 at The Actors Company. The deadline for inclusion in the program guide is April 1. This year’s festival runs June 8–June 25. Visit for more information.

Boston Court gets new executive director.
Pasadena’s Boston Court Performing Arts Center announced that Kyle Clausen has been appointed as executive director following a nationwide search. Clausen joins current artistic directors Jessica Kubzansky, Michael Michetti, and Mark Saltzman. He currently serves as director of marketing at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Prior to that he was managing director at Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

Cast of <i>The Normal Heart</i>
Cast of The Normal Heart Joan Marcus

The Normal Heart comes to the Chromolume Theatre.
Los Angeles’ Chromolume Theatre will welcome a guest production of Larry Kramer’s acclaimed play The Normal Heart, a powerful drama about the rise of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s as seen through the eyes of the writer and activist Ned Weeks. The production will have a limited run from February 24–March 19. For tickets, click here.

Coming soon to the Los Angeles area:

For Piano and Harpo
Written by and starring Dan Castellaneta
Directed by Stefan Novinski
February 1–March 5
Falcon Theatre
4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank

According to the Falcon Theatre, “A brilliant, witty, pill-popping concert pianist wakes up in the Psych Ward of Mt. Sinai Hospital. It’s a nightmarish, and sometimes hilarious journey, from addiction to redemption, as he verbally jousts with Jack Paar, is haunted by the genius of George Gershwin, and moves in with his only friend, Harpo Marx.”

War Stories
Written by Sarah Kelly
Directed by Stacy Ann Raposa and featuring Alexander Carroll, Roxanne Jaeckel, Sarah Kelly, and Samuel Martin Lewis
February 3–February 26
Extra Dry Martini Productions
Actors Workout Studio
4735 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood

Following the 2016 Hollywood Fringe production, Extra Dry Martinis Production presents an expanded version of War Stories. Here’s how it’s billed: “Jen is a therapist. Her client, bad boy Jake, is having an affair with beautiful actress Chelsea, who is simultaneously the girlfriend of Sam, a writer. Sam dated Jen back in their college days.”

Hyenas: An American Farce
Written by David Dickens
Directed by Brandon Slezak
February 4–February 25
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group
4850 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood

Here’s how the production is billed: “A high-octane, world-premiere surreal-absurdist comedy about a clever and ambitious creator at a television-laugh-factory, whose ultimate triumphs succumb to tragically-hilarious fatalities!”

Closing soon in the Los Angeles area:

Tea With Lois
Written by Susan Kurtz
Featuring Rachelle Songs
Through February 5
Secret Rose Theatre
11246 Magnolia Blvd in North Hollywood

According to producer Susan Kurtz, “It’s 1917, and the young women of the Hollywood Studio Club are preparing to welcome pioneering film director Lois Weber, the film director whose socially conscious films are as relevant today as when they were made a century ago. Tea With Lois is based on Lois’ writings and interviews, about her career as a director and a woman in the motion picture industry, her goals and censorship, and gives advice to the young women who are pursuing careers in the film industry.”

Zanna, Don’t
Book, music, and lyrics by Tim Actio
Additional book and lyrics by Alexander Dinelaris
Directed by Lauren J. Peters and featuring Jason Bornstein, Jacob Zelonky, Jillian Easton, Everjohn Feliciano, Vanessa Magula, Ken Maurice Purnell, Lilly Elliot, Michael Angel, Christopher Tiernan, and Amy Segal
Through February 5
Chromolume Theatre at the Attic
5429 W. Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles

Here’s how the musical is billed: “Set in a world where everyone is gay—well, almost everyone! The big-man-on-campus is the chess champion, and the captain of the football team is made cool by being cast as the lead in the school musical. The students write a controversial show about straight people in the military, which becomes the catalyst for a young man and woman to fall in love.”


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