The Los Angeles Theatre Digest: April 9–15

Los Angeles News   The Los Angeles Theatre Digest: April 9–15
Jay Leno comes to the Geffen and the Little Fish Theatre makes big repairs, plus openings and closings on the West Coast.

Jay Leno Returns to the Geffen for One Night Only

Jay Leno
Jay Leno

A Special Evening With Jay Leno and Friends will benefit No Limits for deaf children and the Geffen’s education and community engagement programs. Leno has previously appeared at the Geffen in 2015, working to raise money for the same causes. The benefit will take place on June 26 at the Gil Caits Theater and is to be hosted by hearing impaired comedian Kathy Buckley. For tickets and information, visit

Little Fish Theatre’s Adjusted Season
Due to the heavy amount of rainfall in southern California this winter, the Little Fish Theater has had to make emergency repairs to both its building and its season. Water damage has destroyed their electrical system, forcing the theater to push their entire season ahead by approximately two months.

The company is confident they are on track with the repairs and are preparing for Neil Simon’s Laughter on The 23rd Floor, which is now scheduled to open April 21. The remainder of the season remains intact, except for the scheduled production of Quartet, which has been moved to the 2018 season.

For more information about the season and how to help donate to the repair efforts visit,

Magic Monday Returns to Santa Monica Playhouse
Every Monday night from May 1–August 28, the Santa Monica Playhouse will host Magic Monday. In its second year, Magic Monday promises a weekly rotating cast of master magicians variety acts. Some of the magicians scheduled to perform are Dana Danielle (The Illusionists 1900), Chris Hart (The Addams Family), Pop Hadyn, and more.
For more information, visit

Die, Mommie, Die! Extended—Again
Celebration Theatre’s production of Die, Mommie, Die! has announced its final extension through April 22. The hit show has already been extended beyond its initial run’s dates. Described as a “Greek Tragedy on Acid,” the show is directed by Ryan Bergmann and features Drew Droege, Andrew Carter, Gina Torrecilla, Julanne Chidi Hill, Pat Towne, and Tom Detrinis. Celebration Theatre is located at the Lex at 6760 Lexington in Los Angeles
For more information, visit

L.A. Stage Day Announced for This May
The L.A. Stage Alliance has announced this year’s Stage Day conference. The event will take place on May 6 at Cal State Los Angeles. The day-long event will feature panel discussions about various aspects of working in the arts, a general meet-and-greet where performers can talk to theater companies and other industry professionals, and also auditions for several prominent companies and casting agents. For more information, visit

Coming soon to the Los Angeles area:

Block Party
April 14–May 21
Center Theatre Group
The Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd in Culver City
In celebration of the work being done in Los Angeles theatre, three recent shows are being remounted by CTG for a limited run. Coeurage Theatre Company’s Failure: A Love Story, Echo Theater Company’s Dry Land, and Fountain Theatre’s Citizen: An American Lyric.

King Of The Road: The Roger Miller Story
Written by Cort Casady & Mary Miller
Directed by Andrew Barnicle and featuring Lindsey Alley, Braxton Baker, Andrew Barnicle, Brittney Bertier, Omar D. Brancato, Jesse Johnson, Kevin Story, Matt Tucci, and Trevor Wheetman
April 19–May 14
Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach
The true story of Grammy and Tony Award winner Roger Miller as he rides a wave of fame and faces person demons, told through a mixture of storytelling and live music.

Written by A.R. Gurney
April 19–May 7
Rubicon Theatre
1006 East Main Street in Ventura
Gurney’s comedy about the love triangle between Greg, Kate, and their adorable puppy, Sylvia.

Pageant Play
Written by Mark Setlock and Matthew Wilkas
Directed by Amanda Conlon and featuring Amanda Conlon, Rebecca Holopter, Jason Ryan Lovett, and Patrick Pizzolorusso
April 20–28
Bucketlist Theatre
At The Let Live Theatre
916 North Formosa in Los Angeles
This marks the Los Angeles premiere of Mark Setlock and Matthew Wilkas’ wild world of child beauty pageants. Pinky Corningfield will do anything to make sure her little angel wins the crown—every crown. She sets her minions, Bobby and Bob, on newcomer Marge to ensure the Supreme Queen Crown will rest firmly on Pinky’s head—that is, Pinky’s daughter’s head.

Closing soon in the Los Angeles area:

Rules of Seconds
Written by John Pollono
Directed by Jo Bonny and featuring Amy Brenneman, Josh Helman, Matthew Elkins, Jen Pollono, Jamie Harris, Ron Bottitta, Kevin Daniels, Josh Bitton, Leandro Cano, and Feodor Chin
Through April 15
Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring Street in Los Angeles
Nathaniel “Wings” Leeds, a sufferer of OCD, is challenged to a duel by Boston’s “most dangerous man.” In order to survive this ordeal, he enlists the help of his estranged brother, a respected duelist. Wounds are opened and not only blood, but family tension is spilled. Visit

The Encounter
Written, directed, and performed by Simon McBurney
Through April 16
The Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills
The true story of Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer in 1969. Lost in a remote area of the Brazil rainforest, his journey leads to an encounter that drastically changes his life. Told through the use of cutting-edge aural technology to engage all of your senses.

Simon McBurney
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Game Of Thrones The Musical
Written by Steven Christopher Parker and Steven Brandon
Music and lyrics by Erin Stegeman and Ace Marrero
Through April 16
The Macha Theatre
1107 N. Kings Road in West Hollywood
A musical parody of season one of the HBO drama, filled with 12 original songs celebrating some of the greatest moments in the show.


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