September 2023



It’s still pretty hot, so why not beat the heat by seeing one of these great live shows playing in our local theaters where they have air conditioning!

Covid protocols continue to be dictated by each individual venue, so bring a face mask to wear during the show in case the venue requires it. It’s a good idea to check with the theater before you attend a show to find out what their current policy is.

The information presented in this column is the latest available at the time of printing; however you should verify it with the theater to confirm it before making definite plans. Here are the shows that have announced opening dates for this month, or are already running:



“The Andrews Brothers” features a small cast of great singers performing the big band numbers from the 40's. Backstage hands with the USO suddenly get their chance at greatness when the famous Andrew Sisters can't perform at the US military base in the Pacific because they have the chicken pox! Three men step forward in their best Patty, Maxene and LaVerne form. The play offers plenty of fun for everyone! Written by Roger Bean, with music by Roger Bean, and directed by Jennifer Novak Chun, it runs September 1 through October 8 at the Theatre Palisades in Pacific Palisades. For tickets call 310-454-1970 or visit


“Lewis and Tolkien” Set in Oxford, England in the autumn of 1963 at the famous “Rabbit Room” of the Eagle and Child Pub, this play is something of a return to the familiar for C.S. Lewis (author of The Chronicles of Narnia) and J.R.R. Tolkien (who wrote The Lord of the Rings). Filled with humor, rousing debate, and reconciliation, the two men learn the true value of their friendship with a little help from a few pints of beer and the energetically curious barmaid, Veronica. Written and directed by Dean Batali, it runs September 2 through October 29 at the Actors Co-op Crossley Theater in Hollywood. For tickets call 323-462-8460 or visit


“The Sound Inside” Not everything is as it seems behind the ivy-covered walls of Yale, where an unlikely bond leads to an unthinkable favor. Writing professor Bella Baird is looking for answers, but a fateful encounter with a mysterious student could lead to life-changing consequences for both of them. Written by Adam Rapp, and directed by Cameron Watson, it runs September 6 through October 1 at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena. For tickets call 626-356-7529 or visit


“Measure Still for Measure” Boston Court’s first-ever immersive play, utilizing the entire building, will take audiences on a journey behind the curtain to experience the layered and intimate complexities of creating theatre. In this play-within-a-play, a renowned director rehearses a spectacular new production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, “the original #metoo story.” But backstage, there’s an even bigger drama playing out as the power dynamics of the play and the rehearsal blow up in the course of the night. At a time where American theatre as a collective is still struggling to find its new normal post-pandemic, Kubzanky’s Measure STILL for Measure is both a love letter to the art form, as well as an examination of the challenging gray areas that theatre-making demands. Measure STILL for Measure lovingly skewers the delicious behind-the-scenes oddities of the rehearsal behaviors that actors, directors, and stage managers find routine, and the code switching that happens as they oscillate between being fully immersed in the imaginary world of the play to being pulled back to the mundane stressors of the real world. It simultaneously examines the insidious and problematic power dynamics that are inherent in the world of theatre. Written and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, it runs September 7 through October 15 at the Boston Court Pasadena in Pasadena. For tickets call 626-683-6801 or visit


“Freud on Cocaine” Trust me, I’m a doctor.” Jonathan Slavin (Santa Clarita Diet, Dr. Ken, Better Off Ted) stars in Freud on Cocaine, an outrageous new comedy based on the documented letters, notes, dreams, and recollections of neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud that attest to his decade-long use of cocaine, both in his practice and personal life. Written and directed by Howard Skora, it runs September 8 through November 4 at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. For tickets call 818-687-8559 or visit


“An Infinite Ache” A fresh and heartfelt play about love, time and the infinite directions in which two lives can travel. Hope and Charles are a pair of lonely twenty-somethings about to end a supremely uninteresting first date. But just as they say good night, the myriad possibilities of their futures and a life shared together come rushing to meet them. From their first kiss to their first child, from a horrible tragedy to a second chance, each moment moves with breath-taking speed. A love story told with theatrical flair, An Infinite Ache is as dazzling as it is insightful. Written by David Schulner, and directed by Mia Christou, it runs September 8 through October 1 at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Beverly Hills. For tickets visit


“Room Service” A perpetually penniless theatrical producer and his pals are rehearsing a play they think will be a huge hit, but their mounting hotel bills threaten to overwhelm the enterprise before opening night. They must rehearse and secure a backer while trying to outwit the hotel efficiency expert who is trying to evict them. The astounding sum these dreamers must attain to get their 22-member cast onto Broadway is $15,000! Written by John Murray and Allen Boretz, and directed by Mareli Mitchel-Shields, it runs September 8 through October 15 at the Lonny Chapman Theatre Main Stage in North Hollywood. For tickets call 818-763-5990 or visit


“A Streetcar Named Desire” After losing her Mississippi home to creditors, Blanche du Bois relocates to the New Orleans home of her younger sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski. Undermined by romantic illusions, Blanche is unable to cope with life's harsh realities. Though she finds a glimmer of hope while connecting with Stanley's gentlemanly friend, Mitch, Blanche cannot face the truth of her own troubled past. She also finds herself simultaneously repulsed by and attracted to Stella’s husband, the brutish and sensual Stanley, only adding to the stress of her current situation. Written by Tennessee Williams, and directed by Steve Jarrard, it runs September 8 through October 1 at the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood. For tickets visit


“The Value” While hiding out in a motel room, a trio of thieves learn the real worth of the art they stole. They must face the truth within themselves, their place in society, and what they really value. Written by Nicholas Dunn, and directed by Calvin Picou, it runs September 8 through October 1 at the Sawyer’s Playhouse at Loft Ensemble in North Hollywood. For tickets call 818-452-3153 or visit


“Walking in Space” In 1972, there was no Betty Ford Clinic. When the prescription drug-addicted, single mother of an upper-middle class Jewish family in suburban Baltimore finally hits rock-bottom, it falls on her children to take control. Inspired by true events, this fictionalized, autobiographical tragicomedy by multiple award-winning playwright Garry Michael Kluger is an affectionate portrait of four siblings who arm themselves with fierce tenacity, good humor, and their love for one another to save their mother — and themselves. Written by Garry Michael Kluger, and directed by Arden Teresa Lewis, it runs September 8 through October 8 at the Theatre West in Los Angeles. For tickets call 323-851-7977 or visit


“Blood at the Root” a “choreopoem” infused with hip-hop and movement, written by Dominique Morisseau and inspired by the true case of the “Jena Six.” Written by Dominique Morisseau, and directed by Michael A. Shepperd, it runs September 9 through October 28 at the Atwater Village Theatre in Atwater Village. For tickets call 323-882-6912 or visit


“The Real Black Swann: Confessions of America’s First Black Drag Queen” While under anesthetic euphoria, a Black gay artist named Les is visited by the effervescent spirit of William Dorsey Swann, aka “The Queen.” Surviving antebellum enslavement, Swann rises from the ashes of racial oppression to become the first “Queen of Drag” and queer activist on record. During their journey, Swann guides a complacent Les through time, popping his Glinda-esque pink bubble of self-preservation, and provokes him to challenge all too familiar modern-day monsters. Written by Les Kurkendaal-Barrett, and directed by Tom Trudgeon, it runs September 9 through September 24 at the Davidson/Valentini Theatre at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts in Los Angeles. For tickets visit


“Man of La Mancha” The musical takes audiences on an unforgettable adventure into the mind of an aging, eccentric knight-errant. Imprisoned during the Spanish Inquisition, Cervantes captivates his fellow prisoners by transforming into the chivalrous Don Quixote. Embarking on a daring quest to right all wrongs and become a true "Man of La Mancha," Quixote's journey becomes a tapestry of hope, honor, and the pursuit of dreams. Written by Dale Wasserman, based on a story by Miguel de Cervantes, with music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, and directed by Tim Nelson, it runs September 10 through September 23 at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster. For tickets call 714-793-1150 Ext. 1 or visit


“Every Brilliant Thing” A boy’s handwritten list to cheer up his despondent mom becomes a surprisingly funny and poignant ode to humanity. Daniel K. Isaac takes audiences on a transcendent and tender coming-of-age journey that reminds us to pay attention to life’s smallest joys—and to each other. Written by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe, and directed by Colm Summers, it runs September 14 through October 15 at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. For tickets call 310-208-2028 or visit


“An Inspector Calls” centers on the Birling Family – Arthur, Sylvia, Sheila, and Eric - who live in a comfortable home in the fictional town of Brumley, "an industrial city in the north Midlands." The family is visited by Inspector Goole, who interrogates the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman in her mid-twenties, Eva Smith. During questioning, all members of the family are lightly or deeply implicated in the girl’s undoing, including Sheila’s fiancé Gerald Croft. What begins as a parlor drama with polite banter quickly becomes acid and hateful. Everyone is not who they seem to be, including the inspector, thanks to a Twilight Zone-inspired plot twist. Written by J.B. Priestley, and directed by James Rice, it runs September 15 through October 7 at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles. For tickets call 310-645-5156 or visit


“How It’s Gon’ Be” a poetic exploration of missed connections and feelings too great to speak aloud. With adulthood looming in the distance, Jahaan and his friends enjoy the last precious moments of summer vacation. When Jahaan’s father returns after a year away, the world stops spinning for a moment — and lines are drawn in the sand. Written by JuCoby Johnson, and directed by Ahmed Best, it runs September 16 through October 23 at the Echo Theater Company at the Atwater Village Theatre in Atwater Village. For tickets call 310-307-3753 or visit


“This Is Not a True Story” an exhilarating new comedy that tackles, head-on, the fetishization and anti-Asian racism of Orientalist works. Tired racist tropes are upended as the fictional worlds of Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon and Kumiko the Treasure Hunter collide with modern reality. Three Asian “tragic heroines” find themselves trapped in a loop they can’t control — until they claim agency over their lives, determined to break the cycle. Written by Preston Choi, and directed by Reena Dutt, it runs September 16 through October 15 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Los Angeles. For tickets call 213-489-0994 or visit


“Almost Made” Mister L’s is a popular restaurant and Mob hangout in Yonkers. It’s operated by Charles Liberti. Charles lives the life of a “Made Man” without being officially made. In Mob lingo, a “Made Man” is a man who is a full member of the Mob. “Buttons” and all. The Mob will never let Charles be a made man because his mother was Jewish. His status will peak as almost made. Like all young boys who worship their father’s, Louie Liberti sees his dad, Charles, as a larger-than-life character. Charles had the charm of a Sinatra, the class of a Di Maggio and the toughness of a Marciano. He is the most important man in Louie’s life. Admired as a hard worker, Charles gives in to certain excesses that will earn him the disapproval of the Mob, the law and ultimately his family! To earn his father’s approval, Louie gets involved with certain financial improprieties, ensuring his own trouble with the law. Louie eventually finds a better path for himself to travel. The memory of his father still casts a long shadow. Written by Louie Liberti, and directed by Richard Israel, it runs September 21 through October 26 at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. For tickets visit


“Towards Zero” When a house party gathers at Gull’s Point, the seaside home of Lady Tressilian, Neville Strange finds himself caught between his old wife Audrey and his new flame Kay. A nail-biting thriller, the play probes the psychology of jealousy in the shadow of a savage and brutal murder. Superintendent Battle and his nephew are called in. A carefully unpeeled investigation before our eyes brings the story to a pointed ending. Written by Agatha Christie, adapted for the stage by Agatha Christie and Gerald Verner, and directed by Craig Hissong, it runs September 21 through October 22 at the Theatre Forty n the Mary Levin Cutler Theatre in Beverly Hills. For tickets call 310-364-0535 or visit


“The Travelers” Humorous and poignant, The Travelers takes place in a monastery alongside Highway 99 in Grangeville, California, population 496 and home to migrant workers. When a stranger stumbles in with a gunshot wound, he is nursed by the brothers of the 936-year-old Carthusian Order — even as the Archdiocese is cutting financial support, casting a shadow. Funny and heartfelt, filled with ritual and absurd touches, The Travelers explores the brothers’ struggles against poverty and the complexities of human connection. Written by Luis Alfaro, and directed by Sean San José, it runs September 23 through October 15 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Los Angeles. For tickets call 213-489-0994 or visit


“The Rainmaker” A classic tale of Americana, set against the backdrop of a western drought, THE RAINMAKER brings lonely souls together as they traverse the struggles of finding who they truly are and how they fit into the world. Laced with humor and charm, THE RAINMAKER still resonates today with poignancy, hope and courage. A firm part of the canon of twentieth century dramatic literature, revisiting this story will prove to be a satisfying and uplifting theatre experience encouraging audiences to believe in the unbelievable. Written by N. Richard Nash, and directed by Andrew Barnicle, it runs September 24 through October 8 at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach. For tickets call 949-497-2787 or visit


“Bisexual Sadness” is about just that. Faye used to be with Genevieve. Now she’s getting married to Alex, and though she really truly loves him, she’s starting to have questions about what it means for the rest of her life. How will she be viewed by the queer communities that have always been her home. BISEXUAL SADNESS is about that specific loneliness of being a bisexual woman in love with a man, staring down the barrel of a lifetime of feeling that way. BISEXUAL SADNESS explores love, commitment, the security blanket of identity, and the inconvenience of fluidity. Is it BS? Written by India Kotis, and directed by Carlyle King, it runs September 28 through November 5 at the Road Theatre in North Hollywood. For tickets call 818-761-8838 or visit


“Sea of Terror” Life is a relentless sea of terror and peril. And nothing is scarier than impending social plans. When a couple is faced with an evening hosting friends for a casual get-together, their anxious unraveling around this routine socialization takes us on a gut-busting ride we can all identify with. Written and directed by Sam Catlin, it runs September 29 through October 29 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood. For tickets call 323-856-4249 or visit


“Life Sucks” In LIFE SUCKS., a bold and inventive reimagining of Anton Chekhov's classic play, Uncle Vanya, Aaron Posner plumbs the quiet chaos of seven people locked together in the bonds of friendship and family as they wrestle with the ridiculous, humiliating vagaries life imposes: unrequited love, the indignities of aging, the insult of mortality, and the eternally flummoxing quest for a meaningful, satisfying existence. Amidst their irrepressible desires and lingering dissatisfactions, this troupe of hapless yet hopeful souls embark on a comedic, heartfelt, and sometimes tumultuous quest, stumbling upon new perspectives that challenge their core beliefs. Written by Aaron Posner, and directed by Barry Heins, it runs September 30 through October 29 at the Broadwater Main Stage in Los Angeles. For tickets visit


“Tacos La Brooklyn” Chino, a young and ambitious Korean American who grew up in a foster family on Los Angeles’ Eastside, hopes to grow his successful taco stand, “Chino’s Underground Tacos,” into a brick-and-mortar restaurant. When Yesenia Tapia, a Mexican American social media influencer, accuses Chino of cultural appropriation and pandering to a gentrifying neighborhood, he must convince the community of his cultural authenticity in a multi-faceted and complicated city. Written by Joel Ulloa, and directed by Fidel Gomez, it runs September 30 through October 29 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Los Angeles. For tickets call 213-489-0994 or visit



“The Winter's Tale” Love, betrayal, and the power of redemption collide in Shakespeare's enchanting tale of family, loss, renewal, and reunion in The Winter’s Tale. Written by William Shakespeare, it runs through September 16 at the Helen Borgers Theatre in Long Beach. For tickets visit


“Our Dear Dead Drug Lord” In this fierce and feverish comedy, a gang of teenage girls gather in an abandoned treehouse to summon the ghost of Pablo Escobar. Are they messing with the actual spirit of the infamous cartel kingpin? Or are they really just messing with each other? Intimate in nature yet universal in its ability to explore the need to connect, the play is an unflinching and powerful reminder of what it means to be human. As it races to its startling conclusion, audiences will be left catching their breath. A rollercoaster ride through the danger and damage of girlhood — the teenage wasteland has never been so much twisted fun. This group ends up being a pivotal way for these young women to cope with the grief and lack of control in their lives. Written by Alexis Scheer, and directed by Lindsay Allbaugh, it runs through September 17 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. For tickets call 213-628-2772 or visit




“La Cage” A high-energy, immersive live theatrical experience, will launch at Hollywood Roosevelt’s iconic Cinegrill Theatre on October 5. Inspired by the legendary La Cage Aux Folles nightclub in LA, the variety show promises to bring back the golden age of Hollywood supper clubs to a new generation while paying homage to its rich history. Secretly hidden behind a bookcase at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, audiences will be transported to a world of glitz and glamor, where performers will dazzle with their live vocals, incredible dancing, all accompanied by the electrifying rhythms of a live band.


As a tribute to the original La Cage, the show will celebrate the groundbreaking performers who blazed a trail for drag culture. Original La Cage cast member and international entertainer, Tommi Rose, will serve as the emcee. Additionally, guests will be treated to a surprise celebrity performer at each show. Cheyenne Jackson and Ada Vox are among the special guests with additional performers and cast to be announced. To round out the one-of-a-kind extravaganza, audiences can dine at the opulent Cinegrill Theatre offering modern takes on classic cocktails, and a delicious supper club-inspired menu.


Adam Sanders, better known as his drag persona, Ada Vox, is an accomplished vocalist, songwriter, and drag queen who found success and pushed boundaries as a contestant on the hit singing competition series “American Idol”. Vox also finished as runner-up on “Queen of the Universe”' streaming on Paramount+. With a powerful voice influenced by the likes of Selena Quintanilla, Whitney Houston, and Aretha Franklin, Vox has continued stunning crowds in her live performances and on tour.


Cheyenne Jackson is a GRAMMY & Emmy nominated actor and producer who most recently starred in three seasons of Fox’s “Call Me Kat” opposite Mayim Bialik, in addition to HBO’s “The Watchen,” and “The Morning Show.” Other notable credits include 4 seasons of “American Horror Story, “GLEE,” “30 ROCK,” ”American Woman," “Saved by The Bell,” “Curb your Enthusiasm,” “CSI,” “Willl & Grace,” & “Descendants 3.” Cheyenne also appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s critically acclaimed “Behind the Candelabra” opposite Michael Douglas and Matt Damon & was nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Caleb in “Julie and the Phantoms” for NETFLIX. Films include OSCAR- nominated “United 93,” “The Green,” “Lola Versus,” with Greta Gerwig, “Love is Strange” opposite Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” opposite Gena Rowlands, & the 2021 horror hit “Werewolves Within.” He’ll next be seen in the indie “CTRL ALT DEL” with Jason Priestley and Mena Suvari, and then with Cate Blanchett, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Hart & Jack Black in Lionsgate’s BORDERLANDS out in 2024. On/Off-Broadway, Jackson recently played the WOLF/PRINCE in the Tony-Winning revival of INTO THE WOODS opposite Sarah Bareillies, other credits include “The Performers,” “The Most Happy Fella,” “8,” “Finian’s Rainbow,” Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Damn Yankees,” “AIDA,” “Xanadu,” “The Agony and the Agony” and “All Shook Up.” He was nominated for a GRAMMY for his performance as TONY in the acclaimed recording of WESTSIDE STORY with the San Francisco Symphony and has sold out Carnegie Hall twice. A devoted husband and father of twins, he is grateful always, for any opportunity to create art.


Tommi Rose began his career performing in the bars and cabarets of San Francisco, gaining inspiration and learning his craft from great impersonators and comedians including Divine, Phillys Diller and Charles Pierce. This is where he was discovered by Eve Finocchio, the legendary impresario of “Finocchio’s,” the famous North Beach nightclub home to the world’s longest running and most celebrated drag review. Known for its live band and elaborate production numbers, Tommi served as the show’s star and emcee for over 12 years. Rose has performed all over the world from Europe to Asia and beyond. He has shared the stage with notable figures like Carol Channing, Tommy Tune and more.


The original La Cage Aux Folles nightclub launched in 1981, and its allure skyrocketed instantly as it showcased exceptional female impersonators, captivating audiences with their impeccable performances, and featuring opulent production numbers, adorned with bedazzled singers and dancers donning magnificent costumes. Over the years, some of its famous patrons have included Lucille Ball, Warren Beatty, Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis Jr., Joan Collins, Tony Danza, Sean Penn, Frank Sinatra, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elizabeth Taylor, Robin Williams, and Milton Berle.


Directed by T.J. Dawson, the show opens October 5 and runs Friday nights at 7p.m. and 10p.m. indefinitely. For tickets or more information visit




Our local theme parks are operating at full capacity. Most require advance reservations online, as well as advance ticket, and possibly food, purchases. You will need an app in some to be able to take full advantage of all attractions and restaurants. Please check their websites for details, restrictions, and availability before planning a visit:


Disneyland Resort

Disney’s California Adventure


Knott’s Berry Farm

Legoland California


SeaWorld San Diego


Six Flags Magic Mountain


Universal Studios Hollywood





Some theatersstill provide online offerings in addition to or in lieu oflive performances, with many events you canexperience on a virtual basis.A few of these online events are only available on a one-time basis,while others are ongoing and can be viewed on-demandanytime.Visit each of the web sites below to see whatthey are currently offering. You will find free content as well as pay-per-view to choose from.Here are the links to web sites with online offerings:


3-D Theatricals


“A Death-Defying Escape”


A Noise Within


Antaeus Theatre




Boston Court Pasadena




Chalk Repertory Theatre


Coeurage Ensemble


East West Players


Echo Theater Company


El Portal Theatre




For the Record Live


Fountain Theatre


Garry Marshall Theatre


Hero Theatre


IAMA Theatre Company


International City Theatre


“John Cullum: An Accidental Star”


Kentwood Players


Laguna Playhouse


L.A. Chamber Orchestra


L.A. Theatre Works (fee & free)


Loft Ensemble


Long Beach Opera


Morgan-Wixson Theatre


Moving Arts


Odyssey Theatre


Open Door Playhouse


Pepperdine University


Robey Theatre Company


Rogue Artists Ensemble


Rubicon Theatre


Sacred Fools


Santa Monica Playhouse


Segerstrom Center for the Arts


Shakespeare Center LA


Sierra Madre Playhouse


South Coast Repertory


The Blank Theatre (fee)

The Blank Theatre (free)


The Geffen Playhouse (fee)


The Latino Theatre Company


The Road Theatre Company


The Soraya


The Victory Theatre Center


The Wallis


Theatre 40


Theatre 68


Theatre West




Please help keep our theaters open by supporting live theater whenever you can. On behalf of the publisher Steve Zall, and the co-publisher& editor Sid Fish, we want to send our heartfelt thanks to the publicists who supply us with this content, the editors and publishers who deliver it to you, and most of all, to our readers who enjoy our columns. We wish everyone good health, prosperity, and happy times throughout the year.





Steve Zall, Publisher

Sid Fish, Co-Publisher and Editor