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    The Long Beach Playhouse's Studio Theatre gets all existential on us this month with their rendition of Jean-Paul Sartre's 1944 famous French mind-bender. In No Exit, three people are...
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    Renowned as one of the most talented short-story writers in literary history, Anton Chekhov created a wealth of cultural dramas and fables perfect for plucking up and adapting into theater...
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    Much more innocent a play than one would initially guess, Sarah Ruhl's comedy romp tells the story of the invention of every woman's favorite nightstand goodie. In the Next Room takes us...
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    Considering the annoying lack of interesting female characters on TV and in movies, we're delighted to check out Mitchell Nunn's Ravenscroft, the newest production to hit the Long Beach...
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    Believe it or not, playwright Ben Jolivet was inspired by the music of Fall Out Boy when penning the play Fragile Thing Cracks. Though he says he’s not exactly sure how the inspiration...
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    When enjoying the simple love story of Romeo and Juliet, it’s easy to forget just how convoluted Shakespeare can get. To witness the immortal bard at his squirrliest, head down to the...
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    After sweeping up the showers of accolades and rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Mark Stevens and Chris Larner's comedy comes stateside for its US premiere. The year is 1922,...
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    Rose is just a young drag queen trying to find her way on this crazy cabaret called life—enter her domineering stage mom, her agent, her loving boyfriend, an uproarious neighbor, and...
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    Stephen King once described Deathtrap playwright Ira Levin as "the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels,” and with iconic works such as A Kiss Before Dying, Rosemary’s Baby, The...
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    A story about a lothario who’s stringing along three hot-to-trot foreign stewardesses who each think they’re his fiancée until a joint layover at his apartment is the...
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    Mayhem is on the menu at a Georgia fishing lodge when British demolitions expert Froggy LeSeuer unwittingly gets his pal Charlie mixed up with a sinister minister and his redneck flunkie who...
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    For the most part, Peter Shaffer's '70s theater production, Equus, remained under the radar the last few decades—that is, until good ol' Daniel Radcliffe signed onto the 2007 revival...
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    Speculation regarding playwright and poet William Shakespeare’s sexuality isn't new—it's long been rumored that the 16th century wiz-with-a-quill was a closeted bisexual. What is...
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    John Waters, Trey Parker, Rod Serling, Old Hickory and, yes, hold your breath—NEIL FUCKING SIMON!—are merely five of the legendary masters of their crafts (from X-rated films...
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    One of our favorite comedy horror rock musicals, Little Shop of Horrors is the story of a young, naive flower shop assistant who cares for a blood-thirsty alien plant. It's a popular revival...
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    The age of France's Belle Époque (Beautiful Era) brought works of art and literature to golden heights—one of which was Georges Feydeau's romantic satire A Flea in Her Ear....
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    Novelist Charles Webb’s story of a naïve college grad adrift in the seas of existential ennui who stumbles into a May-December shagging fest with one of his parent’s...
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    In the strangely Valentines Day-appropriate story of Catching the Butcher, we follow one woman's quest to win over the man of her dreams: a serial killer terrorizing a Texas town by...
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    Welcome to the 2012 OC Weekly holiday theater preview, the timing of which is weird on two fronts: Most of these shows wrap up this weekend, which doesn't give interested parties a whole lot...
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    Imagine waking up one morning and not remembering who you are or how you got there—yeah, it's called whiskey—and having to go through that confusion every day of your life. In...
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    A devoted but domineering matriarch Amanda Wingfield, her rebellious and soul-searching son, Tom, and his bashful, ailing sister Laura are at the heart of Tennessee Williams'...
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    If the mark of a good director is actors willing to follow you over the side of a cliff, then Dave Barton is one hell of a director. That's not as backhanded a compliment as one might think....
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    Kicking off the start of the 2012/2013 theater season, Long Beach Playhouse hosts a series of eight never-before-seen plays from their New Works Festival finalists. Of the more than 100...
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    For some, The Tragedy of Macbeth is his downfall due to power, corruption, murder and wishy-washy masculinity—for others, the tragedy is having to sit through it all. Still, this most...
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    Take all your favorite fairy tale characters—Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel—corrupt them slightly, and what do you get? The unconventional cast of James...
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    Exit Stage Death is far from your typical theater experience—everyone in the audience has the chance of being thrown right into the story during this interactive show. Watch as a...
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    Jennifer Marcus is the heroine of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, a comedy written by Rolin Jones. The play, however, isn’t about human evolution as conventional wisdom might...
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    It's not uncommon to see the name Shakespeare pop up on the schedules of many a theater during the summer. The epic scope and huge casts involved in his plays make them ideal for outdoor...
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    We all remember Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live giving “motivational speeches," his character “living in a van down by the river." It's hard to ever forget Farley’s...
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    Here at the Weekly Headquarters, we're always stoked to get submissions for upcoming cultural events with the word "sexified" in them. And when theater artists use sex to poke fun at...
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    Most people view their navels as little more than sexy lint collectors. But it is worth noting that you used to eat from that hole, and now it has healed up either as a cave of wonders or a...
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    If only Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had written more. Sure, there are two massive volumes of Sherlock Holmes' adventures but somehow, that doesn't seem enough. Which is probably the reason Steven...
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    All warm and fuzzy Theodore Cleaver and Ozzie and Harriet nostalgia aside, the 1950s was arguably the most exciting decade in the history of theater. In Europe, the absurdist works of...
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    Keenly aware that everyone’s flat busted after the holidays, the Long Beach Playhouse astutely offers up a “pay-what-you-can” night this week for their run of Neil...
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    If the Mayan long-form calendar is right (and, obviously, any civilization that hit its peak 1,000 years ago was right about everything . . .) the world ends Dec. 21. Good thing we've got...
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    The true identity of Talking With…’s playwright is a bit of a mystery—Jane Martin is rumored as the pen name of Jon Jory, a retired Actors Theatre of Louisville artistic...
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    During this spooky time of year when the dead coexist with the living, remembrance of our loved ones past can sometimes be lost amongst our insatiable desire for candy. But Long Beach...
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    Steven Dietz’ often-produced 1996 version of Bram Stoker’s original 1897 Dracula is known for being wedded to its source material. (Til death do they part...and beyond!) With...
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    Although never personally awarded for his work on the music and lyrics of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy won multiple Tony Awards,...
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    Any work coming from award-winning actor/writer/comedian Steve Martin is pretty much a hit upon conception, and The Underpants is no exception. Originally written by Carl Sternheim in the...
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    When one is raised in an environment of racism and prejudice, those forms of bigotry—whether on the giving or receiving end—are sadly absorbed as normal. Athol Fugard’s...
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    Murder, bastard children, bitchy old women—Night Must Fall has it all. Written in 1935, this play from the U.K. follows the curious happenings at rich matriarch Mrs. Bramson’s...
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    Themes including life, death, bullies and homosexuality are explored in the Long Beach Playhouse production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, the directorial debut of Sean...
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    Alive Theatre and the Long Beach Playhouse are primed to present some multitasking entertainment: live comedy with potentially curative powers found by confronting childhood demons. Directed...
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    Filled with enough twists, turns, tantrums and pratfalls to shake a slapstick at, Ken Ludwig’s over-the-top comedy centers on the mishaps and infidelities of a theatrical company’s...
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    You know it’s going to be a good time when a troupe warns that the first two rows of the audience may get splattered with fake blood. Set in Ireland, this dark comedy (pitch-black,...
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    Choosing which traditional stagings of holiday classics to see this month can be wearisome, and sitting through them can be even more of a drag (especially if some of those offerings are in...
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    Only the bitterest Grinch could dare find fault with any theater entity producing a holiday-themed play the month of December. So, in the spirit of last year’s LAME (Lamentably Asinine...
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    In The Lion in Winter audiences are transported to the age of King Henry II of England, to take a curious glance at a typical Christmas dinner—ripe with family drama. Each of Henry's...

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Established in 1929. Over 80 years for the Playhouse. Created as the first performing arts organization in Long Beach, The Playhouse is the longest continually operating community theatre west of the Mississippi River.

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