Thursday, September 5, 2013

What's Happening Around Town for September 5, 2013

OPENINGSWhen Cole Porter met William Shakespeare, the result was a Tony Award-winning musical.  When Southern California’s longest-running “Phantom,” Davis Gaines, meets Cabrillo Music Theatre, it all adds up to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza premiere of Porter’s most raucous, sexy, and best loved musical ever, Kiss Me Kate! Cabrillo’s 20th anniversary season kicks off with the popular favorite on Friday, October 18th, with performances running through October 27. Richard Israel directs, John Todd choreographs, and Darryl Archibald will provide musical direction. Joining Gaines (who will play Petruchio/Fred Graham), is Victoria Strong as Lilli Vanessi/Kate, Scott Reardon as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, Reba Buhr as Lois Lane/Bianca, Steven Perren as General Harrison Howell, and Ronald Rezac as Harry Trevor/Baptista Minola. 

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts kicks off its 2013-14 Programs for Young Audiences series with Boxtales Theatre Company’s Brer Rabbit & Other Trickster Tales From Around the World. This 60-minute exciting, story-filled adventure is recommended for audiences ages 4 and up. Performances are Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm Join Boxtales on a humorous and magical journey with wily creatures who will teach you folk wisdom, morals, and life lessons in this collection of Trickster Tales from around the world. Directed by the company, this show features performers Matt Tavianini, Michael Andrews and Deven Sisler and beautiful masks by Ann Chevrefils and Lindsay Rust. Tickets: (562) 944-9801 or

The Grove Theatre presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee* September 13 - 29, directed by Gregory Cohen. The competition is intense. The words are hilarious. Let the spelling begin! Six kids face off in the battle of their lives at a fictional spelling bee in Putnam County, New York. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:29 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. The Grove Theatre is located at 276 E. Ninth Street, Upland, CA 91786. Tickets: (909) 920-4343 *Parental discretion for some language and content

Sacred Fools Theater is proud to present the west coast premiere of Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, adapted by Edward Einhorn Sept. 13 - Oct. 19. In the scorched earth and radioactive dust of a planet that is undergoing the death throes of World War Terminus, the remnants of humanity are faced with the choice of emigration to a bleak existence in the domes of Mars or degeneration and futility in the feudal corporate economy of Earth. What does it mean to be alive in a world where the line between human and android is becoming blurrier every day? Directed by Jaime Robledo, with music by Henry Akona, music direction by Ryan Johnson, fight choreography by Andrew Amani, and a cast that includes Kimberly Atkinson, Rafael Goldstein, Eric Curtis Johnson, Corey Klemow, Emily Kosloski, Mandi Moss, Lynn Odell, Bruno Oliver, and Marz Richards.

In My Corner opens this week at the Odyssey Theatre. Footwork is everything for storyteller, pugilist and hoofer Joe Orrach, who works boxing, tap dance, percussion and music into his tale of a street smart, wise guy Puerto Rican kid from the Bronx who comes of age in the ring and at the barre. Jeremiah Chechik (Benny & Joon, Diabolique) directs Orrach in an exhilarating performance that takes off to the beat of an original Latin, jazz and rock ‘n roll score performed on stage by a live piano trio. Performances of In My Corner take place on Sept. 6 - Nov. 3. (Gala reception following the performance on Saturday, Sept. 7). The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025. Tickets: (310) 477-2055

Individual tickets for The Book of Mormon at the Pantages Theatre will go on sale to the general public on Sunday, September 22 at 8:00 am exclusively at the Pantages Theatre Box Office (6233 Hollywood Boulevard), and two hours later at 10:00 am, individual tickets will be made available online at, by phone at (800) 982-2787, and at all Ticketmaster outlet locations. Group tickets are currently available for purchase at or by calling (866) 755-3075.

KICKSTARTER: Operation LemonHeadMeter is upon us! Bitter Lemons is taking the next step in its evolution by adding a method for audience members to review shows just like professional reviewers on their current LemonMeter. Check out their kickstarter campaign HERE and kick in if you can. It’s a good cause and one that will benefit everyone in the Los Angeles theatre community. Squeeze on!

CABARETOn Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm, GLEH and Chris Isaacson present Upright Cabaret at GLEH; a monthly charitable cabaret series raising awareness of GLEH through song. The show will star Laura Dickinson and Jill Burke. Tickets: Free admission for residents, $10 suggested donation to public. For more information call (323) 957-7200 or visit

Cabaret Awesome returns to Vitello’s Jazz and Supper Club in Studio City beginning September 10th for a brand new season of explosively creative live shows. Joey Bybee and Lee Huff bring a modern spin to old school cabaret with their mixture of original comedy songs and pop parodies. The fast-paced musical variety show will feature weekly guest artists and is not your typical NY, story-driven, song-to-song show. “In many ways, it is closer to a much older French style revue, complete with comedy, sexuality, and drinking; though we use modern music,” says Bybee. Huff adds, “If you took SNL, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Fallon, Carol Burnett, cabaret, improv, Jonathan Coulton and Stephen Lynch and put them all in a blender you’d end up with Cabaret Awesome.” Each week the duo writes and performs a new show, including hilarious and catchy cabaret mashups like Billy Idol’s White Wedding mixed with the 1980’s Duck Tales TV show theme. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door (plus a two drink minimum). Tickets: (818) 769-0905 or For more info visit

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