Category Archives: Theater

The LA Beat’s Top 5 Stories of 2014

1. The Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque Tour Returned to LA for Another Bangerz Night Out! Billy Bennight “This year’s Suicide Girls’ Blackheart Burlesque Tour comes with new faces and a slightly revamped set of songs and choreography. The heat was on Friday … Continue reading

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The Ahmanson Theatre’s Blithe Spirit: A Near Spiritual Experience in Dry Wit, Deathly Divorcees and Maladroit Daze-Induced Dancing

It is a temperately brisk night on the terrace of Los Angeles’ eminent Music Center betwixt The Ahmanson Theatre and The Mark Taper Forum. Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy saunter arm in arm, towards The Mark Taper but if … Continue reading

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Mark Taper Forum’s “What the Butler Saw”: A Spectacle Fit Not Only for Imaginary Help but a Cavalcade of Kings, Nobles, and Aristocrats!

Think of the most randy, unorthodox (2 hour long) episode of Three’s Company, combine it with the most circuitous of Seinfelds, couple that with the most glued together Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta endings, run it through the most dry-witted, Noel … Continue reading

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“The Hit”: Knockout Performance this Weekend at Theatre West’s West Fest!

Picture it:  The dead of night, a knock on the door and a stranger (or “some douche” as the opposite actor has come to term him) imploring another stranger to commit an illegal act via a self-proclaimed legitimate profession in … Continue reading

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Have a John Waters Christmas this Year!

Don’t miss this annual holiday tradition as John Waters “puts the X in Xmas.” Friday, December 5th, he will bring his hilarious one man show, “A John Waters Christmas,” to The Comedy Store in Hollywood. And if there’s one thing John Waters loves, it’s Christmas. The monologue includes “his … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: A Loving Goodbye to Marionette Master Bob Baker

Los Angeles sadly lost an offbeat legend today, Friday November 28th. Bob Baker, the magical maestro of the oldest puppet theater in the United States, passed away at age 90. Baker had been in hospice recently, so the news was … Continue reading

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“I Want to Kill Lena Dunham” Breathes Life into Current Socio-Economic Zeitgeist

Ever been so annoyed with life overshadowed by celebrity import, you wanted to kill Lena Dunham? No–probably not. (Though I’ve personally wished an atomic wedgie on Pamela Anderson on more than one occasion…)  Whether you find Dunham’s rise to fame … Continue reading

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Steampunk Puppets! “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea”

Portland-based puppet theater Tears of Joy presents Julius Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” on November 19 at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz! The all-ages show starts at 7:30pm and is $15 for adults, $10 for students. “Discover some of the most exciting scenes from … Continue reading

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American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry National Center November 8–9

The Autry National Center of the American West presents the 24th Annual American Indian Arts Marketplace this weekend at its Griffith Park campus.  This signature event invites the public to meet and support extraordinary Native artists, who represent more than … Continue reading

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BETTER by Jessica Goldberg at The Echo Theater

I have an acquaintance, a screenwriter oddly enough, who claims she finds it impossible to enjoy live theater. Her explanation is that it feels, ‘. . . disturbing, just sitting there; with conversations, and arguments, accusations and confessions; crying and … Continue reading

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