Theater Roundup: Recently Opened Productions
by Lyle Zimskind for LAist
The personal and the political are stuck with each other in actor-playwright Saleem’s 1996 Harvey Fierstein Award-winning Salam Shalom, now running in a new, substantially revised version at the Greenway Court Theater in West Hollywood. Thrown together as roommates in UCLA graduate student housing, Israeli business student Yaron (Korken Alexander) and Palestinian ethnomusicologist Nabeel (Saleem) soon find their mutual attraction stronger than the knee-jerk antagonism that their conflicting backgrounds had initially generated. Once the two men move back to their respective homes in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, however, inescapable family pressures and social imperatives put this relationship to what may be an impossible test.
Salam Shalom, Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Boulevard. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 17.
Hell Hath No Fury
The hijinks fly fast and furious as six very different women meet at a party and discover they’ve all been dating the same man in Ben Gillman’s new play for Above the Curve Theatre. Oh, the bastard doesn’t get away with it, that’s for sure. But all of these deceived former lovers are going to have to pay for the revenge crime that only one of them has committed unless they can quickly figure out whodunit. Was it the cheerleader, the Christian, the hostess, the punker, the Republican…or the one who brought them all together?
One year after its critically acclaimed world premiere in Chicago, Brett Neveu’s contemporary wartime drama Old Glory is making its west coast debut at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank. The Victory’s co-associate artistic director Carri Sullens directs a cast of six that includes company co-founder Tom Ormeny.
Old Glory, The Victory Theatre Center, 3326 West Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through April 25.