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This Week in Theatre
Here are LAist's theater picks for this weekend:
How’s this for a few laughs: Imagine a play where all the characters, except a daughter visiting from New York City, have cancer. That’s the premise behind writer Greg Suddeth’s new two-act dark comedy premiering this weekend.
The Lost Studio. 130 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 323.651.5632.
Tickets are $20. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sundays at 2 pm until Aug. 5.
The Idiot Box
Six sitcom characters – hmm friends, perhaps? – have their perfect lives shaken when reality crashes into their perfect world. As their lives fall apart, each character discovers powerful truths about race, love, sexuality and the America outside they never knew existed
Open Fist Theatre Company. 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. 323.882.6912.
Tickets are $25. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sundays at 7 pm until Aug. 25.
365 Plays/365 Days: Week 35
We have to give a shout out to the Repertory East Playhouse in downtown Newhall (in this LAist writer’s backyard) because the group is performing Week 35 (seven plays) from Suzan-Lori Parks’ bold experiment of writing a play a day for a year.
Repertory East Playhouse. 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. 661.288.0000.
Admission is free. Runs Friday and Sunday at 6 pm.
One Fell Swoop
This new, mulitmedia satire is based on the world of TV political punditry. A professor of Constitutional Law, whose mentor is nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court is invited onto a TV news show as an "expert" on the nominee's character and philosophy. She becomes a semi-celeb - until her relationship with her mentor and her professional past comes into question and she becomes "the story."
Elephant Theatre. 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 323.960.4410
Tickets $20. Opens Fri at 8 pm and runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm until Aug. 18.
Sugar Happens: A One-Girl Show
This comedy recounts the story of Jewish Girl Rachel Bailit's ascent from Nowhere (Needham, Massachusetts) to Almost-There (The Proverbial Cutting Room Floor). Rachel's undying optimism inspires, and her comic (and considerable anatomical) gifts are on bounteous display.
It's written by Sherry Cohen and directed by Phil Ramuno.
Whitefire Theatre. 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818.990.2324.
Tickets $20. Two performances only: Wed., July 18 and Wed. Aug. 15 at 8 pm.