Stage Raw: The Chairs and the Hamptons
Eugene Ionesco's tragic farce about an elderly couple preparing for a
visit by invisible guests opens this weekend at A Noise Within. 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (818)
240-0910, anoisewithin.org. Photo by Craig Schwartz
Playwright/translator Christopher Hampton will be in Los Angeles next week to celebrate simultaneous openings. Hampton's translation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters, starring Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, Tessa Thompson, Sarah Zimmerman and Reid Scott in a radio theater production for L.A. Theatre Works, and the West Coast premiere of his translation of Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning God of Carnage, starring Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden at the Ahmanson Theatre, both open on Wednesday, April 13.
Check back Tuesday morning for reviews of the following productions:
THE BLUEST EYE Lydia R. Diamond's adaptation of Toni Morrison's controversial book on racism. Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through April 24, (714) 690-2900, PhantomProjects.com. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica.
THE CHAIRS Eugene Ionesco's tragic farce about an elderly couple preparing for a visit by invisible guests. Sat., April 9, 8 p.m.; Thu., April 28, 8 p.m.; Fri., April 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 30, 2 & 8 p.m.; Wed., May 11, 8 p.m.; Thu., May 12, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 13, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 15, 2 & 7 p.m.; Thu., May 19, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 20, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 21, 2 & 8 p.m. A Noise Within, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (818) 240-0910, anoisewithin.org.
THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Martin McDonough's comedy about documentary film-makers working on a project about the Aran Islands. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m.; Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Continues through May 1. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (213) 628-2772.
THE CRUCIBLE Arthur Miller's Red Scare allegory set during the Salem witch trials. Saturdays, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m. Continues through May 15. The Banshee, 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, (818) 846-5323, theatrebanshee.org.
THE ESCORT Jane Anderson's new play about a high-class call girl. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through May 8. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, (310) 208-5454, geffenplayhouse.com.
FETISH An evening of new plays about unusual, consensual sex. 18+ only. Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through April 30. Whitefire Theater, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 990-2324.
GOODBYE, LOUIE . . . HELLO! Allan Manings' drama about a retired comic. theatrewest.org Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 8. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, L.A., (323) 851-7977, theatrewest.org.
THE GRAND INQUISITIOR/FRAGMENTS: TWO BY PETER BROOK The Grand Inquisitor, Bruce Meyers' one-man show, and Fragments, a quintet of pieces by Samuel Beckett. Fri., April 8, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 9, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 10, 2 p.m. Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, (310) 434-3414, thebroadstage.com.
THE HUMAN VOICE Jean Cocteau's 1930 play in which he explores human needs and realities in communication. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through April 24, (323) 960-7863, plays411.com/humanvoice. Elephant Space Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., elephantstages.com.
MASSACRE (SING TO YOUR CHILDREN) Urban Theater Movement presents Jose Rivera's play about a New Hampshire town living under despotic rule. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through May 15, (323) 369-0571, urbantheatremovement.com. Underground Theatre, 1312-1314 N. Wilton Place, L.A..
SILENT SKY Lauren Gunderson's poetical drama about a female astronomer at the beginning of the 20th century. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through May 1. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 708-5555, scr.org.
TARTUFFE Moliere's comedy about a religious hypocrite. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through April 30. Actors' Gang at the Ivy Substation Theater, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, (310) 838-4264, theactorsgang.com.
WALLOWA; THE VANISHING OF MAUDE The true story of a 76-year-old woman who went missing in the Wallowa Mountains, mixed with Native American mythology, by Oliver Mayer in collaboration with Son of Semele Ensemble. Sat., April 9, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 10, 4 p.m. Son of Semele, 3301 Beverly Blvd., L.A., sonofsemele.org.
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