This week's stage features on Ben Bradley's Murder and The Princess and the Frog


The LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony for the 2008/2009 theatre season will take place Monday, January 11, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Redondo Beach. Parking is free.
Presenters scheduled to participate include Beth Grant, Davis Gaines, Del Shores, Jim O'Neill and Karyl Lee Burns (Rubicon Theatre Artistic Directors), Matt Walker (Troubadour Theatre Company Artistic Director), Sam Anderson, Oanh Nguyen (Chance Theatre Artistic Director), Ameenah Kaplan, Stephen Sachs and Deborah Lawlor (Fountain Theatre Artistic Directors), Erika Miller, Kelly Todd, Deidrie Henry, Randall Arney (Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director), Joe Spano and Alan Mandell.
Tickets here  or call (213) 614-0556, ext. 15. Prices range from $40 to $160.


Starting, January 14, Theatre West launches its new play festival with a different play every night, Thursdays through Sunday, January 17. Playwrights include Arden Teresa Lewis, P. G. Sturges, Chris DiGiovanni, Victoria Vidal, and Doug Haverty, (323) 851-7977, or info here


Elisha Shapiro curates an off-beat comedy fest playing the second Monday of every month starting this coming Monday, 7:30 p.m. at Highways, 1651 18th Street, Santa Monica. Comedians include Lizzy Cooperman, Ed Galvez, Brent Weinbach, Noah Duman, Jan Davidson, Heather Thomas and Elisha Shaprio. Info here

For a list of plays being reviewed over the weekend, press the Continue Reading tab directly below.

Check back here Monday afternoon for reviews of:

ALMOST, MAINE Neo Acro Theatre Company presents John Cariani's
small-town play. Avery Schreiber Theater, 11050 Magnolia Blvd., North
Hollywood; opens Jan.  8; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Jan. 30,

BLOOD AND THUNDER Terence Anthony's play about Hurricane Katrina.
Moving Arts, 1822 Hyperion Ave., L.A.; opens Jan.  8; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.;
Sun., 3 p.m.; thru Feb. 28. (323) 666-3259.

AN OAK TREE Tim Crouch's dark comedy about a hypnotist and his
subject. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.; Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.;
Sun., 2 p.m.; thru Feb. 14. (310) 477-2055.

ORDINARY DAYS Adam Gwon's musical ode to New York. South Coast
Repertory, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; opens Jan.  8; Fri., Jan. 8,
7:45 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2 & 7:45 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 7:45 p.m.; thru Jan. 24.
(714) 708-5555.

11, SEPTEMBER Paul Kamp's drama about “the defining moments in our
lives, those accidents of fate that change everything.”. Odyssey Theatre,
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.; opens Jan.  8; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7
p.m.; thru Feb. 7, (310) 477-2055.

SHAKESPEARE UNSCRIPTEDD Impro Theater improvises the Bard. Theatre
Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; opens Jan. 10; Sun., 8 p.m.;
Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Feb. 14,
(323) 401-9793.

TWENTY-TWO Julia Morizawa's story of cocaine addiction. Knightsbridge
Theater, 1944 Riverside Dr., L.A.; opens Jan.  8; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru
Jan. 30. (323) 667-0955.

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