Stage, Plays, Musicals, Film, Comedy Festivals and Events
HUNTINGTON BEACH: Grease, musical, January 13-22, 2023. The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts Musical Theatre department production takes place at APA Studio Theater, 1905 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. $30-50, hbapa.org/see
OJAI: Hobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets in Animalia presented by
Performances To Grow On, January 26, 2023, 6 p.m. at Ojai Art Center.
Tickets $20;$15 Child; $60 Family up to 5 members, PTGO.org, ojaistoryfest.org
Location: Ojai Art Center, 113 S Montgomery St., Ojai, CA 93023.
Hobey Ford's ANIMALIA explores the magical world of animals and features Hobey's original foamies, puppets carved from large blocks of foam with intricate mechanical design that give each puppet realistic movements. Hobey breaks out of the traditional puppet theater booth turning the whole theater into his performance stage. ANIMALIA introduces the audience to the metamorphosis of a butterfly and a tadpole, various ecological systems and endangered animals.
LONG BEACH: Agnes of God, play, in Long Beach January 19-22, 2023 &
Los Alamitos, California February
Unnamed Theatre Company produces & brings a classic by John Pielmeier to you in 2 locations:
Long Beach Play House
$20 students / seniors / military
Thursday, January 19, 2023, 8 p.m. *(pay-what-you-can preview night)
Friday, January 20, 2023, 8 p.m. (opening night)
Saturday, January 21 , 2023, 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 22, 2023, 2 p.m. (closing)
SYNOPSIS: A young nun who claims she gave a virgin birth is accused of murdering her child. A psychiatrist assigned to the case faces off with the Mother Superior. All 3 women explore questions of faith, memory, and the meaning of sainthood.
CREDITS: Sister Agnes: Celeste Marvin-Strong
Dr. Martha Livingstone: Katrina Richard
Mother Miriam Ruth: Julianne Bancroft
LOS ANGELES: Solo, off-Broadway show January 27-28, 2023, 7 p.m. at The Yard Theater. Comedian and storyteller Gabe Mollica begins with a declaration: "I turned 30 and it occurred to me that I don't have any friends." Over the next 60 minutes, Gabe attempts to explain why, analyzing the "30-year old bros” in his life, high-school relationships, his first drunken attempt at stand-up, summers at a camp for children with chronic illnesses, and many more stories of young love, friendship, heartbreak, and Taco Bell. Avital Ash (Barry) opens both shows. Location: 4319 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029. Tickets $15, eventbrite.com | theyardtheater.com
FULLERTON: Misery, play, January 20-February 26, 2023 at Maverick Theater. Stage adaptation of Willam Goldman's screenplay of Stephen King's thrilling novel follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by his 'number one fan,' Annie Wilkes, and wakes up captive in her secluded home. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 6 p.m. Tickets: $30 general admission, and $15 for students with ID (not appropriate for ages 13 and under), mavericktheater.com or (714) 526-7070. The Maverick Theater is located at 110 E. Walnut, Fullerton, CA 92832, across from the Amtrak station in historic Downtown Fullerton.
Monty Python's Spamalot, January 6-February 4, 2023 at Pintello Comedy Theater,
8191 Swanston Lane,
Gilroy, CA 95020
All Tickets : $25, pintellocomedy.com
January 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, February 3 & 4 at 8 p.m. Matinees Jan. 15 & 22 at 2 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior.
Directed by: Whitney Pintello
Cast: Dave Leon, Guillermo Morales, James Swan, CJ Patereau, Vaughn Mayer, Christy Wright, Michael Frelier, Matt Haluza, Michael Kaelin, Jacob Goller, Maddi Alipaz, Matt Regan, Shaelan Barber, Jennifer Willis, Jennifer Medeiros, Jessica Herrera, Jeff Patereau, Becky Owens and Maya King.
GILROY: Later Life, play January 20-February 12, 2023, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at Limelight Actors Theater. Bittersweet comedy of two old flames reconnecting later in life with a little help from their friends. Location: 7341 Monterey St, Gilroy, CA. Tickets: $30 approx., svct.org/limelight/
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