Scene in LA – April 2021

By Steve ZALL and Sid FISH

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to everyone who wants one starting April 15, which will certainly help us along the road to recovery, although it will still be some time before we see live theatre returning to local venues. Case rates are still high but seem to be on a steady decline overall, and we are seeing gradual reopening in other sectors such as theme parks and movie theaters. The state is also constantly re-evaluating its guidelines and we could see live theater approved anytime at limited audience capacity, so keep following the local news to find out if anything changes.

A few brave theaters are already offering live performances:

“The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln” is an evening of blood, madness and murder. There are tales of White House séances, presidential grave robbers, warnings from the undead and that fateful night at Ford’s Theatre. The widow Lincoln has been freed from the asylum! Tom Dugan in a solo performance depicts an array of incidents and characters.

Written by Tom Dugan and directed by Shelby Sykes, it runs April 2 through May 1 at Dugan’s Backyard Playhouse in Woodland Hills. Physical distancing will be observed. Out of necessity, the audience will be strictly limited in size. Hand sanitizers will be readily available, outdoor fans will be in use and audience members will be required to wear masks.

For tickets email

“Little Women” will be presented as the grand re-opening production of the Glendale Centre Theatre in Glendale on dates to be announced soon. The City of Glendale has notified the theatre that it may reopen at limited capacity to ensure social distancing and patrons will be required to wear facemasks and be subject to temperature testing to ensure the safety of all guests.

For more information, visit the website

The rest of the theatres continue to expand their online offerings with more and more events to experience on a virtual basis. Some of these online events are only available on a one-time basis, while others are ongoing and can be viewed anytime on-demand. Visit each of the websites below to see what is being offered. Readers will find free content as well as pay-per-view to choose from.

Here are the links to websites we know have online offerings:

3-D Theatricals

A Noise Within
Antaeus Theatre
“Assassins Anniversary”
Boston Court Pasadena

Coeurage Ensemble
“Dogs Are Better Than
Echo Theater Company
For the Record Live
Fountain Theatre
Garry Marshall Theatre
Gay Men’s Chorus of

Los Angeles
“Gideon and The Blundersnorp”
Hero Theatre
IAMA Theatre Company

International City Theatre
“John Cullum: An Accidental Star”
Kentwood Players

Laguna Playhouse
L.A. Chamber Orchestra
L.A. LGBT Center
L.A. Theatre Works (fee & free)

Latino Theater Company
Loft Ensemble
Long Beach Opera
Morgan-Wixson Theatre

Moving Arts
Pasadena Playhouse
Pepperdine University

Robey Theatre Company
Rogue Artists Ensemble
Rubicon Theatre
Sacred Fools


Santa Monica Playhouse
Sierra Madre Playhouse
South Coast Repertory
Theatre 40
Theatre 68
The Blank Theatre (fee)


The Blank Theatre (free)

The Broad Stage

The Geffen Playhouse (fee)
The Group Rep
The Matrix Theatre “Scraps”
The Road Theatre Company

The Soraya
The Victory Theatre Center
The Wallis

The Wallis Studio Ensemble

Verdi Chorus
West Coast Jewish Theatre
“Who I Am”