Scene In L.A. September 2019

Here are some of the shows running in our local theaters this month:

“The Chinese Lady” Afong Moy is 14 years old when she’s brought to the United States from Canton in 1834. Allegedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on U.S. soil, she has been bought and put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.”

Written by Lloyd Suh and directed by Rebecca Wear, it runs Sept. 5 through Sept. 29 at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets, call (323) 673-0544 or visit

“Self-Injurious Behavior” When severely autistic 11-year-old Benjamin becomes a danger to himself, his divorced mother Summer makes the excruciating decision to admit him to a home for special needs kids.

Written by Jessica Cavanagh and directed by Marianne Galloway, it runs Sept. 6 through Sept. 28 at Theatre 68 in North Hollywood. For tickets, visit

“To Dad with Love – A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen” is a multimedia jazz/cabaret homage, co-designed by Kiki and her brother Dustin Ebsen honoring their dad.

Written by Kiki Ebsen and directed by Steve Feinberg, it runs Sept. 6 through Sept. 22 at Theatre West in Studio City. For tickets, call (323) 851-7977 or visit


“Handjob” When a gay writer hires a man to work as a “shirtless cleaner,” homophobia, racism and issues of consent bubble to the surface. The story explores the deepest sensitivities in our culture — with unexpected and hilarious consequences. Recommended for mature audiences only due to graphic adult content, including male nudity.

Written by Erik Patterson and directed by Chris Fields, it runs Sept. 7 through Oct. 21 at the Atwater Village Theatre Echo Theater Company in Atwater Village. For tickets, call (310) 307-3753 or visit


“Skintight” Hanging on by a thread after her ex-husband gets engaged to a much younger woman, Jodi (Idina Menzel) retreats to her dad’s swanky Manhattan townhouse. But rather than the comforts of home, she instead finds her aging father’s new live-in boyfriend, Trey – who is 20.

Written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Daniel Aukin, it runs Sept. 12 through Oct. 6 at the Gil Cates Theater at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. For tickets, call (310) 208-5454 or visit


“The Solid Life of Sugar Water” A deaf couple’s relationship is revealed through their lovemaking in this startlingly intimate portrait of a marriage. Deals with adult themes and contains sexually graphic language — recommended for mature audiences only.

Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Randee Trabitz, it runs Sept. 12 through Oct. 13 at the Rosenthal Theater Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles. For tickets, call (818) 762-2998 or visit


“Dial M for Murder” Centering on ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice, a gentleman on the surface who plots to murder his wife Margot because she had an affair even though its now over, with revenge motivating him to get her money.

Written by Frederick Knott and directed by George Kondreck, it runs Sept. 13 through Oct. 19 at the Westchester Playhouse in Westchester. For tickets, call (310) 645-5156 or visit


“In Circles” sets Stein’s nonlinear prose, based solely on her pleasure at the way certain words sounded together, to a splendid musical score featuring ragtime, tango, waltz, opera, barbershop quartet, jazz and other musical styles.

Written by Gertrude Stein, with music by Al Carmines, and directed by David Schweizer, it runs Sept. 14 through Nov. 10 at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets, call (310) 477-2055 Ext. 2 or visit


“Little Shop of Horrors” A power-hungry, R&B-singing, carnivorous plant sets its sights on world domination! This version has some deliciously devious new twists: a brand new puppet concept for Audrey II, and a whole new take on Skid Row.

Written by Howard Ashman, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, and directed by Mike Donahue, it runs Sept. 17 through Oct. 20 at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena. For tickets, call (626) 356-7529 or visit

“Sisters in Law” transcends party, religion and culture with a tale of Democrat Ginsburg and Republican O’Connor, two polar opposites, as they grapple with matters of the law and personal belief.

Written by Jonathan Shapiro, based on the book by Linda Hirshman, and directed by Patricia McGregor, it runs Sept. 18 through Oct. 13 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Lovelace Studio Theater in Beverly Hills. For tickets, call (310) 746-4000 or visit


“Treya’s Last Dance” Raucously funny and heartbreakingly tender, it is a modern-day exploration of grief, fractured pasts and hopeful futures in this critically acclaimed one-act, one-person play. At heart, it’s a bittersweet story about the universal themes of grief, identity and sexuality, taken on with humor and poignancy.

Written by Shyam Bhatt, and directed by Poonam Basu, it runs Sept. 18 through Oct. 23 at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets, call (323) 965-9996 or visit


“How The Light Gets In” Four lonely people, their stories written on paper, earth and skin, find each other when one of them falls apart. Together they realize the heart is as strong as it is fragile, and that the safety of home might be found in the most fearsome explorations.

Written by E.M. Lewis, and directed by Emilie Pascale Beck, it runs Sept. 19 through Oct. 27 at the Boston Court Pasadena in Pasadena. For tickets, call (626) 683-6801 or visit


“The Spanish Prayer Book” Moral dilemma, historical mystery, and matters of the heart converge when a committed atheist inherits a collection of rare and hauntingly beautiful illustrated Hebrew manuscripts, including a prayer book from 14th-century Spain, and discovers that the books, which bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, were stolen some 600 years after their creation from a library in 1940s Berlin.

Written by Angela J. Davis and directed by Lee Sankowich, it runs Sept. 20 through Nov. 23 at the Road Theatre on Magnolia in North Hollywood. For tickets, call (818) 761-8838 or visit


“Grumpy Old Men: The Musical” Fasten your seat belt, it’s going to be a grumpy ride! TV legend and Tony winner Hal Linden, the beloved Cathy Rigby and Broadway’s Ken Page star in this new musical-comedy based on the classic 1993 film. Two aging neighbors, Max and John, have been feuding for more than 50 years until the beautiful and charming Ariel moves in across the street – raising the rivalry to new heights.

Written by Dan Remmes, with music by Neil Berg, lyrics by Nick Meglin, and directed by Matt Lenz, it runs Sept. 21 through Oct. 13 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada. For tickets, call (562) 944-9801 or visit



“Last Swallows” The retired patriarch is happy to see life go by through binoculars birdwatching while the doting matriarch only wants her family to all be together.

Elizabeth is convinced her husband Robert is at death’s door and she’s determined to get the whole brood together for a final family holiday, quickly, before his bird has flown.

Written by Cailin Harrison and directed by Kiff Scholl, it runs Sept. 21 through Oct. 20 at the Other Space @The Actors Company in West Hollywood. For tickets, call (323) 960-5770 or visit


“Futureproof” In a desperate attempt to keep his company afloat, Robert Riley, owner of Riley’s Odditorium, tries out a new marketing strategy: Will audiences pay to see his company of genuine wonders become just like them? This band of traveling performers have to decide if they want to fit in or stand out in this incredibly insightful play about identity and the capacities of the human spirit.

Written by Lynda Radley and directed by Cathy Thomas-Grant, it runs Sept. 24 through Sept. 28 at the Lindhurst Theatre at Pepperdine University in Malibu. For tickets, call (310) 506-4522 or visit


“King Lear” The aging patriarch of a royal family is beginning to show signs of dementia, and it does not bode well for his successors. Two of his daughters manipulate his affection for their own selfish ends. What happens to a family when its leader becomes too incapacitated to guide it?

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Rebecca Lynne, it runs Sept. 26 through Oct. 19 at the Brand Park in Glendale. For tickets, visit


“Our Lady of 121st Street” A diverse group of people returns to New York to mourn and celebrate the life of their mentor only to find that her body is missing.

Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Adam Chambers, it runs through Sept. 15 at the Loft Ensemble in North Hollywood. For tickets, call (818) 452-3153 or visit


“Andy Warhol’s Tomato” A teenage Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of a working class bar in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. In this fictional account of a chance meeting in a bar, Warhol gets inspiration and guidance from a surprising source that may change the course of his life.

Written by Vince Melocchi and directed by Dana Jackson, it runs through Sept. 22 at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice. For tickets, call (310) 822-8392 or visit


“Witch” A charming devil arrives in the quiet village of Edmonton to bargain for the souls of its residents in exchange for their darkest wishes. Elizabeth should be the easiest to target, having been labeled a “witch” and cast out by the town, but her soul is not so readily bought.

Written by Jen Silverman and directed by Marti Lyons, it runs through Sept. 29 at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater in Geffen Playhouse. For tickets, call (310) 208-5454 or visit



“The Mousetrap” In Post-WWII England a snowstorm isolates a country hotel opened for its first weekend by a young couple. As the play begins we hear about a murder in London. After the guests arrive we find out the murderer may be among them, and all linked to a terrible case of child abuse.

Written by Agatha Christie and directed by Marc Antonio Pritchett, it runs through Oct. 6 at the Theatre Palisades Pierson Playhouse in Pacific Palisades. For tickets, call (310) 454-1970 or visit


“Always Running” A young man escapes his life of gang violence, discrimination, depression, and drug addiction through art, the Chicano Movement, poetry and service.

Written by Luis J. Rodriguez and Hector Rodriguez, and directed by Hector Rodriguez, it runs through Oct. 20 at the CASA 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights. For tickets, call (323) 263-7684 or visit

Enjoy life more – see a show tonight!