Scene in LA – November

Here are some of the shows you can catch in local theatres this month:

“Cleo, Theo & Wu” Lucy is a modern Angeleno gal just trying to be her best self. But suddenly, the fate of the universe is in her hands and she’s gonna need to do better than self-help books and inspirational Insta-quotes. Never fear, space creatures from the future and the forgotten women of ancient history are teaming up to get Lucy on the right track.

Written by Kirsten Vangsness and directed by Lisa Dring, it runs through Dec. 8 at the Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood. For tickets, call (323) 856-8611 or

“Parfumerie” Feuding employees George Horvath and Amalia Balash have each fallen in love with their secret pen pal. What will happen on Christmas Eve when they discover their true lover’s identity?

Written by E. P. Dowdall and directed by Brandon Ferruccio, it runs Nov. 2 through Dec. 9 at the Theatre Palisades in Pacific Palisades. For tickets, call (310) 454-1970 or visit

“She Loves Me” tells the beloved story of two feuding shop clerks who are unaware that they are the recipients of each other’s love letters.

Written by Joe Masteroff, with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and directed by Cate Caplin, it runs Nov. 2 through Dec. 16 at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre in Hollywood. For tickets, call (323) 462-8460 or visit

“Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead)” In this farcical, domestic tragicomedy, the classic Greek heroines Clytemnestra and Medea have been recast as pill-popping housewives, and Antigone is the lovelorn, teenage girl next door. Their “blissful” lives are upended when Cassandra, a “colored girl” new to town and cursed with the gift of prophecy, arrives with a mind to free them from their dark destinies.

Written by Jami Brandli and directed by Darin Anthony, it runs Nov. 3 through Dec. 2 at the Atwater Village Theatre in Atwater. For tickets, call (323) 472-5646 or visit

“A Mile in My Shoes” A transgender teen, a young mom, a mentally ill substance abuser, a high school valedictorian, a police officer, concerned citizens at a city council meeting and others put a face on the homeless epidemic.

Written by Kathryn Taylor Smith and directed by Zadia Ife, it runs Nov. 4 through Dec. 9 at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets, visit

“Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” While the heart of “A Christmas Carol” is evergreen, Jefferson Mays brings fresh perspective to Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the rest, playing every role in this whirlwind one-man show.

Written by Charles Dickens, adapted by Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons and Michael Arden, and directed by Michael Arden, it runs Nov. 7 through Dec. 2 at the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. For tickets, call (310) 208-5454 or visit

“Anatomy of a Hug” Amelia has a job selling memberships to a charity that rescues kids in countries overseas. She’s invested the rest of her life in her beloved television shows, which provide her an emotional haven. Can Amelia possibly bridge the emotional chasm with her mother while there’s still time?

Written by Kat Ramsburg and directed by Steve Jarrard, it runs Nov. 9 through Dec. 2 at the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood. For tickets, call (323) 860-6569 or visit

“Blacktop Highway” Renowned performer John Fleck reinvents the gothic horror genre in this horrifyingly hysterical tale of taxidermy, transformation and caged creatures.

Written by John Fleck and directed by Randee Trabitz, it runs Nov. 9 through Dec. 15 at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets, call (310) 477-2055 Ext. 2 or visit

“The Color Purple” Celie is a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story with a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues.

Written by Alice Walker, book by Marsha Norman, with music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, and directed by Jeffrey Polk, it runs Nov. 9 through Dec. 9 at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets, call (323) 673-0544 or visit

“Curtains” When a leading lady mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical-theatre fan!

Written by Rupert Holmes, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and directed by Tony Cason, it runs Nov. 9 through Nov. 17 at the Smothers Theatre Pepperdine University in Malibu. For tickets, call (310) 506-4522 or visit

“Death and Cockroaches” Meet Eric. He’s an aspiring playwright who’s trying to break into TV writing when his dad interrupts his plans by suddenly getting sick with a terminal illness.

Written by Eric Reyes Loo and directed by Jennifer Chang, it runs Nov. 9 through Dec. 1 at the Atwater Village Theatre in Atwater. For tickets, call (323) 379-9583 or visit

“Disney’s the Little Mermaid” Enjoy “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World” as Ariel wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs.

Written by Doug Wright, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and directed by Catherine Rahm, it runs Nov. 9 through Dec. 15 at the Westchester Playhouse in Westchester. For tickets, call (310) 645-5156 or visit

“In a Booth at Chasen’s” Nancy Davis went to a dinner at Chasen’s restaurant with the president of the Screen Actors Guild – movie star Ronald Reagan, while Reagan is still nursing a broken heart from his divorce from Jane Wyman. This leads to their eventual marriage.

Written by Sam Bennett, with music by Al Kasha and Phil Swann, and directed by Kay Cole, it runs Nov. 9 through Nov. 25 at the El Portal Theatre Debbie Reynolds Mainstage in North Hollywood. For tickets, call (818) 508-4200 or visit

“Remembering Boyle Heights” Contemporary gentrification debates unlock the early history, stories and memories of Boyle Heights revealing the mythical and human dimensions of LA’s own Ellis Island of the West.

Written by Josefina López and Corky Dominguez, and directed by Corky Dominguez, it runs Nov. 9 through Dec. 16 at the CASA 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights. For tickets, call (323) 263-7684 or visit

“My Date With Death – A Musical Romance” Link finds himself at the end of his rope, drinking the remainder of his life away at a bar when he is visited by a Spirit from the beyond. This Spirit reveals herself to be a soul collector sent to keep Link from ending his energy too soon.
Written by Daniel Sugimoto, with music by Daniel Sugimoto, and directed by Julia Lisa, it runs Nov. 10 through Dec. 2 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. For tickets, call (323) 301-9002 or visit

“Bus Stop” tells a story of a group of people thrown together by a blizzard to spend a long night snowbound at a diner/bus stop in rural Kansas. The characters all have their own agendas, including the diner’s two waitresses, the bus driver, the local sheriff, an itinerant educator and a ranch foreman.
Written by William Inge, and directed by Ann Hearn Tobolowsky, it runs Nov. 15 through Dec. 16 at the Theatre 40, in the Reuben Cordova Theatre in Beverly Hills. For tickets, call (310) 364-0535 or visit

“A Carol Christmas” Instead of a man named Scrooge we have a woman named Carol, the successful, demanding host of a home shopping show who cares nothing for Christmas and wants her staff to work right through the holidays. Seventeen new songs and all of the characters you know and love.
Written by Doug Haverty, with music by Bruce Kimmel, and directed by Bruce Kimmel, it runs Nov. 16 through Dec. 30 at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood. For tickets, call (818) 763-5990 or visit

“A Christmas Story” The Parker family gets its Christmas tree, but Ralphie sets off on a campaign to acquire his most-desired Christmas present, a Red Ryder BB air rifle, only to be warned repeatedly, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” Written by Philip Grecian, based on the screenplay by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and directed by Christian Lebano, it runs Nov. 23 through Dec. 30 at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in Sierra Madre. For tickets, call (626) 355-4318 or visit

“Dixie’s Tupperware Party” Dixie Longate is the fast-talking, gum chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party into the 21st century. Audiences howl with laughter as Dixie demonstrates the many alternative uses for the iconic plastic kitchen staple
Written by Kris Andersson and directed by Dixie Longate, it runs Nov. 28 through Dec. 30 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. For tickets, call (213) 628-2772 or visit

“The SantaLand Diaries” is about the author’s experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy’s department store in New York City. It takes a wry look at how the holiday season brings out the best – and the worst – in us all.
Written by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello, and directed by Chris DeCarlo, it runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 16 at the Santa Monica Playhouse in Santa Monica. For tickets, call (310) 394-9779 Ext. 1 or visit

Enjoy life more – see a show tonight!

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