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Annette Bening as one of the several characters she creates in 'Ruth Draper's Monologues' on stage at the Geffen Playhouse.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Annette Bening Dazzles In The World Premiere Of “Ruth Draper’s Monologues”

Posted Apr. 23, 2014, 9:46 am

For those of you who might be wondering who is Ruth Draper and why is she being channeled by Annette Bening, in “Ruth Draper’s Monologues,” currently on stage at The Geffen Playhouse, the answer is simple.

Carlisle (Frank Noon) tries to seduce Tom (Ben Sharples) to write text that minimizes the side effects of his company’s new drug.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

“Co-Dependents: 2 Plays On Drugs” On Stage At The Little Theater

Posted Apr. 11, 2014, 9:24 am

With the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from a cocktail of heroin, cocaine, and several other drugs, he became another number in the tens of thousands of people who succumb to deadly drug addiction annually.

Barbara Urich as cut-throat Jan Ballas and Bart Petty as Josef Gross, the Managing Director of a corporation in “The Memorandum.”

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Rep Presents "The Memorandum" At the Miles Memorial Playhouse

Posted Apr. 3, 2014, 8:18 am

George Orwell was the prophet of Big Brother everywhere and his dystopian novel, “1984” painted a grim picture of what the world could expect.

The masquerade ball will be held this Thursday, March 27.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

City Shakespeare Company To Host Masquerade Ball This Thursday Night

Posted Mar. 26, 2014, 9:01 am

The City Shakespeare Company is kicking off its 2014 season with a bash. The Santa Monica-based theater company is hosting a red carpet masquerade ball on opening night this Thursday, March 27.

William Petersen and Rae Gray star in the West Coast premiere of Greg Pierce’s “Slowgirl” on stage at The Geffen Playhouse.

Theater, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles

Experience Stage Craft In Its Purest With William Petersen In "Slowgirl"

Posted Mar. 25, 2014, 9:06 am

Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company is one of the most respected theatres in America so you can be sure if we’re lucky enough to get one of their productions, you’re in for a genuine theatrical treat.

The “Solo Series” continues on April 10 and April 17 with performances of “From Seven Layers to a Bikini Top in Less than Five Hours,” written and performed by Andrea Schell.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Rep Kicks Off "Solo Series" This Thursday

Posted Mar. 25, 2014, 9:01 am

Santa Monica Repertory Theater, the popular and critically acclaimed Westside theater company, launches its first ever “Solo Series” with performances of “bigblueride” and “From Seven Layers to a Bikini Top in Less than Five Hours” this Thursday, March 27 through April 17 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica.

Willy Wonka comes to life at Morgan-Wixson this weekend.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Willy Wonka Comes To Life At Morgan-Wixson In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 21, 2014, 7:49 am

Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find a heir comes to life on stage in Santa Monica starting this weekend.

Mark Rimer as Tommy who is obsessed with his online girlfriend, “Talhotblond” who is seducing “Tommy Marine Sniper,” the older man’s fantasied version of himself, played by Ben Gavin.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

"Talhotblond" Doesn't Quite Sizzle At Ruskin Group Theatre

Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 8:20 am

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. The Ruskin Group Theatre Company is one of Santa Monica’s treasures and one of the best Equity Waiver theatres in Los Angeles. Under the visionary leadership of Artistic Director John Ruskin and its energetic producer Mikey Myers (who also serves as the Santa Monica Arts Commission Chairperson), the theatre is a breeding ground of theatrical activity.

Australia’s Circa pushes boundaries between circus and dance.

Seven Days, Theater, Broad Stage, Santa Monica

A Different Kind Of Circus Comes To Santa Monica From Australia

Posted Mar. 14, 2014, 9:04 am

From Brisbane, Australia, comes Circa – a bold vision of contemporary circus performance that has quickly risen to become one of the most acclaimed circus ensembles in the world.

A scene in the tearoom of the railway station with a rear screen projection of the menu, with changing projections that complement specific scenes, such as champagne bubbles, or waves crashing, symbolizing the seething passion of the two lovers.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills

Noël Coward’s "Brief Encounter" Brilliantly Performed At The Wallis

Posted Mar. 6, 2014, 9:39 am

There are theatre purists who believe that like separation of church and state, there should also be a separation of stage and cinema.

The play is written by and stars 23-year-old Caitlin Hernandez, born totally blind.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Theatre By The Blind To Present Performances Of "Walk Me Home"

Posted Mar. 6, 2014, 9:37 am

Theatre By The Blind will present five performances of “Walk Me Home” at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica over the next two weekends.

From left: John (Kirk Kelleykahn) and Simon (Ricco Ross) share a cheerful moment as Caleb (Shawn Savage) reluctantly participates in the Seder, contributing hardtack to the makeshift Seder plate.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

"The Whipping Man" A Powerful Stage Show At Pico Playhouse Through April 13

Posted Feb. 24, 2014, 9:16 am

The West Coast Jewish Theatre has presented many productions with a Jewish theme, some of which were outstanding and some of which were sub-par.

Two thousand actors from Rome and Milan auditioned for roles in “Siddhartha the Musical,” which resulted in the casting of this incredibly talented ensemble.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

The Italians Score With Traveling Production Of "Siddhartha, The Musical"

Posted Feb. 20, 2014, 8:17 am

In 2012, Italian filmmaker brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani submitted “Caesar Must Die” for Best Foreign Language film, which had won the Golden Bear award at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

From left: Lloyd Cooper (music director/pianist), Dana Dewes, Shaun Baker, Jane Noseworthy, Robert Jacobs, and Sami Staitman.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Pacific Resident Theatre Rekindles Music Of Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse

Posted Feb. 10, 2014, 9:19 am

In this reality TV driven world, Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse may not be household names but in the Broadway theatre community, they are legends.

Debra Ehrhardt has written and stars in 'Jamaica Farewell' at the Santa Monica Playhouse.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Playhouse Opens “Jamaica Farewell” On Saturday Night

Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 6:54 am

The Santa Monica Playhouse this weekend opens performances of “Jamaica Farewell” – an award winning play written and performed by Debra Ehrhardt and directed by Joel Zwick.

“Jersey Boys” stars Santa Monica native Jeff Leibow (far left) at Paris Las Vegas. The other leads are Graham Fenton, Rob Marnell, and Deven May.

Seven Days, Theater, Travel, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Native Stars In Jersey Boys Paris Las Vegas

Posted Feb. 6, 2014, 8:40 am

Jersey Boys has entertained guests in Las Vegas for more than 2,000 performances since opening in 2008, and the show has performed at its current home, Paris Las Vegas, since March 2012.

Cirque du Soleil will present a free preview this Thursday, Feb 6 at 12:30 pm at the Third Street Promenade.

News, Downtown, Theater, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Cirque Du Soleil To Present Free Street Show Thursday On Third Street Promenade

Posted Feb. 4, 2014, 9:24 am

Visitors to Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade will be in for a special treat this Thursday, Feb. 6 when Cirque du Soleil presents a free preview of its traveling production "Totem" that's currently on show next to the Santa Monica Pier through March 16.

“Schoolhouse Rock Live!” will open today at Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

“Schoolhouse Rock Live!” Opens At Morgan-Wixson Today

Posted Feb. 1, 2014, 10:21 am

Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre Youth Education/Entertainment Series today opens performances of the pop culture phenomenon “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”

One of Ireland’s finest actors, Barry McGovern, gives a spellbinding performance in “I’ll Go On” currently playing at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Barry McGovern Mesmerizes In "I'll Go On" At Kirk Douglas Theatre

Posted Jan. 27, 2014, 10:21 am

In an electrifying tour-de-force, Barry McGovern, one of the preeminent interpreters of the works of Samuel Beckett, flooded the Kirk Douglas Theatre with a tidal wave of some of the famed author/playwright’s most savory, provocative, and obtuse prose in “I’ll Go On,” compiled by McGovern and Gerry Dukes from a trilogy of novels written by Beckett: “Malloy,” “Malone Dies,” and “The Unnamable.”

News, Theater, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

Santa Monica College Play Selected For Kennedy Center Regional Festival

Posted Jan. 26, 2014, 8:44 am

Santa Monica College’s Theatre Arts Department has announced that its production of “The Old Lady Shows Her Medals” has been selected to participate in the prestigious 2014 Regional Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival, which will be held Feb. 12-15 at the Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC).

Jim Hart writer of Steven Spielberg directed 'Hook' visited with the kids in the fall to discuss the nuances of Peter Pan and returned to see the kids during dress rehearsal on Tuesday.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica, Lincoln Middle School

Lincoln Middle School Presents Performances Of "Peter Pan" This Weekend

Posted Jan. 23, 2014, 2:35 pm

Lincoln Middle School Theatre presents a punk rock modern staging of the classic musical "Peter Pan" this weekend.

Hershey Felder as Dr. Charles Augustus Leale, the young Army surgeon who ministered to the mortally wounded President Lincoln.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Hershey Felder's "Abe Lincoln's Piano" Closes At The Geffen Playhouse

Posted Jan. 23, 2014, 8:34 am

Hershey Felder has carved out a very successful career in the United States and Europe as a composer, musician, and actor, primarily known for his one-man shows that embody some of the greatest composers including Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Leonard Bernstein, and the award-winning “George Gershwin Alone” for which he received a Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Music and Best Actor.

Cirque du Soleil's “Totem” features 46 acrobats, actors, musicians, and singers. Performances run on various days and times through March 16.

News, Theater, Santa Monica, Pier

Cirque Du Soleil's "Totem" Premieres Tonight At The Santa Monica Pier

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 10:45 am

Performances begin tonight under Cirque du Soleil’s trademark blue-and-yellow big top tent next to the Santa Monica Pier for the touring production of “Totem.”

Megan Rippey, Sol Mason, Paul Sand and Shay Astar in the hit “Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel.”

News, Theater, Santa Monica, Pier

Extension Postponed For "Kurt Weill At The Cuttlefish Hotel" At Santa Monica Pier

Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:56 am

The extension of “Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel” at the brand-new West End Theatre on the Santa Monica Pier has been postponed until an as-yet undecided date.

The Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet will open the Fireside at the Miles program tonight. Pictured are Emily Senchuk (flute), April Cap (oboe), Lisa Kohorn (clarinet), Emily Reppun (horn), and Anthony Parnther (bassoon).

Seven Days, Theater, Music, Santa Monica

5th Annual Fireside At The Miles Series Kicks Off Tonight

Posted Jan. 10, 2014, 9:31 am

The popular Fireside at the Miles program returns today for its fifth season at Santa Monica’s historic Miles Memorial Playhouse.

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