Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Exciting entertainment lights of the sky in Los Angeles with a trio of must see productions

Mark your calendars for summer fun

August 23 - September 10
Silent SkyA celestial romance and true story of discovery that  explores the life and career of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) as she fearlessly asserts herself in the male-dominated world of early astronomy. Hired by the Harvard Observatory as a human “computer” to catalog the stars, Henrietta’s story plays out against a landscape of early feminism and universe-revealing science, reminding us all what we can achieve when we allow curiosity and wonder into our lives. 
• Written by Lauren Gunderson
• Directed by Todd Nielsen
• Starring Jennifer Cannon, Jennifer Parsons, Leslie Stevens, Eric Wentz, Erin Anne Williams
• Produced by caryn desai [sic]
• Presented by International City Theatre

Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Aug. 23 only (preview)
Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 24 (preview), 31; Sept. 7
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 25 (Opening Night); Sept. 1, 8
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 26; Sept. 2, 9
Sundays at 2 p.m.: Aug. 27; Sept. 3, 10

WHERE: INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 East Seaside Way; 562-436-4610 or

• Opening Night (Aug. 25): $55 (includes post-show reception with the actors)
• Saturdays and Sundays: $49
• Thursdays and Friday (except Aug. 25): $47
• Previews: $35

August 19 to Oct. 8
Arsenic and Old Lace — A revival of Joseph Kesserling’s infectiously funny black comedy about two little-old-lady aunts who see killing as an act of charity. Good, macabre fun!

• Written by Joseph Kesselring
• Directed by Elina de Santos
• Starring Alan Abelew, Michael Antosy, Ron Bottitta, Jacque Lynn Colton, Sheelagh Cullen, Darius De La Cruz, Alex Elliott-Funk, Mat Hayes, Gera Hermann, Liesel Kopp, Yusef Lambert, J.B. Waterman
 Produced by Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Ron Sossi Artistic Director

Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Sept.13 ONLY
Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 ONLY
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 25; Sept. 1, 8, 15*, 22, 29; Oct. 6
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Aug. 19 (opening night); Aug. 26; Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7
Sundays at 2 p.m.: Aug. 27; Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8  (no 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 20)
Sunday at 5 p.m.: Aug. 20 ONLY
*The third Friday of every month is wine night at the Odyssey: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and mingle with the cast after the show.

Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles; 
• (310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or

(reserved seating)

• Adults: $25-$34
• Children (ages 8-12): $10
• Performances on Fri., Aug. 25; Wed., Sept. 13; and Thurs., Oct. 5: $10

August 20 
Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights  Free readings of two new plays:  Stop-Motion by Liz Kerin (on Sunday, Aug. 20) and The Orange Garden by Joanna Garner (on Sunday, Aug. 27) explore how choices compelled by extraordinary circumstances can lead us into unknown territory. Admission is free.
Sunday, Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. --Stop-Motion by Liz Kerin — After a decade of living in her childhood home caring for her disabled mother, a reclusive animator is forced to look at the fractured pieces of her youth – and the risks of moving forward in life – in the aftermath of a tragic accident.

Sunday, Aug. 27 at 11 a.m.--The Orange Garden by Joanna Garner — It’s 1972 and a young Peace Corps volunteer in Iran finds himself caught up in a cultural whirlwind of danger and forbidden passion. But upon returning to America, he becomes lost between two very different worlds.

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
(midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura freeway). (310) 455-3723 or Admission is free but donations are welcome. Parking costs $5 in lot but is free on Topanga Canyon Blvd.

So get out this summer (and fall) and support your local theater.